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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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23/12/2020

Axtec wins DVSA weighbridge contract - again

Axle weighing specialist Axtec has secured the contract to maintain and certify the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) national network of 46 roadside enforcement weighbridges, located throughout the UK.
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23/12/2020

DVSA issues plea about cab cleanliness

DVSA has published guidelines about vehicle cleanliness during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect its vehicle standards assessors (VSAs) carrying out annual tests.
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22/12/2020

Morrisons orders 150 fresh new trailers for UK supermarket fleet

The UK’s fourth-largest supermarket, WM Morrison Supermarkets, is taking delivery of innovative trailers from Tiger.
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21/12/2020

DAF sells six to Selwood

National pump hire, rental and distribution specialist, Selwood, headquartered in Hampshire and serving a nationwide network of 25 locations, has expanded its DAF multi-axle rigid fleet with the delivery six new DAF CFs.
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18/12/2020

Ministers welcome arrival of first hydrogen powered buses in Northern Ireland

The first three hydrogen-powered double decker buses built by Wrightbus have entered service in Belfast.
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17/12/2020

New van test shows advanced safety features not being fitted

Euro NCAP and Thatcham Research are urging van manufacturers to fit more lifesaving collision avoidance technology to their vehicles as standard after tests for a new commercial van safety rating revealed some alarming results.
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16/12/2020

Tesco delivers £1m order to VL Test Systems

VL Test Systems has been awarded a contract by Tesco to supply and install new brake testers with load simulation at Tesco vehicle maintenance units throughout the UK.
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15/12/2020

Europe’s truck brands aim to phase out diesel by 2040

Europe’s commercial vehicle manufacturers have concluded that by 2040 all new trucks sold need to be fossil-free to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
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14/12/2020

Ban on tyres over 10 years old for heavy vehicles and some minibuses

From 1 February 2021, UK Construction and Use Regulations will not allow tyres aged over 10 years old to be used on the front steered axles of HGVs, buses, coaches or all single wheels fitted to a minibus (9 to 16 passenger seats).
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11/12/2020

First ADL Enviro400ER plug-in hybrids launched in Ireland

Ireland’s National Transport Authority has unveiled the first of an initial batch of 100 Alexander Dennis Enviro400ER plug-in hybrid buses, and has ordered a further 180 of these zero-emission capable buses for delivery in 2021.
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11/12/2020

3.5t Isuzu Grafters fit the bill for house clearance firm

Scottish house clearing company ‘Junk It’ has added two further new Isuzu Grafter 3.5 tonne rigids in 2020, with a third Grafter scheduled for delivery later this month.
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10/12/2020

Bensons makes first move to using all-electric vehicles

Bensons for Beds is to start making deliveries with all-electric vehicles as part of its journey to becoming a net zero emissions retailer by 2040.
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10/12/2020

Equipmake launches direct drive electric motor for heavy duty commercial ...

Automotive electrification specialist Equipmake has launched an all-new high torque electric motor designed specifically for use in heavy duty commercial vehicles, such as electric buses.
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09/12/2020

New Mercedes-Benz SLT heavy tractor hauls long wind turbine blades

Plant Speed has deployed a trio of 250-tonne Mercedes-Benz SLT tractor units to transport what are claimed to be the longest wind turbine blades ever moved by road in this country.
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08/12/2020

Asda chooses gas for national fleet

Supermarket Asda is taking delivery of 202 Volvo FH LNG tractor units in the run-up to Christmas peak trading, in what is claimed to be the single largest order ever placed in the UK for heavy trucks running on renewable fuels.
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07/12/2020

DAF launches full-electric CF models in right-hand drive configuration

DAF Trucks has announced the introduction of its CF Electric truck for the UK market, with series production to commence from the end of March 2021.
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04/12/2020

ETS is the new name driving Mercedes-Benz Trucks aftersales service in Dorset

ETS Truck & Van, of Blandford Forum, Dorset, is the latest addition to Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ roll call of authorised repairers. It also repairs FUSO trucks.
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03/12/2020

Voice commands coming to truck cabs, OEMs announce

Two commercial vehicle OEMs have announced plans to introduce voice-command interfaces for truck drivers.
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03/12/2020

Isuzu tipper capacity suits stone merchant

Achieving a payload of more than four tonne was the main reason behind Bowland Stone adding an Isuzu 7.5 tonne rigid tipper truck to its 15-strong delivery fleet.
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02/12/2020

Hitachi Capital implements Key2 vehicle management system

Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions has rolled out a Jaama Key2 asset and fleet management platform featuring commercial vehicle compliance scheduling functionality.
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02/12/2020

Guest Truck takes on LEVC agency

IVECO dealer Guest Truck and Van has been named a sales and servicing partner of London Electric Vehicle Company as a sales and servicing partner in five strategic locations across the Midlands
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01/12/2020

Bevan Group teams up with WAS UK to ensure rapid deployments of specialist ...

Highly-trained hazardous area response team (HART) paramedics in the South West have become the first in England to take delivery of new-generation incident response units that enable them to reach emergency scenes at difficult-to-access, ...
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01/12/2020

250 more Iceland delivery vehicles now being delivered

VMS Fleet Management is supplying 250 newly converted Mercedes Sprinter 314 refrigerated vehicles to Iceland Foods to expand its delivery fleet this winter in time to meet the expected high demand for Christmas and beyond.
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30/11/2020

Plaxton Leopard coaches adapted to fit four wheelchairs

Three Plaxton Leopard coaches supplied to the London Borough of Havering are the first of the type to provide space for up to four wheelchair users on each vehicle.
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30/11/2020

Three Volvo 4x2s for medical products manufacturer

Medical supplies manufacturer Unisurge has added three more Volvo 12-tonners to its fleet – putting into operation a trio of high-spec FL 4x2 rigids.
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