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ADL wins £25m Kiwi deal

Date posted: January 13, 2011
Alexander Dennis Limited has beaten off global competitors to win a £25m order for 120 Enviro200 midi buses for NZ Bus, in Auckland, New Zealand.  The firm says the deal follows a global tendering process that involved almost 30 bus makers from New Zealand, Australia, China, Brazil and across Europe.  ADL boss Colin Robertson says […]
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Gas Bus Alliance

Date posted: January 13, 2011
The Gas Bus Alliance is a recently formed association of gas vehicle industry firms.  It aims to help vehicle makers, dealer and operators with advice on "all aspects" of running low-emission Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles.  The GBA says that by bringing together expertise in a single alliance, it offers the transport sector one point of […]
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Würth for Workshop

Date posted: January 13, 2011
Würth UK, the local arm of the German tool, workshop equipment and supplier firm will be at Workshop 2011, the maintenance and repair business exhibition that will run alongside the CV Show at the NEC, near Birmingham in April.  The firm has a special "cargo" division for commercial vehicle customers; its specialist items include air-line […]
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Conspicuous failures worry Procurator

Date posted: January 13, 2011
At a recent FTA Transport Engineer's conference it emerged that a Procurator Fiscal has "invited" Vosa to "consider taking a more active approach" to enforcing vehicle lighting and marking rules.  This follows a fatal accident in Scotland where a minibus collided with an unlit and parked semi-trailer.  The recently updated but perhaps patchily enforced Road […]
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The mechanics of heavy duty truck systems

Date posted: January 13, 2011
The South African Road Federation, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the University of the Witwatersrand will host a four-day event, focused on truck dynamics.  The event will run from 18 to 21 April at Glenburn Lodge, South Africa and will include presentations from three of the leading researchers in heavy vehicle dynamics: […]
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Award for EconoSpeed

Date posted: January 13, 2011
Zeta Automotive says its EconoSpeed dynamic throttle control system won the GreenFleet 2010 Innovation Award. The system is a dynamic throttle controller that allows an operator to set a vehicle's maximum road speed, engine speed and maximum rate of acceleration.  Zeta says the system has produced some "striking results" during trials. Fitted to Mercedes-Benz Sprinters […]
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Horse box demonstrator

Date posted: January 13, 2011
Sovereign Horseboxes of Wolverhampton has put a Volvo-based luxury demonstration truck to work.  This follows the production of a Volvo-based bespoke horsebox for Nina Emery of Moss Farm Shop in Cannock.  The vehicle, a 240hp FL 4x2 rigid, has "high quality" materials, hand-crafted parts and finishes.  Sovereign was so pleased with the vehicle that it […]
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SMMT needs a new CV manager

Date posted: January 13, 2011
Robin Dickeson, the SMMT's commercial vehicle man will retire and leave in mid-April, so the Society needs a new commercial vehicle affairs manager, a champion for the SMMT's 100 or more commercial vehicle members.  If you'd like the job, Katie Milbourn, head of personnel at the SMMT would like to hear from you.  You'll need […]
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New £19m London fuel-cell fleet

Date posted: January 13, 2011
GreenFleet magazine reports that the first of eight hydrogen fuel cell buses went to work in London on 18 December.  The buses have been developed by ISE, Wrightbus and Ballard and run on the RV1 service between Aldwych and Tower Hill.  It will make this Britain's first zero-emissions bus route.  The project will cost £19million […]
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Christmas quiz queries

Date posted: January 13, 2011
Some of the answers to questions provoked some lively debate.  The answer to Nr 19 is Alan Alda, not Alder; my apologies to the gentleman.  The Doldrums, in question 35 are in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans, not just the Indian.  It is a band of light and unpredictable winds around the equator.  I […]
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And finally

Date posted: January 13, 2011
New Scientist's Feedback page says reader Robert Milne got an unusual e-mail from environmentjob.co.uk about courses and events on the topic of "Sustainability". One of these, at the UK's Centre for Alternative Technology, is a "Compost toilet taster day". More from www.newscientist.com
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The market is recovering

Date posted: December 23, 2010
"There is absolutely no question that the market is recovering."  So said Ray Ashworth, UK managing director for Daf Trucks, at a recent press function.  "The low point was last March, but since then we've seen the market grow from half its former size."  He says rental and contract hire businesses are behind much of […]
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First Scania R 730 goes to work

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Wright Self Drive of Welshpool just got the first 730 hp Scania V8 tractor unit.  This makes the Welsh transport firm the first operator to take a Scania R 730, recently launched as the world's most powerful truck.  The truck in question is a tag-axle 6x2 tractor with Scania Opticruise gearbox, Scania Driver Support and […]
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A+ rating for Paccar

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Speaking to press recently, Ray Ashworth, UK boss for Daf Trucks confirmed that parent company Paccar now has an A+ rating from Standard and Poor.  This is the highest score for any truck maker.  The firm reported a $2.7bn turnover from January to September this year and recently announced an extra cash dividend of $0.30 […]
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ADL extends hybrid range

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Alexander Dennis Limited says it will extend its "hugely successful" hybrid-electric bus range with a range of 19 tonne, 12m hybrid single-deckers.  The first, recently shown in Madrid and designed for Continental markets uses the same BAE Systems hybrid technology that ADL uses successfully in existing single and double-deckers.  The firm has developed the first […]
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More MX engines

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Paccar says its new engine factory in Columbus, Mississippi is hiking MX engine production to cope with demand from Peterbilt and Kenworth customers.  Jim Cardillo, Paccar president says the firm is fitting the 12.9 litre engine, from the Daf XF105 range in over 20% of Kenworth and Peterbilt Class 8 trucks.  "This reflects customer recognition […]
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Teesport deal cuts 100,000 tea miles

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Middlesborough-based PD Logistics has three new Cartwright Cheetah Fastback Trailers for a new, 10-year contract with tea and coffee merchant, Taylors of Harrogate.  The deal was based on a complete overhaul of Taylors' distribution chain.  Previously most off its imports arrived via Felixstowe, with the rest coming through Tilbury.  Now all will go through Teesport.  […]
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Daf LF Hybrid in production

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Daf started production of its LF based hybrid distribution truck on Thursday 9 December at its Leyland Trucks plant.  The vehicle uses a parallel diesel electric hybrid system; a diesel engine drives the truck directly or via an electric motor or a combination of both.  The system delivers fuel and emission savings of between 10 […]
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New CV magazine for 2011

Date posted: December 23, 2010
CV Driver Magazine is new, produced by road transport and logistics specialists for truck drivers.  "Although a number of paid-for titles do a good job for the enthusiast and truck fans, our research showed a gap," says Matt, publisher.  "Professional drivers chose not to buy a magazine but will pick up a free one, if […]
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PJ Hire Services tries greenest access platform

Date posted: December 23, 2010
PJ Hire Services of Chelmsford has the first new Euro 5 van in the UK with a hybrid Versalift mobile access platform.  The 5.2 tonne Iveco EcoDaily combines Enhanced Environmentally friendly Vehicle emissions status with a semi-electric access platform which can operate without the vehicle's engine running.  The vehicle was purpose-built for street-lighting work by […]
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ADL scoops Scottish Green Bus business

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Alexander Dennis Limited says it has won most of Scottish Green Bus Fund with £4m of the £4.4m of the subsidy going to bus operators preferring ADL hybrid-electric buses.  This will deliver orders worth £12m for the Falkirk-based bus maker.  The firm says operators already have 100 of its hybrid-electric buses in service with 200 […]
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In-house bodies hit 20%

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Leyland Trucks is now building and fitting bodies on 20% of the rigid trucks Daf sells in the UK.  This is just three years after the firm introduced the concept of completely bodied trucks at its factory in Leyland.  It made the move to help it and its dealers cope with the effects of European […]
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World-class suppliers for Workshop

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Organisers of Workshop, the commercial vehicle maintenance and repair business exhibition next spring say that many world-class suppliers will exhibit there.  Confirmed exhibitors already include Draper, Gemco, Jubilee, Maha, NGK Texa, Somers, SPX, Stertil, Unipart GES, V-Tech, Valeo and Wurth.  "These are global firms selling successfully on world markets," says Bob Sockl, boss of organisers […]
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New truck tyre salesman for Michelin

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Michelin Tyre plc says Guy Heywood is its new UK & Republic of Ireland operational sales manager for truck tyres.  He starts his new job on 1 January 2011, reporting to Bill Schafer, commercial director, truck, and leads the industry's largest truck tyre sales team covering the UK and Republic of Ireland. More from Paul […]
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Dutch survey shows benefits of winter tyres

Date posted: December 23, 2010
ATS Euromaster says a Dutch survey into road traffic accidents by traffic psychologist Adriaan Heino shows that cars with cold weather tyres were involved in significantly fewer accidents during winter than those which remained on 'summer' tyres.  ATS says this is convincing evidence that UK fleets would be safer if they fitted cold weather tyres.  […]
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Dafcheck passes 200,000 trucks

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Speaking to the transport press recently, Ray Ashworth, UK managing director for Daf said that the firm's Dafcheck system, launched last year has now handled 200,000 trucks.  Dafcheck offers electronic records of every truck in a fleet and "transforms the way in which regular vehicle inspections are carried out, stored and communicated."  The system is […]
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Cartwright wins 100-strong Yodel deal

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Trailer maker Cartwright says it is delivering the first of 100 Cheetah Fastback trailers for new parcels brand Yodel.  The new trailers are in Yodel's new livery and set to be very visible on the road.  The distinctive and proven trailer design also has updated side skirts and an aerodynamic rear roof profile that should […]
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Chairman calls for support.

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Transaid's new chairman wants transport and logistics firms to play a "more active role" to support the charity's aims.  Graeme McFaull thinks more can be done to cut the number of road deaths in Africa and improve transport links to medical care for women and children.  "The industry has a responsibility to take action," he […]
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Quick-change couplings

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Truck and trailer air line coupling accessory maker Illston and Robson has developed a quick-change system for Susie-equipped air lines.  It calls this "Bessie" and it means that a driver can easily remove and replace a broken air line between a tractor unit and trailer without the need to wait for a specialist fitter.  Bessie […]
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Tail lift repair - new specialists in Nottingham

Date posted: December 23, 2010
When local tail lift specialist Chaloss ceased trading at the end of November, Humberside Tail Lifts hired Simon Perkins and Jonathan Buckley.  Both are experienced tail lift engineers with 19 years at Chaloss between them.  Trading as Nottingham Tail Lifts, Simon and Jonathan are now operational working from fully stocked and equipped mobile service vans.  […]
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Factory bodied Dafs for window makers

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Blackpool-based window maker Affordable Windows has replaced most of its delivery fleet with 16 Daf LF45s complete with factory-built and fitted box van bodies.  John McVey, operations director felt that having the entire truck produced in one place would give a more consistent finish, cut lead times, simplify ordering and after-sales support.  He knows that […]
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Daily ByBox

Date posted: December 23, 2010
ByBox says it is the first logistics and supply firm to launch a seven-day network.  ByBox will run its entire business seven days a week, offering a service "ideal for a range of sectors" that will benefit from technical support seven days a week, 365 days a year.  It expects the retail firms will find […]
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New card to help business drivers save

Date posted: December 23, 2010
The Fuelcard Company just launched a fuel card that it says will help small van and car drivers save cash on fuel.  It says its Fleetmate card combines competitive bunker pricing on the Keyfuels network, with pump prices at new retail sites.  The firm will add some 1,500 new retail fuelling sites to the 2,500-site […]
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PJ Hire Services tries greenest mobile access platform

Date posted: December 23, 2010
PJ Hire Services of Chelmsford has the first new Euro 5 van in the UK with a hybrid Versalift mobile access platform.  The 5.2 tonne Iveco EcoDaily combines Enhanced Environmentally friendly Vehicle emissions status with a semi-electric access platform that can operate without the vehicle's engine running.  The vehicle was purpose-built for street-lighting work by […]
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Spanish dealer for Smith Electric

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Clem is the new Spanish dealer for Smith Electric Vehicles.  The firm will sell Smith battery-powered vans, minibuses and trucks from its 16 sites across the country.  Based in Valencia, Clem employs 130 people including 40 mobile service engineers.  It has more than 25 years electric vehicle experience and is already a distributor for Garia […]
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Georgiades joins Webasto

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Georgie Georgiades has joined Webasto, the Doncaster-based coach and bus climate control specialist.  In his role as market manager for minibus and commercial vehicle body-builders he will concentrate on sales of the firm's interior heating, air conditioning and climate control systems, for both original equipment and retrofit use. More from Steve Powell on +44 (0)1 […]
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Vosa consults on test bookings

Date posted: December 23, 2010
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency aims to improve to the way commercial vehicle tests are booked at its testing stations, giving a better service to the industry.  It wants bookings made online or by phone, rather than the mix of fax, email, phone or over the counter bookings at test stations.  It also wants […]
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Europe-wide breakdown cover from Schmitz

Date posted: December 23, 2010
Cargobull Parts & Services has a new Europe-wide breakdown cover scheme.  The firm says this means you can get a trailer back on the road quickly and without complications if a breakdown is more than 50Km from base.  Customers with a Schmitz Cargobull full service contract can use the Cargobull Euroservice free of charge for […]
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And just for fun

Date posted: December 23, 2010
We rarely carry long links to websites and the like, as they can worry firewall administrators and the people who protect our computers from the bad guys.  But the scene at the end of this link is great fun and entirely appropriate for this time of year, so I made an exception.  Open the hyperlink […]
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And finally

Date posted: December 23, 2010
The next issue of Transport News Brief will be devoted to our now traditional Christmas quiz.  As usual, the prize for getting answers right will be a warm glow of self-satisfaction -what more could you want?  But several people have asked to have the answers before Christmas too, so that they can use the quiz […]
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M+S tyres compulsory for Germany

Date posted: December 8, 2010
No, this isn't Marks & Spencer moving into the tyre business.  It is a change to German traffic regulations meaning that all from Saturday 4 December, all trucks over 3.5 tonnes and buses with more than eight seats must use Mud and Snow (M+S) drive axle tyres on roads covered with ice, hard-packed snow or […]
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Van and truck registrations rise

Date posted: December 8, 2010
November van and truck registration data from the SMMT show best rise of the year, at 22,834 and 32.5% up, to 253,244 for the rolling year.  Vans were up 26.1% to 19,128 in November and up 16.5% to 219,866 for the rolling year.  Trucks rose nearly 80% to 3,706 in November, though the rolling year […]
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Mixed news for buses, coaches, mini and midi-buses

Date posted: December 8, 2010
Overall UK bus and coach numbers fell 16.1% in November and 13.2% in the year to date, says the SMMT.  Midi-bus registrations rose by 10.9% in November while coaches rose 7.4% in November and 20.7% over the year to date.  "Bus and coach registrations collectively fell in all but one month this year.  November's drop […]
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Avia committed to the UK market

Date posted: December 8, 2010
Avia Ashok Leyland says its recent decision to close Avia Trucks UK Ltd from the end of November 2010 does not mean the Ashok Leyland and ultimately Hinduja-owned firm is pulling out.  "The UK remains one of the largest truck markets in Europe, and that makes it important to the longer term success of our […]
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More gritters for the M25

Date posted: December 8, 2010
Highways contractor Connect Plus has put 27 new MAN gritter trucks to work on the M25, the UK's busiest motorway.  The firm is a consortium comprising Balfour Beatty, Skanska, Atkins and Egis.  There are 12 three-axle and 15 four-axle rigids, all with MAN engines and TipMatic gearboxes and all supplied to MAN's ex-factory gritter specification.  […]
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Success for Zenloc

Date posted: December 8, 2010
Zenloc says its "groundbreaking" Zenloc Portable Alarm is winning with owner-drivers and hauliers alike.  Launched earlier this year, it won an innovation award and is now successfully wining orders.  "Already we've supplied several blue-chip transport companies," says the firm's Steve Tickner.  "Now we've several far-reaching deals in the pipeline."  The alarm is easily portable and […]
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SEV keeps Lex fleets moving

Date posted: December 8, 2010
Lex Autolease is using mobile service specialist SEV Group Ltd to provide mobile service, maintenance and repair to fleets of light commercial vehicles.  SEV's engineers are now supporting some of Lex Autolease's corporate customers running fleets more than 500 strong.  These include construction contractors and equipment rental firms.  As part of the deal, SEV has […]
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Global CV market in 2011 - webinar.

Date posted: December 8, 2010
AutomotiveWorld.com will run its next webinar, on the key issues and trends for the global commercial vehicle market, on Thursday 9 December at 10:00 Detroit, 15:00 London, 16:00 Stuttgart and 20.30 Delhi time.  Oliver Dixon, of  World Truck Analysis and a senior figure from Frost & Sullivan's North American office will discuss the market, its […]
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Citysprint helps Crisis at Christmas

Date posted: December 8, 2010
UK distribution firm CitySprint will give two vans to Crisis at Christmas to support the charity in its work to help the homeless.  The vans will collect and deliver donated goods around central London.  They will also take household goods and furniture to former homeless people who have moved into permanent accommodation and help with […]
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Bowen is the new boss at BT Fleet

Date posted: December 8, 2010
Dave Bowen is the new MD of BT Fleet, replacing Janet Entwistle who announced her departure at the end of September.  Bowen joined the firm in December 2009 as finance director.  Andrew Edginton replaces Bowen as finance director, joining from nPower where he was head of financial control and planning. More from Mina Rupa on […]
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