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Mercedes-Benz retail group expands LCV offering

Date posted: August 19, 2011
Mercedes-Benz Retail Group (MBRG) has increased its business customer offering by expanding into the light commercial vehicle (LCV) market, with award-winning Sprinter and Vito vans now on sale in its London showrooms at Brentford, Colindale and Croydon. Recipients of the 2011 What Van? Safety Award, the high-performance Vito and Sprinter models feature pioneering safety technology […]
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Volvo to host ride and drive event at MC Group

Date posted: August 19, 2011
Volvo Bus will hold a special 'ride and drive' coach event in conjunction with MC Group Ltd at their dealership depot in Blandford, Dorset on Monday 22nd August. The one day event, which runs from 12pm-3pm, will present an ideal opportunity for local coach operators in the Dorset and Wiltshire area to visit the MC […]
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SDC trailers for Fowler Welch

Date posted: August 19, 2011
Roger Brown Thursday 11 August 2011 15:40 Fowler Welch is adding 30 new SDC tri-axle curtainside trailers to its UK trailer fleet. An initial trailer is currently being tested at the company's Heywood distribution centre with features such as rear close-pitch bearers to increase floor strength on rear loading operations, an easy-access coupling box fitted […]
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TISS Triumph at Brake 'Fleet Safety Forum' awards

Date posted: August 19, 2011
TISS Limited are delighted that their TankSafe 'Impregnable' Fuel Security & Safety Device won the Fleet Safety Product Award at this year's Brake 'Fleet Safety Forum' Awards. Accepting the award, Managing Director Ryan Wholey stated: 'I am thrilled to be collecting such a prestigious award. The award is testament to all of the staff at […]
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Cartwright rentals announces opening of new Cardiff depot

Date posted: August 19, 2011
The Cartwright Group has expanded its national network of rental sites with the opening of a Cardiff depot. The new site comes on the back of two other successful openings in the past two years - Avonmouth in Bristol and Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire. The new depot offers a pool of trailers for purchase, lease and […]
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Fleet Hero Awards Celebrate UK's Greenest Fleets

Date posted: August 19, 2011
The UK's greenest fleets and their suppliers will once again be recognised at the Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero Awards. The prestigious awards celebrate public and private organisations that are successfully reducing their fuel bills and lowering carbon footprints through fleet travel and transport policies. They also highlight companies that supply fuel and cost-saving products […]
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Knights of Old adds Palletforce Scanias to fleet

Date posted: August 19, 2011
Chris Druce Tuesday 16 August 2011 09:25 Knights of Old buys two Scanias for Palletforce work Kettering-based Knights of Old has added two 18-tonne Scanias to its fleet to handle increasing Palletforce volumes. Knights, which has been a member of the pallet network for five years, will run the Palletforce liveried lorries within London. Ian […]
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And finally...

Date posted: August 19, 2011
Following riots and stockmarket collapses, we all need a heart-warming story that proves the general public don’t have the same disdain for your average truck driver as they do for your average News of the World hack. Last week, five motorists saved a driver whose lorry had overturned in an accident involving another lorry on […]
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Rioting fails to halt deliveries

Date posted: August 12, 2011
Christopher Walton Tuesday 09 August 2011 10:02 The road transport industry has offered a stoic response to rioting and looting that has hit several parts of London as well as Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham and Bristol. The Metropolitan Police Service reported the worst night of disorder “seen in current memory" in the Capital. A spokesman for […]
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FairFuelUK e-petition gathers pace

Date posted: August 12, 2011
Laura Hailstone Wednesday 10 August 2011 09:00 A full parliamentary debate on fuel duty is moving closer to reality as the FairFuelUK e-petition has received over 22,000 signatures since its launch four days ago (6 August). Under the government’s new e-petition initiative, if a petition receives 100,000 or more supporters, it will almost certainly be […]
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Bowker Group Grows Again With More Profi Liners From Krone "Longevity, Versatility, Safety - A Tick In Each Box"

Date posted: August 12, 2011
Bowker Transport, part of the Preston-based Bowker Group, has expanded its 550-strong vehicle and trailer fleet with a repeat order for 30 Profi Liners from Krone Trailers UK, making a total of 70 fixed and sliding roof curtainsiders received from Krone in the last 12 months. Founded in 1919 and with over 50 years experience […]
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FTA delivers FORS checks for TfL

Date posted: August 12, 2011
Chris Druce Friday 05 August 2011 11:00 The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has won the tender to handle the assessment work for the Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS). The FTA replaces AA DriveTech, which provisionally administered the Transport for London (TfL) scheme. Karen Packman, FTA’s head of consultancy, says: "A consistent and robust methodology means […]
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Volvo back in Warrington with refurbished low floor double deckers

Date posted: August 12, 2011
Network Warrington has taken delivery of three, low floor Volvo B7TL double-deck buses to operate on their Hatton and Gorse Covert routes, where school loadings are particularly heavy. "We took a decision in April 2011 to convert the entire local bus network to low floor entry," explained David Squire, Warrington Managing Director. "However, we then […]
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Wholesale van values 'back to normal' in July, reports Manheim Remarketing

Date posted: August 12, 2011
Manheim Remarketing's latest monthly Market Analysis for Vans reveals that average wholesale used van values have returned to levels similar to those of April and May following a boost in values during June. Average values in July were down by 7.4% (£306) to £3,850, just £2 less than in April and £9 more than May. […]
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National Express join O2's 'Priority Moments' line up

Date posted: August 12, 2011
National Express has launched a £10 'go anywhere' ticket in conjunction with mobile phone giant 02 to attract new customers through smart technology. Around 22 million O2 customers can access the exclusive travel offer as part of the Priority Moments campaign. National Express has joined 30 top retailers including French Connection, Odeon Cinemas and Hotel […]
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3663 deploys UK's first refrigerated electric truck

Date posted: August 12, 2011
FOODSERVICE distributor 3663 is operating the UK's first electric truck with a refrigerated body. The 12-tonne Smith Newton all-electric truck is running out of 3663's Battersea depot in South London, as part of its long-term commitment to reducing carbon emissions. The vehicle's fridge unit utilises cold plate technology, where the body is plugged in and […]
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EBC Brakes' Phil drives one million kilometres on the same clutch

Date posted: August 12, 2011
Phil Moore, an experienced truck driver who works for manufacturer EBC Brakes in Northampton, has just driven 1 million kilometres on the same clutch. Phil's seven-year old Volvo FM tag-axle six-wheeler achieved the magic number while he was returning from making a delivery to Holland recently. With a regular schedule that takes in deliveries as […]
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Rix Petroleum orders 15 new tankers & 4 new trailers equipped by Alpeco Ltd

Date posted: August 12, 2011
Clearly, Aylesbury based Alpeco Limited is doing something very, very right for long-term client Rix Petroleum (Hull) Limited, one of 15 companies in the Rix Group, have selected Alpeco as the preferred supplier of specialist equipment when replacing and expanding their existing road tanker and trailer fleet. Rix Petroleum have ordered 12 new 6-wheel tankers, […]
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Montracon's curtain raiser on fuel savings

Date posted: August 12, 2011
'Early returns from in-service trials carried out with six axle artics featuring aerodynamically tailored Montracon curtainsiders indicate fuel savings of up to 8.3% compared to the standard units in our 15 strong trailer fleet,' says Nigel Caseley, Director of Logistics, Vital Pet Products. Delivered recently, the ten 13.6m long, postless, straightframe Montracon trailers have been […]
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Volvo narrow-track tipper fits the bill: automatically

Date posted: August 12, 2011
A new Volvo narrow-track 16-tonne rigid built specifically to operate within some of London's most congested streets has joined the expanding Viridor fleet. Working in conjunction with both Volvo Truck dealer M C Truck and Bus and Wilcox Commercial Vehicles Ltd, Viridor Regional Vehicle and Plant Engineer for the south east Paul Riley was able […]
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Future of UK bus regulation remains unclear says lawyer

Date posted: August 12, 2011
Aaron Nelson, lawyer at Bircham Dyson Bell LLP, believes that the UK is moving away from a uniform approach to bus regulation with local factors proving decisive in determining how buses are regulated in a particular area. "We're seeing the emergence of a patchwork of different systems depending upon local factors, such as demand and […]
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And finally...

Date posted: August 12, 2011
Which would be quickest from Daventry to Glasgow; a truck or a freight train? This is what Commercial Motor set out to discover in a 320-mile race north. With 15hp per tonne (compared with 3.3hp for the train), the Mercedes-Benz Actros certainly looked favourite, but then the Class 66 loco could do 75mph and didn't […]
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VOSA is launching an awareness campaign to tackle the growing use of magnets to falsify tachograph readings.

Date posted: August 4, 2011
From Monday (8 August), VOSA, along with the police, will begin distributing leaflets at the roadside to drivers of all nationalities. VOSA's head of intelligence, Phil Stokes, says: "Over the last few years, the alarming use of magnets by HGV drivers has risen rapidly. With one in six motorway deaths being the result of someone […]
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Industry coughs up extra £1.3bn to fill its fuel tanks, says FTA

Date posted: August 4, 2011
Laura Hailstone Tuesday 02 August 2011 15:19 The rise in diesel prices over the past year has cost the road transport industry an extra £1.3bn, according to calculations by the Freight Transport Association (FTA). The 12ppl rise in the cost of diesel (excl VAT) – from 99.29ppl in July 2010 to 111.21ppl in July 2011 […]
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Fraikin appointed commercial vehicle solutions provider to Geoamey

Date posted: August 4, 2011
Fraikin Ltd, one of the UK's leading fleet management, contract hire and rental specialists in the UK has been awarded a landmark specialist commercial vehicle solutions contract to provide over 400 custodial cell vehicles to GEO Amey PECS Limited (GEOAmey). GEOAmey is a joint venture between The GEO Group Inc. a global provider of correctional, […]
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Widdowson leads the surge

Date posted: August 4, 2011
Having just reported a return to profit, Leicester based integrated logistics provider Widdowson Group is now taking delivery of the first from an order for 75 Montracon curtainsider trailers. Supplied through Montracon's sister operation, Eurofleet Rental, they are a mix of replacements and additions, the latter to cover increasing business. The 75 are finished in […]
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Continental adds volume to trailer tyre range

Date posted: August 4, 2011
Continental Tyres has added two new tyres to its trailer tyre product range with the launch of two 17.5-inch tyres: the HTR2 for regional transport and the HTL2 for long-distance transport operations. The new tyres are designed and engineered specifically for volume-based trailers and their smaller circumference allows for greater carrying capacity on regional and […]
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Special Volvo Bus one day sales event at Coventry

Date posted: August 4, 2011
Volvo Bus will hold a special one day sales event at its Coventry Sales Centre on Tuesday 9th August. The event will run from 9am until 5pm and in addition to the wide range of pre-owned stock on offer, Volvo Sales Managers will be available to demonstrate the comprehensive range of new Volvo vehicles on […]
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Improve security with Zenloc Portable Alarm from FTA

Date posted: August 4, 2011
The Freight Transport Association has been awarded the sole distribution rights to the Zenloc Portable Alarm, a security device which can improve driver safety, reduce costs - possibly including a reduction in insurance premiums - and help prevent illegal immigration. The alarm is designed to give a remote indication of attempted interference with the rear […]
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£1.5 million sales record at Manheim Auctions, Gloucester

Date posted: August 4, 2011
Manheim Auctions, Gloucester achieved a record sale worth nearly £1.5 million when 461 light commercial vehicles and trucks went under the hammer recently. The sale attracted nearly 350 buyers, including 146 who logged on via Simulcast, resulting in very lively bidding. Simulcast proved especially successful with 18% of the vans and 58% of the trucks […]
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Navman Wireless prescribes vehicle tracking to Lloydspharmacy

Date posted: August 4, 2011
Lloydspharmacy has invested in state-of-the-art vehicle tracking from leading specialist Navman Wireless. Navman Wireless' system will enable the community pharmacy and healthcare provider to maximise fleet productivity and optimise fuel efficiency, while helping to cut down on planned maintenance and ensure legislative requirements are met. Karine Bartle, for Lloydspharmacy, said: "Navman provides us with another […]
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Commercial vehicle recovery continues with July registrations up 3%

Date posted: August 4, 2011
Truck registrations continued to recover in July, but van registrations dipped year-on-year for the first time in 17 months, according to the latest data from the SMMT. A total of 20,681 CVs were registered in July, up 3% year-on-year; for the rolling year, registrations stood at 287,778, up 21.6%. A total of 3,519 trucks were […]
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Chaffins go triple choosing Paneltex for the first time

Date posted: August 4, 2011
To accommodate their comprehensive product range, South West company Chaffins Foodservice decided to upgrade two of its current vehicles by swapping the existing twin compartment bodies for new triple compartment refrigerated bodies built by Hull bodybuilder Paneltex. This is the first time that Chaffins have used Paneltex for its vehicle body requirements and as Ian […]
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MJ Abbott tees-up again with Mercedes-Benz vans

Date posted: August 4, 2011
As a specialist constructor of golf courses MJ Abbott knows all about what makes a great drive - no surprise, then, that the Salisbury-based company relies on the three-pointed star of Mercedes-Benz. MJ Abbott has just purchased eight more vans in its corporate Gentian Blue colours, from local dealer Rygor Commercials. All feature low-emission Euro […]
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Getting to SMMT

Date posted: August 4, 2011
As from 1 August 2011, SMMT’s new London premises and registered office address is: The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited 71 Great Peter Street London SW1P 2BN All telephone numbers and e-mail addresses remain unchanged. Please ensure that from 1 August, all correspondence is sent to the above address. Buses Several routes stop […]
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And finally...

Date posted: August 4, 2011
Has Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson inadvertently solved the UK road transport industry's carbon emissions problem? On last weekend's programme, he and James May tested a couple of electric cars - the Toyota Leaf and Peugeot Ion. Of course, they ran out of juice and were ‘forced' to spend 12 hours in Lincoln while they recharged […]
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Deadlines, deadlines

Date posted: August 1, 2011
HGV operators and drivers have been urged not to delay Driver CPC training, as a spike in demand as the 2014 deadline approaches could see the cost of training rocket. Many operators are also concerned about another looming deadline – with one year to go to the London Olympics, details of how deliveries will get […]
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Freight operators 'not prepared' for London 2012

Date posted: August 1, 2011
Laura Hailstone Tuesday 26 July 2011 12:00 Fewer than 5% of road transport companies feel ‘totally prepared’ to deal with the disruption to deliveries that the Olympic Games is likely to cause next summer. A survey by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) found that around a third of respondents claim to have ‘no knowledge’ of […]
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Driver CPC training costs could rocket, warns SfL

Date posted: August 1, 2011
Chris Druce Friday 22 July 2011 12:45 The cost of mandatory Driver CPC training will skyrocket in price from here to the fast approaching 2014 deadline, the head of Skills for Logistics warns. Speaking to Commercial Motor, Dr Mick Jackson, chief executive of the sector skills council, says at current rates of uptake the haulage […]
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Driving innovation within the automotive industry

Date posted: August 1, 2011
Are you at the forefront of automotive technology, developing tomorrow’s cutting-edge products today? SMMT’s Award for Automotive Innovation is back for 2011, seeking excellence in UK automotive innovation across one of the world’s most diverse and dynamic industries. Building on the success of last year’s competition, SMMT is once again calling for innovative submissions for […]
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Haldex Soft Docking: greater safety at the loading bay

Date posted: August 1, 2011
Haldex Soft Docking has been designed as an effective aid for approaching the loading bay. The system can reliably prevent damage when docking. Soft Docking is the name of a new function integrated by Haldex into the EB+ trailer braking system. Soft Docking ensures automatic activation of brakes as events at the loading bay become […]
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MAN cleans up with Scarab

Date posted: August 1, 2011
Road sweeper manufacturer Scarab Sweepers has selected MAN TGM chassis to showcase its M6 and Magnum sweeper equipment. Two new demonstrator vehicles are already in service and have been attracting interest from municipalities and private contractors across Europe. It is the first time Scarab has built on the MAN platform in the UK. Scarab expects […]
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Hartshorne hatches cracking order with leading egg supplier

Date posted: August 1, 2011
Midlands-based truck dealer Hartshorne has clinched an order to supply eight Volvo trucks to one of Europe's leading egg producers. Hartshorne has delivered eight Volvo FH 4x2 tractor units to Shropshire-based Oaklands Farm Eggs Ltd. The vehicles join Oaklands' fleet, of which all but three are Volvos supplied by Hartshorne, and will be used to […]
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Volvo Bus appoints new UK & Ireland Service Manager

Date posted: August 1, 2011
Volvo Bus continues to build on the collective knowledge and experience of its Aftermarket Team, with the appointment of Ian Wallace as Service Manager - UK & Ireland, as part of a reorganisation. In his new role Ian takes over from Derek Mayor who will continue as part of the team ensuring a seamless handover […]
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A brand-new event for executives involved in the production, storage and distribution of chilled and frozen goods is now only weeks away.

Date posted: August 1, 2011
Comprising the co-located Temperature Controlled Storage & Distribution and Frozen & Chilled Foods shows, the event will take place at the Exec Exhibition Centre in Peterborough on 14 & 15 September. Supported by both the Food Storage & Distribution Federation (FSDF) and the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), the exhibitions will showcase solutions designed to […]
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Krone Trailers UK Shows Cool Liner at TCS&D Exhibition 2011

Date posted: August 1, 2011
Krone, the second largest trailer manufacturer in Europe, is exhibiting its Cool Liner Duoplex Steel trailer at this year's TCS&D show, stand C21. The Cool Liner Duoplex Steel has a robust design and is tailored to the rigorous requirements of temperature controlled logistics. Its solid chassis and continuous steel panels provide maximum load capacity while […]
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Tesco take lithium-ion truck

Date posted: August 1, 2011
The first lithium-ion powered forklift to be commercially available in the world - the Jungheinrich EJE112i powered pallet truck - has been purchased and is being trialled by Tesco. The new truck, which was launched at the recent CeMAT exhibition in Germany, will shortly be in operation at one of the retailer's main distribution centres. […]
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Innovative trailer design from Goldhofer puts haulier ahead of competitors

Date posted: August 1, 2011
Specialist carrier WMB Heavy Haulage has added a unique trailer to its fleet for the transportation of abnormal loads, from wind turbines and industrial boilers to boats, planes and military equipment. Designed and built by expert German manufacturer Goldhofer and supplied through its UK distributor Andover Trailers, the new four-axle semi low-loader incorporates innovative features […]
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Trailer height allowance must remain, FTA

Date posted: August 1, 2011
Major players in the parcel, 3PL, retail and bakery transport sectors are concerned with European Commission proposals to limit the height of UK trailers. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has been asking operators for evidence to support its call to protect the current systems which gives UK operators the right to operate trailers above four […]
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And finally...

Date posted: August 1, 2011
Two doyens of the road transport industry have featured in two popular TV programmes this week – Hilary Devey (boss and founder of pallet network Pall-Ex) made her debut on Dragons’ Den, while Nikki King (head of Isuzu Truck in the UK) was the Undercover Boss in the programme of the same name.
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