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18 – 20 APRIL 2023 • NEC • BIRMINGHAM • UK

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18 - 20 APRIL 2023 • NEC • BIRMINGHAM • UK

Bio-SNG could cut carbon

Date posted: December 8, 2010
A new report says that a mixture of bio-gas and synthetic natural gas could play a more effective role in cutting transport carbon emissions.  The snappily-named North East Process Industry Cluster (or Nepic), Centrica and the National Grid commissioned a study to look at the use of Bio-SNG.  This suggests that "green natural gas", a […]
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Chapter 8 Hi-Vis livery from Tevo

Date posted: December 8, 2010
Modular van racking systems firm Tevo now offers high-visibility livery for vans working on highways, meeting the UK Department for Transport's DfT Chapter 8 guidelines.  The firm says its liveries are guaranteed not to crack or lift and the company says they're up to nine times more visible than conventional retro-reflective film.  Fleets and van […]
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Big fleet success for Safetytrim

Date posted: December 8, 2010
Safetytrimworldwide says Lafarge, Sainsbury's, Balfour Beatty and Volvo Trucks have all bought its wheel nut management systems recently, fitting these to vans, trucks and trailers.  The firm says it is the only system on the market that shows when a nut is loose and then holds it in place until it can be re-tightened.  There […]
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Gold for Tructyre

Date posted: December 8, 2010
Winchester-based Tructyre Fleet Management Ltd just won a Gold Award from Bandvulc Tyre Contracts in its annual Service assessments for 2010.  The award recognised a range of service quality measures.  Tructyre Fleet Management is one of the south's largest independent service firms, with some 50 service vehicles covering 7,800 sq miles from the Hampshire coast […]
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EU website for energy efficient vehicles

Date posted: December 8, 2010
The European Commission has launched a website to help public authorities and consumers choose the best available energy-efficient vehicle.  The Clean Vehicle Portal at www.cleanvehicle.eu aims to support a new directive promoting clean and energy efficient vehicles.  This means all public transport services must now take into account energy use, CO2 and pollutant emissions when […]
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And finally

Date posted: December 8, 2010
New Scientist's Feedback page says that a friend, Ralph Clague, was waiting for a delayed train to London somewhere in deepest south Bedfordshire when he noted the arrival on platform one of a paradox. The delay gave him plenty of time to ponder whether 2,500 years of philosophy had equipped us to ascertain whether the […]
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Low-cost hybrid system wins award

Date posted: November 18, 2010
The Flybus consortium, led by traction drive specialist Torotrak plc, is one of six winners in this year's Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership Technology Challenge.  The other winners are: Hardstaff Group, Somi Trailers, Mira, Zeta Automotive and RDS Europe.  The Flybus system uses a low-cost, flywheel-based system to capture braking energy and release up to 100Kw […]
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Ceva UK launches an Automotive Forum

Date posted: November 18, 2010
Ceva Logistics will sponsor an Automotive Forum to "stimulate informed debate" about the challenges to the automotive industry and its aftermarket, after the recession.  The Centre for Automotive Management at the University of Buckingham will run the independent forum.  "We wanted to develop a forum that focused specifically on the aftermarket sector," explains David Jackman, […]
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Fleets should lead EV adoption

Date posted: November 18, 2010
North America's Fleet Owner magazine reports that FedEx chairman Fredrick Smith thinks fleets could have 200,000 electric vehicles in service by 2015.  This would give the volume to bring down prices and make electric vehicles "broadly practical," according to a new report from US Electrification Coalition, a group started in 2009 to promote development of […]
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Wilcox wins Logistics and Transport Journalist of the Year

Date posted: November 18, 2010
David Wilcox has won the title Logistics and Transport Journalist of the Year in the annual awards scheme run by the UK's 20,000-member Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.  HRH The Princess Royal presented the award to Wilcox at the CILT (UK) 2010 awards ceremony in London in October.  He is editor of Commercial Vehicle […]
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Bus services after the Spending Review

Date posted: November 18, 2010
The UK Parliament's Transport Committee plans to inquire into the funding of English bus services outside London after the Comprehensive Spending Review.  It wants evidence on the effects of the cut in the Bus Service Operators' Grant and the cut in local authority cash for bus services.  It also wants to know more about the […]
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Be a patriot, buy a Mack

Date posted: November 18, 2010
Transport Topics reports that Mack Trucks aims to hike heavy truck sales.  The Volvo subsidiary is urging its dealers to sell more Pinnacle highway tractors as well as the firm's traditional specialist or vocational modes.  Mack aims to promote its new ClearTech SCR engines, M-Drive transmissions and use a "Made in the USA" appeal to […]
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Toyota delivers its 20 millionth vehicle in Europe

Date posted: November 18, 2010
Toyota says it has delivered its 20 millionth vehicle in Europe, ten years after its ten millionth sale here.  The firm entered the European market "in a modest way" in 1963, selling 190 Crown models to a Danish distributor.  Now it is one of Europe's leading auto makers, with nine production plants across the continent […]
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Vivaro takes Luton to 750,000

Date posted: November 18, 2010
Vauxhall's Luton plant just built its 750,000th Vivaro-type van.  The Vivaro is a joint venture between Vauxhall and Renault, dating from 2001.  The factory produces all European low-roof Vivaro versions for Vauxhall and Opel, as well as the equivalent Renault models.  The firm is the UK's biggest builder of commercial vehicles and its Luton plant […]
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Electric van for Liverpool Council

Date posted: November 18, 2010
Liverpool City Council just bought a Smith Edison van from Smith Electric Vehicles.  The deal is part of the Department for Transport's low carbon vehicle procurement programme.   Based on the Ford Transit panel van, the Edison has a range of up to 100 miles on a full battery charge and a top speed of 50mph.  […]
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Ten Krone Coil Liners for Morris

Date posted: November 18, 2010
ET Morris and Sons Ltd has taken ten Krone Coil Liner trailers for itsr steel transport work across the UK and Ireland.  The firm carries import and export cargoes and specialist imported goods such as steel, timber and paper.  Its main customers are based in Sweden, using shipping lines sailing in and out of Humberside.  […]
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Electric vans and trucks in a cold climate

Date posted: November 18, 2010
Smith Electric Vehicles now has a distributor for Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.  Northern Lights Energy sells a range of environmental and renewable energy projects, including an electric vehicle dealership opening in early 2011.  The firm will get its first Smith Electric demonstration vehicles early next year; these will go to work with big […]
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Smith Electric wins Staples order

Date posted: November 18, 2010
Staples, the world's largest office supply store chain just ordered 41 Smith Newton all-electric trucks from Smith Electric Vehicles US Corp.  Smith US will deliver the vehicles in November for work in California, Missouri and Ohio.  The firm says its zero emission Newton trucks give a 75% saving on fuel, delivering a big cut in […]
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R and B to stop making CV tail-lifts

Date posted: November 18, 2010
After 37 years, Ross and Bonnyman Limited says it has decided to stop making commercial vehicle tail-lifts.  The firm will still make ambulance lifts, yard lifts, lifting decks and other specialised engineered products.  Ratcliff Palfinger will acquire R and B's commercial vehicle parts business and move this to its National Parts Centre, in Garforth, near […]
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All position tyre from Continental

Date posted: November 18, 2010
Continental's US subsidiary General Tire has a new 445/65 R22.5 model tyre for the US construction vehicle market.  It says this new wide-base tyre is the first all-position tyre for the NAFTA region and that the new model is ideal on and off-road construction vehicles, difficult terrain and overloads.  The "Grabber OA" (Off Road, All […]
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TruckProtect launches anti-siphon for Euro 5 Sprinter

Date posted: November 18, 2010
TruckProtect just launched its first device for the new Euro5 Mercedes Sprinter range.  "Mercedes changed the vehicle's fuel filler neck to a wider entry and we can now offer a NeckIt! fuel anti-theft device to fit," says Russell Fowler, boss at TruckProtect.  "The cost to protect your van from fuel skimming is just £36.00."   He […]
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Industry photo gallery from SMMT

Date posted: November 18, 2010
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has put a unique picture gallery on its website.  Taken by professional and amateur photographers, the pictures aim to "challenge existing perceptions" of the industry and "create an iconic series of images that depict the industry in all its forms."  Some of the pictures are published for the […]
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New Aliweld body and Edbro gear cuts weight

Date posted: November 18, 2010
An Aliweld Highsider aluminium tipper body with Edbro CX14 lightweight tipping gear is delivering a 20-tonne payload from W Rolls' new eight-wheeler.  The truck is a Renault 460dxi Lander, the first sold in the UK.  Rolls does specialist, low-density, long-distance bulk haulage, anywhere across the UK.  The firm says the low unladen weight, high cubic […]
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Vans and trucks to book own maintenance

Date posted: November 18, 2010
Systems that allow vans, trucks and cars to book their own repair and maintenance appointments are potentially "just a matter of years away," according to fleet software market leader CFC Solutions.  The firm says that one of the keys to this a combination of onboard diagnostics and dedicated mobile internet access.  But one of the […]
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Bionic bio-diesel trial

Date posted: November 18, 2010
Merseytravel and Stagecoach will try running buses on bio-fuel supplied by Convert2Green, as part of their commitment to the European Biofuel Networks In The Community scheme.  The Bionic project promotes the production and use of sustainably produced bio-fuels.  Merseytravel will fund refuelling infrastructure so that some of the Stagecoach fleet run on B30 bio-diesel from […]
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Record revenue for Ceva Group

Date posted: November 18, 2010
Ceva Logistics says its third quarter financial results show revenue up 32% year on year to a record €1.82bn.  This is supported by earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation figure up 26% to €86m.  The firm says this follows "a robust performance" across all sectors. More from Rebecca Salt on +44 (0)7 795 314 […]
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Pollock is Scottish Haulage Company of the Year

Date posted: November 18, 2010
Bathgate-based Pollock (Scotrans) Ltd won the Scottish Haulage Company of the Year award at the recent and 17th Transport News Scottish Rewards breakfast ceremony.  Supported by Iveco and 16 category sponsors, the annual event attracted a full house at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow.  Among other award winners, The Moray Council was named Local Authority […]
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Peugeot cuts cost of van ownership

Date posted: November 18, 2010
Between 8 and 21 November UK Peugeot dealers are hosting the "Peugeot Van Fortnight" to help cut van ownership costs.  All Peugeot vans are available via the firm's PCP Passport Pro programme, offering interest free and zero deposit, three-year deals.  Prices start from £176.13 a month for a Peugeot Bipper van, up to £324.30 for […]
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Electric vehicle logistics open day

Date posted: November 18, 2010
Training, consultancy and outsourcing firm NAC Group will co-host an open workshop on battery-powered vans and trucks, at Smith Electric Vehicles, in Tyne and Wear on Thursday 25 November.  This is part of the Growth Project Logistics 2 programme to help north-east firms use new technology to increase efficiency.  Visitors can test drive a demonstration […]
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£5,000 prize for van livery

Date posted: November 18, 2010
Northgate Vehicle Hire is offering a £5,000 prize for the most creative use of livery on the side of a van.  A witty company name or clever artwork may win the prize for the van owner, while the person who submits the photograph of the winning vehicle will win an iPad worth £500.  "We've all […]
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And finally

Date posted: November 18, 2010
New Scientist magazine's Feedback page reports that Transport for London, which runs many of the city's trains, fills spare advertising poster spots with its "Art on the Underground" project. A recent example offers the statement "I feel that my sense of self is fluid".  It goes on to state that "50 per cent of people […]
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October registrations: van rise continues, trucks rebound

Date posted: November 11, 2010
Last week's UK van and truck registration data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showed van and truck numbers at 21,305 in October and up 8.7% to 247,637 for the rolling year.  Within that total, there were 18,147 vans registered in the month, taking the rolling year figure up 14.3% to 215,902.  October's […]
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Midi-buses recover, but overall October volumes weak

Date posted: November 11, 2010
Last week's UK bus and coach registration data showed overall bus and coach volumes down 38.2% in October and down 12.9% for the year to date.  At the same time, 8.5 to 16t midi-bus registrations rose by 19.3% in the month.  Coach numbers dropped 5.9% in October, but were up 21.3% over the year to […]
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Success for Euro Bus Expo

Date posted: November 11, 2010
Its organisers say the Euro Bus Expo bus and coach show last week at the NEC was a success.  Encouragingly, exhibitors reported improving order books for vehicles and their supporting products and services.  The show ran from 2 to 4 November and had 260 exhibitors showing more than 100 buses and coaches and a wide […]
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Low-cost hybrid bus trial

Date posted: November 11, 2010
Torotrack, Optare, Allison and Ricardo used Euro Bus Expo to show a low-cost, high-efficiency hybrid "Flybus" project.  The Optare Solo midi-bus will use a prototype flywheel-based system to capture braking energy and release up to 100Kw to help the vehicle accelerate, cutting fuel use and emissions by some 20% in stop-start operation.  "The technology offers […]
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New boss for RHA Midlands and Western

Date posted: November 11, 2010
Nick Payne will be the new regional director for the Road Haulage Association's Midlands and Western area.  He has been with the RHA for five years, starting as advertisement manager for Roadway Magazine.  He moved to general sales manager, based at Peterborough and will take over from the present director, Mike Farmer, when he retires […]
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Carrier system cuts fuel by 3%

Date posted: November 11, 2010
Kings-Lynn-based 3 Distribution Ltd says Carrier Transicold's Foretrack fleet management and tracking system is paying for itself.  Earlier this year the firm fitted Foretrack across its 26 trucks running with Carrier refrigeration units.  "It is refreshing to find a system that integrates into our existing technology and delivers on its promises," said Patrick Finch, director […]
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Optare optimistic

Date posted: November 11, 2010
Jim Sumner, chief executive at Optare is optimistic about the company's ability to weather "very uncertain times."  He says the firm has stuck to its plans to cut cost and debt in a changing market and he is confident of the firm's ability to offer a wider range of "more affordable" solutions to cash-strapped operators.  […]
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Show success for new wheelchair safety systems

Date posted: November 11, 2010
Q'Straint successfully launched two new products at Eurobus Expo last week - the QM3 wheelchair securing system and the new Flex-i-Trans flooring system.  The QM3 allows operators to safely secure wheelchairs on low-floor city buses, trams and trains.  Flex-i-Trans flooring offers "maximum internal layout versatility" for accessible vehicles.  The firm says it can be fitted […]
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Ashok-Optare deal looks good

Date posted: November 11, 2010
"We are very pleased with our partnership with Optare," said Dr V Sumantran, executive vice chairman of India's Hinduja Automotive, parent company to Ashok Leyland.  He sees big opportunities for both partners in the global trend toward urbanisation and the parallel, growing demands for mass transit systems and inevitably growing restrictions on private cars.  He […]
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CNG bus from MAN

Date posted: November 11, 2010
MAN showed a CNG powered and left hand control version of its successful Lion's City bus at last week's Euro Bus Expo 2010 at the NEC.  The firm used the opportunity to gauge UK market interest in its natural gas powered bus technology.  It says sufficient interest could see right hand control models for the […]
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Coventry sorted for City Link

Date posted: November 11, 2010
Express delivery firm City Link says it has opened its first post sorting centre in Coventry, bringing around 50 new jobs to the city, which is the centre of its UK operations.  The centre, in Cyan Park, will run 24 hours a day and, at peak periods, seven days a week.  It can handle up […]
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Ryder to spend £1.8m on infrastructure

Date posted: November 11, 2010
Ryder Europe says it will spend £1.8m on a "comprehensive range" of improvements to its rental depots, maintenance workshops and accounting centre in the UK.  The work will include reception and car parking facilities for customers as the firm launches a "pay as you go" retail maintenance service for commercial vehicles in the UK. More […]
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CNG bus from MAN

Date posted: November 11, 2010
MAN showed a CNG powered and left hand control version of its successful Lion's City bus at last week's Euro Bus Expo 2010 at the NEC.  The firm used the opportunity to gauge UK market interest in its natural gas powered bus technology.  It says sufficient interest could see right hand control models for the […]
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New industry speaker service

Date posted: November 11, 2010
ProSpeke International is new, free-to-use speaker service.  This provides expert business speakers who can deliver "much more" than simple motivational talks or celebrity gossip.  "Our people entertain, educate, inspire and add value for the audiences they address," said Dale Howarth, who runs the service.  "It is simple to use and free, with no agency fees […]
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Van values stabilise in October

Date posted: November 11, 2010
Manheim Remarketing's latest monthly Market Analysis for Vans shows that at £4,092, average wholesale used van values fell by just 0.8% or £34 following an increase of 3.2% or £127 in September.  It says this levelling off follows an increase in average age to 52 months plus an increase in average mileage to 75,065.  "The […]
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EU fails to understand vans again

Date posted: November 11, 2010
The EU Council Presidency wants to limit van CO2 emission to 140g CO2/km in 2020.  Its "compromise proposal" sets this as target for the average emissions for new vans.  The plans is to use this figure as the basis for bargaining and reach an agreement on the final performance figure for vans.  The Commission aims […]
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New Ingimex dropside meets new standards.

Date posted: November 11, 2010
Ingimex has launched the third version of its one stop dropside.  The new model could be the first European light truck dropside to be designed and tested to meet the requirements of EN12642, EN12640 and DIN75410 standards.  These govern the structural strength of the body and its ability to retain loads.  "These standards are quoted […]
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More H2 buses for London

Date posted: November 11, 2010
€5.67m from the EU means Transport for London can afford three more hydrogen hybrid fuel cell buses.  This means TfL can use H2 to run an entire London bus route, helping improve local air quality.  The deal is part of the EU's Cleaner Hydrogen in Cities plan.  The three extra buses will join five others […]
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FTA dismayed

Date posted: November 11, 2010
The Freight Transport Association says it is "dismayed" at the government's failure to establish Operator Licensing in Northern Ireland.  The necessary bill, the long-awaited Goods Vehicle (Operator Licensing) Bill got its Royal Assent in January this year.  "The momentum that we saw earlier in the year seems to have been lost," according to Tom Wilson, […]
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