General news about the trucking industry

Walkaround checks being ignored by HGV drivers

New research suggests that the majority of HGV drivers are failing to carry out walkaround checks of their vehicle before getting behind the wheel.

Highway Code changes shift legal liability to truck drivers

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has voiced ‘serious concerns’ over proposed changes to the UK’s Highway Code saying it’s a frightening and irresponsible policy. 

Proposed amends to UK’s Highways Code divides opinion

The UK government is making plans to amend the Highway Code, the rules that govern British roads. Some of the changes include rules that prioritise cyclists and pedestrians over motorists.

Covid-19 hits commercial vehicle production worldwide

Recent analysis by IHS Markit, the production of commercial vehicles globally is down 22% to 2.6 million units compared to 2019.

US Tiger Truck Stop becomes animal-free zone

Long before the crazy world of Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin hit our screens, there was another tiger king at large in the US.

A third of serious injuries caused by road accidents

The research showed that 32% of adults who had sustained a serious injury (broken bones or spinal damage) had done so in a road accident.

Unsecured loads create perilous problem on our roads

Between June 2019 and April 2020, 9,576 incidents of building or construction items blocking roads were reported.

Truck tyres must be less than ten years old

Tyres that are more than ten years old are to be banned from trucks, buses and coaches in the UK with the aim to boost road safety.

Calls for better road safety after runaway tyre incident

A runaway tyre that smashed into a truck on the UK’s M42 has prompted calls for better road safety.

Renault Trucks zero emission vehicle launches in UK

Renault Trucks has launched a 26-tonne fully electric truck which is headed for the UK market. The Renault D Wide ZE will be the first zero emission vehicle from Renault for the UK.

Slower recovery for UK haulage industry than European neighbours

Activity in the UK trucking industry is getting back to pre-coronavirus levels, but recovery is slower than its European counterparts.

Government announces suspension of HGV levy

The Government has announced that the HGV Levy for UK-based and foreign trucks will be suspended for 12 months from 1 August 2020, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK reports.