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    Riding to raise money in memory of Brett

    16/10/2017
    Sparshatts of Kent has supported the Cycle Heroes 2017 charity bike ride to raise much needed funds for The British Liver Trust.  Sparshatts provided the van to support the riders who braved sponsored cycling tour, riding 300km over 3 days from ...Read more
    Government climbs down on Overnight Allowances

    Government climbs down on Overnight Allowances

    16/10/2017
    The RHA has won a significant concession from HMRC on Overnight Allowances for lorry drivers. At the heart of the row was an insistence from tax officials that drivers must produce receipts to cover the exact cost of the Overnight Allowance the...Read more
    New spot fines for drivers’ hours offences

    New spot fines for drivers’ hours offences

    16/10/2017
    Lorry, bus and coach drivers will face tough new penalties if they are caught exceeding their time limits on the road. The DVSA can fine drivers up to £300 if they’re caught breaking the rules.  Drivers can also be prosecuted or hav...Read more
    FTA Driver of the Year winners announced

    FTA Driver of the Year winners announced

    16/10/2017
    The winners of the Freight Transport Association’s Driver of the Year competitions have been announced. Thomas Kent of Samworth Brothers Supply Chain won the 44-tonne competition, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Trucks, ahead of...Read more
    Will robots replace humans in transport sector?

    Will robots replace humans in transport sector?

    16/10/2017
    One fifth of business leaders in the transport sector believe there is considerable potential for automation in the industry within the next ten years. That’s according to a new report from the Royal Society of Arts which estimated that around...Read more
    Mercedes-Benz Vans launches Fleet Safe compliance software

    Mercedes-Benz Vans launches Fleet Safe compliance software

    16/10/2017
    Mercedes-Benz Vans has teamed up with the Freight Transport Association and FleetCheck to provide Fleet Safe compliance software for small to medium fleets. Designed to help keep customer fleets compliant, Fleet Safe is an online software platform a...Read more
    New from the 3D printer: first spare truck part made of metal

    New from the 3D printer: first spare truck part made of metal

    28/09/2017
    Mercedes-Benz Trucks has taken 3D printing a stage further.  The first printed spare part made of metal – a thermostat cover for older model series trucks and Unimogs – has passed all the stages of the stringent quality assurance pro...Read more
    Vacancies still a concern for freight industry

    Vacancies still a concern for freight industry

    28/09/2017
    The freight and logistics sector is still suffering a shortage of skilled drivers, according to the Freight Transport Association’s July Quarterly Transport Activity Survey. The survey, which asked the opinions of 6,000 freight and logistics b...Read more
    Lorry 'platooning' could have ‘major benefits’

    Lorry 'platooning' could have ‘major benefits’

    28/09/2017
    Lorries on motorways are a step closer to accelerating, braking and steering in sync through wireless technology, thanks to £8.1 million Government funding for trials. New ‘platooning’ trials will see up to three heavy goods vehicl...Read more
    FORS launches new Light Commercial Vehicle Working Group

    FORS launches new Light Commercial Vehicle Working Group

    28/09/2017
    FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, has launched a new Light Commercial Vehicle Working Group to support vans and other light vehicles that make up fleets as part of the scheme.  There are now more than 50,000 registered LCVs that are ...Read more
    Two thirds of drivers don’t know minimum legal tyre tread depth

    Two thirds of drivers don’t know minimum legal tyre tread depth

    28/09/2017
    New research has revealed that 69% of company car and van drivers don’t know the correct legal tyre tread depth limit. According to the study, by Venson Automotive Solutions, drivers aged 25 to 54 were most likely to be aware of the correct tr...Read more
    Aquaflow ‘goes for gold’ with Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

    Aquaflow ‘goes for gold’ with Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

    25/09/2017
    Multi-faceted Aquaflow Services has celebrated the arrival of its 100th Mercedes-Benz van by wrapping the landmark vehicle in shimmering gold. To set the seal on this significant milestone, Kent-based Aquaflow has also acquired and restored a first-...Read more
    Tree Craft Branches Out With New FUSO Canters From Sparshatts

    Tree Craft Branches Out With New FUSO Canters From Sparshatts

    14/09/2017
    The FUSO Canter’s ability to ‘turn on a sixpence’ makes it ideally suited to trailer-towing duties, particularly in built-up areas. That’s the view of tree surgeon Russell Coombs, whose company has just commissioned its second...Read more
    Off-peak deliveries cut city congestion

    Off-peak deliveries cut city congestion

    28/07/2017
    Local restrictions on night-time deliveries leave some distributors no choice but to dispatch trucks during morning rush hours.  But lifting these rules could reduce peak traffic volumes and increase transport efficiency, according to a recent s...Read more
    Hard-hitting FTA film focuses on van safety

    Hard-hitting FTA film focuses on van safety

    28/07/2017
    A thought-provoking film featuring the death of a child in a van collision has been released by the Freight Transport Association to highlight the importance of safety and compliance in van operations. In the film – One Fateful Day – the...Read more
    HGV driver training with Government funding

    HGV driver training with Government funding

    28/07/2017
    Funding to train HGV drivers to C+E level is a game-changer for the new LGV driver apprenticeship, according to the Road Haulage Association. The RHA is concerned that many hauliers, and even some training providers, are unaware that they can train ...Read more
    London Mayor unveils transport strategy

    London Mayor unveils transport strategy

    28/07/2017
    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has set out wide-ranging plans to transform London’s transport network. The capital’s population is expected to rise to 10.5 million by 2041 – creating five million additional journeys every day.&nb...Read more
    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
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