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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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19/12/2019

Go the extra mile: complete the LowCVP survey

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) is calling on HGV fleet operators to complete its online mileage survey by 15 January.
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19/12/2019

Container transport firm sees swift payback with telematics

Essex-based container transport business KBC Logistics is reporting swift payback from its Verilocation trailer tracking software, after using the system to successfully recover misplaced trailers.
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18/12/2019

NI council upgrades RCV fleet with Mercedes-Benz Econics

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has taken delivery of its first Mercedes-Benz Econics as part of a refuse collection vehicle fleet upgrade.
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18/12/2019

NJ Docksey builds on fleet reliability with Jost axles

Staffordshire-based haulier NJ Docksey says Jost axle systems are key to its reputation for delivering a first-class service to the construction industry.
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18/12/2019

Animal feed firm finds the right combination with Volvo and Muldoon

North Lanarkshire-based Davidsons Animal Feeds is midway through a two-year trial of two high-spec Volvo FM tag axle tractors, hauling non-tipping Muldoon trailers, and says the combination has proved to be “a revelation”.
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17/12/2019

Volvo FM rigids lift fleet flexibility for Gatwick Group

Gatwick Group has taken delivery of two Volvo FM rigids for its specialist crane truck fleet, used on contracts with airport operators and Network Rail.
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17/12/2019

Coach operator rolls out Michelin-only policy after mileage boost

DJ Coaches is rolling out a Michelin-only policy after finding that its Michelin tyres are lasting up to 140,000km longer than a premium competitor brand fitted to newer vehicles in the 27-strong fleet.
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17/12/2019

Hendy achieves European top 20 ranking for HGV servicing

Hendy Group’s heavy truck division has become the first IVECO dealer in the UK to be included in the manufacturer’s top 20 service providers in Europe.
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16/12/2019

MAN Gateshead dealership opens for business

MAN Truck & Bus UK has opened a new purpose-built dealership in Gateshead, from where it will offer sales and servicing of the manufacturer’s full commercial vehicle range.
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16/12/2019

Ocado tests range of CNG truck with IVECO dealer

IVECO dealer Guest Truck and Van is helping operators to overcome any concerns about range with alternatively fuelled vehicles, with its latest practical demonstration carried out for online retailer Ocado.
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13/12/2019

Rail services operator gets to grips with Michelin

Rail infrastructure business Sonic Rail Services (SRS) is planning to roll out Michelin’s X Multi HD D tyres across its heavy fleet, after a successful trial.
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13/12/2019

Mercedes-Benz begins production of eSprinter in Dusseldorf

Mercedes-Benz has started production of the fully electric eSprinter van at its Dusseldorf plant.
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13/12/2019

Sweet success for Bibby Distribution with new tankers

Bibby Distribution has announced a multi-million pound investment in 12 ISO tanks for bulk liquid chocolate transport, helping the operator to secure a long-term contract renewal with Mars Wrigley.
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12/12/2019

Bus maker extends service life with Eaton’s FC800 EverCool hose

Bus manufacturer Evobus, part of Daimler, has boosted the life expectancy of hose assemblies in its vehicles by choosing the FC800 EverCool refrigerant hose, designed by Eaton for use in bus air-conditioning units.
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12/12/2019

Fleet upgrade galvanizes steel deliveries

Wedge Group Galvanizing is rolling out a new-look livery for its fleet of 100-plus trucks, collecting and delivering steel from its 14 UK plants.
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12/12/2019

Council picks Mercedes and Geesinknorba for RCV upgrade

Dacorum Borough Council has taken delivery of the first of an 11-strong order for new refuse collection vehicles, based on the Mercedes-Benz Econic and equipped with Geesinknorba bodies.
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11/12/2019

Brigade launches Direct Vision Standard checking service

Brigade Electronics has launched a Direct Vision Standard (DVS) star rating checker service for fleets operating in and around London.
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11/12/2019

New Era Fuels has slick operation thanks to FORS

New Era Fuels is reporting a 40% improvement in fuel performance, thanks to an upgraded fleet and its membership of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).
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11/12/2019

Electric bus service begins at Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport has started its all-electric bus service for all landside car park routes, with six Volvo 7900e ultra-low emission single-deckers.
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10/12/2019

Renault Trucks shows its mettle for Perkins Distribution

Perkins Distribution has added six new Renault Range T460 6x2 tractors to its 25-strong fleet, citing vehicle reliability and “first-rate” dealer service.
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10/12/2019

Driver shortages costing hauliers dearly – RHA report

Driver shortages, Brexit and increasing cost pressures are the top issues facing UK hauliers. That’s according to the Road Haulage Association’ latest Cost Movement report, which surveys RHA members to gain insight into the latest trends ...
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10/12/2019

Council picks up seven Orion Plus buses

Durham County Council has taken delivery of its first vehicles from bus maker Mellor, with a seven-strong order for the Orion Plus low-floor bus.
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09/12/2019

Daimler estimates job losses from restructuring plan

Daimler has released more details about its downsizing plans to pay for R&D.
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09/12/2019

Gardner Distribution upgrades fleet with nine new Volvo trucks

Devon-based Gardner Distribution has taken delivery of nine more Volvo trucks for its 77-strong fleet. The order includes eight rigids, which will be used on work for The Pallet Network, and one FH tractor for long distance general haulage.
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09/12/2019

NGC Logistics makes switch to electric for Black Friday deliveries

NGC Logistics has taken delivery of a full-electric Renault Master Red Edition ZE van for use on its contract with Amazon.
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