EU looks at truck weights and sizes

Piet Wieman, writing in the Netherland’s Nieuwsbrief reports that the EU Commissioner Siim Kallas says the EU is preparing new legislation on truck weights and sizes, but has made no decisions on legalising long heavy vehicles.  “We think about that but we also take into account the arguments of opponents of LHVs.”  He didn’t say when he’ll publish his plans but did promise the long-awaited European white paper for traffic and transport in March.  “This only indicates the direction of EU transport policy in the coming years” and won’t include “concrete measures and plans.”  He also suggests that passenger traffic should pay the costs of road and environmental damage, along the same lines as freight traffic will under new Eurovignette rules.
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Early bird breakfast deal

Register on-line for the CV Show or the Workshop 2011 Fast Track ticket deal and you’ll also get an Early Bird breakfast voucher worth £2 at participating restaurants in the NEC.  “This means you’ll beat the queues at the gates, and can enjoy breakfast while you put the finishing touches to your plans for a day at the two adjacent shows,” said Show organiser Bob Sockl.  “Go to either of the two show websites,  or and follow the link.”  The 30 March issue of Commercial Motor and 4 April’s Motor Transport will carry the Show Guide.  This will list the 250 exhibitors, their exhibits and stand numbers.  “The guide will help you help you plan your visit and make the most of your time at this important commercial vehicle, road transport and automotive aftermarket event,” says Sockl.
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Bevan fits first cranes for Jewson

Midlands-based Bevan Group, recently made a dealer for Danish HMF cranes, is fitting cranes and split dropside bodies to 55 MAN trucks for Jewson, the builders’ merchant.  Bevan says that its new ability to offer a one-stop-shop deal means it has cut delivery times “significantly”, offering “reduced hassle and super-quick build schedules”.  The trucks, a mix of 18 and 26 tonners, will work from Jewson’s depots across the UK.  This will be the first time the firm has used HMF cranes; each truck has a radio-controlled HMF 1420-K2 14-tonne/metre crane fitted behind the cab and equipped with a Kinshofer brick and block grab.
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SMMT webinar – priorities and issues for 2011

The SMMT’s first free webinar this year, on Tuesday 1 February from 10:30 to 11:30 will look at the priorities and issues for the motor industry in 2011.  Paul Everitt, SMMT boss will outline the Society’s strategy for the coming year.  This includes plans to strengthen the UK supply chain, support innovation and business growth, develop and lead major policy campaigns, encourage collaboration and partnership and improve the profile of the UK motor industry.  The presentation, including an economic outlook, will end with a Q&A session.  You’ll find the registration details on the SMMT website at  Look in the Webinars section.
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LBM to cut well to wheel CO2 by 90%

Speaking at the launch of Iveco’s new Stralis LNG, Martin Flach, UK product director for Iveco UK, says that Liquid Natural Gas’ high energy density and thus greater range offers “distinct advantages” over Compressed Natural Gas for some jobs.  LNG means the firm can now offer heavy trucks running on different fuels for regional distribution and light trunking.  50% lower noise and emissions at near Euro 6 levels are also important features.  “Importantly,” the Stralis LNG will also run “equally well” on Liquified Biomethane “to cut well-to-wheel CO2 by over 90%.”
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Global Action Plan to save van drivers £800 a year

Global Action Plan says its Fuel Wise scheme can cut van fuel use by 16%.  Based on average van mileage and fuel use, the firm says this means saving £789 a year.  It will of course cut CO2 by 16% as well.  The Fuel Wise programme tackles the causes of inefficient driving using Eco Driving simulators and behaviour change workshops.  “Eco-driving is about changing our driving styles so we use less fuel,” says Trewin Restorick, CEO at Global Action Plan.  Cutting fuel use means cutting costs and CO2.  “It’s one thing to teach someone the techniques to drive efficiently, it’s another to ensure that those behaviours stick,” continued Restorick.
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Step up the gas

Iveco says it leads the European market for natural gas powered vans and trucks and aims to increase its sales of gas-powered vans and trucks in the UK.  It has already has UK EcoDaily, Eurocargo and Stralis models designed to run on compressed biomethane or compressed natural gas and its new Stralis LNG models will run on liquid natural gas or liquid biomethane.  Iveco is also trying hydro-methane, a mixture of natural gas with 30% hydrogen.  With sustainably sourced hydrogen, this offers even bigger cuts in CO2 emissions.
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New trailer helps Warton offer more

Barking-based Warton Freight Services is using a new trailer to help it win new business across the UK.  The new lightweight step frame and beavertail tri-axle model from Andover Trailers has helped general construction industry haulier Warton to extend its services and carry sky-high hoists and access machines.  These can weigh up to 16 tonnes.  Andover’s Ivan Collins says his firm’s new 13.6m trailer offers operators access to new transport business, based on a high quality and competitively priced UK-built unit, designed for light plant work.  The new trailer weighs 8.7 tonnes, ideal for carrying plant like pavers, rollers and access machines.
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Tough times ahead in 2011

In a New Year message, Ray Ashworth, UK boss of Daf Trucks, warns that continuing austerity, pressure on haulage rates and increased fuel costs are still causing cash flow problems for many operators despite low Bank of England base rates.  Sterling remains weak, some 20% below its 2008 levels, pushing new truck prices up.  Despite this, Ashworth thinks “2011 will be a year of recovery, albeit a slow one.”  He expects that the lead up to Euro 6 in 2013 and the London LEZ changes in 2012 “will provide some impetus” to “fragile” market growth that may deliver between 32 and 34,000 units in 2011.
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Gas is a natural for a quiet night

Iveco says its natural gas engines are up to 50% quieter than their diesel equivalents, making them ideal for urban and night delivery work.  In the UK the firm offers 28 natural gas powered EcoDaily models from 3.5 to 7 tonnes, Eurocargo trucks from 12 to 16 tonnes and Stralis trucks from 19 to 34 tonnes.  Iveco believes that increasing pressure to keep delivery costs down will make night-time deliveries more attractive.  Lower traffic at night makes for more predictable, quicker and cheaper delivery runs, particularly in urban and suburban area.  Demonstrably quieter trucks may help persuade local authorities to relax night delivery bans.
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