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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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26/05/2017

CM Downton holds apprentice recruitment day

Transport and logistics business CM Downton is reporting another successful annual apprenticeship open day, which was held on 20 May and which was attended by more than 30 potential recruits.
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26/05/2017

Lorne Stewart builds greener fleet with Mercedes-Benz vans

Building services business Lorne Stewart Engineering has upgraded its fleet with 210 new vans and is reporting a “substantial” reduction in carbon reductions.
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26/05/2017

Howard Tenens wins gold RoSPA award

Logistics business Howard Tenens has been recognised for its group-wide improvements in health and safety with a Gold Award from the Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
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25/05/2017

Haulier banned for five years after operating illegally

The director of a haulage firm has been banned for five years and disqualified indefinitely from acting as a transport manager, after a string of breaches showing “serious, sustained and deliberate” non compliance.
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25/05/2017

ADL makes first double-deckers for Switzerland’s PostBus

Swiss operator PostBus has ordered 19 double-decker vehicles from Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL), based on the British bus maker’s Enviro500 model.
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25/05/2017

Visedo and Sisu unveil hybrid electric power system for HGVs

Finnish companies Visedo and Sisu Auto have developed a hybrid electric parallel power system for heavy trucks, capable of delivering 850kW (1,140bhp) and more than 5000Nm torque.
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24/05/2017

Gothenburg, Sweden electric bus consortium wins UITP Award

The ElectriCity partnership for electrified transportation in Gothenburg, Sweden, took first prize in the "operational and technical excellence" category when the prestigious UITP Awards 2017 competition results were announced in Montreal ...
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24/05/2017

PRM Group expands fleet with new Volvo tractor from Dennison

PRM Group, one of Ireland's leading independent Chilled & Frozen Food Sales and Distribution companies, has invested in a new Volvo FH-500.
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24/05/2017

Farrall’s hooks up with Tiger Trailers

Storage and distribution business Farrall’s Group has taken delivery of 10 curtainsider trailers and three rigid bodies from Tiger Trailers, after a trial unit “performed outstandingly”.
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24/05/2017

Krone joins Volvo anniversary trial with special Profi Liner

Trailer manufacturer Krone has provided a special Profi Liner curtainsider to Volvo Trucks for a test run from Gothenburg to Scotland.
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24/05/2017

Cardiff operator polishes performance with Trakm8prime

The Cardiff Window Cleaning Company (CWCC) is deploying GPS tracking in its three vans and one company car, after a trial resulted in lower fuel consumption and fleet efficiency improvements.
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23/05/2017

Vauxhall partners with Masternaut to offer pre-installed tracking for vans

As of May 2017, businesses can purchase Vauxhall vans with Masternaut’s telematics devices pre-installed, eliminating deployment time, hassle, and cost. These vehicles are then managed via Masternaut Connect, which helps customers realise ...
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23/05/2017

Two drivers named ‘HGV heroes’ in Microlise awards

Robert Brown from Eddie Stobart and John Harrington from DHL were recognised as ‘HGV Heroes’ in the 2017 Microlise Driver of the Year Awards in May.
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23/05/2017

Renault Trucks trio at TIP-ex

Renault Trucks will be exhibiting three vehicles from its construction range at the forthcoming TIP-ex event (1-3 June; Harrogate Convention Centre).
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23/05/2017

Volvo tests autonomous refuse truck with Renova

Volvo Trucks and Swedish waste management operator Renova are testing an autonomous refuse truck, which ‘learns’ specific routes and can be operated in reverse.
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23/05/2017

Whistl upgrades trailer fleet with £2.5m Don-Bur order

Delivery management business Whistl has signed a deal worth £2.5m with Don-Bur and TIP Trailers for 41 double-deck trailers.
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22/05/2017

Fraikin provides council with special needs school buses

Fraikin has signed a sale and lease back agreement with Harrow Council for a fleet of 40 vehicles to be used for a new pooled transport service that will help young people with special needs get to school.
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22/05/2017

Michelin hits back at 3mm car tyre change campaign UPDATED

Michelin is rejecting calls from parts of the automotive tyre industry to increase the minimum legal tread depth of car tyres in the UK from 1.6mm to 3mm.
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22/05/2017

Thompson unveils new £2.5m ServiceTech business

Bodybuilder Thompsons will using the forthcoming TIP-ex show (Harrogate Convention Centre; 1-3 June) to unveil its new ServiceTech support business.
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22/05/2017

Hydraquip pumps up reliability with Mercedes-Benz Sprinters

Hydraulic hose business Hydraquip has taken delivery of another batch of Mercedes-Benz Sprinters, with 20 more due to enter service by the end of this year – totalling 100 new Sprinters in three years.
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22/05/2017

WH Malcolm makes the gradient with Skylift

WH Malcolm is using a customised heavy-duty platform lift, from Sterti Koni, to facilitate vehicle washbay operations at its Glasgow site.
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19/05/2017

Millbrook opens large climactic testing chamber

Millbrook Group, the independent vehicle testing and validation services provider, has completed work on a large climatic chamber to be used for conducting environmental tests on commercial, public service, and military vehicles.
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19/05/2017

Volvo demonstrates its first RHD single-deck electric bus

Volvo demonstrated its first right-hand drive single-deck fully-electric bus, the 7900e, at an innovation event in London on 16 May. The model is a prototype that is planned to tour the country. Its introduction follows the 7900 hybrid and ...
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19/05/2017

Dalton Transport orders premium spec MAN TGX at CV Show

Family-owned haulier Dalton Transport & Storage is awaiting delivery of a flagship MAN TGX, after ordering the vehicle at the Commercial Vehicle Show last month.
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19/05/2017

Trenchcon paves the way with first Volvo FE low-entry cab truckmixer

Concrete supplier Trenchcon has taken delivery of a Volvo FE low-entry cab (LEC) 6x2 rigid for truckmixer applications – the first vehicle of its type to enter service in the UK.
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