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Stertil Koni launches 'no quibble' £3,000 scrappage scheme

Date posted: May 13, 2011
Stertil Koni, the world's leading manufacturer of mobile column lifts, has launched a 'no quibble' commercial vehicle lift Scrappage Scheme. Unveiled at the recent Commercial Vehicle Show, the Scheme has been designed to provide the opportunity for users to replace any of their old commercial vehicle lifting equipment and receive a minimum £3,000 part exchange […]
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TNT Express road network in Europe orders five new Cheetah Fastback trailers

Date posted: May 13, 2011
TNT Express Road Network in Europe has ordered an additional five Cheetah Fastback trailers for its linehaul operation following successful trials of two Fastbacks between Holland and Switzerland. The original two Fastbacks were put through rigorous testing conditions over recording fuel savings averaging up to 12 per cent. The new trailers will mainly be used […]
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Renault offers London commercial vehicle users up to £6,000 off new van or minibus purchase

Date posted: May 13, 2011
Ahead of the implementation of the new vehicle emissions standards for London for 3 January 2012 as part of the Low Emission Zone (LEZ), Renault is now offering eligible commercial vehicle users up to £6,000 off the basic price of its van, conversions and minibus ranges. Originally launched in 2008 for lorries over 12 tonnes, […]
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Volvo and MCV launch new London spec double deck bus

Date posted: May 13, 2011
The new TfL specified Volvo B9TL double deck bus was officially launched at Volvo Bus headquarters in Warwick, marking the beginning of a new and significant partnership agreement with Egyptian based bodybuilder, MCV Group. Having generated widescale interest and with an order already placed by Go-Ahead for their Docklands Buses operation, the new specifically designed […]
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Optare appoints new Chief Financial Officer

Date posted: May 13, 2011
Optare plc has appointed Peter Phillips as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with effect from 6 June 2011. He replaces Mike Dunn, who leaves the company to pursue other business interests. Phillips, 50, joins Optare from Tesla Motors, the NASDAQ quoted electric car manufacturer, where he has been the European Finance Director. Prior to joining Tesla […]
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Norbert Dentressangle goes sustainable with Isotrak

Date posted: May 13, 2011
Expanding supply chain specialist Norbert Dentressangle has selected Isotrak, the UK leader in vehicle tracking and software solutions, to provide a state-of-the-art telematics system to deliver an improved greener performance and more effectively manage fleet costs. Isotrak's Active Transport Management System (ATMS) including CANBus Driving Style Module, proved the ideal choice following a live operational […]
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Signs of stability in bus and coach sector as decline slows to 5% in April

Date posted: May 13, 2011
· Overall bus and coach volumes down 5.0% in the month and 17.5% for the rolling year to April. · Coach volumes up 19.5% in April and up by 1.5% for the rolling year. · Bus registrations fell by 10.4% in April and fell by 19.7% for the rolling year. "The rate of decline in […]
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Greater investment required to minimise winter travel chaos and improve passenger welfare

Date posted: May 13, 2011
More can and should be done to ensure UK transport networks continue to operate in severe winter weather, say MPs. The welfare of air and rail passenger must be taken more seriously and better real time information must be provided to road users. Launching a report examining how snow chaos last December closed Heathrow, disabled […]
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CEVA launches Supply Chain Solutions

Date posted: May 13, 2011
• CEVA's Supply Chain Solutions to drive strategic advantage in global market-to-market supply chains • New SMART Solution to reduce risk and cost, and increase efficiency. Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, 9 May 2011 - CEVA Logistics, one of the world's leading supply chain companies, has today announced the creation of a new organization, Supply Chain Solutions, […]
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More precise planning with Territory Manager

Date posted: May 13, 2011
Organisations planning or modelling geographical territories and allocating resources to them can handle the task with much greater precision, flexibility and control with the new version 2.0 of Territory Manager from MapMechanics, the specialist in map-based analysis. Not only does version 2.0 of Territory Manager introduce the option for users to take account of drive […]
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VW set to take over MAN

Date posted: May 13, 2011
Today, Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft announced that it has increased its holdings in ordinary shares in MAN SE from 29.9 percent to 30.47 percent. This step automatically initiates a mandatory public tender offer to the shareholders of MAN SE. The offer price for each ordinary share in MAN is expected to amount to EUR 95.00 and the […]
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And finally...

Date posted: May 13, 2011
There is no such thing as a leftover pie, sausage roll or crisps in most transport offices. But where there are leftovers, fuel company Green-ergy is turning them into biofuel. Greenergy says you can extract oil from fatty foods, such as crisps, pies and pasties, which would otherwise be destined for landfill or compost, and […]
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Business Minister Mark Prisk will speak at SMMT Summit

Date posted: May 6, 2011
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has announced that Business Minister Mark Prisk will deliver the keynote political speech at the 2011 SMMT International Automotive Summit, to be held next month in Westminster. A keen supporter of UK manufacturing, Mr Prisk will discuss the key issues and opportunities facing the automotive industry, including its contribution […]
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Krone Euroliners and HB Commercial Carry European Warehousing & Transport Forward

Date posted: May 6, 2011
European Warehousing & Transport, the Ipswich-based steel haulier and handlers have 'partnered' with Felixstowe-based HB Commercial to add 6 Krone Euroliners to their fleet. European, who work with Brisko Metal Resources, a major steel products producer, approached HB Commercial to 'source & spec' a hard working and quality trailer to suit their operational needs. According […]
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International Trade survey

Date posted: May 6, 2011
SMMT has designed and launched an International Trade survey to better understand the key areas of international interest for the UK automotive sector. Answers from selected participants will help to shape our international trade support events and determine the advice we give to UKTI and other government decision makers. SMMT promotes the interests of the […]
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Renault celebrates first UK order for electric Kangoo van Z.E six months ahead of launch

Date posted: May 6, 2011
Six months ahead of the vehicle's eagerly-anticipated UK launch, Renault is celebrating the first of what it believes will be many deals for its electric Kangoo Van Z.E. (Zero Emission). Its first order, for six vans, has been placed by longstanding customer JCDecaux, Europe's largest 'out-of-home' advertising company. Set to arrive in showrooms this October, […]
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Shocking New Research Shows Drivers Concentrate on the Road Just One Third of the Time.

Date posted: May 6, 2011
The Fuelcard Company has warned commercial drivers against over reliance on sat-navs after shocking new research shows fleet drivers concentrate on the road just one third of the time. While satellite navigation systems have transformed life for commercial drivers, the devices are also one of the main causes of absent mindedness, tempting motorists to rely […]
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DHL launches logistics industry resource

Date posted: May 6, 2011
DHL Supply Chain is today announcing the launch of DHL Supply Chain Matters, a new online industry resource aiming to help readers navigate the complex modern logistics environment. Utilising DHL's global reach and industry expertise, DHL Supply Chain Matters will demonstrate how organisations can gain a cutting edge through innovation and optimisation, sharing experiences and […]
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FTA helps transport operators prepare for Olympic Games

Date posted: May 6, 2011
With over 14,000 athletes, 20,000 journalists and one million members of the public expected to descend upon the Olympic stadium next summer, the logistics sector is busy ensuring that the supply chain will not be compromised. To help operators prepare, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) will be holding a conference 'Managing Deliveries and servicing during […]
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Truck crime up again in 2011

Date posted: May 6, 2011
Theft of motor vehicles Although the theft of Large Goods Vehicles has reduced from last year, LGV theft numbers still remain very high. The low recovery rates, means damage to industry is exacerbated. The most popular targeted makes, are, as last year: Iveco, Scania and Leyland DAF. Box vans, Tractor units and Tippers are the […]
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Volvo order for 61 coaches for Greyhound

Date posted: May 6, 2011
Volvo Buses has received an order for 61 coaches for Greyhound Lines. It is Volvos subsidiary Prevost that will deliver the 61 X3-45 coaches during 2011. Prevost is proud that Greyhound has once again chosen Prevost as their primary coach supplier. The decision is based on Prevost's commitment to premium quality and timely delivery. The […]
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A new mobile 'app' will help the transport sector through the choppy waters of the economic downturn

Date posted: May 6, 2011
The transport and logistics sector is crucial to the UK's economic growth. Freight is the cornerstone of EU trade, yet the industry has been badly hit in recent years by the economic downturn, rising fuel costs and increasing incidents of freight crime. A group of public and private sector organisations are fighting back with the […]
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Paul Milnes heads Fowler Welch ambient arm

Date posted: May 6, 2011
Paul Milnes has joined Fowler Welch as Head of Operations - Ambient. The £40m ambient operation already accounts for some 25% of the overall Fowler Welch business, and Milnes has been recruited to develop the company's activities in the sector. The former MD and major shareholder of JDF Logistics, which after 17 years of successful […]
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Stagecoach positive about trading

Date posted: May 6, 2011
Stagecoach Group plc ("the Group") is today providing an update on trading in advance of a series of meetings with analysts. Financial performance The overall profitability of the Group has remained strong, with good ongoing cost control and all divisions showing revenue growth in the current year. Like-for-like revenue growth* for the financial year to […]
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Ocado starts on second fulfilment centre

Date posted: May 6, 2011
Online food retailer Ocado Group plc ("Ocado") celebrated the start of construction work on its second Customer Fulfilment Centre ("CFC") today with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by Tim Steiner, Chief Executive Officer, Ocado. The £210m hi-tech distribution facility, at IM Properties' Birch Coppice Business Park in Dordon, North Warwickshire, is being built by construction firm […]
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Pallet customers can now order online

Date posted: May 6, 2011
NORTH west haulage company Fagan and Whalley have revamped their website to allow clients to place orders online. The family-run firm, who are founder members of Palletforce, the UK's leading palletised distribution network, has overhauled its website to include a client log-in section to make it even easier for clients to place orders. The old […]
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And finally...

Date posted: May 6, 2011
Normally we would be all over the Truck Festival, taking place between 22 and 24 July at Hill Farm in Oxfordshire, but alas, this is in fact a music rather than a real truck festival. Topping the bill are Gruff Rhys, Bellowhead and former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon. Sure, it's not Truckfest but perhaps there […]
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SMMT publishes latest analysis of vehicles in use on UK roads

Date posted: April 28, 2011
SMMT has published its latest analysis of the total number of vehicles in use on UK roads. The number of heavy commercial vehicles on the road increased by 5,219 units in 2010 versus 2009 to 563,295 units, while light commercial vehicles were also up 31,796 units. The growth in the commercial vehicle market is largely […]
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Allison Transmission unveils new powershifting Twin Countershaft gearbox for tractor units

Date posted: April 28, 2011
Allison has launched a new and unique 10-speed fully automatic transmission for tractor units across the entire drive cycle. The highly innovative gearbox is set to debut in North America in late 2012. Allison's proven torque converter technology delivers uninterrupted power to the wheels for productivity and fuel efficiency in the stop-and-go portions of a […]
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Fuel price misery - with no end in sight says RHA

Date posted: April 28, 2011
The price of diesel has risen to a new record high again this week, warns the Road Haulage Association. "Relentless price rises are driving up the costs of everything we buy because it is impossible for hauliers to absorb the cost increases, much as they are under pressure from customers to do so," says RHA […]
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Double Manx success for Isuzu Truck

Date posted: April 28, 2011
Following B&C Engineering Ltd's recent appointment as the main dealer for commercial vehicle manufacturer Isuzu Truck UK on the Isle of Man, two Manx companies have chosen to specify Isuzu for the first time when purchasing their latest new trucks. A1 Cabin & Toilet Hire at Glen Vine near Douglas and SCE Ltd in Port […]
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LED Technology driving efficiency for Buses and Coaches

Date posted: April 28, 2011
BMAC, the market leader in specialist vehicle lighting has launched Europe's first E approved range of LED "90mm" headlight units. It's unique "Duo- Lux" lens configuration produces a precision beam pattern that maximise the illumination of the road ahead. Utilising industry leading LED's, specifically designed and tested to meet reliability and performance expectations in automotive […]
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SMMT presents easy approach to type approval

Date posted: April 28, 2011
The SMMT used the recent CV Show to launch its European and National Type Approval (SENTA) guide, with a series of presentations to body builders or converters, many of which were new to SENTA. The SENTA guide is a step-by-step guide to ease vehicle manufacturers and bodybuilders through the complicated European Community whole vehicle type […]
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Trucks made of girders

Date posted: April 28, 2011
In the company's constant drive to reduce its carbon footprint, the UK's leading independent soft drinks manufacturer has invested in an environmentally-friendly Bevan21 truck body. Fitted to a 26-tonne MAN chassis, the aerodynamic buckleless curtainsider is part of the first order placed by AG Barr plc with fast-growing dry freight bodybuilder Bevan Group. The Bevan21 […]
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New low cost thermal barrier coating developed for diesel engine applications to solve heat issues associated with 2013 Euro VI emissions introduction

Date posted: April 28, 2011
Fifty percent lower cost thermal barrier coating provides long lasting thermal barrier solution to solve heat issues created by changes to emissions standards of diesel engines. A new low cost, fit and forget ceramic coating offering surface temperature reductions of 125°C has been developed for diesel engine applications. Developed by coatings specialist Zircotec, its new […]
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Wellglade Group rolls out Microlise system to Trent Barton Bus Division

Date posted: April 28, 2011
After an extensive review of suppliers and detailed piloting process - where a 9% fuel saving was achieved - Wellglade Group and Trent Barton Buses have selected Microlise as their transport management solutions provider. Microlise's core tracking and telematics system, with additional modules, is to be fitted to 338 buses in the Trent Barton fleet. […]
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New Mercedes-Benz Vito is miles better on fuel

Date posted: April 28, 2011
More than 50 miles per gallon - from a van! That was the stunning fuel economy figure recorded by a customer in a Mercedes-Benz Vito, at the H&L Garages MPG Challenge. The result was achieved at an event in Hull, to mark the launch of the latest Vito range. Powered by a new family of […]
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Tyre durability more important than price

Date posted: April 28, 2011
Bridgestone received some unexpected and surprising insights from the thousands of visitors at this year's CV Show, into what people really look for when it comes to choosing their commercial vehicle tyres. The Bridgestone stand, which incorporated the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP bike, also offered visitors the chance to win two hospitality tickets to the British […]
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Canute evaluates 'whole life' costs of DAF's XF105

Date posted: April 28, 2011
Canute Group, one of the UK's fastest growing logistics companies, has put a dozen DAF XF105s into its 600 vehicle fleet to evaluate the whole life cost of running the model. The trucks are the 6x2 mid-lift axle FTG model powered by the 12.9 litre MX engine rated at 460 bhp (340 kW) and delivering […]
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Mobile phones will be the new bus and metro ticket

Date posted: April 28, 2011
Half a billion people worldwide will use their mobile devices as travel tickets on metros, subways and buses by 2015, according to new forecasts from Juniper Research. This is over five times the number generated last year but crucially Juniper is expecting usage to spread widely from the current concentration in Japan and several European […]
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And finally...

Date posted: April 28, 2011
Hats off to the Northern Echo – it has managed to get rabbits and a truck operator all in one story, according to Commercial Motor's April 28 issue. Christine Nixon, who runs Nixon Haulage in Winston, Co Durham, is looking after eight bunnies after workers at its depot accidentally dug into a rabbit warren. Nixon […]
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Axeon to reduce size, weight and cost of EV and hybrid vehicle batteries

Date posted: April 26, 2011
Axeon, Europe's largest independent lithium-ion automotive battery systems supplier, has been awarded research funding from the EU to dramatically reduce the weight, volume and cost of batteries in electric and hybrid vehicles as part of a consortium programme called SmartBatt. The consortium is led by AIT Mobility (the Austrian Institute for Technology's Mobility Division) and […]
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Positive reports from the CV Show

Date posted: April 26, 2011
Tuesday 19 April 2011 00:00 Positive reports from some of the near 400 exhibitors at the CV Show last week have been pouring into the SMMT, one of the three partners behind the show. "Generally the Supertrucks team were pleased with participation in the CV Show this year and it's an example how a small […]
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Liquid security for cross border transit

Date posted: April 26, 2011
Running Man Designs Ltd (RMD) has developed a unique cord which increases the security of cross border logistics. The Problem In one year, over 28,000 illegal attempts to enter the UK from Calais, Coquelles and Dunkerque were prevented. The total number of attempts is thought to be approximately 70,000 a year. Drivers are often attacked […]
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Cobra and Mercedes-Benz Trucks launch first pan-European GPS stolen truck tracking and location monitoring system

Date posted: April 26, 2011
Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Cobra launch 'Mercedes-Benz Tracking System', the first pan-European GPS stolen HGV tracking and location monitoring system * Thatcham CAT6 accredited product that could cut operators' insurance premiums * Mercedes-Benz genuine accessory Cobra and Mercedes-Benz Trucks are delighted to announce the launch of 'Mercedes-Benz Tracking System' the first pan-European stolen vehicle tracking and […]
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FTA guides vans towards excellence

Date posted: April 26, 2011
A comprehensive guide to successfully running a van fleet will be launched by the Freight Transport Association at the CV Show. The Guide to Van Excellence is part of the association's Van Excellence initiative, which aims to improve operating standards among van fleets and improve the image of the sector. The guide covers areas such […]
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Keltruck supply Wheyfeed with more Scanias

Date posted: April 26, 2011
Wheyfeed Ltd of Melton Road, Nottinghamshire, choose Keltruck to supply 12 new vehicles to add to their 30+ Scania dominating fleet. The deal was made between Stephen Fletcher, Keltruck New Sales Account Manager and Stuart Bridge, Managing Director of Wheyfeed Ltd. The vehicles delivered were R485LA6X2MNAH models to replace existing vehicles within the fleet. The […]
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Real-time driver feedback set to encourage safer more efficient driving

Date posted: April 26, 2011
Drivers will now be able to receive live feedback on their performance behind the wheel in a move that will promote safer and more economical driving for businesses. Active Driver Feedback, the first of two new innovations from TomTom Business Solutions, enables drivers to see their fuel efficiency, or be warned of excessive steering or […]
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Logistics apprenticeships ... step this way

Date posted: April 26, 2011
Leading trade bodies and the professional institute in the logistics sector have joined with the sector skills council to welcome the launch of government-funded apprenticeships in logistics from 6 April 2011 and to urge employers to make best use of them as part of a continuous professional development programme. The Freight Transport Association, Road Haulage […]
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Sugarich to order three Oldbury hook-lift trailers

Date posted: April 26, 2011
Roger Brown Tuesday 19 April 2011 14:47 Sugarich announced at the CV Show that it is ordering another three tri-axle hook-lift trailers from specialist manufacturer Oldbury. The company, which converts surplus food products such as bread dough into animal feed, will take delivery of the trailers in May and June. Of these, two will be […]
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