Last week I attended a fascinating round table discussion on the current state of play and future development of the LCV market. It was great to see so many of the industry movers and shakers gathered in one place. Following that I travelled to Glasgow for the Transport News Scottish Rewards ceremony, one of the key industry events north of the border, which this year heard a keynote speech delivered by HRH The Princess Royal.
SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager
Bidvest Logistics rolls out new state-of-the-art fleet
Bidvest Logistics has taken delivery of the first tranche of 108 DAF LF55 26-tonners. The Euro VI vehicles are compliant with the new London Low Emission Zone regulations that start in January 2012. They are fitted with Frigoblock electric twin evaporator refrigeration systems to reduce Bidvest Logistics’ carbon footprint. Microlise telematics has also been installed, giving vehicle and delivery tracking as well as driving style data to improve fleet management.
Goodyear launches new low platform trailer tyres
Goodyear has launched a new range of low platform trailer tyres suitable for the likes of car transporters and heavy haulage trailers. The Regional RHT II 17.5″ and 19.5″ tyres, which replace the Marathon LHT low platform trailer range, have been developed to provide high operational mileage, excellent wet weather grip and extra durability.
CV manufacturing down 2.9% while cars and engines grow
October commercial vehicle manufacturing in the UK was down 2.9% in October, on par with the 2.7% decline for the year to date. Car and engine production rose 14.1% and 12.0% respectively in the month as strong export demand continued. Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive said, “Weak UK market demand is a cause for concern and makes it essential that the Chancellor uses his Autumn Statement to help encourage private sector investment and boost economic growth”.
This week SMMT also released its November New European Car and LCV Production Outlook Report and announced a vehicle production outlook and economic forecast webinar for 8 December
MAN does the job for Bowring
East Midlands haulier and tipper operator Bowring Transport has added 10 new MAN trucks to its general haulage and muck-shift fleets, taking the total of MAN vehicles to 60 for the Warsop-based operation. Bowring has taken four TGS 35.400 8×4 muck-away tippers with extended ‘M’ day cabs, and six TGX 26.440 6×2 tractors with XLX cabs, working on liquid waste-transfer tanker operations at Bowring division WhitKirk Waste Solutions.
Turners looks to the future with Isotrak
Turners (Soham) has chosen Isotrak to be the telematics provider for its refrigerated division. Isotrak will install the Active Transport Management System (ATMS) into Turner’s fleet, delivering features such as tracking, telematics, driving style and temperature sensing. Previously Turners used a number of telematics providers, but decided it needed to consolidate to one supplier.
First for CESL
CESL of Peterborough has taken delivery of a DAF CF85.360 8×4 tipper with a Wilcox Wilcosteel body, supplied by Ford and Slater DAF.
The combination has a payload of approximately 19,500kg, thanks in part to the body being made from Hardox and Domex high-yield steels with aluminium wings and valances.
Haweka Axis4000 makes PSV wheel alignment quick and easy
Haweka claims PSV operators can check a tri-axle coach’s wheel alignment in less than 10 minutes by using its Axis4000 system. Key to its speed of use is the measuring head, which is held on to the wheel hub by powerful magnetic feet (with additional grab arms for aluminium rims), so measurement can start immediately. This means that compensating the measuring head for wheel rim run-out is not necessary, so the vehicle does not need to be either jacked-up for the wheel to be rotated or rolled backwards and forwards as required by other systems.
Safer maintenance of hybrid and electric vehicles
Facom has launched a range of tools for safe maintenance and repair of hybrid and electric vehicles. Known as the EVT (Electric Vehicle Tools) range, these insulated tools feature a two-step colour code system: if any of the orange-coloured outer insulation material is missing, a bright yellow interior is exposed, clearly indicating to the technician that the tool is no longer safe for use.
SP Holding Renault Trucks is motoring after first year
SP Holding Group’s Renault Trucks dealership in Telford, Shropshire, has celebrated its first anniversary. SP Holding owner Steve Holding says repair work has quadrupled. He aims to have the best and most experienced trucks dealership team in the region, and has appointed Alan Henshall, a truck service manager with 30 years’ experience.
Volvo Used Trucks opens trade and export centre in Coventry
Volvo Trucks Used Truck Department has opened its first dedicated Trade & Export Centre. The facility, located close to the A45 in the Tile Hill area of Coventry, offers trade and export buyers the opportunity to view a comprehensive stock of around 100 trucks. Both Volvo and non-Volvo trucks are stocked and there is a workshop on the three acre site where Volvo-trained technicians carry out vehicle preparation and repairs for customers.
Londonderry Garage gets complete £1 million Multilift order
Specialist equipment supplier Londonderry Garage has completed a £1m contract for the supply of seven Multilift hooklift vehicles to Bath & North East Somerset Council. Mounted on DAF 32-tonne, 8×4 chassis, all the vehicles replace older units and are now in operation. Mark Hambly, waste operations manager, is very happy with the vehicles’ performance.
Compact FL fire appliances enter service in north Wales
Volvo FL-260 fire appliances are being supplied to North Wales Fire and Rescue Service by Thomas Hardie Commercials on Deeside. A total of 21 vehicles will enter service over the coming months as part of a replacement programme. At only 2320mm wide over the rear axles, the FLs are designed for ease of access in narrow streets and rural areas.
Motor Transport Awards date brought forward a month
The 26th Motor Transport Awards is the road transport industry event of the year and will take place on Wednesday 13 June at London’s Grosvenor House. If you have a success story to be proud of, make sure you enter the Motor Transport Awards 2012. The awards will open for entries in January. In the meantime, to ensure you are kept informed of further details you can register your interest at www.mtawards.co.uk and remember to hold the date: 13 June 2012.
You think you’ve got a tough delivery route or commute to work – how about this? Every term, village officials and teachers come to Pili village in north-western China to collect the 80 school children that live there. The pupils are escorted on a perilous two-day, 125-mile journey through mountains, where some paths along sheer rock faces are only inches wide. To reach the school, the children must also wade through four freezing rivers, cross a 650ft chain bridge and four single-plank bridges, according to The Telegraph.