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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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SMMT moves to new Westminster office

Date posted: June 24, 2011
From 4 July, SMMT will be 'driving the motor industry' from its new Westminster office. The new premises will reflect the UK's modern and dynamic motor industry with staff housed over three open-plan floors. The new facility has been optimised for environmental performance, workspaces will be ergonomically designed and decoration will feature images of the […]
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And finally...

Date posted: June 24, 2011
Wincanton is kicking off its season of festival deliveries by transporting millions of litres of water to the Glastonbury Festival. The logistics giant will be hauling water to Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, for the famous music and arts festival, which runs from 24-26 June, and boasts headline acts Beyoncé, Coldplay and U2. The water will […]
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Foreign trucks to pay £9 a day

Date posted: June 16, 2011
Biggest news this week is that the government plans to set the charge for foreign trucks coming into the UK at £9 a day under its latest proposals for a lorry road user charging scheme. UK operators will face an extra bill of £450 a year under the scheme – though this should be refunded […]
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Apprenticeship College and FirstBus Bristol collaborate on the trial for Irtec Advanced Technician Bus and Coach Accreditation.

Date posted: June 16, 2011
City of Bristol, a leading transport apprenticeship college, together with working partner FirstBus Bristol and Avon, has successfully completed the first Advanced Technician Bus and Coach Accreditation in the country. The trial was overseen by Glyn Evans, EV for IMI Awards and John Hay from IMI together with Richard Northey of FirstBus and Karl Baum […]
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Olympic preparedness tops concerns of London's freight operators, says FTA

Date posted: June 16, 2011
With next year's Olympics set to disrupt London's supply chain for up to three months, anxiety among the Freight Transport Association's (FTA) London members is growing. Earlier today, Olympic preparedness topped the concerns of FTA's London Freight Council members. An additional £2.8 billion increase in spending by tourists is forecast from the Games. Naturally, to […]
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New FM Eight-Wheelers aid efficiency at HST Feeds

Date posted: June 16, 2011
A constant drive for efficiency and optimising vehicle uptime are central tenets of the intensive transport operation run by HST Feeds. To help maintain high levels of vehicle availability and overall transport efficiency, the company has recently added two new Volvo FM-420 8X4 rigids to its immaculately turned out in-house fleet of eight trucks - […]
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Simon Elliott to become MD of Volkswagen Group Ireland

Date posted: June 16, 2011
Simon Elliott, currently Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in the UK, is to take up the position of Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Ireland in August this year. He succeeds Paul Willis, who moves to a senior role within the Volkswagen Group in China. Robin Woolcock, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group UK commented: 'This is […]
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German industry leads the West European trailer market recovery

Date posted: June 16, 2011
The German trailer industry is undergoing a very rapid revival in its fortunes. Output of trailers has been boosted by a triple increase in demand. Firstly, the German market itself has recovered from the nadir of 2009 in splendid style: sales of trailers will exceed the combined demand of France, the UK and Italy in […]
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Metroline's new London route to take off with 30 new Volvo Double Decks

Date posted: June 16, 2011
London Bus operator Metroline Travel has purchased 30 Volvo B9TL, Double Deck buses to run on one of their newly acquired London routes. "This 30 vehicle order is to help supply high quality services to our new London Route 105, running between Heathrow Airport and Greenford," explained Ian Foster, Metroline Travel, Director of Engineering. "It […]
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Schmitz Cargobull help S&J deliver for Palletforce

Date posted: June 16, 2011
S&J European Haulage has added three new Schmitz Cargobull curtainsider trailers to its fleet. One of the new vehicles will be dedicated to work carried out by S&J for the Palletforce pallet network and has been liveried in the Palletforce colours. "We have been a part of the Palletforce network for several years and felt […]
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More London boroughs sign up for street works permit schemes

Date posted: June 16, 2011
A scheme which gives councils greater power to co-ordinate works on their roads will extend into a further seven London boroughs after they received the go-ahead by Regional and Local Transport Minister Norman Baker today. Greenwich, Harrow, Lambeth, Newham, Richmond, Southwark and Waltham Forest have all been successful in their application to run road works […]
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Hellmann predicted high street slump

Date posted: June 16, 2011
As a 2.1% decrease in high street sales figures has just been reported after Hellmann Worldwide Logistics UK saw a 22% drop in import tonnage in April of 2011, the logistics operator is suggesting that using logistics as a barometer for the economic climate is more accurate than ever. • Import tonnage (ex Asia) is […]
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Burnt Tree Vehicle Rental invests over £10 million in HGV fleet.

Date posted: June 16, 2011
National vehicle rental firm, Burnt Tree, is to invest over £60 million in new vehicles with a massive £10 million going into HGVs alone. With over 1,000 HGVs currently available the investment will see a further 300 - 350 new 'heavies' join Burnt Tree's continually expanding fleet. And for the first time all HGVs will […]
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Launch of world's first dedicated ITS development centre - innovITS ADVANCE - on 27 June

Date posted: June 16, 2011
· Major step forward for innovation in the UK automotive, telematics and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) industries · The world's first purpose-built facility for the development, testing and validation of ITS products and innovations is now open for business · A 'virtual city' configurable to replicate virtually any street environment from Manhattan or Docklands style […]
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New Transport Operations & Processing System Launches for Distribution Sector

Date posted: June 16, 2011
Fargo Systems, creators of the popular TOPS™ (Transport Operations & Processing Systems) software - an innovative transport system management solution, has announced its launch into the distribution and general haulage sectors. The enterprise-level transport management system enables complete management control from point of order through logistic resource planning, invoicing and posting, to accounts. A new […]
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And finally...

Date posted: June 16, 2011
The Chief Executive of Brighouse-based haulier Clipper Group, Steve Parkin, is bidding to unite the round and oval ball games with a grand plan to buy both Bradford City football club and Bradford Bulls RFC. But according to the Bradford Telegraph and Argus, City has rejected Parkin's £3million bid. Parkin must be getting used to […]
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Commercial vehicle registrations up 17.7% in May

Date posted: June 10, 2011
Commercial vehicle recovery firmly on track; May registrations up 17.7% • May total van and truck registrations: up 17.7% to 23,026, rolling year up 23.7% to 284,239. • May trucks: up 20.6% to 3,060, rolling year up 19.9% to 38,067. • May vans: up 17.3% to 19,996; rolling year up 24.3% to 246,172. "May's van […]
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Wincanton plunges £25.9m into the red & announces German ops sale

Date posted: June 10, 2011
Joanna Bourke Thursday 09 June 2011 10:21 Logistics giant Wincanton has plummeted into the red with a £25.9m pre-tax loss, and at the same time announced plans to reduce debt and improve profits, including the disposal of its German and Dutch activities for €46.5m (£41.4m). UK and Ireland sales were static (increasing just 0.14% to […]
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Excelerate powers ahead with Mercedes-Benz Vito

Date posted: June 10, 2011
A high-tech communications firm has launched two state-of-the-art mobile command and control units based on eye-catching Mercedes-Benz vans equipped with roof-mounted satellite dishes. Excelerate Technology's latest, Long-bodied Vito 120CDIs, bristle with a comprehensive array of systems. Their prime role is to showcase the Cardiff-based company's products and expertise to existing and prospective customers. However, in […]
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Ryder acquires Hill Hire for £151m in cash

Date posted: June 10, 2011
Laura Hailstone Wednesday 08 June 2011 14:05 Truck rental giant Hill Hire has been bought by competitor Ryder Europe for £151m in cash. Under the terms of the acquisition, which was completed today (8 June), all of Hill Hire's 13 UK depots, 4,000 HGVs, and other equipment, including a large trailer fleet for rental and […]
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APTS Appoints Altran to Deliver Innovative Engineering for New Guided Bus

Date posted: June 10, 2011
Altran, the European leader in innovation consulting and high technology, has been appointed by APTS, a division of Netherlands-based industrial company VDL Group, to develop the safety-critical guidance control system for a new virtual guided vehicle. The project was awarded to a 40-strong team of engineers from Altran Netherlands and Altran Praxis, based in the […]
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WABCO Enhances its Award-Winning TrailerGUARD Telematics Technology; Adds Three Innovative Functions to Further Increase System's Value

Date posted: June 10, 2011
WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC), a global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, today announced that the company has added three innovative functions to its TrailerGUARD™ system, a state-of-the-art telematics technology for trailer fleet management. WABCO's TrailerGUARD recently won the 2010 Trailer Telematics Award for asset protection, a top industry honor […]
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Ricardo report defines best practice in evaluating EV battery companies

Date posted: June 10, 2011
Ricardo Strategic Consulting has today published a white paper outlining the processes that investors and automakers should adopt as they evaluate investment opportunities and suppliers in the economically crucial, rapidly developing electric vehicle (EV) battery systems market. Entitled 'A battery of questions for electric vehicle investors', the white paper sets out the nature of this […]
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New guide to international road transport now available from FTA

Date posted: June 10, 2011
The 16th edition of the Freight Transport Association's guide for international road transport operators is now available. The annual guide includes information to help clarify the often confusing set of regulations faced by UK-based operators when they visit countries in the EU and beyond. The FTA International Road Transport Guide uses country profiles to equip […]
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May 2011 bus and coach registrations

Date posted: June 10, 2011
May 2011 bus and coach registrations: 23% fall in the year-to-date • Overall bus and coach volumes down 33.8% in the month and 19.4% for the rolling year to May. • Coach volumes down just 0.7% for the rolling year despite 40.4% drop in May. • All big bus (above 8.5T gvw) registrations fell 13.2% […]
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Two new big FH heavies for 'Bristol King' fleet

Date posted: June 10, 2011
Two new Volvo FH 6x4 tractor units delivered recently to King's Heavy Haulage (Bristol) Ltd., from Avonmouth, are already proving their worth with the operator. "Times are tough at the moment," commented Managing Director Steve King. "But nevertheless we have invested in new equipment which is less environmentally damaging and provides us with all the […]
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