Entries by chrisb-cvshow-user

Poor seat positioning to blame for van driver absences

10 April 2019 Back pain has led more than two-thirds (70%) of van drivers to take time off work, costing the UK economy around £21 billion per year, according to research by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. The study also revealed that poor seat adjustment could be to blame for the problem, with the resulting downtime costing […]

Michael McHale, TRL, on potholes: lessons learnt and future solutions

11 April 2019 When it comes to delivering transport solutions for the future, zero emissions electric vehicles and all manner of technical innovations spring to mind. Few people, though, will think about how improvements to the road surfaces themselves can effect real change. Michael McHale, Pavement Engineering Lead at TRL gives his opinion. The first […]

BYD launches world’s longest EV bus

10 April 2019 Chinese manufacturer BYD has launched what it claims to be the longest electric bus in the world. The K12A is 27 metres long, seats 250 passengers and can hit a top speed of 70 km/h with a maximum range of 300km. It was designed primarily with South American markets and large cities […]

Northern Ireland operator adds Arocs to large fleet

10 April 2019 A Northern Ireland company has taken delivery of 14 8×4 Mercedes-Benz Arocs tippers as part of its fleet renewal programme. Derrylin-based Quinn Building Products ordered the vehicles, which have been uprated to 41 tonnes, through MBNI Truck and Van. They will be used to transport 33 tonnes of aggregate from the company’s […]

City of London Corporation aiming for fully-electric first

10 April 2019 The City of London Corporation is aiming to become the first local authority in the UK to run a fully electric fleet of Refuse Collection Vehicles (RCVs). The contract for waste collection, street cleansing and ancillary services was awarded to Veolia, and will see the full fleet of all electric RCVs come […]

More fleets sign up to Clean Van Commitment

10 April 2019 Fleet operators including Arval, Mitie, the British Heart Foundation and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets have signed up to the Clean Van Commitment. The companies join the likes of Tesco and Network Rail in pledging to switch their van fleets to zero emissions alternatives by 2028. Co-ordinated by Global Action Plan […]

UK in pole position in £62 billion self-driving car race – if Brexit roadblock removed

04 April 2019 UK world’s number one location for mass-market potential of connected and autonomous vehicles, with £62bn annual economic opportunity by 2030, finds new report. Massive safety benefits as driver assistance and self-driving tech could prevent 47,000 serious accidents and save 3,900 lives over next decade. Lifestyle boost for commuters as greater productivity and […]

York introduces electric double-deckers

03 April 2019 York is set to have one of the biggest electric double-decker bus fleets outside of London, with 21 Optare Metrodecker EVs joining the First York bus fleet between now and October. The adoption of the Yorkshire-builtdouble-decker EVs is thanks to a combination of investment from First York and funding from the City […]

Feature: How connected trucks are making haulage fleets more efficient

04 April 2019 As today’s SMMT Connected event clearly demonstrates, there are huge benefits to come from connected vehicles and it’s an area where industry is making huge strides, and at a rapid rate. But connectivity isn’t just about autonomy and driverless technology – far from it. In the CV industry, truck manufacturers and hauliers […]