Don’t lose your nuts

HGV Direct says that Department for Transport data show that up to 400 wheels come off trucks and trailers each year, causing, on average 134 accidents, 27 injuries and seven deaths.  The firm says loose wheel nuts are the main cause and so it has done a deal with Sweden’s Nord Lock to supply its patented locking wheel nuts.  It says the move could help cut the number of wheel loses and accidents.  “These nuts are more effective and 30% cheaper than any other nut security system on the market,” says Chris Knowles, operations director.  He is so confident that he’ll give a free set of ‘Checkpoint’ nut indicators to any customer ordering a set of Nord Lock locking nuts.
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CV Show bookings blossom

“Over 15,000 square metres of stand space is now covered by exhibitors who have now signed up for next year’s UK Commercial Vehicle Show,” says CV Show organiser, Bob Sockl.  “We’ve bookings from many of the industry’s major players and we’re talking to dozens of others.”  The CV Show and its Workshop counterpart will run from Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 April at the National Exhibition Centre, near Birmingham.  Sockl is quietly confident about the Show, which he says will provide an “unrivalled” shop window for firms keen to market their way out the recession. A current floor plan is available by calling 01634 261262 or email enquiries@cvshow.com
More from Bob Sockl on +44 (0)1 634 261 262 or bob.s@crystal-communications.co.uk

Mind the Mexican scam

CV Show and ATS organisers say that exhibitors are being hit by an online exhibitions and events directory called Expo Guide, based in Mexico.  Typically Expo Guide faxes a misleading form that looks like an organiser’s free catalogue listing service.  This invites them to sign up for an entry in an on-line directory.  “If you fall for it, you’ll find yourself locked into what looks like an irrevocable three year contract that costs €1,181 a year,” says Bob Sockl of Crystal Communications, organiser for the CV Show.  “All you seem to get for you money is a list giving your firm’s contact details and logo, but no stand number or list of exhibits.”  Check Expo Guide on Google and you’ll find lots of advice on this and similar scams.  Most suggest that if you get caught you should ignore all the letters and threats.  Also check the Association of Exhibition Organisers which has been successfully scam busting for years.  “Do check, it could save a lot of grief,” says Sockl.
More from Bob Sockl on +44 (0)1 634 261 262 or bob.s@crystal-communications.co.uk

And finally

My colleague Bob Davis, who amongst his many talents is also the SMMT’s bus man, saw the following recently in Coach and Bus Week; it is a part of a quote from a Stagecoach manager: “…during winter weather, Chipping Norton is located at the highest geographical point in the county.” Bob wants to know where Chipping Norton goes in summer?
More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk

European CV registrations rise

Data from Acea, the European auto industry body shows commercial vehicle registrations up 6.0% to 1,300,429 across the EU from January to September, compared to the same period last year.  Vans up to 3.5tonnes, rose 8.6% to 1,098,104 while trucks over 16t dropped 5.5% to 120,152.  Buses and coaches over 3.5t dropped 12.3% to 25,065 for the period.  For most vehicle types, the data for September this year compares well with that for last year.  Total CV registrations were up 13.7%.  Vans rose 14.6%, heavy trucks rose 20.4% but busses dropped 10.4%.  Acea says most of the growth came from vans.
More from Sigrid de Vries on +32 (0)2 738 73 45 or sv@acea.be

CV Show bookings blossom

“Over 15,000 square metres of stand space is now covered by exhibitors who have signed up for next year’s Commercial Vehicle Show,” says CV Show organiser, Bob Sockl.  “We’ve bookings from many of the industry’s major players and we’re talking to dozens of others.”  The CV Show and its Workshop counterpart will run from Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 April at the National Exhibition Centre, near Birmingham.  Sockl is quietly confident about the Show, which he says will provide an “unrivalled” shop window for firms keen to market their way out the recession.  A floor plan is available by calling +44 (0)1 634 261 262 or by e-mail to enquiries@cvshow.com
More from Bob Sockl on +44 (0)1 634 261 262 or bob.s@crystal-communications.co.uk

Citroën helps Southwark win

Citroën says it helped Southwark Council win the Public Sector Fleet of the Year and a commendation for its business unit manager, Matthew Trott, in the 2010 GreenFleet awards.  The south London borough now has 150 new Ready to Run petrol/LPG Berlingo and Dispatch vans in its 320-strong van fleet.  The firm says these played “a key role” in Southwark Council’s latest awards successes.  The Council is in the London Congestion Charge zone so the new vans’ Congestion Charge exemption saves £170,000 a year.  Trott says the new dual fuel vans also deliver a 25% fuel cost saving compared to previous diesel vans and should average 50,000 miles a year.
More from Phil Reed on +44 (0)2 086 684 048 or leadingpr@aol.com

MAN confirms for CV Show

Motor Transport reports that MAN’s UK arm has “joined Mercedes-Benz” in confirming its plans to exhibit at the 2011 Commercial Vehicle Show.  “We will have some new ideas and a new approach for the CV Show,” says Des Evans, UK boss at MAN Truck & Bus.  “By next year, confidence should be returning to the UK market.”  The firm expects sales to pick up in the second half of 2011 as operators renew fleets and start buying Euro 5 trucks ahead of Euro 6 models in 2014.  “We’ll have some new ideas and a new approach for the CV Show,” says Evans.
More from Steve Hobson on +44 (0)2 086 523 285 or steve.hobson@rbi.co.uk

Harris buys Chapman

AE Harris & Co (Birmingham) Ltd has just bought Chapman Driver Seating Ltd.  Based near Milton Keynes, Chapman supplies bus and coach driver seats to operators including First Group, Stagecoach and Arriva and to bus and coach builders including Plaxton, Alexander Dennis and Wright Bus.  The firm will eventually move its manufacturing to the AE Harris factory near Birmingham.  130-year old Harris makes metal pressings, welded assemblies, turned and machined parts for automotive customers.  John Sloyan, MD at Harris says the deal will help Chapman develop new products and use in-house component supply to increase efficiency.
More from John Sloyan on +44 (0)1 212 003 700 or jtsloyan@aeharris.co.uk

Air-Seal Products seals Royal Mail Contract

Air-Seal Products says it has won a three-year deal to supply its heavy-duty tyre sealant to the Royal Mail Group’s fleet.  The firm says it expects to help Royal Mail Group cut tyre-related downtime, saving fuel, cash and emissions by preventing punctures and tyre pressure loss.  The contract is already in place and includes an option to extend until 2015.  Royal Mail has one of the largest van, truck and trailer fleets in the UK.  Air-Seal has also confirmed that it will be at next spring’s CV Show, using stand number 5B 54 to show how it can help cut tyre and related running costs across a wide range of operations.
More from Rachel Finlayson on +44 (0)1 823 674 411 or rachel@air-sealproducts.com