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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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22/02/2019

Haldex enters new phase for autonomous vehicle braking systems

Haldex has entered a concept phase with a major truck manufacturer for testing of its ‘scalable brake system’, with the brake system maker expecting to start a development contract by the end of this year.
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22/02/2019

Silverstone wins double ROI with defect management software

Silverstone, home of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, is using Assetminder software to manage its 200-strong fleet of commercial vehicles and high-performance cars, and says parts management improvements have recouped twice the cost of ...
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22/02/2019

HGV and PSV sales: SMMT finds cause for concern

Sales of HGVs declined for a second year in 2018, down by 4% to 43,103 trucks, despite an increase in the fourth quarter, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
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21/02/2019

MC Rental builds professional accreditations

Truck hire business MC Rental says it is underlining its commitment to the construction and utilities sectors by achieving several business accreditations.
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21/02/2019

UK Power Networks charged with delivering TfL green bus vision

Holloway has become the ninth London bus garage to install electric charging, under a partnership between UK Power Networks and Transport for London, after taking delivery of 23 electric buses to replace part of its diesel-powered fleet.
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21/02/2019

Aggregates firm boosts fleet with 11 new Volvo vehicles

North Lincs Aggregates has taken delivery of 11 new Volvo FH trucks – nine tractor units and two 8x4 tipper chassis.
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20/02/2019

EU agrees on new emissions standards for trucks

Truck manufacturers will need to cut CO2 emissions by 30% in new vehicles by 2030, with an intermediate target of 15% by 2025.
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20/02/2019

Norse workshop ‘transformed’ with r2c Online

Facilities management business Norse Commercial Services says it has “transformed” processes in its vehicle workshop, since implementing fleet maintenance and compliance software from r2c Online.
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20/02/2019

Ryder recruiting apprentice technicians

Commercial vehicle rental and contract hire business Ryder is recruiting for its 2019 apprentice technician programme.
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19/02/2019

Council bins unreliable RCVs for new Dennis Eagle trucks

Harrow Council is upgrading its refuse collection vehicle fleet with 30 Olympus RCVs from Dennis Eagle.
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19/02/2019

Biker Group declares Michelin X Works ‘best product on the market’

Construction industry operator Biker Group is reporting savings of £80,000 a year on fuel and tyre-related downtime since moving to an all-Michelin policy.
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19/02/2019

Aggregate Industries specifies ‘fail-safe’ TPMS for all new vans

Aggregate Industries is specifying the Michelin Tyre Pressure Management System (TPMS) Light Fleet system for all new vans joining its 450-strong light commercial fleet, after a successful trial on 100 vehicles.
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18/02/2019

Dutch operator trials second DAF CF Electric

Dutch operator Tinie Manders Transport has taken delivery of a DAF CF Electric to use on its contract with DHL around the Eindhoven region.
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18/02/2019

TruckEast Norwich wins top Scania depot prize

TruckEast Norwich has been crowned Scania’s depot of the year, outscoring all other Scania dealerships on aftersales service criteria.
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18/02/2019

Paul Ponsonby on side with Ekeri

Transport and logistics business Paul Ponsonby has taken delivery of a 26-tonne Mercedes-Benz Actros, with specialist body built by Ekeri.
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15/02/2019

Tiger moves into new £22m facility

Trailer maker and commercial vehicle bodybuilder Tiger Trailers has moved into its new, £22 million manufacturing facility in Winsford, Cheshire, and says it now has scope to double production within the next 12 months.
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15/02/2019

First Isuzu trucks for Amber Valley council

Amber Valley Borough Council has taken delivery of its first Isuzu vehicles, with two 3.5-tonne Isuzu Grafter Green dropside rigids joining the council’s ground maintenance services fleet.
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15/02/2019

Go Plant Fleet Services enlarges workshop at Kettering depot UPDATED

Go Plant Fleet Services has expanded a workshop to support its commercial vehicle operation, which has almost doubled in the last year due to the company’s acquisition of SM Sweepers.
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14/02/2019

Leeds Bronze takes a shine to Volvo FL

Bronze bearings and bushes manufacturer Leeds Bronze Engineering has taken delivery of its first Volvo truck, an FL rigid, citing fleet efficiency with the new addition replacing two smaller vehicles on its fleet.
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14/02/2019

Manfreight orders 100 Executive Plus trailers from Schmitz

Craigavon-based logistics business Manfreight has ordered 100 Schmitz Cargobull refrigerated trailers, adding to 70 it acquired from the trailer maker last year.
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14/02/2019

Highways England now stopping CVs in West Midlands

A new partnership between Highways England and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency means commercial vehicle drivers in the West Midlands could now be stopped by a Highways England traffic officer.
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13/02/2019

DAF XF ‘clear winner’ for Owens Group

Owens Group has added 36 new DAF XF 480 six-wheel mid-lift tractors to its fleet, signalling a return to the marque after a ten-year absence.
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13/02/2019

Birmingham council promotes low-emission benefits ahead of CAZ

Birmingham City Council has launch a website to help fleet managers and owner-drivers to prepare for the city’s forthcoming clean air zone (CAZ), which will be implemented in January 2020.
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13/02/2019

CoolKit conversions tick the right boxes for Chiltern Distribution

Peterborough-based Chiltern Distribution has taken delivery of two temperature-controlled Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans, converted by CoolKit.
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12/02/2019

McPherson takes delivery of UK’s first Volvo FM LNG tractors

Bulk spirit logistics provider McPherson has taken delivery of two Volvo FM LNG (liquefied natural gas) tractor units – the first to go into service in the UK.
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