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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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Owens Group orders 30 fuel-efficient Volvo Trucks

Date posted: December 14, 2023

Owens Group has begun taking delivery of 30 Volvo tractor units following the strong performance seen in 60 models delivered to the company in 2021. Having returned to Volvo two years ago, the business has ordered another 17 Volvo FH

 

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Make 2024 the year of van safety

Date posted: December 14, 2023

Make 2024 the year of van safety Mark Cartwright, Head of Commercial Vehicle Incident Prevention, National Highways When it comes to commercial vehicles, we could claim that 2023 has been the year of the van – but, in truth, vans

 

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A good week for commercial vehicle growth

Date posted: December 7, 2023

With Black Friday just behind us, light commercial vehicles will of course play a crucial role in the lead up to Christmas, facilitating online deliveries across the UK. And it’s great news that operators are investing in new vehicles accordingly

 

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Five minutes with… Laura Moran, Managing Director, TVL Group

Date posted: December 7, 2023

Tell us a bit about the history of TVL?  With more than 80 years’ combined experience in keeping vans and livelihoods safe, TVL Security is the leading UK specialist in designing, manufacturing and installing advanced vehicle security systems. Our products

 

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Working women: What the industry is doing to attract female skills

Date posted: December 7, 2023

Businesses in any walk of life that develop strong collaboration between male and female staff perform better, and benefit from diversity of ideas, attitudes, and approaches. However, while women make up 47% of the general UK workforce, the figure is

 

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Alexander Dennis to supply Stagecoach with newly launched Enviro100EVs

Date posted: December 7, 2023

Bus operator Stagecoach has placed an order for 20 of the new Alexander Dennis battery electric Enviro100EV model, launched in November. The Scottish Government’s ScotZEB challenge fund supported the acquisition and the vehicles are expected to be allocated to operating

 

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Parsons adds first Renault Trucks T High to fleet

Date posted: December 7, 2023

Exeter’s Parsons Nationwide Distribution has added the first Renault Trucks T520 High 6×2 pusher tractor unit to its fleet citing the vehicle’s high specification as key to the deal. The new 13 litre T520 High, with a maximum torque of

 

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First Hydrogen van tested by operators at track day

Date posted: December 7, 2023

Operators with a combined fleet of half a million vehicles in the UK and Europe tested First Hydrogen’s fuel cell-powered vans at a track day held at the Horiba Mira Proving Ground. Fleet managers from 21 operators including Asda, Sainsbury’s,

 

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Growing output and a shrinking timeline

Date posted: November 30, 2023

Production of commercial vehicles in the UK have received a shot in the arm with the first full month of production of zero emission light commercial vehicles at the remodelled Ellesmere Port. Following an investment of £100m the first vehicles

 

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Proactivity is the key to safety – and enhanced customer relations

Date posted: November 30, 2023

Telematics is potentially one of our greatest tools for proactively lowering road risk, yet some hauliers and most van fleet operations still eschew it. Of those who do use it, most prioritise tracking and delivery visibility, rather than driver improvement.

 

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Five minutes with…Ryan Davies, Sales Executive at Gray & Adams

Date posted: November 30, 2023

What does Gray & Adams do? Gray & Adams is the UK market-leader in the manufacture of specialist temperature controlled and bespoke vehicles. Founded in 1957, we are a long-established, family-owned business with 750 employees, based out of a head

 

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Ineos Grenadier for Nith Inshore Rescue

Date posted: November 30, 2023

Nith Inshore Rescue has selected an Ineos Grenadier as its new search and rescue vehicle for operation in the Upper Solway and surrounding areas. Jointly funded by the Coastal Communities Fund and St John Scotland, this is the first blue-light

 

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Wrightbus Electroliner EV buses for Oxford

Date posted: November 30, 2023

Oxford Bus Company has taken delivery of 21 zero-emission battery electric Wrighbus StreetDeck Electroliner double-deck buses for its operations in the city. The new Brookesbus fleet, which is owned and run by the operator, will replace the existing fleet of

 

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Ellerslie acquires DAF tipper grab from MV Commercial

Date posted: November 30, 2023

Ellerslie T&C has sourced a new DAF CF 450 tipper grab direct from MV Commercial’s Ready to Go fleet, helping the utilities contractor to avoid lengthy lead times. MV Commercial helped the Glasgow-based firm when it experienced significant problems trying

 

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Finance and fleets key for decarbonisation

Date posted: November 23, 2023

This week, I attended two industry conferences in Birmingham, both centred around the crucial topic of decarbonisation. These events provided a valuable platform for fleet operators, who demonstrated a keen interest in gathering information and insights from pioneers already embarked

 

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Five minutes with… Alex Fernandes, Product Architecture Manager at Dennis Eagle

Date posted: November 23, 2023

Tell us a bit about what Dennis Eagle does? As a company focused entirely on the waste management industry, our specialist knowledge and experience is unrivalled. This enables us to provide a range of products to cover every operational need.

 

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Open to AI: How operators are embracing algorithms

Date posted: November 23, 2023

The considerable potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to improve maintenance checks, route planning, fleet management and efficiencies within transport operations has been on the horizon for some time. But some operators, large and small, are beginning to take practical steps

 

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WEVC and Hydro form low-carbon aluminium partnership

Date posted: November 23, 2023

Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC) has partnered with aluminium and energy company Hydro to drastically reduce production emissions of its new electric light van. Working in the UK with the Norwegian company, WEVC will explore the use of certified recycled

 

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AVForth Bus wins first self-driving industry Vehicle of the Year award

Date posted: November 23, 2023

Project CAVForth has taken the headline Vehicle of the Year prize at the inaugural Self-driving Industry Awards. The trophy, which was handed out at a ceremony held at the Turner Contemporary in Margate on 17 November, recognised the project involving

 

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New DAFs for Keedwell Scotland

Date posted: November 23, 2023

Logistics firm Keedwell Scotland has taken delivery of 11 new DAF LF 230 curtainsider rigids and two DAF XG 530 6×2 tractor units as part of a fleet renewal programme. Supplied on a three-year contract hire deal from Asset Alliance,

 

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No stopping UK bus and truck demand

Date posted: November 16, 2023

With time-critical truck decarbonisation targets must come urgent action, and new SMMT figures show record demand for zero emission models, representing 0.8% of new registrations in Q3. That’s compared with 0.3% in Q1 and 0.4% in Q2, reflecting steady growth

 

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Smart Transport National Conference next week

Date posted: November 16, 2023

Smart Transport National Conference, the UK’s largest two-day conference, returns to Birmingham on 21-22 November as transport leaders and policymakers come together to discuss how the UK’s transport network can achieve net zero. The conference presents the key challenges and

 

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UK businesses can apply for up to £500,000 for trials that tackle local transport challenges

Date posted: November 16, 2023

A new £2 million competition is launching to encourage businesses and local authorities to work together to develop and trial transport schemes that cut emissions in the long term. The Transport Decarbonisation Demonstrators programme, funded by the Department for Transport

 

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Five minutes with… Richard Owens, Group Marketing Manager, Don-Bur

Date posted: November 16, 2023

Tell us about your new high-volume double deck trailer for Allied Bakeries? Don-Bur and Allied Bakeries have been at the forefront of innovation in the commercial vehicle industry for over two decades and our newly developed straight-frame tri-axle trailers represent

 

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Carbon neutral logistics: The future of green trucking

Date posted: November 16, 2023

Operators in the road transport sector are under increasing pressure to address their environmental impact, while at the same time looking to maintain service levels and profit margins in an extremely competitive market. One way they can prove to customers

 

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Maxus electric pickups for Port of Liverpool Police

Date posted: November 16, 2023

Peel Ports has acquired four Maxus electric pickup trucks to be used in its police fleet at the Port of Liverpool, which the business says will help it meet its environmental responsibility goals. The T90 EV pickups, supplied through the

 

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Angela Coaches take 70th anniversary Irizar i8

Date posted: November 16, 2023

Family-run operator Angela Coaches of Southampton has taken delivery of a new 13.2m Irizar Integral i8 luxury coach to celebrate its 70th anniversary in business. Supplied with 48 seats, the vehicle is powered by a DAF MX-13 355, 483 hp

 

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Volvo Trucks wins 16 truck order from Griffins Logistics

Date posted: November 16, 2023

Tuxford-based Griffins Logistics has taken delivery of 16 new Volvo trucks, citing fuel economy and backup service as key factors behind the order. Supplied by Hartshorne Group, the 16 units include three Volvo FM 460 Globetrotter 6×2 tractor units, 11

 

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Sending the right signals for zero emission van uptake

Date posted: November 9, 2023

2023 continues to be a buoyant year for the UK new light commercial vehicle market, which has now enjoyed 10 consecutive months of growth – with October seeing 26,342 of the very latest vans joining the UK’s roads. That’s 3.7%

 

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EV support is critical to 2024 success

Date posted: November 9, 2023

2023 continues to be a buoyant year for the UK new light commercial vehicle market, which has now enjoyed 10 consecutive months of growth – with October seeing 26,342 of the very latest vans joining the UK’s roads. That’s   3.7% above pre-pandemic 2019

 

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Five minutes with… Maxime Dupuy, Michelin Connected Fleet UK Sales Director

Date posted: November 9, 2023

How does Michelin Connected Fleet plan to grow its business in the HGV sector? Today’s vehicles are as connected as they’ve ever been, generating hundreds of thousands of data points every journey. Listening to our customers, we understand that there is

 

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Cool runnings: How the temperature-controlled transport sector is decarbonising

Date posted: November 9, 2023

As operators in the temperature-controlled transport sector look to decarbonise their businesses and electrify their fleets, the most forward-thinking of them are adopting the latest technologies in order to stay ahead of the competition. At the same time, truck manufacturers,

 

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Citroën electric vans are fine wine for Majestic

Date posted: November 9, 2023

Wine retailer Majestic is accelerating its fleet decarbonisation with the rollout of 35 new Citroën ë-Berlingo and ë-Dispatch electric vans by next March. According to the company, the vehicles will take out more than 700,000 diesel-powered road miles every year,

 

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Arriva London orders 34 Wrightbus Electroliners

Date posted: November 9, 2023

Arriva in London has placed an order with Wrightbus for 34 more double deck battery electric StreetDeck Electroliner buses. The high-spec vehicles will arrive at Arriva’s Enfield depot in early 2024 and will serve passengers on Route 279, taking the

 

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Driver helps design anniversary Renault T520 High

Date posted: November 9, 2023

The UK’s Pallet Network Solutions has taken delivery of a Renault Trucks T520 High 6×2 tractor unit – wrapped in a special 10th Anniversary livery. The vehicle is a one-off version of the company’s usual livery, designed by Staffordshire Signs

 

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UK Automotive must be connected and informed

Date posted: November 2, 2023

The chance to network with innovative, well-informed automotive businesses and wider stakeholders is a huge advantage of SMMT membership, providing opportunities to form partnerships and accelerate growth at home and abroad. As the champion of the UK’s auto sector, SMMT

 

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Five minutes with… James Horne, Dealer Partner Relationship Manager at Motability Operations

Date posted: November 2, 2023

Can you tell us a bit about the history of Motability? Motability Operations is the commercial organisation, delivering the Motability Scheme to more than 700,000 disabled people across the UK. We deliver smart, sustainable solutions that improve our customers’ mobility

 

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£200m to drive zero emission trucks onto Britain’s roads

Date posted: November 2, 2023

Last month, government announced a £200m package to support the arrival of more zero emission trucks on UK roads, to decarbonise freight vehicles, drive innovation and create new jobs. Freight Week saw it commit to invest across four projects to

 

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Carnegie orders Fruehauf bulk tippers

Date posted: November 2, 2023

Fuel distributor and haulage firm Carnegie Fuels has acquired six Fruehauf tippers after being impressed by the build quality of two trailers it purchased from the manufacturer last year. The East Scotland-based company will use the new stepframe Smoothsider tippers for

 

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Fareham depot charging up for 62 e-bus fleet

Date posted: November 2, 2023

First Solent is fitting its Hoeford depot in Fareham with EV charging infrastructure ahead of  the arrival of 62 new electric single-deck buses in 2024. The zero emission Wrightbus GB Kite Electroliners, built in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, for First Bus

 

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Walkers Transport gets mirrorless DAF XFs

Date posted: November 2, 2023

Walkers Transport has taken delivery of eight new DAF XF 480 trucks featuring Digital Vision System, replacing the wing mirrors as part of a fleet upgrade. The DAF XF 480 tractor units include large cabs and are specified with smart

 

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Sensible export trade rules will lock in CV growth

Date posted: October 26, 2023

Such has been the success of the commercial vehicle sector in recent years that we’re now comparing strong performances with each other – and SMMT’s UK CV production figures show a huge 11,352 new vans, buses, trucks, coaches and taxis

 

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Five minutes with… Robert Best, Director of Engineering, Wrightbus

Date posted: October 26, 2023

Why is Wrightbus agnostic when it comes to the question of Battery Electric versus Hydrogen bus technology? We believe that there is no single solution and that future fleets will be a blend of technologies. Clearly both BEV and FCEV

 

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Review: SMMT Global Trade Conference

Date posted: October 26, 2023

As supply chain bottlenecks ease, global trade is increasingly on the agenda for boosting automotive sales and the delivery of low emission technologies – but with automotive products subject to geopolitical, environmental and industrial policies, navigating business across multiple time

 

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Winter driving – how industry can help fleets to prepare, plan and proceed with caution

Date posted: October 26, 2023

Poor visibility, hostile weather, slippery roads and cold temperatures are just some of the challenges that winter driving brings – but there is a lot that industry can do to support fleet managers and drivers to mitigate these risks, making

 

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Dorset coast to get 35 low-emission buses from Alexander Dennis

Date posted: October 26, 2023

Alexander Dennis is to deliver a fleet of 35 new Enviro400 double-deck low-emission buses to Go South Coast’s Morebus and Southern Vectis operating units. A total of 28 buses at Morebus are going into Bournemouth and Poole, offering additional seats

 

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Brit European updates fleet with five Iveco S-Way trucks

Date posted: October 26, 2023

As part of its commitment to continually strengthen its operational capabilities, Cheshire international haulage operator Brit European has added five new Iveco S-Way trucks to its fleet. The 490hp Iveco S-Way AS440 S49 TX/FPs vehicles, supplied by dealer Sherwood Truck

 

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Gridserve to create charging network for electric HGVs

Date posted: October 26, 2023

Gridserve has announced it will head up the development of a new network of high-powered charging sites for electric HGVs at motorway service areas, truck stops and commercial depots. The ‘Electric Freightway’ project, which consists of 33 partner and member

 

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Tariff-free CV trade is crucial for green growth

Date posted: October 19, 2023

We’re living in a globalised world and Britain’s commercial vehicle industry is no different, trading with every continent bar Antarctica – exporting six in 10 of all CVs produced this year, while imports of finished vehicles, parts and components from

 

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