Low carbon vehicle seminar programme

This year’s low carbon vehicle event, LCV 2010, includes a wide seminar programme with more than 40 presentations and speakers across the two days.  Key industry figures, such as Philip Hammond, secretary of state for transport, Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, and Michael Hurwitz, director of the office for low emission vehicles will speak about the progress within their fields and discuss the opportunities that ultra-low carbon transport offers.
More from David Price on +44 (0)1 926 776 900 or davidp@provapr.co.uk

Optare to add CNG

Optare says it may add Compressed Natural Gas engines to its EcoDrive range of low carbon power options.  The firm says this is a direct result of its new strategic partnership with Ashok Leyland.  “This option could be attractive in European markets where there is a good supply of CNG.”  Ashok Leyland has already delivered some 6,000 CNG powered buses to Indian operators as part of its development work on alternative fuels.  The firm’s 5.7 litre turbochargecooled 180 hp natural gas engine has similar emissions to the best Euro 5 EEV diesel units, but with 26% less carbon.
More from Martin Hayes on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or mhayes@automotivepr.com

SMMT launches Automotive Innovation Award

The SMMT has launched the ‘2010 Automotive Innovation Award’ to encourage new ideas for the UK auto industry.  Sponsored by GKN Driveline and The Mail on Sunday’s Live Magazine, the first award will also “recognise ideas that have already contributed to excellence in the UK’s automotive sector.”  A panel of automotive industry experts will judge the entries and announce the winner at the SMMT’s Annual Dinner on 23 November 2010 at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane.  “The opportunities and challenges faced by the motor industry make it one of the most exciting places to make your career,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.  The deadline for submissions is 23 October 2010
More from Kate Rumsby on +44 (0)2 073 449 219 or krumsby@smmt.co.uk

The future for UK automotive

The next free SMMT webinar will be Wednesday 22 September between 10:30 and 11:30.  The subject is the future for the UK automotive sector.  With signs of growth in all big economies, Paul Everitt will discuss and give the latest economic forecast for the sector.  Ian Henry, director at AutoAnalysis, will talk about vehicle production volumes at the bigger firms and the effect these may have on the UK supply base.  There will be an opportunity for Q&A following the webinar.
More from Nikki Huggett on +44 (0)2 073 441 611 or nhuggett@smmt.co.uk

VW vans for British Gas

Volkswagen has delivered the first of 2,000 vans to British Gas this year.  These are part of the firm’s plan to update its 10,000 strong fleet.  The new vans include a mixture of Caddy and Caddy Maxi vans, plus a Crafter dropside, and the trial of a Transporter Shuttle minibus.  For better safety the vans have speed limiters and internal load racking.  Externally British Gas’ new livery includes high visibility chevrons on the rear doors.  Simon Elliott, commercial vehicle director for Volkswagen says he’s pleased that the firm’s vans have passed the “formidable” British Gas acceptance criteria.
VW van dealers will handle maintenance as part of a repair and maintenance deal.
More from John Rawlings on +44 (0)1 908 601 478 or john.rawlings@vwcv.co.uk

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