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And finally...

Date posted: November 4, 2011
Following on from our spilt beer story a couple of weeks ago, TNB this week brings another weird load shedding story. This time it involves a truck in Utah, USA, which overturned while carrying… 20 million bees. The insects, en route to California where they were to pollinate almond trees, escaped and closed the highway. […]
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Scania Interim Report, January-September 2011

Date posted: October 27, 2011
Summary of the first nine months of 2011 -Operating income rose to SEK 9,657 m. (9,021), and earnings per share rose to SEK 9.11 (7.63) -Net sales increased by 16 percent to SEK 64,795 m. (55,663) -Cash flow amounted to SEK 3,866 m. (8,388) in Vehicles and Services Comments by Leif Östling, President and CEO […]
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MOT test regime: Position paper

Date posted: October 27, 2011
Posted 11:11 Tuesday 18 October 2011 This paper outlines SMMT’s position on the MOT test regime, in anticipation of a review of the regime which is expected to commence in late 2011. SMMT strongly supports the current MOT test regime, which is critical in ensuring the safety and performance of vehicles on UK roads, and […]
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Tyresure Bus and Truck Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Date posted: October 27, 2011
Having already enjoyed considerable success in the UK consumer market with its passenger car TPMS system, market leader Tyresure has now unveiled its multi-axle truck and bus application. The Tyresure system can handle up to four tyres per axle and up to six axles, meaning 24 separate pressures and temperatures can be constantly monitored and […]
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Success for MAN as Steadplan secures a major fleet deal with Downton

Date posted: October 27, 2011
Steadplan, one of MAN Truck & Bus UK's main commercial vehicle dealers in the North West, has achieved a major milestone for the MAN marque by securing its first fleet deal with premier independent transport operator Downton. 30 TGX 26.440BLS 6x2 tractors are now being delivered to Downton, and will be operated on a new […]
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Higher sales for Volvo Buses

Date posted: October 27, 2011
Volvo Buses reported a substantial increase in deliveries for the third quarter, compared with the year-earlier period. A total of 2,954 buses were delivered, which is an increase of 37%. The total bus market in North America and Europe continues to display a negative trend, while South America and Asia expands rapidly. The bus market […]
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Four months to go before tougher Low Emission Zone standards introduced in London to improve air quality

Date posted: October 27, 2011
• Register from today to show you meet the standards (www.tfl.gov.uk/lezlondon) • Emissions standards to change from 3 January 2012 • European registered vehicles that travel to London are affected • HGVs, buses and coaches must meet Euro IV emissions standard for particulate matter (PM) to travel in London without paying a daily charge • […]
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Very latest feedback direct from Commercial Vehicle auction halls at Manheim

Date posted: October 27, 2011
'Rumours from the Rostrum' (Tim Spencer, Group Commercial Vehicle Auctioneer, Manheim Auctions) "It's not all doom and gloom but we do have to put things into perspective and not get carried away with the prices being made at present. It has been a very up and down month stock wise. The sales vary in size […]
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Leading Belgian bus operator, De Lijn, selects MiX Telematics' bus and coach solution to manage its fleet

Date posted: October 27, 2011
Well-known Belgian bus operator, De Lijn, has opted to install MiX Telematics' proven bus and coach solution for its fleet of more than 1,800 buses. The contract was won by Rauwers, MiX Telematics' channel partner in Belgium, and will help De Lijn to significantly reduce their fuel costs while enhancing passenger comfort. De Lijn joins […]
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Valley's salad days for Volvo FH on fuel

Date posted: October 27, 2011
Family-owned business, Valley Grown Salads from Roydon Essex, have renewed their heavy truck fleet with three new Volvo FH-500 6x2 tractors - and they've instantly boosted their fuel economy. Suppliers of fresh salad produce to the supermarket giants; Valley Grown Salads have been operating Volvos for over 14 years and their faithful five year old […]
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New Hybrid buses for Lothian buses

Date posted: October 27, 2011
On September 11 the UK's greenest and cleanest bus fleet was launched in readiness to take to the streets of Edinburgh. The buses, built by Alexander Dennis (ADL) in Falkirk for Lothian Buses are a result of the low carbon initiative, The Scottish Green Bus Fund, introduced by the Scottish Government. The new fleet of […]
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Stan Robinson Saves Time!

Date posted: October 27, 2011
The latest VDO Digital Tachographs 1381 Rel. 1.4 not only complies with the new 1 minute rule (EU Regulation 1266/2009 but also allows mass memory data to be downloaded remotely via GPRS using the VDO DLD® download device. Many vehicle operators are now taking advantage of the new improved VDO 1381 Rel.1.4 digital tachograph. By […]
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SAF support longer trailer trial

Date posted: October 27, 2011
IMS Limited, the exclusive distributor of SAF Axle Systems in the UK and Ireland announce the development of both the SAF Intradisc and Intradrum systems for self-steering axles, as part of the Department of Transports public consultation to consider extending the maximum length of semi-trailers. Arran Leatherland, Sales Manager at IMS Limited explained, "We have […]
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New Truck Tyre Ranges from Fulda

Date posted: October 27, 2011
Fulda, one of Germany's leading manufacturers of quality tyres, announces the Fulda Ecocontrol 2 and Fulda Ecoforce 2 ranges of truck tyres. The new tyres, thanks to their operational flexibility and new design features, offer an ideal solution with good overall performance to commercial vehicle operators looking to reduce their operating costs. Respectively for steer […]
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Creed Foodservice Place 5 Year Contract with Microlise for Transport Management Solution

Date posted: October 27, 2011
Foodservice and Microlise Ltd are pleased to announce the signing of a 5 year contract for Microlise's Fleet Performance and Journey Management solution. Creed Foodservice, an independent family owned business, is one of the UK's leading independently owned Foodservice Wholesalers, providing a comprehensive range of products including Grocery, Frozen, Chilled, Fresh Meat, Fresh Produce, Dairy, […]
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And finally...

Date posted: October 27, 2011
Professional drivers’ sedentary lifestyles may be some excuse for slightly expanded waistlines, but car makers are also having to “plump their rides” to cope with larger, heavier motorists. According to a story on the Telegraph website, typical family cars have become more than a foot wider and almost double the weight over the past 50 […]
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Vauxhall's new Combo van breaks cover

Date posted: October 21, 2011
Vauxhall's all-new Combo panel van is set to become a firm favourite of owner-drivers and large fleets alike with its combination of state-of-the-art technology and class-leading features. Available in two wheelbases, two heights, two gross vehicle weights (2,000kg and 2,300kg) two trim levels and with four engine choices, Combo boasts the highest payload (up to […]
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Free webinar on Business Growth Fund

Date posted: October 21, 2011
CV owners and operators could benefit from a £2m to £10m investment thanks to the recently established Business Growth Fund (BGF). SMMT will hold a webinar on Friday 11 November (14:30 - 15:00) during which, Stephen Welton, BGF Chief Executive will describe what the Fund is looking for in an investee company, with particular emphasis […]
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First Don-Bur "High Volume Trailer" Goes On The Road For Wincanton

Date posted: October 21, 2011
Yesterday marked the official announcement from the DfT to permit controlled trials of High Volume Trailers (HVT's) and Wincanton has been working closely with Don-Bur to design and manufacture its first 15.65m long Teardrop pillarless tri-axle in readiness for the VSO (Vehicle Special Orders). The new 2.05m longer trailer benefits from an average 15% additional […]
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New Fiat Ducato - 30 years in the making

Date posted: October 21, 2011
One of Europe's most popular commercial vehicles has just become even more attractive. After three decades and five generations, the new Fiat Ducato goes on sale in October 2011. With an extended range of completely new engines, the latest Ducato is cheaper to run than the model it replaces. A new interior gives it a […]
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The world's largest electric-powered truck undergoing tests with Carrefour

Date posted: October 21, 2011
Electric energy is not only for small vehicles. Today, Renault presented the keys of an all-electric 16 t. Renault Midlum to the logistics company STEF-TFE. It is, quite simply, the largest electric-powered truck ever to be put on the road for delivering food products in towns. This new vehicle offers a silent and non-polluting solution […]
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Volvo's LEZ conversion solution for Coventry coach operator

Date posted: October 21, 2011
West Midland's premier bus and coach operator Travel de Courcey turned for help to Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia, Coventry for a solution when they needed to convert one of their Mercedes coaches to cope with the London Low Emission Zone (LEZ.) Coming into force from early January next year, less than six […]
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Tyre firms 'keep it in the family' with Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Date posted: October 21, 2011
Two of Britain's best-known tyre businesses are investing in new fleets of Mercedes-Benz vans - but while one has been relying on vehicles bearing the three-pointed star for two decades, the other is gaining its first experience of the nation's fleet favourite. Sister companies National Tyres and Autocare, and Viking Wholesale Tyres and Equipment, are […]
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Ongoing growth for light commercial vehicles

Date posted: October 21, 2011
■Worldwide deliveries up by 25.5 percent between January to September 2011 ■High growth on volume markets Hannover, 13 October 2011: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has achieved major increases in sales figures between January and September 2011. Europe's market leader delivered 390,000 light commercial vehicles worldwide in the first nine months of 2011 - 25.5 percent up […]
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CATLOC launches solution to keep thieves away

Date posted: October 21, 2011
Catalytic converter theft is a growing threat to all vehicle owners and fleet operators, with police figures suggesting the number of vehicles being targeted has more than quadrupled in the last two years. In response to a growing demand from the industry, CATLOC has launched a new anti-theft device to discourage thieves. During 2009, more […]
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Pirelli to launch the H:01

Date posted: October 21, 2011
Pirelli has developed a long haul truck tyre range that uses innovative technology to increase mileage up to fifteen per cent, as well as to offer high safety standards and improved acoustic comfort. The new H:01 line, the latest addition to the Series 01 range, features the FH:01 for the steer and the TH:01 for […]
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Leading Scottish haulier chooses Dennison - again!

Date posted: October 21, 2011
One of Scotland's largest family-owned haulage companies, John Mitchell Haulage and Warehousing, has just taken delivery of 52 Dennison sliding skeletal trailers. They are replacements for existing Dennisons, maintaining the company's skeletal fleet level at 160 and their purchase reaffirms John Mitchell's satisfaction with Dennison products. Operating throughout Scotland and the North of England, John […]
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Oil Distribution industry trade body new code of conduct

Date posted: October 21, 2011
Oil Distributors who fail to live up to a new code of conduct could have their Oil Distribution Trade Association membership withdrawn says The FPS (Federation of Petroleum Suppliers) who has this month introduced a code of conduct for members which aims to raise standards in the industry and encourage the implementation of best practice. […]
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Euroway goes topless on double vehicle deal

Date posted: October 21, 2011
The two latest trucks supplied by Euroway to high tech metal distributor Super Alloys of Milton Keynes both feature curtain sided bodies with cabriolet roofs to facilitate the loading of long bars and metals using overhead cranes that access the truck bodies via the roof. One DAF LF45 7.5t rigid and one DAF LF55 10t […]
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And finally...

Date posted: October 21, 2011
We have all seen the usual assortment of roadkill splattered along the highways and byways – but have you ever wondered if you could eat it? While pheasants and rabbits are not such unusual fare, one man has lived for 30 years by eating all manner of dead animals he finds in the road. Jonathan […]
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Government announces trial for longer trucks

Date posted: October 14, 2011
Some hauliers will be allowed to use longer trailers under plans to boost growth published today by Roads Minister Mike Penning. Following consultation on proposals to allow a two metre increase in the length of articulated trucks, the Department for Transport is allowing a 10-year trial of up to 900 trailers at an increased length […]
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CV Show 2012 looks set to be a sell-out

Date posted: October 14, 2011
With truck and van sales up and the service and repair sector serving a busy road transport business, confidence is building for the 2012 CV Show and its dedicated Workshop zone. 35% more exhibitors have booked stands compared to this time last year and, according to David Crawford, sales manager for the Show’s sales and […]
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Vauxhall vans are top choice for small businesses

Date posted: October 14, 2011
Vauxhall Commercial Vehicles topped the retail sales charts with over 2,000 vans registered in the crucial month of September, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The strong September performance also meant the Luton-based manufacturer was number one at retail year-to-date with 9,382 commercial vehicles registered so far this year. […]
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ASDA signs up to Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme

Date posted: October 14, 2011
ASDA has become the latest company to join an industry-led, voluntary scheme to measure and ultimately reduce carbon dioxide emissions from lorries and vans. Members of the Freight Transport Association's (FTA) Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme now represent over 50,000 commercial vehicles. By providing fuel usage, fleet and activity data, ASDA, along with 55 other businesses […]
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Dairy Crest driver Jim Whitmore takes top place in Denver challenge final

Date posted: October 14, 2011
Jim Whitmore, who drives for Dairy Crest in the Midlands, has taken the top spot out of the ten finalists who competed to win the Volvo Trucks Driver Challenge. The final, which took place at Warwick, was the culmination of a six month programme in which 93 drivers from the UK and Ireland competed for […]
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Guest Truck and Van goes east with two new dealerships

Date posted: October 14, 2011
Guest Truck and Van, Iveco's largest UK dealer group, will open a new full sales and service dealership in Ipswich on 17 October 2011. This follows the opening of a new dealership in Norwich during the summer - together the two new sites will provide expert support to Iveco customers throughout Norfolk and Suffolk. The […]
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Chambers & Cook optso for Schmitz Cargobull

Date posted: October 14, 2011
European unaccompanied freight specialist, Chambers & Cook (Eastern) Ltd is continuing its trend of sourcing curtainsider trailers exclusively from Schmitz Cargobull with the latest delivery of 10 new Euroliners. The new additions will add to an already strong fleet of 80 Schmitz Cargobull trailers operated by the company throughout Europe. "Our equipment is our advert," […]
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Iceland freezes out thieves with Secureseal

Date posted: October 14, 2011
SecureSeal Systems Ltd has won a deal to supply one of the country's best known frozen food companies' entire fleet with its innovative, environmentally friendly door seals for safeguarding goods in transit. Iceland Frozen Foods Ltd has purchased the ground-breaking permanent security seals, developed in the UK by SecureSeal Systems Ltd, part of the OEM […]
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Volvo Group restructures its truck business and launches new organization

Date posted: October 14, 2011
The Volvo Group is to have a new organization which better utilizes the global potential of the brands and products within the truck operations. For example, the sales and marketing of all of the truck companies will be organized in three regional organizational units, directly under the CEO. In the same manner, all product development […]
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Trailer firm hooks up with Rihanna

Date posted: October 14, 2011
Europe's biggest trailer maker is enjoying a big dose of glitz and glamour - going on tour with pop megastar Rihanna. The Barbadian singer, who has sold 20 million albums and 60 million singles, has just started a massive European tour. And Ifor Williams Trailers are playing a supporting role by providing a box van […]
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Mercedes-Benz Axor offers best of both worlds for John T Evans

Date posted: October 14, 2011
The Mercedes-Benz Axor is impressively reliable and fuel-efficient, but it's also a big hit with drivers - so says haulier John Evans, who has just taken delivery of another two examples from South Wales dealer Euro Commercials. "In the past," recalled the proprietor of John T Evans Haulage, "you'd either buy a 'guvnor's truck' or […]
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Goodyear Launches New Generation Regional Haul Trailer Tyres for More Mileage and Higher Loads.

Date posted: October 14, 2011
Goodyear is launching the Regional RHT II, a brand new range of trailer tyres, which is predominately for use on vehicles operating in the regional haul sector. The Regional RHT II range is mainly for 22.5" rims and offers improved performance in mileage and rolling resistance compared with its predecessor, the Goodyear Regional RHT. This […]
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Top tier buyers on offer at SMMT events

Date posted: October 14, 2011
SMMT has confirmed a number of Tier 1 buyers for its forthcoming ‘Meet the Buyer’ events. Representatives from Ford, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Toyota will attend a number of the events that will be held in the Midlands, North West and Wales. If you are keen to get involved, please check the […]
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Cartwright secure order for a further 80 double deck trailers from retail giant ASDA

Date posted: October 14, 2011
Cartwright has secured an order for 80 double deck trailers from Asda which takes the total of Cartwright double deck trailers that Asda operate within their network to over 250. The Double Deck trailers are built at Cartwright's manufacturing complex based in Altrincham. The proven 4 ram hydraulic deck design excels within the extreme environment […]
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And finally...

Date posted: October 14, 2011
Traffic cops are often seen tearing along at high speed, blues and twos clearing a path as they pursue some miscreant. But this story from The Telegraph website proves it isn’t all about speed. Caroline Turner, 76, sparked a major police operation after she drove the wrong way round a roundabout in Thorpe, Essex. She […]
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September van and truck market up 8.8% as sector confidence stays high

Date posted: October 7, 2011
Van and truck registrations were up 8.8% to 43,442 units in September, while the rolling year saw registrations rise 20.9% to 293,703, according to the latest figures from the SMMT. "Confidence returned to the commercial vehicle market in 2011 and the September market continues the upward trend, growing 8.8% on last year," said Paul Everitt, […]
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High power, high spec DAF is flagship of Barry Proctor fleet

Date posted: October 7, 2011
At 510 horsepower, bristling with extra lights, and in a stunning metallic paint finish, the new DAF XF105 flagship of the 24-strong fleet of Barry Proctor Services Limited is sure to be a head-turner. The Stoke-on-Trent company, which specialises in providing haulage services to the building products industry, is renowned for the high quality and […]
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September sees 3.8% boost for wholesale used van values, reports Manheim Remarketing

Date posted: October 7, 2011
Manheim Remarketing's latest monthly Market Analysis for Vans reveals that average wholesale used van values increased by 3.8% (£146) to £4,015 in September despite an increase in both average age and mileage. Average age increased by three months to 58 months and average mileage went up by 3,800 miles to 79,671. Compared with September 2010, […]
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Brian Blessed launches new £6m green bus fleet

Date posted: October 7, 2011
Stagecoach Yorkshire is at the forefront of a green revolution on the roads following the launch of a £6m fleet of eco-friendly buses by Brian Blessed. The bus company's mission to cut hundreds of thousands of car journeys in the region over the next three years has been driven forward by the introduction in Sheffield […]
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Pentalver lines up fuel savings with first Mercedes-Benz trucks

Date posted: October 7, 2011
A winning mpg performance from a demonstration unit prompted container transport specialist Pentalver to place its first major order for Mercedes-Benz trucks. The high-profile operator is now running 30 new Axor tractor units from its purpose-built, 28-acre container facility at Cannock, Staffordshire. Supplied by south coast dealer Pentagon Commercials, they are all high-roofed 6x2 Axor […]
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