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  • Tiger Trailers promotes Ed Booth to MD Monday January 17, 2022

    Tiger Trailers’ finance director Ed Booth (pictured) has been promoted to MD of the wider group, with immediate effect. Booth’s promotion sees Tiger Trailers’ founders, John and Steven Cartwright, move from their positions as joint MDs to sit as executive directors on the board alongside fellow founder David Williams. The Winsford-based company, which employs 250 staff and manufactures articulated trailers, said the three founders will continue to work with Booth on a variety of strategic opportunities. Read more Tiger Trailers [...]

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  • Krone extends trailer parts service Friday January 14, 2022

    Krone said its parts supply service was continuing to expand amid peak sales levels of its trailers. Trailer parts for the UK and Ireland can be ordered using its online catalogue, either by part number or by scanning the QR code stamped on the trailer’s registration plate. Krone said all consignments from Leeds are being dispatched on a next day basis and, subject to availability, will arrive between one and three working days. Read more Krone trailer sales on the [...]

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  • Krone trailer sales on the rise Thursday January 13, 2022

    Sales of Krone trailers increased by 17.8% last year and its owner said he was optimistic revenues would rise again in 2022. Despite the pandemic, its commercial vehicles division reported sales of 1.37m euros in the year ending 31 July 2021, an increase from 1.17m euros the previous year. During the period, Krone Group’s CV division launched the modular swap liner, accommodating two swap bodies, as well as new chassis models for containers, the cool liner, the new-generation swap body [...]

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  • RHA welcomes pause to smart motorway rollout Wednesday January 12, 2022

    The RHA has welcomed an announcement from the DfT that the rollout of new all-lane smart motorways is to be suspended. New schemes will be paused until there is a full five years of safety data on current projects. The news came alongside a £900m government pledge for additional safety measures for existing all-lane running motorways (ALR). An investment of £390m in 150 additional emergency areas for drivers will also be put in place, creating a 50% increase in places [...]

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  • Microlise Driver of the Year 2022 opens for nominations Tuesday January 11, 2022

    Microlise is calling for nominations as it launches its search for this year’s best truck driver. The Microlise driver of the Year event, now in its eighth year, shortlists drivers by analysing a year’s worth of Microlise telematics performance data to reveal the most talented short, medium, and long-distance drivers. The process sees the Microlise Data Science team initially analyse more than 240,000 anonymous drivers’ telematics records from 2021. Data will be anonymised and analysed, with company, contract and driver [...]

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  • Have your say on the best route to net zero Monday January 10, 2022

    The University of Westminster, as part of the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight is seeking your views on how road freight operators are decarbonising their fleets, as well as the challenges resulting from Brexit and Coronavirus. Whether you are considering fleet replacement, investment in new vehicle technologies or changes to logistics operations to bring about greater fuel efficiency in the road freight industry, the research team want to hear your views. This questionnaire takes approximately 25-30 minutes to complete. Many [...]

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  • Gasrec launches biomethane monitoring centre Friday January 07, 2022

    Gasrec has opened a remote monitoring centre in Daventry to react to changes at its network of biomethane refuelling stations and resolve any potential safety issues. The company said a team of control centre operators will analyse real-time data and monitor gas levels to prevent shortages and detect equipment faults and then respond accordingly. Tony Robinson, Gasrec chief technical officer, said: “The safety and resilience of our operations is at the heart of everything we do. Read more BP buys [...]

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  • REE trials electric P7 platform for delivery fleets Thursday January 06, 2022

    Automotive developer REE has begun trials of its all-electric P7 modular platform for delivery fleets. Supporting up to four tonnes (8,800lbs) max payload, REE said the P7 platform has capacity for 35% more packages than comparable CVs. It added that electric and autonomous vehicles built on top of the platform will be able to achieve driving ranges of up to 370 miles with speeds of up to 80 mph and supporting gross vehicle weight ratings of up to 7.5-tonnes (16,500lbs). [...]

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  • Logistics UK boss awarded OBE in New Year’s Honours Tuesday January 04, 2022

    David Wells, chief executive of Logistics UK, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list, for services to transport and logistics during the Brexit transition. Wells, 56, who has led Logistics UK for the past six years, has been recognised for “raising the voice and impact of the sector at a critical time to help make Brexit work and keeping Britain’s economy moving during the Brexit transition and the Covid-19 pandemic,” according to the association. Wells said: [...]

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  • Pressure of the job putting off logistics staff Sunday December 26, 2021

    Nearly one in five transport and logistics workers are considering quitting their jobs due to excessive stress, according to a mental health study. It showed half of all workers in the industry have suffered excessive stress in the last 12 months, 17% are considering leaving their jobs and 10% have already quit. This is double the number of retail employees that have left their jobs and more than those in healthcare. The study also found that more than one in [...]

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  • UK commercial vehicle production back on the slide Friday December 24, 2021

    UK commercial vehicle production decreased to 7,940 units in November, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The 7.8% decline is the weakest November performance since 2017 and reflects the challenges faced by the wider industry, with the global shortage of semiconductors - itself a by-product of the pandemic - continuing to hamper production. November’s decline was driven by a 16.4% fall in the number of CVs built for export, whilst the domestic [...]

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  • Average truck runs 88,000 miles between DVSA checks Wednesday December 15, 2021

    The DVSA has defended its intelligence-led approach to roadside enforcement after statistics were released showing an average truck is inspected once every 88,000 miles. The figures were obtained in a freedom of information request by the Unite union, which has used them as evidence that on-the-spot checks are now “vanishingly rare”. The union said a lorry in the UK could travel the equivalent of three and a half times around the world without expecting to undergo a check. Unite said [...]

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  • Iveco and Air Liquide join forces to develop hydrogen trucks Wednesday December 15, 2021

    Iveco said it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with gas firm Air Liquide to develop hydrogen mobility in Europe. Both partners are expected to investigate and study the roll-out of heavy-duty, fuel-cell electric long-haul trucks, along with the deployment of a network of refuelling stations along the main trans-European transport corridors. In addition, both companies will jointly promote initiatives to encourage hydrogen mobility. Iveco Group designated president, Luca Sra said: “We are committed to the development of a [...]

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  • PD Ports unveils quayside warehouse on River Trent Tuesday December 14, 2021

    PD Ports has unveiled its latest investment at Groveport on the River Trent - a £500,000 warehouse facility aimed at boosting trade efficiencies and reducing costs for port customers as part of a long-term plan to continue growing business on the Humber. The 10,000sq ft transit warehouse – an interim storage location for cargo - will improve the turnaround time on vessels carrying weather-sensitive cargo, including fertiliser and steel hollow sections, allowing for temporary, covered quayside storage before transportation to [...]

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  • RHA chief executive Richard Burnett resigns Monday December 13, 2021

    Richard Burnett (pictured), chief executive of the RHA, has tendered his resignation after seven years in the role. RHA national chairperson Moreton Cullimore said Burnett had transformed the organisation during his tenure and worked tirelessly for its membership and the wider industry. "The RHA’s membership has grown significantly and our profile as an association has increased considerably," he added. "On behalf of the RHA board of directors and all the RHA employees I would like to thank him for everything [...]

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  • Pallet networks have fuller trailers, APN data reveals Friday December 03, 2021

    Vehicle utilisation for trucks involved in pallet distribution is significantly higher than the national average for artics and sits at 75.4%, according to the Association of Pallet Networks (APN). It said that in light of COP26 and the climate emergency, pallet networks offer hauliers huge savings in vehicle miles, particularly as government figures suggest that the national average for vehicle utilisation is 63%. APN said that based on these utilisation figures alone, members are saving in excess of 150,000 vehicle [...]

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  • DVSA makes Earned Recognition scheme more accessible Thursday December 02, 2021

    The DVSA said it had abandoned plans to introduce one single fully digital maintenance reporting system for Earned recognition (ER) operators, to make the scheme attractive to new entrants. A requirement for ER members to supply fully digital maintenance key performance indicators was originally set for 1 April 2022, which would have meant operators supplying compliance data via a tablet, laptop or smartphone. However, at a recent Woodfines transport conference, the enforcement agency revealed that this deadline had now been [...]

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  • Enterprise appoints Ryan Johnson as UK and Ireland MD Tuesday November 23, 2021

    Enterprise Holdings has appointed Ryan Johnson (pictured) as MD UK & Ireland as the company ramps up its drive into the logistics sector. Johnson will take over the role from Khaled Shahbo who was recently appointed senior vice president of European operations. Johnson joined the business in 1998 as a management trainee at a branch in Southern California and was appointed assistant vice president of rental for the South-Central California team in 2008. He was later promoted to AVP and [...]

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  • Ryder offers customers new after-sales benefits Friday November 19, 2021

    Ryder has overhauled its used commercial vehicle service with new benefits including complimentary DAF vouchers, free delivery and a money-back guarantee. The £350 after-sales support vouchers can be used in full or part payment for DAF parts when work is conducted across DAF’s 155-strong dealer network, with Ryder also providing free delivery and five-day money-back guarantee for its certified or verified used vehicles. Ryder said its 90-point vehicle inspection, including MOT, as well as engine, battery and brake tests would [...]

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  • Registration open for Microlise Transport Conference 2022 Friday November 12, 2021

    Registration for the Microlise Transport Conference 2022 has opened, building on its future technology focus and offering insights into current industry topics. Taking place on 18 May at the Coventry Building Society Arena, organisers said it will also showcase innovations and trends they believe will disrupt the transport and logistics sector over the coming years. In addition to the primary conference agenda, delegates will also have access to four workshop programmes, covering skills, compliance, technology and innovation. An exhibition area [...]

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  • Transaid extends driver training into Mozambique Friday November 12, 2021

    International transport charity Transaid has expanded its professional driver training programme into Mozambique, to improve standards and help make the country’s roads safer. The move comes less than a year after it secured funding to launch a similar project in Ghana. Transaid chief executive Caroline Barber said its track record for delivering life-saving work meant it was now regularly approached to expand its activities into new countries. The Mozambique project is expected to start later this month and has been [...]

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  • Administrators disclose full details of Fruehauf collapse Thursday November 11, 2021

    Fruehauf’s collapse can be attributed to a toxic mixture of Brexit, Covid-19 and a global shortage of materials, according to its administrator. In a report into the trailer maker’s descent from a leading manufacturer of tipping trailers holding 90% of the market share, Quantuma Advisory said unverified draft accounts for the year ending 30 September 2020 showed a significant loss of £2.7m. The administrators said since the business was incorporated in 2010, it was renowned for its production, quality control [...]

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  • Drivers Direct in £3.15m management buyout Thursday November 11, 2021

    Driver recruitment firm Drivers Direct has undergone a management buyout (MBO) after receiving a £1.75m investment from a private equity firm. The MBO sees ownership of the Runcorn business transfer to the current management team led by new MD Daniel Jellicoe, with plans to continue its organic growth and expand to new UK locations. Formed in 2002, Drivers Direct specialises in the training and placement of drivers across all vehicle classes, including HGV, LCV and minibuses, on both a temporary [...]

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  • Citroen’s fully electric LCV range arrives in UK Thursday November 11, 2021

    Citroen is now offering a full range of 100% electric LCVs, including its new e-Berlingo van, mid-sized e-Dispatch and large e-Relay electric models. The e-Dispatch was the first to become available, rolling off production lines in 2020, followed by the e-Relay that arrived in UK showrooms in August. Both models were joined by its new e-Berlingo van electric, which opened for orders at the end of August. Citroen said an electric quadricycle, the Ami Cargo Electric, will become available in [...]

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  • Maxus extends Scotland dealer network Wednesday November 10, 2021

    Maxus has expanded its dealer network in Scotland after partnering with Eastern Western Motor Group to add a new dealership in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire. The addition of Western Maxus brings the number of its dealerships in Scotland to four, with more than 42 located across the UK. The new dealership is located 10 miles outside of Glasgow city centre and 37 miles west of Edinburgh. Read more Maxus expands network with Bowson’s Gloucestershire dealership Maxus opens new Doncaster facility Maxus [...]

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  • Government announces major review of Driver CPC Tuesday November 09, 2021

    The government has announced a sweeping review of the Driver CPC to ease the current labour shortage and encourage more people to return to the profession. The move comes after lobbying from industry bodies to extend the validity of any qualification expiring this year to retain drivers who may otherwise be tempted to retire or find alternative work. The government also said it was identifying sites for short-term improvements to lorry parking and investing £500,000 to move an additional 29,000 [...]

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  • Fraikin opens service support centre Monday November 08, 2021

    Fraikin has opened a 24/7 service support centre at its Coventry headquarters, underlining its renewed emphasis on bringing maintenance and breakdown support inhouse. Caroline Harrison, Fraikin service support centre manager, said: “The new service will be an invaluable resource, helping to ensure we’re able to offer better continuity in customer support, which will only help to strengthen and build customer relationships. “We are now able to guarantee that a Fraikin employee is available on the other end of the phone, [...]

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  • “No major supply chain issues,” major supermarkets insist Friday November 05, 2021

    Supermarkets said they were confident their supply chains were robust enough to ensure customer requirements were fulfilled in the run-up to Christmas. Reporting its interim results for the 28 weeks ending 18 September 2021, Sainsbury’s chief executive Simon Roberts acknowledged the industry faced labour and supply chain challenges. However, he added: “Our scale, advanced cost saving programme, logistics operations and strong supplier relationships put us in a good position as we head into Christmas.” The supermarket announced pre-tax profits of [...]

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  • Government set to modify Driver CPC Thursday November 04, 2021

    The government has hinted at reforming the Driver CPC following calls from the industry for it to be suspended in order to attract back professional drivers. Government minister Trudy Harrison said there were “merits in modifying the processes” and she acknowledged that the costs involved for HGV drivers could be “difficult”. In response to a question in the House of Commons about the Driver CPC, Harrison said: “The driver certificate of professional competence was introduced to improve road safety and [...]

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  • Top brands back Road Transport Expo 2022 Thursday November 04, 2021

    Road Transport Expo (RTX) is off to a flying start with an impressive list of 40-plus exhibitors already confirmed for the brand-new Stoneleigh Park event next summer. Well-known brands - including DAF, Iveco, Scania, Tevva and Volvo Trucks – have been quick to support the three-day expo, which promises to be “all about the truck”. Taking place from 30 June to 2 July 2022, RTX is shaping up to be an unmissable event for anyone working in the road haulage [...]

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  • Smart motorway protesters to carry coffins to Parliament Friday October 29, 2021

    A campaign group protesting about the government’s continued rollout of smart motorways will carry a long procession of burial coffins to the department for transport’s office building next week. Smart Motorways Kill said the protest involving 38 coffins across Westminster Bridge to Parliament Square and then on to the DfT building in Horseferry Rd on 1 November will be non-disruptive, but will create a “striking image” that people will remember. The group was formed by Claire Mercer, the widow of [...]

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  • Commercial vehicle production edges higher Friday October 29, 2021

    There was a modest increase in UK commercial vehicle production in September, figures showed. There were 7,799 CVs produced, a 1.8% increase on 2020, although output remained 8.1% below the five-year average for the month, according to the SMMT. The automotive association said production had declined by 35.1% in August and so any increase was good news, particularly when compared to a strong September 2020 when volumes were driven by the fulfilment of several large fleet orders. The latest increase [...]

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  • MAN Truck & Bus names new head of van Friday October 29, 2021

    MAN Truck & Bus UK has announced the appointment of Tracey Perry as its new head of van. She succeeds Daniel Holbein who is leaving the company to take up a new position in MAN’s headquarters in Munich. Perry comes with a wealth of experience, having led teams in retail sales, SME and corporate sales. Between 1989 and 1998 she worked with sister company Audi before joining Renault in 2001. In 2007 Perry joined FCA Fiat Professional and in 2015 [...]

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  • CNG Fuels subsidiary HyFuels to trial hydrogen for HGVs Wednesday October 27, 2021

    CNG Fuels is to host HGV hydrogen fuel trials across its UK network of public access biomethane refuelling stations. The trial will be conducted under Hyfuels, a new branch of the company, which aims to help customers adopt hydrogen quickly and easily when it becomes commercially viable. The trials follow a report from the Committee on Climate Change which said that hydrogen-powered HGVs are expected to play a major role in decarbonising freight transport from 2030 onwards. The government’s Net [...]

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  • Transport sector gives mixed response to Autumn Budget Wednesday October 27, 2021

    The RHA has welcomed moves to help the transport and logistics sector contained in the government's Autumn Budget which it said were "campaigning wins for the organisation". However, Logistics UK said its concerns over inadequate HGV parking facilities had not been fully addressed, while the BVRLA said fleet operators needed far more clarity over the government's Net Zero Strategy. Measures announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak today (27 October) included a continued freeze on fuel duty, which remains at 57.95p per [...]

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  • Hauliers hit back at Europa chief’s attack on RHA Tuesday October 19, 2021

    Hauliers are accusing Europa Worldwide chief executive Andrew Baxter of launching a politically motivated attack on the RHA following his open letter criticising the association’s handling of Brexit and the fuel crisis and his call for RHA chief executive Richard Burnett to resign. Baxter’s letter, published yesterday (18 October), accuses the RHA of leaking information from confidential government meetings, failing to prepare hauliers for Brexit and “substantially” causing the fuel crisis by leaking information about fuel stocks. The transport boss, [...]

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  • Fraikin names new operations director Thursday October 14, 2021

    Fraikin has employed an operations director, Andy Towns (pictured), to lead its engineering and operations functions as it works towards bringing its maintenance back in-house. Towns joins after four years as aftersales director at Farid Hillend Engineering and he will report directly to MD Darren Hall. He has 35 years of experience in the industry, including direct experience of running a national network of commercial vehicle workshops. Towns said: “Darren shared his plans for the business with me; in particular [...]

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  • VMS backs electric with major new Maxus deal Thursday October 14, 2021

    Fleet management firm VMS has purchased 1,000 commercial vehicles from Maxus, 60% of which are EVs. Maxus said 500 of the vehicles are eDeliver 3s and 150 are eDeliver 9s and the total order represents one of the biggest deals struck by a commercial vehicle brand in the UK. Mark Barrett, Harris Maxus GM, said: “The deal with VMS Fleet Management is an important one for Maxus and comes at an exciting time for the brand as our sales hit [...]

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  • Haulage firms back new event promoting careers in logistics Friday October 08, 2021

    A county-wide recruitment event in Leicestershire, aimed at appealing to the public to become HGV drivers, takes place next week. ‘Blaby District Let’s Talk Logistics’ will showcase the benefits of the supply chain industry at the Fosse Park Shopping Centre on Tuesday 12 October. Supported by local logistics firm Translink Express Logistics, as well as the Department for Work and Pensions, Blaby District Council, Aggregates Industries and Samworth Brothers Distribution, the campaign aims to encourage a wider selection of the [...]

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  • APN demands two-year suspension of Driver CPC Thursday October 07, 2021

    Pallet networks want to see the Driver CPC suspended for two years with a promise it will be reformed or abolished, in order to attract back a “mass exodus” of professional drivers. The association of pallet networks (APN) also said allowing standard driving licence holders to drive 7.5-tonne vehicles once again would help haulage operators recruit young candidates. APN chairman Paul Sanders told motortransport.co.uk he “absolutely” agreed with Pallet-Track’s CE Caroline Green that a moratorium on the Driver CPC was [...]

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  • Zero-emissions HGVs still stuck “at red” says BVRLA Thursday October 07, 2021

    The zero emissions HGV market is “parked at a red light” with no clear plan from government on how it will make the transition to a carbon-free future, BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney told the rental and leasing body’s online ‘Fleets in Charge’ conference today. While the electric van market received a “brakes on at an amber light” rating from the BVRLA, Keaney said HGVs remained his “biggest concern”. In response Caroline Low, director of environment and future of mobility [...]

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  • Microlise reports rise in profits and revenue Thursday September 30, 2021

    Telematics firm Microlise saw revenue rise by 14% to £57m in the 12 months to 30 June 2021, as haulage firms strove for fleet efficiencies. The company, which listed on the London stock exchange’s AIM in July, also increased its pre-tax profit to £2.2m during the period, compared with £710,000 the year before. Microlise said its strong interim results were delivered despite the global microchip shortage, which affects its hardware products, as well as the challenges of Covid-19 and Brexit. [...]

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  • FleetCheck signs truck recovery deal with AA Wednesday September 22, 2021

    A new pay-as-you-go (PAYG) affinity partnership has been announced between the AA and fleet software specialist FleetCheck.The initiative is designed to offer FleetCheck’s more than 1,300 customers the opportunity to access the AA’s breakdown recovery services at preferential rates based on a range of menu pricing options. Andy Kirby, customer success director at FleetCheck, explained: “We have been aware for a while that many of our customers wanted to put a recovery arrangement in place but price has been an [...]

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  • HGV drivers who pass proposed new tests can work abroad Friday September 17, 2021

    HGV drivers that pass the government’s new streamlined tests designed to boost the numbers of candidates entering the industry will still be able to undertake international work, it has been confirmed. There have been concerns that simplifying the testing process for lorry drivers might not be accepted in Europe, but the DVSA told motortransport.co.uk the new rules do not affect those working internationally. A DVSA spokesman said: “HGV drivers who pass the updated test in the UK will be able [...]

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  • Renault Trucks unveils 18-tonne electric D Wide Z.E Thursday September 16, 2021

    Renault Trucks is now offering an 18-tonne electric D Wide Z.E, joining its 16 and 26-tonne model stablemates. It is also offering a wider range of wheelbases and special connectivity for reefer bodies, with 3,900mm to 6,800mm now available. Equipped with a two-axle chassis, Renault Trucks said the 18-tonne Z.E. is ideal for temperature-controlled distribution, with an optimised payload. Read more Warburtons rises to electric challenge with first 16-tonner from Renault Trucks Renault Trucks commits to expansion of fully-electric range [...]

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  • Forward Solutions launches supply chain management tool Wednesday September 15, 2021

    Software tech provider Forward Solutions is offering customers a new digital supply chain management product that oversees their entire supply chain, from purchase order to delivery. Forward Vision is a web-based portal that provides real time control and processing of transactions and also allows logistics operators’ customers to have “true visibility” of their own supply chains. Forward Solutions said Covid had created huge pressures on supply chains and operators needed more effective supply chain management. It said Forward Solutions provided [...]

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  • SDC sees 10,000th trailer roll off new production line Monday September 13, 2021

    SDC Trailers has passed a manufacturing milestone after its 10,000th trailer rolled off the company’s new production line in Toomebridge, three years after the facility became operational. This latest landmark event comes as the company continues to see a surge in demand, with one new SDC trailer going into production every 16 minutes. The semi-automated new production line was commissioned in August 2018 as part of a £7m expansion to SDC’s existing Northern Ireland base, to meet additional demand for [...]

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  • Volta in milestone production deal with Steyr Automotive Thursday September 09, 2021

    Volta Trucks has confirmed its Volta Zero will be manufactured in Austria by Steyr Automotive, following a competitive tender. Volta said Steyr was chosen based on its extensive experience of CV manufacturing, its existing infrastructure and the consequent speed to market. It means series production will commence in late 2022, following customer trials. The partnership also means the eventual creation of up to 500 jobs, as well as forming an integral part of Volta’s road-to-zero emissions strategy. Read more Testing [...]

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  • ‘Full Yorkshire’ Breakfast awaits at Northern Rewards Monday September 06, 2021

    There are still a few 10-seat tables and a couple of category sponsorship opportunities available at the inaugural Transport News Scottish Rewards Presentation Breakfast to be held during Tip-ex Tank-ex, on the morning of Friday 1 October 2021 in the Royal Hall, Harrogate, adjacent to the Show.The gala event commences at 8.45 for 9.30am with teas and coffee available on arrival, then it’s into the unique Victorian auditorium for a ‘Full Yorkshire’ breakfast. During the morning’s busy programme, there will [...]

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  • Salford Van Hire invests £16m in new DAF vehicles Monday September 06, 2021

    Salford Van Hire has invested £16m in more than 200 new DAF commercial vehicles across its spot hire and contract hire fleets. The new DAF purchases include both rigid vehicles and tractor units. The rigids are a mix of 7.5 tonne, 12 tonne and 18 tonne boxes and curtain-siders with tuck-away tail lifts, all bodied by Paccar Bodies at Leyland in Lancashire. The tractor units consist of the DAF FTGF Space and Super Space tractors, built at Leyland. The new [...]

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  • GWR slams drivers over bridge strikes Friday September 03, 2021

    “Huge” damage caused by a Tesco lorry when it crashed into a railway bridge earlier this week has prompted a train operator to criticise HGV drivers for not taking enough care on the roads. Great Western Railway’s (GWR) deputy MD said bridge strikes by lorries were regularly occurring despite being “entirely avoidable”. In the latest incident, the Tesco truck struck a bridge in Plymouth on 30 August, forcing the railway line that connects Cornwall and Plymouth with the rest of [...]

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  • FORS Standard version 6 to be published in October Wednesday September 01, 2021

    The new FORS Standard will be introduced to members via a series of live webinars this autumn. It is due to be published on 19 October with implementation from 1 July next year. The free-to-attend webinars are scheduled to take place this October and November and will update FORS members on the changes contained within the latest iteration of the FORS Standard - version 6. The FORS Standard sets out the requirements operators must meet if they wish to become [...]

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  • Vauxhall vans in Edinburgh wireless charging trial Friday August 27, 2021

    Modified Vauxhall electric vans, capable of being charged up wirelessly, have taken to the streets of Edinburgh in a groundbreaking trial. The vans are fitted with a slim charging pad on the underside and can be charged up in less than an hour simply by parking above electric pads with no need for cables or plugging in. The £1.6m project is being led by Flexible Power Systems (FPS), in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council and Heriot-Watt University. FPS [...]

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  • Death crash HGV driver suspected of taking drugs Friday August 27, 2021

    An HGV driver has been arrested on suspicion of drug driving after three people died in a collision on the A303. Police were called just after 8.40am on 25 August to a report of a collision near Andover involving a Vauxhall Astra, a Mercedes food delivery van, an HGV and a DAF recovery truck. Three people, all from separate vehicles, were pronounced dead at the scene. Hampshire police said their families had been informed and were being supported by specialist [...]

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  • Police hunt youths who attacked truck from bridge Friday August 27, 2021

    An HGV had its windscreen smashed by two teenage boys seen throwing items off a bridge over the A505 Baldock Bypass. The incident occurred on 25 August at around 2.45pm and caused so much damage the driver of the artic was unable to continue his journey. Police are now hunting the youths that threw the missiles. PC Zak Watson of Hertfordshire police said: “This is completely reckless behaviour and could have caused a collision to occur resulting in serious injuries [...]

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  • Green light for latest Kent lorry park plan Friday August 27, 2021

    Another lorry park in Kent has been given the go-ahead, just days after a logistics firm confirmed that its Dover parking site would be ready by November. At a Folkestone & Hythe council meeting earlier this week, approval was given for a 24-hour truck park on the Lympne industrial estate near Hythe, albeit with conditions. These include a maximum of 53 HGVs parked on the land at any one time, details to be submitted about the pre-booking system to be [...]

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  • Asset Alliance names new group fleet director Wednesday August 25, 2021

    Ian Padley has returned to the position of group fleet director with Asset Alliance Group. He has been joined by nine new members of support and engineering staff, taking the team to 37 in total. Based in Wolverhampton, Padley is one of the group's longest-serving team members and has worked in various roles for the commercial vehicle specialist since it was founded in 2010. Read more Asset Alliance orders 100 new trailers as demand spikes New Asset Alliance deal a [...]

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  • Tipper trailer producer Fruehauf enters administration Monday August 23, 2021

    Lincolnshire-based tipper and rigid trailer manufacturer Fruehauf has been placed into administration. Hauliers and commercial vehicle suppliers said ongoing delays to orders had already led to a major trailer shortage across the entire supply chain. Fruehauf is understood to produce around half of the tipping trailers sold in the UK. Quantuma’s Carl Jackson and Tauseef Rashid have been appointed as joint administrators of the firm, along with Brian Johnson of UHY Hacker Young. They are looking at either a sale [...]

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  • New Mercedes-Benz FUSO available for order Thursday August 12, 2021

    The new 3.5-tonne FUSO Canter is now available to order from Mercedes-Benz Trucks dealers across the country. For the first time in Britain, the new model is available with a narrower, 1.7m-wide standard cabin, in addition to the established 2.0m width of the comfort cab. Crewcab variants will continue to be offered in several weight classes. The new Canter can be ordered with safety feature Sideguard Assist, optional LED headlights, an Autolight function and reinforced rear underrun protection. Production of [...]

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  • Microlise names hero drivers of the year Thursday August 12, 2021

    Drivers from DHL Supply Chain, Waitrose and Travis Perkins have been recognised for going above and beyond when faced with potential human tragedy on the roads. The Microlise Driver of the Year driver hero awards have been announced following a data analysis process, employer corroboration and assessment by an independent judging panel. Knights of the road Lee Clempson and Daryl Braddock from DHL Supply Chain prevented a woman intending to jump from a bridge onto the A30 in Cornwall and [...]

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  • M6 closed after chemical fire on lorry trailer Tuesday August 10, 2021

    A lorry fire on the M6 involving a trailer carrying a large amount of chemicals led to a temporary closure of the motorway and five miles of congestion. West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) said it was alerted to a fire involving a lorry trailer on the M6 between junctions five and six at 11.15pm on 9 August. Fire crews arrived within five minutes and initially four fire engines and 20 fire fighters attended the scene. A WMFS spokesman said: “A [...]

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  • MyFleetLive camera range gets “significant upgrade” Thursday August 05, 2021

    Telematics specialist Quartix has introduced an enhanced version of the MyFleetLive camera range, providing HD1080p footage and video notifications about dangerous events. A partnership between Quartix and camera provider Fleet Focus in 2020 led to its first generation tracking software and AI camera and it said the latest version now available is a “significant upgrade”. The range, available as part of the Quartix tracking platform, will recall any historic footage remotely from the device either via a map or a [...]

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  • HGV drivers divided on call for nationwide strike Tuesday August 03, 2021

    Doubts are growing that there is sufficent support for a national HGV drivers' strike for it to go ahead. The threat of industrial action comes amid simmering resentment among drivers at wage levels and driver conditions and contempt for some of the bonuses supermarkets and logistics operators have been offering. However, firm support for the strike on the Facebook site central to the proposals has been muted. One driver from Hull, who asked the group who would be supporting the strike, [...]

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  • Trial uses mobile data to tackle potholes and congestion Monday August 02, 2021

    Anonymous data from the O2 mobile phone network is being used in a government trial to identify potholes and congestion hotspots. The Thames Valley Berkshire Live Lab project aims to help local authorities plan improvements to air quality, public health, roads and energy infrastructure. The trials use crowd movement data collected from anonymised, aggregated O2 mobile connections - as well as anonymised data from air quality sensors and cameras on refuse trucks - to give councils a more accurate picture [...]

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  • Plans for nationwide lorry driver strike delayed Monday August 02, 2021

    Plans for a nationwide strike of thousands of lorry drivers on 23 August have been delayed as the organisers try to garner more support for the action. The strike is being organised by a Facebook group named "HGV drivers on STRIKE United Kingdom", which last week had over 3,300 members. In its original posting the group said the strike was to demand better pay and conditions. It urged all HGV drivers to join the strike on 23 August to protest [...]

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  • Asset Alliance orders 100 new trailers as demand spikes Friday July 30, 2021

    Demand for trailers has led to Asset Alliance Group ordering 100 mono-temp and multi-temp trailers worth £5.5m from Chereau, Schmitz Cargobull and SOR. The group said the investment reflected its confidence in the market and is likely to be followed up by similar sized equipment orders throughout 2021 and 2022. James Jenkins, Asset Alliance Group sales director, said: “This year demand for trailers has continued to increase so we are responding with significant investment in our stock. Read more New [...]

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  • MV Commercial opens Chipping Norton depot Thursday July 29, 2021

    MV Commercial has opened a new depot in Chipping Norton, housing a changing stock of up to 30 vehicles as well as a sheltered servicing and valet marquee and office complex. The vehicle rental and sales specialist said the launch of its fifth site would better serve customers in the Oxford area and also provide HS2 contractors easy access to Euro-6 equipment. Steven Cairns (pictured), MV Commercial MD, said: “Demand for vehicles from both a hire and sales perspective has [...]

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  • Maxus opens new Doncaster facility Wednesday July 28, 2021

    Maxus UK has further developed its dealer network with a dedicated facility in Sandtoft, Doncaster, focusing on its electric LCV ranges. Northside Maxus joins established bases in Leeds and Bradford and becomes part of the Anderson Group of companies, which includes Northside Truck and Van. The new five-acre facility offers a full sales and aftersales service and specialises in dealing and processing large fleet accounts as well as normal retail sales. “The Anderson Group is one of the most respected [...]

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  • Scania UK recruits transformation director from Volvo Friday July 23, 2021

    Karima Haji has been appointed transformation director for Scania (Great Britain). She joins the company’s executive team on 1 September 2021 from her current role as IT & operations director at Volvo Car Financial Services UK. Haji will lead the transformation and development of Scania’s UK business in line with the company’s vision to drive the shift to more sustainable transport solutions that are better for business, society and the environment. This will influence the way Scania develops its dealer [...]

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  • ePower Trucks launches last-mile delivery LCVs Thursday July 22, 2021

    ePower Trucks has marked 20 years in business with the launch of five new last-mile delivery electric LCVs. The X-Cell and X-Cell micro are both designed for couriers, post and parcel delivery and last-mile delivery logistics applications. Oldham-based ePower Trucks said the X-Cell comes in three models with top speeds of up to 50mph and a range up to 120 miles and the three-wheel X-Cell micro has two models with speeds up to 25mph and a 55-mile range. Jamie Radcliffe, [...]

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  • DTM expands tyre monitoring capability with Tyrewatch buy Thursday July 15, 2021

    Tyre management firm DTM has acquired TyreWatch in a move it said would provide customers with a more tailored service. Backed by Palatine Private Equity, DTM said the acquisition of the real-time tyre monitoring company bolsters its existing service, by using intelligent solutions to detect tyre problems before they become obvious during daily visual inspections. John Matthews, DTM MD, said: “DTM and TyreWatch have a shared strategy and passion to support our customers in increasing vehicle productivity, maintaining compliance and [...]

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  • Trade bodies waived right to DVS inquiry, says TfL Monday July 12, 2021

    An MT investigation has revealed that a public inquiry (PI) which could have rejected the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) was not held because Logistics UK and the RHA withdrew their formal objections, according to TfL. Both trade associations refute the notion that they ever withdrew their objections to the scheme. A Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) is necessary to implement schemes such as the DVS. By law a PI must be held if the Amendment Order prohibits the loading or unloading [...]

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  • MAN unveils truck upgrades Friday July 09, 2021

    MAN has announced a series of product highlights for its new TGX, TGS, TGM and TGL models, which it said would make them more efficient, safer and user-friendly. Arriving between the second half of this year and early 2022, they include the MAN OptiView mirror replacement system; the MAN CruiseAssist driving assistant, as well as additional fuel savings. It said the optional mirror replacement system was the main visual highlight and can be ordered from October onwards. It works exclusively [...]

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  • New Asset Alliance deal a major breadwinner Friday July 09, 2021

    Asset Alliance ensured its tender application for bakery ingredients supplier Fleming Howden had risen to perfection after beating the competition to deliver four Mercedes-Benz Actros 2533L box body rigids. The Newbridge, Edinburgh company was so impressed it also ordered three Actros 2545 6x2 tractor units and two Montracon 4.2m ENXL pillarless curtainsiders. The box bodies include three 26-tonne and one 18-tonne rigid, all fitted with Gray & Adams bodies with Thermo King refrigeration units. Stuart Cowie, Fleming Howden logistics manager [...]

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  • Road Transport Expo 2022 is coming to industry! Tuesday July 06, 2021

    A brand-new industry event is bursting onto the scene next summer – the Road Transport Expo 2022 - taking place at Stoneleigh Park from 30 June–2 July. Created by Motor Transport publisher Road Transport Media, RTX has a simple and powerful core theme: “It’s all about the truck!” HGVs will be at the very heart of everything the show will offer visitors, from the latest models on display and available to ’ride and drive’, through to conference talks, technology demonstrations [...]

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  • Iveco flies the flag for natural gas at ITT Hub Friday July 02, 2021

    As the market leader in gas trucks, the Iveco stand at ITT Hub unsurprisingly featured an example of the recently launched S-WAY Natural Power in the form of a 4x2 LNG AS440, as well as the New Daily van. Iveco believes that natural gas is currently the only viable transport decarbonisation solution, offering a 95% reduction in CO2 emission when running on biomethane. Aerodynamic drag has been reduced by 12% in the S-WAY, helping it achieve up to a 4% [...]

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  • Volta Trucks reveals prototype Zero chassis Thursday July 01, 2021

    Volta Trucks has unveiled its running prototype chassis of the Zero – the first purpose-built, fully electric 16-tonne truck. Designed and built using the proposed production specification frame and drivetrain components of the finished vehicle, the Volta Zero includes a high-voltage battery supplied by Proterra, as well as the compact eAxle – an integrated rear axle, electric motor and transmission unit from Meritor. The prototype chassis is due to start a testing programme on proving grounds soon, with the knowledge [...]

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  • Don-Bur unveils Polar-Bur at TIP Trailer Services event Monday June 28, 2021

    Don-Bur has showcased its new Polar-Bur temperature-controlled lifting deck trailer at Tip Trailer Services’ two-day event at Stoke City Football Club. The Polar-Bur trailer, which features the Thermo King Advancer A500 refrigeration system supplied by Marshall Fleet Solutions, is the first of two of being supplied by TIP Trailer Services to its customers. The 4.915m high, tri-axle Polar-Bur trailer, which is designed to operate between +12 and -20°C, is also fitted with an aerodynamic ‘EcoStream’ roof profile, which Don-Bur claims [...]

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  • ‘Turn old tyres into fuel,’ Net Zero campaigners urge Friday June 25, 2021

    End-of-life tyres should be reprocessed into renewable transport fuels if the government wants to achieve its Net Zero emissions target, according to campaigners. The Renewable Transport Fuel Association (RTFA) and the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) are collaborating to promote a greater uptake of the chemical process known as pyrolysis, which converts old tyres into fuels which reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The group said the demand for processing tyres will increase in the UK as the export trade falls amid international [...]

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  • Enterprise Flex-E-Rent adds 100 electric vans to fleet Friday June 25, 2021

    Enterprise Flex-E-Rent has bolstered its rental fleet with the addition of 100 plug-in electric vans. They include Mercedes 55/44 kWh eSprinters, 35 kWh eVito Panel vans and Renault KANGOO E-Tech car-derived vans. They are available for daily rental as well as for longer-term flexible rental at depots across the south of England and the Midlands. Enterprise said many businesses were consulting with it about the use of EVs and moving towards alternative fuels and the investment would support firms trying [...]

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  • May CV production exceeds pre-pandemic levels Friday June 25, 2021

    UK commercial vehicle production continued its gradual increase in May, with more than 6,000 units rolling out of factories, according to latest figures. For the second consecutive month, CV output saw a significant increase on the same period in 2020, when just 820 units left production lines. The output in May also represents a 2.2% increase on the five-year average, although the SMMT said this should be viewed in the context of model changes in 2019. Year-to-date, CV production has [...]

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  • Major Mercedes-Benz Trucks dealer to halt HGV sales Friday June 25, 2021

    Scottish Mercedes-Benz Trucks dealership Western Commercial will no longer sell HGVs from December due to the investment needed to continue the service. In a letter to customers, the company – which has sites in Bellshill, Glasgow, Broxburn and Dundee – said it was no longer sustainable to keep the truck business going. The letter said: “We have reached a stage where for us to take the business further, meet your expectations, satisfy the requirements of the manufacturer and fully engage [...]

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  • New study reveals the diet that can lead to road accidents Thursday June 24, 2021

    Truckers who rely on junk food and unhealthy snacks may be worse drivers, according to a study. A paper published in the medical journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine looked at driving behaviours among almost 400 HGV drivers and the impact of their diet, as well as fatigue. The authors said four dietary patterns were identified among the participants – animal-derived foods, staple foods, snacks and vegetables. Their analysis showed that drivers with a vegetable-rich diet had more “positive driving behaviour”. [...]

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  • Hauliers hike rates amid “perfect storm of crises” Wednesday June 23, 2021

    Leading hauliers have told MT they have been forced to increase rates to customers amid a range of growing industry challenges. Pressures on already tight margins have been worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic, driver shortages, increasing fuel prices and a hike in the cost of moving goods and services internationally. Cullimore MD, Moreton Cullimore, said hauliers are therefore faced with "no option but to increase rates", which would inevitably have an effect on inflation. “The transport industry cannot be squeezed [...]

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  • Developer of My Transport Planner secures new investment Wednesday June 23, 2021

    The Algorithm People, developer of pay-as-you-go route optimisation platform My Transport Planner, has secured $2.2m (£1.6m) of funding from a consortium of tech investors led by former Sage chief executive Stephen Kelly. It said the cash injection will allow it to accelerate plans for UK and international growth and focus on the opportunity created by the world’s race to Net Zero. Established in 2018, The Algorithm People focuses on solutions for fleet modernisation, enabling firms to operate more efficiently, while [...]

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  • Clare Bottle and Neil Bowker take over UKWA reins Tuesday June 22, 2021

    Clare Bottle (pictured) has been appointed chief executive of the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) with Neil Bowker, commercial director of Bowker Group, taking on the role of chairman. Bottle is replacing Peter Ward, who is stepping down on 1 July. She joins UKWA from Coca Cola Europacific Partners where she was associate director of warehousing, responsible for managing 3PL contracts and running in-house warehousing operations across the UK. Her career includes delivery of successful logistics projects as an interim manager [...]

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  • Logistics firms slammed over sub-standard mobile apps Friday June 18, 2021

    With the use of employee-facing mobile applications in the transport sector rocketing, new research reveals that so too has the number of complaints from end users about their functionality. The study, by mobile data capture specialist WorkMobile found 75% of chief information officers (CIO) in the industry have fielded criticism about their firm’s apps. WorkMobile said the two most commonly reported problems were that apps were not updated frequently enough (38%) and they were not sufficiently tailored to employees’ needs [...]

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  • Daimler Truck sets out independent future Wednesday June 09, 2021

    Daimler Truck revealed its plans for an independent future at a press conference last month as it heads towards separation from its parent company and stock market listing by the end of the year. In addition to a radical financial shake-up, the company unveiled more plans for its electric future with technology partnerships announced for advanced battery development, as well as high-speed charging and hydrogen fuelling infrastructures. While the company enjoys a 40% market share in North America, chief executive [...]

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  • Peter Ward steps down as chief executive of UKWA Wednesday June 02, 2021

    Peter Ward is stepping down as CEO of the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) after six years at the helm. His successor will be named shortly, the association said this week. Under Ward’s leadership UKWA widened its membership to retail and manufacturing logistics users, and introduced new benefits to membership. He also provided a voice for the industry at government and local authority level and helped shape government policy around Brexit. Ward also fostered strong links with Transaid, helping to raise [...]

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  • Driver behaviour keeps fleet managers awake at night Thursday June 03, 2021

    Almost three-quarters of UK fleet managers think poor driving behaviour has a negative impact on their business. A report into attitudes and safety concerns of European fleet decision makers found that respondents (71%) were most worried about their drivers’ habits and poor behaviour behind the wheel – specifically the use of mobile phones and other devices. Speeding was their second pressing concern (69%), followed by eating or drinking at the wheel (68%) and driving tired (67%). Webfleet Solutions, which commissioned [...]

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  • Pandemic halts trials of autonomous HGV platoons Friday October 16, 2020

    Trials on British roads involving platoons of autonomous HGVs have been put on hold due to the ongoing pandemic. The consortium behind the investigations into the use of the technology said off-road trials and “extensive safety testing and driver training” had been completed, but Covid-19 had affected the programme and on-road trials scheduled for this year had been abandoned for the time being. HelmUK added: “An evaluation will be made at a future agreed date to understand the changes in [...]

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  • Dawsongroup Truck and Trailer launches new website Tuesday October 13, 2020

    Dawsongroup Truck and Trailer has launched a new, mobile-friendly website. The company, which is headquartered in Milton Keynes, said the new site has a fresh, modern look and provides users with access to more dynamic and up-to-date information, including company news, testimonials, videos, case studies and bespoke build and supply projects. Dawson Group Truck and Trailer, which is an independent supplier of tractor units, rigids, trailers and specialist heavy commercial vehicles, has over 11,000 assets and provides award-winning contract hire, [...]

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  • Leeds to ditch CAZ plans Tuesday October 13, 2020

    Leeds Clean Air Zone is no longer required, Leeds City Council announced today (13 October). The decision follows a joint government and city council review which found that air quality improvements, driven by businesses switching to cleaner vehicles faster than expected, had made the scheme redundant. Instead the council will look at bringing in new air quality targets that go further than the national standards. The review found that more than 90% of buses and 80% of HGVs driven in [...]

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  • Logistics UK calls for overhaul of roads policing Monday October 12, 2020

    The policing of the UK’s roads should be run on a nationwide basis to ensure consistency across the whole network, according to Logistics UK. The call comes in its response to a joint review of roads policing by the Home Office and DfT. Logistics UK head of road freight regulation policy James Firth said: “Logistics UK is calling for the government to establish common, unified road safety objectives which all enforcement bodies are committed to achieving and that are governed [...]

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  • CM Show takes a look forward to future technology Friday October 09, 2020

    The first virtual Commercial Motor Show conference hosted a discussion of a broad base of presentations on the common theme of future technology, and in particular, how technology in different fields is helping to increase the operational efficiency of truck fleets. Bridgestone technical manager – north region, Gary Powell opened by highlighting the ways in which tyre choice can help both fleet and global issues by using the labelling system which rates truck tyres in respect of fuel economy, wet [...]

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  • SP Training launches mental health courses Friday October 09, 2020

    SP Training has launched two mental health training courses aimed at both management and drivers, to coincide with World Mental Health Day. The Mental Health & Wellbeing in Logistics course is the first to be registered as a Driver CPC module and receive JAUPT accreditation and can be delivered remotely or in the classroom. The course is designed to help drivers understand mental health conditions, cope with stress and teaches them how to improve their health and wellbeing. A one-day [...]

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  • Industry debates post-Covid-19 future Friday October 02, 2020

    How will transport and logistics look after Covid-19 has eventually receded? There is no shortage of companies who would like the answer to that question and visitors to the Commercial Motor Show conference gained some valuable insight in a special panel discussion. Speakers included former John Lewis partnership COO Dino Rocos, Clipper Logistics chief executive Tony Mannix, head of sales – transport at Wincanton Steven Cleary, and British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) director of corporate affairs Toby Poston.