Cycle safety

Mercedes-Benz adds 12-speed PowerShift gearbox to UK Econic lineup

January 3, 2018 Emma Shone

Mercedes-Benz has made its Econic more attractive to general haulage operations with the addition of a 12-speed gearbox, with Travis Perkins taking delivery of the first 10 UK equipped examples. The low-entry vehicle has previously only been available with an automatic six-speed Allison transmission gearbox. This Allison option, according to Mercedes, remains the most comfortable option for the refuse operations with which the Econic is more traditionally associated with. But market demand has prompted it to introduce a 12-speed Mercedes […]

Congestion

DfT preparing for national roll out of lane rental scheme to cut congestion

January 2, 2018 Carol Millett

The government is now considering the national roll out of a lane rental scheme, which could see councils charge utility companies up to £2,500 a day for carrying out roadworks at peak times. The decision follows the successful piloting of the lane rental scheme by Kent County Council and TfL, which reported significant cuts in the disruption caused to drivers during roadworks. Both trials, which were due to end in March 2019, have now been extended indefinitely by the DfT. […]