Tag Archives: HGV

Big Lorry Blog: Check your nuts!

Wheel nuts, that is. While checks are part and parcel of the driver’s life, the wheel nuts can easily be overlooked – but shouldn’t be. A reminder of how important this is comes from Mike Ponsonby. He recounts a tale from July 2010, when, stopped at the traffic lights on the slip road off the M5 Junction 1 for West …

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A75 HGV safety scheme scoops top industry award

A scheme that uses smart road signs with the aim of reducing the disproportionate number of HGV accidents on the A75 through Dumfries and Galloway has scooped the Road Safety Scheme of the Year award at the Highways Awards. Scotland TranServ, alongside Transport Scotland, Clearview Intelligence and Coeval lifted the prize at the Lancaster Hotel in London for their Vehicle …

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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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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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New contract HGV parking site to open in Yorkshire

New HGV contract spaces will be available in Featherstone in Yorkshire from 1 September, it has been announced. The spaces are in Onward Park in Featherstone, and will be provided by warehousing supplier Onward Holdings Ltd. The site is within 2.5 miles of junction 31 of the M62. The site has toilet facilities. The large capacity of the site is …

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FTA calls on Government to keep promise to scrap Severn Bridge charges

The government should honour its pre-election promise and scrap all charges on the Severn Bridges, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has said. The toll to cross the two bridges, which span the Severn estuary on the M4 and M48 motorways, into Wales is £20 for an HGV and £13.40 for a van. This, say the FTA, places a massive burden …

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