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Allied Bakeries strengthens fleet with new DAFs

Date posted: September 16, 2011
Ben Thornton-Harwood Thursday 08 September 2011 17:06 Allied Bakeries has purchased 105 new DAFs as part of a fleet renewal programme. The order comprises 11 14-tonne LF55s, 66 18-tonne LF55s and 23 CF85 tractor units. Allied Bakeries has also purchased five 7.5-tonne LF45s, all specified with a 4.5 160HP Euro-5 engine and fitted with idle […]
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RHA welcomes Scottish duty rebate proposals

Date posted: September 16, 2011
The Road Haulage Association has welcomed the news that the European Commission has approved the UK Government application for the rural fuel duty rebate scheme in principle and has formally published the legislative proposal required for a change in EU law. "The proposal of a rural fuel duty rebate scheme of a 5 pence per […]
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Iveco Stralis' lead the charge to recycle at G&P Batteries

Date posted: September 16, 2011
Waste battery collection and recycling specialist, G&P Batteries, has placed an order for six new Iveco Stralis 26 tonne rigids following a competitive tender involving six truck manufacturers. Each of the Stralis Active Time 6x2 rear-steer rigids (AT260S31YP/S) will be supplied by local Iveco dealer Guest Trucks. They are being mounted with curtainside bodywork by […]
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Halfords Autocentres sign up to 1link Service Network for light commercial vehicles

Date posted: September 16, 2011
Halfords Autocentres have signed up to the 1link Service Network as a supplier of service and maintenance for light commercial vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes. The company, which has 244 centres across the UK, is a long time user of the e-commerce platform for company car servicing but this is the first time is has […]
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Transport firms improve performance despite uncertain economy

Date posted: September 9, 2011
Simon Jack Wednesday 07 September 2011 09:00 Road transport is faring well despite worries about the economy Despite the UK’s currently anaemic recovery, 89% of transport firms say they are faring at least the same if not better than last year. The latest Bibby Financial Services’ Business Factors Index, reveals that 13% of road transport […]
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Vehicle registrations continue upward trend

Date posted: September 9, 2011
Justin Stanton Tuesday 06 September 2011 13:58 Truck and van registrations continued their upward trend in August, rising by 23% and 22.8% respectively, according to the latest data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Truck registrations were up 23% to 2,411 in August and 22.6% to 39,493 in the rolling year. Growth […]
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Volvo Trucks flagship celebrates with 750hp

Date posted: September 9, 2011
Volvo Trucks announce that the Volvo FH16 is now available at 750hp and 3550Nm to handle the heaviest and most demanding transport assignments - with production planned to coincide with the 16-litre engine's 25th anniversary next year. 1987 saw the introduction of the Volvo F16 with Volvo's first-ever 16-litre engine, producing 470hp. Since then, market […]
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Hitachi Capital on board to help Ginsters combat rising fleet costs

Date posted: September 9, 2011
Ginsters, the brand leader in the chilled savoury pastry market is announcing a new four-year contract with Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Services for the provision of fleet management services. Hitachi Capital won the contract by offering the most competitive proposition for the 171-strong van fleet, along with its market-leading customer service. Ginsters' review of its […]
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Iveco Eurocargo hybrid makes UK debut at Low Carbon Vehicle show

Date posted: September 9, 2011
Iveco's hybrid Eurocargo will make its UK debut at the Low Carbon Vehicle event on 7 and 8 September at the Rockingham Motor Speedway. The 12 tonner joins a comprehensive line-up of low-carbon Ivecos available in the UK, encompassing electric-traction, hybrid, natural gas and ultra-clean EEV diesel-powered technologies. The Eurocargo (120E18/P), which is also available […]
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Land speed record team signs-up a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Date posted: September 9, 2011
Mercedes-Benz dealer Rossetts Commercials has sniffed out a supersonic sponsorship partner in the shape of the BLOODHOUND Project, creator of a jet- and rocket-powered car designed to break the 1,000mph barrier, smash the world land speed record and - most importantly - inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. The manufacturer's representative for Surrey […]
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Flybus to start testing first flywheel hybrid bus

Date posted: September 9, 2011
The Flybus consortium has reached a significant milestone with the successful integration of prototype hardware into an Optare Solo Midibus. The Flybus system, which should cost significantly less than current electric hybrids, uses a Ricardo Kinergy flywheel as the energy storage medium and a Torotrak continuously variable transmission (CVT) as the means of transferring energy […]
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Failed haulier RM Birch's assets bought for £60,000

Date posted: September 9, 2011
Chris Tindall Wednesday 07 September 2011 09:00 The assets of failed Staffordshire haulier RM Birch are to be sold to an unnamed party for £60,000 plus VAT, according to the firm’s administrator. Rescue and recovery firm Leonard Curtis was appointed on 12 July to handle the administration of RM Birch, which had a licence to […]
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Krone Flexibility Is The 'Real Deal' For ET Morris

Date posted: September 9, 2011
ET Morris & Sons, the Boston-based haulage & storage specialists, have added a further 10 Krone 'Euroliner' coil carriers to the 10 purchased last October bringing the fleet compliment to 90 trailers. Founded in 1950, ET Morris has a long history in general haulage and in more recent times has specialised in imported cargo including […]
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Top quality Volvo B13R coach in service with Bayliss Executive Travel

Date posted: September 9, 2011
Kent based, Bayliss Executive Travel recently took delivery of a new Volvo B13R 13.8 metre tri-axle 9700 bodied coach with top of the range interior. "It's the build quality of the vehicle that did it for us," explained company owner Alistair Bayliss. "We had a Volvo 9700 back in 2007, but our new B13R is […]
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LBS celebrates its 80th anniversary with more clean, 'green' Canters

Date posted: September 9, 2011
Eighty years after it opened for business "Britain's best independent builders' merchant" has signalled its confidence in the future by placing a series of orders for new trucks with South Wales' Mercedes-Benz dealer Euro Commercials. LBS Builders' Merchants has headquarters in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, and a network of 12 other branches throughout West Wales, and operates […]
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Legal compliance improvements thanks to new CVS web application

Date posted: September 9, 2011
Commercial Vehicle Solutions (CVS) has developed a new web portal that allows operators to keep track of their vehicles and ensure they are legally compliant. Read more...
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Revolutionary Vehicle Technology Launch - Recording Accidents and Improving Driver Performance Simultaneously

Date posted: September 9, 2011
Blackburn-based vehicle safety specialist, Vision Techniques, has launched a ground breaking, cost-effective recording camera system, designed to prevent false claims and improve driver performance. The new 'Pointer System' monitors a driver's performance, for increased safety and efficiency. It allows managers to assess if drivers are performing economically and driving safely. This works by 'scoring' the […]
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Dodd's enters administration after 100 years of trading

Date posted: September 2, 2011
Christopher Walton Tuesday 30 August 2011 11:00 21st Century Logistics, which traded as Dodd’s Group, has entered administration. Paul Williams and Jason Godefroy, partners at MCR, were appointed joint administrators on 26 August 2011. Approximately 90 staff are affected at the firm's depots in Sittingbourne and Sheffield. Godefroy says: “The company had been suffering from […]
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HMRC cock-up creates false BMC closure rumours

Date posted: September 2, 2011
Roger Brown Tuesday 30 August 2011 14:22 Truck manufacturer BMC says a winding up petition wrongly issued last week by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has led to false rumours that the company is in trouble. Speculation about the future of the business had grown after HMRC bought an action against the firm regarding a […]
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Recovery sector moves closer to having an 'R-licence'

Date posted: September 2, 2011
Chris Tindall Saturday 27 August 2011 07:00 Plans for an “R-licence” that will make the recovery sector more professional have been met with approval by MPs, according to the Road Haulage Association’s (RHA) recovery group chair. Nikki King says the idea has been “looked at positively” by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Freight Transport […]
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World premiere for Volvo's new city bus

Date posted: September 2, 2011
Volvo Buses will be launching its new Volvo 7900 city bus at Busworld trade show in Kortrijk. Among numerous features, it is lighter, which will generate even less fuel consumption and the possibility for more passengers. For most bus operators, buses with the lowest possible lifecycle costs are the most important. Consequently, this was highest […]
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FTA publishes updated guide to managing drivers

Date posted: September 2, 2011
The Freight Transport Association has published a completely updated version of its Guide to Managing Drivers, which provides advice and guidance to help operators manage drivers in a professional way. Drivers are at the forefront of the road freight industry, whose image depends on them. Companies also rely on their drivers to ensure a cost […]
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First Renault Premiums for Tarmac franchise operator NR Parsons Transport

Date posted: September 2, 2011
Tarmac franchise operator, NR Parsons Transport Ltd, has taken delivery of its first four Renault Premium 460 6x2s with Optidriver automated gearbox and Privilege cab, supplied by Renault Trucks Cardiff. A further two Renault Premiums are on order for delivery in October. The Premiums replace Volvos and are the first Renaults to join NR Parson's […]
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Optare completes delivery of Arriva open-toppers

Date posted: September 2, 2011
Optare has completed delivery of 16 Visionaire open-top tour buses to Arriva for use on its sightseeing operation in London, which trades as 'The Original Tour'. Based on the 12.3 metre Volvo B9TL tri-axle chassis, the 97-seater buses left Optare's Blackburn plant on time in line with the demanding delivery schedule set by Arriva and […]
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Driver Hire launches free Agency Workers Regulations seminars

Date posted: September 2, 2011
The Agency Workers Directive (AWR) takes effect on 1st October 2011. The legislation and official Government guidance notes run to over 80 pages. So it's a fair bet that hard pressed employers and managers will struggle to wade their way through the complete document. That's why Driver Hire, the leading specialist transport and logistics recruiter, […]
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MTS Cleansing Services Ltd chooses Eminox to comply with new London LEZ requirements

Date posted: September 2, 2011
MTS Cleansing Services Ltd operate the largest fleet of road tankers in the South East, providing a wide range of services to the Water Utility industry, large construction companies and Local Authorities. MTS chose the market-leading Eminox CRT® technology, to upgrade 38 specialist liquid waste tankers to meet the new London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) […]
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MAN Celebrates Apprentice Success

Date posted: September 2, 2011
MAN Truck & Bus UK's 2011 Apprentice of the Year Awards has seen gathered together one of the company's largest assemblies of young people enrolled on MAN Apprenticeships - now in its 16th year. MAN sees the annual awards showcase as an increasingly significant event in its corporate calendar, identifying as it does the cream […]
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AdBlue App launched by Air1 - the first smart phone app for locating AdBlue on the Road

Date posted: September 2, 2011
Yara, the world's largest AdBlue producer, has launched the first ever AdBlue locator mobile app which uses GPS technology to identify the AdBlue retail outlets closest to a driver's location. The Air1 AdBlue Mobile Locator, the official application of Air1, is currently available for free download in the iTunes app store for use on the […]
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Hook loader & crane doubles up Renault Lander's flexibility for DW Lusted

Date posted: September 2, 2011
Specialist building trade contractor, DW Lusted, has taken delivery of a Renault Lander 430.32 8x4 equipped with both a Palift hook loader and Palfinger crane. The truck, supplied by Renault Trucks South, joins DW Lusted's 14-strong fleet and provides a wealth of flexibility for the company's varied operation. The Renault Lander is a new addition […]
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Waste to energy company Convert2Green signs contract with Marriott Hotels to provide carbon savings

Date posted: September 2, 2011
Convert2Green and 3663 have secured a contract with Marriott to collect and turn waste cooking oil from its hotels into carbon savings. The waste oil will be collected by Convert2Green, refined into bio-diesel at its plant in Cheshire and will be used to fuel 3663's trucks; Marriott's supply chain partner, to deliver food and supplies […]
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And finally...

Date posted: September 2, 2011
Chichester-based Pall-Ex member, Churchill Freight Services, has said “oh yes!” to 15 new DAF trucks joining its existing vehicle fleet. The order includes three FAS CF75 curtainsiders, powered by the 310hp Paccar Euro V PR engine, which will deliver agricultural products to farms through the south of England. A dozen 460hp FTP XF105s will be […]
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Drivers go on strike at Matthew Clark

Date posted: August 26, 2011
Chris Druce Monday 22 August 2011 16:56 Drivers and drivers’ mates have gone on strike today, walking out at drinks supplier and own-account operator Matthew Clark Wholesale’s Runcorn depot in a dispute over pay and conditions. Members of the United Road Transport Union (URTU) started action at 5am today, having refused Matthew Clark’s final offer […]
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Health and safety experts join to cut work-related road deaths

Date posted: August 26, 2011
• The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) are announcing key findings from their joint research into the best ways of cutting work-related road traffic accidents (RTAs). • The research has explored the varying levels of success of current tactics used by companies to reduce accidents, the impact […]
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Amendments made to Agency Workers Directive

Date posted: August 26, 2011
Chris Tindall Tuesday 23 August 2011 16:22 The government has published amendments to forthcoming regulations concerning temporary staff that include closing a potential loophole over the definition of ‘agency worker’. The Agency Workers Regulations come into force in October and entitle temporary staff to the same basic terms and conditions as those directly employed by […]
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RMI welcomes MOT decision

Date posted: August 26, 2011
Steve Hobson Tuesday 23 August 2011 16:11 The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) has welcomed confirmation from the Department for Transport (DfT) that no decision has been made on extending the intervals between MOT tests for cars and vans up to 3.5t from three to four years for the initial test and then to two […]
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Yusen Logistics pour in more Volvos

Date posted: August 26, 2011
The global logistics provider, Yusen Logistics (UK) Ltd., has added a further 34 Volvo tractors to its Swindon-based fleet where they are the sole provider of logistics services to Honda UK for inbound parts collections. Technical Services Director for Yusen Logistics, Mark LeMontais, explains, "These new trucks have joined our 360-strong fleet, half of which […]
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Teardrop Trailers Help Tradeteam Bridge the Gap to Greener City Deliveries

Date posted: August 26, 2011
• New streamline 'teardrop' trailer design delivers two per cent efficiency gains • A first for the brewing logistics industry Leading drinks logistics firm Tradeteam is enhancing the efficiency of its fleet by investing in 60 new streamline 'teardrop' trailers. The investment forms part of Tradeteam's Secondary Distribution fleet replacement programme, making it the first […]
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinters keep NRS clients on the move

Date posted: August 26, 2011
Healthcare provider NRS has taken delivery of a new fleet of specially adapted Mercedes-Benz vans, to help improve the quality of life for thousands of people with mobility and other health care needs. Powered by low-emission, 129hp Euro 5 engines, the 55 Sprinter 313CDIs have entered service with Nottingham Rehab Supplies (NRS), a market-leading supplier […]
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AA Drivetech goes on the buses

Date posted: August 26, 2011
The commercial driver training arm of the AA - AA DriveTech - is proud to have been awarded the Transport for London [TfL] contract to provide an ongoing assessment programme of London bus drivers. This function was previously carried out by the Driving Standards Agency. The programme objectives are to improve driving standards and passenger […]
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High Five MANs for McMurrays

Date posted: August 26, 2011
Pallet specialist, McMurrays Haulage in Accrington, has added five new MAN TGX 26.440 6x2 tractors to its growing fleet of 35 maximum-weight tractors. Outstanding fuel economy from an MAN rental vehicle prompted the MAN acquisition, along with the "added bonus" of AdBlue-free operation. The company this year celebrates its 40th Anniversary. Finance was organised through […]
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Citroën commits to CV Show 2012

Date posted: August 26, 2011
With Citroën's on-going 'Business Class' strategy delivering positive results, the Company is one of the first LCV manufacturers to signal its firm intention to exhibit at the CV Show in 2012 (NEC, 24-26 April). Citroën, which has attended every CV Show in its current format, will use next year's event as a launch platform for […]
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Clipper introduce new Eco friendly vehicle to fleet

Date posted: August 26, 2011
Leading retail and high-value logistics provider Clipper, has introduced the latest addition to its fleet in the form of an eco-friendly Electric vehicle. As an on-going commitment to the Crown Estate, the Electric vehicle operates from Clipper's Consolidation Centre in Enfield, and delivers the consolidated goods to the retailers on Regent Street. The Electric vehicle […]
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Manheim Remarketing warns of vehicle shortage as London calls time on older vans

Date posted: August 26, 2011
As Transport for London (TfL) calls time on older vans in January 2012, Manheim Remarketing is warning that the spike in demand for three to five year old vans could result in a shortage of vehicles, even though the majority of van dealers do not believe there will be a problem. A recent survey shows […]
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Pedestrian risk and nearside step damage greatly reduced with StepProtect

Date posted: August 26, 2011
With pedestrian safety and nearside step damage an ongoing issue in the transport industry, two leading UK supermarkets Tesco and Sainsburys have just re-ordered approximately 900 nearside step sensor systems via Mercedes Barnsley. In addition, Reversing Made Easy Ltd is delighted to welcome Morrisons, Musgrave, Pentalver and most recently Wincanton to its rapidly growing customer […]
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And finally...

Date posted: August 26, 2011
Look out for Commercial Motor’s first drive of the brand new Mercedes-Benz Actros in this week’s issue. CM’s road testers gave the big new Merc the thumbs up for ride and handling – but how does the Euro 6 Actros compare with its Euro 5 equivalent on fuel consumption? Pick up today’s CM at your […]
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ECOSTRALIS smashes guaranteed four per cent fuel saving

Date posted: August 19, 2011
West Yorkshire-based Bedfords Transport has ordered a further 12 ECOSTRALIS 6x2 mid-lift tractor units from local Iveco dealer Northern Commercials. The order was placed after its first two ECOSTRALIS Active Space Super3 tractors, which entered service on 1 June 2011, "smashed" the four per cent fuel saving guarantee. Measured against the 80-strong fleet's 8.47 mpg […]
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RT Keedwell vehicle auction a success

Date posted: August 19, 2011
Chris Druce Tuesday 16 August 2011 15:01 RT Keedwell's vehicle auction was a success Somerset-based RT Keedwell says an auction of older trucks and trailers last month “met expectations” raising a six-figure sum for the group. The event, run by Malcolm Harrison Auctions, saw the majority of used stock, including more than 40 tractor units […]
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Motorway lighting to be permanently switched off on parts of the M1

Date posted: August 19, 2011
Chris Druce Monday 15 August 2011 17:12 Motorway lighting is to be permanently switched off on sections of the M1 to reduce carbon emissions. The Highways Agency plans to switch off and remove lighting between junctions 10 (Luton) and 13 (Milton Keynes), starting 17 August and via phased removal concluding in autumn 2012. The motorway […]
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Lawyer warns hauliers, bus operators and local authorities that Low Emission Zones are likely to become reality in UK cities

Date posted: August 19, 2011
Tom Henderson, Senior Associate at Bircham Dyson Bell LLP is warning UK hauliers, bus operators and local authorities to plan for the fact that low emission zones in UK towns and cities are likely to become a reality as the Government aims to reach its 2015 air quality targets. "Many parts of the UK did […]
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Cobra UK launches Global Live new CCTV monitoring system to protect commercial vehicles and loads

Date posted: August 19, 2011
Against the backdrop of £52 million worth of commercial vehicles and road cargo reported as stolen in 2010 by Truckpol, telematics, safety and security supplier Cobra has teamed up with Global Vehicle Systems to launch Global Live. This ground breaking new live CCTV monitoring security system is designed to protect the assets and employees of […]
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