On The Road News

  • Scania 540 S wins in comparative press tests ​

    Feb 23, 2021
    Last October, Scania participated in two comparison tests organised in Germany by European trade magazines. The results for the 1000 Punkte Test (1000 Point Test) and European Truck Challenge (ETC) have now been published with Scania´s 540 S tractor taking first place over its competitors.
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  • Direct Vision Standard and HGV Safety Permit

    Feb 18, 2021
    From 1 March, 2021 all vehicles over 12 tonnes GVW will require a Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and safety permit to operate in Greater London.
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  • Get HGVs MOTd in February or March says DVSA

    Feb 17, 2021
    The DVSA is advising HGV operators to get their vehicles MOTd in February or March to avoid a bottleneck at Authorised Test Facilities (ATFs) later in the year.
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  • Driving on vegetable oil

    Feb 16, 2021
    De Haan Relocation in the Netherlands has recently converted three of its 11 vehicles to run on HVO100 (100% Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil). It is claimed that HVO100 reduces CO2 emissions by 90% when calculated across the entire supply chain (well to wheel).
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  • London Direct Vision Standard (DVS) - £550 fines start 1 March

    Feb 04, 2021
    The Road Haulage Association (RHA) is warning operators and drivers of HGVs over 12 tonnes (GVW) entering Greater London, that from 1 March they must meet the capital’s Direct Vision Standard (DVS) rules or face £550 fines for each journey. The Greater London area covers most of the area within the M25 motorway.
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  • Five new Maxi Movers for Matthew James Global Relocations

    Jan 28, 2021
    Kent-based Matthew James Global Relocations has strengthened its already impressive fleet of vehicles with the addition of five brand new Mercedes-based SprintMAX low-loader vans from UK builder, Maxi Mover.
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  • Drivers travelling to France must have negative COVID test

    Jan 12, 2021
    Truck and van drivers leaving the UK and travelling to France must have a COVID test taken in the 72 hours prior to arrival in France. It will not be possible to enter France without proof of a negative test.
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  • Revised guidance on defects from DVSA

    Jan 07, 2021
    The UK’s Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has revised its guidance on how it categorises vehicle defects in roadside checks.
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  • Scania builds battery research laboratory

    Jan 05, 2021
    With Scania’s planned rapid introduction of electric vehicles over the coming years, there is a concurrent need to intensify battery testing and tailored deployment.
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  • Emissions fraud: EU Court of Justice decision puts Mercedes further on the back-foot

    Jan 05, 2021
    According to lawyers at Fox Williams and Hagens Berman UK, who are working on a potential group action litigation on behalf of England and Wales Mercedes owners, a decision released by the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) on 17 December last year puts Mercedes further on the back-foot in the face of claims that they engaged in diesel emissions fraud in the European market.
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  • Give your views: autonomous vehicles and driver training

    Dec 16, 2020
    IAM RoadSmart is part of a project called Drive2thefuture. It wants your views on developing training programmes, policies and other cost efficient measures to help people to use autonomous vehicles safely.
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  • Check if you’re Brexit border ready on new government website

    Dec 16, 2020
    Hauliers and commercial drivers are now able to log on to the Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border service to register their details and prepare for any upcoming journeys they plan in the New Year.
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  • Calls to pause CAZ roll out

    Dec 15, 2020
    The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Road Freight and Logistics has published a report recommending that the plan for roll out of nationwide Clean Air Zones (CAZ) is paused.
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  • Ban on tyres over 10 years old starts 1 February, 2021

    Dec 10, 2020
    From 1 February, 2021, Construction and Use Regulations in the UK will not allow tyres over 10 years old to be used on the front steered axles of HGVs, buses, coaches or on other single wheels fitted to a minibus.
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  • Major new study backs biomethane for road transport

    Dec 09, 2020
    The findings of the new Low Emissions Freight Trial (LEFT) report published on 18 November, 2020 by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership acknowledges that Heavy Goods Vehicles fuelled by biomethane (gas) can provide significant carbon reductions.
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  • Increased interest in gas-powered trucks ​

    Nov 23, 2020
    Volvo Trucks says hauliers and transport buyers are increasingly interested in reducing their CO2 emissions and costs, through the use of refrigerated liquefied gas as a fuel.
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  • Are gigaliners the future of long-haul transportation in Europe?

    Nov 20, 2020
    With the ability to transport up to 20 tons more cargo in just one trip, gigaliners promise less congestion and lower emissions, but they’re also facing strong criticism because of the impact on the road network, rail transport, and safety. So, what is the outlook for these giants on European roads?
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  • Mister Tacho clarifies WTD drivers’ hours rules

    Nov 18, 2020
    Transport consultant and re-seller of TruTac’s compliance control software, Mister Tacho Ltd, has clarified the position regarding WTD (Working Time Directive) regulations and highlighted the benefits of using reliable compliance software to keep operators on the right side of the law. ​
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  • More time needed for DVS and LEZ

    Nov 17, 2020
    Following the announcement by Transport for London (TfL) on 28 September that the enforcement of the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and the tightening of the London-wide Low Emission Zone (LEZ) will be implemented on 1 March, 2021, Natalie Chapman, Logistics UK’s Head of Urban Policy has expressed concern that the impact of introducing the schemes during the COVID-19 pandemic would have a detrimental effect on the haulage industry.
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  • Transport for London announces new adaptive traffic control system

    Nov 14, 2020
    Siemens Mobility Limited and Transport for London (TfL) have announced the launch of Sitraffic FUSION, an all-new adaptive traffic control solution.
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