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Overloading hurts van users

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Van and light truck operators may be wasting money by dangerously overloading their vehicles.  So says a warning by TyreSafe, the UK's leading tyre safety organisation, after the latest Vosa effectiveness report showed that the van overloading prohibition rate rose from 66.9% in 2008/09 to 72.7% in 2009/10.  If operators fail to compensate for heavier […]
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Trailer demand half way back to health

Date posted: April 4, 2011
The latest forecast from Clear suggests that Western European trailer demand will be at about 175,000 units a year by mid 2013, in line with the long-term average.  "One way of looking at the situation is that, in 2011, we are half way back to a healthy market from the nadir of 2009," says Gary […]
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New CV man for SMMT

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Nigel Base is the SMMT's new Commercial Vehicle Development Manager.  He has joined the Society to take over from Robin Dickeson, manager, Commercial Vehicle Affairs, who leaves on 14 April, at the end of the CV Show.  Well known in the industry, Base is a qualified mechanical engineer with wide-ranging industry experiences, having worked for […]
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New welfare van from Alphatec

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Alphatec says its new Welfare Van is the first of its type with Webasto's Dual Top diesel-powered hot water and interior heater as standard.  Based on a Ford Transit long wheelbase high roof van, the new vehicle will take pride of place on Alphatec's stand 4B24 at the CV Show in April.  The vehicle includes […]
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Used van values fall 2.8%

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Manheim Remarketing's latest monthly market analysis for vans show that average wholesale used van values fell by 2.8% to £4,023 in February, after three rising months.  The average age rose by two months to 52 and average mileage rose to 75,124.  Compared with February 2010, average values are just 0.2% or £10 higher, average age […]
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World first for Handistep at CV Show

Date posted: April 4, 2011
World first for Handistep at CV Show Handistep says its first type-approved tow bar will make its exhibition debut at the CV Show next week. The new unit has twin full-width, anti-slip steps with red high-visibility reflective tape and is specifically designed to fit the Mercedes Sprinter and Volkswagen Crafter van ranges The new step […]
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Have you registered?

Date posted: April 4, 2011
For the first time, the CV Show organisers won't send Show passes in advance of the Show, which opens at 08:30 on Tuesday 12 April at National Exhibition Centre, near Birmingham.  But register on-line and the system will arrange a Fast Track entry ticket to the CV Show and Workshop 2011 for you to collect […]
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Tiss rides on rising diesel prices

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Tiss Security Systems says rising fuel prices have driven a "huge growth" in TankSafe sales in the past three months, many from international firms trying to control rising costs.  Recent developments in TankSafe's design and the firm's extension to US and Asian trucks as well as all European built trucks have also helped to drive […]
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Contactless CanBus reader

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Dutch vehicle data and CanBus specialist Squarell will show its CanCliq, a contactless CanBus reader on its stand 4G108 at the CV Show.  The unit reads data from a vehicle's CanBus system without direct contact with the vehicle's wiring system.  The firm says the device, placed over the signal wires in seconds, reads and delivers […]
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Optare wins £3.6m from Rotala

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Optare has won an order from Midlands-based Rotala plc for 15 high-specification Versa hybrids, with £1.7m from the Government's Green Bus Fund.  The deal also includes three diesel powered Solo SRs and two Versas.  All the buses use Mercedes-Benz diesel engines.  In the hybrid models the engine works with the Siemens/Bluways  system using ultra-capacitors.  All […]
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Debut for Transit Connect Electric

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Ford will also show the Transit Connect Electric at the CV Show.  This is an all-electric version of the successful Transit Connect and makes its UK debut.  Power comes from a 28kWh lithium-ion battery pack and 55kW eclectic motor.  With a range of up to 80 miles and top speed of 75 mph, the vehicle […]
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UK launch for VW Amarok

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Volkswagen's double-cab Amarok pick-up gets it UK launch from the firm's stand 5E20 at the CV Show.  VW says the new four-door, 4x4 pick-up will be the star of its stand, supported by nine other VW vans and minibuses, including Caddy and Caddy Maxi panel vans, Transporter kombi and panel van models as well as […]
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Electric Vito from Mercedes

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Mercedes-Benz will use its stand 5B20 for the UK exhibition debut of its Vito E-Cell.  Power comes from a 36 kWh capacity lithium ion battery pack driving through a 70kW electric motor.  The vehicle has a range of around 130 km, can carry a payload of up to 900 kg and its top speed is […]
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US pays for recorders on Mexican trucks

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Transport Topics reports the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will require all Mexican trucks entering the United States to have electronic onboard recorders (a sort of US step along the road to tachographs) and will pay for them.  The move follows US worries over Mexican drivers' hours.  The deal is that the FMCSA would […]
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60 Premiums for Goldstar

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Felixstowe based Goldstar Transport has taken 60 Renault Premium three-axle tractors in what Renault describes as "an important conquest deal," joining a 200 strong fleet.  All the new trucks have Privilege cabs and 460 hp rated engines and are the first Renaults into the fleet in over seven years.  They will work on a four-year […]
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Sainsburys and Tiss continue TankSafe partnership

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Tiss Security Systems says its seven year partnership with Sainsburys just delivered again.  This time Tiss people and members of Sainsburys' Engineering team developed a robust anti-spill roll mechanism for the TankSafe 'Impregnable' fuel security device to ensure that no diesel spills if a truck overturns.  The mechanism incorporates a stainless steel sealing flap which […]
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And finally

Date posted: April 4, 2011
The SMMT is moving to new offices in Westminster this summer, after more than 50 years in Forbes House, in Belgravia. This significant event deserves and is getting careful planning. Recently some staffers were surprised to get an invitation to a departmental planning meeting "sometime between Wednesday and Thursday." And we all thought we were […]
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Truck costs rise £410 in a week

Date posted: March 3, 2011
The Road Haulage Association says that fuel price hikes just pushed the annual cost of running a typical 44-tonne truck up by £410 in just one week.  Overall the RHA says the recent fuel cost hikes mean that hauliers need to raise their prices by £1,000 a year cover the higher fuel costs.  The RHA's […]
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Not easy to merge MAN and Scania, says VW

Date posted: March 3, 2011
TTM Nieuwsalert, the Netherlands-based e-newsletter reports that VW bosses Ferdinand Piech, chairman of the supervisory board of Volkswagen Group and Hans Dieter Poetsch, finance boss or the Group have said that truck makers Scania and MAN "are not easily combined."   TTM quotes Poetsch speaking ahead of the Geneva Motor Show this week. More from TTM […]
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Optare wins £7.6m Arriva orders

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Optare has won orders worth £7.6m from Arriva, for 69 single and double-deck buses for delivery during 2011.  The deal includes 16 Visionaire open-top double-deckers, based on Volvo B9TL three-axle chassis.  The Original Tour will use these on London sightseeing tours.   The firm will also take 41 Versa 11.1 metre models and 12 Solo 8.8 […]
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First bulk Air1 AdBlue for Wales

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Baglan Service Station is the first service station in Wales to offer bulk AdBlue from Air1 to trucks on forecourt.  The move follows successful sales of AdBlue sales in cans from the forecourt shop.  "We now want to offer our customers the advantages of filling their AdBlue tanks at the same time as they refuel […]
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Road Transport Media off to a flying start

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Commercial Motor, Motor Transport, Truck & Driver, the Motor Transport Awards and RoadTransport.com, are now independent, owned by a new firm called Road Transport Media.  Andy Salter, previously the publisher for the titles, led a management buy-out, buying the portfolio from Reed Business Information.  "This is fantastic news for us - and for all our […]
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I'Anson takes a very different Volvo 8x4

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Masham-based animal feed merchant I'Anson Bros Ltd has taken a Volvo 8x4 'tridem' for bulk delivery work.  The truck looks like a normal 6x4 with a fourth and steering axle added behind its double-drive bogie.  The truck's three rear axles have air suspension, with twin tyres on the two drive axles.  Both front and rear […]
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10,000th UK-built axle from BPW

Date posted: March 3, 2011
A year after starting to build suspension systems in the UK, BPW in Leicester has built its 10,000th axle, beating its own target by 25%.  Retiring Managing Director Richard Gibbs says the new facility has helped the firm "respond more quickly" to customers' "changing requirements".  At the same time the firm has been able to […]
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FIA European Truck Racing for Donington

Date posted: March 3, 2011
The FIA European Truck Racing Series will run its first race at the Donington Park Circuit this Easter Bank Holiday weekend, 23 and 24 April 2011.  Renault Trucks is the main sponsor for the event, marking the return of the FIA series to the UK, after a long absence.  Teams from all over Europe will […]
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AdBlue quality matters

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Six big AdBlue suppliers will work with Acea, the European auto industry body on a campaign to produce an easily used set of AdBlue "dos and don'ts" to help operators avoid problems.  The campaign will tackle worries about AdBlue quality, its sourcing, storage and handling.  Selective Catalytic Reduction, using AdBlue, has successfully helped cut NOx […]
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Van CO2 targets agreed

Date posted: March 3, 2011
The European Parliament has agreed the Environmental Committee report on cutting CO2 emissions from vans with a long-term target of 147g CO2/km by 2020.  "Industry is pleased that the European Parliament has come to a decision on CO2 emission targets for LCVs as vehicle manufacturers are committed to lowering emissions as part of ongoing introductions […]
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CV output up 8.9% in January 2011

Date posted: March 3, 2011
UK automotive manufacturing made a "solid start" to 2011 despite tough economic conditions, with commercial vehicle production up 8.9% in January.  Car production also rose by 8.9% and UK engine manufacturing increased by 12% in January.  "Automotive is leading the manufacturing revival," said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.  But to ensure this trend continues, the […]
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Cayvol gives Oldbury a big lift

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Oldbury UK is the new UK and Irish importer for Cayvol, the Spanish hydraulic chain- and hook-loader maker.  Specialist trailer and transport equipment builder Oldbury has supplied a range of Cayvol equipment for some time, particularly as part of its semi-trailer mounted, heavy-duty roll-on-off waste container system.  Cayvol leads the Spanish market for hydraulic loaders […]
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Eberspacher at the CV Show

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Eberspacher says it will show a wide range of its diesel fuelled independent heating systems fitted to vehicles on its stand 5E60 at the CV Show in April.   One vehicle will feature the firm's Frigosoft fridge system, Euroengel, with insulated containers, Thermoline, its diesel heating system for cold climate application and Handiwash, the hot water […]
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Talson wins 33-strong trailer deal from TNT

Date posted: March 3, 2011
TNT Fashion Group has ordered 33 Talson Garment Flat semi-trailers.  The new trailers have Talson's Talfix panels, developed to carry both boxed and hanging garments on different levels.  This flexibility helps TNT deliver its one-stop shop service to international garment transport.  The Dutch trailer maker says its special post and sheet riveted panel trailer construction […]
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Joloda on a roll as air freight recovers

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Joloda International says that the airfreight sector is showing clear signs of recovery on both sides of the Atlantic.  The comment comes as the firm said it has won two big orders for the latest version of its highly successful twin roller track system.  One order is from Luxembourg-based Wallenborn and the other is from […]
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New UK boss for Eberspacher

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Vince Lee is to be the new Managing Director at Eberspacher UK.  He will take over from Russell Brown who will retire on 30 April 2011 after 31 years with the firm, 23 as MD.  Vince Lee has also worked for the firm for 30 years. More from Tina Carter on +44 (0)1 425 480 […]
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First Volvos deliver more traction for Hewicks

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Hewicks Haulage added the first three Volvo FH13 6x2 tractor units to its fleet.  The new trucks will help the East Anglian based firm's growing port traffic and nationwide food, brewery products and animal feeds business.  Hewicks does general traction as well as work with tanker firm Cave Liquid Haulage.  The tag axle units all […]
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LEZ surgery at CV Show

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Exhaust treatment firm Eminox, on stand 5H80 at the CV Show, will run an LEZ surgery to help operators understand the next round of changes to the London Low Emission Zone.  The firm says it thinks too few operators realise the cost implications of the LEZ phase three emissions standard, due on 3 January 2102.  […]
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Volvo reports Q4 profit and boosts 2011 forecast

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Volvo AB reported its fourth-quarter income was about $500m, compared with a $308m loss a year earlier.  Revenue rose 23% to $11.3bn.  Volvo also delivered nearly 57,000 trucks in the quarter, 30% up on Q3 and 49% up on Q4 in 2009.  Worldwide truck orders jumped 63% for the quarter from a year ago and […]
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DfT to ditch sideguard and similar exemptions

Date posted: March 3, 2011
As part of the move to type approval, the UK's Department for Transport wants to ditch the sideguard exemptions available for dustcarts, tipping trucks and trailers.  Similarly, it wants to withdraw the exemption from rear under-run regulations on tipping trucks and trailers, together with a partial withdrawal for concrete mixers.  "We are consulting with our […]
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EU transport white paper due in late March

Date posted: March 3, 2011
The EU aims to publish a White Paper on the future of EU transport policy by the end of March.  It will probably call for a single European transport area with greener infrastructure, as well as specific reduction targets for the transport sector.  The paper was to complement a low carbon roadmap to 2050, a […]
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LinkTip refuse truck for Wilshire

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Wiltshire Council has put a LinkTip bodied refuse collection truck to work on daily rural household waste collection. The four compartment enclosed tipper body is on a Mitsubishi Canter 7.5 tonner.  The new truck joins a fleet of four similarly fitted trucks run by private contractor Hills Wasted. More from Jody Pearce on +44 (0)1 […]
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Peugeot van range hits new CO2 targets

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Peugeot UK says it welcomes the EC's new van CO2 targets.  The firm says its fuel-efficient HDi-powered vans already hit the 2014 target and its smaller vans hit the 2020 target.  Van makers must have 70% of their vans emitting 175 g/km CO2 or less by 2014.  This rises to 75% the following year, 80% […]
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Van and car production forecast

Date posted: March 3, 2011
The SMMT just published its latest medium term van and car production forecast.  Written by AutoAnaylsis director Ian Henry, the report outlines vehicle makers' production plans, new model launches and a vehicle production forecast through to 2015.  The package includes an interactive production outlook map of Europe showing all major van and car and production […]
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New coupling safety systems from Fontaine

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Fontaine will launch two new coupling safety systems on its stand 5G92 at the CV Show next month.  Both are designed to guard against vehicle and trailer misalignment.  The first is the firm's fifth wheel Tech-Lock system prevents 'high hitching' and is designed to stop mis-coupling and significantly reduce the risk of a dropped trailer.  […]
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Rugged Apple-based ePOD

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Kinishi will use stand 4E10 at next month's CV Show to demonstrate its new range of electronic and rugged Proof of Delivery terminals.  The firm says these extend its FleetSure vehicle tracking and fleet management system and offer a wide range of communications options including GPS location capture, barcode scanner and a magnetic stripe reader.  […]
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Primewell tyres from ATS

Date posted: March 3, 2011
ATS Euromaster has won an exclusive deal to sell Primewell's "internationally-proven" mid-range truck, bus and coach tyres to the UK market.  GITI, the world's fourth-largest maker of radial truck tyres makes Primewell tyres, selling them successfully in Asia, North America, South America and mainland Europe.  Customers say the tyres cut road noise, improve passenger comfort […]
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Low-entry Volvos for Rotherham

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council just got six 23 tonne Volvo FE Low Entry Cab trucks for its domestic kerbside rubbish collection fleet.   The new trucks all have Terberg specialist bodywork for segregated recycled waste.  They join Rotherham's specialised domestic recycling fleet of over 200 trucks collecting glass, textiles, paper and tin.  TransLinc in Lincoln did […]
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And finally

Date posted: March 3, 2011
How far from Australia is that?  New Scientist reader Maggi Boult, sent the magazine's Feedback page a tourism advert which opens: "Iceland is more than halfway round the world for Australians." But more than halfway is less than halfway, depending which way round you go - unless you are travelling through extra dimensions, perhaps. More […]
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Iveco UK guarantees 4% fuel saving

Date posted: February 1, 2011
Iveco UK says it will guarantee UK fleet operators a 4% cut in fuel use with its new EcoStralis truck.  The offer is good for three years or 400,000 km.  The firm says independent tests show that the truck can cut fuel use by 7.32% over comparable models.  Iveco's guarantee covers items specific to the […]
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Tesco fits StepProtect to all new tractor units

Date posted: February 1, 2011
Tesco has begun fitting the StepProtect nearside front step alarm from Reversing Made Easy Ltd to all new tractor units.  The move follows a 15 month trial, against a background of constant concern over pedestrian safety and worries about nearside step damage.  Now Tesco is having the kit fitted to Mercedes 500 tractor units going […]
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Stralis LNG arrives

Date posted: February 1, 2011
Iveco says its newly launched Stralis LNG extends its natural gas powered truck range for the UK and Ireland.  The trucks run on liquefied natural gas and complement Stralis compressed natural gas models.  The range includes a right-hand drive 19 tonne 4x2 rigid, 26 tonne 6x2 rigid and a 4x2 tractor unit - each available […]
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Daf holds UK market leadership for 16 straight years

Date posted: February 1, 2011
In what was the lowest UK truck market over 6.0 tonnes, Daf Trucks says it held market leadership for the 16th straight year.  The firm took 23.8% of that market, 31% more than its nearest competitor.  Its share of the light (6-15t) market was 33.5% and it took 20.4% of the heavy (over 15t) market.  […]
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