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Boost for wholesale van values in June, reports Manheim Remarketing

Date posted: July 15, 2011
Manheim Remarketing's latest monthly Market Analysis for Vans reveals that average wholesale used van values were boosted by an increase of 8.2% (£315) to £4,156 in June, higher than at any time since June 2010. The increase was due in part to a fall in average age of three months to 54 months and in […]
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Logistics industry takes a bow at UKWA Awards

Date posted: July 15, 2011
Companies and individuals across the warehousing and third party logistics (3PL) sectors were rewarded for excellence at UKWA's Annual Awards for Warehousing 2011 ceremony, which was held recently at London's Dorchester Hotel. This year the Association received a record number of entries in all categories and the winners were chosen by UKWA's Awards Committee, which […]
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UK Government is about to take a wrong turn on MOT tests

Date posted: July 15, 2011
UK Government Ministers are considering reducing the frequency of MOT tests, which, they claim, would reduce costs for motorists. Is this just going to move essential repair work back a year and result in unsafe vehicles on UK roads? The Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, has ordered a review of the test to ensure it reflects […]
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Thermo King Launches V700 Max Spectrum

Date posted: July 15, 2011
Thermo King, the leading manufacturer of transport and logistics refrigeration units has unveiled its latest multi-temperature unit, the V700 Max Spectrum. The V700 Max Spectrum is the latest addition to the V-Series and is the most powerful multi-temperature unit in the vehicle powered range market place. The V700 delivers increased capacity compared to the Thermo […]
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Skills on the agenda

Date posted: July 8, 2011
The road freight transport industry was put on notice this week that government and Traffic Commissioners have no intention of backing away from the controversial Driver CPC, despite the high risk that it will miss the September 2014 deadline to get most HGV driver through the required 35 hours of approved training. Some sort of […]
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National logistics skills academy gets £3.25m of government funding

Date posted: July 8, 2011
Chris Druce Tuesday 05 July 2011 16:00 The National Skills Academy for Logistics has cleared its final hurdle today (5 July)) after receiving long-awaited funding from the government. Although the academy, which will function as a 'one-stop-shop' for employers' training enquiries and needs, was given the go ahead in principle last year, its board members […]
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Logistics Growth Review opportunities examined in free webinar

Date posted: July 8, 2011
Government recently announced its aim to support the logistics sector in the second phase of its Plan for Growth. At 10:30 on Wednesday 20 July, SMMT will host a free webinar to examine how automotive companies can take advantage of fresh opportunities created by the Logistics Growth Review. The main ambitions of the review are […]
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DfT launch consultation on Dartford Crossing toll rise

Date posted: July 8, 2011
Chris Druce Tuesday 05 July 2011 09:00 Truck drivers could see the cost of using the Dartford-Thurrock Crossing almost double by spring 2012, under plans outlined by the government to cut congestion. In a bid to ease congestion and pay for improvements to the existing tunnel/bridge set-up the government has proposed that cash payments for […]
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Reading Buses orders six new smaller buses

Date posted: July 8, 2011
After extensive trials and evaluation, Reading Buses has announced a six figure order for six new smaller buses which will meet its needs into the future. The local operator has purchased class-leading Wrightbus StreetLite 33-seater vehicles in a deal which Reading Buses Chief Executive Officer James Freeman says is a 'really excellent one'. "This will […]
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Nigel Stead joins Prohire Plc as Non Executive Director

Date posted: July 8, 2011
Prohire Plc is delighted to announce the appointment of Nigel Stead to their Board as a Non Executive Director as of the 1st July 2011. Nigel, one of the industry's most influential and recognisable professionals retired from his position as Managing Director of Lex Autolease after more than 10 years at the helm. Most recently […]
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Commercial vehicle recovery continues with June registrations up 12.7%

Date posted: July 8, 2011
Posted 11:40 Wednesday 6 July 2011 June total van and truck registrations: up 12.7% to 25,968, rolling year up 23.3% to 287,166. June trucks: up 7.4% to 3,118, rolling year up 20.1% to 38,283. June vans: up 13.5% to 22,850; rolling year up 23.8% to 248,883. UK van and truck registrations: 2011 and % change […]
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Welcome boost for double-deck bus registrations in June

Date posted: July 8, 2011
Posted 15:44 Wednesday 6 July 2011 Overall bus and coach volumes down 26.7% in the month and 21.4% for the rolling year to June. Coach volumes down 17.6% in June and down 2.6% for the rolling year to June. All big bus (>8.5T gvw) registrations rose 40% in June, but stayed firmly down, by 27.5% […]
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Clean 'green' Mercedes-Benz Sprinters charge into SSE fleet

Date posted: July 8, 2011
One of the UK's largest energy producers has switched to a fleet of nearly 400 environmentally-friendly Mercedes-Benz vans. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE)'s new Sprinters are powered by low emission 129hp Euro 5 engines and equipped with optional BlueEfficiency packages which make them even 'greener' and more economical than the standard model. BlueEFFICIENCY combines a […]
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MiX Vehicle Conversions sold to Imperial Commercials

Date posted: July 8, 2011
MiX Vehicle Conversions, the specialist body-building and vehicle-equipment-fitment division of MiX Telematics, has been purchased by Imperial Commercials Limited. Rebranded Mackworth Vehicle Conversion Specialists, the operation will transfer to premises in Derby which are significantly larger than its present home in Minworth, West Midlands, and as such will allow for further growth and development of […]
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Manheim Remarketing expects increase in demand as London calls time on older vans

Date posted: July 8, 2011
Manheim Remarketing is expecting a spike in demand for three to five year old vans in the London areas, as local authorities call time on old vans from January 2012. Buyers are being encouraged to stock up as small businesses and sole traders will be looking to replace their vehicles rather than facing a fine […]
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Be prepared with FTA's Transport Manager

Date posted: July 8, 2011
The theme of this year's renowned Transport Manager series from the Freight Transport Association (FTA) is 'be prepared'. The challenge of high fuel prices, extreme winter weather and some big changes to Operator Licensing and CPC training means it has never been more important for transport managers to take control and be prepared. FTA's autumn […]
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It's Go, Go, Go for Goodwins as they introduce hat-trick of Enviro200s

Date posted: July 8, 2011
Family business Go Goodwins, of Eccles, Manchester, has chosen ADL Enviro200s for their latest midi bus purchases. Three new Enviro200s have gone straight into operation on recently won routes in Sale and Altrincham where Goodwins have made a significant investment in new vehicles. Go Goodwins Director, Wesley Goodwin, commented: "We have recently tried a variety […]
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DAF Trucks named as top 'Apprenticeship Employer'

Date posted: July 8, 2011
DAF Trucks has joined an elite group of UK companies and organisations supporting the provision of apprenticeships for young people. The UK's leading truck maker has just become one of the top 100 'Apprenticeship Employers' under a joint initiative by the National Apprenticeship Service and City & Guilds to recognise exceptional apprentice training schemes. DAF […]
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City Link scores a hat trick in RoSPA health & safety awards

Date posted: July 8, 2011
City Link, the UK's leading premium express delivery company, has won a Gold award in recognition of its continued high standards of health and safety practice in the workplace. The award, from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, is in recognition of the company's health and safety management systems. As part of the […]
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CV Show 2012 Gets a Green Light

Date posted: July 8, 2011
Plans for a full CV Show to be held at the NEC, Birmingham, from 24-26 April 2012 have been announced by the Commercial Vehicle Show LLP consisting of the Road Haulage Association Ltd (RHA), The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd (SMMT) and IRTE Services Ltd, the trading company of the Society of Operations […]
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And finally...

Date posted: July 8, 2011
Dedication is certainly what you need to work for APC Overnight, after the express delivery network pushed its world record-breaking bra chain attempt front and centre. All 120 APC depots across the UK are now being used as collection points for unwanted and unloved bras as part of an attempt to break the Bra Chain […]
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Two cheers for parking and quiet deliveries

Date posted: July 4, 2011
The good news this week is that government has acted to improve the state of truck parking in the UK, with full service truck stops to be allowed on the motorway network. While that won't do much to improve the lot of drivers on A and B roads - or of residents tired of CVs […]
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Truck parking provision 'to improve' after DfT decision

Date posted: July 4, 2011
Chris Druce Friday 24 June 2011 10:39 The government's decision to allow full-service truckstops on motorways will drastically improve the availability of lorry parking, according to the Road Haulage Association (RHA). Responding to transport minister Mike Penning's announcement this week that he would allow the development of truckstops on the UK's motorway network, RHA infrastructure […]
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Government backed trials show quiet night-time deliveries work

Date posted: July 4, 2011
The realisation of the environmental, economic and road safety benefits of delivering goods out-of-hours has taken a significant step forward with the results of the Quiet Delivery Demonstration Scheme (QDDS) trials, announced today (28 June) at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health in London at a conference attended by Transport Minister Mike Penning. Developed by […]
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Renault Kerax & Lander set for Easymix Concrete

Date posted: July 4, 2011
Specialist volumetric concrete delivery company, EasyMix Concrete, has added two Renault Premium Lander 270.18 4x2 chassis cabs fitted with a midlift axle, giving a 6X2 configuration, and 2 Renault Kerax 380.32 8x4s to its 18-strong mixed fleet, with a further two Kerax on order from Renault Trucks Chiltern. An important factor in EasyMix Concrete's purchase […]
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Euromotive's quartet hits the right notes

Date posted: July 4, 2011
Euromotive now has a fourth base vehicle approved under the UK's Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) rules. The vehicle is based on the Renault L3 H2 E4 van. With a GVW uprated from 3500kg to 3890kg carried out by SV Tech, the vehicle can carry 13 passengers (two on dual seats in the crew cab and […]
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Bale Group fleet now 100% Volvo with arrival of 14 FH artics

Date posted: July 4, 2011
Fourteen new Volvo FH tractor units, ten of which were acquired to service a hard fought contract, joined 30 other Volvos working with West Country waste and recycling specialist the Bale Group recently. Supplied by Volvo Dealer Truck and Bus Wales and West, complete with a Gardner-Denver wet pack and full ADR-compliance the 6x2 FH […]
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Cost of fuel continues to put operators under pressure, says FTA report

Date posted: July 4, 2011
The price of fuel is still the biggest headache for transport companies battling to cope with rising costs, with haulage rates failing to keep up, according to a report published by the Freight Transport Association. FTA's Manager's Guide to Distribution Costs 2011 calculates that the cost of diesel for commercial vehicle fleets rose by 15.6 […]
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Cutting carbon can be a business benefit

Date posted: July 4, 2011
Posted 16:07 Tuesday 28 June 2011 Lowering carbon emissions from commercial vehicle fleets was a key focus at the SMMT International Automotive Summit. A combination of emission-lowering approaches were put forward by Andrea Thompson, Managing Director of Leyland Trucks. These ranged from enhanced aerodynamics and highly efficient engines to alternative fuels and logistics planning. Thompson […]
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Luca Sra named as managing director of Iveco UK and Ireland

Date posted: July 4, 2011
Chris Druce Thursday 23 June 2011 14:40 Iveco has appointed Luca Sra as its new MD for the UK and Ireland. Sra, 39, joined Iveco in 1997 as area product manager for the manufacturer's light commercial vehicle range in Italy. Since November 2008 he has been sales director for Italy, and will relocate to the […]
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Men jailed for selling counterfeit Scania merchandise at Truckfest

Date posted: July 4, 2011
Chris Tindall Friday 24 June 2011 15:47 Two men selling counterfeit Scania clothing at Truckfest have been jailed for two months following a tip-off from the truck manufacturer. Simon Hempsall, 39, and Jon Hempsall, 62, pleaded guilty to charges relating to use of the Scania trademark after they were discovered selling £18,000 worth of counterfeit […]
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Klarius Europe's largest automotive aftermarket parts group invests €5million in new Spanish warehouse and logistics centre

Date posted: July 4, 2011
European car parts factors and distributors are set to benefit greatly from the latest investment by the Klarius Group; providing jobs and immediate access to over 100,000 product types available directly from a purpose-built stock warehouse and logistics facility located in Coslada, Madrid. Having already invested in its major Spanish production site, Lipmesa in Bilbao, […]
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DAF XF105 a power player for Currie European

Date posted: July 4, 2011
One of the largest UK-based international transport operators, Currie European, has renewed a portion of its truck fleet following the arrival of 35 new DAF XF105s. The Scottish-based haulier has opted for 14 FTG 460hp tractor units and 21 FTG 510hp models as replacements for their three-year old DAF CFs. Alister Cook, Group Operations Director […]
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Optare Solo SRs proving fuel frugal at Perryman's

Date posted: July 4, 2011
A quartet of Optare Solo SR midibuses being used on cross-border services by Perryman's are delivering 14 mpg, according to the Berwick based operator. Manager Roddy Perryman says that the good fuel figures are being helped by the Optare Eco Drive dashboard, which constantly delivers information to the drivers to show how their driving is, […]
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Eco Van purchase highlights Council's commitment to environment

Date posted: July 4, 2011
North Ayrshire Council has continued to show its commitment to the environment by purchasing a fleet of seven new eco-friendly vans, making it the proud owner of the largest hybrid van fleet in Scotland. The Council has purchased the award-winning Hybrid Transit vans from Ashwoods Automotive. The vans are standard Ford Transits with all the […]
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SMMT will move to new Westminster office

Date posted: July 4, 2011
Due to unforeseen circumstances, SMMT's move to its new Westminster office will now take place on 18 July. All telephone numbers and e-mail addresses remain unchanged. The new address is: The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd 71 Great Peter Street London SW1P 2BN
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And finally...

Date posted: July 4, 2011
For the tech savvy among you (should that read 'geeks'? - Ed) a new truck driving computer game has come onto the market. Called Trucks and Trailers it is available to download from www.fileplanet.com. "Live the dream" of being a truck driver says the blurb. "Don't be fooled, these bad boys are much harder to […]
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Cyclists and trucks CAN mix

Date posted: June 24, 2011
This week saw the launch by the FTA of a new code of conduct for CV operators in a bid to reduce the number of accidents in cities involving cyclists. Any responsible operator of large goods - or passenger - vehicles wants to reduce the risk of accidents, especially with vulnerable road users, and the […]
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Mercedes launches an all-new Actros

Date posted: June 24, 2011
Will Shiers Wednesday 22 June 2011 10:09 Mercedes-Benz has launched an all-new Actros, and it has been designed with the proverbial 'blank sheet of paper' approach. The new truck, which goes on sale later this year, features an all-new cab, drive-train, chassis and interior. Its stylish, ultra-aerodynamic cab comes in seven variants; five have a […]
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Coach and HGV drivers risk bottleneck for CPC training deadline

Date posted: June 24, 2011
Aviva, the UK's largest insurer, is today warning the freight industry not to leave the mandatory Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) training too late, for they may run the risk of having to park-up their vehicles if drivers have not carried out their training in time. There are around 500,000 HGV driving licence holders […]
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Labour Shadow Transport Secretary attacks longer-semi trailers

Date posted: June 24, 2011
Christopher Walton Wednesday 22 June 2011 12:45 Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle says she is "appalled" at the prospect of longer HGVs being driven on roads in the UK, as the war of words against a proposed trial of longer semi-trailers heats up. Yesterday the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) and Freight on Rail argued, […]
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The latest information on bus statistics in Great Britain

Date posted: June 24, 2011
The key provisional annual results are: · Bus passenger journeys in England remained broadly unchanged between 2009/10 and 2010/11, with a 0.1 per cent increase over this period. · Within England, there was an annual decrease in bus passenger journeys of 2.9 per cent in metropolitan areas, but an increase of 1.1 per cent in […]
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Industry-backed code launched to improve cyclists' safety around lorries

Date posted: June 24, 2011
Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London's Director of Environment and Digital, met the President of the Freight Transport Association (FTA) on Wednesday 22 June to officially launch the leading trade body's code of conduct to improve the safety of cyclists around commercial vehicles. The Cycling Code sets out reasonable expectations of all road users and […]
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TISS thrilled with Automechanika Middle East Tanksafe launch

Date posted: June 24, 2011
TISS Security Systems are delighted with the incredible response received for the launch of their TankSafe Fuel Security Devices at Automechanika Middle East. Matthew Rose, TISS' Commercial Director, commented: 'we were aware fuel theft was a growing problem in the region, however, the response we received far exceeded our expectations. I estimate that over 80 […]
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Transport Minister Mike Penning to reveal results of quiet deliveries trial

Date posted: June 24, 2011
Delivering goods out-of-hours can ease road congestion, cut pollution in local areas and save businesses time and money. However, the impact of night-time deliveries on local residents' right to a good night's sleep has never been properly tested ... until now. The results of the Quiet Deliveries Demonstration Scheme (QDDS) will be revealed by Transport […]
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Scania's family of Complete Vehicles revised and extended

Date posted: June 24, 2011
Scania has revised and extended its range of Complete Vehicles to offer greater choice, flexibility and convenience for operators working in a number of key industry sectors. Two entirely revised distribution rigid model ranges - Scania Complete Box and Scania Complete Curtainsider - plus an all-new skiploader join Scania's existing fully built-up Hookloader, Wet Kit […]
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Truckers in final leg of charity cycle tour

Date posted: June 24, 2011
The final leg of the FTA Transaid Cycle Challenge 2011, organised by the Freight Transport Association, will take place on Wednesday 22 June, clocking up 52 miles as it travels from St Paul's in London, passing through Dulwich, West Wickham, Oxted, Edenbridge and Groombridge to Tunbridge Wells. The 13-day cycle ride around the UK has […]
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Banner Business Services re-brands as Truline with the support of Prohire

Date posted: June 24, 2011
Banner Business Services, originally a division of Her Majesty's Stationery Office until 1996, which is now one of the UK's leading providers of managed procurement, secure destruction and communications services has established a bespoke logistics operation named 'Truline' to provide managed supply chain solutions for UK businesses. To ensure that the Truline logistics operation could […]
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Centrad launches low cost 'Plug & Play' reversing camera system

Date posted: June 24, 2011
Centrad, one of the industry's leading suppliers of CCTV equipment, has recently launched a cost effective reversing camera system. The system complements the company's existing 1, 4 and 8 channel mobile CCTV recording units. Centrad only supply camera systems that meet their own stringent specifications and all systems are trialled on the vehicles of their […]
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Red Funnel sells haulage arm to Steve Porter Transport

Date posted: June 24, 2011
Joanna Bourke Tuesday 21 June 2011 13:35 Steve Porter Transport Group has acquired Isle of Wight neighbour Red Funnel Distribution for an undisclosed sum. Steve Porter Transport, which has sites in Cowes and Portsmouth, says the transfer of employees and operations from Red Funnel Distribution's Southampton and Newport depots will be a gradual process. "This […]
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