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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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28/04/2020

Air pollution filters now being used as COVID-19 protection

London healthcare transport provider the HATS Group has repurposed environmental air filters to be used as a COVID-19 safeguard in 100 patient transport vehicles.
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27/04/2020

Daimler converts bus to COVID-19 ambulance in three weeks

In only three weeks, Daimler Buses converted an inter-city bus into a special vehicle for the transfer of COVID-19 patients.
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27/04/2020

DVSA opens booking for ‘priority’ vehicle test services

Although full-scale vehicle testing services are on hold because of COVID-19, DVSA published arrangements for commercial vehicle users to book to gain access to a limited number of ‘priority’ services being carried out before 22 June.
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24/04/2020

Hiab bodybuilding centres reopen

Hiab UK has resumed operations at its four installation sites after services were temporarily suspended as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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24/04/2020

Two updates and two extras bolster Farrall’s tramping fleet

Chester haulage and warehousing firm Farrall’s Group has continued its long association with Volvo, putting four new FH Globetrotter 6x2 tractor units into operation in its 55-strong fleet.
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23/04/2020

VXVP Haulage goes big with used truck fleet expansion

Container haulier VKVP Haulage has increased its fleet by nearly 500% with 33 used Renault tractors.
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23/04/2020

Mandata extends transport management systems to subcontractors

Transport management system provider Mandata has launched a new portal that allows hauliers to work in a real-time, integrated way with their sub-contractors.
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22/04/2020

CV and PSV suppliers win Queen’s Awards

A number of commercial vehicle suppliers, including Gray & Adams, Leyland Trucks, Eminox and TruTac, have won awards in the latest round of Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, announced in mid-April.
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22/04/2020

'Don't stop': Schmitz Cargobull extends Knorr-Bremse brake supply contract

German semitrailer builder Schmitz Cargobull has extended its supply contract with brake manufacturer Knorr-Bremse, said to be worth in the 'high double-digit millions of Euros'.
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21/04/2020

Mercedes-Benz and Volvo launch hydrogen fuel cell production joint venture

Mercedes-Benz corporate parent Daimler Truck AG and the Volvo Group have signed a preliminary agreement to establish a new joint venture to develop, produce and commercialise fuel cell systems for heavy-duty vehicles and other applications.
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21/04/2020

How to perform remote audits of fleet operators: traffic commissioners’ ...

The Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain have published guidance for operators and auditors about the remote auditing of fleet operators during the COVID-19 outbreak. The guidance is available via the link below.
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20/04/2020

COVID-19 drivers’ hours exemption extended to 31 May

In acknowledgment that the COVID-19 crisis looks likely to continue for at least another six weeks, DVSA has extended its relaxation of GB and EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales.
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20/04/2020

Bibby Distribution extends Trackm8 trailer tracking contract

Trailer tracking system vendor Trackm8 has won a five-year contract extension from Bibby Distribution, covering a fleet of 1,300 trailers and tankers.
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17/04/2020

Istobal develops COVID-19 disinfecting arches

Spanish vehicle wash manufacturer Istobal has designed, developed and is now producing COVID-19 disinfection arches for health personnel and vehicles.
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17/04/2020

Online shopping success: parcel firm extends telematics implementation

MiX Telematics reports that an unnamed ‘major European postal and parcel delivery service’ is more than doubling its number of vehicle installations.
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16/04/2020

Scania’s first UK hybrid moves in at London removals firm

Kent-based removals business Matthew James Global Relocations has introduced the UK’s first Scania hybrid removal vehicle into its fleet, operating principally within the greater London area.
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16/04/2020

Security trailer curtain launched by WABCO and Sioen Industries

Vehicle component supplier WABCO is fighting the issue of trailer cargo theft incidents with the Detector solution with Belgium-based Sioen Industries.
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15/04/2020

Scania introduces side detection functionality

Scania has introduced two systems that provide side detection functionality. Together they help avoid or mitigate scenarios where trucks may come into contact with other road users.
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15/04/2020

LondonEnergy returns to Volvo for hookloader fleet

Waste management service provider LondonEnergy is taking delivery of nine Volvo FM 8x2 rigids as part of an upgrade of its hook-loader fleet, replacing a rival marque.
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14/04/2020

Europe-wide truck breakdown guide published by Continental

Continental has compiled a list of Europe-wide breakdown regulations and emergency procedures for commercial vehicles.
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14/04/2020

New contract signed at Runnymede

Runnymede Borough Council has awarded a five-year contract to maintain its fleet of over 80 vehicles to Specialist Fleet Services.
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09/04/2020

Tyre advice for long-term vehicle parking from Michelin

Michelin has issued special guidance for haulage companies and own-account operators parking fleets for extended periods during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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09/04/2020

Courtney Coaches buys mobile lifts for workshop refit

Stertil Koni has supplied three sets of wireless mobile column lifts as part of upgrades to the Bracknell workshop of Thames Valley bus and coach company Courtney Coaches.
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08/04/2020

FleetCheck posts free Coronavirus video guides for fleets

The first six in a new series of Coronavirus video guides, the COVID-19 Transport Toolkit, produced by FleetCheck and Driving for Better Business have now been made available.
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08/04/2020

ADL delivers in short order

ADL has delivered 44 buses in a few weeks for the start of operations of Go Cornwall Bus, a subsidiary of Go-Ahead Group.
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