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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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City West launch new Actros at Truckfest South West

City West provide the show stopping backdrop for new Actros and return to Shepton Mallet.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Super Steve Completes 24 Hour Run

Jessie May's nurse Steve completes his epic undertaking of his 24 hour run.

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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.

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New Actros Arrives at City West

Whatever way you slice it, we only do Heavy Hitters.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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The Future Is Here

First thoughts on the new Actros from KevTee and what we got up to when he came to see us in Avonmouth.

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Truck tyre ban in bid to improve road safety

New laws banning older tyres on large vehicles to improve road safety could be introduced later this year.

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Speed limit change helps increase productivity

A change in lorry speed limits has saved businesses millions of pounds a year and could have helped improve road safety.

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Van traffic has doubled in 25 years

Van traffic on British roads has increased by almost 100% since 1993, the latest official government figures show.

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Driving Better Mental Health campaign to target driver loneliness

A new campaign, Driving Better Mental Health, has been launched by How’s My Driving? and the National Recruitment Line to support and improve the mental health of commercial vehicle drivers.

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DECK Day with RVS | The National Refuse Championships

Mercedes-Benz, Fuso Canter & Sustainable Solutions by City West Commercials

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The National Refuse Championships 2019 | Econic Safest Truck in the City Municipal

Join us on DECK day for Discovery, Education, Careers and Knowledge at the National Refuse Championships on the 14th and 15th June 2019.

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City West Commercials boost Nurse Steve’s fundraising

The Difference A Day Makes. Jessie May Nurse Steve’s 24 hour fundraiser for to raise money was given a fantastic boost.

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On the road to discovery.

We will be putting our new Actros Demonstrators through its paces with our Roadshow this summer but what does it mean for the transport industry?

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New Actros Roadshow

Everyone Talks, One Delivers. Your invite to discover new Actros. A truck ahead of it's time.

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Job #1 of the Mercedes-Benz Trucks flagship: New Actros.

Ready for its customers: the first new Actros rolls off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant

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New Actros Startup Guide

Welcome to the new Mercedes-Benz Actros, video playlist where you'll be guided through the basic operations of the vehicle.

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Companies need to do more to help reach Government air pollution targets across the UK

New Low Ultra Emission Zone has taken effect but what now for the future of fleet?

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Smart tachographs introduction set for June

From 15 June this year, smart tachographs must be fitted to all new Large Goods Vehicles sold in the UK.

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FTA launches Logistics Emissions Reduction Scheme awards

Some of the world’s most innovative logistics operators are being invited to compete for the Logistics Emissions Reduction Scheme Awards 2019.

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First border crossing to use e-CMR electronic consignment note

A pilot project involving France, the Netherlands and the UK saw the use of electronic consignment notes for multiple border crossings for the first time.

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