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'Driverless' lorry trials on UK roads

Trials have been carried out in Europe and the USA Credit: RoadSafetyGB

The Department for Transport (DfT) and Highways England has commissioned TRL, the global centre of innovation in transport and mobility, to lead the first real-world operational trial of 'platooning' vehicles on UK roads.

The £8.1m trial will see TRL lead a consortium of partners including DAF Trucks, the UK market leader of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) sales; Ricardo, who worked with TRL to deliver the HGV platooning feasibility study for the DfT in 2014; and DHL.

TRL says that by applying experience gained in platooning projects in Europe and the USA, the project will collect information and independently evaluate heavy vehicle real-world operational conditions.

Trials will be tailored to the unique requirements of UK roads and will collate the evidence required to understand issues such as fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, safety, plus acceptance by drivers.

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Police crackdown on illegally parked lorries in Kent

Credit: Kent Police

5,019 lorries have been moved from hard shoulders and slip roads on Kent's motorways in the past 18 months.

Kent Police have been targeting parked HGVs in a bid to tackle anti-social and illegal behaviour by long-distance drivers.

4,294 HGVs were moved because they were parked illegally or inappropriately and 18 others were dealt with for other traffic offences.

Fines were issued to 695 drivers and 12 were immobilised after refusing to pay a fine.

Officers patrol key locations including the A2 near Cobham and Lydden, the M20 and A20 between junction 9 and Dover, and the M2 at Farthing Corner.

There are more lorries on the roads of Kent than ever before and that is having an impact on the wider road network and local communities."

We appreciate that HGV drivers are under pressure to meet legal requirements about taking rest breaks and driving hours, but it is completely unacceptable to endanger other road users and park on slip roads and the hard shoulder."

"We continue to urge HGV drivers to plan their journeys in advance and to use official, legal and safe facilities for parking while they take their breaks."

– Chief Inspector Peter Steenhuis, Roads Policing Unit

Frightening video of lorries crashing through barriers

Frightening footage of lorries ignoring warning signs and crashing through motorway barriers has been released by the Highways Agency in a bid to show the dangers faced by road workers every day.

It's a danger Gordon Davies knows only too well. He suffered life changing injuries when a van drove into roadworks and straight into him. Victoria Davies reports.

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