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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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13/08/2019

Gist connects with Schmitz retrofit telematics service

Fresh and frozen produce logistics business Gist is upgrading its entire trailer fleet with the TrailerConnect telematics solution, from Schmitz Cargobull, after “impressive results” from 54 units factory-fitted with the system.
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13/08/2019

MK Plant muscles in with heavyweight Volvo FH

Manchester-based MK Plant Transport has taken delivery of a new Volvo FH16-650 tractor – the largest Volvo vehicle that the low loader hire business has put into operation.
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12/08/2019

Ryder provides stellar package for Lynn Star Distribution

Norfolk-based transport and logistics business Lynn Star Distribution has taken delivery of 13 new DAF vehicles, supplied on contract hire by Ryder.
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12/08/2019

RAC creates approved dealer status for used LCVs

The RAC has created a new approved dealer standard for light commercial vehicles.
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12/08/2019

DfT publishes second report on HGV speed limits

Almost twice as many HGVs over 7.5 tonnes are speeding on single carriageway roads, since revised speed limits were introduced in 2015.
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09/08/2019

Bibby renews tyre management deal with Bandvulc

Bibby Distribution has renewed its three-year tyre management contract with Bandvulc for the third time, with the operator saying the deal “ticks all the boxes and more” in terms of safety, performance and costs.
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09/08/2019

UK’s first Strata Ultra for Stringers

Bus and coach operator Stringers Pontefract Motorways has taken delivery of a Strata Ultra, by Mellor – the first to go into service in the UK.
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09/08/2019

DfT guidance for operators to counter vehicle use in attacks

The government has published best practice guidance for commercial vehicle operators on how to reduce the risk of vehicles being used as a weapon in a terrorist attack or other crime.
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08/08/2019

Haulier boosts workshop reliability with Stertil Koni

Scottish haulier William Nichol has installed a heavy-duty vehicle lift at its Lochmaben workshop to boost productivity, safety and reliability.
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08/08/2019

Jacobs teams up with Tula Technology

Jacobs Vehicle Systems is partnering with internal combustion control business Tula Technology on the development of cylinder deactivation (CDA) technologies, which reduce engine fuel consumption and emissions.
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08/08/2019

ADL adds hybrid option to Enviro400ER buses

Alexander Dennis (ADL) has added a hybrid option to its Enviro400ER electric range of double-decker buses.
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07/08/2019

Volvo rigids worth their salt for NI operator

Northern Ireland-based Irish Salt Mining & Exploration Co has taken delivery of two Volvo FMX rigids, with the vehicles now operating 460m underground in the company’s salt mine.
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07/08/2019

Alfa Travel drives up safety and driver retention with telematics

Alfa Travel is reporting a significant reduction in vehicle collisions and improvement in driver retention since equipping its 48-strong coach fleet with video telematics, from Lytx.
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07/08/2019

Ryder celebrates trainee technicians

Commercial vehicle hire and leasing business Ryder has held a trainee technician graduation ceremony to celebrate its latest group of successful apprentices.
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06/08/2019

‘Exceptional’ Bevan Group builds 160-strong order for DX Group

Parcel delivery and logistics business DX Group has taken delivery of 160 new trucks, based on the 7.5-tonne MAN TGL chassis and with box bodies by Bevan Group.
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06/08/2019

Microlise launches new telematics solution for smaller fleets

Telematics provider Microlise has launched Focus, a new solution designed for smaller fleets.
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06/08/2019

BT Group sells BT Fleet Solutions to Aurelius

BT Group has agreed to sell BT Fleet Solutions, its commercial vehicle maintenance arm, to pan-European investment business Aurelius Equity Opportunities.
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05/08/2019

Mercedes Atego delivers for Philip Dennis Foodservice

Devon-based Philip Dennis Foodservice has taken delivery of six fridge-bodied Mercedes-Benz Atego rigids, adding to the numerous 13- and 15-tonne Atego trucks already delivering reliable service in its fleet.
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05/08/2019

New ownership for Weightlifter Bodies and PPG Fabrications

Tipper body and tipping trailer businesses Weightlifter Bodies and PPG Fabrications have been acquired by Grange Cross, following the announcement by Paul Weightman of his forthcoming retirement.
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05/08/2019

Shell report: intelligence maintenance for HGV fleets

Shell Lubricants has published a new report to support transport managers in their transition to new technologies for fleet management and maintenance regimes.
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02/08/2019

CMG Rescue boosts workshop capacity with TotalKare

Vehicle recovery business CMG Rescue has installed eight mobile column lifts at its Newport Pagnell base, to ensure its fleet of vehicles is maintained swiftly and efficiently.
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02/08/2019

Freeway launches document reading technology

Freeway Fleet Systems has developed intelligent document reading software to automate the handling of paper documents, in a bid to help its customers in their switch from paper to digital.
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02/08/2019

Accident repair business opens new site in Chesterfield

Commercial vehicle accident repair business C&C Vehicle Services has opened a new centre near Chesterfield, six months after opening another new site in Wolverhampton.
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01/08/2019

Councils investigate potential of electric RCVs

Representatives from two Cambridge councils, along with other local authorities and private operators, attended an event recently to look at the potential for electrifying refuse collection vehicle fleets.
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01/08/2019

MTS Suction orders eight Mercedes-Benz chassis

Bodybuilder MTS Suction Systems UK has ordered seven Mercedes-Benz Arocs and one Mercedes-Benz Econic, which it is fitting with bodies and equipment for excavating roads and footpaths.
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