The opportunities and challenges of autonomous trucks and the UK platoon trial

September 6, 2017 Chris Druce

With the news that the UK is to get its first platooning trial underway next year with DAF supplying the vehicles, MT took a closer looks at the feasibility study published alongside the funding announcement itself to understand how the technology might work. Produced via a partnership between the Transport Research Laboratory, Ricardo and Transport and Travel Research, the 100 page-plus document lays out the groundwork that will inform the £8.1m trial and lists some of the challenges ahead and […]

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Road transport has vital role to play in fight against terrorism

August 24, 2017 Motor Transport

All of us can, and must, play a part in the fight against terrorism. Even before last year’s devastating attacks in Nice and Berlin, police had been working with the commercial vehicle sector to issue advice on how to reduce the risk of terrorists and organised crime gangs using vehicles as part of their attacks. Recent atrocities in Barcelona and before that London proved that this work is crucial and more difficult than ever, and the industry has a vested […]


UK road transport industry in numbers

August 23, 2017 Chris Druce

In 2016 the UK road transport industry moved more freight by both weight and distance than it has ever done since modern records began According to newly published figures the UK road transport industry (excluding Northern Ireland) lifted freight amounting to 1.89 billion tonnes in 2016; a 15% increase year-on-year. This is the highest recorded collective weight since comparative records began in 1990.


Gas as a road transport fuel – has its time finally come?

August 4, 2017 Steve Hobson

Gasrec has bet a small fortune on the future of natural gas as a road transport fuel. Chief executive Rob Wood tells Steve Hobson that the odds are moving in its favour. For those in the road transport industry with long memories, the era of gas-powered vehicles has dawned before – but proved to be false. Will things be different this time, as diesel is not only more expensive now but is being demonised for its carbon dioxide, particulate and […]


Argos on the the e-commerce Fast Track

August 3, 2017 Chris Druce

Argos has reinvented itself to compete in the digital age against the rapid rise of the e-retailers and it’s done so by putting road transport at the heart of its operation. Two years ago Argos signalled its ambition to take the fight to e-retailers and their increasingly sophisticated express delivery services. Argos Fast Track, which was trialled in 2014 and rolled out in-store March 2015 and then as a delivery service in the autumn, meant the advent of same-day delivery […]