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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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04 Aug M20 from London to Dover is voted England's worst motorway

The roadwork-riddled M20 has been crowned England’s worst motorway according to a survey.


A poll of 8,000 motorists revealed the London to Dover route is the least popular major road in the country, with 37% unsatisfied with their last trip.


Sections of the M20 have been transformed into...

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04 Aug Highway Code review for vulnerable road users

A new consultation is underway to propose amending The Highway Code to protect vulnerable road users.


The consultation ends in October 2020 and is likely to result in three new laws. A new "Hierarchy of Road Users" concept will mean that those road users who can do the greatest ha...

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04 Aug HGV tyres over 10 years old to be banned

Tyres aged 10 years and older will be banned from HGVs under new rules to improve road safety. The ban extends to buses and coaches too and is the result of research, commissioned by the DfT in 2019, which indicates that ageing tyres suffer corrosion that could cause them to fail.


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04 Aug HGV drivers to report companies which deny toilet facilities

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) are calling on HGV drivers who have been denied access to toilet and hand washing facilities to bring complaints to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).


Businesses which make or receive deliveries, should ensure that drivers have easy and safe access t...

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04 Aug DVSA announces future roadworthiness testing plans  

DVSA has announced how the roadworthiness testing of lorries and trailers will be managed in the coming months – previously announced roadworthiness test date extensions until August will continue.  

From September 2020 to March 2021 a 3-month extension will apply for all vehicles an...

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04 Aug MP's urged to “get the job done” on post-Brexit border plan

Logistics UK, previously known at the Freight Transport Association (FTA) say that they welcome the statement made by Michael Gove MP on July 13 about post-Brexit border arrangements but urge the government to get the job done now.  

In his statement, Michael Gove announced: “We are ...

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03 Jul HGV Levy Suspension

The Government has announced that collection of the HGV Road User Levy will be suspended for 12 months from 1 August 2020.  Introduced in 2014, the levy is charged as a contribution to the wear and tear of the road network and was redesigned in 2019 to better meet the environmental ob...

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03 Jul Update on HGV Direct Vision Standard

With less than 4 months before legislation comes into effect for The Direct Vision Standard, which requires all HGVs over 12 tonnes GVW to hold a valid permit to operate in or enter the Greater London area, fleet managers are reporting that they are unprepared. In recognition of the pressu...

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03 Jul The Impact of COVID-19 on Van Drivers

The coronavirus pandemic has seen a significant increase in working hours for van drivers. On average, drivers report they are working almost 20 hours more per month. Despite the added pressure, most drivers say that they feel appreciated by colleagues, employers and the public. In a recen...

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03 Jul Change to HGV Driver Training

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced an update to its HGV driver training programme.


Questions have been added in the theory test to cover the correct use of Class VI mirrors and the DVSA recommend that Safe Urban Driving and Vulnerable Road User Awareness courses ...

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03 Jul Driving Lessons, Theory Tests & Driving Tests Restart

Following suspension of tests and lessons during the Covid-19 crisis, driving lessons and theory tests restart in England on 4 July, and car driving tests restart from 22 July.


The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) announced that learners can resume private practice too—on the co...

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02 Jul Drivers Hours and "Tax on Deliveries"

The temporary relaxation of drivers’ hours rules, introduced at the start of the Covid-19 crisis, ended on 14 June and relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules ended on May 31.


The change in drivers’ hours rules came as the Freight Transport Association (FTA) denounced the sudden introdu...

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02 Jul Tesco and Mercedes-Benz Team Up for Driver Assessments

Mercedes-Benz Vans is working with Tesco.com to enable the online grocer to evaluate the driving skills of thousands of new drivers recruited to meet the retailer’s record-breaking demand for home deliveries.


Britain’s biggest retailer is achieving 1.2 million online deliveries weekly — t...

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02 Jul Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Celebrates 25 Years

Mercedes-Benz Vans is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Sprinter. 


The History

1995: A van anticipates the coming decade 

When the current world of online commerce was barely imaginable, an ultramodern van was launched onto the market ideal for the logistics challenges ahe...

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