Only in America – speeding ticket vouchers

Prepaid Traffic Tickets, LLC in San Diego, California,has launched what it calls a “Pre-Emptive Strike in the battle against traffic tickets”.  The firm, at www.prepaidtraffictickets.com offers prepaid vouchers, “redeemable to help defray the costs of ever more expensive speeding tickets.”  Founder Keith Kelly says he got the idea from a ‘Get-Out-of-Jail-Free’ card while playing Monopoly.  Vouchers come in varying denominations, from $50 to $200, with validity periods from 60 days to as long as six months.  Prices range from under $10 up to $80 for the higher value, longer validity vouchers. One of the most popular is redeemable for $100, valid for two months and priced at $13.33.  “We see these vouchers as a means of communicating the all-important message of safe driving.”
More from Keith Kelly on +1 (0)760 479 5640 or media-relations@prepaidtraffictickets.com

Fleet Transport Awards 2011

Business associates, clients, partners and friends are all welcome to attend the 2011 Fleet Transport Irish ‘Haulier of the Year’ and ‘Irish Truck of the Year’ awards, which take place on the evening of Monday 4 October 2010 at the Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield, County Meath.  “You can book your place now at the most important event of the year by email to awards@fleet.ie or telephone +353 94 93 72819,” says Fleet Transport editor Jarlath Sweeney.  “I advise early booking.”  A table of ten is €700 + VAT or single places are €75 + VAT.  The cost includes pre-dinner drinks, a four-course dinner and awards presentation.
More from Orla Sweeney on +353 (0)949 372 819 or orla@fleet.ie

TruckProtect supports Cable’s business initiatives.

Interviewed on BBC Radio, TruckProtect’s CEO Russell Fowler welcomed Vince Cable’s recent initiative to South America to promote British businesses.  “Businesses need of a good flow of affordable funds from the banking system and activities such as this to help develop export markets particularly in the BRIC regions.” he stated.  “Assistance and practical help from the SMMT is proving important in exploring new markets.”  TruckProtect will be at this week’s Frankfurt Automechanika and next week at the IAA supporting its various global distributors.
More from Russell Fowler on +44 (0)1 633 252 093 or russell.fowler@truckprotect.com

Go Green – Stay in the Black

In response to industry demand, on the day of the Fleet Transport Awards, Monday 4 October, Fleet Transport will hold a forum with MAN Truck & Bus, at the Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield, County Meath.  Called ‘Go Green – Stay in the Black’, it will show operators ways to cut costs by being environmentally aware.  The Forum will be free to attend and will start with a buffet lunch from 13.00.  The sessions start at 14.00.  “There are only 70 places available and they will go a ‘first come, first served basis’, so the sooner you book, the better,” says Fleet Transport editor Jarlath Sweeney.  “Don’t be disappointed, book your place now.”
More from Orla Sweeney on +353 (0)949 372 819 or orla@fleet.ie

First MAN dealer gets ATF status

MAN Truck & Bus Manchester is now an official Vosa Authorised Testing Facility for MoT commercial vehicle MoT testing.  The move should give local operators extended testing hours, more flexibility when booking tests and less travelling time.  All of this should mean a useful cut in vehicle down-time.  This is the first dealership in the MAN network to get the accreditation, though the firm says several other sites are “earmarked” for Vosa’s ATF status.  “It makes our one-stop-shop offering even more appealing,” said MAN’s head of service, John Davies, “Flexibility is key here and we can now ‘book-in’ operators at their convenience.”
More from Paul O’Malley on +44 (0)1 263 715 900 or paul@hallspr.com

Ernest Woodiwiss

David Sedgley of Roadlink International tells us that Ernest Woodiwiss died peacefully in the night recently.  Ernest joined Edmunds Walker as a sales representative at its Preston branch in 1949 and by 1958 he was sales supervisor for the firm’s North West area.  Between 1960-63 he managed the Hull branch before promotion to Midlands area manager and then in 1968 to chief executive of Edmunds Walker Industrial Division.  1973 he was a director of Associated Engineering Edmunds Walker and between 1979-81, president of the Motor Factors Association.  He retired in 1981.  Ernest leaves a widow, Kathleen, two sons and one daughter, four grandchildren and one great grandchild.  His funeral was on Wednesday 8 September and his family asks that any donations should go to The Peace Hospice, Peace Lane, Watford, WD17 3PH.
More from David Sedgley on +44 (0)1 902 606 210 d.sedgley@roadlink-international.co.uk

More brake parts in stock

Tube Gear has just launched the printed version of its latest catalogue with an online version to follow soon at www.tube-gear.com.  “This latest edition covers over 4,000 parts,” says Ian Stanley, sales director.  It is free, on request, and offers “a greater depth” to many existing ranges, and “some exiting new products.”  Tube Gear says it is the most comprehensive catalogue of stocked parts for the air brake and ancillary markets.  “Our people will happily show you its many benefits and the increased sales potential it offers.”
More from Ian Stanley on +44 (0)7 713 075 483 or ian.stanley@tube-gear.com

Lancashire Hot Spot Museum

The British Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland recently acted as host venue for Unipart’s Northern Region Car Care Centre’s annual meeting and display.  Leading manufacturers showed their state of the art products between the museum’s historic display vehicles, some of which date from the early 1900s.  “The contrasts were clearly fascinating,” said Paulette Abrahams for the museum.  “Lots of the visiting delegates said they found a lot to be learned, commercially and historically and we’re delighted to have provided the backdrop to day with a difference.”  The Museum’s ‘Special Hot Pots’ also went down exceedingly well, according to the catering team.
More from Paulette Abrahams, +44-(0)1772-451011 or enquiries@bcvm.co.uk

Roll-over warning kit wins award

Bertocco Shell’s roll-over warning device has won this year’s EuroTra Safety and Innovation Award.  The winning device warns tanker drivers of an imminent roll-over situation.  It uses a sensor between the rear axles of the trailer and a receiver in the truck’s cab. This gives the driver instant feedback about the stability of the vehicle and the effects of his driving.  Bertocco Shell is a collaboration between Bertocco Automotive Engineering of Italy and Shell Chemicals BV of Holland.  The UK’s Freight Transport Association manages this pan-European award, sponsored by the Volvo Truck Corporation.
More from Liam Northfield on +44 (0)1 892 552 255 or lnorthfield@fta.co.uk

HUD to help drivers stay on the right side on the line.

Lanesafe uses a simple head-up-display to help drivers keep to the correct side of foreign roads.  The device fits to the inside of the windscreen and projects a green arrow and a red cross onto the inside of the glass, “reminding the driver which side of the road he should be on.”  The device works 24/7, in daylight or at night and has a built-in light sensor for low light conditions.  Its display is reversible to suit all countries.  A built-in solar panel charges the unit’s battery and there is also a 12 volt in-car charger.  The unit costs £24.95 on-line at www.wallacecameron.com.
More from Sally Masterson on +44 (0)1 875 615 007 or sally@mastersonmedia.co.uk