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14 Dec TRL wins Zero Emissions HGV Technologies review

The Transport Research Laboratory has won the Highways England and Department for Transport bid to conduct a study into zero emission HGV technologies as part of the Government’s wider Road to Zero strategy.

Due for completion in February 2019, the project will underpin one of the Road To...

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14 Dec Double honours at FN50 awards

Mercedes-Benz Vans has retained the coveted title of Most Reliable Manufacturer, with the Sprinter once again crowned Most Reliable Van at the FN50 Awards.

Sprinter retained the Most Reliable Van award for the fourth consecutive year, and fifth year in total since 2011 (2011, 2015, 2016, ...

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14 Dec New Sprinter wins Van Of The Year title

The new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been crowned Van Of The Year at the prestigious Commercial Fleet Awards, held at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham.

Van Of The Year was judged by readers of Commercial Fleet – the the van operators themselves, who use these vehicles in their daily work....

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14 Dec Van Man’s best friend helps mental wellbeing

Van operators are battling loneliness by taking their dogs on the road for company, with more than 200,000 van drivers hosting canine companions on any given day.

According to the latest Mercedes-Benz Vans Business Barometer, which monitors the opinions of more than 2,000 van drivers and o...

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07 Dec LJX turns over a new leaf with FUSO Canter

When it comes to buying the right truck, distance doesn’t matter to LJX Tree Services – which explains why the fast-growing Scottish firm has just acquired its third FUSO Canter within the last six months from South Wales Dealer Euro Commercials.

The Canters are fitted with high-sided tip...

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07 Dec Wales Environmental Switch to Mercedes-Benz Trucks 

Wales Environmental Ltd’s new truck acquisition policy has marked the start of a partnership with Mercedes-Benz which is now delivering valuable fuel savings and slashing downtime.

The liquid waste management and drainage specialist was established in 1980 and, until recently, purchased on...

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03 Dec Van man’s best friend?

The UK’s professional drivers spend on average 17 hours completely alone on the roads each week. It’s little surprise, then, that almost a third (32%) of these drivers choose to battle against loneliness and poor mental health by taking their dogs on the roads with them. In fact, 19% take ...

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29 Oct Actros demo makes a winning start with JAGA Brothers

Rugby fans at haulier Jaga Brothers Transport won’t forget the day a mighty Mercedes-Benz Actros demonstration vehicle arrived at their base in Newport – it was delivered by a true legend of the game Sir Gareth Edwards who has for many years been a Director of Euro Commercials, which repre...

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17 Oct Big or small, Daimler’s trucks have all the answers!

Ammanford-based DJ Davies Fuels acquired its Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor unit and 3.5-tonne FUSO Canter from Euro Commercials, the manufacturer’s representative in South Wales. They have joined a fleet of 15 trucks, which includes a 26-tonne Mercedes-Benz Axor and two 7.5-tonne Canters. A...

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24 Sep Employment time bomb ‘could break supply chain’

While much attention has been focused on the latest unemployment figures, the FTA is concerned that the status of European workers within the logistics sector is still to be settled in the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

The FTA wants the Government to clarify the working position for Europe...

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24 Sep Three top tips to spot online used vehicle scams

Reports have emerged from mycarcheck.com of a marked increase in online used vehicle scams.  There are three telltale signs of a con in particular:

1. Is the price of the vehicle substantially less than other similar models?

2. Does the number ring out or go to voicemail, prompting y...

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24 Sep Van fleets adopting van rightsizing in 2018

17% of fleets have changed the size of vans they operate on their fleet in the last year, according to the latest Arval Corporate Vehicle Observatory Barometer, which covers 3,718 fleets.

Fleet Managers were asked, “Would you say the LCVs you have introduced during the past 12 months – in...

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24 Sep The top ten mistakes O-licence holders make

Reports have emerged from mycarcheck.com of a marked increase in online used vehicle scams.  There are three telltale signs of a con in particular:

1. Is the price of the vehicle substantially less than other similar models?

2. Does the number ring out or go to voicemail, prompt...

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24 Sep Smart tachographs due in June 2019

From 25 June, 2019, smart tachographs must be fitted to all new Large Goods Vehicles sold in the UK.

Yet despite this being enshrined in UK law, under a 2014 EU regulation, for over four years, the industry still seems largely unaware that this change is coming, according to transport tra...

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24 Sep Top ten driving tips for handling stress!

Whether it’s down to work, home life or a tough situation to be faced, stress affects everyone at one time or another.

So to help drivers stay calm behind the wheel, BEN – an independent charity which provides support for life to the people of the automotive industry – is offering so...

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06 Sep B.W.Y. Canine sniffs out a couple of winners

A dog’s life is a great one for crime-busting canines that travel nationwide in a pair of Mercedes-Benz vans.

B.W.Y. Canine’s highly trained hounds use their super-sensitive snouts to sniff out drugs, contraband and other illegal substances.

Based in rural Clynderwen, Pembrokeshire, the co...

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20 Aug Green Elavator Services lifted to new heights!

Reliable vans and timely, customer-focused aftersales support are crucial if business is to remain ‘on the up’ for Green Elevator Services – that’s why it insists on Mercedes-Benz.
The new arrivals have lined-up alongside Green Elevator Services’ two other vans, also a Vito and a Citan. Bu...

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17 May HGV coalition asks for fair treatment in Clean Air Zones

The British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association, Road Haulage Association, Freight Transport Association and National Franchised Dealers’ Association have joined forces to raise concerns about the way HGVs will be treated in future Clean Air Zones. 

They have written a joint let...

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17 May FTA calls for thorough review of HGV testing

The Freight Transport Association is calling for a full review of the HGV testing function at the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency and proper consideration of independent testing.  

Speaking at the ATF Operators’ Association conference, FTA Director of Policy Elizabeth de J...

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17 May Low-cost data solution for Earned Recognition

The Freight Transport Association has launched a pioneering new service aimed at supporting operators who want to join the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency’s voluntary Earned Recognition Scheme.
The Earned Recognition Data Hub will bring together both vehicle maintenance and driver dat...

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