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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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16/04/2018

Senator drives efficiency with demounts and drawbars from Tiger

Lancashire-based office furniture manufacturer Senator has taken delivery of new drawbar trailers and demount bodies from Tiger Trailers, to help boost efficiency for inner city deliveries.
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16/04/2018

DAF dealer reopens after ‘heroic’ effort by staff

DAF dealer Imperial Commercials reopened its Wellsbourne Park, Warwick site last week (9 April) exactly one month after a serious fire at an adjacent business.
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16/04/2018

First Volvo FL 18-tonne crew cab makes its mark for WJ UK

Road marking business WJ UK has taken delivery of the UK’s first 18-tonne Volvo FL with factory-fitted crew cab, after positive experience with a 16-tonne version.
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13/04/2018

Allison Transmission expands UK service network

Allison Transmission has expanded its UK service network with the appointment of two new partners.
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13/04/2018

First Volvo FL Electric vehicles go into operation

Volvo Trucks has announced that the first vehicles from its new FL Electric range have gone into operation with two customers in Gothenburg.
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13/04/2018

Oakfield Plant has ‘optimum combination’ with Scania XT and Loadmaster Lite

Nottingham-based tipper operator Oakfield Plant & Transport has taken delivery of four new Scania vehicles fitted with Loadmaster Lite bodies, by Thompsons.
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12/04/2018

Arval welcomes government decision on MOTs for electric vans

The government has announced that all electric vans registered before 1 March 2015 will now require an MOT.
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12/04/2018

Ashcourt clocks up 20% saving with Continental policy

Hull-based Ashcourt Group is reporting cost savings of 20% after switching to a tyre management contract with Continental.
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12/04/2018

Forestry haulier branches out with first Renault T tag axles

Dumfriesshire-based forestry haulier WD & A Haley has taken delivery of two Range T520 tag axle tractors, its first vehicles of this type.
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11/04/2018

Aberdeen has ‘world’s first’ hydrogen dual-fuel sweeper

Aberdeen City Council has taken delivery of a hydrogen dual-fuel roadsweeper – said to be the first of its kind in the world.
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11/04/2018

New owners for Priden Engineering

Priden Engineering has been acquired by Elaghmore Partners, a private equity firm, for an undisclosed “multi-million pound” sum.
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11/04/2018

All Fraikin technicians now accredited to irtec level two

Commercial vehicle leasing business Fraikin has announced that all 74 of its maintenance technicians in the UK have achieved level two of irtec, the technician safety and competence accreditation established by the Institute of Road ...
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10/04/2018

ACFO releases action plan for operators ahead of GDPR

Fleet operator association ACFO has released a five-point action plan to help operators to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect on 25 May.
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10/04/2018

Dennis Eagle opens new Leeds service centre

Refuse collection vehicle manufacturer Dennis Eagle hosted an open day last month (22 March) to mark the official opening of its new Leeds service centre.
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10/04/2018

Regulator suspends food and drink supplier for a month

A Rutherglen-based food and drink supplier has been suspended from running vehicles this month, after it was found to have put business matters ahead of vehicle safety.
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10/04/2018

New Volvo FE plant transporter delivers for Hollingsworth Bros

Flintshire-based Hollingsworth Bros has taken delivery of a new 26-tonne, Volvo FE-320 rigid equipped with Cheesewedge plant body, built by Sterling.
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09/04/2018

Lawsons cuts through emissions with Stralis NP

Family-owned builders’ merchant Lawsons has taken delivery of its first natural gas-powered truck – a 26-tonne Stralis NP, from IVECO.
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09/04/2018

DAF unveils New CF 8x4 Construction eight-wheelers

DAF Trucks unveiled its New CF Construction FAD eight-wheeler dedicated mixer chassis at last month’s UK Concrete Show 2018 (21-22 March; NEC, Birmingham), with the manufacturer declaring the vehicle “hits the bullseye” for construction ...
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09/04/2018

Ctrack takes care of fleet efficiency for Leeds Teaching Hospitals

NHS Trust Leeds Teaching Hospitals has deployed the web-based Ctrack telematics solution for its 32-strong van fleet.
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06/04/2018

Fraikin opens door to new business with Finewood Joinery

Falkirk-based Finewood Joinery has taken delivery of two new vehicles for its fleet, supplied on contract hire by Fraikin.
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06/04/2018

First MAN TGE vans for Aspray24

Willenhall-based supply chain business Aspray24 has taken delivery of six MAN TGE vans – the operator’s first from the manufacturer – saying the vehicles “rival anything on the market”.
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06/04/2018

Volumetric mixer operators brought in line with HGV regulations

The government has announced that operators of volumetric concrete mixers will be subject to the same regulations as HGV operators, starting from September 2018.
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05/04/2018

People news, April 2018

Imperial Commercials executive Matt Lawrenson has been appointed as its managing director. Lawrenson, 47, joined Imperial Commercials in 2002 as financial controller.
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05/04/2018

The latest for bodies

News comes in this month from four suppliers of components for commercial vehicle bodybuilding
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05/04/2018

Heathrow Haulage becomes 250th FORS Gold operator

Tarmac subcontractor Heathrow Haulage has become the 250th company to achieve FORS Gold accreditation, increasing its mpg by almost 5% in just six months.
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