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TRP offers £1,000 parts discount at the CV Show

Date posted: April 11, 2011
All-makes truck and trailer parts supplier TRP Parts will offer operators discounts of up to £1,000 on parts when they join its Max Card loyalty scheme at next week's CV Show.  TRP is on stand 5J100.  Registration is free and new members who join at the Show will get a book of vouchers worth £1,000.  […]
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'Grim' bus and coach registrations down 38.2%

Date posted: April 11, 2011
The latest SMMT data show total bus and coach registrations down 38.2% in March and down 18.6% for the rolling year to March.  Within that, March coaches dropped 32.3% but rose 5.8% for the rolling year.  Buses fell 39% in March and by 21.1% for the rolling year.  "In the short term the registration data […]
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Ashwoods Offers LEZ Trade-In

Date posted: April 11, 2011
Low carbon vehicle specialist Ashwoods Automotive is working with London Mayor Boris Johnson to offer discounted vehicles to small firms affected by forthcoming changes to the London Low Emission Zone.  Owner-drivers can trade in their non-compliant vehicles for a new Ford Transit fitted with Ashwoods' EcoDrive technology.  The Mayor has negotiated a significant discount for […]
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Oldbury UK celebrates its 150th anniversary at CVS

Date posted: April 11, 2011
Oldbury UK says it will celebrate its 150th anniversary on its stand 5J70 at next week's CV Show.  The firm is the sole UK importer and distributor for ARB low-loader and step-frame trailers and Warn industrial winches and hoists. It is also and also a distributor for Cayvol hydraulic loaders.  Oldbury's main aim at the […]
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Multihog's CV Show debut

Date posted: April 11, 2011
The Multihog MH90 multipurpose implement carrier is making its CV show debut this year on stand 5J20. Developed and manufactured in Dundalk, this robust, diesel powered and hydrostatically driven unit can be fitted with a wide range of attachments to tackle grass and hedge cutting, road sweeping and gritting, snow ploughing, chemical spraying and more.  […]
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Aim for Axtec at CV Show

Date posted: April 11, 2011
Axtec will launch a new hire purchase scheme on its stand 5J64 at the CV Show, to help operators buy and fit its range of axle weighing systems quickly and cheaply.  Called Aim, for Axtec Install & Maintain, it covers all the firm's systems, OnBoard Load Indicators, fixed weighbridge systems and portable weighpads.  A monthly […]
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AdBlue awareness at CV Show

Date posted: April 11, 2011
GreenChem, on stand 5H92 aims to raise the profile of the industry's AdBlue Awareness Campaign from its stand at the CV Show.  The firm is working with its competitors and major truck and engine makers to warn operators that proper specification and handling of AdBlue is vital.  "This is probably the 'cleanest' liquid used in […]
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Double-deck loading innovation at CV Show

Date posted: April 11, 2011
Transdek UK, on stand 4H100 will show two of its latest double-deck trailer loading systems at next week's CV Show.  The firm's 20t Double Deck and 6.5t V2G (Vehicle-to-Ground) Lifts both use Transdek's unique surface-mounted, plug-and-play loadhouse design, which sees even the largest of lifts installed and commissioned in less than two days.  Transdek says […]
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Blitz Rotary to workshop productivity

Date posted: April 11, 2011
Blitz Rotary will use its stand 4H110 at Workshop 2011 to show a Duplex Truck Lift, a Rotary six tonne parallelogram light commercial vehicle lift, a set of four 28.8t capacity Blitz wireless mobile column lifts, a Blitz 15 t twin ram air hydraulic pit jack and a range of Blitz floor-running air-hydraulic jacks.  UK […]
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Penman Engineering buys Creation

Date posted: April 11, 2011
Dumfries-based Penman Engineering has bought Creation, the Hampshire-based design, prototype development and vehicle engineering firm.  The deal unites two of the UK's best known independent, privately owned defence, security and related technology companies.  They aim to create a world-class centre of design and engineering capability, covering a wide range of land systems products.  Penman is […]
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Low carbon light vans and minibuses from Ashwoods

Date posted: April 11, 2011
Low carbon vehicle specialist Ashwoods Automotive is expanding its range with fuel-saving light vans and minibuses.  Ashwoods EcoDrive is a simple but effective system that works with a driver to get the best fuel use out of the vehicle, cutting fuel by up to 10%.  EcoDrive, launched on the Ford Transit panel van earlier this […]
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CV Show debut for Marshall

Date posted: April 11, 2011
At the CV Show for the first time, Marshall Fleet Solutions on stand 4C130 will show the new Thermo King SLX Spectrum Multi-temp refrigeration unit.  This uses up to 30% less fuel than earlier models and so produces 30% less CO2.  It is also 65% quieter.  Marshall will also show a range of Thermo King […]
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Win an AdBlue storage tank worth £7,000

Date posted: April 11, 2011
Air1 on stand 5J80 at the CV Show says it will use the opportunity to promote a new AdBlue storage system - the BlueBox. This compact unit is specifically developed for smaller transport yard and offers a "compact, versatile and cost effective" addition to the firm's range of AdBlue storage options.  Part of the promotion […]
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And finally

Date posted: April 11, 2011
New Scientist's Feedback page says that several readers have told it about this statement in London's free newspaper, Metro: "Fallout from Japan's damaged nuclear plant is expected to reach Europe this week - but experts say the particles will be minuscule."  Responses range from "Gosh", "Who would have thought it?" and "No, really?" to "I'll […]
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Government wants longer trucks

Date posted: April 4, 2011
The UK Department for Transport just launched a consultation to test reactions to its plan to allow longer artics.  The aim is to increase their length by two metres to 18.75m but keep the 44 tonne top weight.  The DfT says this could increase the UK's truck fleet capacity by 13% and cut carbon emissions […]
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Go North East takes 20 more Optare Versas

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Go North East has ordered 20 more Optare Versas.  This follows the success of nine Optare Versas on the firm's high-profile Quaylink service on Tyneside and takes Go North East's Versa fleet to 45 strong.  "The performance of these vehicles has been solid," said Peter Huntley, MD at Go North East.  "We see them as […]
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Home delivery vans' "shocking" safety record

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Britain's roads would be much safer if vans at 3.5 tonnes GVW were no longer treated like cars.  "They are small trucks and should be driven, operated and tested accordingly."  So says Commercial Vehicle Engineer, the award-winning online monthly, in a recent edition.  CVE was shocked by the roadworthiness record of 3.5-tonners run by supermarkets […]
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Promotions at Citroën

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Citroën says it has promoted Scott Michael from CV Sales Manager to Commercial Vehicle Operations Manager.  He replaces Robert Handyside, just promoted within Citroën to the Paris-based job of B2B Development Manager.  At the same time, Chris Jones is promoted to Commercial Vehicle Sales Manager, reporting to Scott Michael.  More from Phil Reed on +44 […]
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CV Show debut for Ashwoods hybrid

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Ashwoods will use its stand 4D10 for the CV Show debut for its innovative hybrid drive system.  The firm's Hybrid Transit offers operators a retrofit system, meaning that they can green their fleets without the need to buy new vehicles.  "The system can cut fuel use and emissions by 15-20% and pay for itself in […]
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Stoneridge first with next-generation digital tachograph

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Stoneridge Electronics says it will be the first firm to show a type-approved and market-ready next generation digital tachograph.  Its E5000 ExaktTM will be on the firm's stand, 5C80 at the CV Show.  The new unit records driving time and non-driving time in segments of a minute rather than rounding up to the next whole […]
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More orders for StepProtect

Date posted: April 4, 2011
The recent TNB feature on Tesco's decision to fit StepProtect to its new tractor units has resulted in more confirmed orders for Reversing Made Easy, says the firm's Matt Hickson.  Pentalver is the latest fleet to fit the nearside blind spot protection system.  "After a two week trial, our 27 MANs were fitted out neatly […]
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MAN and VW to develop light truck ranger

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Arjan Velthoven, writing in the Netherlands-based Nieuwsbrief reports that MAN and Volkswagen are "engaged in negotiations on the joint development of a range of light trucks between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes."  Velthoven says the story broke in the Hannover Allgemeine Zeitung.  VW owns a 30% stake in MAN and a 71% stake in Scania and […]
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Multipart wins five more years from Isuzu

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Multipart Solutions has won a five-year extension to its contract to handle parts for Isuzu Truck UK and its 50-strong dealer network.  The North West firm has successfully handled Isuzu's aftermarket parts since the late 90's and seen the volume grow steadily.  This should continue as the UK truck market recovers and Isuzu extends its […]
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Little and large from Citroën

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Citroën will launch its new Nemo light van on stand 5D130 at next week's CV Show.  It will also show a Supertruck-bodied 22m3 panel, van on a Citroën Relay 35 chassis with a back-to-back cab.  This is bound to be one of the biggest capacity 3.5 tonne panel vans in the Show and will be […]
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New Ranger

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Ford's new Ranger pick-up will make its UK debut on stand 4C20 at the CV Show.  The firm says this important new model has exceptional towing capacity of up to 3.3 tonne.  It also has a host of other clever ideas, including Adaptive Load Control and Trailer Sway Control and a rear-view camera system.  The […]
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Overloading hurts van users

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Van and light truck operators may be wasting money by dangerously overloading their vehicles.  So says a warning by TyreSafe, the UK's leading tyre safety organisation, after the latest Vosa effectiveness report showed that the van overloading prohibition rate rose from 66.9% in 2008/09 to 72.7% in 2009/10.  If operators fail to compensate for heavier […]
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Trailer demand half way back to health

Date posted: April 4, 2011
The latest forecast from Clear suggests that Western European trailer demand will be at about 175,000 units a year by mid 2013, in line with the long-term average.  "One way of looking at the situation is that, in 2011, we are half way back to a healthy market from the nadir of 2009," says Gary […]
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New CV man for SMMT

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Nigel Base is the SMMT's new Commercial Vehicle Development Manager.  He has joined the Society to take over from Robin Dickeson, manager, Commercial Vehicle Affairs, who leaves on 14 April, at the end of the CV Show.  Well known in the industry, Base is a qualified mechanical engineer with wide-ranging industry experiences, having worked for […]
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New welfare van from Alphatec

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Alphatec says its new Welfare Van is the first of its type with Webasto's Dual Top diesel-powered hot water and interior heater as standard.  Based on a Ford Transit long wheelbase high roof van, the new vehicle will take pride of place on Alphatec's stand 4B24 at the CV Show in April.  The vehicle includes […]
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Used van values fall 2.8%

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Manheim Remarketing's latest monthly market analysis for vans show that average wholesale used van values fell by 2.8% to £4,023 in February, after three rising months.  The average age rose by two months to 52 and average mileage rose to 75,124.  Compared with February 2010, average values are just 0.2% or £10 higher, average age […]
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World first for Handistep at CV Show

Date posted: April 4, 2011
World first for Handistep at CV Show Handistep says its first type-approved tow bar will make its exhibition debut at the CV Show next week. The new unit has twin full-width, anti-slip steps with red high-visibility reflective tape and is specifically designed to fit the Mercedes Sprinter and Volkswagen Crafter van ranges The new step […]
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Have you registered?

Date posted: April 4, 2011
For the first time, the CV Show organisers won't send Show passes in advance of the Show, which opens at 08:30 on Tuesday 12 April at National Exhibition Centre, near Birmingham.  But register on-line and the system will arrange a Fast Track entry ticket to the CV Show and Workshop 2011 for you to collect […]
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Tiss rides on rising diesel prices

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Tiss Security Systems says rising fuel prices have driven a "huge growth" in TankSafe sales in the past three months, many from international firms trying to control rising costs.  Recent developments in TankSafe's design and the firm's extension to US and Asian trucks as well as all European built trucks have also helped to drive […]
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Contactless CanBus reader

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Dutch vehicle data and CanBus specialist Squarell will show its CanCliq, a contactless CanBus reader on its stand 4G108 at the CV Show.  The unit reads data from a vehicle's CanBus system without direct contact with the vehicle's wiring system.  The firm says the device, placed over the signal wires in seconds, reads and delivers […]
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Optare wins £3.6m from Rotala

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Optare has won an order from Midlands-based Rotala plc for 15 high-specification Versa hybrids, with £1.7m from the Government's Green Bus Fund.  The deal also includes three diesel powered Solo SRs and two Versas.  All the buses use Mercedes-Benz diesel engines.  In the hybrid models the engine works with the Siemens/Bluways  system using ultra-capacitors.  All […]
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UK launch for VW Amarok

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Volkswagen's double-cab Amarok pick-up gets it UK launch from the firm's stand 5E20 at the CV Show.  VW says the new four-door, 4x4 pick-up will be the star of its stand, supported by nine other VW vans and minibuses, including Caddy and Caddy Maxi panel vans, Transporter kombi and panel van models as well as […]
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Electric Vito from Mercedes

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Mercedes-Benz will use its stand 5B20 for the UK exhibition debut of its Vito E-Cell.  Power comes from a 36 kWh capacity lithium ion battery pack driving through a 70kW electric motor.  The vehicle has a range of around 130 km, can carry a payload of up to 900 kg and its top speed is […]
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US pays for recorders on Mexican trucks

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Transport Topics reports the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will require all Mexican trucks entering the United States to have electronic onboard recorders (a sort of US step along the road to tachographs) and will pay for them.  The move follows US worries over Mexican drivers' hours.  The deal is that the FMCSA would […]
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60 Premiums for Goldstar

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Felixstowe based Goldstar Transport has taken 60 Renault Premium three-axle tractors in what Renault describes as "an important conquest deal," joining a 200 strong fleet.  All the new trucks have Privilege cabs and 460 hp rated engines and are the first Renaults into the fleet in over seven years.  They will work on a four-year […]
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Sainsburys and Tiss continue TankSafe partnership

Date posted: April 4, 2011
Tiss Security Systems says its seven year partnership with Sainsburys just delivered again.  This time Tiss people and members of Sainsburys' Engineering team developed a robust anti-spill roll mechanism for the TankSafe 'Impregnable' fuel security device to ensure that no diesel spills if a truck overturns.  The mechanism incorporates a stainless steel sealing flap which […]
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And finally

Date posted: April 4, 2011
The SMMT is moving to new offices in Westminster this summer, after more than 50 years in Forbes House, in Belgravia. This significant event deserves and is getting careful planning. Recently some staffers were surprised to get an invitation to a departmental planning meeting "sometime between Wednesday and Thursday." And we all thought we were […]
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Truck costs rise £410 in a week

Date posted: March 3, 2011
The Road Haulage Association says that fuel price hikes just pushed the annual cost of running a typical 44-tonne truck up by £410 in just one week.  Overall the RHA says the recent fuel cost hikes mean that hauliers need to raise their prices by £1,000 a year cover the higher fuel costs.  The RHA's […]
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Not easy to merge MAN and Scania, says VW

Date posted: March 3, 2011
TTM Nieuwsalert, the Netherlands-based e-newsletter reports that VW bosses Ferdinand Piech, chairman of the supervisory board of Volkswagen Group and Hans Dieter Poetsch, finance boss or the Group have said that truck makers Scania and MAN "are not easily combined."   TTM quotes Poetsch speaking ahead of the Geneva Motor Show this week. More from TTM […]
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Optare wins £7.6m Arriva orders

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Optare has won orders worth £7.6m from Arriva, for 69 single and double-deck buses for delivery during 2011.  The deal includes 16 Visionaire open-top double-deckers, based on Volvo B9TL three-axle chassis.  The Original Tour will use these on London sightseeing tours.   The firm will also take 41 Versa 11.1 metre models and 12 Solo 8.8 […]
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First bulk Air1 AdBlue for Wales

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Baglan Service Station is the first service station in Wales to offer bulk AdBlue from Air1 to trucks on forecourt.  The move follows successful sales of AdBlue sales in cans from the forecourt shop.  "We now want to offer our customers the advantages of filling their AdBlue tanks at the same time as they refuel […]
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Road Transport Media off to a flying start

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Commercial Motor, Motor Transport, Truck & Driver, the Motor Transport Awards and RoadTransport.com, are now independent, owned by a new firm called Road Transport Media.  Andy Salter, previously the publisher for the titles, led a management buy-out, buying the portfolio from Reed Business Information.  "This is fantastic news for us - and for all our […]
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I'Anson takes a very different Volvo 8x4

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Masham-based animal feed merchant I'Anson Bros Ltd has taken a Volvo 8x4 'tridem' for bulk delivery work.  The truck looks like a normal 6x4 with a fourth and steering axle added behind its double-drive bogie.  The truck's three rear axles have air suspension, with twin tyres on the two drive axles.  Both front and rear […]
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10,000th UK-built axle from BPW

Date posted: March 3, 2011
A year after starting to build suspension systems in the UK, BPW in Leicester has built its 10,000th axle, beating its own target by 25%.  Retiring Managing Director Richard Gibbs says the new facility has helped the firm "respond more quickly" to customers' "changing requirements".  At the same time the firm has been able to […]
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FIA European Truck Racing for Donington

Date posted: March 3, 2011
The FIA European Truck Racing Series will run its first race at the Donington Park Circuit this Easter Bank Holiday weekend, 23 and 24 April 2011.  Renault Trucks is the main sponsor for the event, marking the return of the FIA series to the UK, after a long absence.  Teams from all over Europe will […]
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AdBlue quality matters

Date posted: March 3, 2011
Six big AdBlue suppliers will work with Acea, the European auto industry body on a campaign to produce an easily used set of AdBlue "dos and don'ts" to help operators avoid problems.  The campaign will tackle worries about AdBlue quality, its sourcing, storage and handling.  Selective Catalytic Reduction, using AdBlue, has successfully helped cut NOx […]
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