Platoons of ‘driverless’ LGVs predicted for 2018

Platoons of driverless LGVs could be a reality on UK roads by 2018, according to the chief engineer of a technology firm that has been awarded a contract to investigate their potential. Speaking to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee, Graeme Smith, from technology company Ricardo, said there was an economic case

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Thurrock Council gives go-ahead for giant logistics park

The giant logistics park planned for DP World’s London Gateway site, has taken another step forward after Thurrock Council adopted a Local Development Order (LDO) to authorise its construction and operation. The 222 hectare site is set to become Europe’s largest logistics park. The ten-year LDO allows the development of a total of 9 million

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Labour’s HGV Safety Charter wins few friends

Construction firm Lafarge Tarmac has said that while safety standards need to be improved across the sector, Labour’s HGV Safety Charter, launched last week, “highlights the impracticalities of multiple standards and approaches”. Labour’s voluntary charter calls for nine different pieces of safety equipment for every UK LGV to be introduced by June 2014 (alongside sidebars,

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Driver dies when truck overturns in high winds

Police in Scotland have warned that truck and van drivers may be asked to pull over due to high winds, after an LGV driver died when his vehicle overturned in this morning. The truck overturned onto two cars in Bathgate, West Lothian, today (5 December). Police Scotland are now urging drivers in Edinburgh, the Lothians,

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Disappointment after fuel duty freeze rather than cut

FairFuel UK (FFUK) has said it is “massively disappointed” by Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to freeze rather than cut fuel duty. In the Autumn Statement today the Chancellor confirmed he had cancelled the planned 2ppl increase in fuel duty that was set to come into force next September 2014, as previously promised. Howard Cox, head

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Boris Johnson to push ahead with Safer Lorry Charge

London mayor Boris Johnson is pressing ahead with his Safer Lorry Charge, with a consultation on the controversial measure due in January. Speaking at the Transport Committee�s evidence session (2 December) on cycling safety this week, Andrew Gilligan, the mayor’s cycling commissioner, said: “Certain classes of LGV are exempt from the legal requirement to fit

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