News & Information for the Professional Driver Association (PDA)

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Germany’s FlixMobility acquires Greyhound Lines, the iconic U.S. bus company, in $78M deal

FlixMobility (“the Company”), the global mobility provider of the FlixBus and FlixTrain brands, announced today it has acquired Greyhound Lines, Inc. (“Greyhound”), the largest provider of long-distance bus transportation in the United States, from FirstGroup plc. This acquisition marks another important step in FlixMobility’s vision to provide easy-to-use, affordable, and environmentally friendly travel for consumers across the globe. Read more

UK – Maersk diverts big cargo ships from UK as Felixstowe port fills up due to HGV container backlog

A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S said it had to divert some ships from the U.K.’s largest container port because of congestion tied to a trucker shortage that’s clogging the flow of cargo boxes into and out of the country.

The Copenhagen-based shipping line, the world’s largest, has sent some bigger ships to other European ports and relied on smaller feeder vessels to bring containers through British export and import terminals, according to Lars Mikael Jensen, head of Maersk’s global ocean network. His comments were reported earlier in the Financial Times.

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GAS TRUCKS PROVE WORSE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AT A CRITICAL MOMENT

Industry claims that gas trucks are better for the climate and air quality have been dismantled by new emissions tests

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UK THE FIRST ZERO-EMISSION REFRIGERATED ALL-ELECTRIC TRUCK WITH FRIGOBLOCK

The British company chose the manufacturer of transport refrigerators as its partner because of its many years of experience in refrigeration logistics.

Frigoblock, a manufacturer of transport refrigeration equipment and a Thermo King brand, announced that they have partnered with NRG Riverside to develop the first battery-electric temperature-controlled truck for use on UK roads. Read more

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UK FIRM TEVVA UNVEILS NEW ELECTRIC TRUCK

Electric truck pioneer Tevva has unveiled a 7.5-tonne electric truck intended for mass production in the UK.

Engineered by a team led by Ken Scott, formerly engineering director at Bentley and Alexander Dennis, and styled by Dale Grewer, former chief designer at Jaguar Land Rover, the Tevva Truck will be manufactured in a brand-new 11,000 m2 facility in the London Thames Freeport area. Read more

UK WARNED VISA TO FIX DRIVER SHORTAGE WILL NOT SOLVE CRUNCH

LONDON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Britain’s decision to issue temporary visas for 5,000 foreign truck drivers is a short-term fix that will not solve an acute labour shortage that risks major disruption for retailers in the run-up to Christmas, business leaders have warned. Read more

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GERMANY AND THE NETHERLANDS SIGN AGREEMENT ON GIGALINERS (LONGTRUCKS)

With the signing of a bilateral agreement between Germany and the Netherlands, the cross-border use of gigaliners trucks becomes possible.

Berlin. Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) and Barbara Visser, Minister for Infrastructure and Water Management in the Netherlands, signed a bilateral agreement on the cross-border traffic of gigaliners trucks between the Netherlands and Germany on Friday, from September 24th. Read more

UK – Driver Shortage Morrisons, Aldi and Tesco are increasing driver pay

// Aldi increases the salary of lorry drivers to help address driver shortage crisis // Comes after Tesco said it would offer drivers a £1000 joining bonus with the company // The “pandemic” and Brexit have been blamed for the HGV driver shortage, impacting retailers up and down the country

UK – Tesco offers £1000 bonus to new HGV drivers amid shortage crisis

// Tesco offers £1000 joining bonus to lorry drivers who join the Big 4 grocer before the end of September   // It comes as grocers experience staff shortages amid the “pandemic” and changes to immigration rules from Brexit   // Road Haulage Association believes there is a shortfall of about 60,000 haulage drivers in the UK

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NA – Unannounced brake inspection blitz sidelined over 1,200 trucks

Inspectors Remove More Than 1,200 Commercial Motor Vehicles With Critical Brake Violations From Roadways During CVSA’s Unannounced Brake Safety Day JULY 19, 2021 Commercial motor vehicle inspectors in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. conducted 10,091 inspections and placed 1,273 vehicles out of service for brake-related critical vehicle inspection items on May 26.