Beverley Bell: driver responsible in an autonomous truck


A driver behind the wheel of an autonomous vehicle will not see their legal standing altered if they are in an accident, said senior traffic commissioner (TC) Beverley Bell.

Speaking at the Multimodal show in Birmingham last week, the TC for the North West told delegates: “It’s quite clear. The driver is in control. The driver is responsible, as is the operator – it’s not going to change. It’s the same as airline pilots – if it is on autopilot it’s driverless, but they are responsible.”

In March, chancellor George Osborne said in his Budget statement that the government would “consult on sweeping away regulatory barriers within this parliament to enable autonomous vehicles on England’s major roads”.    

However, speakers on Bell’s Multimodal panel at the event said that while the technology is likely to become available to hauliers in the next few years, it is likely to be longer before they’re widely used on UK roads.

Enterprise orders Daf rigids for Exotic Car work


Enterprise has ordered two transporters to carry luxury cars from its Exotic Car Collection.

The trucks are Daf 55 LF180 rigids, fitted with Roger Dyson Hydraloader SLA 5000 transporter bodies. They will be used to deliver Enterprise’s collection of high-end rental vehicles from a branch at Heathrow airport.

The 12-tonners have a load capacity of 5 tonnes, overall length of 10m and width of 2.26m.

Enterprise specified the trucks because of their width, which is suitable for high-end car brands. The tilt and slide design enables the whole of the deck area to slide off the back of the chassis and sit almost level with the ground. This makes loading easier as it lessens or negates the angle of approach for the driver to negotiate when loading or unloading a luxury car.

Enterprise MD Danny Glynn said: “We had to ensure we could fit the complete range through the opening on the roller door.”