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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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10/03/2021

Skills Challenge testing stage postponed to week commencing 21 June

The IRTE Skills Challenge testing stage will be postponed until the week commencing 21 June, when it is hoped all restrictions on social contact and large events will be lifted.
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10/03/2021

Boughey signs 127-tractor deal with Volvo

Cheshire-based Boughey Distribution has completed a five-year deal with Thomas Hardie Commercials for the supply of Volvo’s new-generation FH model, which will be in production from April 2021.
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10/03/2021

DAF Trucks keeps the cameras rolling for Facilities by ADF

Specialist support-vehicle provider to the TV and film industry, Facilities by ADF, is expanding its exclusively DAF fleet with an additional 25 trucks to deliver on-location support for shows including The Crown, War of the Worlds, Peaky ...
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10/03/2021

Nottingham City orders full-electric Mellor Orion E

UK bus manufacturer Mellor is to supply a full-electric Orion E bus for Nottingham City Council’s Highways England-funded Electric Van Experience (EVE) Project. The council says it has earmarked the Orion E for use on its passenger ...
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09/03/2021

Biffa fits 17 MAS food and glass RCVs with c-trace weighing system

c-trace’s dynamic weighing system is now helping Biffa provide accurate weights of glass and food waste collected from pub and restaurant chains and supermarkets across the UK.
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09/03/2021

Rachel Bullen joins ARI to help customers face compliance challenge

Fleet management firm ARI has appointed Rachel Bullen to the newly-created role of transport compliance manager to help its fleet customers manage the increasing demands of legislation and compliance.
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08/03/2021

Biffa rolls out 27 full-electric Electra RCVs

Following two years of trials with Manchester City Council, Biffa has rolled out a fleet of 27 full-electric refuse collection vehicles from Electra Commercial Vehicles. The fleet is said to be the UK’s largest-ever fleet of electric RCVs.
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08/03/2021

Trucks are ingredients in Cook’s recipe for success

Food manufacturer and retailer Cook has responded to demand for its frozen ready meals by adding another Mercedes-Benz truck to its logistics fleet.
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05/03/2021

John Parry FSOE FIRTE 1944-2021

John Parry, former director of IRTE and fellow of the IRTE and Society of Operations Engineers, died on 25 February. He was 76.
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05/03/2021

New Generation MAN TGX Flagship for Hammond Transport

Essex-based haulier Hammond Transport has taken delivery of a New Generation MAN 26.510 TGX 6x2 tractor with the GX cab.
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04/03/2021

SOE launches Safety and Sustainability Awards

SOE, the parent group of IRTE, is launching a new awards programme later this year, the SOE Safety and Sustainability Awards 2021. These awards will celebrate successes in safety and sustainability across the road transport, plant, ...
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04/03/2021

New Econics include extra safety for J&B Recycling

North-East independent waste management company J&B Recycling is setting new standards for safety in its sector after commissioning three of the UK’s first low-entry Econics to be equipped with Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ latest accident ...
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04/03/2021

New Bristol-based haulier, Ancora Logistics, hits the road with its first two ...

Specialising in nationwide pallet collection, distribution and general haulage, the start-up has just taken delivery of two IVECO S-WAY tractors.
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03/03/2021

Daimler to outsource medium-duty engine production to Cummins

Cummins is to produce medium-duty engine systems for Mercedes-Benz brand owner Daimler Truck AG, according to the terms of a new global strategic partnership.
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03/03/2021

First Glasgow’s 22-bus electric fleet being readied for UN COP26 conference

First Glasgow, Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) and BYD UK are collaborating to deliver a £9 million investment in 22 new fully electric buses onto the Glasgow city bus network and into operation ahead of the UN’s COP26 conference which will be ...
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03/03/2021

TIP offers Tuffnells trailers and more

Parcels business Tuffnells has recently seen a fresh batch of trailers go into service, following an agreement with TIP to supply new tandem axle box van trailers and curtainsiders.
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02/03/2021

John Mitchell puts health heroes to the fore in 2021

Grangemouth-based John Mitchell Haulage & Warehousing is paying tribute to ‘health heroes’ for the individual fleet names of its 21 new MAN TGX 26.470 tractor units scheduled for delivery during 2021.
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02/03/2021

Multi-million crane deal for MV Commercial

MV Commercial has secured a significant contract for 100 new truck-mounted loader cranes as part of a multi-million-pound deal with Hiab UK and Ireland.
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01/03/2021

CV Show pushed back to end of August

The Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC has been moved from June to 31 August - 2 September.
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01/03/2021

Nottingham City’s vehicle defect 'app'

Bus operator Nottingham City Transport (NCT) has introduced a real-time vehicle defect reporting system. NCT’s drivers are being equipped with mobile data terminals to record their first use vehicle checks updating the central fleet ...
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01/03/2021

300-mile promise from ADL for forthcoming hydrogen double-decker

Alexander Dennis Limited has announced that its double deck hydrogen bus currently under development will deliver a zero-emission range of up to 300 miles. It will be powered by a Ballard fuel cell power module through the Voith Electrical ...
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26/02/2021

Rivus opens Southampton garage

Rivus Fleet Solutions has opened a new garage in Southampton – a move that the company, formerly BT Fleet, says demonstrates the wider developments taking place throughout its UK-wide network.
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26/02/2021

Scania plans new Scottish premises

A £10m investment in a new 4,000 square metre, purpose-built flagship site and regional headquarters for Scotland is on the cards for Scania.
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25/02/2021

Rental flagged as means to ensure Direct Vision Standard (DVS) compliance

Businesses operating heavy goods vehicles that are not yet compliant with the Direct Vision Standard (DVS), which comes into force from 1 March 2021, should consider using rental to avoid thousands of pounds in fines when they operate ...
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24/02/2021

Short-wheelbase option launched for BYD ADL Enviro400EV

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD UK’s electric vehicle partnership is introducing a shorter version of its BYD ADL Enviro400EV double decker.
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