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07 Dec Electric vehicle charging network grows by a fifth in 2020

The UK’s electric vehicle charging network grew by almost a fifth in the first nine months of 2020, according to new government figures.

The Electric Vehicle Charging Device statistics from the DfT for October 2020 also shows a 7% increase in available chargers in Q3 2020 alone. 

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07 Dec Avoid back pain from driving

Back pain is often not caused by anything in particular — but staying active can help to prevent it. This means that people who spend a lot of time driving can be particularly prone to the problem.

Why is driving bad for your back?

There are two main reasons why driving impacts your back:...

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07 Dec Controversial Stonehenge tunnel gets government approval

The government has given the go-ahead for a controversial two-mile tunnel under Stonehenge.

The Ministry of Transport announced approval for the £1.7 million project, designed to tackle frequent congestion along the A303 near the stones in Wiltshire. 

The decision comes despite offic...

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07 Dec MPs call for a review of Clean Air Zones

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Road Freight and Logistics is recommending that the Government pauses the rollout of Clean Air Zones (CAZ).

In light of reports of improved air quality during the pandemic and the decision taken by four of the original five clean air zones to no...

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07 Dec Drop-in advice centres open for hauliers

The Department for Transport has opened advice sites at motorway service stations and truck stops where hauliers and drivers of HGVs can get advice on the changes taking place from 1st January 2021.

There’s one site in Scotland, at Lockerbie Lorry Park and one in Wales, at RoadKing Holyhea...

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07 Dec A timely reminder for van drivers to avoid SAD

When the clocks change many drivers start and complete their full working day in the dark. The lack of daylight hours can result in increased fatigue and susceptibility to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

A 2019 survey by Mercedes-Benz Vans revealed the impact Seasonal Affective Disorde...

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07 Dec Guidance for hauliers moving goods between the UK and EU

The Government has issued updated guidance for hauliers and commercial drivers who move goods between Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and the European Union (EU). It explains what is required from 1 January 2021 and which regulations are still unconfirmed — pending the outcome ...

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07 Dec Logistics UK launches report into van crime

More than one third of businesses have had a van stolen in the last 12 months, according to Logistics UK’s Van Security Report, launched this week. To understand the nature and scale of van crime, the business group collated data from police forces across the UK and sought real-life exampl...

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07 Dec With Mercedes-Benz Trucks, the best keeps getting better

The announcement last month of a new emergency stop function designed to further increase the safety of its ground-breaking Active Drive Assist technology has underlined once again Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ commitment to the constant improvement of its products.


Many of the innovations and de...

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23 Nov Calls for BST to be maintained all year round to save lives

Calls for British Summer Time (BST) to be maintained all year round to save lives 

Based on previous Government estimates that 80 lives a year could be saved by scrapping the October clock change, the UK could reduce the number of people killed on our roads by four and a half per cent...

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20 Nov How to apply for an ECMT permit

How to apply for an ECMT permit

Hauliers may need ECMT permits for some journeys to or through the EU from 1 January 2021. The Government advises that firms should apply for these now in case they’re needed.

Permits are transferrable between vehicles and between operator licences held by t...

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20 Nov It could soon be illegal to pick up your phone while driving

Drivers are technically only banned from making calls or texting while in charge of a vehicle – with pressure mounting for the law to be brought up to date to include functions like taking a photo, watching videos or playing games.

The Department for Transport’s (DfT) has opened a consult...

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18 Nov New proposals to tackle parking on pavements

New proposals to tackle parking on pavements

A new government consultation is underway to tackle whether a change of legislation is required at national or local level to tackle problems caused by motorists who park on pavements. Parking on pavements in London has been outlawed since 1974....

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18 Nov Mercedes-Benz Vans Debuts Two ‘Firsts’ 

Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd is launching a new TV campaign, making it the first van manufacturer to air a commercial showing fully electric vehicles, which will promote the ability for customers to ‘shop online’ via a new digital showroom.

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10 Aug Criminal record checks for taxi drivers every 6 months 

New Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards, which local authorities will be expected to implement, have been designed to improve consistency in the licensing system, reducing the risk of harm posed to children and vulnerable passengers.


Criminal record checks for drivers every ...

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10 Aug Car Drivers Squeezed Out of Urban Residential Areas

Urban car drivers are seeing a sharp rise in road closures as local councils rush to spend some of the Government’s £2billion funding allocated to boosting cycling and walking. Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes, where selected roads are closed to through traffic, have been pushed through b...

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10 Aug US vehicles should not be included in post-Brexit trade deal

UK pedestrians must not become the “chlorinated chickens” in automotive free trade deals say The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS).  
  Safety experts are urging the UK government to exclude American cars from any post-Brexit trade deal. They say import...

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04 Aug Speed limits through motorway roadworks increased to 60mph

An increase on speed limits for sections of motorway roadworks will cut journey times and help drivers feel less stressed, according to research. Highways England announced that the typical 50mph speed limit will increase by 10mph where safe to do so after a series of successful trials.


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04 Aug Speed cameras located in “good hunting grounds”

Long suspected by drivers, speed cameras are being used by some police forces to make money rather than enforce the law, according to a shocking new report from a police watchdog.


Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) found that speed cameras ...

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04 Aug Safety call for final checks during staycation season  

Highways England is calling for road users to make sure they carry out simple safety checks on their vehicles and loads before any journey, particularly as roads fill with drivers for staycation getaways. While road networks return to high levels of traffic with vehicles such as caravans a...

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