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18 – 20 APRIL 2023 • NEC • BIRMINGHAM • UK

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18 - 20 APRIL 2023 • NEC • BIRMINGHAM • UK

Don't lose your nuts

Date posted: November 11, 2010
HGV Direct says that Department for Transport data show that up to 400 wheels come off trucks and trailers each year, causing, on average 134 accidents, 27 injuries and seven deaths.  The firm says loose wheel nuts are the main cause and so it has done a deal with Sweden's Nord Lock to supply its […]
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CV Show bookings blossom

Date posted: November 11, 2010
"Over 15,000 square metres of stand space is now covered by exhibitors who have now signed up for next year's UK Commercial Vehicle Show," says CV Show organiser, Bob Sockl.  "We've bookings from many of the industry's major players and we're talking to dozens of others."  The CV Show and its Workshop counterpart will run […]
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Mind the Mexican scam

Date posted: November 11, 2010
CV Show and ATS organisers say that exhibitors are being hit by an online exhibitions and events directory called Expo Guide, based in Mexico.  Typically Expo Guide faxes a misleading form that looks like an organiser's free catalogue listing service.  This invites them to sign up for an entry in an on-line directory.  "If you […]
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And finally

Date posted: November 11, 2010
My colleague Bob Davis, who amongst his many talents is also the SMMT's bus man, saw the following recently in Coach and Bus Week; it is a part of a quote from a Stagecoach manager: "...during winter weather, Chipping Norton is located at the highest geographical point in the county." Bob wants to know where […]
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European CV registrations rise

Date posted: October 27, 2010
Data from Acea, the European auto industry body shows commercial vehicle registrations up 6.0% to 1,300,429 across the EU from January to September, compared to the same period last year.  Vans up to 3.5tonnes, rose 8.6% to 1,098,104 while trucks over 16t dropped 5.5% to 120,152.  Buses and coaches over 3.5t dropped 12.3% to 25,065 […]
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CV Show bookings blossom

Date posted: October 27, 2010
"Over 15,000 square metres of stand space is now covered by exhibitors who have signed up for next year's Commercial Vehicle Show," says CV Show organiser, Bob Sockl.  "We've bookings from many of the industry's major players and we're talking to dozens of others."  The CV Show and its Workshop counterpart will run from Tuesday […]
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Citroën helps Southwark win

Date posted: October 27, 2010
Citroën says it helped Southwark Council win the Public Sector Fleet of the Year and a commendation for its business unit manager, Matthew Trott, in the 2010 GreenFleet awards.  The south London borough now has 150 new Ready to Run petrol/LPG Berlingo and Dispatch vans in its 320-strong van fleet.  The firm says these played […]
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MAN confirms for CV Show

Date posted: October 27, 2010
Motor Transport reports that MAN's UK arm has "joined Mercedes-Benz" in confirming its plans to exhibit at the 2011 Commercial Vehicle Show.  "We will have some new ideas and a new approach for the CV Show," says Des Evans, UK boss at MAN Truck & Bus.  "By next year, confidence should be returning to the […]
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Harris buys Chapman

Date posted: October 27, 2010
AE Harris & Co (Birmingham) Ltd has just bought Chapman Driver Seating Ltd.  Based near Milton Keynes, Chapman supplies bus and coach driver seats to operators including First Group, Stagecoach and Arriva and to bus and coach builders including Plaxton, Alexander Dennis and Wright Bus.  The firm will eventually move its manufacturing to the AE […]
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Air-Seal Products seals Royal Mail Contract

Date posted: October 27, 2010
Air-Seal Products says it has won a three-year deal to supply its heavy-duty tyre sealant to the Royal Mail Group's fleet.  The firm says it expects to help Royal Mail Group cut tyre-related downtime, saving fuel, cash and emissions by preventing punctures and tyre pressure loss.  The contract is already in place and includes an […]
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Citroën cuts London Congestion Charge costs

Date posted: October 27, 2010
Citroën says it offers the only comprehensive range of London Congestion Charge exempt dual-fuel (petrol/LPG) vans and light trucks in the UK.  The firm's Ready to Run range includes Nemo, Berlingo and Dispatch models, powered by Nicholson McLaren converted dual fuel engines.  Citroën says the system's computer controlled and common rail gas injection system works […]
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Z-Con to cut fuel theft

Date posted: October 27, 2010
US firms TCH and Zonar say they have a new system to authorise fuel sales at truck stops across the US and Canada.  Called Z-Con, this will allow trucking firms to cut fuel theft at the pump, "improve information accuracy and increase reporting frequency."  The firms say that cutting human error will make fuelling more […]
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Aire books for CV Show

Date posted: October 27, 2010
Aire Truck Bodies and its Aire Body Care subsidiary have booked a stand at next April's CV Show, at the National Exhibition Centre.  The firm has been a long-standing supporter of the event because it can "meet more customers in three days" there than it can in six months of normal business, according to Peter […]
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More than just a transport boss

Date posted: October 27, 2010
Peter Larner, MD at Suckling Transport has written another novel.  Deathbed Confessions, released last Friday in the US, will be available in the UK in a couple of weeks, through bookshops and Amazon.  It is the sequel to Lost in a Hurricane.  The third in the series, The Unfolding Path, is due next autumn.  "Running […]
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Positive sustainability report from SMMT

Date posted: October 27, 2010
The SMMT's 11th annual sustainability report shows that the UK automotive industry has made "significant progress" in cutting CO2 emissions, waste and energy use.  This is despite the recent economic crisis.  Total energy use and CO2 emissions continued to fall in 2009.  The report shows progress in social, environmental and economic sectors of the industry […]
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US Class 8 truck sales up 21%

Date posted: October 27, 2010
Transport Topics reports a "strong surge" by Freightliner Trucks led heavy-duty US truck sales to a 21% increase in September.  This was the ninth straight month of rising Class 8 sales. More from Transport Topics at www.ttnews.com
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Ten Versas for Shrewsbury Park & Ride

Date posted: October 27, 2010
Arriva will use ten new Optare Versa midibuses worth some £1.5m to service a new contract in Shrewsbury.  The new buses will work between the city and its three Park & Ride sites.  Arriva Midlands and Shropshire Council specified Versa after trials involving several vehicles.  The criteria included fuel use, emissions and passenger capacity.  The […]
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Vauxhall supports Van Best Practice

Date posted: October 27, 2010
Vauxhall just said it supports the UK Department of Transport's Van Best Practice programme.  This aims to help van users to save money by improving the efficiency of their vehicles.  It offers free advice to firms of all sizes to show they can cut costs and emissions.  Vauxhall plans to promote Van Best Practice through […]
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Tiss success at Automechanika 2010

Date posted: October 27, 2010
Tiss Security Systems says it is still processing the "huge number" of enquiries and leads generated from promoting their TankSafe range of Fuel Security Devices at Automechanika in Frankfurt last month.  "We were thrilled with the response and, in particular, the interest surrounding the TankSafe 'Impregnable' device," said Matthew Rose, director at the firm.  "With […]
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Trucks to pay for pollution

Date posted: October 27, 2010
The EU wants member states to charge trucks for air and noise pollution as well as infrastructure costs.  The idea is to revise the "Eurovignette Directive" to help member states deal with congestion problems better.  The plan offers the opportunity to charge different rates for using the same piece of road at different times of […]
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Protect your cat

Date posted: October 27, 2010
Retainagroup and Cat Clamp have developed a system to protect catalytic converters against theft from vans and other vehicles and make them easier to recover if they are stolen.  The firms say that the combination of the precision-made clamp and Retainagroup's highly visible, secure marking and registration system presents a formidable challenge to criminals.  In […]
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More payload for Citroën Berlingo

Date posted: October 27, 2010
Citroën says the latest upgrade of its Berlingo van offers a 749 kg payload, up 149kg more than the previous model.  To make the point, the firm has named the new van Berlingo First 750.  The payload increase is one of a range of changes that increase the van's gross vehicle weight from 1,730 to […]
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Brigade cuts alarm prices

Date posted: October 27, 2010
Brigade Electronics says more efficient manufacturing processes have allowed the firm to "radically" cut the prices of its white sound reversing alarms.  The firm says its unique and patented alarms are safer, quieter and "at least 35% cheaper" for some models.  The pioneer of what some have called socially acceptable reversing alarms recently said it […]
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Another export Whale

Date posted: October 27, 2010
Solihull-based Whale Tankers says it just exported its third VacuumWhale in 12 months to an EU member state.  This latest vehicle is one of the first tankers to feature Whale 'iWeigh', a recently developed waste monitoring and receipt printing system that can be upgraded to give predictive axle loading data.  Designed to carry sewage and […]
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Stoneridge ready for new tacho law

Date posted: October 27, 2010
Stoneridge says it will have its SE5000 digital tachograph approved in time for the new legislation from October 2011.  The main benefit for drivers is the "one minute rule."  This means tachographs will now record the longest period of duty during each minute.  This change could give multi-drop drivers up to 30 minutes more drive […]
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FTA complains as TfL buries bad news

Date posted: October 27, 2010
The Freight Transport Association says Transport for London tried to bury the bad news of a £2 price hike for London's daily Congestion Charge.  TfL announced the rise amid the news of the recent Comprehensive Spending Review.  Natalie Chapman, FTA's head of policy for London says she suspects that the announcement's timing was "not purely […]
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Cummins delivers 37,000 EPA 2010 Engines

Date posted: October 27, 2010
Cummins says it has shipped nearly 37,000 EPA 2010-certified engines with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) after treatment since their introduction in January.  The firm says that the sales volumes and customer reports have confirmed its confidence in SCR to meet "today's near-zero Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) standards" and deliver up to 6% better fuel use.  […]
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UK vehicle production up by 6.6% in September

Date posted: October 27, 2010
The SMMT has just published UK automotive production data for September.   These show UK vehicle production was up 6.6% in September with rises across the car, commercial vehicle and engine sectors.  Car output rose by 35.0% over the year-to-date, with a 5.8% rise in September. Commercial vehicle output rose 16.7% in September and 38.1% over […]
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And finally

Date posted: October 27, 2010
New Scientist's Feedback page says reader David Tweedie saw the following on a sign near Warwick, in the English Midlands: "Sewage treatment works." As he says, "That's a relief, then." More from www.newscientist.com
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September registrations: vans up, trucks down

Date posted: October 11, 2010
Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show UK van and truck registrations up 3.7% to 242,908 for the rolling year.  The September score was 39,942.  In the same month trucks over 3.5 tonnes hit 4,633, but were down 28% to 30,332 for the rolling year.  Vans did better, with 35,309 in September […]
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Coaches up, buses down

Date posted: October 11, 2010
SMMT data show big coaches up 52.0% in September and 9.5% over the year to date, but this is not enough to balance falling bus and minibus numbers.  Buses dropped 16.1% in September and 38.9% for year to date while minibuses, the 3.5 to 5.0 tonne ones, slid 1.6% in the month.  The performance by […]
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Carrier Transicold launches Vector 1550

Date posted: October 11, 2010
Carrier Transicold successfully launched its all-electric Vector 1550 trailer refrigeration unit at the recent IAA Show in Hannover.  Featuring all-electric technology, the firm says its new unit "meets several challenges of the transport refrigeration industry."  It combines a 14,800 Watts capacity with lower fuel use, better environmental performance and "maximum cold chain protection."  The Vector […]
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More UK firms win aftermarket orders

Date posted: October 11, 2010
According to the event's organisers, some 155,000 visitors from 180 countries went to the recent Automechanika aftermarket show in Frankfurt.  The SMMT says this gave UK firms exhibiting valuable opportunities to win more export business.  "This year's show has highlighted the increasing demand for UK aftermarket expertise from markets all over the world," said SMMT […]
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'Enough is enough' says RHA

Date posted: October 11, 2010
The recent penny a litre fuel duty hike is a another blow to an industry still reeling from the effects of economic uncertainty, says the Road Haulage Association, with diesel accounting for more than one third of haulier's running costs.  "The industry now pays nearly 10 pence a litre more for fuel that at this […]
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Lease deals on Daf hybrids

Date posted: October 11, 2010
Daf says it is starting to sell its new LF Hybrid in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium, the markets that show the greatest interest in hybrids so far.  Depending on its success in these areas, Daf will decide if its will include the vehicle in the standard product range in other countries.  […]
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Gorilla in Hannover's garden

Date posted: October 11, 2010
"Euro VI is scary stuff, and truck operators will be appalled when they grasp its implications," says World Trucks Analysis editor Oliver Dixon.  "The 2013 legislation may increase the transport industry's costs by an order of magnitude, while being diametrically opposed to current environmental wisdom."  He is bewildered by this and the truck industry's "apparent […]
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ATS wins Rose

Date posted: October 11, 2010
ATS Euromaster just won all international removals firm Rose Removals tyre service business on the back of its European network.  The 35-year-old, Devon-based company made the change after using Euromaster's network in mainland Europe for its 24 strong van and truck fleet.  ATS works across 11 countries on the continent to give a rapid, roadside […]
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Euro 5 for successful FiestaVan

Date posted: October 11, 2010
Ford says the 2011 engines in its FiestaVan will meet Euro 5 emission standards.  The firm's new 1.8l Duratorq engine and other engine options in the Transit Connect also meet Euro 5.  Ford says this means that its light van customers can get "improved fuel economy and reduced emissions."  The firm also says that its […]
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Citroën cuts Berlingo fuel use and emissions

Date posted: October 11, 2010
From October production, Citroën says its Euro 4, 75 and 90 hp diesels in Berlingo panel vans will deliver 1.7% better fuel use and emissions.  "These latest changes, which are being introduced without any cost penalty, will ensure that the Berlingo maintains its position as one of the UK's best-selling small vans," says Robert Handyside, […]
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Growing interest in short range electric power

Date posted: October 11, 2010
Oldham-based ePower Trucks says growing awareness of new electric vans is driving interest in lower cost options.  The firm has near record sales for its Alke electric, road-legal utility trucks.  These traditionally found use in landscaping and estates management but ePower Trucks is now selling them for urban collection and delivery work.  The vehicles deliver […]
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More Scanias for KB Event

Date posted: October 11, 2010
Nottingham-based KB Event Ltd just got seven new Scania trucks in a partial fleet renewal deal, won by Keltruck.  Five R series add to the firm's fleet and two G series trucks, with 26ft box bodies and fitted with tail lifts, replace older waggons.  All seven are on five year Support Programmes, with full repair […]
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Eight Tempos for Transdev's East Lancs route

Date posted: October 11, 2010
Transdev Blazefield subsidiary Lancashire United Transport just got eight Optare 12m Tempo heavy-duty single-decker buses.  These will work on the firm's 225 route between Bolton and Clitheroe in the Ribble Valley, East Lancashire.  Each bus has 49 black leather Esteban seats, double glazing for the passenger compartment, Denso air conditioning for the driver and a […]
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European heavy trailer demand rising

Date posted: October 11, 2010
Trailer specialist Gary Beecroft of consultants Clear says Western European trailer markets fell 51% last year but he expects a 16% rebound this year.  This is in spite the first half on 2010 running at 8% below 2009's figure.  Beecroft's optimism was widely borne out by trailer and truck makers at the Hannover IAA last […]
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Bullwell moves

Date posted: October 11, 2010
Trailer repair and maintenance firm Bullwell Trailer Solutions Ltd, has moved from Tamworth to new a new, two acre HQ in Lichfield.  The firm, which employs 81 people says the move follows "sustained growth and expansion" in both its operations and service capability, with up from £3.5m in 2007 to a projected £5.5m by its […]
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Hybrid retrofit from Ashwoods

Date posted: October 11, 2010
Ashwoods Automotive says its hybrid drive unit can be retrofitted to most Ford Transit vans in less than four hours.  The firm says its system typically cuts fuel use by between 25 and 25%, depending on the job.  It says this gives operators an opportunity to make "significant" cuts in fuel costs and so CO2 […]
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Cartwright wins Asda home-delivery van deal

Date posted: October 11, 2010
Manchester-based trailer maker and bodybuilder just won an order to body 50 automatic Iveco Daily 3.5 tonners for Wal-Mart's UK subsidiary Asda.  The supermarket will use the new light trucks for home delivery work.  Each can carry 105 tote boxes with chilled, frozen and ambient produce.  The deal is Cartwright's first move into the rapidly […]
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NYK starts LCL run between Europe and China

Date posted: October 11, 2010
NYK Logistics North Continent just launched a weekly, less-than-container-load (LCL) service between Hong Kong and Rotterdam.  This includes onward distribution available throughout Europe and China.  The service uses direct sailings run by Double Wing Express to cut shipping times and offers a factory pick-up to final delivery deal.  Real-time track-and-trace can monitor the container's progress […]
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New truck racing video game from Renault

Date posted: October 11, 2010
Renault Trucks has a new version of its popular Truck Racing video game.  Developed with MKR-Technology, the game has new 100mph, 1,100hp trucks, new circuits, new driving sensations and an online, multiplayer format.  Renault expects the new version will beat the first's 620,000 downloads.  The new game is also free to download at www.renault-trucks.com/truckracing.  A […]
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Sissons to go all MAN

Date posted: October 11, 2010
GW Sissons & Son Ltd just got the first two of 12 new MAN TGX 6x2 tractor units with top-of-the-range XXL cabs.  The rest will arrive by early next year, signalling Sisson's move to an all-MAN fleet.  All will run on three-year R&M contracts.  They also have MAN Fleet Management systems, including MAN EcoStyle, MAN's […]
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Van registration analysis on line at VansA2Z

Date posted: October 11, 2010
The online van news site VansA2Z carries an interview with SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt.  He talks about the UK's September van registrations and what the data tells us about the market now and for the next few months.  Editor Neil McIntee hopes to repeat such interview each month as the SMMT publishes its regular […]
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