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  • Merc unveils Direct Vision Econic tractor concept

    Merc unveils Direct Vision Econic tractor concept

    11th May 2017

    Mercedes-Benz has revealed a prototype urban tractor unit based on its low-entry Econic chassis. The truck features a deep, panoramic windscreen and full-height glazed passenger door, and a low seating position which enables the driver to make direct eye contact…

  • Richard Turfitt appointed as new senior traffic commissioner

    Richard Turfitt appointed as new senior traffic commissioner

    27th April 2017

    Richard Turfitt has been appointed as the new senior traffic commissioner by transport minister John Hayes. Currently the traffic commissioner for the East of England, Turfitt will begin his new role on June 1 2017, taking over the post from…

  • DAF unveils new XF & CF

    DAF unveils new XF & CF

    27th April 2017

    DAF used the CV Show to lift the lid on a new generation of XF and CF trucks. The Dutch manufacturer said engine innovations, new drivelines and aerodynamic optimisations result in up to seven per cent better fuel efficiency –…

  • Green light for Lower Thames Crossing

    Green light for Lower Thames Crossing

    18th April 2017

    The government has given plans to build a new crossing beneath the River Thames the green light. Highways England’s chief executive Jim O’Sullivan said the proposed Lower Thames Crossing, east of Gravesend and Tilbury, would improve journey times and “dramatically”…

  • Swannells signs up for next-gen Scania

    Swannells signs up for next-gen Scania

    18th April 2017

    Cambridgeshire-based general haulage specialist Swannells Transport has taken delivery of a new Scania R520 6×2/2 V8 tractor unit with Highline cab – which has now become the company’s flagship. “We are lucky; our drivers are loyal and take great pride…

  • Market remains strong as demand grows in 2016

    Market remains strong as demand grows in 2016

    31st March 2017

    Registrations of new heavy goods vehicles rose 5.3 per cent to 46,231 units in 2016, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) – marking the sector’s third consecutive year of growth. The…

  • Europe’s first indoor Used Truck Sales Centre opens its doors

    Europe’s first indoor Used Truck Sales Centre opens its doors

    31st March 2017

    Scania has opened what is believed to be Europe’s first dedicated indoor Used Truck Sales Centre. Located close to the M6 in Warrington, Cheshire, the centre’s showroom is large enough to accommodate 60 vehicles at any one time. “Our UK…

  • Volvo concept tests hybrid powertrain for long-haul missions

    Volvo concept tests hybrid powertrain for long-haul missions

    31st March 2017

    Volvo Trucks has developed its first hybrid vehicle designed for long-haul work. According to the Swedish manufacturer, in combination with the vehicle’s other improvements, the total reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 is around 30 per cent. Volvo first unveiled…

  • Hauliers warned to obey ‘period of grace’ by OTC

    Hauliers warned to obey ‘period of grace’ by OTC

    31st March 2017

    Operators who need to apply for an extension to meet financial standing tests or appoint a new transport manager are being warned their licences could be revoked if the mandatory requirements are not met when the time expires. The Office…

  • North West traffic officers featured in Channel 5 documentary

    North West traffic officers featured in Channel 5 documentary

    23rd February 2017

    Three North West traffic officers will be featured in a new Channel 5 series which shows the work involved in keeping the roads moving during the winter months. A film crew from Winter Road Rescue has spent several shifts with Highways…