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Training for the future: Apprenticeships in the road transport industry

Date posted: February 15, 2024

This year National Apprenticeship Week celebrated the contribution that thousands of apprentices make in the UK road transport sector. Apprenticeships give more people the opportunity to earn while they learn and begin a satisfying career, and they also help to

 

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Nissan unveils new Interstar van

Date posted: February 15, 2024

Nissan has revealed its new Interstar large van, including an electric version, which is due to go on sale before the end of 2024. The next generation Interstar will include a wide range of factory-built conversions, including Tipper, Dropside and

 

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Wrightbus secures new Arriva London order

Date posted: February 15, 2024

Zero emission bus manufacturer Wrightbus has secured a new order with Arriva to deliver 87 new buses to London. The order consists of 11 single-deck GB Kite Electroliners and 76 StreetDeck double-deck Electroliners. The buses are due to be delivered

 

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Vyta orders MANs with OptiView Mirror-Replacement system

Date posted: February 15, 2024

IT recycling company Vyta has taken delivery of two new MAN trucks to provide customers with sustainable, secure and compliant IT asset disposal and on-site hard drive shredding. The Newtownabbey-based company’s new trucks, 4×2 rigids with a TGL 12.250 and

 

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60,000th electric van joins UK roads

Date posted: February 8, 2024

The British van sector has started 2024 with a major achievement, with January seeing the arrival of the 60,000th battery electric van (BEV) on our roads since 2018. It follows almost 1,200 new BEVs being registered in the month –

 

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Five Minutes With… Driving For Better Business’s Programme Development Managers

Date posted: February 8, 2024

Nigel Holmes, Sharon Mitchell and Jim Magner tell us why Driving For Better Business is important for fleets – and the companies which support them What are your roles at Driving for Better Business/National Highways? DfBB is all about cutting

 

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Five minutes with… Chris Fower, Sales & Marketing Director, Fischer Panda

Date posted: February 8, 2024

Tell us about the new partnership with Clayton Power? We have been aware of Clayton Power and the LPS II product for a few years now and always saw it as an interesting product – and an alternative auxiliary onboard

 

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Tyre tech: How products enhance safety and efficiency for operators

Date posted: February 8, 2024

Britain’s commercial vehicle industry is fortunate to be served by tyre technology companies and manufacturers that can help operators maximise the efficiency and safety of their fleets. One such business is Automotive Equipment Solutions UK (AES UK), which recently introduced

 

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Michelin Connected Fleet partners with Scottish Water for EV transition

Date posted: February 8, 2024

Michelin Connected Fleet has signed a four-year partnership with Scottish Water to help boost the performance of the utility’s 2,000-strong mixed fleet and accelerate the firm’s move to EVs and zero emission alternatives. The plan for the water and wastewater

 

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Nottingham orders 48 Yutong electric buses

Date posted: February 8, 2024

Nottingham City Transport has placed an order for 48 Yutong E12 and E10 electric zero emission buses as it looks to fully electrify its fleet over the next four years. These are the first zero emission battery electric buses for

 

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Dasco Construction upgrades fleet with Fuso Canter trucks

Date posted: February 8, 2024

Wigan-based Dasco Construction has replaced its vans with five Fuso Canter trucks, designed to cope with the bigger jobs the company has taken on. The Canters, all 3.5-tonne 3C13 models with Comfort cab and 2,500 mm wheelbases – one of

 

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Five minutes with… Lee Foxall, Sales Manager, Ring Carnation Describe Ring Carnation’s products

Date posted: February 1, 2024

Ring Carnation’s core product is the electrical power management system – Genisys. Originally designed to service the blue light emergency service sector, it is the number one in power control and switch management, providing a key service within the specialist

 

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Going the extra mile: How the UK commercial vehicle sector supports blue light services

Date posted: February 1, 2024

For many years, Britain’s commercial vehicle industry has been at the forefront of the development and operation of some of the most sophisticated technology supplied to the blue light sector. The use cases of such technology can vary significantly, but

 

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First Hydrogen van trialled by Wales & amp; West Utilities

Date posted: February 1, 2024

Wales & West Utilities has begun trials of First Hydrogen’s hydrogen fuel cell powered van which will support network engineers to make customer call outs and undertake repair and maintenance work. The vehicle will operate from WWU’s Swansea depot, and

 

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FirstGroup to acquire York Pullman Bus Company

Date posted: February 1, 2024

FirstGroup has signed an agreement to purchase York Pullman Bus Company. York Pullman, which comprises five well-established brands in the provision of bus and coach services, has a strong presence in regional and business-to-business operations in York and the surrounding

 

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Volvo introduces first electric-only truck – for optimising city operations

Date posted: February 1, 2024

Volvo has launched its first truck model developed only with electric drive, with capacity for heavy loads and excellent driver visibility – making it an optimal choice for safe and efficient driving in city areas. The Volvo FM Low Entry,

 

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Industry must be quick off the blocks in 2024

Date posted: February 1, 2024

For any business aiming to thrive in Britain and globally during these times of challenge and opportunity, establishing strategic business partnerships is essential. As the voice of the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, one of SMMT’s key roles is providing

 

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Britain’s CV-makers deliver highest volumes in 13 years

Date posted: January 25, 2024

2023 was a bumper year for UK commercial vehicle production following huge investment in new facilities and model line-ups, with some 120,357 vans, trucks, taxis, buses and coaches leaving factory lines, according to new SMMT figures published this week. The

 

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DAF setting new standard with Electric Truck Centres

Date posted: January 25, 2024

All of DAF’s Truck Sales Centres are set to become certified Electric Truck Centres that will employ trained specialists helping customers transition to zero emissions. Each of the 34 DAF Truck Sales Centres across the UK and Ireland are being

 

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Five minutes with… Friedrich Baumann, Chief Sales and Customer Solutions Officer at MAN Truck & Bus SE

Date posted: January 25, 2024

How do you reflect on 2023 for MAN Truck & Bus? MAN Truck & Bus achieved significant sales growth in all product areas in the financial year 2023. In total, the company delivered around 116,000 vehicles to customers, an increase

 

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Back to the future: An update on the van auction market

Date posted: January 25, 2024

While some of the economic changes brought about by the pandemic were temporary, others might be here to stay, but the light commercial vehicle (LCV) auction sector is a sector always in change. Despite the return of physical auctions and customers

 

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Newcastle University acquires two electric Goupil G4s

Date posted: January 25, 2024

Newcastle University has bolstered its fleet through procuring two Goupil G4s from electric utility vehicle supplier and manufacturer, Bradshaw EV. The utility vehicles were acquired by Newcastle University’s ground maintenance teams, which will utilise the Goupils to help manage and

 

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Plaxton coaches for Reading Buses Heathrow route

Date posted: January 25, 2024

Alexander Dennis has supplied four new Plaxton Panther coaches to Reading Buses to run on new service routes to London Heathrow airport. The coaches are dedicated to the recently-established Flightline 730 and 731 routes – operated by Reading Buses’ subsidiary

 

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Browns go to eStar for three new Actros trucks

Date posted: January 25, 2024

Driver appeal, competitive running costs – and the promise of back-up from a nearby dealer – has persuaded Browns Distribution to invest in its first Mercedes-Benz trucks. The three Actros tractor units were supplied by eStar Truck & Van, whose

 

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Knowledge is key

Date posted: January 18, 2024

In just over three months’ time, we will open the doors to the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC in Birmingham, taking place 23 to 25 April. With a stellar turn out in 2023 with more than 11,400 visitors, over

 

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Five minutes with…Gerard Galvin, managing director of ETRUX

Date posted: January 18, 2024

Tell us about ETRUX? ETRUX is a leading vehicle conversion specialist and rental fleet operator which helps public and private sector organisations to reduce carbon emissions in their fleet operations. Building on our experience in lightweight composites and advanced materials,

 

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Power to the people: hydrogen in transport

Date posted: January 18, 2024

With fossil fuels being phased out of the commercial vehicle industry over the coming years, hydrogen power is seen as one of the possible new clean energy sources that could take their place. As the sector looks to rapidly decarbonise,

 

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Another Schmitz Cargobull trailer for Arthur Oakley

Date posted: January 18, 2024

Impressed with the performance of its new S.CS Coil X-Light semi-trailer from Schmitz Cargobull, Arthur Oakley Transport has returned to the manufacturer to add another curtainsider for its pallet delivery operations. The Hereford firm, whose core business is transporting heavy

 

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New electric vehicle for Ratho Coaches

Date posted: January 18, 2024

Ratho Coaches has become the first operator in the central belt of Scotland to put an electric coach into service, after taking delivery of a new Yutong TCe12. The Edinburgh-based firm added the coach as part of its sustainability drive,

 

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Keltruck supplies LKQ with gas-powered Scania units

Date posted: January 18, 2024

Keltruck has supplied LKQ Euro Car Parts with 30 compressed natural gas (CNG) tractor units. All of LKQ’s Scania vehicles are fully maintained by Keltruck’s Tamworth depot on five-year full repair and maintenance packages. The standard repair and maintenance from

 

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Time for green LCVs to take centre stage

Date posted: January 11, 2024

Twenty-one was the magic number for Britain’s new light commercial vehicle market in 2023 as SMMT’s latest figures show an extra 21.0% more of such vehicles were registered across the year compared with 2022 – that growth being reflected symmetrically

 

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Five minutes with… Toddington Harper, CEO at GRIDSERVE

Date posted: January 11, 2024

Describe the new Electric Freightway project that GRIDSERVE is involved in? The £100m Electric Freightway project will run until 2030 with a fleet of eHGVs on the roads supported by a new network of charging infrastructure at motorway service areas,

 

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Recent dealership developments: new sites and takeovers

Date posted: January 11, 2024

Over recent months there have been a number of developments in the truck and van dealer world, with announcements of several dealer sites opening and takeovers of existing businesses revealed. For example, Alltruck Group recently put the finishing touches to

 

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Equipmake extends fleet repower agreement with Big Bus Tours to 20 buses

Date posted: January 11, 2024

UK engineering specialist Equipmake has doubled its fleet repowering agreement with Big Bus Tours, extending the deal to a fleet of 20 vehicles. This follows on from an initial contract with the world’s largest sightseeing company –announced in September 2023

 

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First Bus reveals Rochdale plans for investment and jobs

Date posted: January 11, 2024

First Bus has announced a £750,000 investment in its Rochdale bus depot as it prepares to take responsibility for running Bee Network services in the area from March. The investment in the former Transdev site on Corporation Street will see

 

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Mercedes-Benz Actros is Xpression’s shining star

Date posted: January 11, 2024

A new Mercedes-Benz Actros L rig has begun transporting artificial intelligence-driven performance analysis to some of the UK’s leading professional sports teams. Operated by specialist haulier Xpression Event Solutions, the Actros L 1853 works with a purpose-designed mobile laboratory trailer

 

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Delivering CV sector ambitions in 2024

Date posted: January 4, 2024

There were good reasons to pop the corks on New Year’s Eve as the UK commercial vehicle sector rounded off a widely successful 2023 with the cherry on the icing – that being the UK-EU agreement to extend TCA rules

 

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Five minutes with…Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging

Date posted: January 4, 2024

How do you look back on 2003? Reflecting on 2023, I am immensely proud of the Osprey Charging story. Our mission to grow and redefine the EV charging landscape with consistently high-quality and easy-to-use locations and charge points has reached

 

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Resolutions for a safer fleet community in 2024

Date posted: January 4, 2024

By Mark Cartwright, Head of Commercial Vehicle Incident Prevention, National Highways The UK may have a better road safety record than most other nations – but we need to do more to reduce fatalities and injuries on our roads. In 2022 1,711

 

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Kinaxia upgrades with 200 curtainsiders from Tiger Trailers

Date posted: January 4, 2024

Kinaxia Logistics has upgraded its fleet with a total of 205 bespoke new curtainsiders from Tiger Trailers. So far, Kinaxia has invested more than £6m in the new trailers, which are being deployed across the group as part of a

 

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Asset Alliance launches bus and coach rental service

Date posted: January 4, 2024

Asset Alliance Group has launched a new bus and coach rental offering, in a move designed to significantly expand its market share in the sector. After providing specialist finance for the bus and coach industry for more than 20 years,

 

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R.L Proudlock & Sons acquires versatile new Volvo FH 540

Date posted: January 4, 2024

Northumberland-based R.L Proudlock & Sons has taken delivery of a Volvo FH 540 Globetrotter 6×2 tractor unit, plated for 65-tonne GCW operation. Supplied by Jonny Devlin, Transport Solutions Executive at Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland, the new

 

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Looking back to the future

Date posted: December 19, 2023

As we head to the festive period and draw a close to 2023, it’s worth looking back at highlights from the past year for the commercial vehicle and bus and coach industries. Firstly, technology has continued to advance – notably

 

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How UK transport firms are preparing for a net zero future

Date posted: December 19, 2023

With the UK looking at a deadline of 2050 to bring about a net zero emission economy, transport and logistics firms are already working hard to decarbonise their operations. Encouraging progress is being made as organisations produce plans for net

 

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Carrier Transicold units for Timothy Taylor’s

Date posted: December 19, 2023

Timothy Taylor’s brewery has taken delivery of two new temperature-controlled trailers, each configured with a Carrier Transicold Vector 1550 unit. Continuing a working relationship dating back more than 20 years, the trailers join a 100% Carrier-cooled fleet used to deliver

 

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Houston’s orders Volvos for Dumfries to Edinburgh route

Date posted: December 19, 2023

Lockerbie-based luxury coach and bus operator Houston’s Coaches has begun taking delivery of four new Volvo B8RLE-MCV eVoRas, for use on the 240-mile round-trip between Dumfries and Edinburgh. The new order consists of three 10.8m B8RLE-MCV eVoRas and one larger

 

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Broughton selects first Renault Trucks T Highs

Date posted: December 19, 2023

UK and international temperature-controlled and ambient transport specialist, Broughton Transport Solutions has added the first Renault Trucks T Highs to its 60-strong mixed fleet. Supplied by Sparks Commercial Services, the two T520 High 6×2 pusher tractor units were selected for

 

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Five-minutes with… Stuart Cottrell, Head of Energy Services and Government Partnerships at Tevva

Date posted: December 14, 2023

What does Tevva do? Tevva is a technology company and truck manufacturer. Best known for creating Britain’s first 7.5t-electric truck, we specialise in producing zero-tailpipe emission Electric Vehicles and long-range Hydrogen Electric vehicles. Our unique approach blends both battery electric

 

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£70 million fund to expand EV charging at motorway services

Date posted: December 14, 2023

A £70 million fund that will help motorway service areas upgrade network capacity to cater for ultra-rapid EV charge points has been announced by the Government. Transport Secretary, Mark Harper, speaking on COP28 Transport Day in Dubai revealed plans for

 

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First Bus adopts AI to revolutionise services

Date posted: December 14, 2023

First Bus has partnered with an Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology firm to revolutionise services for its customers following a successful rollout in West Yorkshire and the West of England. The new three-year £4.5m partnership is with Prospective.io, an AI company

 

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