Truck Shows For Your Diary

2019 has already seen a number of fantastic truck shows for truck lovers to visit, but if you haven’t already seen enough trucks this year here are some more events that are well worth going to:

Cumbria Power weekend – Pull and Truck show at Carlisle
Date: June 29th and June 30th 2019
Location: Kirkbride Airfield
Kirkbride Airfield

The event is organised by the Cumbria Tractor Pulling Club and this sees some of the best Tractors from across the country attend.

As well as the Tractors there is also a great Truck show with the following classes:

Best Artic Truck Unit
Best Rigid Truck (over 7.5ton)
Best Light Commercial (up to 7.5ton)
Best Classic & Vintage Truck
Best New Truck (up to 2years)
Best senior Truck (8years & over)
Best Owner Driver
Best Fleet (2 or more)
Best Custom Truck
Best Cumbrian Truck
Best Specialist Truck (Hiab, Sweeper, Tipper etc)
Truck of the Show (Entered in automatically)

Camping is also available for this event and there are bars and refreshments available.

Convoy in the Park
Date: August 10th and 11th 2019
Location: Donington Park Circuit
Castle Donington
DE74 2RP

This family friendly event is marketed as the ultimate celebration of trucks, drivers and life on the road. If you have a show truck this a event not to be missed with over 1,000 show trucks being on display. There are vintage trucks, trucks of different sizes and uses. Over the weekend there is also the opportunity to see the following:

Racing Action – British truck racing, Pickup truck racing championship, Legends cars championship, Britcar Endurance championship, Renault UK Clio Cup Junior and 2CV Championship.
Live Music
Kids Entertainers
Trade Stands
Stunt Shows
Monster Truck Rides

Also at the event is a used truck village, if you are looking to purchase a truck this is a great place to find one (don’t forget to call us for a quote as we have great rates for Truck insurance J).

Tickets are priced at £20 for an adult and kids under 13 go free.

Truckfest 2019 dates

Truckfest North East
Date: June 15th and 16th 2019
Location: Wolsingham Showground

Truckfest West Midlands and Wales
Date: June 29th and 30th 2019
Location: Three Countries Showground

Truckfest West Scotland
Date: June 29th and 30th 2019
Location: Three Countries Showground

Truckfest South West
Date: 31st Aug and 1st Sept 2019
Location: Royal bath & West Showground
Shepton Mallet

Truckfest South East
Date: Sept 14th and 15th 2019
Location: Cheshire Showground

Truckfest Orignial – Season Finale
Date: Oct 5th and 6th 2019
Location: Newark & Notts Showground

Truckfest is one of the largest outdoor events in the UK with a number of shows across the country. Each show has family entertainment, celebrity guests, over 3000 trucks across all events as well as onsite camping.

Retro Truck Show – Showcasing Trucks from 1970 to 2000
Date: Sept 7th and 8th 2019
Location: British Motor Museum
Banbury Road
CV35 0BJ

This event displays some of the very best modern classic trucks from 1970s to 2000 from across the UK, France and the EU. Trucks you will see there include DAFs, Scanias and Volvos as well as many others. Tickets are priced from £14.50 for adults and there is also camping available.

Here at Quotax we have a number of schemes to cater for a wide variety of Trucks from show trucks to lorries used for haulage – please give our team a call on 0208 691 9691.

2018 – Classic Truck and Commercial Vehicle shows for your diary

As we enter 2018 it is time to open up your new diaries and book some important dates for the year’s Classic Truck and Van shows.

Classic Truck shows are a great way to buy parts that you have been unable to get hold of, admire other people’s restorations, share stories and have a good time.

Further details for all of these shows can be found online and we always recommend giving the organisers a call as the details may change from time of going to press.


Classic and Commercial Vintage Show

Date: 9th June and 10th June 2018


British Motor Museum




Details: Two day event featuring over 400 vehicles, pre commercial, majority being pre 1990. Large Autojumble selling spares, photos, models etc.


Cornwall Truck Show

Date: 21st and 22nd July 2018

Location: Stithian’s Showground





Details: Large number of HGV Vehicles including; Old, New Custom, Vintage and Show Trucks.

There are also a number of trade stands and evening entertainment.


Classic Van and Pick-Up Show

Date: 5th August 2018 10:00 to 16:00


British Motor Museum




Details: Been running for 4 years with a wide range of light commercial vehicles including; Pick-up trucks, Vans, Police Cars, Vintage Vans and more.


Barnard Castle Truck Show

Date: 4th and 5th August 2018


Streatlam Farm

Barnard Castle

County Durham

DL12 8TZ

Details: Event Includes; Vintege Trucks, Auto Jumble, Camping, Commercial Stands, Show trucks and more.

Retro Truck Show 2017

Retro Truck Show 2017

The 9th and 10th September sees the 6th year of the Retro Truck Show. The show attracts over 350 of the best modern Classic Trucks from between the years 1960 to 2000.

Volvo, Scania and DAF as well as many other of the UK’s leading Truck Manufacturers will feature at the show.

There will also be a large indoor model show within the museum plus many trade stands. Other goods on sale include phots, models brochures etc.

Camping facilities are available including showers and toilets.

Quotax is one of the UK’s leading Classic truck Insurers, if you need cover to drive your vehicle to this event please do not hesitate to contact us. We are extremely competitive for Modern Classic Trucks and have a number of exclusive schemes.

Further details of the show can be found at:

Please call our Truck specialists on 0208 691 9691 if you would like a quote from our experienced team.

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Government needs to support ultra-low emission HGV market

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee released a report on the sustainability in transport which has received a positive reaction from the Freight Transport Association.

The report states that fiscal support will be needed as well as a regulatory reform in order to develop the market in ultra-low emission vehicles. The reform for cars would suggest to review company car taxation and for vans, a reform to the weight limitations on alt powered vehicles.

Christopher Snelling, FTA’s Head of National and Regional Policy commented “The Committee is right that more support will be needed for the purchasers of ultra-low emission vehicles if they are to take off in the market place as soon as possible.  The suggestion of considering reforming weight limitations on alternatively powered vans is welcome and should be explored further – subject to demonstrating it would not have a negative effect on safety”.

Mr Snelling proceeded to say: “The missing piece in the report is heavy duty vehicles.  From an engineering and technological point of view it is harder to decarbonise larger road vehicles – electric is not an option.  Trials of alternative power sources for lorries were made under the Government’s Low Carbon Truck Trial and a further low emission freight and logistics trial has recently been announced, but more fiscal support will be needed if these new vehicles are to get taken up by purchasers any time soon.  Currently alternatively powered vehicles only make up 0.2 per cent of the UK’s HGV fleet.”

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RHA – Brexit Clarification

RHA – Brexit clarification

Richard Burnett the chief executive of RHA has advised all members of the association that it is calling upon the government to clarify the situation for road hauliers following news that the UK is set to leave the EU.

Burnett continues on to say “Whichever way you cast your vote last week, the public has spoken and the UK has decided to leave the EU. We are now entering a period of uncertainty.”

“However, I want to make it clear that your Association will be keeping close to government to ensure the best deal for UK road hauliers. Rest assured, we are already in the process of arranging meetings with relevant departmental ministers so that we can stress the industry’s needs and expectations.”

Industry sectors across the board are still waiting to see the ramifications of the Pound in the current market.

Richard Burnett has urged members with specific concerns to bring them forward as soon as possible so they can be included in to negotiations.

Concluding he said: “We need clear, demonstrative leadership – and quickly – from government as well as skilful negotiation to stabilise the economy and address the concerns of the public in general and our members in particular.  The impact for us as a key industry provider could be considerable. It is our responsibility as the only organisation solely dedicated to the UK haulage sector to ensure that the issues are urgently addressed and the transition between now and leaving the EU to be a smooth as possible.”

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Funding for HGV licenses has been refused

DFT minister Lord Ahmed has announced that the government will not be funding the HGV license acquisition in order to ease the HGV driver shortage in the UK.

The cost of the HGV license ranges from between £1,500 – £3,000 and the industry is currently facing a shortfall of about 40,000 drivers.

Due to this the haulage industry had been campaigning for the government to provide funding for the training so that people were more inclined to join the trade.

Lord Ahmed informed the Transport committee: “The principle remains that we won’t look at funding HGV licences. That has been a principle established since 2005 and that is a position we will not be changing.”

This news comes as a blow to the industry which after a recent survey of HGV qualified drivers showed that over a third claimed that they felt poorly treated by their employer.

Lord Ahmed has made further comments regarding the industry stating: “There needs to be a lot more work on drivers’ conditions. This has to be industry-led. The government’s role is to facilitate and look at recruitment, but the retention element is something the industry needs to lead on,”

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Budget 2016 – HGV taxes and diesel freeze

The Chancellor George Osborne has recently revealed his Budget for 2016 and we have some points of interest.

Fuel Duty

For a sixth year in a row fuel duty will be frozen with the Chancellor stating “I know that fuel costs still make up a significant part of household budgets and weigh heavily on small firms”.

This freeze should save drivers £75 a year and a small business van £270 a year which he claims will be a ‘tax boost that keeps Britain moving’


The budget includes a freeze on rates of VED (vehicle excise duty) and the Road User Levy for larger trucks and good vehicles.

The government has pointed out that it is aware of the link between low fuel prices and economic growth thus the freeze means the average small business with a van will save £12 on each tank in comparison to pre 2010.

Low Emission Funding

The government Office for Low Emission Vehicles will also be provided a £38 million in grants, this will be matched by the private sector, which will go towards research and development into new low emission technology across the UK.


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Money Saving Advice for Lorry Drivers

Finding insurance for a lorry/truck can prove difficult as it is not a product that is generally well advertised compare to the likes of car insurance but nevertheless it does exist and this short article will offer a range of tips and advice to help you save a penny or two.

When people think about insurance the main focus is on what a company covers and at what cost however there is a whole range of factors that go towards these costs.

‘It starts at home’

The main points of focus here would be the vehicle, the owner and the drivers.

Vehicle – This should be of a high priority of the owner/company of any vehicle as it is what keeps you on the move as well as aiding your trade/business. We recommend you put in place a system of practises and maintenance checks to keep your vehicle in good condition and also to make sure it complies with current laws. You may also benefit from adding security devices to the vehicles to aid in the event of theft

Owner – The owner will normally insure the vehicle under their name or the company but the onus of responsibility will lay with them. It is best to make sure you not only check but also keep up to date with laws and regulations.

Drivers – Employing drivers is a risk to anyone as they are entrusted to use and assist in maintaining your vehicle/s however it is a risk that you have some control over and could save yourself money in the future. Always make sure your drivers have the relevant licenses and make note that the cleaner the license the better. It is also important to make sure they have training not only at the start of employment but refreshers throughout as this will ensure that they do not forget the training and also gives you an opportunity to remind or implement how you want your business to run.


When you shop around for insurance you may wish to remember the following;

  • If you have a number of vehicles you may benefit from having a Fleet policy so that all your vehicles are insured under one policy with one company.
  • Consider what level of cover you actually need – If you have much older vehicles with low values you may be able to save more money by putting minimal cover such as Third Party Fire and Theft.
  • Take on some of the risk yourself via a voluntary excess – your policy will require for you to pay an excess in the event of you claiming against your insurance policy however by adding an extra voluntary excess your premium will be much lower.
  • Named drivers – Insurers are able to assess the risk of having you insured more precisely if they have a list of drivers that will be using the vehicles thus meaning a lower premium.
  • Cameras – Source a forward facing camera within the vehicle as this will assist in defending non-fault claims and also in the event of any cash-for-crash/fraudulent claims. (This is not necessarily a requirement however more and more people are seeing the benefit of having such a device in the vehicle)

Want more advice or looking for the best quote?

Why not entrust the assistance of Quotax Insurance.

Quotax specialise in a wide variety of Commercial Vehicle Insurance and have a large panel of insurers that suit most vehicles. They also have a dedicated team of experts that are more than happy to provide you with advice and tailor a policy to suit the needs of yourself and/or your business.

For more information please visit the web page or give the team a call on 0208 469 9679

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Safer Lorry Scheme introduced by TFL to reduce cyclist deaths

In July 2015 Rosamund Urwin posted an article questioning why HGV lorries are so dangerous and how the streets could be made safer for London cyclists.

She had advised that back in July the London Cycling Campaign put pressure on the Mayor to help save lives and put an end to ‘lorry danger’. David Cameron had advised MP’s that the government will review the possibility of banning lorries in the City centre. 

Her main focus in the report was that a large volume of cyclist fatalities occurred at the hands of a construction vehicle and blame seems to have been placed within the industry. A number of possible arguments and reasons have been given as to the failings of the HGV drivers.  One of the main concerns was based around the fact drivers are paid per load instead of per hour so they are pushed to finish the job as quickly as possible which diminishes their attention to road safety.

It has been put forward by many companies and campaigns that vehicles should be more cyclist/pedestrian friendly with blind spots being reduced, cameras and sensors with standard vehicles having a retro-fit which will cost around £1200 or new vehicles having these specifications as standard. It was also mentioned that four steps should be taken in order to prevent the death of more cyclists; better training for those who use the lorries, improved equipment, better industry practice along with a willingness to confront the problem.


The Transport for London (TFL) published statistics accounting over half of all cyclists fatalities from 2008 till 2015 involved HGV’s. They also went on to advise that HGV’s account for only 4% of London’s traffic.


So what has changed since July 2015?

TFL have put in place the Safer Lorry Scheme as of the 1st September 2015 with its main goal being to reduce the number of fatalities or serious injuries on the road by 40% in 2020.

Responsibility of enforcement of the regulations has been passed to the Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Police and the Vehicle Standards Agency. According to TFL failure to comply with the new regulations can lead to the following;

  • The driver of a vehicle that is deemed non-compliant may be issued with a £50 fixed penalty notice
  • They can potentially receive a £1000 fine if the matter progresses at Magistrates court
  • Notice of this will be passed to the Traffic Commissioner

The two main components of the scheme are being put in place for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes (many of which are exempt under the new scheme) wo be fitted with Class V and Class VI mirrors and also side guards. The two improvements to the vehicles should give the driver better vision of cyclists and pedestrians and also will protect them from being dragged under the wheels of the HGV.

It has been stated that the scheme will be in full force 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The scheme will be covering the exact same areas as the Low Emission Zone.


For more information about the scheme and to see if your vehicle may fall under the new legislation please refer to the TFL link –


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HGV Insurance FAQs

Who needs HGV Insurance?

The law requires that any HGV is covered by a minimum level of third party insurance.

This is to ensure that any third party/member of the public who has sustained injury or losses as a result of an accident (that you are deemed responsible for) may recover or apply for compensation.

The vehicle is kept off the road so is insurance still needed?

The Law has been changed and legislation now states that you still need a minimum cover of Third Party Only even if your vehicle is used/kept on private land, a yard or a garage.

What if my HGV is being driven in Europe?

Insurance arranged in the UK should normally provide the required third party cover for the vehicle while in use in the EU however additional cover such as fire and theft or accidental damage.

If you hold comprehensive insurance already it is important to check if your insurer will continue this cover while the vehicle is in the EU. You may wish to also check what countries you are allowed to travel in with the cover you hold.

You may be asked to produce a ‘Green Card’ as proof of your vehicle having the minimum cover so enquire with you insurer or broker for more information.

Where can I get HGV insurance?

Finding insurance that suits you and your vehicle can prove difficult and tiring however Quotax may have an answer for you.

With a strong panel of the UK’s Leading Insurers and being able to cover vehicles up to 44 tons Quotax will be able to match and tailor your needs and find you a competitive quote.

You can contact the team on 0208 469 9679 or click this link for a quote

What does HGV insurance cover?

As mentioned Quotax are able to provide you with a tailored and personal insurance policy and will confirm exactly what your policy includes and what extras are available.

As well as the general Third Party, Third Party Fire & Theft and Comprehensive policies Quotax can also source extra cover such as the following;

Specialist goods in transit Insurance

Employers and Public Liability polices

Breakdown cover