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Five minutes with… Steve Braund, Marketing Manager at Totalkare

Date posted: May 9, 2024

Describe what Totalkare can offer commercial vehicle operators? Totalkare is the UK’s leading provider of lifting and testing solutions for heavy duty commercial workshops, with customers ranging from small family businesses through to multi-national transport operators and logistics companies. Our

 

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First class facilities: Truckstops to be upgraded with £16.5m funding

Date posted: May 9, 2024

Truckstops across England are to invest in more parking spaces, better welfare facilities and safer rest areas after the government announced a new funding package to help operators improve their sites. Under the plans, 38 truckstops around England will receive

 

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Two new coaches for Edinburgh Coach Lines

Date posted: May 9, 2024

Edinburgh Coach Lines has taken delivery of two new Integral i6S Efficient tri-axle coaches from Irizar UK. The PSVAR compliant coaches, which will be in operation on the Leger Shearings holiday tours programme, feature DAF’s 11-litre coach engine, the MX-11

 

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Galaxy goes green with Volvo FE Electric rigids

Date posted: May 9, 2024

Insulation supplier Galaxy Insulation and Dry Lining has taken delivery of two Volvo FE Electric 6×2 rigids as part of the business’ continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. The new arrivals are direct replacements for similarly sized diesel trucks.

 

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178 Iveco Daily dropsides for Jewson tool hire business

Date posted: May 9, 2024

Building merchant Jewson has taken delivery of 178 IVECO Daily 3.5-tonne dropsides to support its nationwide network of 250 tool hire branches. A combination of Daily chassis cabs with 3,450mm and larger 3,750mm wheelbases for longer loads join the firm’s

 

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Van dealers hit busiest April for three years

Date posted: May 9, 2024

SMMT’s new registration figures for vans, 4x4s and picks-ups show almost 24,000 of the very latest models joined Britain’s roads last month, up 5.4% year on year in what was the busiest April for light commercial vehicle dealers in three

 

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A better normal, from diversity to decarbonisation

Date posted: May 2, 2024

With the pandemic now four years behind us, the road to recovery has been a long one but Britain’s commercial vehicle sector has worked double time to get back on track – evident as manufacturers have worked double time to

 

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Five minutes with… Terry Rayner, Commercial Director at Locks 4 Vans

Date posted: May 2, 2024

Describe what Locks4Vans does? At Locks 4 Vans we are unique in our 100% focus on locking and shielding solutions. We exist to innovate for the industry and deliver game-changing security products that disrupt the market and are tested to

 

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Bridging the gap: New proposals to make professional driving more attractive to school leavers

Date posted: May 2, 2024

Young people could soon find more careers in transport, after the government announced proposals to relax the minimum age requirements for bus and coach drivers and speed up training for bus, coach and lorry drivers. Earlier this month, the Department

 

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Isuzu unveils D-Max Arctic Trucks AT37

Date posted: May 2, 2024

Isuzu UK has unveiled its D-Max Arctic Trucks AT37 at the CV Show, a vehicle designed to tackle the toughest of conditions. The vehicle represents a collaboration between Isuzu UK and Arctic Trucks, a company renowned for its expertise in

 

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Castledene Transport acquires 45th anniversary truck

Date posted: May 2, 2024

Kent-based Castledene Transport has taken delivery of a Volvo FH 500 with I-Save Globetrotter XL 6×2 tractor unit, sporting a special livery to celebrate its 45th anniversary. Supplied by MC Truck & Bus, the truck joins a 40-strong commercial vehicle

 

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First Bus opens electric charging to the public

Date posted: May 2, 2024

First Bus has opened the UK’s first bus depot to offer consumer electric vehicle charging to the public, at its new purpose-built depot at Summercourt in Cornwall. The Summercourt charging hub is the first-of-its-kind for the bus industry, providing direct

 

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Five minutes with… Matt McConaghy, Commercial Director at ARB UK/Truckman

Date posted: April 25, 2024

Tell us about the company’s BASE roof rack product? One of ARB’s flagship products is the BASE Rack roof rack, a version of which is already a best seller amongst 4×4 and pick-up drivers. Made from lightweight yet extremely strong

 

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CV Show 2024 review: A look at this year’s three-day spectacular

Date posted: April 25, 2024

As the Commercial Vehicle Show’s third day comes to a close this afternoon, it’s been another exceptional year for Britain’s best attended road transport event. With more than 200 exhibitors under one roof, with every vehicle type on display from

 

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First Renaults for Lostock Skip Hire

Date posted: April 25, 2024

Lancashire disposal and recycling specialist Lostock Skip Hire has taken delivery of four new Renault Trucks, the first to join its 30-strong fleet. A total of two C440 8×4, one D12 Low 4×2 and one D18 High 4×2 will operate

 

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Coracle Coaches acquires an Irizar Integral i6

Date posted: April 25, 2024

Irizar UK has supplied a new Irizar Integral i6 coach to Carmarthen-based operator Coracle Coaches in partnership with Mistral Bus & Coach. The 12.9m coach is PSVAR compliant, featuring a Masats semi-automatic wheelchair lift located in the luggage compartment and

 

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Tual launches portable powerbank for electric vans

Date posted: April 25, 2024

Electric commercial vehicle charging specialist Tual has revealed its portable powerbank for vans with the aim of revolutionising fleet charging. Developed together with some of Europe’s largest fleet operators, the flexible PowerBank Pro-Charging technology frees operators from reliance on public

 

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Raising the roof for future prosperity

Date posted: April 25, 2024

World-leading pioneers of truck and van technology headed to Birmingham this week to the Commercial Vehicle Show, providing a massive opportunity for industry to showcase the latest innovations currently available in Britain. Taking place over three days and all under

 

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The future of the industry – under one roof

Date posted: April 18, 2024

Next week on 23 April, The CV Show will open its doors to showcase a huge variety of vehicles, technology and services designed to keep Britain’s businesses on the move. As in previous years, the show will also be the

 

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Five minutes with…Nick Smith, Chief Executive Officer (UK), Bott Ltd

Date posted: April 18, 2024

What will Bott be exhibiting at the CV Show this year? We are very proud to showcase not only our market leading racking solutions, but also innovation in our new digital ‘Bott toolkit’ and our fantastic design configurator. The toolkit

 

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Preview: Commercial Vehicle Show 2024

Date posted: April 18, 2024

Britain’s largest and most comprehensive road freight transport, distribution and logistics event, the Commercial Vehicle Show returns to NEC Birmingham next week, from 23-25 April. Now in its 23rd year, the show is the most important date in the calendar

 

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CJS orders UK-built Schmitz Cargobull trailers

Date posted: April 18, 2024

CJS International has ordered two new S.BO Pace trailers from Schmitz Cargobull, praising the quality of the product and level of customer service as key reasons behind the deal. Each trailer, built at Schmitz Cargobull’s production facility in Manchester, features

 

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Guernsey trials Alexander Dennis small electric bus

Date posted: April 18, 2024

Guernsey bus operator CT Plus is carrying out on-road trials of the next-generation Alexander Dennis Enviro100EV “big small bus”. The pilot is part of efforts by the States of Guernsey and bus operator CT Plus to find a suitable electric

 

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DAF XDC tippers for Rory J. Holbrook

Date posted: April 18, 2024

Norfolk-based aggregate supply specialist, Rory J. Holbrook, is taking delivery of 12 New Generation DAF XDC 450 8×4 tippers to work on major UK construction projects. These new 11-litre, 450bhp DAF eight-wheelers – with the manufacturer’s double-drive ‘FAD’ rear bogie

 

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The tide of the progressive workplace can lift all boats

Date posted: April 11, 2024

Businesses that encourage people to thrive through employee empowerment, collaboration and wellbeing are the most likely to attract and retain the very best talent, and that’s why progressive workplaces in the commercial vehicle sector are so important. With the sector’s

 

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Five minutes with… Seb Brechon, Head of LCV & PRO+, Renault

Date posted: April 11, 2024

What can the new Renault Trafic E-Tech electric offer customers? Our latest model provides all the practicality of the award-winning Renault Trafic, now in 100% electric. With a range of up to 183 miles (WTLP), fleet and business customers no

 

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It’s electrifying: Bus depots and EV charging infrastructure

Date posted: April 11, 2024

As public transport operators around the UK introduce more and more electric buses, so the need for extra charging infrastructure has grown. The past few months has seen a series of major projects across the country as energy companies deliver

 

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Wains happy with fuel economy from Actros L

Date posted: April 11, 2024

Devon haulage firm Wains Transport says it is happy with the fuel efficiency from its latest Mercedes-Benz Actros L tractor unit. The new arrival is a highly specified Actros L 2553, delivered by Dealer City West Commercials. It has a

 

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First wave of electric vans for Michelin Services and Solutions

Date posted: April 11, 2024

Michelin has completed the first phase of its electric vehicle transition programme in the van fleet operated by its Services and Solutions division in the UK, after taking delivery of 17 Vauxhall Combo vans. The vehicles, supplied on a four-year

 

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Equipmake repowers electric buses for York

Date posted: April 11, 2024

Equipmake has delivered 12 repowered Optare Versa single-deck electric buses to First York following a successful trial of an initial converted prototype vehicle. The buses feature Equipmake’s Zero-Emission Drivetrain (ZED) technology, which in this specification, includes a 274kWh capacity battery,

 

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New van uptake must be greener, and sooner

Date posted: April 4, 2024

Popular demand for light commercial vehicles (LCVs) is on a roll, with the latest figures published today by SMMT showing 15 months of growth in new registrations, up by a tenth to pass the 50,000-unit milestone for the first time in

 

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Five minutes with… Simon Ruck, Managing Director, MAC International

Date posted: April 4, 2024

Tell us a bit about the history of MAC? Darlington-based MAC International, a manufacturer of industrial and commercial cleaning equipment and machines, was established in 1999 by myself. My father, Jim Ruck, had already been in the pressure washer industry

 

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All aboard: a look at the latest ZEBRA bus funding package

Date posted: April 4, 2024

Last month, as part of the second round of its Zero Emission Bus Regional Area (ZEBRA) scheme, government announced a further £143 million funding package to help the roll out 955 new zero emission buses in England. The programme is

 

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Carrier Transicold units help BAKO cut emissions

Date posted: April 4, 2024

Bakery wholesaler BAKO has taken delivery of 24 new rigid trucks, mounted with a combination of Carrier Transicold Supra 1150 multi-temperature systems and engineless Iceland 11 MT units. The trucks will deliver powerful and efficient cooling capability, with the ability

 

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Welsh operator turns to bus rental

Date posted: April 4, 2024

Tanat Valley Coaches has taken delivery of a 10.8m Volvo B8RLE MCV eVoRa single decker bus and a 9.7m Alexander Dennis Enviro200 midi-bus from Asset Alliance Group’s new rental offering. Supplied on three-year rental agreements, the vehicles will be deployed

 

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Scania trucks for Bacton Transport

Date posted: April 4, 2024

Family-run Bacton Transport has added 11 new Scania trucks to its fleet, citing fuel efficiency, back-up and reliability as key factors behind the decision. Supplied by dealer TruckEast, the new Scanias will be based at Bacton Transport’s head office in

 

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Flying the flag for UK-made products

Date posted: March 28, 2024

One of SMMT’s key missions is to promote highlight British manufacturing at home and abroad, one made much easier given the number of commercial vehicles made in the UK continues to grow significantly, almost doubling in February compared with last

 

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Five minutes with… Bruno Lambert, CEO of B–ON

Date posted: March 28, 2024

Can you give us details about your new Pelkan electric LCV? The Pelkan eLCV is the first vehicle in a new model line-up of purpose-built electric commercial vehicles from B–ON. Like the previous models from our brand, the all-electric Pelkan

 

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Driving change: addressing human factors in vehicle collisions

Date posted: March 28, 2024

By Matt Staton, Head of National Road User Safety Delivery at National Highways  If companies want to reduce collisions in at-work vehicles, they need to recognise road risk as a health and safety priority – and manage the human factors.

 

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Isuzu launches D-Max BEV electric pick-up

Date posted: March 28, 2024

Isuzu Motors has launched its first battery electric vehicle, the D-Max BEV pick-up developed to meet a wide range of commercial and passenger vehicle needs. The pick-up has a one-tonne payload, 3.5-tonne towing capacity and a full-time 4WD system with

 

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Go-Ahead Group to reach 1,100 zero emission bus milestone

Date posted: March 28, 2024

Go-Ahead Group will introduce an additional 201 zero emission buses by March 2026 in a bid to take its green fleet count to more than 1100. The total investment, comprising both buses and infrastructure amounts to £112 million, with Go-Ahead’s

 

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Renault trucks join Weaver Haulage fleet

Date posted: March 28, 2024

Family-run Weaver Haulage has added three T520 High 6×2 pusher tractor units to its fleet that will work on bulk powder jobs across the Midlands and the South of England for cement clients. Supplied by Allports Group, the new vehicles

 

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Five minutes with… Guy Bartlett, CEO of Electric Vehicle Charge Point Operator, Believ.

Date posted: March 21, 2024

What is Believ offering in the crowded Electric Vehicle (EV) space? Believ installs, manages and maintains all speeds of publicly accessible charge points at zero cost to both the public sector and business sectors. Many local authorities and businesses are under

 

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SMMT Connected 2024: Review

Date posted: March 21, 2024

Returning after a gap of five years, this year’s SMMT Connected event brought together senior representatives from automotive and government, technology and infrastructure to discuss the future of personal mobility and mass transport. The event, held in London earlier this

 

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MAN drives forward development of driverless trucks

Date posted: March 21, 2024

MAN Truck & Bus has partnered with the US specialist for automated driving systems Plus as it looks to accelerate its development of driverless trucks. The agreement is part of an overarching development partnership with regards to autonomous driving between

 

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INEOS launches Grenadier Quartermaster chassis cab

Date posted: March 21, 2024

INEOS has launched a five-seat double cab Chassis variant of its Grenadier Quartermaster pick-up, aimed at specialist vehicle converters and commercial body builders. Sharing the Quartermaster’s 3,227mm wheelbase – 305mm longer than the Grenadier Station Wago – the Chassis Cab

 

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BP Pulse acquires Ashford Truckstop freehold

Date posted: March 21, 2024

BP Pulse has acquired the freehold of Ashford International Truckstop in Kent as part of its plans to build a network of EV charging infrastructure across Europe. Located off Junction 10 and 10a of the M20, the truck stop is

 

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The drums are rolling for CV Show 2024

Date posted: March 21, 2024

We’re just over a month away from the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, providing an opportunity for the sector to showcase its latest technology to vehicle operators, industry stakeholders and government representatives. With a focus on the road to zero,

 

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Five minutes with… Roger Brereton, Head of Sales, Pailton Engineering

Date posted: March 14, 2024

What does artificial intelligence (AI) bring to the bus and coach industry in terms of the enhancement of safety measures? Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), powered by AI algorithms, can detect potential hazards, monitor driver behaviour and provide real-time alerts. This

 

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Gender balance: Encouraging women into transport

Date posted: March 14, 2024

At the start of the month, the UK’s bus and coach sector joined the celebration of International Women’s Day – the world’s annual event to highlight the achievements of women, promote gender parity and help tackle discrimination. Given the UK

 

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