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White Van Man 'not so crazy after all'

White Van Man 'not so crazy after all'

It seems that the image of ‘white van man’ recklessly tearing his way up and down the country may be just an urban myth after all. In spite of vans being the fastest growing type of vehicle in terms of miles travelled, serious and fatal crashes involving them are falling. Vans and li...

Are your sunglasses suitable for driving?

Are your sunglasses suitable for driving?

Your sunglasses might make you look cooler than an ice box, but are they OK for driving? Are they a boon or burden for safe drivers? Tim Shallcross, Head of Technical Policy & Advice at the Institute of Advanced Motorists’ RoadSmart division, has put together a set of tips outlining th...

Van Experience Live gears up for action

Van Experience Live gears up for action

Now in its’ 15th year, Mercedes-Benz Van Experience Live will once again welcome van owners and operators to Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire, from 21-28 June. Guests will get to put the X-Class through its paces on the off-road course, while both the rear-wheel-drive and new front-wh...

Mental Health Stigma Remains in Van Sector

Mental Health Stigma Remains in Van Sector

Despite a number of high-profile, hard-hitting campaigns, 56% of van drivers and owners still believe there is a stigma attached to discussing mental health at work. More than 2,000 van drivers and owners surveyed for the latest Business Barometer research from Mercedes-Benz Vans UK were asked to...

Logistics industry set for uncertain year ahead

Logistics industry set for uncertain year ahead

After a year of resilient trading in 2017, the UK’s logistics industry expects continued success in 2018 despite the uncertainties posed by Brexit and continued economic instability. That’s according to the Freight Transport Association’s 2018 Logistics Report, which polled the ...

Big step forwards on emissions and saefty

Big step forwards on emissions and saefty

The European Commission’s latest round of proposals to improve the emissions and operational safety of HGVs have been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association. The EU’s ‘third mobility’ package, released last month, contains proposals on C02 standards for new HGVs a...

Active vehicle safety most effective, new analysis shows

Active vehicle safety most effective, new analysis shows

Active safety technology such as autonomous emergency braking systems and lane departure warning offer the potential to avoid emergency situations altogether, or actively help the driver to manage them properly without having an accident. To assess the potential, a detailed analysis of road accid...

90 percent of Britons worse off without commercial vehicles

90 percent of Britons worse off without commercial vehicles

The extent of British consumers’ reliance on commercial vehicles has been revealed in new research published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders. Although commercial vehicles’ role in society is often overlooked, when asked to think about the day-to-day activities tha...

Bad habits and lack of knowledge cause drivers to break the law

Bad habits and lack of knowledge cause drivers to break the law

New research has highlighted the motoring laws that many drivers are unwittingly breaking, which could earn them points on their licence, incur a fine or even see their vehicle being confiscated. For example, 64% of those who took part in the survey, by Allianz Global Assistance UK, didn’t ...

Dont be a victim of road rage

Dont be a victim of road rage

Everyone has come across road rage at some point in their driving lives. When it happens, it can leave people feeling intimidated and scared. But with a bit of planning, the situation can often be prevented altogether. Richard Gladman, the Head of Driving & Riding Standards at IAM Roadsmar...

Driver shortages remain operators biggest concern

Driver shortages remain operators biggest concern

A lack of skilled HGV drivers is by far the biggest concern for the future among road transport operators, according to the Asset Alliance Motor Industry Monitor. It was the main concern for 57% of the road transport operators surveyed, ahead of legislation curbing the use of diesel engines (20...

DVSA Earned Recognition scheme launched

DVSA Earned Recognition scheme launched

The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency has officially launched its Earned Recognition scheme. It follows a successful year-long pilot involving more than 60 commercial vehicle businesses from various sectors of the industry, from single-vehicle operators to some of the country’s biggest...

Low-cost data solution for Earned Recognition

Low-cost data solution for Earned Recognition

The Freight Transport Association has launched a pioneering new service aimed at supporting operators who want to join the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency’s voluntary Earned Recognition Scheme. The Earned Recognition Data Hub will bring together both vehicle maintenance and driver data ...

FTA calls for thorough review of HGV testing

FTA calls for thorough review of HGV testing

The Freight Transport Association is calling for a full review of the HGV testing function at the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency and proper consideration of independent testing. Speaking at the ATF Operators’ Association conference, FTA Director of Policy Elizabeth de Jong said: &#...

New Logistics Emmissions Reduction Scheme to boost air quality improvements

New Logistics Emmissions Reduction Scheme to boost air quality improvements

The Freight Transport Association has relaunched its Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme as the Logistics Emissions Reduction Scheme. The new scheme continues the previous commitment of a 5% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 compared to 2015 levels, and will soon establish a further t...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...