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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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04/01/2018

Travis Perkins in gear with PowerShift 3-equipped Mercedes-Benz Econics

Builders’ merchant Travis Perkins has become the first UK customer to take delivery of Mercedes-Benz Econic trucks equipped with PowerShift 3 gearbox, instead of the Allison transmission.
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03/01/2018

Bike specialist MCE Insurance saddles up with Mercedes-Benz Sprinters

MCE Insurance has purchased 10 Sprinter 314 CDIs from local dealer Intercounty Truck & Van.
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03/01/2018

William Wright receives knighthood

The founder of bus manufacturer Wrights Group, William Wright, has received a knighthood in the 2018 new year’s honours list in recognition of his services to the bus industry and the UK economy.
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03/01/2018

West Bromwich engineering firm “clearly lacked a culture of compliance”, said ...

The director of a West Bromwich civil engineering firm, which lists its clients as Jaguar, Aston Villa Football Club and AstraZeneca, has been banned from operating commercial vehicles for two years by the region’s traffic commissioner.
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03/01/2018

Viridor values Volvo

Recycling and renewable energy company Viridor’s Trafford Park, Manchester operation has received nine Volvo trucks, supplementing the six already in its fleet.
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03/01/2018

American full-electric heavy truck models draw support from industry

Customers and supply chain partners are supporting US full-electric heavy trucks currently under development.
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03/01/2018

Marston’s brews fleet efficiency with move to Mercedes-Benz

Brewery and pub owner Marston’s Beer Company has ordered 54 new Mercedes-Benz vehicles as part of its strategy to replace a multi-marque secondary distribution fleet with Mercedes-Benz trucks.
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03/01/2018

Mar-Train takes delivery of third five-axle stepframe from Andover

Abnormal load transporter Mar-Train has taken delivery of its third five-axle extending stepframe trailer from Andover Trailers, describing the trailer maker as “the best in the business”.
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03/01/2018

AK Express Scotland halted by industry regulator

Transport firm AK Express Scotland has been refused permission to operate HGVs, after the industry regulator found the licence application to be “a front”.
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02/01/2018

Traffic Commissioners’ annual reports highlight shocking cases of noncompliance

The Traffic Commissioners’ annual reports, dated October 2017 but only published in late December, review the road haulage industry regulators’ work in the UK financial year to April 2017.
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02/01/2018

Volvo’s I-Shift Dual Clutch ‘the future’ for all JL Wilkie fleet additions

Scottish haulier JL Wilkie & Co says its Volvo FH-540 tractor with I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission has “far exceeded” expectations, with “remarkable” fuel returns.
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02/01/2018

UK fleets join in real-world trials of VW’s e-Crafter

Four UK fleets are among a group of international operators testing the first e-Crafter vans from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
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02/01/2018

FTA Everywoman in Transport & Logistics awards open for entries

The FTA Everywoman in Transport & Logistics awards are now open for entries – and for 2018 they include a category for men who are advancing the progress of women working in the sector.
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02/01/2018

Seafood specialist orders 11 Mercedes-Benz vans from Rygor

Wholesale fish supplier New Wave Seafood netted itself a prize catch in the shape of 11 new Mercedes-Benz vans.
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02/01/2018

RAC Foundation argues in favour of accident investigators

A policy paper published in December by independent research group the RAC Foundation proposes that the UK should establish an accident investigation branch for road transport.
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02/01/2018

Armistead adds three Schmitz trailers for Euro haulage

UK haulier Armistead European Transport has added three new curtainsiders from Schmitz Cargobull to its trailer fleet.
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22/12/2017

Fiat and Mercedes-Benz top annual van market survey

Fiat and Mercedes-Benz have topped the charts in a major survey, with LCV fleet managers rating them highly for vehicle performance, cost effectiveness and aftersales support.
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22/12/2017

‘No excuses’: warning from industry regulator

Operators and transport managers are being warned that there are is no excuse for illegal or unsafe vehicle operation – and that failure to comply runs the risk of loss of repute.
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22/12/2017

Foodbank spreads Christmas cheer with Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Mercedes-Benz is helping to spread Christmas cheer, by providing a Sprinter 313 CDI to Barnsley Foodbank.
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21/12/2017

Vehicle lift supplier launches online training course

Mobile vehicle lift supplier TotalKare HDWS has launched an online training solution for its lifts.
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21/12/2017

Anglia Crown specifies Carrier’s Pulsor unit for DAF 7.5-tonner

Chilled and frozen meal transporter Anglia Crown has taken delivery of a new DAF LF 7.5-tonner, equipped with a Pulsor 600 multi-temperature refrigeration system from Carrier Transicold.
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21/12/2017

Bulk haulier weighs in with five Volvo FM-450 tractors

Bulk haulier James Booth (Bolton) has taken delivery of five Volvo FM-450 6x2 tractors, citing the vehicle’s factory-fitted lightweight mid-lift axle as key to its decision.
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21/12/2017

Clean up with refurbished Britannia washing system

Smith Brothers & Webb has announced that it is now offering fully refurbished versions of its Britannia washing system for commercial vehicles.
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20/12/2017

JMHC leads from the front with new Mercedes-Benz Vito fleet

Courier company JMHC Logistics has commissioned a new fleet of 33 Mercedes-Benz Vito vans a few months after becoming one of the first courier companies to secure Van Excellence accreditation from the Freight Transport Association.
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20/12/2017

Highways England lays out vision of intelligent network of the future

In a vision of the future, the government said an intelligent network coupled with connected vehicles would improve how efficiently roads are maintained and at the same time improve safety.
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