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18 – 20 APRIL 2023 • NEC • BIRMINGHAM • UK

The Commercial Vehicle Show - logo image
18 - 20 APRIL 2023 • NEC • BIRMINGHAM • UK

Q3 CV registrations bring a tale of two stories

Date posted: November 17, 2022

The latest CV registrations figures for Q3 published by SMMT this week were a tale of two stories, but both leave cause for optimism as we head into a busy November before the holiday season. The number of newly registered

 

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Five minutes with… Dave Rumley, Contract Hire Manager – Avonmouth, Dawsongroup truck and trailer

Date posted: November 17, 2022

How can Dawsongroup help operators deal with the introduction of the new Clean Air Zone in Bristol and other, similar schemes across the UK? If you operate older HGVs into Bristol city centre, the new Clean Air Zone (CAZ) could

 

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Skills set: encouraging fresh talent into the automotive sector

Date posted: November 17, 2022

The UK has one of the most advanced and diverse automotive sectors in the world, home to well-known commercial vehicle brands, engineering excellence and a highly skilled and productive workforce. In addition, the automotive industry as a whole has a

 

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Stagecoach acquires 200 Alexander Dennis Enviro400 double deckers

Date posted: November 17, 2022

Stagecoach has placed an order for 200 Enviro400 double deck buses from Alexander Dennis, representing the UK bus industry’s largest single order by number of vehicles since 2019. The new buses will be built in Britain and will have Alexander

 

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DPD to switch HGVs to renewable biofuel by end of 2023

Date posted: November 17, 2022

Parcel delivery company DPD UK is to switch its 1,600-strong diesel truck fleet to Gd+ HVO, an advanced hydrotreated vegetable oil fuel. DPD UK will begin switching its entire HGV fleet to immediately, with plans to convert 60% of its

 

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CV sector skills are key to delivering our net zero agenda

Date posted: November 10, 2022

It was a pleasure to meet new and familiar faces at SMMT’s Commercial Vehicle Section meeting this week, discussing the latest sector updates on issues such as Rules of Origin and HGV funding competitions. I was on the road again

 

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Five minutes with… Toddington Harper, CEO of Gridserve

Date posted: November 10, 2022

Tell us about the new 360kW-capable EV charger at your Braintree Electric Forecourt? Our Braintree Electric Forecourt has started testing the next generation of High Power EV chargers and is doing so in an all-new charging bay, specifically designed to

 

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Distribution demons: A look at pallet networks

Date posted: November 10, 2022

Pallet networks are co-operative organisations made up of groups of hauliers across the UK working together to provide next-day freight delivery services. With hauliers dropping loaded pallets off at huge centrally located hubs and collecting more palletised goods to take

 

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Distribution demons: A look at pallet networks

Date posted: November 10, 2022

Pallet networks are co-operative organisations made up of groups of hauliers across the UK working together to provide next-day freight delivery services. With hauliers dropping loaded pallets off at huge centrally located hubs and collecting more palletised goods to take

 

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East London transport firm chooses Econic for safety

Date posted: November 10, 2022

An Ilford transport firm has acquired an eight-wheeled Mercedes-Benz Econic concrete mixer truck that will deliver to construction sites across London. Best UK Transport’s new HGV, a 3235 L variant with a 7.7-litre six-cylinder engine, comes with the latest technology

 

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DPD electric van drivers to use First Bus rapid charging hub in Glasgow

Date posted: November 10, 2022

First Bus will give electric van drivers at delivery firm DPD access to rapid charging points at its Glasgow depot. As part of an initial trial period, eight battery electric vans based at DPD’s Cambuslang depot in the city will

 

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Bus driver recruitment open days for Ukraine refugees

Date posted: November 10, 2022

Brighton & Hove and Metrobus has launched a partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to help Ukrainian refugees to become bus drivers. The operator, which is part of The GoAhead Group, is inviting Ukrainians to a recruitment

 

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Coach challenges to solve on the way to Destination Zero

Date posted: November 3, 2022

This week I’ve been at Eurobus in Birmingham, where it was good to see the latest innovations in the bus, coach and minibus industry. It’s a market that has been significantly impacted by the pandemic with diminished ridership, and a

 

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Five minutes with… Chris Newitt, Managing Director, Scania UK

Date posted: November 3, 2022

How does it feel to be the new MD of Scania UK? It’s exciting to be here. I’ve met some fantastic people, who are hugely passionate about the Scania brand and the product. It’s been a whirlwind of activities, with

 

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New sites and takeovers: recent dealership group developments

Date posted: November 3, 2022

In the past few months there have been more changes in the truck and van dealer world, with a series of new dealer sites and takeovers announced. For example, Mercedes-Benz and Fuso dealer Marshall Truck & Van has extended the

 

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DMV Transport acquires Renault Trucks Trafic Red Exclusive

Date posted: November 3, 2022

Belfast delivery specialist DMV Transport has acquired Northern Ireland’s first Renault Trucks Trafic Red Exclusive. The 150bhp L2H1 automatic, supplied by Diamond Trucks, includes factory fitted polypropylene sides and wood floor load kit, LED lights and fog lights, metallic paint,

 

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UK’s first Carrier Transicold Xarios 8 Multi-Temperature Units for Creed

Date posted: November 3, 2022

Family-owned national foodservice wholesaler Creed Foodservice has taken delivery of three 12-tonne rigid trucks fitted with the UK’s first Carrier Transicold Xarios 8 multi-temperature units. The units are fitted to DAF LF rigids supplied on a contract hire agreement with

 

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CV sector delivers again but ambitious targets require long-term stability

Date posted: October 27, 2022

As the UK welcomed its new Prime Minister and Transport Secretary this week, the CV sector is continuing to deliver for Britain, with new SMMT figures showing output increased by 53.6% in September, at 11,979 units – the highest of

 

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Five minutes with… Dr Paul Loustalan, Partner at Reddie & Grose

Date posted: October 27, 2022

Tell us a bit about Reddie & Grose? Reddie & Grose is an internationally renowned firm of UK and European intellectual property attorneys offering an integrated approach to IP. With offices in London, Cambridge, Munich and The Hague, our attorneys

 

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Back to the classroom: How transport firms promote the industry in schools

Date posted: October 27, 2022

In an era of driver shortages and staff vacancies more generally, it is more important than ever that transport firms maintain strong connections with their local schools, who are educating the workforce of the future. Road transport firms have traditionally

 

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Readypower gets Toyota Corolla hybrid electric vehicles

Date posted: October 27, 2022

Specialist rail and infrastructure services provider Readypower Group is replacing its fleet of diesel vehicles with 45 hybrid electric Toyota Corolla Commercial vans. The new vehicles, which enter service this month, will be used by the company’s engineers to support

 

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Buenos Aires trials Equipmake-powered electric bus

Date posted: October 27, 2022

From Norfolk to Buenos Aires, a new electric bus powered by an Equipmake drivetrain is set to begin in-service trials following successful tests. Equipmake provided its Zero Emission Drivetrain for Argentine-Brazilian manufacturer Agrale’s new electric version of its single-deck MT17.0

 

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Special anniversary Volvo FH for Bowker Transport

Date posted: October 27, 2022

Preston logistics operator Bowker Transport has celebrated its 50-year working relationship with Volvo Trucks with a new special liveried FH 460 tractor. Supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials, the latest version FH 6×2 unit is powered by a Euro VI compliant

 

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Five minutes with… Laura Moran, Managing Director, TVL Group.

Date posted: October 20, 2022

Tell us about TVL Group?  TVL Group is a vertical supplier operating in the UK supplying to the global automotive industry with businesses including vehicle security, precision engineering, metal fabrication, powder coating and van accessory installation. TVL Security is part

 

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Compliance kings: how operators are using technology to gain Earned Recognition

Date posted: October 20, 2022

Earned Recognition (ER) is a voluntary scheme for operators of all sizes that demonstrate a strong track record of compliance and adherence to standards. Introduced in 2018 by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), operators must have robust systems

 

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Ridgway Rentals adds 70-tonne Renault Trucks to fleet

Date posted: October 20, 2022

Plant hire company Ridgway Rentals has taken delivery of two new 70-tonne Renault Trucks T520 tractors, with reliability and driver appeal cited as the key reasons. The 6×2 tag axle trucks have been added as replacement vehicles within its 10-strong

 

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First Hydrogen vans receive road certification

Date posted: October 20, 2022

Automotive and energy developer First Hydrogen has had its first zero emission vans certified for use on British roads by the Vehicle Certification Authority (VCA). The vehicles are now able to undertake customer trials on public roads starting in January

 

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Electric circular bus route launched in Leicester

Date posted: October 20, 2022

A new electric bus service taking passengers on an orbital route connecting key sites around Leicester has been launched. The 30-mile Orbital service – the UK’s longest electric circular bus route – will operate from Leicester General Hospital, connecting estates

 

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Five minutes with… Alexander Vlaskamp, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus

Date posted: October 13, 2022

Do you have more details about the electrification of the MAN range? The most important strategic measure to save CO2 is the electrification of the MAN fleet – a transformation that has already begun. By the end of the decade,

 

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Electric alignment: The rise of eAxles

Date posted: October 13, 2022

Going hand-in-hand with the large number of new electric vehicles available, manufacturers have recently unveiled a variety of new electric axle drives – or eAxles – for a wide range of weight classes. The systems represent an efficient drive solution

 

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NWH launches new HGV driving school to tackle driver shortage

Date posted: October 13, 2022

Recycling and waste management company, The NWH Group, has launched a new driving school to help tackle the on-going HGV driver shortage. Through its new fully-funded training programme NWH Driving School, the business aims to secure two new HGV drivers

 

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New electric Sprinters to cover 8,000 miles annually for BAE Systems

Date posted: October 13, 2022

BAE Systems has acquired two new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter electric vans, part of the defence contractor’s plan to decarbonise its commercial vehicle fleet. The 3.5-tonners, supplied on a four-year full-service contract hire agreement with Fraikin, are the first EVs to be

 

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Shiel Buses adds two Enviro200 buses to Highlands fleet

Date posted: October 13, 2022

Alexander Dennis has supplied two Enviro200 low-emission buses to family business Shiel Buses for its services in the Scottish Highlands. The new 10.8 metre-long buses are fitted with Alexander Dennis’s SmartPack efficiency enhancements including stop-start engines that provide Low Emission

 

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Britain’s new LCV market grows for the first time this year

Date posted: October 6, 2022

The latest figures from SMMT show that Britain’s new LCV market grew for the first time this year in September, one of the busiest months for deliveries due to the plate change. Van registrations increased 10.8% year on year, at

 

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Five minutes with… Matt Childs, Michelin Connected Fleet Operational Marketing Manager UK & France

Date posted: October 6, 2022

Tell us about Michelin Connected Fleet’s new UK brand? In May we launched Michelin Connected Fleet in the UK, a new brand bringing together all the fleet management services and solutions of the Michelin Group under one banner. It includes

 

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Blue light benefits: The Emergency Services Show 2022

Date posted: October 6, 2022

This year’s Emergency Services Show brought together the CV sector and Britain’s police, fire and ambulance services to display the latest vehicles, technologies and equipment that help to keep people safe up and down the UK. The two-day event at

 

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Compleo opens UK base in Abingdon

Date posted: October 6, 2022

EV charging specialist Compleo Charging Solutions has opened its new UK base in Abingdon as it looks to grow its share in the fleet, hotel and public car park sectors. The site on Abingdon Business Park replaces an older, smaller

 

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Equipmake to repower 12 buses for First Bus in York

Date posted: October 6, 2022

First Bus has awarded a contract to repower specialist Equipmake to convert 12 of its older Optare Versa electric buses based in York. Conversion work with Equipmake’s Zero Emission Drivetrain is already underway on the first Versa, with the rest

 

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Eurocell to use solar technology on new MANs

Date posted: October 6, 2022

Eurocell has upgraded part of its fleet with six MAN trucks featuring solar technology from Trailar. The Derbyshire-based specialist in PVC-U recycling, collection and extrusion has taken delivery of the 7.5-tonne vehicles with solar mats fixed on the roof space

 

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Five minutes with… Gary Pearson, Head of Sales & Marketing UK, MENA at INEOS Automotive

Date posted: September 29, 2022

What type of customer is the INEOS Grenadier 4X4 aimed at?  The Grenadier is designed to be a dependable and capable workhorse. It’s specifically aimed at people who need a hard-working off-road vehicle for work or play, and will appeal

 

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Showstoppers: IAA Transportation in Hannover

Date posted: September 29, 2022

This month saw the IAA Transportation show return to Hannover Messe in Germany, following a four-year absence. The show featured hundreds of manufacturers and suppliers from across Europe, many displaying the latest zero emission vehicles, safety products and components. TNB

 

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UK’s first production of Fiat vehicles begins in Luton

Date posted: September 29, 2022

Stellantis has begun production of the Fiat Professional Scudo light commercial vehicle at its plant in Luton – the first time Fiat vehicles have been manufactured in Britain. The vans will be produced in right- and left-hand drive for UK

 

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Fuso unveils next-generation electric truck with doubled range

Date posted: September 29, 2022

Fuso, the subsidiary of Daimler Truck, has unveiled its next-generation eCanter with doubled range capacity, designed for urban and last-mile distribution. The new electric truck, with a chassis load capacity up to 5.0 tonnes, is available as a standard cab

 

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Five minutes with… Tim Hicks, Isuzu Truck UK’s Head of Operations

Date posted: September 22, 2022

For the past two years Isuzu Truck UK has had a long-term warranty programme for the 3.5 tonne range. What was the thinking behind the introduction of this extended warranty? With the success of the Grafter range over the last

 

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Safety first: How the Direct Vision Standard is improving HGV safety in London

Date posted: September 22, 2022

A year on from its introduction to reduce blind spots, data shows Direct Vision Standard (DVS) has helped to support road safety in London. In the first 12 months of enforcement, Transport for London (TfL) said it issued 191,769 safety

 

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Selco takes delivery of electric Fiat e-Ducato dropside

Date posted: September 22, 2022

Builders’ merchant Selco has acquired its first electric dropside van as it continues its transition to a fully sustainable commercial fleet. The Fiat e-Ducato, which has a payload in excess of 2,866 lbs and a range of up to 145

 

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Transdev transforms fleet maintenance with Freeway digital software

Date posted: September 22, 2022

Transdev Blazefield is transforming its bus maintenance operations by introducing new digital software supplied by Freeway. The system connects 700 mobile devices and a series of operational and management systems to provide centralised control of a fleet of 550 buses,

 

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First electric skip transporters delivered by Renault Trucks

Date posted: September 22, 2022

A waste recycling specialist has taken delivery of the UK’s first fully electric skip transporters, designed and developed in collaboration with Renault Trucks. Recycling Lives’ two 19-tonne E-Tech DZEs will be used in its daily operations, servicing commercial and household

 

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Ford E-Transit Custom will have 236-mile range

Date posted: September 15, 2022

Ford has revealed that its E-Transit Custom, the EV successor to its best-selling van, will have a range of up to 236 miles. The vehicle has a 74kWh battery combined with an 11kW AC three-phase onboard charger that can fully

 

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Nine more zero emission buses for Go North East

Date posted: September 15, 2022

Bus operator Go North East has expanded its zero emission fleet with a further nine electric buses from Pelican Engineering. The QuayCity-branded Voltra E12s, which follow the roll-out of nine E10s in 2020, are the result of a £2 million

 

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