Daily ByBox

ByBox says it is the first logistics and supply firm to launch a seven-day network.  ByBox will run its entire business seven days a week, offering a service “ideal for a range of sectors” that will benefit from technical support seven days a week, 365 days a year.  It expects the retail firms will find quickly find the service valuable; “Sunday is a very important working day for them,” says Mark Garritt, managing director.  “This new service means they won’t be left in the lurch if equipment or machinery goes down.”  The firm also offers a seven day a week collection service.
More from Celeste Clarke on +44 (0)2 476 228 881 or celeste@centurypr.co.uk

New card to help business drivers save

The Fuelcard Company just launched a fuel card that it says will help small van and car drivers save cash on fuel.  It says its Fleetmate card combines competitive bunker pricing on the Keyfuels network, with pump prices at new retail sites.  The firm will add some 1,500 new retail fuelling sites to the 2,500-site MyFuel network.  This gives drivers more opportunities to shop around for the lowest fuel prices and managers more opportunities to monitor and manage fuel buying.
More from Chloe Ingham on 01 423 856 735 or chloei@acceleris-mc.com

PJ Hire Services tries greenest mobile access platform

PJ Hire Services of Chelmsford has the first new Euro 5 van in the UK with a hybrid Versalift mobile access platform.  The 5.2 tonne Iveco EcoDaily combines Enhanced Environmentally friendly Vehicle emissions status with a semi-electric access platform that can operate without the vehicle’s engine running.  The vehicle was purpose-built for street-lighting work by PJ’s largest customer, May Gurney Cartledge, a division of infrastructure support services parent company May Gurney.  Iveco dealer Hendy Van & Truck did the deal, with the new EcoDaily joining PJ Hire’s 180-strong fleet, which works from seven depots across southern England.
More from James Keeler on +44 (0)2 086 474 467 or jk@garnett-keeler.com

Spanish dealer for Smith Electric

Clem is the new Spanish dealer for Smith Electric Vehicles.  The firm will sell Smith battery-powered vans, minibuses and trucks from its 16 sites across the country.  Based in Valencia, Clem employs 130 people including 40 mobile service engineers.  It has more than 25 years electric vehicle experience and is already a distributor for Garia luxury golf carts, Segway and Taylor-Dunn.  Clem will get its first Smith electric vehicles in early 2011, for trials with major fleet operators.  Smith’s growing network already covers Hong Kong, France, Iceland and Ireland.
More from Dan Jenkins, on +44 (0) 7536 092682, or email dan@brightsparkspr.com

Georgiades joins Webasto

Georgie Georgiades has joined Webasto, the Doncaster-based coach and bus climate control specialist.  In his role as market manager for minibus and commercial vehicle body-builders he will concentrate on sales of the firm’s interior heating, air conditioning and climate control systems, for both original equipment and retrofit use.
More from Steve Powell on +44 (0)1 302 322 232 or steve.powell@webasto.com

Vosa consults on test bookings

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency aims to improve to the way commercial vehicle tests are booked at its testing stations, giving a better service to the industry.  It wants bookings made online or by phone, rather than the mix of fax, email, phone or over the counter bookings at test stations.  It also wants payment by debit or credit cards or through a prefunded account.  The new system would mean that customers could check available dates at any Vosa test station get immediate confirmation and make secure payments.  The plan won’t change the booking system for tests at Authorised Test Facilities and Designated Premises.  The consultation is open until Wednesday 9 March and is available at www.vosa.gov.uk/consultationpapers
More from Luke Bigwood on +44 (0)1 179 543 208 or luke.bigwood@vosa.gov.uk

Europe-wide breakdown cover from Schmitz

Cargobull Parts & Services has a new Europe-wide breakdown cover scheme.  The firm says this means you can get a trailer back on the road quickly and without complications if a breakdown is more than 50Km from base.  Customers with a Schmitz Cargobull full service contract can use the Cargobull Euroservice free of charge for breakdowns caused by wear.  For customers without any repair and maintenance contract, Cargobull now offers a separate Europe-wide Breakdown Cover service from €96 a year.  This includes breakdown service arrangements and a payment guarantee of up to €3,000 at the Cargobull Euroservice, as well as costs.
More from Gerd Rohrsen on+49 (0)2 558 81 1323 or gerd.rohrsen@cargobull.com

And just for fun

We rarely carry long links to websites and the like, as they can worry firewall administrators and the people who protect our computers from the bad guys.  But the scene at the end of this link is great fun and entirely appropriate for this time of year, so I made an exception.  Open the hyperlink and click OK at the prompt.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7JR9oKVE For some, Christmas shopping will never be the same again.
More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 207 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk

And finally

The next issue of Transport News Brief will be devoted to our now traditional Christmas quiz.  As usual, the prize for getting answers right will be a warm glow of self-satisfaction -what more could you want?  But several people have asked to have the answers before Christmas too, so that they can use the quiz with friends and family.  So we’ll send the answers out an hour or so later, as a separate issue.  As ever, none of the questions are road transport related, so you can’t be accused of taking work home over Christmas and the New Year.  Sharpen your wits and pencils and enjoy it.  And more importantly, have a splendid Christmas and a very happy New Year.
With my kind regards,
Robin Dickeson, editor.

The world’s suppliers come to Workshop – December 2010

Workshop is the only national shop window for the UK car and commercial vehicle maintenance and repair business in 2011. It makes the perfect combination with the Commercial Vehicle Show and both are at the NEC from 12-14 April 2011.
Workshop has a diverse audience – from motorcycle repairs to truck and bus workshops. The recession means vehicles are working harder, so the service and repair sector is prospering and suppliers are keen to showcase their products and services. Workshop gives an unrivalled opportunity to do just that at the automotive trade’s only national event.
Confirmed exhibitors already include Gemco, Jubilee, Maha, NGK Texa, Unipart GES, V-Tech and Wurth. Joining them at Workshop for the first time will be Draper, Maha, Somers, SPX, Stertil and Valeo. These are global firms selling successfully on world markets. Between them, these exhibitors already offer a huge range of tools, parts, services and equipment. They can equip and stock virtually any automotive workshop, regardless of size or specialisation.