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Latest news from the commercial transport industry, brought to you by Transport Engineer magazine, covers transport, vehicle and workshop technologies - with engineering updates on trucks, tippers, LCVs, buses, coaches, trailers, engines, transmissions, brakes, hybrids, fuels and more - as well as equipment for technicians, maintenance, legislation, environmental issues, fleet operating costs, company and people news.

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17/11/2017

AO.com commissions 80 rigid trucks with Tiger bodies

Internet retailer AO.com has taken delivery of 80 new rigid trucks featuring Tiger Trailers bodywork, replacing older vehicles operating in the AO.com delivery fleet.
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17/11/2017

Electric vehicle battery firm begins series production at new German factory

German firm Akasol has begun serial production of batteries for commercial and passenger service vehicles from a new-build factory in Langen, Germany.
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17/11/2017

Three-year ban for owner of Bristol chilled food transport firm

The owner of a Bristol chilled food transport firm has been banned for three years after two of his drivers were jailed for falsifying their driving records.
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17/11/2017

Quinns Transport cashes in with Mercedes-Benz Safety Pack

North Yorkshire bulk haulier Quinns Transport has secured a £700 reduction on its insurance premium after choosing the Safety Pack option for its new Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor.
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17/11/2017

CRH Transport pinpoints ‘extremely effective’ solution with Verilocation

CRH Transport has rolled out the Verilocation trailer tracking system, describing it as an “extremely effective” solution.
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16/11/2017

RHA wins assessor status for apprentice drivers

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (EFSA) has approved the Road Haulage Association’s application to become an End Point Assessment organisation.
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16/11/2017

Ford Brazil tests drowsiness-detecting cap

Ford Brazil’s heavy truck division has developed an innovative technology to help alert truck drivers to travel fatigue.
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16/11/2017

TruckEast technician wins golden spanner

TruckEast technician Colin Woodcock has been recognised for his work identifying quality deviations in Scania vehicles, winning a golden spanner for his efforts.
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16/11/2017

QRoutes launches new route planning tool

Bus and coach operators transporting school children and special needs passengers now have a new route planning tool at their disposal, thanks to an upgrade by QRoutes of its web-based Transport Planning tool.
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16/11/2017

Environcom wastes no time returning to Ryder for fleet additions

Recyling business Environcom has taken delivery of its first Montracon tipper and BMI moving floor trailer, supplied by Ryder.
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15/11/2017

Scottish carrier buys salt-proof trailers

Cartwright has created what it believes to be the most advanced Insuliner trailer for Scottish freight, distribution and transportation operator Northwards, one of the main operators on the routes to Orkney and Shetland.
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15/11/2017

AGRO Merchants Group reports significant savings with Freeway

Temperature-controlled distribution business AGRO Merchants Group is rolling out fleet maintenance software from Freeway Fleet Systems at its Irish headquarters in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland, and is reporting “tens of thousands of pounds” ...
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15/11/2017

Platooning and DVS lead agenda at FTA Fleet Engineer 2017

Platooning, low carbon vehicles and London’s Direct Vision Standard are among the topics to be discussed at FTA’s Fleet Engineer Conference, sponsored by Brigade Electronics, Goodyear Tyres, Texaco and Volvo Trucks.
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15/11/2017

Mercedes-Benz vans are the lifeblood of RH Logistics

Medical equipment transporter RH Logistics has expanded its fleet of Mercedes-Benz Sprinters with three Sprinter 316 CDI long chassis cabs, citing product quality and dealer service as reasons for the decision.
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15/11/2017

Chips are down for potato merchant: no O licence until 2018

An Oswestry-based potato merchant has been denied an operating licence until January 2018, after running vehicles illegally for 18 months under another licence.
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14/11/2017

Foreign HGVs no less compliant than GB ones, DVSA figures reveal - UPDATED

The gap in roadworthiness between foreign and Great Britain lorries has diminished for the second year in a row, according to new DfT enforcement figures provided by DVSA for April 2016- March 2017.
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14/11/2017

Three-year ban for haulier after ‘long-lasting deception’

The director of a haulage firm has been banned for three years after deceiving DVSA inspectors about the existence of a transport manager.
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14/11/2017

Construction begins on new Scania HQ

Scania (Great Britain) has announced that work is underway on its new UK headquarters in Milton Keynes, due for completion in summer 2018.
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14/11/2017

Castell Howell loads up with Carrier’s Vector 1950 MT unit

Carmarthenshire-based Castell Howell is expanding its fleet with its first double-deck trailer, complete with a Carrier Transicold Vector 1950 multi-temperature (MT) refrigeration unit.
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13/11/2017

Volvo responds to Transaid's call with truck donation

Volvo Trucks has pledged its continued support for international development organisation Transaid with the donation of a used FH13 tractor unit, which will be shipped to Uganda in the coming weeks.
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13/11/2017

Council’s RCV fleet on side with Giti Tire

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is fitting Giti GT867 tyres across its fleet of refuse collection vehicles (RCVs), describing it as “an exceptional tyre” after trialling the brand since the start of this year.
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13/11/2017

Horton Commercials opens new £2m site

Bodybuilder and accident repair firm Horton Commercials has invested £2 million in a new production centre in Ferdown, Dorset.
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13/11/2017

Crane hire firm has high hopes for Volvo FH16-750 flagship

Scottish mobile crane hire firm Hugh Simpson (Contractors) has taken delivery of a new flagship heavy haulage vehicle, a Volvo FH16-750 6x4 tractor.
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10/11/2017

Highways England monitors driver infringements with unmarked HGV cab

Video footage released by Highways England showed a trucker checking his phone while his right foot was on the dashboard.
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10/11/2017

RTS tools up with Brigade

Waste management and skip hire company RTS Waste operates a mixed fleet of 40 vehicles, ranging from 3.5 tonne caged vehicles up to 44 tonne roll-ons, skip lorries and articulated vehicles.
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