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13 - 15 APRIL 2021 • NEC • BIRMINGHAM • UK

Rebranding during a global crisis: How LDV will become MAXUS

Date posted: May 1, 2020
30 April 2020 Coronavirus has had an impact on every business, but for van manufacturer LDV, the timing was particularly problematic. The well-known brand was about to undertake a major rebranding and rebadging exercise ahead of important new model launches in line with its ambitious growth strategy. But plans to give the new brand – […]
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Driver of the Year shortlist announced

Date posted: May 1, 2020
30 April 2020 The shortlist for the hotly contested Microlise Driver of the Year Awards 2020 has been announced. With more than 210,000 eligible for nomination and more entries than ever before, the shortlist was compiled following weeks of data analysis, corroboration by employers and assessment by an independent judging panel. Chief Executive of Microlise, […]
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Vivaro-e breaks cover

Date posted: May 1, 2020
30 April 2020 Vauxhall has released the first images of the British-built Vivaro-e – its first factory-built, fully-electric van. Available to order from June, the new model will come in two lengths and two body variants, offering a range of 188 miles on the WLTP cycle and a payload of up to 1,226kgs (just 130kgs […]
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British-built hydrogen bus launched

Date posted: May 1, 2020
30 April 2020 Arcola Energy and Optare Group have launched a new hydrogen fuel cell double deck bus, built in the UK for domestic and international markets. Based on the proven Optare Metrodecker EV platform, the Metrodecker H2 hydrogen bus incorporates a hydrogen fuel cell powerpack developed by Arcola Energy as a direct replacement for […]
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Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK announces new MD

Date posted: May 1, 2020
30 April 2020 The successor to retiring Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK Managing Director Mike Belk has been announced. Wolfgang Theissen will take over as the brand’s next MD on 1 August. Currently Head of Overseas Sales for Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Theissen will work alongside Belk in the interim to ensure a smooth transition. Theissen began his career […]
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Member Profile – Eminox

Date posted: May 1, 2020
30 April 2020 Tell us a bit about your business? When were you founded, where are you based and how many people do you employ? Eminox was established in 1978 and while operating globally, remains headquartered in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. We employ over 300 people, with the majority based at our UK manufacturing facility and HQ. […]
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Vehicle ownership in the UK surpasses 40 million, with many still on the roads supporting nationwide coronavirus response

Date posted: April 24, 2020
21 April 2020 New data reveals record 40.4 million cars, vans, trucks and buses now registered for use in Britain. Van ownership up 2.7% to 4.5 million as UK sees highest number of HGVs in action for 30 years – vehicles now working to keep essential supply chains, emergency services and key workers moving. CO2 […]
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CV sector shines in Queen’s Award 2020

Date posted: April 24, 2020
23 April 2020 The strength, skills and success of the UK’s commercial vehicle sector has come shining through in the list of 2020 winners for the nation’s most prestigious business accolade. Across all sectors, only 220 businesses were honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, each singled out for their outstanding performance in one of […]
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Tech duo team up to keep bus services running

Date posted: April 24, 2020
23 April 2020 Transport technology companies Ticketer and Passenger have joined forces to ensure bus operators nationwide are able to deliver the most accurate information possible for their passengers during the COVID-19 crisis. The move comes after the companies’ own data found buses are still transporting 11% of their usual passengers, with many people, including […]
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Industry big hitters join forces for new fuel cell venture

Date posted: April 24, 2020
23 April 2020 Two of the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturers are teaming up to form a joint venture for large-scale production of fuel cells. Volvo Group and Daimler Truck AG have signed a preliminary non-binding agreement to establish the new venture as part of a shared vision of sustainable transport. The intention is to […]
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Member Profile – Oxbotica

Date posted: April 24, 2020
23 April 2020 Tell us a bit about your business? When were you founded, where are you based and how many people do you employ? Headquarted in Oxford, we (Oxbotica) are a global leader in autonomous vehicle software, with multiple offices spanning the UK and Canada. Since our founding in 2014 by Oxford University professors, […]
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Considering next steps for CV sector to ensure ramp up post-crisis

Date posted: April 17, 2020
16 April 2020 This evening we heard confirmation from government that the UK’s essential coronavirus lockdown period will be extended into May. While many businesses in our sector are still able to operate and, indeed, are making a critical contribution to the national effort, others have had no option but to reduce capacity or shut […]
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Why tyres still need care and attention when vehicles are parked for extended periods

Date posted: April 17, 2020
16 April 2020 Tyre maintenance can often be overlooked particularly when vehicles are not in use, and a major global company has identified a potential issue that could arise during the COVID-19 pandemic. Michelin is issuing special tyre maintenance guidance for haulage companies and truck operators that may have vehicles parked up for long periods […]
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Renault Trucks celebrates #ProudProfessionals

Date posted: April 17, 2020
16 April 2020 Renault Trucks has relaunched its #ProudProfessionals campaign to celebrate the skilled people working across the commercial vehicle sector. With distinctive new branding and a new tagline – ‘We keep the nation running’ – the campaign, which was first launched in 2017, underscores the vital role the transport industry plays in delivering the […]
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Deadline for all-electric bus town applications pushed back

Date posted: April 17, 2020
16 April 2020 The deadline for local authorities to express and interest in bidding for funding to become the nation’s leader in environmentally friendly public transport has been extended to early June. £50 million of Department for Transport funding is up for grabs to help the winning bidder pay for a brand-new fleet of electric […]
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VW offers van maintenance guidance

Date posted: April 17, 2020
16 April 2020 Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is urging van drivers to give their vehicles a health check despite being handed an MoT extension during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any MOTs for vans and passenger vehicles – including those that are due their first ever MOT – which expired on or after March 30th have been extended […]
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Kent bus services go on-demand during nationwide lockdown

Date posted: April 17, 2020
16 April 2020 Go Coach has turned to new technology as it deals with dropping demand during the nationwide lockdown. Working with Kent County Council, the operator has launched a new on-demand service to temporarily replace its regular operations in Sevenoaks. Initially running as a three-month trial, it will ensure buses only run when and […]
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Goodyear research show tyre maintenance is not always a priority

Date posted: April 17, 2020
16 April 2020 New research by Goodyear Tyres has revealed some surprising insights into the attitudes of fleet managers towards commercial vehicle tyre management. The research, which was conducted as part of a wider report into the transport industry, revealed that fewer than three-quarters (71%) of fleet managers feel tyres are a ‘very important’ area […]
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Member Profile: cap hpi

Date posted: April 17, 2020
16 April 2020 Tell us a bit about your business? When were you founded, where are you based and how many people do you employ? Used by motor trade professionals for over 80 years, cap hpi’s extensive dataset and unique understanding of the automotive market help businesses of all shapes and sizes manage risk and […]
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Keeping supply chains up and running

Date posted: April 9, 2020
09 April 2020 If anyone needed reminding of the difficult situation we find ourselves in just now, then the 54% decline in LCV registrations in March should do it, although reassuringly when I talk to members in the sector there is a view of underlying resilience as the market continues its long term structural change. […]
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UK new van market feels COVID-19 impact, as registrations halve in March

Date posted: April 9, 2020
06 April 2020 UK light commercial vehicle (LCV) market down -54.3% in key plate-change month. Just over 30,000 vans hit UK roads, as lockdown measures come into force and dealers close. Demand down across the board with most segments experiencing double-digit declines. SEE LCV REGISTRATIONS BY BRAND DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLE The UK […]
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TNB talks to the leading academic behind new research into driver recruitment

Date posted: April 9, 2020
09 April 2020 Dr Lisa Dorn is an Associate Professor of Driver Behaviour at Cranfield University and Research Director for DriverMetrics®. She is the author of a new white paper on how companies can recruit safer drivers using an existing tool called The Driver Risk Index™. Today Dr Dorn speaks to TNB about her research. […]
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LEZ and DVS enforcement to be postponed in response to pandemic

Date posted: April 9, 2020
09 April 2020 Enforcement of new rules surrounding London’s Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) and Direct Vision Standard (DVS) will be delayed for at least four months after their introduction this October. The decision was taken by Transport for London at the request of the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan. It recognises the fact that the coronavirus […]
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Tropos begins European EV production

Date posted: April 9, 2020
09 April 2020 Californian EV manufacturer Tropos Motors has commenced production at its European plant in Herne, Germany. Operated in co-operation with Mosolf Group, the factory will produce around 3,000 commercial vehicles in the L7E-CU category each year. The vehicles are designed as light electric transporters and benefit from easy charging, using domestic sockets and […]
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Lightfoot stamps its mark on fleet performance

Date posted: April 9, 2020
09 April 2020 A leading office supplies supplier has lowered its emissions by 13%, while lowering instances of dangerous driving and increasing MPG with the help of Lightfoot. Bates Office Services chose Lightfoot’s driver rewards platform and in-cab driver guidance technology for its fleet of 60 vans, which together travel up to two million miles […]
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Speedy delivery gets Cornwall bus service up and running

Date posted: April 9, 2020
09 April 2020 Alexander Dennis has fulfilled a major bus order in double quick time to help get the new Go Cornwall bus service off the mark. The new service, a subsidiary of Go Ahead Group, started operations at the end of March, less than three months after being awarded its contract by Cornwall County […]
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Van Excellence celebrates 10th birthday

Date posted: April 9, 2020
09 April 2020 The Van Excellence scheme has celebrated its 10th birthday. Administered by the FTA, the initiative allows operators to demonstrate their commitment to safer, more efficient and sustainable van fleets by passing a series of tests. And despite a decade of operation, Van Excellence remains as popular as ever, with more vans than […]
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Businesses rally in cross-sector collaboration to support COVID-19 response

Date posted: April 3, 2020
02 April 2020 While a lot of businesses are enforcing shutdowns or restricting operations, there are some sectors –notably healthcare and pharmaceuticals – that are struggling to keep up with demand. In order to bridge this gap the SMMT has been putting members in touch with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) who […]
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SMMT statement on ventilator challenge consortium

Date posted: April 3, 2020
30 March 2020 Mike Hawes. SMMT Chief Executive, said, The essential and extraordinary work of this consortium will offer a beacon of hope to our NHS and all of society, and is a shining example of how the wider automotive and other manufacturing sectors can help in this time of crisis. The entire sector stands […]
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COVID-19: Automotive Business Support

Date posted: April 3, 2020
Find all the latest support for automotive businesses from SMMT on COVID-19 including: Latest updates Government support and funding Advice and guidance Webinars https://www.smmt.co.uk/covid-19
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UK CV manufacturing down -13.6% in February, as sector supports fight against coronavirus

Date posted: April 3, 2020
27 March 2020 British commercial vehicle output falls -13.6% in February, with 7,980 units produced. Exports drive decline, down -26.2%, as output for UK market rises by 417 units. Crucial commercial vehicle sector calls for more government action to ensure uninterrupted deliveries during national crisis. UK commercial vehicle production declined -13.6% in February, with 7,980 […]
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Happy Birthday to an LCV legend!

Date posted: April 3, 2020
02 April 2020 As the iconic VW Transporter turns 70, TNB takes a nostalgic look back at the story of the world’s longest production-run commercial vehicle. The Transporter – also known as Bulli, Kombi, VW bus or microbus – first rolled off the Wolfsburg production line on 8 March 1950, and since then 13 million […]
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Citroën delivers NHS vehicles in rapid response to crisis

Date posted: April 3, 2020
02 April 2020 More than 70 new Citroën commercial vehicles are being deployed at NHS sites nationwide as the country fights the Coronavirus. The vehicles were delivered last week to NHS Property Services, which owns and manages more than 3,000 health service facilities. They will be used in carrying out critical maintenance and repair to […]
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Partnership will deliver future-ready NHS ambulance

Date posted: April 3, 2020
02 April 2020 An official partnership agreement between O&H Vehicle Technology and Cardiff-based Excelerate Technology, will launch the UK’s first fully integrated smart ambulance into the NHS in 2020. Pre-empting NHS Improvement specifications, the vehicle will leverage specialist mobile communications technology, utilising 5G, ESN-ready, optimised 4G and the next generation satellite technology and services (LEO). […]
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LowCVP sets out the case for biofuels

Date posted: April 3, 2020
02 April 2020 A new guide for fleet operators published by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) suggests renewable fuels can immediately cut greenhouse gas emissions in road transport, particularly from commercial vehicles for which few low emission solutions are currently available. The Renewable Fuels Guide, produced by the LowCVP and Cenex, and supported by […]
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Member Profile: Vic Young (South Shields)

Date posted: April 3, 2020
02 April 2020 Tell us a bit about your business? When were you founded, where are you based and how many people do you employ? And what does the business do? Vic Young (South Shields) Ltd was founded in the early 1970s. As time progressed, the company became one of the most successful Nissan dealerships […]
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Delivering essential goods and services in nation’s time of need

Date posted: March 27, 2020
26 March 2020 I have been working in the automotive and road freight sectors since I was 16, and in that time the perception of our industry has undergone a huge shift. In recent years, the importance of delivery and service vehicles was brought to the fore amidst Brexit discussions and now, the current state […]
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En-Veco Director looks at the potential of electric conversions

Date posted: March 27, 2020
26 March 2020 When it comes to launching a viable electric or alternative fuel commercial vehicle, having the technology to deliver power, range and reliability is only part of the story. As every operator knows, any truck or van is only as good as the body that’s on the back. And it’s with this very […]
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Murphy Plant strengthens fleet with major Crafter order

Date posted: March 27, 2020
26 March 2020 Murphy Plant, a leading supplier of plant, transport and equipment in the UK, has grown its fleet to more than 1,000 vans nationwide. The company passed the landmark with the delivery of 134 Volkswagen Crafters, all supplied by Alan Day Volkswagen Van Centre and featuring bespoke conversions including new racking systems designed […]
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EAV signs agreement with Finnish engineering company

Date posted: March 27, 2020
26 March 2020 Electric Assisted Vehicles (EAV) says development of its Urban Lightweight Commercial Vehicles will move to the next level with the signing of a new agreement with a leading Finnish eBike hardware and software engineering company. Under the deal, Revonte will provide EAV with technology including a fully integrated stepless transmission for its […]
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Taiwanese city green lights autonomous buses

Date posted: March 27, 2020
26 March 2020 A Taiwanese city has teamed up with LILEE Systems, a specialist in self-driving technologies and system integrations, to launch a revenue-generating autonomous bus programme. Starting later this year, the scheme will see self-driving buses operating in two business areas of Tainan, one of Taiwan’s biggest cities. If all goes well, the city […]
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Member Profile: FuelDefend Global

Date posted: March 27, 2020
26 March 2020 Tell us a bit about your business? When were you founded, where are you based and how many people do you employ? FuelDefend Global Ltd (FDG) started life as TruckProtect Ltd on 2005 and changed name as our products moved into sectors beyond trucks. The company was started by Russell Fowler, following […]
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COVID-19 response and the road ahead

Date posted: March 20, 2020
19 March 2020 In response to the swiftly unfolding COVID-19 situation, SMMT has this week moved to working remotely, following government advice in practicing social distancing. The wellbeing of our members, associates and employees remains our utmost priority, as well as ensuring business continuity and securing critical support for all UK automotive companies and their […]
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SMMT response to Chancellor’s announcement on emergency COVID-19 measures

Date posted: March 20, 2020
19 March 2020 Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive: “We welcome the additional and significant emergency support for business announced by the Chancellor today. The UK automotive industry is inherently strong and globally competitive but now stands on the precipice and will urgently need extraordinary measures such as these to avoid falling over the edge. We […]
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A driver’s perspective: The view from inside the cab

Date posted: March 20, 2020
19 March 2020 This week, TNB caught up with Mark Field, a long-serving driver for Bibby Distribution, and the current holder of the prestigious Microlise Driver of the Year title. Name, age and hometown Mark Field, 48, from Kempston in Bedfordshire. How long have you been driving professionally? I passed my Class 1 and 2 […]
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UPS begins autonomous electric vehicle trials at London hub

Date posted: March 20, 2020
19 March 2020 Delivery giant UPS has begun the testing of electric autonomous vehicles at its advanced technology hub in London. The company is exploring the sustainability and durability of the Gaussin ‘shifter’ vehicles for moving semi-trailers and containers around the facility. During the initial phase of the test, UPS will operate the vehicles with […]
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Oxford Tube has big order in the pipeline

Date posted: March 20, 2020
19 March 2020 Oxford Tube, Europe’s most frequent coach service, has placed a huge order for 34 new Plaxton Panorama coaches. The new vehicles were replace all of the Stagecoach-owned company’s current vehicle fleet and will operate a service that connects Oxford with the capital with departures as often as every 8-10 minutes during busy […]
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VW study finds van drivers are still flouting phone rules

Date posted: March 20, 2020
19 March 2020 A study by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has found that fewer than half of van drivers use handsfree or Bluetooth technology while driving and instead risk a £200 fine and six penalty points for using their phones at the wheel. The finding is made all the more shocking given that the average van […]
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Electric DAF begins real world refuse collection trial

Date posted: March 20, 2020
19 March 2020 The first DAF CF Electric 6×2 refuse collection truck has entered operations in a real world field test with Dutch public waste disposal firm ROVA. The vehicle features a zero-emission VDL electric powertrain alongside a fully electric VDL refuse collection superstructure. During a trial period it will be operated by ROVA in […]
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Member Profile – Labcraft

Date posted: March 20, 2020
19 March 2020 Tell us a bit about your business? When were you founded, where are you based and how many people do you employ? Labcraft is a family owned UK designer and manufacturer of low voltage LED lights based in Saffron Walden, Essex. Established in 1956, Labcraft has a World-wide reputation for innovative, high […]
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