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One in three fear they'll be replaced by robots

One in three fear they'll be replaced by robots

Almost one in five van drivers, owners and operators are so concerned about skills shortages they fear it could prevent their business operating in the next 12 months, says a new report from Mercedes-Benz Vans. In total, 70% of those polled said their organisation had at least one urgent skills g...

Life saving eCall for all new van models

Life saving eCall for all new van models

As of 31 March, automobile manufacturers are required equip all new types of cars and vans with eCall, a system that automatically dials emergency services in the event of a serious road traffic accident. The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association has welcomed this milestone, whic...

Driving tips for neck and back pain

Driving tips for neck and back pain

Research by the British Chiropractic Association indicates that more than 5.5 million car and van drivers could suffer from neck and back pain as a result of time spent behind the wheel. Sitting in an uncomfortable position for prolonged periods of time can affect the body in a number of ways, su...

Cleanest lorries will pay less to use UK roads

Cleanest lorries will pay less to use UK roads

Haulage firms will benefit from a cheaper fee if they use less polluting lorries as part of plans to improve air quality across the UK. From February 2019, lorries meeting the latest Euro VI emissions standards will be eligible for a 10% reduction in the cost of the Heavy Goods Vehicle levy. ...

Spring statement is good news for operators

Spring statement is good news for operators

The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the Government’s ambitions for infrastructure and transport, as expressed by the Chancellor Philip Hammond in last month’s Spring Statement. Head of UK Policy Christopher Snelling said the plans were a welcome boost for a logistics sect...

Connected cameras cut cost of insurance

Connected cameras cut cost of insurance

Connected vehicle cameras are having a dramatic impact on the cost and lifecycle of insurance claims and could save the commercial fleet sector many millions of pounds a year. An analysis of 4,000 vehicles fitted with the technology found a 50% reduction in average claims costs and a 15% increas...

Van fleet managers urged to ride the EV revolution

Van fleet managers urged to ride the EV revolution

The lack of electric vehicle charging points across the UK is reported to be the biggest deterrent for drivers to go electric, but Venson Automotive Solutions believes these fears are unfounded and is urging more businesses to consider electric alternatives for van fleets. For example, the Workpl...

Best practice guide for vehicle body buyers

Best practice guide for vehicle body buyers

Vehicle body manufacturer Ingimex has launched a best practice guide to help light commercial vehicle operators ask the right questions of prospective vehicle body suppliers before making an investment. The Ask Your Provider guide reveals the top six questions any firm should be asking a would-be...

Vaping at the wheel could cost you your licence

Vaping at the wheel could cost you your licence

Police officers have warned that drivers using electronic cigarettes, or ‘vaping’, while driving could be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention. There are no laws against vaping currently, but police believe the thick clouds of vapour produced by e-cigarettes could tem...

Government introduces Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill

Government introduces Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill

The Government has introduced new legislation on cross-border haulage as the UK continues its preparations for life outside the EU. The UK’s overall aim in negotiations with the EU is to maintain and develop the existing liberalised access for commercial haulage, as part of a wider future p...

Drivers hours enforcement is good, but where are truckers to rest?

Drivers hours enforcement is good, but where are truckers to rest?

The Road Haulage Association supports DVSA’s action on drivers’ hours compliance but is concerned about the lack of legal rest areas for drivers to park. Since 5 March this year, DVSA traffic examiners have been able to issue on-the-spot fines for drivers’ hours offences committed...

Alcohol interlocks should be mandatory for vans, lorries and buses

Alcohol interlocks should be mandatory for vans, lorries and buses

The European Transport Safety Council wants alcohol interlocks to be fitted in all new professional vehicles, and retrofitted to cars used by repeat drink-driving offenders. These are two of the main recommendations from its report on how to reduce the 5,000 deaths still caused by drink-driving ...

First MOT test to remain at three years

First MOT test to remain at three years

The Government has decided to maintain the period before a vehicle’s first MOT test at three years. The decision follows a Department for Transport consultation last year on changing the wait before the first test to four years. Changing the time period until the first test would have sa...

Top ten tips for first time van drivers

Top ten tips for first time van drivers

With only a regular driving licence needed to drive a vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes, climbing behind the wheel of an LCV for the first time can be a daunting proposition for those who have only previously driven cars and have no specialist training. Many first time van drivers could use some advice wh...

Used van values reach highest level yet

Used van values reach highest level yet

Average light commercial vehicle values recorded at BCA increased by 9% from £6,396 in December 2016 to a new record high of £6,976 at the end of last year. Average mileage fell from 70,027 to 63,446 miles during the period, and the average age fell from 53 to 49 months. There has be...

Used commercial vehicle demand set to remain strong in 2018

Used commercial vehicle demand set to remain strong in 2018

The market for used commercial vehicles will remain strong this year, analysts at CAP HPI believe. Demand for good quality used vehicles remained consistent in the final quarter of last year, and this trend looks set to continue as the logistics sector continues to boom. However, the new comm...

Driver shortage the biggest challenge facing road transport

Driver shortage the biggest challenge facing road transport

The ongoing driver shortage is by far the most significant challenge facing the road transport sector in 2018 and a growing cause for concern amongst logistics operations, according to the findings of Paragon Software Systems’ annual UK customer survey. Almost half of all respondents stat...

DVSA clampdown on emissions standards cheats

DVSA clampdown on emissions standards cheats

The DVSA has announced that more than 100 haulage operators were found to have lorries fitted with emissions cheat devices at roadside checks between August and November 2017. They searched 3,735 HGVs across five locations, and 293 were found to be fitted with equipment that can give false emissi...

White van man stereotype consigned to history

White van man stereotype consigned to history

The stereotype of the ‘white van man’ is under threat, due to a recent van buying renaissance where the van has broadened its appeal to women and for many occupational and leisure pursuits. A study by Auto Trader shows that women now make up 32% of van owners. Female driving licence ...

Truck driver shortage - RHA sets the record straight

Truck driver shortage - RHA sets the record straight

The UK haulage industry is currently facing a shortage of between 45-50,000 HGV drivers and it is vital that the sector does more to bring people into the industry. That is the view of the Road Haulage Association, whose Chief Executive Richard Burnett said the RHA, together with telematics provi...

Number of Cargo crimes58% up in 2016, despite improving trend

Number of Cargo crimes58% up in 2016, despite improving trend

Recorded cargo crimes in the UK fell for the third consecutive quarter this year, but remain 58% higher than the corresponding period of last year. The latest quarterly report on cargo theft from the Transported Asset Protection Association shows that the number of freight crimes in the UK in Q3 ...

Report predicts steady growth for van leasing and rental

Report predicts steady growth for van leasing and rental

The BVRLA’s 2018 Industry Outlook Report predicts another year of steady growth for the van leasing and rental sector, although many of its members believe that any sudden shift in the economy could cause them to rip-up their forecasts. Highlights from the commercial vehicle section of the ...

Take care when choosing a colour

Take care when choosing a colour

Choosing the right colour of van can increase its value on the used vehicle market by up to 7%. Vehicle data experts at CAP HPI analysed vehicle sales data for the past five years and found that while white is by far the most popular colour (53% of vans registered this year have been white, for e...

Are you a new van man?

Are you a new van man?

Driving a van for the first time requires some thought. Although they are the same licence group as a car, there are some significant differences which can easily catch new van drivers out. If you are a new van driver, or are about to become one, follow these tips from the Institute of Advanced...

Driving and your eyesight: staying safe on the road

Driving and your eyesight: staying safe on the road

If you drive, you’ll know you need your eyes on the road at all times. What you might not know, however, is that the DVLA has minimum eyesight standards that all drivers need to demonstrate to be allowed to drive. We all have busy lives, and sometimes we might overlook the signs that our e...

Awards galore for Mercedes-Benz vans

Awards galore for Mercedes-Benz vans

Mercedes-Benz Vans is celebrating a clutch of first prizes at some of the industry’s most prestigious annual awards nights. The Sprinter was crowned Van of the Year at the Commercial Fleet Awards, whose judges said: “The win for Sprinter is a good indication of fleet opinion – ...

Electric drive planned for Mercedes-Benz van

Electric drive planned for Mercedes-Benz van

Mercedes-Benz Vans plans to offer all its commercial van model lines with electric drive, starting with the mid-sized eVito in the second half of next year. The eSprinter will follow in 2019, and then the eCitan. The range of the new eVito will be around 150 kilometres. Even in unfavourable co...

Driver of the year winner announced

Driver of the year winner announced

Thomas Kent has been named as the UK’s top driver in logistics, after a nationwide competition organized by the Freight Transport Association. Kent, who works for Samworth Brothers Supply Chain in Leicester, scooped the overall FTA Driver of the Year 2017 title, to add to his 44-tonne Driv...

LCV drivers put safety first

LCV drivers put safety first

Light commercial vehicle drivers are among the safest drivers on the road, according to research by telematics company Quartix. Quartix’ research found that accident rates for LCVs are significantly lower than they are for cars. For example, for every 1,000 vehicles, cars are involved in ...

Adapt your driving style for the winter months

Adapt your driving style for the winter months

As colder weather and darker nights approach, drivers should prepare their vans for winter to reduce the risk of an accident or an unnecessary repair bill. Crucially, drivers need to know how to alter their driving style in order to stay safe when dealing with extreme weather. Many people don&#...

Don't put all the pressure on your TPMS

Don't put all the pressure on your TPMS

Van drivers should not rely solely on their Tyre Pressure Monitoring System to ensure safety of their tyres, tyre safety experts have warned. While this valued technology has been proven to improve road safety by advising of a change in tyre pressure, drivers still need to check that their TPMS ...

Take care on country roads as deer mating season approaches

Take care on country roads as deer mating season approaches

This is the time of year when deer will be breeding, which makes them more mobile and brings many more of them onto the roads. That is why the coming weeks will see a significant rise in the risk of collisions with deer. Estimates indicate that up to 75,000 deer are killed in collisions each yea...

FTA's ten-step plan for Brexit transition

FTA's ten-step plan for Brexit transition

The FTA has reiterated the logistics industry’s calls for a transition period as Brexit proceeds, with the release of a ten-step paper outlining the crucial elements needed to ensure the smooth continuation of trading conditions. It urges the Government to pay close attention to customs ar...

New guidlines for pallet weight limits on way?

New guidlines for pallet weight limits on way?

Stricter guidelines on tail-lift delivery pallet weights could be on the horizon, following reports that the HSE has completed a series of additional tests to establish the maximum safe weight. According to a new story in Motor Transport, the additional tests, which looked at push and pull forces...

Mercedes-Benz vans launches fleet safe compliance software

Mercedes-Benz vans launches fleet safe compliance software

Mercedes-Benz Vans has teamed up with the Freight Transport Association and FleetCheck to provide Fleet Safe compliance software for small to medium fleets. Designed to help keep customer fleets compliant, Fleet Safe is an online software platform and mobile app for recording pre-use vehicle chec...

Will robots replace humans in transport sector?

Will robots replace humans in transport sector?

One fifth of business leaders in the transport sector believe there is considerable potential for automation in the industry within the next ten years. That’s according to a new report from the Royal Society of Arts which estimated that around 40,000 robot units were shipped to warehouse an...

FTA Driver of the Year winners announced

FTA Driver of the Year winners announced

The winners of the Freight Transport Association’s Driver of the Year competitions have been announced. Thomas Kent of Samworth Brothers Supply Chain won the 44-tonne competition, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Trucks, ahead of Lee Graves from WH Bowker and Malcolm Roberts of BOTT. Reece Corn...

New spot fines for drivers hours offences

New spot fines for drivers hours offences

Lorry, bus and coach drivers will face tough new penalties if they are caught exceeding their time limits on the road. The DVSA can fine drivers up to £300 if they’re caught breaking the rules. Drivers can also be prosecuted or have their vehicle immobilised. However, at the moment, ...

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Voted Van of the Year

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Voted Van of the Year

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Voted Van of the Year The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been voted ‘Van of the Year’ at the annual Export& Freight Transport & Logistics Awards. The company picked up the award, sponsored by Bridgestone, for its Sprinter 314 LWBmodel at a glittering ceremony a...

Van fleets missing opportunities for rightsizing

Van fleets missing opportunities for rightsizing

Businesses running light commercial vehicle fleets are potentially missing significant opportunities for rightsizing, with 83% of those who acquired a van in the last 12 months simply replacing it with one of the same size. The finding comes from the 2017 edition of Arval’s Corporate Vehicl...

Two thirds of drivers don't know minimum legal tyre depth

Two thirds of drivers don't know minimum legal tyre depth

New research has revealed that 69% of company car and van drivers don’t know the correct legal tyre tread depth limit. According to the study, by Venson Automotive Solutions, drivers aged 25 to 54 were most likely to be aware of the correct tread depth. However, 31% said they didn’t...

Dont use your phone as a sat nav

Dont use your phone as a sat nav

Police chiefs have warned that drivers using a mobile phone to navigate while driving will be treated just the same as if they were calling or texting while driving. According to Which? magazine, you can still use a mobile phone as a sat nav, so long as you “do not touch the phone and it is...

Is your eyesight good enough to drive

Is your eyesight good enough to drive

Over time our eyesight deteriorates and previously strong vision can become poor. If problems are left unaddressed, they can lead to poor reaction times to unexpected hazards or the behaviour of other road users. IAM RoadSmart’s Head of Driving & Riding Standards, Richard Gladman, adv...

Vacancies still a concern for freight industry

Vacancies still a concern for freight industry

 The freight and logistics sector is still suffering a shortage of skilled drivers, according to the Freight Transport Association’s July Quarterly Transport Activity Survey. The survey, which asked the opinions of 6,000 freight and logistics businesses in the FTA’s membership, ...

New from the 3D printer: first space truck part made of metal

New from the 3D printer: first space truck part made of metal

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has taken 3D printing a stage further. The first printed spare part made of metal – a thermostat cover for older model series trucks and Unimogs – has passed all the stages of the stringent quality assurance process at Mercedes-Benz smoothly, and is now celebrating ...

End of the road for petrol and diesel vans?

End of the road for petrol and diesel vans?

The Government has unveiled a proposal to end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040, as part of plans to improve air quality. “We are determined to deliver a green revolution in transport and reduce pollution in our towns and cities,” Transport Secre...

Highway code falls short on stopping distances

Highway code falls short on stopping distances

Brake, the road safety charity, is calling on the Government to increase stopping distances in its next update to the Highway Code because drivers' thinking time has been under-estimated. Brake asked the Transport Research Laboratory to provide evidence on the time taken by drivers to perceive, r...

DVLA trials new Amazon Alexa service

DVLA trials new Amazon Alexa service

Road users can now access up-to-the-minute information from the DVLA about their vehicle tax and MOT status through Amazon’s Alexa service. The DVLA is trialling an Alexa product, known as a ‘skill’, which is free to enable on the Alexa Skill Store. It works by customers readin...

Business owners urged to ramp up van security

Business owners urged to ramp up van security

The average value of vans stolen and recovered last year was £19,333, with 44% being stolen using the owner’s keys. That is according to the latest figures from TRACKER, which claims to have recovered over half a million pounds of Light Commercial Vehicles in 2016. The stolen vehicle...

Why it pays to choose the right van insurance

Why it pays to choose the right van insurance

Van driversare facing annual insurance price rises of 29.5% as new compensation rules andtax increases have sent premiums soaring. According to insurance market research experts Consumer Intelligence, average bills are now £1,636 with prices soaring in the past three months as the decision b...

New My Van service will help to keep businesses moving

New My Van service will help to keep businesses moving

Mercedes-Benz Vans UK has launched an online service booking tool with five new options to let customers to book their vehicles in for a service or repair at a time that suits the operational needs of their businesses. With My Van Service, customers can see a choice of slots available to book a s...

Cenex celebrates new trial of low emission temperature controlled lorries

Cenex celebrates new trial of low emission temperature controlled lorries

Cenex – the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for low carbon technologies – has announced plans to trial the effectiveness of zero emission-capable trucks and refrigeration units on urban delivery routes. Funded in part by Innovate UK’s low-emission freight and logistics pr...

Woodside Motorfreights new Mercedes-Benz Actros is the pride of the fleet

Woodside Motorfreights new Mercedes-Benz Actros is the pride of the fleet

Safety and style were the top of Woodside Motorfreight’s shopping list when the vehicle movement company came to select a new fleet flagship for its ‘Specialist’ service. Its stunning new Mercedes-Benz drawbar unit is sure to make the competition green with envy. Supplied by Nor...

Medicines warning as hay fever season approaches

Medicines warning as hay fever season approaches

Hay fever sufferers should check their medicines carefully before getting behind the wheel, and be aware of the possible effects these drugs can have on their driving. “Some medicines, including those used to treat hay fever, can have an effect on your ability to drive safely,” said ...

How to drive safely around horses

How to drive safely around horses

Horses are powerful animals and have extremely heightened senses. They are also ‘flight’ animals, and can revert to their natural instincts at any time. The outcome of this can be extremely challenging for riders and other road users. In fact, there have been 2,570 road incidents r...

Hard hitting FTA film focuses on van safety

Hard hitting FTA film focuses on van safety

A thought-provoking film featuring the death of a child in a van collision has been released by the Freight Transport Association to highlight the importance of safety and compliance in van operations. In the film – One Fateful Day – the driver is distracted by talking to his office o...

Driver and vehicle warning for construction firms

Driver and vehicle warning for construction firms

Businesses in the UK construction sector could risk falling foul of health and safety legislation over drivers and vehicles, it has been claimed. A study of 50 UK construction businesses, ranging from SMEs to national and international giants, found that 28% of them don’t invest in driver t...

HGV driver training with goverment funding

HGV driver training with goverment funding

Funding to train HGV drivers to C+E level is a game-changer for the new LGV driver apprenticeship, according to the Road Haulage Association. The RHA is concerned that many hauliers, and even some training providers, are unaware that they can train for the articulated lorry C+E licence as well a...

Van traffic growth beats all other vehicle types

Van traffic growth beats all other vehicle types

Van traffic in Britain grew more quickly than any other vehicle type in 2016, rising by 4.7% to 49.1 billion vehicle miles. Rural minor roads saw the largest proportional increase in van traffic (10.3%) followed by motorways (5.3%). Motorways and rural ‘A’ roads carried around half o...

Top tips for preventing thefts from vans

Top tips for preventing thefts from vans

Data obtained by the BBC from 30 police forces show that thefts from vans increased to 22,749 in 2016/17 from 14,063 in 2014/15, a rise of 62%. “These figures are consistent with what we are hearing from fleets at the moment,” Arval’s LCV Manager Simon Cook said. “In ou...

Brexit likely to change UK haulage market

Brexit likely to change UK haulage market

Brexit is likely to see a dramatic reduction in foreign hauliers' work in the UK, says the Road Haulage Association. Speaking at a Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum keynote seminar in London, RHA Director Of Policy Jack Semple said it was probable that trucks from abroad woul...

New report maps out global action on driverless trucks

New report maps out global action on driverless trucks

Governments must consider ways to manage the transition to driverless trucks in order to avoid potential social disruption from job losses, says a new report from the International Transport Forum.Self-driving trucks will help save costs, lower emissions and make roads safer. They could also addres...

FTA Stage event at Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van

FTA Stage event at Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van

The Freight Transport Association is held a free van event in partnership with Mercedes-Benz Truck and Van on Wednesday 17 May at the dealership in Newtownabbey. The morning focused on van safety and managing risk, using a fictitious fatal crash to highlight the consequences of a poorly-managed ...

Mercedes-Benz vans join the McCaffrey Transport family

Mercedes-Benz vans join the McCaffrey Transport family

Mercedes-Benz vans join the McCaffrey Transport family It was a case of ‘like father, like sons’ when Dungannon-based McCaffrey Transport took delivery of its first four Mercedes-Benz vans. Supplied by Dealer Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van (NI), the three Citans and a Sprinter are n...

First Mercedes-Benz delivers miles more smiles for Niall

First Mercedes-Benz delivers miles more smiles for Niall

Truck-mounted crane hire and lifting specialist Niall Leitch has treated himself to a stunning 10th birthday present in the shape of a highly-specified, 8x4 Mercedes-Benz Arocs. Mr Leitch, who founded Leitch Trans Lift, of Strabane, County Tyrone, in 2007, acquired the chassis from Newtownabbey D...

Van Experience Live 2017

Van Experience Live 2017

Our biggest, most exciting experience ever.We’re delighted to announce that the legendary Millbrook Proving Ground will once again play host to Van Experience Live from 20-30 June 2017. It’s your opportunity to get hands-on experience of our vans in extreme situations while discovering a...

Eye-catching Mercedes-Benz Actros is a capital asset for Abbey

Eye-catching Mercedes-Benz Actros is a capital asset for Abbey

Abbey Upholsterers & Specialist Joinery ticked nearly every box on the Mercedes-Benz options list when specifying what must be one of the most impressive 18-tonners on UK roads. The long distance Actros 1836 is an LnR variant with ultra low frame height. The truck is also fully air-suspended ...

COMMERCIAL PARTNER OF THE YEAR

COMMERCIAL PARTNER OF THE YEAR

Federation of Passenger Transport Members En Route to Greater Success The Federation of Passenger Transport, Northern Ireland, LTD (FPT NI) held its annual Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony in the Galgorm Manor Hotel, on Saturday 6thH February. Some 200 members and guests attended the event which...

Mercedes-Benz wins van fleet manufacturer of the year title

Mercedes-Benz wins van fleet manufacturer of the year title

 Mercedes-Benz won the top honour of Van Fleet Manufacturer of the Year at the prestigious Commercial Fleet annual awards.In addition, its Sprinter won both Large Panel Van of the Year – for the eighth time in nine years – and Best Van Chassis Derivative (for the second consecutive ...

Training award for Mercedes-Benz Trucks

Training award for Mercedes-Benz Trucks

Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK is celebrating after being commended for its commitment to training and skills development by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, at a ceremony at St James’s Palace in London.The truck company was one of 34 organisations honoured with a Princess Royal Training Award ...

Mercedes-Benz Arocs lifts AG to new heights

Mercedes-Benz Arocs lifts AG to new heights

Leading hard landscaping materials producer AG (Acheson & Glover) has laid firm foundations for future success by commissioning the first six Mercedes-Benz Arocs tractor units to enter service in Northern Ireland. They pull new SDC dropside trailers with rear-mounted Palfinger crane grabs, an...

Darren Named Technician of the Year

Darren Named Technician of the Year

Darren Wylde, from Mercedes Benz Truck & Van NI Ltd, has been named Technician of the Year 2016 at the annual Export & Freight Transport & Logistics Awards. He was presented with the award, sponsored by BPW Ltd, at a glittering ceremony at the Ramada Hotel in Belfast. The large ga...

Mulgrew & McAteer Actros 630s

Mulgrew & McAteer Actros 630s

Mulgrew Haulage has acquired two Actros 630s in addition to eight new Actros 450s; another Actros 630 has gone to McAteer Recycling. As a specialist haulage, storage and distribution operator, multi-award winning Mulgrew Haulage operates across the island of Ireland and the UK mainland, while Ne...