Video report. It's been announced that driverless lorries are to be trialled on our motorways. Under the scheme being run by the Transport Research Laboratory, a "platoon leader" driving a heavy goods vehicle will lead a small convoy, with the following trucks piloted by computers.
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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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.
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.
MPs, councils, and local people say that lorry drivers - especially foreign truckers - are littering south east road verges. The drivers say that high charges are driving them from official lorry parks.