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The UK Truck Driver Shortage Hits Crisis Point

While many have been raising the issue of a truck driver shortage for decades, the problem has accelerated this year. According to the Road Haulage Association (RHA), there is a truck driver shortage amounting to 60,000 drivers. The scale of the deficit is having a significant effect on businesses, with many reaching a crisis point. [...]
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TWO DAF BUILDERS MERCHANTS FOR LOCAL COMPANY JTD

JTD Supplies have come to Mac's once again to add to their ever growing fleet. The recent purchases consist of 2 x 18T DAF's with Fassi F110B.1.22 cranes with a brick grab. JTD based local in Huddersfield specialising in building supplies to the construction industry. Equipped with our Standard builder merchant spec bodies with a [...]
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OVER TWO DECADES OF BUSINESS TOGETHER

Over two decades of Business together and each time they seem to be getting more special!   The latest addition is a F710RA.2.27 with L426 fly jib offering 30.1M lifting 545Kg. This vehicle also has our unique design with the front legs set up allowing crane operation over the front of the cab give 360 [...]
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OUT WITH THE OLD IN WITH THE NEW

Out with the old and in with the new! One happy customer back after four years to pick up there latest build on the new gen Scania G410 with the new style Macs Cheesewedge body. We Wish Maiford all the best with their latest addition and hope to see you again in another 4 years! [...]
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New Driving Laws Expected In 2021

Tighter UK driving laws on mobile phone use and vehicle emissions are expected to come into force in 2021. The British government is in the middle of a consultation process on mobile phone use. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, Baroness Vere, says British roads are some of the safest in the [...]
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Skip Loader Truck Safety

If your firm moves skips, your operators must be aware of skip loader safety issues and best practices. A number of deaths and injuries in the UK are caused every year during the movement of skips, which should put skip loader safety high on your agenda. It might be an innocent bystander, a client, or [...]
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How To Care For Your Trucks This Winter

Truck care is never more critical than in the winter as cold weather arrives, roads become slippery, and driving conditions deteriorate. Driving safely in the wind, fog, and rain, and on ice and snow can be challenging, but a well-serviced lorry can significantly reduce the chances of accidents and vehicle damage. A regular truck service [...]
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Changes to Driving In The EU

If you are driving into a European Union country from the 1st January 2020 when the Brexit transitional period comes to an end, you need to be aware of EU driving regulations. There will be new documentation that you need when driving abroad for personal and commercial vehicle drivers. Here we look at the rules [...]
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Things To Look Out For When Buying A New Truck

If you are looking into buying a truck, there are plenty of things to consider and look out for. There is a healthy amount of market competition, which is excellent for buyers and delivers many choices. You should begin the journey of buying a truck by picking a reputable dealer with a well-established history and [...]
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A ONE OF A KIND

A one of a kind build for Mac's, This time the customer opted for a Scania S580 with a Fassi F545.RA.2.26 with 2 manual extensions. With the Fassi crane been one of the lightest and best lifters on the market this gave the perfect compromise for the customer between payload and crane lifting capacity. With [...]
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How Mac’s Trucks Stood Firm Against The Spread Of Covid-19

The rapid spread of Covid-19 sent shockwaves across the globe. Entire countries went into lockdown as fear of the virus brought our usual way of life to an abrupt and dramatic halt. As the country entered lockdown with Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging people to stay at home and prevent the spread of the virus, [...]
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FIRST OFF TWO SPECIAL BUILDS

First off two builds for Infratec UK, Both Tractor units with Fassi Cranes. This is what they went for on their first... Volvo FH540, 6x4, Rated to 80T GTW, Globetrotter sleeper cab, Fassi F820 with L414 fly jib, Sliding fifth wheel, Stainless toolboxes, Chain wells, Access point with grab handle, All the worklights, Beacons, Strobes [...]
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ANOTHER UNIQUE BUILD

This maybe another unique build but it wasn't a problem for Mac's, Keith Rhodes machinery installations required a special build for their style of work. What was most important was that the crane could be rear mounted so that it means they aren't so restricted with the cab in the way. The spec they went [...]
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Mac’s Creates First Grapple Saw In Britain!

Special build for a new customer to Mac's Truck – The customer had spent his time going to see most of our competitors, Mac's was the only company able to provide an accurate working design. The great thing for us was that Alistair Magee knew exactly what he wanted to achieve from the vehicle. He [...]
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FIRST TRACTOR UNIT WITH FRONT LEGS WITH FASSI F820

Another Beautiful truck leaves Macs trucks this time for Phoenix Scaffolding down in London.   - Scania R500 XT, 10 Ton front axle, Fassi 820.RA 2.26 with L414 fly jib reaching almost 30 meters, V20 winch, Front Stabiliser Legs, Rear tag, Highline sleeper.   Phoenix scaffolding have over 30 years experience in the trade providing [...]
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VOLVO SKIP TURNED OUT IN 5 DAYS.

Getting a new Contract meant another truck was needed. From a phone call on Saturday the 18th April, this truck was collected 5 working days later by the client (28th April). This truck will be working in the Capital by West London Recycling. Having purchased 8 trucks in the last 18 months, the Company praised [...]
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How Should Truck Drivers Protect Themselves From Coronavirus?

Coronavirus is sweeping the globe and people are being urged to follow basic hygiene measures in an attempt to limit its spread. Everyone is at risk of contracting the virus, including truck drivers. Health professionals are obviously fighting the virus on the front line, dealing with sick patients daily, and public transport workers also have [...]
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Truck Drivers Urged To Get Ready For Brexit

The Government has embarked on a £100 million advertising campaign warning Britons to get ready for Brexit. The October 31st Brexit deadline is getting closer and closer with, as I write, no sign of a constructive deal being struck, running the risk of Prime Minister Boris Johnson taking the UK out of the EU without [...]
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Five Tips For Driving In Stormy Weather

Storms Freya and Gareth brought widespread disruption across the UK during March. Heavy winds and rain resulted in trees being blown down, rivers bursting their banks and homes being damaged. Travel plans were thrown into chaos, sporting fixtures were cancelled and some homeowners had to carry out expensive clean-up operations.   Truck drivers, and motorists [...]
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Winter Is Here – Tips On How To Drive In The Snow

Driving in the snow and ice strikes the fear of God in to most motorists. While everyone under the age of 11 loves the snow, having snowball fights and practising their snow angels, the rest of the nation - especially those who must drive to work - is praying the snow stays well away.   [...]
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