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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.

Warning to give recovery drivers space after incident on A47 in Norfolk

Drivers of all vehicles are being warned to move over and give rescue recovery operators enough space to work in, after an incident in Norfolk left an operator requiring hospital treatment. Aaron Spall was recovering a broken down bus on the A47 westbound near North Burlingham in Norfolk on the afternoon of January 18. He had coned off an area …

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Volvo to start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019

Volvo Trucks will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019, with the first units going into operation with selected customers later this year. With the reduced noise and exhaust emissions of electric trucks, it could mean that more goods can be carried at night, meaning fewer trucks need to compete for road space during peak daytime hours, according to …

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More than 3400 road bridges not fit to carry heaviest HGVs

Nearly 3500 council maintained road bridges in Britain are substandard and not fit to carry the heaviest vehicles – trucks of up to 44 tonnes – yet many will not be repaired, according to new figures. Analysis of date by the RAC Foundation for the 2016-17 financial year – received from 204 of the 207 local highway authorities in England, …

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Police launch new crackdown on drivers who use mobile phones at the wheel

Police forces in England and Wales have launched a new week-long national clampdown on drivers of all types of vehicles using their mobile phone at the wheel. From today [22 January], officers are conducting targeted patrols using unmarked vans, high vantage points and helmet cams to catch offenders. The last operation in July 2017 saw more than 8,000 drivers stopped …

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Strongmen with disabilities set five truck pull world records

Five new world records for pulling trucks were set at Brands Hatch in Kent on Wednesday [17 January] by strongmen with disabilities. Nine athletes with disabilities ranging from missing limbs to cerebral palsy were at the Kent circuit with Arnar Már Jónsson, founder of the World’s Strongest Disabled Man contest, to attempt to pull trucks in tandem with a total …

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One in 12 trucks caught using emission cheat devices in DVSA clampdown

One in 12 trucks checked in a DVSA clampdown last year were found to be using emission cheat devices. The DVSA carried out roadside checks of 3,735 trucks at five locations across Great Britain between August and the end of November 2017 and found 293 trucks with a cheat device fitted. Of the 1,784 vehicles registered from mainland Britain that …

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Major upgrade planned for M3 junction 9 at Winchester

Junction 9 of the M3, where it meets the A34 near Winchester could be redesigned to create dedicated free flow lanes that will allow drivers travelling between the M3 and A34 to avoid using the junction roundabout, if plans are accepted. Under the plans, the roundabout itself would be redesigned into a new ‘dumbbell’ layout, which would increase capacity, improve …

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