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20 Jun Alarming growth in lorry driver tax evasion

The Road Haulage Association is campaigning to improve tax law compliance with regard to lorry drivers.

RHA members have been alarmed at a growth in tax evasion and the increasing market pressure on firms to break HMRC rules.

Various ploys are being used by which lorry drivers are said&...

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20 Jun LGV test reforms will bring greater flexibility

Reforms to allow qualified experts in the private sector to conduct Large Goods Vehicle tests have come a step closer with the publication of the Department for Transport’s Motoring Services Strategy.

 

The DfT report outlines proposals for changes to the way the DVLA, DVSA and...

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20 Jun Drive safely with hay fever

A runny nose, headache and constant sneezing are just a few of the symptoms hay fever sufferers have to deal with during the summer. Here’s what you can do to better cope with it, before you take to the road:

· Try to minimise the effects by ensuring your van is clean and dust free, and ...

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20 Jun DVLA developing digital licence

The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency is developing a digital driving licence for smartphones.

The Agency’s Chief Executive, Oliver Morley, tweeted a photo last month of a prototype on Apple’s iPhone Wallet app and said it would be an add-on to the current plastic card driving licenc...

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20 Jun 88% of businesses are overloading vans!

With new figures from the DVSA revealing that 88.5% of the 2,381 vans it weighed last year were overloaded, SMEs are being urged to ensure their vehicles are ‘fit for purpose’.

Businesses need to take into consideration how their vehicles are used, including the working environment and...

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16 Jun Van drivers feel ‘uninformed’ about Brexit vote

Van drivers don’t know enough about the EU referendum to make an informed choice, according to research from Mercedes-Benz Vans.

A quarter of Brits who drive a van for a living said they didn’t feel confident enough in their knowledge to know how to vote, while 29% were unsure if Britain...

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13 May Top award for Van Excellence scheme

The Freight Transport Association’s Van Excellence scheme received a top award at the Fleet World Honours last month and was hailed “a beacon of professionalism” for the van industry.

Van Excellence was presented with the Editor’s Award which, unlike the other Fleet World awards, is a pe...

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13 May Drivers in focus at Van Excellence briefings

The Freight Transport Association’s 2016 Van Excellence Operational Briefings sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans got under way last month with events taking place in Nottingham, Weybridge and Glasgow. 

High on the agenda at this year’s briefings is the way drivers’ actions can impact o...

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12 May Mercedes-Benz Vans continues winning streak

Mercedes-Benz Vans has continued its winning streak, collecting triple honours in the Trade Van Driver Awards 2016 – Best Large Van for Sprinter, Best Midsize Combi Van for the Vito crew van, and Best Lifestyle/Business Van for the new Vito Sport.

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter also once aga...

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12 May VanExperience Live now open for registration

VanExperience Live 2016, the ultimate test drive event for Mercedes-Benz Vans and the biggest of its kind in Britain, is now officially open for registration at www.MBVans.co.uk/VEL.

Open to all van operators, VanExperience Live promises to be bigger than ever before, with more than...

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12 May Date set for trials of driverless vans

Trials of driverless vans will start by the end of the year in Greenwich, South-East London, the Transport Research Laboratory has confirmed.

Nick Reed, Academy Director at the Transport Research Laboratory and technical lead for the £8m Government-backed Gateway project, which develops ...

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12 May Van overloading ‘undermining advances in safety technology

Advances in van safety technology could be undermined by dangerous overloading, the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders has warned.

Almost nine in ten (88.5%) of the 2,381 vans weighed by the DVSA last year were found to be overloaded, a worse record than in 2014 when 84%...

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12 May Record number of vans on the road

The number of vans on the UK’s roads has hit an all-time high of 4 million.

According to Motorparc data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders, a total of 4,007,331 vans are in use today, 4.3% more than in 2015.

Demand for new vans is now at record levels. Registrations ...

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03 May Mercedes-Benz Vans launches new National Service pricing

Mercedes-Benz Vans has launched new National Service pricing for the UK, designed to give clear, transparent costs to all customers.

Based on a flat national labour rate and set oil and parts pricing, the new National Service price for Mercedes-Benz Vans starts at just £99 for an ‘A’ ser...

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03 May Double honours for Mercedes-Benz Vans

Mercedes-Benz Vans UK is celebrating once again, after taking double honours at the 2016 VansA2Z Awards for Minibus of the Year and 4x4 Panel Van of the Year.

It was the fifth consecutive year that its Sprinter has won the 4x4 Panel Van title, and the third consecutive Minibus of the Yea...

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03 May Caution urged for ‘platooning’ of trucks

The Road Haulage Association has reacted with caution to the Government’s announcement of trials for the ‘platooning’ of trucks.

Grouping vehicles into platoons is a way of increasing the capacity of roads. The term ‘platooning’ describes a driving formation whereby trucks can trav...

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03 May Extension announced for all-lane running on motorways    

Plans to convert hundreds of miles of hard shoulder on motorways into traffic lanes have been announced.

Over 80 miles of all-lane running (ALR) schemes - which use the hard shoulder to ease congestion – are open to traffic at present. An extra 250 miles are set to be added to the road n...

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03 May Rule change for drivers with diabetes

A change to European driving rules means that some motorists who have diabetes will no longer face losing their licences “unnecessarily”.

 

An EU Directive introduced in 2011 means that drivers who treat their diabetes with insulin and who have had one or more episodes of severe hypo...

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03 May Explore best practice in the van sector

This year’s Van Excellence Operational Briefings will take a closer look at the way drivers’ actions can impact on how a fleet operation works, and reflect on how planning and consideration can improve both the way they work and the image of van driver’s in the UK.

The briefings will exa...

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03 May Date set for Van Driver of the Year contest

This year’s Van Excellence Driver of the Year contest will take place on 14 July at Mercedes-Benz UK’s facility in Wentworth Park, near Barnsley.

Open to FTA members and Van Excellence accredited operators only, participants will compete in a variety of tasks to test their skills and abi...

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