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18 – 20 APRIL 2023 • NEC • BIRMINGHAM • UK

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18 - 20 APRIL 2023 • NEC • BIRMINGHAM • UK

Go Green - Stay in the Black

Date posted: September 15, 2010
In response to industry demand, on the day of the Fleet Transport Awards, Monday 4 October, Fleet Transport will hold a forum with MAN Truck & Bus, at the Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield, County Meath.  Called 'Go Green - Stay in the Black', it will show operators ways to cut costs by being environmentally aware.  […]
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First MAN dealer gets ATF status

Date posted: September 15, 2010
MAN Truck & Bus Manchester is now an official Vosa Authorised Testing Facility for MoT commercial vehicle MoT testing.  The move should give local operators extended testing hours, more flexibility when booking tests and less travelling time.  All of this should mean a useful cut in vehicle down-time.  This is the first dealership in the […]
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Ernest Woodiwiss

Date posted: September 15, 2010
David Sedgley of Roadlink International tells us that Ernest Woodiwiss died peacefully in the night recently.  Ernest joined Edmunds Walker as a sales representative at its Preston branch in 1949 and by 1958 he was sales supervisor for the firm's North West area.  Between 1960-63 he managed the Hull branch before promotion to Midlands area […]
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More brake parts in stock

Date posted: September 15, 2010
Tube Gear has just launched the printed version of its latest catalogue with an online version to follow soon at www.tube-gear.com.  "This latest edition covers over 4,000 parts," says Ian Stanley, sales director.  It is free, on request, and offers "a greater depth" to many existing ranges, and "some exiting new products."  Tube Gear says […]
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Lancashire Hot Spot Museum

Date posted: September 15, 2010
The British Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland recently acted as host venue for Unipart's Northern Region Car Care Centre's annual meeting and display.  Leading manufacturers showed their state of the art products between the museum's historic display vehicles, some of which date from the early 1900s.  "The contrasts were clearly fascinating," said Paulette Abrahams for […]
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Roll-over warning kit wins award

Date posted: September 15, 2010
Bertocco Shell's roll-over warning device has won this year's EuroTra Safety and Innovation Award.  The winning device warns tanker drivers of an imminent roll-over situation.  It uses a sensor between the rear axles of the trailer and a receiver in the truck's cab. This gives the driver instant feedback about the stability of the vehicle […]
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HUD to help drivers stay on the right side on the line.

Date posted: September 15, 2010
Lanesafe uses a simple head-up-display to help drivers keep to the correct side of foreign roads.  The device fits to the inside of the windscreen and projects a green arrow and a red cross onto the inside of the glass, "reminding the driver which side of the road he should be on."  The device works […]
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New MANs at Seafield

Date posted: September 15, 2010
Seafield Logistics of Worksop has put 20 MAN TGX three-axle tractors to work as fleet replacements.  The new, XLX cabbed trucks have Gardner Denver blowers and tipping equipment and will be used across a wide range of contracts and may pull tank, tipper or curtainside trailers.  The new trucks are on a repair and maintenance […]
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Baker at Euro Bus Expo 2010

Date posted: September 15, 2010
Transport minister Norman Baker MP will speak at a bus and coach industry seminar at this year's Euro Bus Expo.  The seminar, 'Six months into government - a review and next steps', will be on Wednesday 3 November at 12:15.  It is one of eight across the three days of the show at the NEC […]
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Citroën's August deliveries up 66%

Date posted: September 15, 2010
In August, Citroën says its UK van and light truck deliveries "surged" by 66.09%, to give the firm a 9.95% share of the month's registrations - one of its highest ever share figures.  Citroën registered 862 units in August on the back of a strong, across-the-range performance by Nemo, Berlingo First, Berlingo, Dispatch and Relay […]
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More Dafs for Moorhouse

Date posted: September 15, 2010
Yorkshire truck operator Tom Moorhouse & Son Ltd has replaced 12 Daf XF95s with 13 Daf XF105s, rated at 460bhp.  Josie Galloway, financial director, who runs the 123-year old firm with her brother, managing director Chris Moorhouse, said that the fuel performance of the 95s, each doing 500,000 miles, made the 105 a natural successor.  […]
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Volvo truck deliveries rise

Date posted: September 15, 2010
Volvo Truck Corporation says its deliveries in July were 116% higher than in the same month last year.  It also says demand for new trucks continues to rise in several markets.  For instance, in both North and South America deliveries rose 149% in July.  In Europe, demand is also "gradually recovering", with an 80% rise […]
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Ryder chooses Philips

Date posted: September 15, 2010
Philips Automotive Lighting UK says it has won a deal to make it official UK aftersales supplier for vehicle lighting products to van and truck rental giant Ryder's 11,000 strong fleet.  The firm says its 24 volt MasterLife long life bulbs impressed Ryder with their ability to cut vehicle downtime, giving up to five times […]
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And finally

Date posted: September 15, 2010
New Scientist's Feedback page reports that last month, one of its readers saw that the online astronomy magazine Universe Today ran two images of the planet Jupiter, captioned with the instruction "Click for full size".  "Do I dare?" asks Jenny Narraway. More from www.newscientist.com
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Trailer height limit on the horizon

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Transport News Brief has learned that bureaucrats in Brussels may limit heights to four metres.  The idea comes from the European Commission and would include a four metre height limit in the European Whole Vehicle Type Approval parameters for trailers and semi-trailers.  It could affect all vehicles built and sold across the EU.  Detailed plans […]
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Fleet Van Conference

Date posted: August 27, 2010
This year's Fleet Van Conference will be at the National Motor Cycle Museum, near the NEC, Birmingham on Thursday 30 September.  The event, the only one dedicated to van fleet operators, will help them tackle the tough challenges they face.  It includes case studies from some of the UK's top van fleets and some of […]
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Iveco EEV initiative pays off

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Iveco reports that interest in Enhanced Environmentally friendly Vehicle standards is growing.  The firm says that since February last year, when it was the first truck maker to offer Euro 5 and EEV standards across its full truck range up to 500 hp, more operators are asking for vehicles with stricter than minimum emission standards.  […]
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CV Show returns

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Just a month after releasing details of the 2011 Commercial Vehicle Show, its organisers say enquiries are "coming thick and fast" from a wide range of exhibitors..  "They all want a slice of the action as the road transport market returns to growth," said Bob Sockl, CV Show organiser.  "BP led the way, closely followed […]
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Driving Safely

Date posted: August 27, 2010
We're all responsible for driver safety, but some are more responsible than others.  If you have drivers working for you, that means you.  Driving Safely, by David Byrne and published by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management should help you discharge that responsibility.  It is full of clear, easily absorbed common-sense and deserves […]
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Brigade goes all quiet

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Brigade Electronics has decided to phase out conventional tonal alarms for a safer option that doesn't cause a noise nuisance.  The move, which the firm will phase over two years, follows an "overwhelming" surge in complaints about the noise from ordinary, tonal reversing alarms and the "huge success" of its unique, white sound reversing alarms.  […]
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CV production up 11% in July

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Data from the SMMT shows UK commercial vehicle production up 10.7% in July 2010 and up 43.2% for the first seven month of the year, compared to the same period last year.  UK car and engine production both fell in July but rose for the first seven months of the year.  "UK vehicle production is […]
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Transport firms falling behind on CO2 reporting

Date posted: August 27, 2010
The Carbon Disclosure Project says that only 36% of the 291 largest transport firms have set targets to cut carbon, compared with half of the Global 500 Index of companies.  The CDP runs a global corporate climate information database and found that and found that Latin American and European firms did best, with 60% and […]
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Pentagon wins its first Euro 5 Vito deal

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Truck Tyre Fleet Management Ltd, one of the south's largest independent commercial tyre service firms has ordered a Euro 5 Mercedes Vito 122cdi Dualiner van from South Coast Mercedes dealer Pentagon.  "This was the first order for the New Euro 5 Vito," said Kevin Downham, van sales manager.  He says the firm looks forward to […]
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CV Show brochure offer

Date posted: August 27, 2010
UK CV Show organiser Bob Sockl says he and his team have now mailed well over 2,500 brochures to past and potential CV Show exhibitors.  "The response has been great."  The "bright new brochure" describes the sales and marketing opportunities that the CV Show offers.  "If you haven't got yours yet, but are thinking about […]
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Seven Optare Solos for Arriva Netherlands

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Optare has won a second big export order; seven Solos for Arriva Netherlands, the country's third largest bus operator.  The buses start work in December on rural services in the north of the country.  Arriva's UK arm has already bought 170 Solos for its fleet and got many more from fleet acquisitions.  The firm also […]
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RHA welcomes freight-only ferry route

Date posted: August 27, 2010
The Road Haulage Association says it welcomes DFDS Seaways' announcement that it will improve its ferry route from Rosyth, Scotland, to Zeebrugge, Belgium.  The firm aims to run the route on a freight-only basis, with four sailings a week rather than the previous four.  DFDS says the move will mean "dramatically improved" freight capacity and […]
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Business booms for Enova

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Business Wire reports that California's Enova Systems has seen 257% growth in the second quarter.  The firm develops proprietary electric, hybrid and fuel cell digital power management systems and works with vehicle firms like Navistar, Smith Electric Vehicles and Freightliner.  It benefits from the US government's support for all-electric trucks.  Smith recently ordered 50 drive […]
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Volvos move bikes

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Gloucester-based We Move Bikes just put two new Volvo FH tractors to work on contract to Harley-Davidson.  The two-axle, black-liveried trucks will tow trailer loads of the firm's more exotic bikes to exhibitions across Europe.  The 500hp trucks are fitted for long-distance work, with dual 500l fuel tanks and extra large AdBlue tanks.  Creature comforts […]
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UPS offers 150m-strong returns network

Date posted: August 27, 2010
UPS just said it is launching UPS Returns Flexible Access, a new service with a unique label that allows consumers to drop returns at any US Postal Service office or personal mailbox as well as UPS offices across the US.  The firm says the service offers more than 150 million points.  UPS began testing the […]
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Thames Travel expands fleet with new Solos

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Thames Travel Limited of Wallingford has taken eight new Optare Solo low-floor minibuses, growing its fleet by over 20% to 43.  The move will mean the Oxfordshire independent carries more than two million passengers a year.  The Solos will work from a new depot in Bracknell on recently won three-year tendered services contract for Bracknell […]
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Mission accomplished

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Two Marines and a Truck just successfully did its 3,000th move and at the same time changed its name to Two Marines Moving.  The US firm, owes its origin to two US Marine Corps veterans who two years ago decided to bring Marine Corp values the removals business.  The firm has grown on the back […]
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New Sprinter bus at IAA

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Mercedes says its bus and coach display at Hannover's IAA show will focus on greater efficiency and passenger safety.  The firm will show five buses and coaches, including the Sprinter City 77, which makes its debut at the show.  This new three-axle, Sprinter-based model is 8.7m long has a 6.8 tonne gross vehicle weight and […]
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Berlingos for FPS

Date posted: August 27, 2010
FPS, which says it is the UK's most successful automotive aftermarket parts distribution business is putting 163 Citroën Berlingo vans to work in its fleet.  The deal will mean that Citroën Berlingos form the bulk of the 260 strong FPS van fleet.  "In LX format, with the standard, fold-flat Extenso passenger seat, these vans can […]
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Enova and Remy to tackle new electric vehicle markets

Date posted: August 27, 2010
California's Enova Systems says it is working with Remy, North America's largest independent maker of advanced electric propulsion motors and recently got approval of a $60.2m grant from the US Department of Environment for the accelerated commercial development its electric motor technology.  The two firms aim to tackle markets in North America, Asia, Europe and […]
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Museum visitor numbers soar

Date posted: August 27, 2010
The 2010 season has seen visitor numbers soar dramatically at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland, Lancashire.  Its recent 'Great British Lorries Day' was so successful that the Museum will make it an annual event.  "Tourist Group Bookings and private functions for road transport industry related bodies are also up," said Rick Roberton, speaking […]
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Nasdaq float for Smith Electric Vehicles

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Smith Electric Vehicles US Corp says it go for a stock market flotation on the Nasdaq exchange, once it owns the Smith UK business.  Smith US recently made a £37m offer to buy itself and the Smith UK business out of its parent firm, Tanfield Group Plc.  Tanfield also says the terms of the deal […]
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Qinetiq and SkyBitz offer secure global tracking

Date posted: August 27, 2010
SkyBitz, a leading US firm in the remote asset tracking and management business says it is working with UK defence outfit QinetiQ's GPS based telematics business to offer secure global asset tracking.  The two say there is a growing demand for rugged tracking devices fitted or concealed virtually anywhere and report via secure networks from […]
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FTA welcomes more enforcement

Date posted: August 27, 2010
The Freight Transport Association says it welcomes plans to extend the stopping powers of enforcement officers into Scotland and Northern Ireland.  The move will effectively give enforcement officers will have the same powers across the UK.  "FTA members support the move to allow Vosa and DVA, with their specialist knowledge and equipment, to focus on […]
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ePower Trucks launches new electric van

Date posted: August 27, 2010
UK-based ePower Trucks is launching a new 3.5t electric van that delivers whole life cost savings as well as environmental benefits.  At £30,000, the XT320E costs 50% less than other 3.5t electric vans.  With a standard battery pack it can carry a one tonne payload for 60 miles on a full charge.  A double battery […]
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Cascone leads Multipart direct-selling business

Date posted: August 27, 2010
John Cascone recently joined supply chain specialists Multipart Solutions Ltd as sales and marketing director.  He lead its direct sales team, covering the LDV parts business, the Vanfit all-makes van parts programme and the recently won Diesel Technic all-makes truck parts franchise. More from David Rowlands on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or drowlands@automotivepr.com
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iPhone vehicle tracking app from Masternaut

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Masternaut has launched what it says is the world's first "feature-rich" web-based vehicle tracking service for the Apple iPhone and iPad.  This is the first in a series of free apps for Apple products from the Yorkshire-based telematics firm.  The Masternaut Rapide app for iPhone gives the main of the live Masternaut service to managers […]
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Atlas Maschinen buys Terex Atlas UK

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Following a deal where Atlas Maschinen GmbH bought Terex Atlas UK, the firm will now use the old Atlas identity and trade as Atlas Cranes UK Ltd.  "Only the name will change," said Jim Smith, commercial and special projects director for the firm.  Manufacturing stays in Delmenhorst, Germany, and UK sales, service and support stays […]
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Optare hybrids sail through certification tests

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Optare says that diesel-electric hybrid versions of its Solo and Versa models have passed certification trials to satisfy the Low Carbon Emission Bus rules under the Green Bus Grant scheme.  The certification, independently done at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire applies to all production Solo and Versa hybrids.  Millbrook's test cycle replicates London's route 159, […]
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New boss for Volvo East Anglia

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Darren Wymer is the new manager for Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia's Bardon depot, near Coalville, Leicestershire.  The depot opened in February 2009, a near to the M1's junction two.  Its workshop has three drive-through bays and a vehicle lift big enough for a complete artic and is open six days a week, […]
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And finally

Date posted: August 27, 2010
New Scientist's Feedback column reports that while using the Scirus.com online search, reader Guy Cox was exhorted to "Get African diseases now!"  He passed and carried on looking for the African Journal of Infectious Diseases. More from www.newscentist.com
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More growth for vans and some for trucks

Date posted: August 16, 2010
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders just published UK vehicle registration data for July. These show 20,069 vans and trucks registered in July; down 4.4% to 236,629 for the rolling year. There were 2,760 trucks registered in the month, down 25.8% to 32,115 for the rolling year. For vans the total for the month […]
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Industry bodies unite on truck testing

Date posted: August 16, 2010
The Road Haulage Association, the Freight Transport Association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association have joined forces to urge the UK government to fully privatise truck, trailer, bus and coach annual MoT testing. In a letter to Phillip Hammond, transport minister they say the DfT should […]
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Bus and coach registrations dive but minibuses buck the trend

Date posted: August 16, 2010
SMMT data for July's UK bus and coach registrations show big buses down 74% and big coaches down 13%. Minibuses bucked the trend, through March to July at least. "2010's falling big bus registration trend accelerated in July as recession bit the sector," said Paul Everitt, the SMMT's chief executive. "Public spending cuts may further […]
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Ashok takes 26% stake in Optare

Date posted: August 16, 2010
Ashok Leyland Ltd, the Indian subsidiary of the London-based Hinduja Group says that it has agreed with Optare plc to take a 26% in the UK bus maker. The deal is worth some $7.5m (£4.8m). It will give Ashok access to Optare's technology, including its successful range of mid- and full- size city buses. Optare […]
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Electric EcoDaily from Iveco

Date posted: August 16, 2010
Iveco has launched its EcoDaily Electric van and chassis cab models for the UK and Ireland. The firm says the move gives fleets access to the first fully electric 3.5 and 5.2 tonne zero emission van and light truck range made by a major vehicle company. "EcoDaily is unique in its sector for being built […]
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