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Keep up to date with all of Bell Truck and Van's latest news and developments. This page will include first updates on the company's rejuvination, including any progress regarding our depot improvements. You'll also find the latest product updates from Mercedes-Benz Vans UK and Mercedes Benz Trucks UK, key industry happenings, top tips and useful business information.

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Mercedes-Benz Dealer Bell Truck and Van achieved a stunning van sales result after adopting a radical approach designed to keep customers moving during the pandemic.

 

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Mercedes-Benz Dealer Bell Truck and Van is poised to embark on a major programme of investment in new and improved facilities, following its acquisition by a leading environmental, renewable energy and recycling company. 

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From 29th September 2017 Bell Truck and Van will cease to be directly regulated by the FCA and will become an Appointed Representative of Automotive Compliance Ltd.  

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The new owners of Mercedes-Benz Dealer Bell Truck and Van have strengthened their management team by making a series of appointments to key positions. Underlining the company’s commitment to staff development, most are internal promotions.

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Coming soon: Trials of the eActros LongHaul on public roads begin this year, with the battery-powered truck scheduled to enter series production in 2024.

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Launched as the ‘commercialising connected and automated mobility competition’, the government has launched this initiative, which will help to generate funds for the development of autonomous commercial vehicles. The types of cars that fall into this category include things like delivery vans, shuttles, and self-driving buses. The grants will be on offer to aid self-driving vehicle manufacturers to begin construction in 2025.

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If you are a driver, you need to be aware that on the 1st of June, the highway code received its annual update, which means there are now new rules to be observed or fines will be issued. It is up to you to make sure you familiarise yourself with all the changes, as the defence of not knowing is unacceptable, and the fine will stand. The main changes include the council having increased powers, information surrounding clean air zones having changed, and electric vehicles being charged at home, so let’s take a look.

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One of the critical issues for ensuring that electric vehicles dominate our roads before the 2030 deadline when the government intends to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars is expanding the charging infrastructure. 3ti believe they have the solution in the form of a pop-up solar-powered electric vehicle charging hub that can be up and running within 24 hours. 

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The government’s announcement in April, of an additional £20 million to boost HGV driver facilities was welcomed as ‘a positive step forward for industry’ by Logistics UK. 

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If you see a drone flying overhead next year, it could be looking for potholes. Drones and 3D printing technology are being explored to help find and fix potholes faster and more effectively.

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In a recent RAC poll, an astonishing 44% of drivers say they have been kept waiting for more than 15 seconds by drivers who have failed to notice a traffic light has gone green – that’s often long enough for lights to change to red again.

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Disruption at the Channel Ports led to the return of Operation Brock on the M20 and huge pressure across the road network in Kent.

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The Government has committed to a 2-year extension of plug-in van and truck grants, with the Department for Transport (DfT) saying that the move will support the purchase of tens of thousands of greener vans and trucks and help make the UK less reliant on imports of foreign oil.

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While the RHA (Road Haulage Association) welcomed the Chancellor's 5 pence per litre cut in fuel duty in his Spring Statement, it was disappointed he didn’t go further and offer an essential user rebate for hauliers and coach operators.

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RAC research reveals that 43% of drivers weren’t aware of the changes to handheld device regulations – on the day the rules came into law.

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In late April, the truck manufacturer began to conduct rigorous tests of the first new enhanced prototype of its Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck, which was unveiled in 2020.  

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Mercedes-Benz Vans has partnered with EO Charging to provide customers with electric vehicle (EV) chargers, charge point management software and ongoing support and maintenance.

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