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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 on next government to help, not hinder the freight industry

The next government must support logistics businesses to enable them to reduce vehicle emissions and cope with the transition to Clean Air Zone regulations, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA). This support should include helping to develop the market in alternatively fueled vehicles, rather than just ramping up taxes on diesel owners, which would crush economic growth and drive …

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Number of serious accidents involving trucks falling, but more needs to be done to improve safety, report finds

The number of serious road accidents involving trucks is falling, but the safety of vulnerable road users needs to be improved, a report has found. Volvo Trucks’ 2017 Traffic Safety Report reports that about 35% of people suffering serious injuries or fatalities in accidents involving heavy trucks are vulnerable road users. With the increasing pace of urbanisation and more people …

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Distracted truck driver who killed pensioner has jail sentence increased

A truck driver who caused a crash that killed a pensioner has had his jail sentence increased by the Court of Appeal after judges found that his original sentence was too lenient. In the run-up to the crash, Joseph David Smith had been sending and receiving text messages on his mobile phone – with the last message sent 43 seconds …

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Trade associations call for better facilities for truck drivers

More action from the government is needed to address the poor state of many truckstops and a lack of facilities for drivers, leading trade associations have said. The issue of a lack of places that have showers – or even toilets in some cases – is one of the biggest concerns among drivers. Jim French, chair of the Road Transport …

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White Knights are coming to Convoy in the Park

The Knights of the Round Table will be coming to Convoy in the Park, in the form of 21 limited edition Scania Topline 6×2 tractor units. The White Knights, as they are known, have been supplied exclusively by Scania dealer Keltruck on 3-year contract hire deals to 15 of its customers. The eye-catching trucks, which are individually named and numbered, …

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Daf launches new generation CF and XF trucks

Daf has unveiled its new generation CF and XF trucks, which promise up to 7% lower fuel consumption and greater driver comfort. The CF and XF will deliver the lower fuel consumption through engine innovations, new drivelines and aerodynamic optimizations. Daf add that the new Daf Connect fleet management system will drive even larger efficiency gains. The CF and XF …

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MP sets out plans to avoid gridlock chaos at Channel Ports post-Brexit

An MP has launched a 50-page plan that he hopes will ensure that Dover and the Channel Ports are ready for Brexit on day one and fears of long queues prove unfounded. Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke has created the plan, developed with ports, shipping and haulage businesses and it is backed by industry leaders and Xavier Bertrand, president …

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Transport firm rewards dedicated drivers with new MAN trucks

Two dedicated drivers for a transport and logistics firm have been rewarded for their service by being allocated two new MAN trucks. Cannock-based Go Direct has taken delivery of two new MAN TGX 26.520 tractor units, and has had them kitted out with top-of-the-range equipment. Gary Oliver, who runs Go Direct with his wife Karen, said: “We are always looking …

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