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Transport Minister announces low emissions winners

18 January 2017 Transport Minister John Hayes has named the 20 companies that are set to benefit from government funding under a £20 million programme to reduce emissions and improve air quality. The funding, announced at the Sustainable Road Transport Conference in central London last week, is being given to firms that set out plans […]

Autonomous Volkswagen van concept shown at Detroit

17 January 2017 The driverless van has taken a step closer to reality thanks to a new concept vehicle revealed by Volkswagen at last week’s Detroit Motor Show in the USA. The German firm’s concept van, which draws heavily from the styling of the iconic VW Type 2 ‘Microbus’, is called the I.D Buzz and […]

Swedish city adopts all-electric bus network

18 January 2017 The Swedish city of Värnamo will become the first in Northern Europe to have a fully electric bus fleet as of autumn this year, following an order for a fleet of Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrids. The electrification of Värnamo’s bus services will contribute to a better urban environment, with less noise and […]

Truck drivers call for M6 improvements

18 January 2017 Truck drivers have called for improvements to the M6 motorway as the most urgent part of the UK’s strategic road network that needs to benefit from government funding to improve the country’s freight routes. In his Autumn statement, Philip Hammond said that the government would spend £1.3bn on improving England’s roads, including […]

Renault reveals two new electric vans

17 January 2017 Following its best ever year for UK van sales, French manufacturer Renault has pulled the wraps off one brand new electric van and an updated version of another. Unveiled at last week’s Brussels Motor Show in Belgium, the Master ZE is the largest vehicle in Renault’s EV line-up and has a quoted […]

DAF’s Taiwan operation builds 5,000th truck

17 January 2017 Less than a decade after it opened, the 5,000th truck has rolled off the assembly line at DAF’s plant in Dadu, Taiwan, using a number of British components. DAF has a market share of almost 30% in the 12-tonne truck segment in Taiwan, making it the undisputed market leader among non-Asian truck […]

Mercedes-Benz Vito joins the ranks

18 January 2017 A van-based six-passenger taxi is the latest cab off the rank, having just gone into service in the UK’s capital. Built to London Taxi standards, the Mercedes-Benz Vito Taxi is fully wheelchair accessible and offers saloon seating for up to six passengers. It’s the latest van-based taxi to be approved for work […]

CV Show visitor registration now open

10 January 2017 The UK’s biggest road transport, distribution and logistics event is now open for visitor registration via its official website. The CV Show 2017 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 25-27 April, and has already attracted close to 400 exhibitors, a number that’s set to grow further in the weeks leading up […]

New USA V2V proposal brings platooning closer

10 January 2017 Autonomous truck platooning has taken a step closer to reality thanks to a new proposal from the US Department of Transport (DOT) to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology in new cars, vans and trucks. While the proposal – which would require all new cars, vans and trucks to have V2V systems by […]