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From the latest truck launches from the likes of Scania, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and DAF, to heart-warming stories  that show why driving a truck for a living is the best job in the world, Truckanddriver.co.uk has it all. We also bring you the latest changes to the rules and regulations that affect you on (and off) the road – and, of course, all the latest developments from the best truck festival in Britain – Convoy in the Park.

FTA calls for drivers to share experiences of rest facilities

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is calling for evidence from drivers about their experiences of rest facilities available across the country. The call comes ahead of new regulations coming in on 1 November, which will see drivers fined by the DVSA if they take their full weekly rest break in their cabs. The FTA is campaigning for urgent action to …

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Truxx Factor winners named

Rockingham Speedway in Corby hosted the Truxx Factor at the start of this month featuring a show field, truck parade and plenty of action on the track including sprint, go and stop and drifting competitions. Dan Humberstone, Richard Wagg, Mark Shorten, David Masterson from haulier Motward in Huntingdon took Best Fleet of Artic Working Trucks (pictured). Darren Beach, from AW …

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Haulage firm fined after driver dies in incident

Essex-based road haulage firm YCT Ltd has been fined £170,000 after a driver died after being crushed between two articulated vehicles. Southend Magistrates Court heard how the unnamed HGV driver, employed by YCT suffered fatal injuries when his vehicle rolled forward out of control while he was coupling the HGV tractor unit to a trailer. An investigation by the Health …

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Waste management company names new Volvo FM after champion arm wrestler

Manchester-based waste management company Fresh Start Waste Services has named its new Volvo FM-330 6×2 rear-steer Rear End Loader after World and Multiple British Arm-Wrestling Champion ‘Agy G’. Fresh Start Waste Services has sponsored World Championship Gold medal winner Agy Gorzynska for three years and Chief Operating Officer Peter Cooke said that the company is delighted with the overwhelmingly positive …

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Councils join forces to clamp down on illegally parked HGVs

Kent County Council (KCC) and Ashford Borough Council (ABC) are joining forces to clamp down on illegally parked HGVs from the end of this month. The scheme, which will allow the authorities to clamp and fine drivers, has been developed by working with the Department for Transport (DfT). The DfT agreed to change the current clamping policy for HGVs so …

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Truck driver caught smuggling cigarettes jailed

A truck driver who was caught smuggling 1.8 million cigarettes into Dover has been given a two-year prison sentence. Mariusz Chorazy, 54, was arrested by Border Force officers at Dover Eastern Docks on 30 August 2013 after eight pallets of non-duty paid ‘MG’ brand cigarettes were found hidden within legitimate freight from Switzerland. The cigarettes would have evaded £404,000 in …

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Volvo launches FM and FH models powered by LNG

Volvo Trucks is introducing Euro 6-compliant FM and FH models that run on liquiefied natural gas (LNG) or biogas. The company says that these trucks offer the same performance, driveability and fuel consumption as Volvo’s diesel-powered models. Furthermore, the new trucks’ CO2 emissions are 20–100% lower compared with diesel, depending on choice of fuel. The new Volvo FH LNG and …

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New giant funnel bins at Lymm Services damaged within two days

Three of the four new giant funnel bins – installed at Lymm Services off the M6 in Cheshire with the aim of reducing the amount of littler dropped in the region – have been damaged within two days of being installed. The damage occurred when trucks trying to leave the services hit them because the bins’ location narrowed the exit. …

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