Category: HGV Industry News

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Police now using an Undercover HGV to catch law breaking motorists!

Since the Central Motorway Policing Group took over patrols patrols on the A500 D-Road between Hansford and Alsager, they have started a new crack down which see’s them using a Mercedes HGV to catch motorists using their phones and other devices whilst driving.

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More HGV insurance Money Saving Tips

One major expense for HGV fleet operators is the cost of insurance. The bare minimum insurance cover you must have in place for an HGV is third-party insurance. Third-party cover ensures that anyone who is injured or whose property is damaged as a result of the way in which your HGV is driven will be compensated for any losses they have suffered.

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Pressure to reduce motorway service pump prices

It’s well known that filling up at a motorway service station is considerably more expensive than filling up your tank elsewhere, so we’re sure that the industry will welcome the news that the Competition and Markets Authority is considering a government request to look into the high prices charged for fuelling up at the services.

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The demonisation of diesel

Since the beginning of 2017, the market has seen a decline in the number of new diesel registrations by nearly 25%, according to statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Performance-wise, new diesel cars in 2017 emitted around 12% less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than equivalent models. This, experts say, suggests that the decline in buying diesel vehicles has resulted from a ‘demonisation’ of diesel.

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Will self-driving HGVs lead to job losses?

Trials for self-driving cars and HGVs have started in the UK, but they have not been without controversy. With multiple fatalities having occurred with self-driving cars in the U.S. it is clear that we are still some way off a complete overhaul. Looking forward, however, it is important to consider how self-driving HGVs could impact on the haulier and supply industries. Here we question whether self-driving HGVs will lead to job losses.

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Why it’s important to check your Lorry trailer every day

It is vital that you check your HGV trailer every day. This is not only to ensure the safety and security of your vehicle, but it is also a requirement of UK law, as in accordance with the DVSA, and with your Lorry insurance policy. One major part of ensuring that your HGV is safe on the road is by carrying out a daily ‘walk around check’ to inspect both the cab and trailer.

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Potholes and damage to your HGV

Potholes on our UK roads are not only a nuisance for HGV drivers, they are also costly. It is estimated that, for every mile of road in the UK, there is one pothole, which is a total of over 200,000 potholes on our roads. This is a problem that will only get worse, due to the harsh winter conditions we’ve been having in recent years.

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Why HGV Insurance Premiums are Increasing

For quite some time now, the cost of insurance has been steadily rising. However, in Q1 of 2017, they rose fairly rapidly. Private car insurance has been reported to be up by about a 3rd with commercial insurance premiums being up around 16%. These are quite significant increases and are worst for the larger premiums.

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Why claiming on your insurance is a bad idea

Living in a faster paced society, and commonly having to work harder for our money than we did 10 years ago. Many people look at their insurance as a quick way to make some money when the smallest of accidents happen.

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FTA Announce that European Workers are Crucial to UK’s freight and Logistics Sector

In a recent statement issued by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), the reliance on workers from the European Union has been highlighted, as the association warns that a reduction in EU workers could signal freight and logistics sectors grinding to a halt.

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Self-Driving Haulage Trucks

Uber has swept the nation since 2011 when the company’s international expansion phase began. Since then we have seen the Uber driver cause numerous problems for the traditional taxi driver, especially in the capital city of London, where the telegraph reported that a one mile journey in an Uber can be “almost one and a half times cheaper than taking a black cab”.

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What to look out for when insuring your classic lorry

Your classic lorry is your pride and joy, whether you take it to classic vehicle rallies at the weekend, use it for work or usually tinker with it in your garden. So you need to ensure that it’s covered should the worst happen and it gets in an accident or breaks down. This is where classic HGV insurance comes in. Here are some tips to bear in mind when you’re searching for the perfect policy.

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Demand for telematics equipment increasing as people realise cost benefits

If you are responsible for vehicle fleet insurance, chances are that you are aware of the benefits of telematics. Telematics equipment can be installed into the vehicles of drivers to monitor various aspects of their driving, such as speed, any sudden movements, braking and many other factors that comprise safe driving.

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HGV insurance: what you need to know

If you are a heavy goods vehicle driver, you will understand the importance of getting the right insurance at a good price. The term HGV covers a multitude of trucks with a range of capabilities doing a multitude of different jobs, so it’s important that the HGV insurance policy you choose will cover you adequately. Here we explain everything you need to consider.

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Uncertainty for haulers using the Calais route

Due to the recent surge in migrant activity on the route from Calais to Dover, the danger associated with the journey has increased and thus, there are reports that insurance for drivers taking this route has also increased. However the consequences of the migrant crisis in Calais is still not completely clear.

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Is Your Trucking Technology Covered by Your Lorry Insurance?

Freighting cargo nationwide is a colossal operation and more trucking firms are installing state of the art technology to their vehicles in order to maximise efficiency.  Such equipment may not be covered by certain insurance deals and modernistic firms could be running a bit of a risk.

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New HGVs for B&Q

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New HGVs for B&Q

B&Q have just received 6 new Renault Range D Euro 6, 6×2 R320 HGV’s from BRS Ltd for its trade operation TradePoint. TradePoint operate a fleet of trucks to which the new Renault Range Ds are a very exciting addition where the whole fleet is supplied by BRS Ltd.

BRS is a long-term partner of B&Q’s TradePoint and the new Renault dropside vehicles, complete with rear-mounted cranes, will be used to deliver building materials from TradePoint’s building hub direct to sites across the UK. The Renault Range Ds are part of a full service contract with BRS which includes the vehicles, drivers and management.

Trevor Culpin, TradePoint’s Marketing Manager, explains why the company opted for Renault Range Ds: “At TradePoint our customers are looking to save both time and money, so that means we have to be on the ball with deliveries; we need a vehicle that can carry the load, manage deliveries quickly and efficiently and allows drops into those difficult areas on site. In short we have to be totally reliable but flexible too. We believe that the new Renault vehicles do this for us and in their new TradePoint livery they give us a brand to stand out too. Each one is a genuine advert for our brand.”

Trevor continues: “The Range Ds will be delivering building materials such as bricks, blocks, sheet timber etc direct to site from our store building hub. Most orders are for next day delivery so time is often tight and not wasting time on drops is a vital part of our offer.”

Graham Scholes, Operations Director, BRS Ltd, said “I am delighted that TradePoint has further extended its range of exclusively Renault vehicles through BRS, making a total fleet holding of 52. BRS is very aware that the overall package we provide including vehicle reliability, efficiency and manoeuvrability are crucial to TradePoint’s business. With a small front overhang, a reduced turning circle and a compact cab, the Range Ds have been especially designed so they can deliver in to more difficult areas on site and it’s great to see that TradePoint is reaping the benefits of this new investment.”

TradePoint is the trade customer division of leading home improvement retailer, B&Q and is dedicated to the needs of the trade customer, offering a dedicated trade counter, trade brands at trade prices, 7 days a week. TradePoint sales are growing fast and the new vehicles extend the nationwide site drop service offered to its customer base.

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