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    Hermes trials self-driving robots in London

    Hermes trials self-driving robots in London

    30/05/2017
    Hermes is launching a new trial of self-driving delivery robots in London. In partnership with Starship Technologies, the consumer delivery firm will soon test a number of parcel collections in the London borough of Southwark. The trial follows on ...Read more
    BVRLA opposes London's Direct Vision scheme

    BVRLA opposes London's Direct Vision scheme

    30/05/2017
    The trade body for the vehicle rental and leasing industry has opposed Transport for London’s proposal for a new Direct Vision Standard for trucks entering London from 2020.  Responding to TfL’s online consultation, the British Vehic...Read more
    BVRLA calls for tougher MOT regime for large vans

    BVRLA calls for tougher MOT regime for large vans

    30/05/2017
    The British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association is urging the Government to reconsider the frequency of MOT tests for some light commercial vehicles.  The BVRLA supported the Government’s proposal to extend the period for the first M...Read more
    Private testing makes sense, but safety 'must come first'

    Private testing makes sense, but safety 'must come first'

    30/05/2017
    Allowing exemplary commercial vehicle operators to test their own vehicles makes sense, but the Freight Transport Association warns that safety standards must be a priority.  The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency has released its five-year ...Read more
    Mercedes-Benz Transport 2|2017

    Mercedes-Benz Transport 2|2017

    16/05/2017
    A Special Case Dedicated international express delivery firm The Special Carrier had never bought a new van, preferring instead to deal with the rapid expansion and contraction of client demand by spot renting its vehicles then returning them to the...Read more
    Too many fleets keep 'old van in the yard'

    Too many fleets keep 'old van in the yard'

    19/04/2017
    Too many fleets keep ‘an old van in the yard’ that represents a massive Health and Safety risk, it has been claimed.  Fleet software provider, FleetCheck, says it regularly encounters businesses – especially larger SMEs &ndash...Read more
    Van Experience LIVE 2017

    Van Experience LIVE 2017

    19/04/2017
    We currently offer some of the most technologically advanced vans on the road, backed by one of the most comprehensive support packages around. But we don’t just want to tell you about them. We want you to experience them for yourself – a...Read more
    Using a mobile phone while driving

    Using a mobile phone while driving

    19/04/2017
    On 1 March, the Government doubled the penalties for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving to six penalty points and a £200 fine.  Vocational drivers may have their entitlements suspended by the Traffic Commissioner and newly-qualif...Read more
    Insurance rate rises could hit hauliers hard

    Insurance rate rises could hit hauliers hard

    19/04/2017
    Hauliers may be in for a surprise when the time comes to renew their insurance premiums since the Lord Chancellor released details of a proposed change to the way that compensation payments are calculated. The discount (or interest) rate used to cal...Read more
    OTC 'period of grace' warning for operators

    OTC 'period of grace' warning for operators

    19/04/2017
    Operators who need to apply for an extension to meet financial standing tests or appoint a new transport manager risk having their licences revoked if the mandatory requirements are not met when the time expires. That is according to the Office of t...Read more
    Smartphone licences to launch next year

    Smartphone licences to launch next year

    19/04/2017
    The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency has revealed plans to offer motorists the option of having their licence on their smartphone by 2018. The DVLA’s new Business Plan for 2017-18 says a test version of the scheme will be launched in Sept...Read more
    Thames Group goes with the Mercedes-Benz Actros flow

    Thames Group goes with the Mercedes-Benz Actros flow

    27/03/2017
    The latest Mercedes-Benz Actros is certainly living up to its reliable, fuel-efficient billing for Thames Group, a third-generation family firm now celebrating its 40th anniversary. Three months after they entered service the seven tractor units sup...Read more
    Government funding for HGV training

    Government funding for HGV training

    16/03/2017
    Government funding to train up to 200 HGV drivers is being made available to Freight Transport Association members through a new partnership with The Real Apprenticeship Company. Applications for funding will need to be made before the end of March,...Read more
    Controlling maintenance costs is van buyers main priority

    Controlling maintenance costs is van buyers main priority

    16/03/2017
    Around two thirds of businesses that use light commercial vehicles say controlling the cost of servicing and maintenance is their main priority when choosing a vehicle to buy or to rent. That’s according to a survey conducted by market researc...Read more
    Audit all HGV operators, says RHA

    Audit all HGV operators, says RHA

    16/03/2017
    All HGV operators should be thoroughly audited, the Road Haulage Association has told the government, in what would be a major change to the operator licensing system. “We need to raise the bar for road haulage operators in the interests of ro...Read more
    Operators still focused on cost control

    Operators still focused on cost control

    16/03/2017
    Seven out of ten commercial fleet operators are predicting growth in the coming year, but cost control remains a primary concern for many. That was the key finding of a survey from ExxonMobil, entitled Future of Fleets, which looked into the behavio...Read more
    Another year of growth for truck market

    Another year of growth for truck market

    16/03/2017
    Registrations of new heavy goods vehicles rose by 5.3% to 46,231 units in 2016, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders. The year also ended on a positive note, with 13,555 new HGVs registered in Q4 – a...Read more
    Government publishes Freight Carbon Review

    Government publishes Freight Carbon Review

    16/03/2017
    The Government has published its Freight Carbon Review, which presents evidence on the opportunities for and barriers to reducing road freight greenhouse gas emissions. The report identifies a range of government and industry-led options, and outlin...Read more
    £20 million of funding for low-emission logistics

    £20 million of funding for low-emission logistics

    22/02/2017
    Vans will go electric and lorries will run on hydrogen dual-fuel under a £20 million government programme to cut emissions and improve air quality. The funding is being given to 20 firms who have set out plans for innovative ways to deploy low...Read more
    Vans consume a fifth more fuel when 75% laden

    Vans consume a fifth more fuel when 75% laden

    16/02/2017
    An increase in fuel consumption of more than 20% between an unladen panel van and the same vehicle carrying 75% of its maximum payload has been recorded in controlled trials. The trials were designed to underline the importance of ensuring that LCVs...Read more
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