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    New era dawns for Mercedes-Benz in Kent

    New era dawns for Mercedes-Benz in Kent

    30/04/2018
    In a move that promises to deliver even greater customer service for operators of Mercedes-Benz trucks in Kent and beyond, we’re delighted to announce that the transfer to new owners of Sparshatts Truck & Van has been completed successfully...Read more
    Alcohol interlocks ‘should be mandatory’ for vans, lorries and buses

    Alcohol interlocks ‘should be mandatory’ for vans, lorries and buses

    15/03/2018
    The European Transport Safety Council wants alcohol interlocks to be fitted in all new professional vehicles, and retrofitted to cars used by repeat drink-driving offenders. These are two of the main recommendations from its report on how to reduce ...Read more
    Drivers’ hours enforcement is good, but where are truckers to rest?

    Drivers’ hours enforcement is good, but where are truckers to rest?

    15/03/2018
    The Road Haulage Association supports DVSA’s action on drivers’ hours compliance but is concerned about the lack of legal rest areas for drivers to park. Since 5 March this year, DVSA traffic examiners have been able to issue on-the-spot...Read more
    Government Introduces Haulage Permits & Trailer Registration Bill

    Government Introduces Haulage Permits & Trailer Registration Bill

    15/03/2018
    The Government has introduced new legislation on cross-border haulage as the UK continues its preparations for life outside the EU. The UK’s overall aim in negotiations with the EU is to maintain and develop the existing liberalised access for...Read more
    Best Practice Guide for Vehicle Body Buyers

    Best Practice Guide for Vehicle Body Buyers

    15/03/2018
    Vehicle body manufacturer Ingimex has launched a best practice guide to help light commercial vehicle operators ask the right questions of prospective vehicle body suppliers before making an investment. The Ask Your Provider guide reveals the top si...Read more
    Vaping at the Wheel Could Cost You Your Licence

    Vaping at the Wheel Could Cost You Your Licence

    15/03/2018
    Police officers have warned that drivers using electronic cigarettes, or ‘vaping’, while driving could be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention. There are no laws against vaping currently, but police believe the thick clo...Read more
    Report Calls for Road Pricing to Fund Roads Investment

    Report Calls for Road Pricing to Fund Roads Investment

    27/02/2018
    The Government must introduce dynamic road user charging by 2030 to ensure the road network is adequately funded, a new report has claimed. Funding Roads For The Future, published by the Association for Consultancy & Engineering, ...Read more
    Top Ten Tips for First-Time Van Drivers

    Top Ten Tips for First-Time Van Drivers

    27/02/2018
    With only a regular driving licence needed to drive a vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes, climbing behind the wheel of an LCV for the first time can be a daunting proposition for those who have only previously driven cars and have no specialist train...Read more
    Truck Drivers Need Better Facilities, Not Bigger Fines

    Truck Drivers Need Better Facilities, Not Bigger Fines

    21/02/2018
    The Freight Transport Association is warning that increased fines are not the solution to illegal truck parking in Kent.  It says the problem will only be solved when there are adequate clean and secure parking facilities for truck drivers. Ash...Read more
    Driver Shortage the 'Biggest Challenge' Facing Road Transport

    Driver Shortage the 'Biggest Challenge' Facing Road Transport

    21/02/2018
    The ongoing driver shortage is by far the most significant challenge facing the road transport sector in 2018 and a growing cause for concern amongst logistics operations, according to the findings of Paragon Software Systems’ annual UK custome...Read more
    Used Commercial Vehicle Demand Set to Remain Strong in 2018

    Used Commercial Vehicle Demand Set to Remain Strong in 2018

    21/02/2018
    The market for used commercial vehicles will remain strong this year, analysts at CAP HPI believe.  Demand for good quality used vehicles remained consistent in the final quarter of last year, and this trend looks set to continue as the logisti...Read more
    Euro 6 Warning for Fridge Van Fleets

    Euro 6 Warning for Fridge Van Fleets

    21/02/2018
    Refrigerated van fleets have less than 12 months to upgrade to Euro 6 standards or face annual ULEZ charges of £3,000 a year. That’s according to insulated van converter CoolVan, which is urging food suppliers to 'future-proof' t...Read more
    First MOT Test to Remain at Three Years

    First MOT Test to Remain at Three Years

    21/02/2018
    The Government has decided to maintain the period before a vehicle’s first MOT test at three years. The decision follows a Department for Transport consultation last year on changing the wait before the first test to four years. Changing the ...Read more
    The UK Limited Edition Actros1

    The UK Limited Edition Actros1

    7/02/2018
    The perfect business partner. Where will your 1 take you?   Discover our Mercedes Benz Actros series....Read more
    New Stars Are Born at Mercedes-Benz Dealer Sparshatts Truck & Van

    New Stars Are Born at Mercedes-Benz Dealer Sparshatts Truck & Van

    30/01/2018
    A Kent-based trio of young service technicians have taken another step on the road to fulfilling professional careers by graduating from the acclaimed Mercedes-Benz Apprenticeship Programme. Dan Goodwin, Ethan Macrae and James Wickham are all employ...Read more
    Number of cargo crimes 58% up in 2016, despite improving trend

    Number of cargo crimes 58% up in 2016, despite improving trend

    15/01/2018
    Recorded cargo crimes in the UK fell for the third consecutive quarter this year, but remain 58% higher than the corresponding period of last year. The latest quarterly report on cargo theft from the Transported Asset Protection Association shows th...Read more
    Truck driver shortage – RHA sets the record straight

    Truck driver shortage – RHA sets the record straight

    15/01/2018
    The UK haulage industry is currently facing a shortage of between 45-50,000 HGV drivers and it is vital that the sector does more to bring people into the industry. That is the view of the Road Haulage Association, whose Chief Executive Richard Burn...Read more
     ‘Major Road’ investment programme ‘must work for freight too’

    ‘Major Road’ investment programme ‘must work for freight too’

    15/01/2018
    Freight transport must be at the heart of a new investment programme for England’s major roads, according to the Freight Transport Association. The Department for Transport’s consultation on the creation of a new Major Road Network annou...Read more
    Deliveries ahead of Christmas not arriving as expected

    Deliveries ahead of Christmas not arriving as expected

    15/01/2018
    Deliveries by courier companies have not been arriving as expected, with lengthy delays, damaged packages and poor communication reported over the past month, new Which? research has found. Which? asked more than 2,000 people about their experience ...Read more
    Confusion and concern is rife over Clean Air Zones

    Confusion and concern is rife over Clean Air Zones

    15/01/2018
    Businesses and drivers most likely to be affected by the Governments proposed Clean Air Strategy, and the Clean Air Zones that will be in place in Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton by the end of next year, remain in the dark about ...Read more
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