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15 Oct Vosa release best practice guide for van owners.

This guide provides best practice advice for LGV operators helping them run roadworthy and cost-effective van operations.


Uncertainty surrounding the legal requirements involved in operating van andLGV fleets has led to a rise in non-compliance and the Driver and Vehicle Standards A...

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15 Oct Changes to Annual Investment Allowances

Mercedes-Benz Vans is reminding UK businesses that the Annual Investment Allowance, which allows businesses to claim tax relief on allowable capital expenditure of plant and equipment (including vans), will reduce substantially from 01 January 2016.


The Annual Investment Allowance enable...

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02 Sep A ban on unsafe lorries is introduced to protect cyclists.

Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) must now be fitted with side guards to prevent cyclists being dragged underneath. HGVs must also be fitted with a certain type of mirror to give drivers a better view of cyclists and pedestrians. But hauliers criticised the move as a "blunt regulatory tool&#...

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17 Apr Van sector needs to improve safety to avoid O-Licensing

Van operators are being urged to improve maintenace arrangements and safety to avoid being bought into the O-licensing regime.


The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has launched its van maintenance campaign at the CV Show today, which it hopes will help operators meet th...

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10 Apr Suffolk Hauliers demand A14 road improvements

Suffolk firms have joined together to demand improvements along the A14, and convince the government that forthcoming highways work on the road in other counties does not mean the route is “done”.


Led by Suffolk Chambers of Commerce the group will present an integrated case for trunk-ro...

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10 Apr Annual Investment Allowance increase temporarily extended

<b>Who is likely to be affected?</b>

Businesses investing more than £250,000 in plant or machinery from April 2014.

<b>General description of the measure.</b>

The measure increases the maximum amount of the annual investment allowance (AIA) to £500,000 from ...

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26 Mar Tacho calibration now available at both Ipswich & Colchester

Tacho calibration is now available at both our Ipswich and Colchester branches. We install, maintain, calibrate and repair both Analogue and Digital systems. We have the latest up-to-date equipment for this service and our Tachograph bay is fully VOSA approved.


Our staff are fully quali...

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26 Mar Local Councils given £275m to improve roads

Local councils across England are to receive a share of a £275m fund to upgrade their local roads.


The Challenge Fund, which will be used to pay for one-off major infrastructure projects, will be shared between 28 local authorities and fund  31 different projects.


Projects includ...

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26 Mar HGV road user levy for foreign drivers is huge success

The HGV Road User Levy has raised more than £44m in revenue from foreign-registered trucks in its first year of operation, announced transport minister Robert Goodwill today (25 March 2015).


Foreign HGV operators from 90 countries have purchased more than 1.8 million levies since the le...

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09 Mar Bacton Transport achieves a Mercedes-Benz milestone

Suffolk haulier Bacton Transport has marked 10 years of trading with its local Mercedes-Benz Dealer by investing in another eight new Actros tractor units, all of which represent extensions to its fleet.


Fuel-efficient trucks, enthusiastic driver feedback and outstanding after sales sup...

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02 Mar New Citan Sport model is launched in the UK

Mercedes-Benz Vans has launched a UK-specific Citan Sport addition to its small van line-up. Offering a number of options and unique styling features to create a high specification model without the need to ‘spec-up’ a standard model, Citan Sport is a more cost effective route to a premium...

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27 Feb AXA figures show LGV driver's are worst tailgating offenders

AXA Business Insurance has highlighted the fact that van drivers are nearly 50 per cent more likely than other motorists to suffer accidents caused by tailgating or following too close behind another vehicle, according to police statistics.


Longer hours on the road can contribute to tir...

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24 Feb UK prices for Mercedes-Benz New Vito are released

Mercedes-Benz has announced full details of its third-generation Vito panel van and minibus, ahead of it going on sale in the UK in April. The range begins at £17,855 (excl. VAT) for the Compact van and rises to £32,090 (excl. VAT) for the top-spec Tourer minibus.


For the first time the ...

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20 Feb Permanent ban on HGV overtaking imminent for M11

A permanent ban on HGVs overtaking on the M11 is due to be implemented within months, according to theHighways Agency.


When a trial of the ban took place on uphill sections between junctions eight and nine, it indicated that it was beneficial to road users by reducing congestion and im...

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02 Feb HGV Compliance programme issues 1000 penalty notices

Transport for London's Industrial HGV Taskforce (IHTF) has resulted in the issue of over 1,000 fixed penalty notices to non-compliant vehicles in the last twelve months.


The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has reiterated its support for the scheme, which focuses on dangerous and uns...

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14 Jan Overloaded LGV's are UK's biggest offence in roadside checks

Overloading of LGVs is still the top offence on UK roads, according to the latest annual effectiveness report by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Commenting on the findings, Colin Smith from Avery Weigh-Tronix said: “As well as being a criminal offence which can attract fi...

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14 Jan Paper part to driving licence to be kept until June 2015.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed the abolition of the paper driving licence will be delayed until 8 June this year.

Last year plans to do away with the paper part of the driving licence from January had been put on hold, after opposition from trade associations concerned it...

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05 Jan Are gas attacks on Drivers a myth or reality?

Gas attacks on international drivers are a daily occurrence according to hauliers and drivers, who insist that experts claiming it is a myth have got their facts wrong.

The issue hit the national papers in summer 2014 after a British couple claimed they were attacked while travelling thro...

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12 Dec Amazon outsources delivery to regional couriers.

Changes in consumer shopping habits have resulted in a record number of vans on Britain’s roads, but Amazon prefers to work with a raft of vehicle delivery firms rather than operate its own fleet.


Changes in consumer shopping habits have resulted in a record number of vans on Britain’s ...

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28 Nov Government plan to raise Dual Carriageway limit for HGV's

Rules governing HGVs will be modernised across England and Wales, Transport Minister Claire Perry announced 28th November 2014.


The government plans to raise the national speed limit from 50 mph to 60 mph for lorries travelling on dual carriageways, following the increase in speed limit...

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