Platooning HGVs will be on major UK roads by the end of 2018, after the government committed £8.1m to trials of the autonomous vehicles. The trials, which will be funded by DfT and Highways England and conducted by the Transport Research Laboratory, will see up to three HGVs travelling in convoy connected by wireless technology. All of the vehicles will have a driver ready to take control of the vehicle if needed. The trial will take place in three phases, […]
The HGV Road User Levy has smashed its initial £20m revenue target in its first year of operation, generating £44m in revenue from foreign-registered hauliers and prompting calls for the money to be reinvested in UK road freight.
The FTA has welcomed the decision to extend the longer semi-trailer trial in both scope and length.
The DfT is asking for feedback on proposals to increase the time required between digital tachograph data downloads to 90 days. Currently the time limit is 56 days, but the increase would align it with Europe. The FTA said operators had not raised the current limit as an issue, but that it was conceivable it might aid operators regularly undertaking long-haul European work. Vosa was unable to respond to the suggestion put forward by industry sources that increasing the download […]