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2020 ETRC DIGITAL RACING CHALLENGE – Slovakiaring

Rewatch the Slovakiaring circuit here! The trucks are in the original 2020 liveries, the circuits are exact replicas of the real venues and a live race control based directly at the Nurburgring circuit to oversee all the ‘on track’ action. ‘The Slovakiaring is quite a demanding circuit, we have been testing and working on different settings since Misano and have recorded some improvement in lap times and hopefully come Sunday we will be battling in the middle of the pack’, stated the Apollo Tyres Tor Truck Racing team driver. You can also rewatch the Misano circuit here.

Road haulage firms’ fears for post-lockdown future

Hauliers are calling for more government support after a survey showed the scale of the problems the industry is facing due to the Covid-19 lockdown. 

Lorry drivers exempt from new UK quarantine rule

Fortunately, to ensure the supply of goods is not disrupted, quarantine does not apply to lorry drivers.

Apollo Tyres Truck to battle at Slovakiaring 2020 ETRC Digital Challenge on Sunday 21st June

The Apollo Tyres Tor Truck Racing MAN piloted by Shane Brereton made its Championship debut in Misano two weeks ago, the first time Shane had driven a ‘virtual race truck’. Shane Brereton gave an exclusive interview to Fleet Speak ahead of this weekend’s event. ‘Misano was a great experience, the track is identical to the real circuit. I had never driven a virtual race truck and it took some time to set the truck up. We had limited testing time and during practice we lost an engine. The races were good fun, although the Apollo Tyres liveried truck was running at the back of the pack, we gained some understanding of what the game entails’, was Shane’s assessment of the debut. ‘The Slovakiaring is quite a demanding circuit, we have been testing and working on different settings since Misano ...[Read More]

Freight industry anger over pop-up cycle routes

Road haulage industry bodies have criticised Department for Transport plans to widen pavements and introduce pop-up cycle routes as lockdown is lifted. 

Warning over “added risk” as drivers return to the road

Let’s be honest, the roads have been a dream during lockdown. With such little traffic on the road, it’s never been easier to reach your drop-offs on time – perhaps even ahead of time.

Industry body urges government to tackle ‘inadequate’ HGV parks

HGV parks have been so bad for so long you’ve probably acclimatised to the poor hygiene and sanitation facilities by now. Or at least we hope you have. However, with hygiene more important than ever right now, there have been new calls to improve the poor standard of UK HGV parks. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) wants the UK government to finally come good on its promise made two years ago today to provide safe parking spaces for HGV drivers. The industry body highlights how HGV drivers are “keeping goods moving throughout the pandemic and beyond” – but many are forced to take their rest breaks in unsafe locations with inadequate welfare, hygiene and sanitation facilities. Chris Yarsley, Policy Manager for Road Infrastructure at FTA, said: “The COVID-19 outbreak has brought home ho...[Read More]

Tragic incident prompts change in HGV driver training

A fatal incident involving a pedestrian and a heavy goods vehicle has prompted a change in driver training in the UK.

HGV drivers’ hard work going underappreciated

However, more than half (50.4%) of UK truckers say they don’t feel like they’re getting any recognition for their hard work during these tough times, as per a new survey.

Lorry driver sought after “unwanted” kiss on the cheek

Police in Derbyshire have launched a hunt for a lorry driver who kissed a woman on her cheek to show gratitude for her assistance.

Unemployment could hit haulage industry hard, report predicts

While the industry has been praised by the government for ensuring Britain is “fuelled and fed, almost half (46%) of haulier’s lorries in the UK have been taken off the road since the coronavirus outbreak started.

5 truck driver safety tips

Here are some trucking safety tips to minimise your chances of having an accident while behind the wheel: