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26/09/2017

Dechmont Forklift Trucks lifts lid on first Volvo truck order

Dechmont Forklift Trucks has taken delivery of a Volvo FE 6x2 rigid – the West Lothian-based operator’s first Volvo vehicle.
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25/09/2017

TfL publishes draft Direct Vision regs, and preliminary ratings - UPDATED

Transport for London (TfL) has released interim direct vision star ratings for Euro VI Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) as part of the development of its proposed Direct Vision Standard (DVS).
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25/09/2017

William ‘Bill’ Bowker: 1935-2017

William Henry Bowker (Bill) MBE JP, the former owner of Lancashire transport operator WH Bowker, has died aged 81 after a short illness.
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25/09/2017

DAF’s New XF joins Turners’ refrigerated fleet

Turners (Soham) has expanded its refrigerated fleet with 20 DAF XF six-wheel tractors, five of which are the new XF 450 FTG models, with twin-steer and mid-lift axles.
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25/09/2017

Paul Clark Services joins ZF Aftermarket partner network

ZF Aftermarket has appointed Paul Clark Services as the fifth member of its service partner network for the bus and coach market.
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22/09/2017

Goodyear to acquire tyre technology firm Ventech Systems

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has agreed to acquire tyre inspection technology firm Ventech Systems from Grenzebach Maschinenbau.
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22/09/2017

Trad Midlands scales new heights with Isuzu Urban rigids

Trad Midlands Scaffolding Contractor, part of the Altrad Group, has replaced seven vehicles in its fleet with Isuzu Urban 7.5-tonne rigids.
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22/09/2017

Mercedes Actros delivers ‘all-round package’ for Dungait & Sons

North-East haulier M Dungait & Sons has taken delivery of its third Mercedes-Benz Actros this year, citing the model’s performance and dealer service as key factors in the decision.
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21/09/2017

Oz breakdown truck operator benefits from Allison’s automatic transmissions

Quickeze Towing of Canberra, Australia, has improved the retention of key employees with the purchase of two Allison-equipped MK 11-250 trucks from Japanese manufacturer UD, part of the Volvo Group (not available in the UK).
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21/09/2017

Cartwright announces new asset finance division

Trailer maker and bodybuilder Cartwright has launched Cartwright Finance, a dedicated finance division described as the latest “piece of the jigsaw” in the group’s development.
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21/09/2017

FTA announces final three for driver of the year title

The Freight Transport Association has announced its three category winners for driver of the year, one of whom will be crowned overall driver of the year at the Transport Manager conference in November (29 November; Ricoh Arena, Coventry).
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21/09/2017

Jet Plant Hire expands Volvo fleet

Road planing business Jet Plant Hire has extended its fleet with six Volvo rigids – one FE and five FMX vehicles.
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20/09/2017

Construction sector builds on successful mental health pilot

A charitable programme to improve workforce mental health in the UK construction industry is being rolled out this month, after a successful pilot earlier this year.
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20/09/2017

UK fleets failing to tap into potential of ‘big data’

UK fleet operators are lagging behind their US counterparts when it comes to realising the potential of big data strategies to deliver business improvement.
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20/09/2017

G Owen & Sons pumps up the volume with DAF FAQ Tridem

Coal and animal feed distributor G Owen & Sons has taken delivery of a new DAF FAQ Tridem 8x2 bulk-blower – the eighth DAF vehicle in its fleet but the first with a 1+3 axle arrangement.
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19/09/2017

Crafters handle coffee run for distributor

Pelican Rouge, a European leader in coffee roasting and solutions, has taken delivery of 62 Crafter vans through Midlands-based dealer Listers Volkswagen.
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19/09/2017

Knorr-Bremse breaks off Haldex takeover

German brake manufacturer Knorr-Bremse has withdrawn its offer to shareholders of Swedish brake manufacturer Haldex, following resistance from the Haldex board of directors and Swedish competition authorities.
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19/09/2017

First I-Shift Dual Clutch trucks for Humber Ports Logistics

Humber Ports Logistics has taken delivery of six Volvo FH-500 tractors – its first with the I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission system.
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19/09/2017

Fines change for drivers’ hours breaches

Examiners from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) are being given new powers to issue on-the-spot fines for any drivers’ hours offences committed in the last 28 days.
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19/09/2017

Tree Craft rates agility of Fuso Canter

Kent-based firm Tree Craft has taken delivery of its second 3.5-tonne Fuso Canter this year, citing the vehicle’s agility and durability as key factors in its decision.
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18/09/2017

Middlebrook Transport has win-win with Fraikin

Middlebrook Transport has taken delivery of two new Mercedes-Benz Actros tractors on a five-year, full-service contract hire deal from Fraikin.
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18/09/2017

James Hall cashes in with eight more Volvo trucks

Spar wholesaler and distributor James Hall & Co has taken delivery of eight new Volvo trucks, six FM 4x2 tractors and two FE 6x2 rigids.
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18/09/2017

Maxi Haulage maximises capacity with Tiger Trailers

Maxi Haulage has boosted its load capacity by 10% for deliveries to the Republic of Ireland, with its first delivery of 40 bespoke double-deck trailers from Tiger Trailers.
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15/09/2017

Breakdown vehicles, mobile cranes and other specialised vehicles to require ...

Road construction vehicles, engineering vehicles, electric trucks registered since March 2015 and some other types of specialised trucks will be required to be tested annually, following a government response to a public consultation ...
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15/09/2017

DVSA changes have made ATF testing worse, ATFOA survey reports

A survey found that members of the Authorised Testing Facility Operators’ Association are more dissatisfied than satisfied with DVSA’s changes made to the ATF regime, known as Next-Generation Testing.
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