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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...

Hermes trials self-driving robots in London

Hermes trials self-driving robots in London

Hermes is launching a new trial of self-driving delivery robots in London. In partnership with Starship Technologies, the consumer delivery firm will soon test a number of parcel collections in the London borough of Southwark. The trial follows on from a project which has seen Hermes Germany ...

BVRLA calls for tougher MOT regime for large vans

BVRLA calls for tougher MOT regime for large vans

The British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association is urging the Government to reconsider the frequency of MOT tests for some light commercial vehicles. The BVRLA supported the Government’s proposal to extend the period for the first MOT for new cars from three to four years, but opposes...

FTA calls for national scrappage scheme to improve air quality

FTA calls for national scrappage scheme to improve air quality

Improvements to UK air quality should be assisted through a national scrappage scheme, says the Freight Transport Association. Ahead of the anticipated Government’s Air Quality Plan announcement, the FTA believes that national level fiscal measures should be announced to enable small busin...

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...

Insurance rate rises could hit hauliers hard

Insurance rate rises could hit hauliers hard

Hauliers may be in for a surprise when the time comes to renew their insurance premiums since the Lord Chancellor released details of a proposed change to the way that compensation payments are calculated. The discount (or interest) rate used to calculate these payouts will be cut from 2.5% to -0...

Smartphone licences to launch next year

Smartphone licences to launch next year

The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency has revealed plans to offer motorists the option of having their licence on their smartphone by 2018. The DVLA’s new Business Plan for 2017-18 says a test version of the scheme will be launched in September and that a full service is expected to be ...

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...

Another record year for van sales

Another record year for van sales

A record number of new vans and pick-ups hit British roads in 2016, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders. Some 375,687 new light commercials were registered in the year – the highest ever level and the fourth consecutive year of growt...

 Vans consume a fifth more fuel when 75% laden

Vans consume a fifth more fuel when 75% laden

An increase in fuel consumption of more than 20% between an unladen panel van and the same vehicle carrying 75% of its maximum payload has been recorded in controlled trials. The trials were designed to underline the importance of ensuring that LCVs are only carrying the load needed on any given ...

 UK supply chain will need better-resourced HM Customs service

UK supply chain will need better-resourced HM Customs service

The Road Haulage Association has warned that leaving the European single market will “add a degree of administrative cost” to UK transport operators and could slow down the supply chain. “We need to maintain fluidity through the ports for the trucks that provide a vital trade se...

 The Econic from Mercedes-Benz.

The Econic from Mercedes-Benz.

Direct vision. Launched in 1999, the Econic has been used in a host of different applications but became best-known in the UK as a best-selling refuse truck chassis. Over the last 12-18 months, however, the heightened focus on cyclist and pedestrian safety in busy urban areas has enabled Merced...

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...

Rab takes the workshop lead at Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van (NI)

Rab takes the workshop lead at Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van (NI)

Rab Jackson brings an impressive track record to his latest role as Group Service Manager at Northern Ireland Dealer Mercedes-Benz Truck & (NI). After serving a technician’s apprenticeship on heavy construction equipment he joined a franchisee for a Swedish truck brand and remained with...

Van insurance costs accelerate to 1591 pounds a year

Van insurance costs accelerate to 1591 pounds a year

 Van insurance costs have hit an average of £1,591 with best-buy deals racing ahead by 11.7%, new analysis from insuranceminor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:"MS Mincho";mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">market research experts Consumer Intelli...

Many haulage operators unaware they will have to pay new tax

Many haulage operators unaware they will have to pay new tax

The Road Haulage Association is concerned that many transport companies are still unaware that they will be required to pay a new tax from April 2017, called the apprenticeship levy. “It has become clear that while most firms know there are new industry apprenticeships, many are unaware tha...

Its official pingpong balls are no longer dangerous!

Its official pingpong balls are no longer dangerous!

The issue has gone back and forth across the table, but now UN chiefs have decided that pingpong balls should no longer be classified as dangerous goods. The balls, which are made of celluloid or similar flammable plastics, were on the list of goods included in ADR regulations for the Internation...

Winter means business for Mercedes-Benz Vans customers

Winter means business for Mercedes-Benz Vans customers

Mercedes-Benz Vans has launched its ‘Winter Means Business’ campaign, to support van drivers during the potentially harsh winter conditions and an exceptionally busy, but vital, trading period. To ensure that businesses are prepared, Mercedes-Benz Vans is offering free Visual Health C...

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 ...

DFT evaluates higher speed limits for trucks

DFT evaluates higher speed limits for trucks

The Department for Transport has just published the first-year evaluation of the HGV speed limit increases in England and Wales that took effect in April 2015. Truck speed limits on single carriageway roads were raised from 40mph to 50mph, and dual carriageway limits from 50mph to 60mph – t...

Van Drivers Feel Scapegoated For Poor Driving Standards

Van Drivers Feel Scapegoated For Poor Driving Standards

Nearly two-thirds of van drivers believe they’re made a scapegoat for perceived poor driving standards on UK roads, new research has revealed. According to a study by TomTom Telematics, just 9% of van drivers have been involved in a road traffic collision in the last 12 months. In addition...

Growth in Number of Ageing Vans on the Road

Growth in Number of Ageing Vans on the Road

There number of vans on the road that are ten years old or more has increased by 10% to 1.19 million since 2014, a new study has found. This, according to the company which conducted the survey, means that 33% of all vans are now ten years old plus, with the number rising steadily since the credi...

FTA Report Examines Driver Shortage Trends

FTA Report Examines Driver Shortage Trends

A new analysis of professional drivers by the Freight Transport Association shows a drop in driver shortages across the UK, but highlights the sector’s reliance on staff from the European Union. The Driver Shortage: Issues and Trends report calculates the shortfall between the number of reg...

Dont Let Your Lunch Be a Crash Diet

Dont Let Your Lunch Be a Crash Diet

Drivers who eat and drink at the wheel are twice as likely to crash, and the risk may be even higher if the food is hot, messy or you have to unwrap it yourself. A new survey by Brake, the road safety charity, and Direct Line found that a third of drivers sometimes eat food behind the wheel. J...

Surge in Van Traffic a Ticking-Timebomb

Surge in Van Traffic a Ticking-Timebomb

 The Institute of Advanced Motorists has urged van operators to be stringent in the way they manage driver risk and points out that risk assessment is not as expensive as many operators believe.  The IAM notes for example that van drivers are almost twice as likely as car drivers to use...

Van Insurance Price Rise Accelerate for Under 25s

Van Insurance Price Rise Accelerate for Under 25s

 Van insurance costs are continuing to race ahead, with average annual costs hitting £967, according to Consumer Intelligence’s quarterly Van Insurance Cost Index. The quarterly pricing study found that under-25s are the biggest losers, with the average costs of a new policy incre...

New FORS Fleet Scheme is Greenest Ever

New FORS Fleet Scheme is Greenest Ever

FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, has release the latest issue of its FORS Standard. It says the latest update is clearer, easier to understand and contains more specific guidance on how FORS applies not only to trucks, but also to vans and PSVs. FORS Standard 4.0 also features its st...

RHA Calls for More LST Permits

RHA Calls for More LST Permits

The Government should make more permits for longer semi-trailers available to the industry, says the Road Haulage Association, because they work well for the economy, congestion and air quality. The latest report produced for the Department for Transport shows that LSTs can bring big benefits. W...

Deregulation Proposed for Gas-fuelled Trucks

Deregulation Proposed for Gas-fuelled Trucks

The Department for Transport has proposed a change in legislation that will allow UK operators to use trucks that run on gas fuels without having to apply for special dispensation. It wants to enable trucks powered by hydrogen, Compressed Natural Gas and Liquefied Natural Gas to be used on UK roa...

Need for Decent Driver Facilities Recognised by Transport Minister

Need for Decent Driver Facilities Recognised by Transport Minister

The Minister of State for Transport called for the provision of suitable areas for drivers to stop in a House of Commons debate on the need for decent parking facilities for lorry drivers. John Hayes MP described the lack of HGV parking facilities as “a national problem that requires the Go...

When was the last time you checked your tyres?

When was the last time you checked your tyres?

Millions of vehicle owners could be driving with an illegal and dangerous tyre, according to results of the most comprehensive survey of its kind. Conducted by TyreSafe and Highways England, the survey – of over 340,000 tyres as they were being replaced at 819 retail outlets – revea...

Road freight industry more efficient than ever

Road freight industry more efficient than ever

 New Department for Transport figures show continued improvements in the efficiency of HGV use, to meet the growing demand for delivery of goods across the UK. The DfT’s road freight activity statistics for 2015 show that the amount goods transported on the UK’s roads increased b...

Pass me a falafel!  End of the road for truck stop fry up?

Pass me a falafel! End of the road for truck stop fry up?

The words ‘low fat’ and ‘sugar free’ might not appear on many truck stop menu boards, but in fact that is just what four in ten businesses say their HGV drivers tell them they want. Finding a healthy snack while out on the road every day is actually seen as one of the bigg...

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...

Record half-year for light commercial market

Record half-year for light commercial market

The UK new van market saw a record level of demand during the first six months of this year, with registrations up 3% on the first half of 2015 with 191,996 units registered. Figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders show that sales of heavier vans (>2.5-3.5T) hav...

All-time record for VanExperience Live

All-time record for VanExperience Live

 Mercedes-Benz VanExperience Live set an all-time record for the brand in its 13th year by welcoming more than 2,500 visitors.  Held at Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire, there were 241 Mercedes-Benz Vans available for guests to put through their paces across key sections of the si...

Decent parking facilities for lorry drivers are a must

Decent parking facilities for lorry drivers are a must

Reacting to the Transport Focus Take A Break – Road Users’ Views About Roadside Facilities report, the Freight Transport Association says it supports the view that it needs Highways England, local and national Government to work with the freight industry to solve the problem of inadequat...

Mercedes-Benz Vans launches all-new Approved Used scheme

Mercedes-Benz Vans launches all-new Approved Used scheme

Mercedes-Benz Vans has redeveloped its Approved Used offering, enabling UK van operators to access the right van for them, whatever their vehicle requirement. Vans up to six years old and 15,000 miles are now included in the Mercedes-Benz Approved Used range. Each van comes with a full service h...

Vans more important than ever to UK economy

Vans more important than ever to UK economy

Vans and their drivers are vital to the UK economy, with more than four million of them now on the road according to the 2016 FTA Logistics Report. The Freight Transport Association’s statistics are supported in the latest Department for Transport Road Traffic Estimates, which showed that v...

New scheme gives kids first hand experience of truck safety

New scheme gives kids first hand experience of truck safety

Ards & North Down Borough Council became the first Council in the UK to deliver truck safety education for primary school children last month. Over 100 children at Comber Primary School in County Down learned about the dangers of cycling, playing or standing too close to a lorry with the lau...

88% of businesses are overloading vans!

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 en...

Drive safely with Hay Fever

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 that y...

Alarming growth in lorry driver tax evasion

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 to be &...

Record number of vans on the road

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 ...

Mercedes-Benz Vans continues winning streak

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 again ...

Double honours for Mercedes-Benz Vans at annual industry awards

Double honours for Mercedes-Benz Vans at annual industry awards

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 Year title, ...

Caution urged for platooning of trucks

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...

Mercedes-Benz Vans launches new National Service pricing

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...

Van Experience Live

Van Experience Live

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...

Van traffic reaches highest ever level

Van traffic reaches highest ever level

Van traffic rose by more than any other vehicle type last year – up 6.1% to a record 47.7 billion miles, new official figures show – and compared to ten years ago has increased its share of total vehicle traffic by 2.5 percentage points to 15%. A Department for Transport report i...

 Confusion over truck drivers tax allowance

Confusion over truck drivers tax allowance

 An error at HMRC has caused confusion about a key tax allowance for truck drivers, according to the Road Haulage Association.The RHA has a historical agreement over the payment of a round sum allowance to drivers who use sleeper cabs while on a business journey. The agreement simply requires ...

Record year for Mercedes-Benz Vans

Record year for Mercedes-Benz Vans

Mercedes-Benz Vans sold 36,212 vehicles in the UK in 2015 – the company’s best ever year, and an increase on 2014 of 3.4%. Sales of Citan vans increased by nearly 10% to 2,978, with Sprinter also outselling 2014 thanks to 17,995 van and 7,717 chassis registrations in 2015. Vito volum...

Cheaper fuel prices predicted for 2016

Cheaper fuel prices predicted for 2016

The freefalling price of a barrel of oil may lead to forecourt petrol and diesel prices going as low as 86p a litre at the cheapest retail sites. That’s according to the RAC, which estimates that if a barrel of oil falls to $20, pump prices should come down to around 90p a litre at supermar...

Are you taking too many risks in bad weather?

Are you taking too many risks in bad weather?

A new study has revealed that 71% of drivers could be putting other road users, and themselves, at risk by under-estimating the distance it will take their vehicle to stop in icy conditions.11% of drivers surveyed said they thought the stopping distance was twice as long in icy weather.33% thought ...

Safe driving in heavy rain

Safe driving in heavy rain

 The Institute Of Advanced Motorists has published some practical tips to help drivers prepare for driving in heavy rain and make their journeys as safe as possible. before setting off, check for any weather alerts, traffic updates or planned road closures that may affect your journey. Only tr...

Flat battery prevention plan

Flat battery prevention plan

The RAC has issued a five-point plan to help motorists prevent their batteries from becoming flat. 1.     1.  Switch everything off including lights, wipers, heater, etc, before switching off your engine at the end of a       journey. This prevents an...