New MANs at Seafield

Seafield Logistics of Worksop has put 20 MAN TGX three-axle tractors to work as fleet replacements.  The new, XLX cabbed trucks have Gardner Denver blowers and tipping equipment and will be used across a wide range of contracts and may pull tank, tipper or curtainside trailers.  The new trucks are on a repair and maintenance contract via MAN Truck & Bus Sheffield.  Seafield has 17 operating centres throughout the UK and offers logistics, warehousing, distribution and “added value” services.  It operates 470,000 sq ft of warehousing, 110 vehicles and has a turnover of £23.3 million.
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Baker at Euro Bus Expo 2010

Transport minister Norman Baker MP will speak at a bus and coach industry seminar at this year’s Euro Bus Expo.  The seminar, ‘Six months into government – a review and next steps’, will be on Wednesday 3 November at 12:15.  It is one of eight across the three days of the show at the NEC in Birmingham from Tuesday 2 to Thursday 4 November.  Peter Hendy, commissioner of Transport for London will open the event.
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Citroën’s August deliveries up 66%

In August, Citroën says its UK van and light truck deliveries “surged” by 66.09%, to give the firm a 9.95% share of the month’s registrations – one of its highest ever share figures.  Citroën registered 862 units in August on the back of a strong, across-the-range performance by Nemo, Berlingo First, Berlingo, Dispatch and Relay models.  With year-to-date registrations up 25.74%, to 11,071 units, the firm says it is doing much better than the UK van market’s gain of 16.90% for the year to date. “Citroën continues to enjoy strong LCV sales success throughout 2010,” said Robert Handyside, Citroën’s commercial vehicle operations manager.
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More Dafs for Moorhouse

Yorkshire truck operator Tom Moorhouse & Son Ltd has replaced 12 Daf XF95s with 13 Daf XF105s, rated at 460bhp.  Josie Galloway, financial director, who runs the 123-year old firm with her brother, managing director Chris Moorhouse, said that the fuel performance of the 95s, each doing 500,000 miles, made the 105 a natural successor.  Moorhouse has gone for AS-tronic automated transmissions again, also based on good experience in the Daf 95s.  The new trucks are fully vinyl-wrapped in a new version of Moorhouse’s traditional red livery with white coach lining.
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Volvo truck deliveries rise

Volvo Truck Corporation says its deliveries in July were 116% higher than in the same month last year.  It also says demand for new trucks continues to rise in several markets.  For instance, in both North and South America deliveries rose 149% in July.  In Europe, demand is also “gradually recovering”, with an 80% rise in last July’s deliveries versus those in July 2009.
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Ryder chooses Philips

Philips Automotive Lighting UK says it has won a deal to make it official UK aftersales supplier for vehicle lighting products to van and truck rental giant Ryder’s 11,000 strong fleet.  The firm says its 24 volt MasterLife long life bulbs impressed Ryder with their ability to cut vehicle downtime, giving up to five times the life of a standard 24V bulb.  Ryder is also taking Philips LongerLife 12V bulbs, offering three or four times the normal life.  “One of the areas we really were able to help was with stop and tail lights,” says Ed Savage, general manager, automotive lighting for Philips UK.  These account for almost 80% of the fitting cost for lighting.
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And finally

New Scientist’s Feedback page reports that last month, one of its readers saw that the online astronomy magazine Universe Today ran two images of the planet Jupiter, captioned with the instruction “Click for full size”.  “Do I dare?” asks Jenny Narraway.
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Trailer height limit on the horizon

Transport News Brief has learned that bureaucrats in Brussels may limit heights to four metres.  The idea comes from the European Commission and would include a four metre height limit in the European Whole Vehicle Type Approval parameters for trailers and semi-trailers.  It could affect all vehicles built and sold across the EU.  Detailed plans are expected to be published before September.  “If this makes its way onto the statute book it will limit high cubic capacity double-deck and hump-backed trailers,” said Robin Dickeson, manager, commercial vehicle affairs at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.  This could push up costs, as some operators would need more trailers to for a job than they use today.  “Expect anguish.”
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Fleet Van Conference

This year’s Fleet Van Conference will be at the National Motor Cycle Museum, near the NEC, Birmingham on Thursday 30 September.  The event, the only one dedicated to van fleet operators, will help them tackle the tough challenges they face.  It includes case studies from some of the UK’s top van fleets and some of the best ideas to cut costs and deliver efficient transport services.  You can book at  Christopher Macgowan OBE is chairman and speakers include Robin Dickeson, manager, CV affairs at the SMMT; John Watts, editor, CV Monitor, CAP; Janet Entwistle,  managing director, BT Fleet; Alex Thompson, vehicle crash-worthiness researcher, TRL; Gary Whittam, van industry adviser; Steve Bridge, van sales and marketing director at Mercedes-Benz and Adrian Vinsome, head of programmes at Cenex.
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Iveco EEV initiative pays off

Iveco reports that interest in Enhanced Environmentally friendly Vehicle standards is growing.  The firm says that since February last year, when it was the first truck maker to offer Euro 5 and EEV standards across its full truck range up to 500 hp, more operators are asking for vehicles with stricter than minimum emission standards.  That growing interest in EEV and similar standards is connected to the growth in subsidies for vehicles with emissions performance ahead of the minimum standards and potential for better residual values that they may offer.  Sadly the UK seems reluctant to encourage operators to do more than the minimum as far as emissions are concerned.
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