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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. [...]

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  • Goods vehicle road deaths up 20% last year Friday October 02, 2020

    There was a 20% increase in the number of goods vehicle occupant fatalities in Great Britain last year, according to official figures. In 2019, 66 people died in HGV cabs following road traffic accidents, up from 55 the year before. Of this number, the Department for Transport (DfT), said 55 were drivers and 11 were passengers of heavy and light goods vehicles. Overall goods vehicle casualties have shown a decreasing trend, falling by 2% from 5,071 in 2018 to 4,985 [...]

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  • Hapless Seaborne Freight goes under owing £2m Wednesday September 30, 2020

    Seaborne Freight has appointed a voluntary liquidator and will go out of business owing almost £2m. The company has lodged a winding up resolution with Companies House and appointed voluntary liquidator Quantuma. The freight ferry company was awarded a £13.8m government contract in December 2018 to provide extra freight capacity to UK ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit back in March 2019 – despite having no ferries or any sector experience. The award was part of a wider [...]

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  • CM Show put skills shortage in the spotlight Thursday October 01, 2020

    Skills shortages is a constant theme for the logistics sector that was tackled on day two of the virtual Commercial Motor Show. While Covid-19 saw volumes in many parts of the industry fall off a cliff, with the RHA finding that at the depths of the lockdown half of all HGVs were laid up, the combination of suspension in LGV driving tests and the end of the Brexit transition period at the end of 2020 could see the current 50,000 [...]

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  • PML recruits youngest-ever director Thursday October 01, 2020

    Logistics specialist PML has appointed its youngest director in the company’s 17-year history with the promotion of Ryan Parr to operations director. The 25-year-old joined the business at 18 and for the last seven years he has worked across various parts of the company to develop an understanding of the global logistics sector. In his new position, Parr will have direct responsibility for the day-to-day running of PML’s operations, exports, warehouse, transport and sea freight. Read more PML rides Covid-19 [...]

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  • Energy chiefs back hydrogen but call for better infrastructure Thursday October 01, 2020

    The road to zero carbon emissions will need big changes to the refuelling and charging infrastructure, according to industry specialists attending last week’s CM Show who agreed that hydrogen is now a viable alternative to electric. A specialist conference panel comprised of Mark Griffin, market development manager – Clean Fuels, BOC Gases; Danny Jones, director, Off Grid Energy; David Horsfall, director of property, Tylesey Energy Park and Dr Duncan Yellen, MD, ITM Motive. Yellen claimed there was still considerable “misunderstanding” over hydrogen [...]

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  • Baroness Vere opens CM Show and hails “army of heroes” Wednesday September 30, 2020

    The Commercial Motor Show has been formally opened by Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Transport, Baroness Vere of Norbiton (pictured), and chief executive of the RHA, Richard Burnett, introduced by Commercial Motor editor Will Shiers. Acknowledging the role played by the industry in recent times, the Baroness said in her opening speech: “You’ve been the lifeblood of our economy during the Covid crisis. You’ve kept supermarket shelves fully stocked, and food on our plates. You’ve kept factories [...]

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  • SMMT launches £100,000 apprenticeship rescue bid Monday September 28, 2020

    The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has launched a £100,000 fund to help Covid-hit automotive businesses save apprenticeship jobs as the government’s furlough scheme comes to an end. The newly launched SMMT Apprentice Support Programme, funded by the SMMT Charitable Trust Fund, is accepting applications from small and medium automotive firms from across the entire supply chain. Successful applicants to the scheme will have apprentice salaries covered for those apprentices at risk of redundancy due to Covid-19 pressures. [...]

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  • Cartwright Conversions sold to Trek Group Friday September 25, 2020

    Cartwright Conversions, a subsidiary of the Cartwright Group in administration, has been sold to Sheffield-based Trek Group in a £4.8m deal. The sale of the Belton, North Lincolnshire-based business, which is a specialist convertor for blue light emergency vehicles, saves 66 jobs. Trek Group said the new company will retain the Cartwright name, due to its reputation in the industry, and will be called Cartwright Vehicle Conversions. It will be led by Cartwright Conversions’ MD Steve Shaw (pictured). Tom Janion, [...]

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  • Government slammed for passing the buck on Brexit delays Thursday September 24, 2020

    The industry has hit back at the government’s warning that there will be queues 7,000-trucks-long blocking Kent unless it gets its paperwork in order by the end of the transition period, accusing it of avoiding responsibility for its own mismanagement. Cabinet office minister Michael Gove said in a “reasonable worst-case scenario”, between 30% and 60% of laden HGVs would arrive at the border in January with the correct paperwork. This would mean they would be turned back by the French [...]

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  • HGV drivers warned not to use A5 during closure Friday September 18, 2020

    Highways England (HE) has warned HGV drivers not to ignore road closures on the A5 in Warwickshire after receiving reports of vehicles flouting the law. Essential maintenance between Redgate and Higham has meant the A5 is closed in the evenings, but HE bosses said lorries were attempting to access the route from the nearby A444. “We are receiving reports from other road users that heavy goods vehicles and other vehicles are attempting to access the A5 at the A444 Longshoot [...]

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  • Police save HGV driver’s life after motorway crash Thursday September 17, 2020

    Two hero police officers helped save the life of an HGV driver, who suffered a heart attack at the wheel on the motorway and collided with the central reservation. Shane Sharkey entered cardiac arrest on the M60 and lost control of his lorry, which then hit the concrete central reservation causing extensive damage to his vehicle and resulted in the contents being emptied across both carriageways. PC Chris Pixton and PC Patrick Geoghegan-Shaw of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) intervened and [...]

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  • Police operation at Dover port causes “mayhem” Wednesday September 16, 2020

    Kent police said border checks were returning to normal after an operation at Dover port prompted the implementation of Operation Stack and six-hour queues. Kent police did not disclose the reason behind the sudden checks of all vehicles and passengers exiting the country on 15 and 16 September, but in a statement it said the operation had now been “stood down”. It added: “Border control checks are now returning to normality.” Earlier, the port of Dover said it was part [...]

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  • Police stop 32 trucks on A1 using unmarked vehicle Tuesday September 15, 2020

    A police operation which used an unmarked lorry to target large commercial vehicles in the Lincolnshire area of the A1 has resulted in 32 trucks being stopped over a three-day period. A total of 49 vehicles were stopped during Operation Tramline. These included 32 lorries, 11 LGVs and six private vehicles. The 46 offences identified were: Mobile phone – 3 Seatbelt - 37 Construction and use offences – 2 Driving without due care – 2 No insurance – 1 Drivers’ [...]

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  • Covid risk may force ADR driver training online Friday September 11, 2020

    Moves towards delivering dangerous goods driver training remotely are underway following concerns that classroom training is putting candidates and training providers at risk of contracting Covid-19. The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) told motortransport.co.uk that although ADR drivers must currently attend training centres to take a test, a transition towards online examinations was now being looked at. One training provider said he couldn’t understand why he had to put trainers and candidates at risk: “The authorities are happy to allow Driver [...]

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  • Sheffield scraps Clean Air Zone plan Friday September 11, 2020

    Sheffield has dropped “economically damaging plans” to introduce a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) after Covid-19 showed there were alternative ways of improving air quality without charging businesses. Following decisions by Bristol and Leeds to change their approach to driving down emissions, Sheffield City Council said the situation was now “dramatically different” compared to when it first developed its proposals. In a statement, the council said: “The situation has changed significantly and unexpectedly due to the global Covid-19 pandemic and we [...]

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  • Hauliers give mixed verdict on UK road network Monday September 07, 2020

    Almost a third of haulage companies are unhappy with the country’s motorways and A-roads, according to a report. The survey by Transport Focus measured the satisfaction of HGV managers from 526 logistics and coach businesses. It found two fifths of businesses that run lorries and coaches on England’s motorways and major A-roads are satisfied with how those roads meet their business needs. But three in ten companies overall were dissatisfied with road performance. The rating was based on five key [...]

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  • CEVA Logistics launches global roll out of CargoWise platform Monday September 07, 2020

    CEVA Logistics is aiming to standardise and simplify its 4PL global operations with the roll out of logistics platform CargoWise. The CargoWise platform allows logistics operators to execute complex transactions in areas such as freight forwarding, customs clearance, warehousing, shipping, tracking, land transport, e-commerce, and cross-border compliance, enabling them to manage their operations on one database across multiple users, functions, countries, languages and currencies. CEVA will roll out the platform over the next five years, replacing multiple legacy systems. The [...]

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  • CM Show 2020: Develop your professional road skills online Friday September 04, 2020

    Road Skills Online will be demonstrating our Professional Development Plan Online training from their booth at the upcoming Commercial Motor Show. Road Skills Online are excited to share how the bite sized toolbox talks will help you and your drivers to remain safe, legal and compliant.  The professional development plan is complementary to your other periodic training as it embraces all drivers in a regular, consistent training culture, thus overcoming the ‘forgetting curve’ which follows conventional training. The professional development plan [...]

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  • CM Show 2020: Join Mercedes-Benz in the virtual world Thursday September 03, 2020

    Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK is showcasing its market-leading products and services at the Commercial Motor Show 2020. The jewel in the crown for Mercedes-Benz Trucks is the new Actros. Show attendees can find out why the truck was crowned International Truck of the Year 2020, and learn about its pioneering innovations, including MirrorCam, Multimedia Cockpit, Enhanced Predictive Powertrain Control, Active Brake Assist 5 and Active Drive Assist. These features increase driver comfort, business efficiency and safety, all of which will be [...]

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  • Concerns raised over plan to ban pavement parking Thursday September 03, 2020

    Government plans to ban parking on pavements across England must not be at the expense of freight deliveries, according to Logistics UK. A consultation into proposals that could give councils greater powers to ban parking on pavements and fine drivers was launched this week after a review found the practice disproportionately affected the visually impaired and wheelchair and mobility scooter users. Three options have been put forward: making it easier for councils to prohibit parking; giving councils the power to [...]

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  • FORS fleets reveal biggest fears Thursday September 03, 2020

    Software and risk management company FleetCheck has designed a series of factsheets for FORS companies after conducting research among members that revealed common areas of concern. The six information sheets, entitled Driver Engagement; Managing Compliance; Automated Fuel Reporting; Common Challenges; FORS Tools and Five Common Mistakes, are designed to give fleet managers the information they need to reach the and maintain their FORS standards. Peter Golding, FleetCheck MD said: “Through our existing collaborations with FORS we work with hundreds of [...]

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  • Pandemic speeds digitalisation of transport planning Thursday September 03, 2020

    Cloud-based transport software firm Simacan has joined forces with eCMR platform TransFollow to offer combined information about shipments alongside updates about status and arrival times. The partnership will involve Simacan integrating the TransFollow eCMR into its software and Simacan’s smart estimated times of arrival will become visible on TransFollow’s platform. The move allows transport planners to use the Simacan platform to manage the trip execution in real time based on the combined information and in addition to alerts about deviations [...]

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  • New trade body launched to unite training providers Monday August 31, 2020

    Skills for Logistics has announced the launch of a major new independent trade association for the UK’s specialist logistics training providers. The Logistics Skills Network aims to bring together key organisations from the sector to develop and share best practices, knowledge, experience and resources, and offer a communication platform for the coordination of collective interests. The network intends to work closely with government organisations such as the DVSA and DfT and will also receive strategic support from industry leaders. Skills [...]

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  • CM Show 2020: TRP looks the part and takes centre stage Tuesday September 01, 2020

    TRP, the UK’s largest all-makes truck-and-trailer parts brand, supported by DAF Trucks, is to receive its own dedicated presence at the Commercial Motor Show. Details of DAF genuine parts will be available on DAF Trucks’ main stand at the show. With TRP experts on-hand to describe the TRP brand, show-attendees will experience a number of TRP’s many service offerings including the DAF Webshop, the online outlet which hosts the eCatalogue of TRP’s entire range, TRP’s national fleet programme and a [...]

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  • CM Show 2020: Come and meet the procurement experts Saturday August 29, 2020

    Given the current circumstances, it is even more important that transport operators are obtaining the best possible pricing from their suppliers for the goods and services they require. Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) are experts in procurement and have been helping UK businesses and organisations for over 25 years to ensure that they receive best value on an ongoing basis. ERA clients include leading industry operators such as Clipper Logistics, Lloyd Fraser, Breedon Aggregates, PD Ports, and many other fleet operators [...]

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  • RHA begins National Lorry Week campaign Friday August 28, 2020

    The RHA has begun ramping up the industry’s profile as it embarks on a 13-week campaign culminating in National Lorry Week between 16-22 November. The event will showcase logistics as being innovative, inclusive and sustainable and follows the HGV Heroes campaign, in which the trade association celebrated the very best of the industry after staff went above and beyond to keep goods moving during lockdown. Read more Love the lorry, it would be a poorer world without them National Lorry [...]

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  • DfT calls on delivery firms to pinpoint pothole hotspots Friday August 28, 2020

    Tesco and Ocado are among a small army of companies recruited by the government to help map the road network and identify “pothole hotspots” to pinpoint where funding is needed most. In what the Department for Transport (DfT) called a “first-of-its-kind audit”, data will be collated on current potholes identified by businesses and combined with roads imagery from highways mapping firm Gaist to make journeys as smooth and safe as possible. The DfT said Uber and Deliveroo were also on [...]

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  • CM Show 2020: All you need to know about Direct Vision Thursday August 27, 2020

    SmartWitness will be exhibiting their full line of video telematics solutions at the virtual Commercial Motor Show including TfL Direct Vision Standard (DVS) systems, their latest line of 4G hardware platforms, and innovative cloud-based intelligence. Since 2007, the company has been a global player in the fleet video space focusing on reliability, ease-of-use, and powerful analytics. For DVS, SmartWitness will be providing free consultations to assist fleet owners with safety rating evaluations for all vehicles over 11-tonnes and HGVs that [...]

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  • CM Show 2020: Diesel Technic celebrates fifth anniversary Wednesday August 26, 2020

    In 2020, Diesel Technic UK & Ireland is celebrating its fifth anniversary and since 2015 has been reliably supplying its distribution partners and their workshop customers in Great Britain and Ireland with automotive parts and accessories with the product brands DT Spare Parts and SIEGEL Automotive. The parent company was founded in 1972, and today, Diesel Technic is one of the largest suppliers in the automotive sector. Customers in over 150 countries especially value the one-stop shop: 41,000 products from [...]

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  • Highways England boss Jim O’Sullivan to leave next year Tuesday August 25, 2020

    Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan is to stand down early next year. O’Sullivan, who was appointed in 2015, has led Highways England’s (HE’s) delivery of the government’s roads programme. He has also overseen the controversial smart motorways system which was suspended earlier this year after the Transport Select Committee and the Police Federation warned that the practice of using the hard shoulder as a live lane in periods of congestion had created “deathtraps”, largely responsible for 38 deaths on [...]

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  • Plan to develop 40-tonne autonomous trucks gets government funding Wednesday August 19, 2020

    A consortium which includes autonomous tech firm StreetDrone has won £2.4m of funding to develop self-driving 40-tonne trucks capable of moving parts and assemblies between Nissan’s Sunderland car manufacturing plant and local businesses. The 800-acre Sunderland site will host the proof-of-concept project, which aims to evaluate how 5G connected and autonomous logistics operations can be used in industrial supply chain operations. The 5G Connected and Autonomous Logistics project, dubbed 5GCAL, will develop software and hardware solutions spanning redundant braking systems, [...]

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  • Shell to simplify European tolling for fleets Wednesday August 19, 2020

    Shell has launched a new European electronic tolling solution (EETS) for heavy-duty fleets to help simplify the complexity of cross-border toll payments. It is designed to enable drivers to manage tolls in more than 10 countries across Europe and to ensure that fleet managers can keep track of a range of fuel and non-fuel purchases. These include toll payments - along with Shell Fuel Card expenses - with a single set of invoices in their own currency, managed through Shell [...]

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  • Motor Transport Awards 2020 move online Friday August 14, 2020

    It probably won’t come as a huge shock that this year’s Motor Transport Awards are moving online. We are naturally disappointed that our black-tie ceremony, widely known as THE event of the year for our sector, won’t be taking place in 2020. Goodness knows we all deserve a good night out! But we will always put safety first, as we know all of you do every day in your operations. The good news is that the 34th annual awards will [...]

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  • ATF operators slam DVSA over MOT exemption plan Wednesday August 05, 2020

    Moves by the DVSA to give Earned Recognition operators a 12-month MOT exemption on their HGVs and and trailers will do nothing to change the way the role of ATFs is interpreted and compromises safety, according to The Authorised Testing Facilities Operators Association (ATFOA). Operators have made use of three-month exemptions since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, but the DVSA said it was expanding the exemption period for certain operators it considered to be safer to ease the massive [...]

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  • 100 years ago: Motor Fuel Research. Monday July 27, 2020

    Motor Transport was launched in 1905 as Motor Traction. Here we look back on a story published 100 years ago. MONDAY, JULY 26TH, 1920 Progress of Investigations by the Fuel Research Board. On Thursday, July 15th, the Director of Fuel Research – Sir George Bielby – invited representatives of the press to attend a meeting of the Scientific and Industrial Research Department to receive an account of the progress made by the Board into the problems connected with alternative fuels [...]

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  • Commercial Motor Show to debate the fuels of the future Monday July 27, 2020

    The Covid-19 pandemic is widely expected to give the government’s net zero carbon emissions strategy a big boost, and the new Commercial Motor Show virtual conference will take a look at the options for decarbonising heavy road transport. David Cebon, professor of mechanical engineering at Cambridge University, will compare the efficiency of hydrogen fuel cells with battery electric vehicles, while Brian Robinson, head of commercial vehicles at the LowCVP, will review the role of biofuels. Rob Fowler, chief executive of [...]

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  • Green hydrogen dual fuel trial saves 14 tonnes of CO2 Wednesday July 22, 2020

    Over 14 tonnes of CO2 has been saved in a two year project by the Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial (LEFT) involving just 11 urban trucks and vans running on green hydrogen dual fuel. With between 20-45% of the diesel fuel being displaced by green hydrogen on the various vehicles, the HyTIME project concluded that with the appropriate hydrogen infrastructure, fleet wide roll-out could provide "a huge and timely step change in overall fleet emissions". ULEMCo - the company [...]

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  • Demand for warehousing hits record levels Tuesday July 21, 2020

    Take up for warehousing space in the UK reached record levels in the first half of 2020, with over a third of space taken up by Amazon and 11% involving deals where the lease is for less than 12 months due to the pandemic. A total of 22.4m sq ft of warehousing was taken up in H1, 38% above 2019 levels and 66% above the long term average, according to the latest Savills Big Shed briefing. However, Savills is warning [...]

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  • DfT pledges to increase HGV parking facilities Tuesday July 21, 2020

    The government has pledged to improve overnight HGV parking facilities through “established and new” processes as part of its Covid-19 recovery plan. The move is revealed in a letter sent last week from Transport Secretary Grant Schapps and transport minister Baroness Vere to RHA chief executive Richard Burnett. The letter notes “the incredibly important contribution that delivery drivers make to the nation, the economy and businesses,” and pledges to look at new ways to overcome the barriers to creating more [...]

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  • Dipesh Shah takes the reins at Highways England Tuesday July 21, 2020

    Highways England has appointed a new chair with a brief to lead the delivery of the government’s second five year Road Investment Strategy. Dipesh Shah, who assumes the role on 1 September, will replace Colin Matthews, who has held the role for six years. Shah was selected after a competitive selection and brings extensive experience as a non-executive director of Thames Water, Commissioner of the Crown Estates and as former CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority. The new chair [...]

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  • Freeports have potential to free up trade – FTA Friday July 17, 2020

    The FTA said a plan by the government to establish 10 freeports in the UK as part of its “levelling-up” agenda has the potential to unlock significant opportunities for international trade. However, it also warned that the policy brings with it a host of problems relating to competition, planning and friction with the Northern Ireland protocol and it urged clarity and more details about their creation. Freeports are zones considered as outside their home country for customs purposes, enabling goods [...]

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  • HGV tyres over 10 years old to be banned Thursday July 16, 2020

    Tyres aged 10 years and older will be banned from HGVs in England, Scotland and Wales, under new rules to help improve road safety. The ban, which will also affect buses and coaches, follows an extensive investigation, including research commissioned by the Department for Transport (DfT), which indicated ageing tyres suffer corrosion which could cause them to fail. The move will make it illegal to fit tyres aged 10 years or older to the front wheels of lorries, buses and [...]

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  • New Texaco engine oil halves rate of ash build-up Tuesday July 14, 2020

    Texaco has launched a new engine oil which is intended to mitigate the effects of diesel particulate filter (DPF) clogging on operating costs. Delo 600 ADF features what Texaco calls Omnimax technology - additives which are designed to prevent the ash build-up which eventually requires fuel- and time-consuming regeneration. Texaco research over the past two months has revealed that 67% of operators had experienced emissions problems on Euro-6 engines, with 29% being DPF blockages. The new lubricant is said to [...]

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  • Developer of My Transport Planner welcomes 100th partner Tuesday July 14, 2020

    The Algorithm People, developer of pay-as-you-go route optimisation platform My Transport Planner, has signed up its 100th partner. The software uses algorithms to calculate the most efficient routes and schedules for vehicles engaged in deliveries, collections and site visits. The company insists smarter planning minimises wasted mileage and improves vehicle utilisation, generating cost savings of up to 30% for transport operators. My Transport Planner users range from small businesses through to national chains such as Selco Builders Warehouse. The Algorithm [...]

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  • Cardiff haulier folded after key personnel became ill Thursday July 09, 2020

    Cardiff Container Link entered into administration after “key personnel” at the company became ill and were absent from the business. The background to the Roath Docks-based container haulier’s financial woes is contained in a report to creditors, which explained that it had expanded and traded well up until January 2020. At this point, after five years of trading, the company began to experience cash flow constraints, which administrators at RSM Restructuring said was “due to a variety of factors, including [...]

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  • Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland names new MD Wednesday July 01, 2020

    Christian Coolsaet has been appointed MD of Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland. He succeeds Robert Grozdanovski who will move to Gothenburg to take up an appointment as Volvo Trucks’ senior vice president for sales area Europe Central East & East. Coolsaet brings more than 20 years of Volvo experience to the role, most recently from the German market and has been MD of Volvo Trucks Germany since 2015. He will take up his new position in the UK on September [...]

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  • England’s best motorway services revealed in new survey Thursday July 02, 2020

    Extra and Westmorland have been voted England’s best motorway service operators by almost 10,000 visitors. Extra, which operates six sites in the survey conducted by independent watchdog Transport Focus, and Westmorland, which operates four, achieved the joint highest overall satisfaction score of 97%. Transport Focus said that across the country as a whole, motorway service operators performed well, with 93% of visitors satisfied with their experience. Customers were least satisfied with the value for money of the food or drink [...]

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  • Microlise joins forces with Commercial Motor Show Saturday June 27, 2020

    Microlise, organisers of what has become Europe's largest transport conference, is to take over the third day of the virtual conference at the new Commercial Motor Show, bringing the usual mix of presentations by senior industry figures in the fields of compliance, new technology and data. The Commercial Motor Show will be a free, three-day virtual exhibition and conference starting on 29 September and has already attracted the support of leading truck makers including DAF, Isuzu, MAN and Mercedes-Benz. More [...]

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  • RHA classrooms to reopen for training on 6 July Friday June 26, 2020

    The RHA is reopening its training classrooms with social distancing measures in place on Monday 6 July. The association has been given the go-ahead to offer classroom-based training after the recent change in government coronavirus guidance. Special measures are in place at RHA training sites to keep delegates safe, where staff will enforce strict and clear social distancing, issue sanitiser and offer face masks on request. RHA head of learning and development – Scotland & NI, Brian Kenny said: “The [...]

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  • Passport to a second life for Electra EV batteries Thursday June 25, 2020

    Electric HGV manufacturer Electra Commercial Vehicles has signed up to a battery monitoring service that provides vehicle owners with recommendations for extending the lifespan of their batteries. The Battery Passport enables operators to better understand their batteries, as well as providing a pathway for those being sold in the second-life market. The passport service continually assesses and grades the future potential of the battery so that when it nears the end of its vehicle life, the owner can share the [...]

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  • AS24 passes 1,000 filling stations mark Thursday June 25, 2020

    Fuel card provider AS24 has announced its customers now have access to 1,000 refuelling stations in 28 countries. It said the stations all utilise its chip and pin technology and all sites offer wide lanes and high-volume pump nozzles. Roland Saunion, AS24 UK and Ireland MD, said: “We are very proud to be able to facilitate the mobility of our customers throughout Europe. “It’s very important for us to be able to offer AS24 stations to our customers, because I [...]

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  • Fleet Source cuts cost of Earned Recognition audits Wednesday June 24, 2020

    Fleet Source has reduced the cost of Earned Recognition (ER) audits to help operators achieve the DVSA accreditation. The company is offering the audits from £495 + VAT. Nick Caesari (pictured), Fleet Source chief executive, said ER “demonstrates that you are an exemplary fleet operator, less likely to have your vehicles stopped for roadside inspections and Earned Recognition is fast becoming a key factor in bidding for contracts. “But for many operators, the price of the audit itself has been [...]

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