Ban on HGVs overtaking on M11 to go ahead

A ban on HGVs overtaking on the M11 is to go ahead once funding and statutory issues are overcome, according to Highways England.

The overtaking restriction on uphill sections of the motorway was originally announced by Highways England’s former incarnation, the Highways Agency, in February 2015. 

At the time, the Highways Agency asset development manager Andy Jobling said that following a successful trial, the ban would be introduced “in the next financial year”.

A Highways England spokeswoman told CM: “We are committed to getting the best use out of the road network, making journeys more reliable and improving safety. Our research has shown us that implementing lorry overtaking restrictions on uphill sections of the M11 between junctions 8 and 9 would be beneficial to road users, reducing congestion and improving journey times. We plan to introduce this change subject to funding and statutory processes, and will announce more in due course.”


Attention grabbing Volvo FMX 8X4 Tridem for Pegasus

Pegasus Grab Hire of Dudley has taken delivery of what is believed to be possibly the first Volvo FMX Tridem grab truck in Europe.

The 8x4 vehicle from dealer Hartshorne Group, Pensnett, features an extra high chassis and a day cab with leather upholstery.

It is powered by a 12.8 litre Volvo D13K engine producing 420hp and up to 2,100Nm of torque.

The vehicle also comes with Volvo Dynamic Steering with extra electronic pump and torque overlay. 

Thompson Group in Blackburn fitted the tipper body and hydraulic grab. 

Tony Hall, company founder and MD of the company which serves major gas and electricity utility suppliers said: “I test drove a Volvo FMX Tridem in Sweden last year and was astonished by the manoeuvrability and traction. 

“I knew instantly that this truck perfectly suited the demands of our business and now that we have one on the road I’d say my initial feelings have been proven to be absolutely right.

“I started the company in 2011 with a used 380hp Volvo FM12, and this new Volvo FMX Tridem - our twelfth truck - is testament to what we’ve achieved over the past four years.”