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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.

Body damage most common issue identified during truck safety checks

Body damage is the most common issue identified during commercial vehicle safety checks, according to new research by software specialist FleetCheck. The other most common issues are windscreen damage, mechanical noises, failed bulbs and internal damage. The results are based on 210,000 checks completed since the start of 2017 using the Fleetcheck’s Mobile App, which is designed to provide a …

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Volvo launches first all-electric truck

Volvo Trucks has introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use – the Volvo FL Electric, which is designed for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications. The first trucks in the new Volvo FL Electric range are now entering regular operation with two customers in Gothenburg, the home of Volvo Trucks, with sales and series production of the …

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RHA calls for investigation into why some hauliers are cheating emission standards

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has called for an investigation into why some hauliers are modifying their vehicles to break the law or cheat emission standards. This call comes after Channel 4 broadcast ‘Dispatches – Britain’s Diesel Scandal’ on Monday, 9 April, which showed cheat devices by hundreds of hauliers to avoid using AdBlue, which turns harmful NOX emissions into …

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Whistleblowing increases 7% at transport and logistics firms in past year

Calls to whistleblowing hotlines from transport and logistics employees have increased by 7% in the past year, with human resources issues the top concern, according to new figures. Expolink, a provider of outsourced speak up ‘whistleblowing’ services, has published its annual Whistleblowing Benchmarking Report, which includes an analysis of 8,281 reports raised by UK employees in 2017. Expolink hotlines cover …

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British Truck Racing Championship – Smith’s Easter extravaganza

The 2018 truck racing season got off to a spectacular – if soggy – start at Brands Hatch in Kent over the Easter weekend, with some familiar names at the top of the standings. Ryan Smith (MAN No.1) was on top form for the bruising opening round of the 2018 BTRA British Truck Racing Championship with the reigning champion turning …

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Formula Services truck stop opens new fitness room for truck drivers

The Formula Services truck stop in Ellesmere Port has recently expanded its facilities by opening a fitness room for truck drivers. The Fitness Room contains an array of exercise equipment and is free for drivers to use. Initial feedback on the facility from drivers has been positive, according to Formula Services’ manager, Gerry Graham. He hopes that it will become …

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Many hauliers set to be hit by 20% rise in HGV Road User Levy

About half of UK hauliers are facing a 20% increase in the HGV Road User Levy from February 2019 after the government revealed changes to the scheme. In February 2019, UK-registered Euro 5 trucks and earlier will be hit with the rise, but the levy for Euro 6 vehicles will reduce by 10%. The move is part of the government’s …

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Government commits extra £100 million to repair potholes

The government has committed an extra £100 million to repair local roads affected by potholes and storm damage, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced. This funding – which the government claims is enough to repair almost two million potholes and help protect roads from future severe weather – is in addition to the £75 million funding already given to councils …

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Warning over reports of truck drivers being ‘gassed’ by thieves

Truck drivers are being warned to be vigilant after reports of criminals ‘gassing’ drivers before stealing good from their trucks. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) cites an incident where a haulier was parked overnight on an industrial estate in the West Midlands and woke up the next morning to find that thieves had slashed the curtain on one side of …

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Daf Trucks celebrating milestone anniversary at Convoy in the Park

Daf Trucks will be celebrating its 90th anniversary at Convoy in the Park at Donington Park, and will be exhibiting a selection of classics to mark the occasion. In addition to remembering its illustrious past, the manufacturer, which will once again be supported by local dealer Imperial Commercials, will also be showing off its latest range of trucks. These include …

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