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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.

Scania launches flagship XT truck range

Scania has launched its new XT truck range, designed for heavy duty applications, which will be available across the range of S-, R-, G- and P-series cabs. Eight key construction industry applications are targeted by this new range: tipper, mixer, hooklift , skiploader , concrete pump, mobile crane, flatbed with crane and heavy haulage. This launch is Scania’s latest step …

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Scania launches next generation of P-series trucks

Scania has continued the redesign of its basic cabs with the introduction of the P-series, which incorporates a larger surface area of glass, slimmer A-pillars, and a lowered and reshaped dashboard in order to provide better visibility. Six P-series cabs are being introduced now; one short cab (CP14L), two day-cabs (CP17L and CP17N) and three sleeper options (CP20L, CP20N and …

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Scania completes G-series line-up

Scania has completed its G-series line-up with the launch of three new variants, to go with the three that were previously announced in May. Initially, the only variants available were three heights of the 2,000mm internal length sleeper cab. But now Scania has added a short, low day cab, and an extended day cab in low and normal heights. The …

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British Commercial Vehicle Museum secures future with £1.8 million lottery grant

The British Commercial Vehicle Museum has received a £1.836 million grant from the National Lottery that will secure its long-term future and enable it to be refurbished. The grant, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), will fund the ‘Up another gear for the British Commercial Vehicle Museum’ project. Its aim is to attract more visitors from wider audiences and enable …

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Shortage of skilled drivers remains a concern for freight industry, survey says

A shortage of skilled drivers is still affecting the freight and logistics sector, with many struggling to recruit HGV drivers, a survey has found. The Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) July Quarterly Transport Activity Survey (QTAS), sponsored by Santander Corporate Banking, asked the opinions of 6,000 freight and logistics businesses in the FTA’s membership, and found that almost a third of …

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MTS Logistics driver takes Renault Trucks UK Optifuel Challenge crown

Steve Rountree, a driver for MTS Logistics, has won the Renault Trucks 2017 Optifuel Challenge National Final, achieving the best fuel consumption without sacrificing commercial speed. Roundtree, who fended off competition from six other drivers in the final, received £1,000 to spend in the Renault Trucks Reward Store, and will go on to represent the UK at the Optifuel Challenge …

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New Daf LF launched with new engine options, design and safety features

Daf Trucks has refreshed its LF range, with a new engine for light, urban distribution, as well as a new exterior design and optional lower passenger window for enhanced safety. One of the major changes is a new 3.8-litre PACCAR PX-4 engine at 7.5-tonnes and available in two power ratings: 115 kW/156 hp and 127 kW/172 hp with maximum torque …

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Transaid appeals for truck and trailer unit to support driver training project in Uganda

International development organisation Transaid has launched an appeal to find a second-hand tractor unit and trailer to support its new driver training project in Uganda. Transaid urgently requires an artic combination to bolster its training fleet from early 2018, and is calling on manufacturers, dealers, used vehicle retailers and operators to come forward with potential assets that could be donated. …

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Platooning trial to begin in 2018, government announces

Trials of ‘platooning’ – where up to three HGVs travel in convoy, with acceleration and braking controlled by the lead vehicle – will begin in the UK by the end of 2018, the government has announced. But concerns have been raised about the safety of such systems. While the lead vehicle has control over speed and braking, all lorries in …

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Truck drivers urged to check their blood pressure

Truck drivers will be asked about their blood pressure at Chippenham Pit Stop in Wiltshire from 18-24 September to coincide with National Blood Pressure Awareness Week. The slogan of the week is ‘know your numbers’ – and urges people to find out what their blood pressure is and take action to maintain it at a healthy level. Drivers overnighting at …

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