On The Road News

  • New ‘O’ licence rules for driving in EU

    May 23, 2022
    New EU rules from 21 May, 2022, will mean that operators or users of vans and other light goods vehicles over 2.5 tonnes and up to 3.5 tonnes in weight that transport goods for hire and reward from the UK into, or through the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, will need an International Operators’ Licence.
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  • Digital tyre management

    May 22, 2022
    Tyre company Continental has released a new version of its ContiConnect tyre management system: ContiConnect 2.0. The system allows tyre maintenance to take place exactly when it’s needed.
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  • DKV offers secure parking in Europe

    May 15, 2022
    DKV Mobility has launched a partnership with the Truck Parking Europe platform. This enables DKV Mobility customers to reserve secured parking spots at more than 70 parking spots in 18 European countries in advance.
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  • Keeping self-driving vehicles safe

    May 11, 2022
    Drivers will be able to experience the full benefits of the first self-driving vehicles when they arrive, as government sets out how they should be driven safely on UK roads.
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  • Free refresher courses to tempt HGV drivers back on the road

    May 03, 2022
    With the HGV driver shortage continuing to place pressure on UK supply chains, business group Logistics UK is urging HGV drivers who have left the workplace to consider rejoining the profession, with hundreds of spaces now available on government-funded refresher training courses, known as Skills Bootcamps.
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  • Eight million UK drivers use the horn aggressively

    Apr 28, 2022
    An estimated eight million motorists in the UK are running the risk of fines of up to £1,000 each for sounding their vehicle’s horn inappropriately.
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  • Two new trucks for In-Excess Removals

    Apr 23, 2022
    Hertfordshire-based In-Excess Removals has recently purchased two new vehicles in preparation for the company’s expansion into European moves and to meet increasingly stringent emission regulations.
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  • Over 90% of vans in Europe still use diesel

    Apr 20, 2022
    According to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, in 2021, 90.2% of all light commercial vehicles registered in the EU ran on diesel. Petrol accounted for 3.8% of the market and, although sales of electric and hybrid vehicles were up, they still represent only 4.6% of the total market.
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  • 20 million to improve roadside facilities for HGV drivers

    Apr 18, 2022
    HGV drivers in the UK will benefit from a further £20 million of funding to improve roadside facilities, as part of continued government action to boost driver welfare and tackle the effects of the global driver shortage in the UK.
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  • UK businesses given extension to plug-in van and truck grants

    Mar 27, 2022
    UK businesses will be encouraged to make the switch to electric power following the government’s decision to extend plug-in van and truck grants by a further two years.
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  • RHA launches campaign to improve driver facilities

    Mar 25, 2022
    The RHA (Road Haulage Association) is urging people in the commercial vehicle sector to get behind a new campaign to improve driver facilities.
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  • Kiss ‘necking’ goodbye, says insurance specialist ​

    Mar 17, 2022
    Fleet transport insurance specialist, McCarron Coates, is urging HGV and other commercial vehicle drivers to act now on diesel spillages, to avoid themselves – and others - paying the price.
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  • HGV driver numbers stabilising but skills shortage continues

    Mar 17, 2022
    The number of HGV drivers in the UK fell by 49,000 in Q4 2021 compared to Q4 2019, according to the latest ONS statistics (Office for National Statistics), published by business group Logistics UK.
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  • Logistics UK embraces VBRA

    Mar 14, 2022
    Logistics UK has launched affiliate membership for members of the Vehicle Body Repair Association (VBRA). This will give these businesses access to a variety of Logistics UK’s services and discounted rates on training courses, vehicle inspection services, Tachodisc analysis and fuel card products.
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  • Volvo leads the electric truck market in Europe

    Feb 21, 2022
    New statistics show that Volvo Trucks was the market leader for heavy all-electric trucks in Europe in 2021 with a market share of 42%. The company took orders, including letters of intent, for more than 1,100 electric trucks worldwide.
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  • RHA welcomes pause to smart motorway roll-out

    Feb 16, 2022
    The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has welcomed The Department for Transport’s decision to pause the roll-out of all-lane smart motorways in the UK.
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  • DVSA clamps down on number plate tampering

    Feb 10, 2022
    Truck operators in the UK who tamper with their vehicles’ number plates in an attempt to avoid identification are to be targeted by DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency).
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  • Vaccine-or-test requirement ditched in USA

    Feb 07, 2022
    American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) President and CEO Chris Spear has confirmed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has withdrawn its vaccine-or-test emergency temporary standard (ETS).
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  • New unique safety feature for Volvo’s electric trucks

    Jan 28, 2022
    Volvo Trucks has launched a new, patented safety feature for electric trucks – Active Grip Control. The new technology significantly improves stability, acceleration and braking in slippery conditions. Tests performed on a low friction surface showed 45% improvement at full acceleration.
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  • HGV operators face more potential liability under new Highway Code

    Jan 28, 2022
    Insurance broker McCarron Coates Ltd is urging HGV operators to not only be aware of the new changes to the Highway Code that come into force in the UK on January 29, but to also reflect on how the new ‘Hierarchy of Road Users’ affects their risk management.
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