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, […]
Early indications suggest that the larger 15.65m longer semi-trailer size is proving a more popular option than its 14.6m counterpart in the Department for Transport’s (DfT) ten-year trial of the new lengths, announced last December. According to the DfT, “two or three” companies have returned their allowance of the smaller 14.6m design and MT has learnt the government is now permitting firms to swap allocations them between themselves, or even give them away as long as no business trials more […]
Pollock (Scotrans) saw turnover climb in its first financial results since its acquisition of fellow Palletways member Gilbraith (TS) last February.
A piecemeal, stop-go approach to funding for road maintenance has made it difficult for highways authorities to deliver maintenance cost-effectively over recent decades, the Public Accounts Committee has said.