How do the UK’s van drivers keep Christmas moving?
Roads are expected to be far busier than usual on ‘Frantic Friday’, according to Highways England, with millions of people travelling to visit family and friends over the festive period. Our research reveals that 95% of van drivers feel responsible for making sure their Christmas runs smoothly. We’re asking, how do they manage?
Reef Environmental rides the RVS wave with pre-bodied Mercedes-Benz Econic refuse collection vehicle
East Sussex-based Reef Environmental has become the latest waste and recycling operator to acquire a new Mercedes-Benz truck, pre-bodied and ready to work, from specialist provider Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS). Based on a low-entry Econic chassis supplied by City West Commercials, the 26-tonner is fitted with a single compartment Dennis Olympus compacting body and Dennis Beta bin lift purpose-designed for trade and heavy domestic collections. 3 MINUTE READ | 670 WORDS
Wrings celebrates in style with anniversary Actros Edition 1 from Mercedes-Benz
What better way to tell the world it’s your Silver Anniversary than by announcing the fact on an awesome, limited edition flagship bearing the silver star of Mercedes-Benz. 6 MINUTE READ | 1133 WORDS
Outsourcing HGV maintenance now industry’s top choice
HGV operators increasingly are choosing to outsource the repair and maintenance of their vehicles, a survey by Commercial Motor and Motor Transport has found.
Agile Arocs crane truck lifts Mercedes-Benz to a new high with Plant Speed
Mercedes-Benz can now lay claim to the lion’s share of the Plant Speed fleet, after delivering the Bristol-based operator’s first rigid vehicle to wear a three-pointed star. The eight-wheeler’s arrival means that Dealer City West Commercials has now supplied nine of the 16 trucks on which its customer relies to move heavy plant and equipment, including out-of-gauge and break bulk consignments, throughout the UK and Europe.
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New vehicle safety features mandatory from 2022
The European Council has confirmed that from 2022 all new vehicles sold in the EU will have to be fitted with advanced safety systems, including technology that allows a breathalyser to be fitted to the vehicle.
City West Finalists at Awards
City West led the Mercedes-Benz network for nominations at this years Commercial Motor Awards.
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.
Drivers urged to be ‘deer aware’
The coming weeks will see a significant rise in the risk of collisions with deer, road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist has warned.
A Timely Reminder That Clocks Changing Can Impact The Van Community According To Mercedes-Benz Vans
More than eight in 10 (83%) people in the UK’s hard-working van community feel more tired in the autumn and winter compared to summer, with 45% admitting they suffer from low mood more in the darker, colder winter months.
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Building Better Futures - Apprentices
Ollie Leighfield and Euan Webber are shortlisted for Apprentice of the year. We explore the winning formula and catch up with the finalists and the team that backs them all the way.
Apprentice stars on the rise
City West lead the Mercedes-Benz network nominations with Ollie Leighfield and Euan Webber both nominated for Apprentice Of The Year in the Commercial Motor Awards!
No-deal Brexit guidance for hauliers
The DVSA has issued new guidance for hauliers and commercial drivers operating in the EU in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
20% of companies have unsuccessful 3PL contract starts
2 min read - 252 words. One fifth of UK companies report unsuccessful start to their contracts with third-party logistics providers, research by the logistics consultancy, Scala, has found.
Councils call for powers to fine truckers is ‘cash generator’
1 min read - 131 words. The Road Haulage Association says that a move to give councils powers to fine lorry drivers is about generating revenue.
FTA responds to government Spending Review
1 min read - 182 words. The Freight Transport Association said it was pleased to see the Chancellor’s announcement of a further £2 billion for Brexit delivery in the Spending Review
Drive style monitoring software now standard on Sprinter and Vito Tourer
2 min read - 398 words. Mercedes-Benz Vans continues to lead the field of connected vehicle customer solutions by introducing vehicle drive style monitoring as standard, for three years, on all new Sprinter and Vito Tourer models.
Revealed: the UK’s safest places for van drivers
3 min read - 510 words. Belfast has been named the safest city in the UK for van drivers, following an investigation by Admiral Van Insurance.
MPs call for hands-free driving ban
2 min read - 359 words. The Government should consider tougher restrictions on driving while using a mobile phone and stricter enforcement of the law, MPs on the Transport Committee have said in a new report.
Government urged to update ‘mobile phone while driving’ laws
2 min read - 282 words. The government has been urged to update the laws about driving while using a mobile phone, after a motorist had his conviction overturned.
How to pass horses safely on the road
2 min read - 367 words. Horses are powerful animals and have extremely heightened senses. They are also ‘flight’ animals, so if they become scared, they will revert to their natural instinct.
AI to end future jams caused by roadworks
1 min read - 230 words. Navigational apps powered by Artificial Intelligence could soon help drivers plan their trips without the fear of getting stuck in traffic.
Commercial vehicle tax dodge warning
3 min read - 417 words. Companies and commercial fleet drivers are being warned not repurpose car-derived vans into more car-like vehicles to try to make savings in Benefit-in-Kind and vehicle taxation.
Air-conditioning drives van values up
2 min read - 374 words. Light commercial vehicles with air-con outperform those without it on the used vehicle market by a considerable margin in terms of values achieved, performance against guide values and auction conversion rates.
Building Better Futures - Road Legends join forces with City West
Supporting our Commercial Motor Apprentice Entry hear what makes Ollie Leighfield, Gary Voisey, Euan Webber and Chris Philips, all winners.
City West launch new Actros at Truckfest South West
City West provide the show stopping backdrop for new Actros and return to Shepton Mallet.
Could Football Be The Key To Tackling Mental Health? Mercedes-Benz Vans Highlights How Sport is Integral to Better Mental Health
4 min read - 813 words.
With the Premier League kicking off 09/08, new research from Mercedes-Benz Vans, highlights the vital role sport plays in supporting men with their mental health struggles.
Transport Managers fear CPC-compliant driver shortage
2 min read - 267 words.
UK Transport Managers fear a major shortage of CPC-compliant drivers after 9 September, new research has revealed.
Blanket ban on mobile phone use in vehicles ‘needs careful thought’
1 min read - 181 words.
The Road Haulage Association says it is extremely concerned that the Commons Transport Select Committee is considering proposals to ban the use of hands-free mobile phones while driving.
DVS scheme will ‘not achieve zero vehicular harm’
3 min read - 493 words. With just three months until the first phase of the Direct Vision Standard begins, the Freight Transport Association is renewing its calls for the Mayor of London to realise the scheme is not the most effective way to achieve zero vehicular harm in the capital.
Van drivers could face insurance premium spike
2 min read - 349 words.
Van insurance premiums have risen 8.3% over the last 12 months, but van drivers may see further increases in the coming months as a result of this month’s government reset of the Ogden rate, according to data analytics company Consumer Intelligence.
Britain Works on Tyres – new van tyre safety campaign
2 min read - 303 words.
TyreSafe is reminding van drivers about the need to ensure they conduct regular tyre checks and to consider how much load is being carried in a new ‘Britain Works on Tyres’ safety campaign.
Sprinter crowned Large Van Of The Year by Company Van Today
1 min read - 186 words.
The Sprinter shows no signs of slowing down as it has scooped yet another award – Large Van of the Year at the Company Van Today Awards.
DVLA says no to Doctors on Wheels medicals
1 min read - 180 words.
Following an investigation by Trading Standards and the DVLA, the DVLA is no longer accepting any D4 Medical Reports on lorry drivers from the company Doctors on Wheels.
Van Excellence wins award for driver mental health campaign
2 min read - 367 words.
The FTA’s Van Excellence initiative with CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), which aims to increase awareness of and conversations about mental health among van drivers, won the Innovation Award at the Company Van Today Awards.
Government looks at ways to make driving safer
2 min read - 305 words.
Failure to wear a seatbelt could result in penalty points as well as fines, under new plans to reduce the number of deaths on the UK’s roads.
Mercedes-Benz Atego trucks ‘keep on running’ for Philip Dennis Foodservice
“Bomb-proof” reliability from trucks that can clock-up more than one million kilometres explains why North Devon-based Philip Dennis Foodservice keeps coming back for more fridge-bodied Mercedes-Benz Atego rigids
Super Steve Completes 24 Hour Run
Jessie May's nurse Steve completes his epic undertaking of his 24 hour run.
Van operators flocking to electric, according to FTA report
More than 70% of van operators intend to use electric vehicles in their fleets this year, according to the FTA’s 2019 Logistics Report.
New Actros Arrives at City West
Whatever way you slice it, we only do Heavy Hitters.
Driver CPC deadline reminder
For many professional lorry, bus or coach drivers in the UK, the deadline to complete their driver CPC periodic training and maintain their current card is approaching.
Valued occupations should be those ‘with real skills’
The review of the Shortage Occupation List, published by the Migration Advisory Committee, ignores the value which workers at all levels bring to the logistics sector, one of UK PLC’s most crucial trade drivers.
WT Transport get first look at MirrorCam
If you can't see my mirrors, we can still see you! Check out the gallery from Tim Sutcliffe who kicked off our Roadshow for new Actros.
Motor fraudsters adopt new ‘hide and crash’ tactic
Motor fraudsters have adopted a dangerous new tactic to trap unsuspecting drivers in ‘crash-for-cash’ scams, new research by the AX motor fraud investigation team has found.
Truckfest 2019 - Now You See Me.
4 in 5 Brits believe seeing a driver’s face helps to understand their intention on the road. Our new Actros demonstrators are on the road so come and why not join us at Truckfest and get a closer look at MirrorCam.
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