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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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29/03/2021

Vehicle wash firm develops water recycling system

A new water recycling system designed by commercial wash equipment manufacturer Smith Bros & Webb (SBW), trading as Britannia, reduces water usage in vehicle washes.
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26/03/2021

Vion Food Group’s aerodynamic tractor-trailer aims to reduce fuel consumption ...

Northern Europe foodstuffs producer Vion has set itself the aim of reducing its emissions in German meat distribution operations by eight percent. To achieve this target, the company has started a pilot project with Mercedes-Benz Trucks, ...
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26/03/2021

Truck e-axle consortium wins UK R&D funding

Meritor, Danfoss Editron and Electra Commercial Vehicles have won funding from the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s (APC) Core Competition Programme to partially fund the design and development of Meritor’s 17Xe electric powertrain system for ...
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25/03/2021

FL rigid is Russell Stone Merchants’ first Volvo

Bradford-based business Russell Stone Merchants has taken delivery of its first ever Volvo truck, replacing a rival manufacturer with a new crane-equipped 4x2 Volvo FL rigid.
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25/03/2021

Thirty new jobs and £4m Leeds HQ as auto-engineer expands

SM UK, an auto-engineering firm that specialises in the installation of safety systems for commercial vehicles, is investing £4m in a new 35,000 sq ft Leeds headquarters and workshop which is set to open in June and has announced plans to ...
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25/03/2021

Scotland's first biomethane refuelling station under construction

CNG Fuels has started building Scotland’s first public access renewable biomethane HGV refuelling station. The station near Glasgow will refuel up to 450 lorries a day when it opens in November, enabling HGVs to make low-carbon deliveries ...
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24/03/2021

Renault Trucks to launch full-electric long distance tractor in 2023

At Renault, preparations are underway to market a Z.E. tractor to meet the needs of regional and inter-regional transport from 2023. In addition, an all-electric offer designed for urban construction will also be available to order by this ...
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24/03/2021

Passenger counting tech installed on Hinckley Point runs

Exeros Technologies has announced the successful installation of new passenger counting systems to the bus fleet of Somerset Passenger Solutions (SPS), the sole provider of passenger transport for workers on the huge nuclear power plant ...
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23/03/2021

Hydrogen R&D cash injection cues Wrightbus expansion

Wrightbus will create 3,000 jobs over the next decade alongside developing a centre of excellence for zero-emission technology in Ballymena, thanks to £11.2 million government funding announced in late March.
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23/03/2021

Ford launches telematics-based commerical vehicle maintenance service ...

Rolling out across the UK this year is FORDLiive, a new connected uptime system designed to help Ford commercial vehicle operators increase their productivity by maximising vehicle uptime.
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22/03/2021

Alpha Recovery takes bespoke DAF XF Boniface eight-wheeler

Commercial vehicle recovery specialist, Alpha Recovery in Northumberland, has taken delivery of a 150-tonne GTW DAF XF eight-wheeler with Super Space Cab and high-specification recovery equipment from Boniface Engineering.
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22/03/2021

Gregory Distribution acquires Pollock

Gregory Distribution (Holdings) has acquired Pollock (Holding) and its subsidiaries Pollock (Scotrans) and Pollock Express. The business is headquartered in Bathgate, West Lothian, in central Scotland.
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19/03/2021

Econic customers stand to benefit as Mercedes-Benz broadens the scope of its ...

Customers for Mercedes-Benz Econic truck models can look forward to more sharply-focused sales support from the manufacturer following a strategic reorganisation at its head office.
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18/03/2021

Solar panels for Dutch refrigerated haulier

Thermo King has provided ThermoLite solar panels on 76 new refrigerated trailers for Dutch logistics provider ECS, which each promise to save 1,000 litres of fuel per trailer per year.
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18/03/2021

VMS Fleet Management expands into South Wales at Bridgend

VMS Fleet Management has unveiled a new South Wales depot based in Bridgend offering an extended range of fleet management services, such as maintenance, MOT, workshop and body-shop, as well as local vehicle hire through VMS Vehicle Hire.
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18/03/2021

SKF to test electric and autonomous goods transport

Tech company Einride and bearings manufacturer SKF is now testing a self-driving electric truck to transport goods on a public road between the factory and the warehouse in Gothenburg, Sweden.
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17/03/2021

Brian Currie boosts service offering with Daventry ‘TRP Service Plus’ all-makes ...

Milton Keynes-based DAF Trucks dealer group Brian Currie’s new ‘TRP Service Plus’ all-makes parts and service location in Daventry is now fully operational. Brian Currie Daventry Truck & Trailer becomes the first TRP Service Plus location ...
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17/03/2021

TDW Distribution selects Microlise

TDW Distribution will deploy the Microlise product suite to support greater fleet intelligence, efficiency, safety and communication. Its 74-vehicle strong fleet will be utilising Fleet Performance, Journey Management, Digitalised Proof ...
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16/03/2021

UK bus plan aims to roll out London model across England

The UK government has published a bus strategy that aims to replicate the London franchising model throughout the rest of England. It says its vision is simpler fares, thousands of new buses, improved routes and higher frequencies.
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16/03/2021

Haulage firm collects R&D tax incentives after forklift innovations

A logistics company has received £151,000 in R&D tax incentives from the government despite being told in the past that it would not qualify.
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15/03/2021

Bespoke Harsh 12t skiploader for McCarthy Marland

Running over a dozen various models of skiploaders and hookloaders, Bristol-based McCarthy Marland nonetheless identified a particular skiploader specification that would further add to its overall fleet productivity. Unfortunately ...
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15/03/2021

Tican Chilled switches to diesel-free refrigeration for green fleet initiative

Meat wholesaler Tican Chilled is using hydraulic-drive TRUs on two CNG-powered Scania 18 tonners, in a bid to apply long-term sustainable solutions to their national distribution vehicle fleet.
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12/03/2021

Freezerent teams up with Midlands Truck & Van to develop refrigerated ...

Customers of temperature-controlled vehicle hire and leasing company Freezerent can now choose one of the first refrigerated versions of the fully electric Mercedes-Benz eSprinter van.
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12/03/2021

City West Commercials leases two brake testers

South West Mercedes-Benz Truck and Van dealership group City West Commercials has recently added in-house brake testing at two of its workshops after taking advantage of lease hire options from Totalkare.
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11/03/2021

ATF network ‘not in crisis’ according to government review

A government review of heavy goods vehicle testing has discovered that the ATF network is generally operating well. Although it acknowledges hauliers’ dissatisfaction with the way it is run on a mismatch between the needs of industry and ...
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