Tag Archives: trucks

Transport associations hit out at M6Toll charge hikes

Midland Expressway’s decision to increase charges on the M6Toll from the end of July has been criticised by leading transport associations. From 6am on 30 July, prices will rise by 20p-50p for HGVs, depending on the journey made, and by 10p-30p for light goods vehicles. Prices will remain the same for night time journeys for all light and heavy goods …

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HGV drivers in Bedfordshire urged to be vigilant after spate of fuel thefts

Drivers are being warned to be on their guard after a spate of fuel thefts from trucks parked up in laybys in mid-Bedfordshire. Bedfordshire Police have made the warning after a number of recent incidents along the A507, A421 and other main roads in mid-Bedfordshire of major fuel thefts while drivers are asleep. Offenders are cutting fuel lines or breaking …

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ULEZ expansion plans put small businesses at risk, say FTA

The decision to expand the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to cover the whole of Greater London for trucks in 2020, and inner London for vans (as well as cars) in 2021 will risk putting small logistics firms out of business, the Freight Transport Association has warned. FTA has calculated that, for a typical small firm with five trucks …

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Councils call for powers to fine truck drivers who ignore weight restrictions

Council leaders have called for tough new powers to issue fines to HGV drivers that ignore weight restrictions on roads. Trucks of a certain weight, height and width are banned from many minor roads. However, the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, has claimed that rural communities across the country have been “blighted” by …

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New Operation Stack plans announced by government

New plans for ‘Operation Stack’ have been unveiled by the government, ahead of a public consultation on a permanent solution. The plans, unveiled by Roads Minister Jesse Norman, will allow traffic to travel in both directions between junctions 8 and 9 of the M20 while trucks are being queued for the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel. That means drivers can …

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Thousands more truck parking spaces to address shortages, government survey finds

A government survey has found that the number of trucks parking overnight across England is increasing, but that parking provision is not keeping up with that demand and thousands more spaces are needed to address the shortages that mean drivers have to park in laybys or industrial estates. In the month-long survey, prepared for the Department for Transport and Highways …

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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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RHA says Scottish HGV drivers should be applauded, not pilloried

Truck drivers in Scotland should be praised for their commitment rather than criticised for being on the road, according to the Road Haulage Association (RHA). The message came after Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, speaking at Holyrood, said there were more trucks on the roads than there should have been during the worst of the wintry conditions – for the …

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LNG best alternative fuel for regional and long-haul transport operations, says Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks is intensifying its development of gas-powered trucks for heavy regional and long-haul operations, as it believes that liquefied natural gas (LNG) or biogas can be a competitive vehicle fuel with considerable environmental benefits. Replacing diesel with LNG or biogas could drastically reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from heavy trucks, Volvo add. Natural gas is a fossil fuel, but …

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