Tiss success at Automechanika 2010

Tiss Security Systems says it is still processing the “huge number” of enquiries and leads generated from promoting their TankSafe range of Fuel Security Devices at Automechanika in Frankfurt last month.  “We were thrilled with the response and, in particular, the interest surrounding the TankSafe ‘Impregnable’ device,” said Matthew Rose, director at the firm.  “With rising fuel prices, most of the visitors to our stand told us it is more important than ever to protect fuel.”  Tiss says it had more than 65 “strong enquiries” from 24 different countries around the world.
More from Matthew Rose on +44 (0) 1253 400 401 or matthew.rose@tissltd.com

Trucks to pay for pollution

The EU wants member states to charge trucks for air and noise pollution as well as infrastructure costs.  The idea is to revise the “Eurovignette Directive” to help member states deal with congestion problems better.  The plan offers the opportunity to charge different rates for using the same piece of road at different times of day.  “It is part of a much broader drive to create a ‘fair financial’ framework for transport where prices for the different transport modes reflect the real costs to society and the taxpayer,” according to Siim Kallas, vice-president of the European Commission and responsible for transport.
More from Alex Robinson on +44 (0)2 073 441 614 or arobisonson@smmt.co.uk

Protect your cat

Retainagroup and Cat Clamp have developed a system to protect catalytic converters against theft from vans and other vehicles and make them easier to recover if they are stolen.  The firms say that the combination of the precision-made clamp and Retainagroup’s highly visible, secure marking and registration system presents a formidable challenge to criminals.  In future, each stainless steel clamp will have a special label that can’t be removed without leaving evidence.  There is also a fluid to permanently etch a Retainagroup unique code and telephone number of the company’s secure database, the International Security Register into each catalytic converter.  This offers immediate identification if a theft occurs.
More from Roland Worsley on +44 (0)1 233 333 133 or roland.worsley@retainagroup.co.uk

More payload for Citroën Berlingo

Citroën says the latest upgrade of its Berlingo van offers a 749 kg payload, up 149kg more than the previous model.  To make the point, the firm has named the new van Berlingo First 750.  The payload increase is one of a range of changes that increase the van’s gross vehicle weight from 1,730 to 1,995kg and push its towing capacity to 1,070kg.  The specification also includes remote locking, electric front windows, an electrically adjustable passenger side door mirror, a near-side sliding side load door and an under-body engine protection plate as standard.  The price is £11,435.
More from Phil Reed on +44 (0)2 086 684 048 or leadingpr@aol.com

Brigade cuts alarm prices

Brigade Electronics says more efficient manufacturing processes have allowed the firm to “radically” cut the prices of its white sound reversing alarms.  The firm says its unique and patented alarms are safer, quieter and “at least 35% cheaper” for some models.  The pioneer of what some have called socially acceptable reversing alarms recently said it would phase out the old-style beeping alarms over the next few years on the grounds of safety and social responsibility.  It claims shrill, bleeping alarms cause noise complaints, stress and disorientation.
More from Emily Randall on +44 (0)1 322 420 300 or sales@brigade-electronics.com

Another export Whale

Solihull-based Whale Tankers says it just exported its third VacuumWhale in 12 months to an EU member state.  This latest vehicle is one of the first tankers to feature Whale ‘iWeigh’, a recently developed waste monitoring and receipt printing system that can be upgraded to give predictive axle loading data.  Designed to carry sewage and other non-hazardous sludges, the 9,000 litre VacuumWhale is on a Daf LF55 19-tonne two-axle right hand control truck chassis.
More from Paul Watson on +44 0161 973 6763 or paul@wentworthcomms.co.uk

Stoneridge ready for new tacho law

Stoneridge says it will have its SE5000 digital tachograph approved in time for the new legislation from October 2011.  The main benefit for drivers is the “one minute rule.”  This means tachographs will now record the longest period of duty during each minute.  This change could give multi-drop drivers up to 30 minutes more drive during the working day.  Stoneridge plans to have its SE5000 tachograph approved in March 2011, allowing fleets to benefit as soon as possible.
More from Vicki Tramma on +44 (0)1 382 866 400 or vicki.tramma@stoneridge.com

FTA complains as TfL buries bad news

The Freight Transport Association says Transport for London tried to bury the bad news of a £2 price hike for London’s daily Congestion Charge.  TfL announced the rise amid the news of the recent Comprehensive Spending Review.  Natalie Chapman, FTA’s head of policy for London says she suspects that the announcement’s timing was “not purely a coincidence,” given the “dire” business implications of the rise.  The FTA wanted TfL to cap the commercial vehicle rate at £7 with different prices for essential business or discretionary car use, but TfL ignored the advice.  New, higher charges start in two months, on 4 January.  The move means Congestion Charge prices are up 42% since their start in 2003.
More from Liam Northfield on +44 (0)1 892 552 255 or lnorthfield@fta.co.uk

Cummins delivers 37,000 EPA 2010 Engines

Cummins says it has shipped nearly 37,000 EPA 2010-certified engines with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) after treatment since their introduction in January.  The firm says that the sales volumes and customer reports have confirmed its confidence in SCR to meet “today’s near-zero Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) standards” and deliver up to 6% better fuel use.  Cummins is also clearly confident that its integrated engine and after treatment systems will be a reliable foundation for clean-diesel developments to meet greenhouse gas and fuel-efficiency regulations.
More from Liz Lehmann on +1 (0)812 377 6987 or elizabeth.lehmann@cummins.com

UK vehicle production up by 6.6% in September

The SMMT has just published UK automotive production data for September.   These show UK vehicle production was up 6.6% in September with rises across the car, commercial vehicle and engine sectors.  Car output rose by 35.0% over the year-to-date, with a 5.8% rise in September. Commercial vehicle output rose 16.7% in September and 38.1% over the year-to-date.  UK engine output rose by 1.3% in September and by 23.6% in the year-to-date.
More from Kate Rumsby on +44 (0)2 073 499 219 or krumsby@smmt.co.uk