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Potent Mercedes-Benz Arocs tipper rises to the occasion for DA Commercials

Supplied by dedicated Mercedes-Benz Trucks Dealer City West Commercials, the Arocs 3253 tipper makes the steep ascent to the top of Telegraph Hill at Haldon, near Exeter, five times a day.

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Turning up the Truckfest volume as ultra-quiet Actros L makes its UK debut

Mercedes-Benz Trucks made a triumphant return to the haulage industry’s biggest annual festival – and treated the Bank Holiday weekend crowds to a first glimpse of its latest, premium-specification tractor unit. The stunning Actros L presented at Truckfest 2022 is finished in a special ‘Thank you’ livery commissioned by the manufacturer as a tribute to the 2,300 men and women who pulled together to keep customers moving during the pandemic.

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Mercedes-Benz Certified delivers complete peace of mind for used truck buyers

There’s a new name for premium quality used trucks, and Mercedes-Benz Certified has raised the bar when it comes to customer confidence.

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‘One-stop shop’ refuse collection vehicle specialist RVS teams up with City West Commercials to deliver a landmark Mercedes-Benz Econic

Three years after it began running Approved Used Mercedes-Benz Econics, Wilrose Environmental has commissioned its first with an entirely new chassis. The company purchased its latest low-entry waste collection truck, pre-bodied and ready to work, from trusted supplier Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS).

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks lands a sensational awards double

Mercedes-Benz Trucks is ending a memorable year in the best possible way, after winning another two prestigious industry accolades.

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2022: the year of sustainability?

Customers’ green questions are influencing SME business owners’ New Year’s resolutions.

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The best just got even better for WT Warehouse & Transport Solutions, with new Mercedes-Benz Actros Edition 2 flagship from City West Commercials

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has introduced three, highly exclusive Actros models over the last four years – WT Warehouse & Transport Solutions’ fleet includes examples of each. The Northampton-based company has just completed the set by taking delivery of an awesome Edition 2 tractor unit from trusted supplier City West Commercials. 6 MINUTE READ | 1141 WORDS

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Tramagal: Start of Production for Daimler Truck’s new FUSO Canter light-duty truck in Europe

Stuttgart / Tramagal – Daimler Truck subsidiary FUSO announces the start of production (SOP) of the latest generation FUSO Canter in Europe. From December 2021 onwards, the light-duty truck is rolling off the production line in the European FUSO plant in Tramagal, Portugal. The SOP of the latest generation marks the next milestone in the success story of the FUSO Canter.

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Government to extend cabotage rights

More HGV deliveries could be made with temporary changes to ‘cabotage’ according to the Government. A 1-week consultation was opened in October to allow foreign operators that come into the country laden with goods to pick up and drop off goods an unlimited number of times for 2 weeks before they return home. Currently hauliers from the EU can only make up to 2 cabotage trips within 7 days.

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bp and Mercedes-Benz trial pioneering digital in-truck fuel payments in UK

bp and Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK have successfully tested the first digital in-truck fuel payment system in the UK, running a successful pilot trial with Wren Kitchens. The ground-breaking new app-based system, bp In-Truck Pay, makes fuel purchasing and management faster, more efficient and more secure for both truck drivers and fleet managers.

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UK Surfacings stages a repeat performance with two FUSO Canters from City West Commercials

Six years after it became one of the first customers in Britain for the range-topping 8.55-tonne FUSO Canter, UK Surfacings has commissioned a like-for-like replacement

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Will the UK fuel crisis accelerate the switch to electric?

Sellers of plug-in vehicles say petrol shortages has created a spike of interest in electric vehicles.

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Sales of the all-new FUSO Canter begin in Britain. Major updates in design, safety and comfort for Daimler’s light truck.

FUSO has today announced the start of sales of the all-new FUSO Canter light-duty truck in Britain. The new model, which incorporates an eye-catching, redesigned cabin, as well as improvements in safety and comfort, is now available to order from Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK dealers across the country

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It’s come home: Mercedes-Benz celebrates 125 years of trucking innovation

Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK has marked the 125th anniversary of the motorised truck by presenting a magnificent replica of the vehicle that gave birth to a global industry.

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New Highway Code changes ‘inherently unjust’

Road users on foot and bike are to gain greater priority over cars at junctions and crossings due to new Highway Code changes. However, the RHA (Road Haulage Association) has announced that it is deeply concerned that the changes are unfair and unsafe and could put vulnerable road users at additional risk.

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Direct Vision Standard (DVS) London: The top cause for revocations

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has warned that the top cause for revocations since the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) came into effect in March is lack of signage on third-party and rented trailers.

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Plant Speed’s three Mercedes-Benz SLTs play the starring roles in a new ‘blade runner’ epic

Heavy haulage specialist Plant Speed deployed its trio of 250-tonne Mercedes-Benz SLT tractor units to transport what are believed to be the longest wind turbine blades ever moved by road in this country. Leading the line was the Bristol-based operator’s latest flagship, an 8x4 Actros 4463 which arrived last month (November) via established partner City West Commercials.

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Frater turns to City West Commercials for an 8x4 Mercedes-Benz Arocs that’s a real blast

New-start business Frater Urban Quarry specialises in processing and supplying raw material from demolition sites – so it’s fitting that the livery worn by its new Mercedes-Benz tipper could best be described as an ‘explosion of colour’.

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‘Double first’ for Select Environmental Services with 8x2 Arocs

Top universities’ recycling and waste management supplier lands a ‘double first’ with 8x2 Arocs from Mercedes-Benz Dealer City West Commercials

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City West chooses Elmtronics as their charging partner

City West get switched on with Elmtronics. 1 Minute Read

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Meet the team - Clinton Knock

Clinton Knock 'switches' on new service vision for City West.

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Police get a better view of reckless drivers from unmarked “spy lorries”

Applying makeup, brushing teeth, watching videos, and doing paperwork are among the bizarre activities of drivers seen by police from the elevated position of an HGV “spy” truck.

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Highways England tests new 'anti-ageing cream for roads'

England’s motorways and major A-roads are currently expected to be resurfaced every 10-12 years due to cracks caused by weather and heavy traffic, but it is hoped a new asphalt mix will extend this lifespan.

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Urgent action required to ease HGV driver shortages

The RHA is calling for urgent Government action to ease a growing crisis in driver shortages. The shortage has been made worse by the introduction of IR35 tax changes and the return of many drivers to the EU during lockdown.

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Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group fully committed to hydrogen-based fuel-cells – launch of new joint venture cellcentric

Today, two leaders of the commercial vehicle industry – Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group – officially outlined their pioneering roadmap for the new fuel-cell joint venture cellcentric, as part of an industry-first commitment to accelerate the use of hydrogen-based fuel cells for long-haul trucks and beyond.

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Good news filters down as Parsons Nationwide Distribution chooses Mercedes-Benz rigids from City West Commercials

So impressed is Exeter-based Parsons Nationwide Distribution with the safety and efficiency of its latest-generation Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units that it has just commissioned its first rigid truck bearing the three-pointed star.

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Foreign Truck Drivers are to Be Tested for Covid-19 on Arrival in the UK

At the end of March, the Government announced that logistics drivers, air crews and rail workers are to be tested for COVID-19 on arrival to the UK. The new coronavirus rule which applies to hauliers from outside the UK and Ireland came into force on 6 April.

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Undeclared health conditions which invalidate insurance

Many drivers are unaware that if they develop a health condition that could affect their driving, they need to declare it to the DVLA and their insurance provider. Drivers over 70 are generally familiar with the regulations, because they must reapply for a licence every 3 years and declare any health conditions each time. Younger drivers with conditions such as diabetes, angina and hypertension may be unaware of the rules.

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COVID-19 Rules for Safer Practice for International Hauliers

The Government has issued updated rules for international hauliers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance covers issues such as what to do if a driver or crew displays COVID symptoms, isolation in the driver cab, and sleep and rest arrangements.

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£32 million funding for next generation trucks

A new centre of technology for electric HGV powertrain is being established in Wales. The Government has injected almost £32 million of funding into developing electric propulsion systems for heavy goods vehicles. The project in Cwmbran, Wales, will develop lightweight electric powertrain for commercial vehicles.

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City West Brake Testing In-House with TotalKare

City West sharpens productivity and service offering with in-house brake testing with TotalKare

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Funding to fix equivalent of 10 million potholes

The equivalent of 10 million potholes could be filled in by Councils across England with their allocated share of £500 million for highways maintenance.

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Chancellor urged to support HGV driver jobs in budget and hold fuel duty at current levels

The logistics industry needs support in the 2021 Budget to ensure the continued health of the UK’s supply chain, according to business group Logistics UK.

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Logistics UK welcomes electric charging at home for van drivers

Business organisation Logistics UK has welcomed the Government’s £50 million boost for electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints for those in leasehold and rented accommodation, as well as the expansion of the Workplace Charging Scheme for small and medium businesses.

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Robert Veit announced as new Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Vans UK

Robert Veit, currently Vice President and Managing Director Sales and Marketing of Mercedes-Benz Vans USA, will take over the position as Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Vans UK as of 01 May 2021.

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235,000 haulier tests completed and new rules for entering France

The government is reminding HGV drivers to get tested for COVID-19 early in their journey at one of 37 UK haulier advice sites providing tests. The French government has recently changed the testing arrangements facing hauliers looking to travel from the UK into the country.

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Drivers paid nearly £60m in bus lane fines in 2019

Two million bus lane fines were issued across the UK in 2019, resulting in £59.6 million being handed over by motorists.

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SCF Transport’s sharp-eyed driver shares his vision and travels with new Actros

Nick Shelby is undoubtedly well equipped for every journey but snaps into action every day with his new Actros. Unfolding some of his favourite aspects of the truck he shared some of his travels with us after dropping into City West Commercials, Avonmouth recently for an inspection. Nick who drives for SCF Transport in Clevedon, regularly travels as far as Lancaster or even Rochester but tell us "every journey in this truck feels amazing."

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Reigate & Banstead invests £3.6m in ‘cleaner, greener’ Mercedes-Benz Econics from City West Commercials

Residents in the Surrey borough of Reigate & Banstead are now receiving waste and recyclables collection services from 11 new Mercedes-Benz Econics fitted with Dennis Eagle Olympus Twin Pack compaction bodies. Supplied by Dealer City West Commercials, the low-entry 26-tonners are significantly cleaner in terms of emissions than the seven-year-old vehicles they have replaced. 3 MINUTE READ | 641 WORDS

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Technology strategy for electrification: World premiere of Mercedes-Benz fuel-cell concept truck

Truck manufacturer Daimler Trucks today presented its technology strategy for the electrification of its vehicles, ranging from urban distribution to international long-haul transport, thus reaffirming its commitment to the goals of the Paris Climate Protection Convention.

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The world’s fastest electric ice cream van

The world's fastest electric ice cream van has scooped a Guinness World Record title by clocking up speeds of 73.921 mph. The record was broken by Edd China, a British inventor and TV presenter from Surrey, who doesn’t sell ice-cream for a living, but is on a mission to decrease carbon emissions.

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Ready for Action with City West

All our depot Workshops are open but sometimes you need something special to remind you of how well your team work together. Plant Speed's Swiss Army knife of a truck hits Avonmouth.

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Versatile Mercedes-Benz Unimog leads the field for rural groundworks contractor Luke

Fourteen years after he began trading, agricultural and equestrian contractor Luke Finney is running his first Mercedes-Benz Unimog – but it’s unlikely to be his last. “If I’d known Unimogs were this good I would have bought one years ago,” he declared. “Having experienced the vehicle’s amazing range of abilities, I can’t understand why anyone in my line of work would choose anything else.

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For top-quality used Mercedes-Benz trucks, Toutes Directions lead to City West Commercials

When Sheffield-based haulier Toutes Directions needs another used truck bearing the three-pointed star, its first call will always be to the manufacturer’s representative in the south-west, City West Commercials.

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