The UK’s haulage industry has warned that the disruption to Britain’s trade is not going away.
To anyone who spends time behind the wheel, it’s no surprise to learn that tailgating is a common occurrence. New cameras are being trialled in the UK to catch drivers who tailgate. In the first two weeks of the pilot scheme, the cameras caught around 10,000 drivers committing the offence. A joint effort by the police and Highways England, the scheme is being used to tackle tailgating, which is a factor in around one in eight casualties on England’s motorways and A-roads. In 2018, more than 130 people were killed or seriously injured as a result of people driving too close to the vehicle ahead. One video, captured by a camera in the back of a car, captures a truck driver tailgating through motorway roadworks. Soon, anyone caught driving too close to the vehicle ahead will be sent a letter ...[Read More]
Luckily, it’s not something that happens often, but trucks can get into all sorts of scrapes. A quick Google search reveals a few recent incidents… A truck carrying barrels of cider in the UK caught fire recently and was ‘well alight’ by the time firefighters arrived at the scene. It took them about an hour to put out the fire and no one was injured. Mind you, a lot of cider was wasted. Meanwhile, in the US a number of trucks ended up being swallowed up in Florida when the ground beneath them opened up. Several trucks fell victim to a sinkhole that is estimated to be at least 30-feet wide. Finally, a classic truck predicament – hitting a bridge. Over to Ireland for this one. The driver of a truck carrying heavy machinery hit the underside of a railway bridge causing a JCB to fall into the ...[Read More]
When we heard that Peterborough was hosting the Truck Fest during the early May bank holiday, we couldn’t help but go and check what this Fest was all about. Of course the name “Truck Fest” pretty much gave it away, but we ultimately found ourselves amazed at the assortment of entertainment, displays and vehicles on show. Hence our decision to select, in our opinion, the 7 “Best Looking” trucks that where on display.
BYD Auto, the Chinese electric car manufacturer is branching out from buses to trucks. Recently launched in Spain, the pedestrian pallet truck was one of a number of new BYD vehicles. These electric trucks and vans are already sold in China and other markets, but not in Europe. BYD have confirmed that it will be launching a range of 100% electric heavy vehicles. Speaking about the launch, Isbrand Ho, managing director, of BYD Europe, said: “This is a highly significant step for BYD.” He continued by saying the company was confident that its etrucks would win sales success even though the European sector is intensely competitive. Javier Contijoch, vice president of sales at BYD Europe, added: “BYD established its European electric truck division in 2018 and has since tested two of its proto...[Read More]
The shift towards autonomous vehicles shows no sign of slowing. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this year, Daimler Trucks announced it was adding a hands- and foot-free driving capability to the latest version of its Freightliner Cascadia truck.
Renault’s Euro-6 Step D-compliant drivelines for its new 2019 models deliver fuel savings compared to current generation trucks.