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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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09/07/2010

ETS Distribution gains Eco-Fleet of the Year award

Loughborough-based ETS Distribution took the Eco-Fleet of the Year prize at the 2010 Brake Fleet Safety Awards, with the judges recognising its pioneering telematics in promoting safe and fuel-efficient driving.
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09/07/2010

Weight Angel measures vehicle load to 0.5% accuracy

Weight Angel has now officially launched its award-winning commercial vehicle overload and load shift protection system in the UK, for vehicles from 1—7.5 tonnes, with an HGV version due later this year.
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08/07/2010

DAF first to offer all engines to EEV specification

DAF says it is now offering its 6.7 litre Paccar GR-engine and several versions of the 12.9 litre Paccar MX-engine in EEV (enhanced environmentally-friendly vehicle) versions, without the need for DPFs (diesel particulate filters).
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08/07/2010

Lincolnshire Highways Division gets 53 new trucks from Translinc and May Gurney

A total of 49 Mitsubishi Canter 7C18, 7.5-tonne box vans and three-way tippers, plus four Mercedes-Benz Axor 1824 18-tonne three-way tippers are being supplied by TransLinc to Lincolnshire Council for its Highways Davison.
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07/07/2010

Isuzu’s new 18tonne refrigerated truck launched as demo

Isuzu has put a new 18-tonne 4x2 refrigerated demo vehicle into service boasting a 9 tonne-plus payload and unlimited mileage three-year warranty on the body, refrigeration system and chassis/cab.
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07/07/2010

DHL Tradeteam and Nijhof-Wassink to test truck and driver safety

DHL Tradeteam in the UK and Dutch haulage firm Nijhof-Wassink are participating in an EU road safety study aimed at assessing driver behaviour and truck safety systems.
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06/07/2010

Gray & Adams announces Brycol takeover

Trailer and body manufacturer Gray & Adams is the new owner of commercial vehicle repair specialist Brycol, following a takeover, just announced.
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06/07/2010

Cullimore saves significant fuel from storage monitoring

Gloucestershire-based haulage and aggregates firm Cullimore Group reports "significant efficiency gains", following the installation of stock management technology on its diesel storage facilities.
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06/07/2010

Demolition contractor specifies Mercedes-Benz Axor tippers

Competitive pricing swayed Aberdeenshire demolition and construction firm Les Taylor Contracts when the firm selected its latest pair of 8x4 tippers.
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05/07/2010

Roger Dyson gives Fillongley artic a second life

It worked for five years as a standard 6x2 Scania R420 tractor unit, but has now been transformed into a Commander heavy recovery truck for Fillongley Garage.
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05/07/2010

Cummins shows 3,500bhp Mini at Goodwood

Visitors to the Goodwood Festival of Speed found probably the oddest exhibit of all on Cummins' stand.
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02/07/2010

Refrigeration unit range expanded by Carrier Transicold

Carrier Transicold has extended its alternator-driven NEOS range of refrigeration units with the launch of the NEOS 100S. This conventional split system concept is designed for commercial vehicles that have a loadspace of up to 6m³.
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02/07/2010

Alfa Recovery retrieves wrecker from haulage tractor unit

Newcastle-upon-Tyne recovery specialist Alpha Recovery has given a Volvo FH16-660 a new lease of life, by converting it from a heavy haulage tractor into a new wrecker.
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01/07/2010

SMMT launches Ultra Low Carbon Truck strategy

The UK's Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has outlined its vision for greater efficiency and cleaner transportation for truck manufacturers and operators.
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01/07/2010

Reynolds moves forward with another 31 Isuzu 7.5 tonners

Seven years after the first Isuzu joined Waltham Abbey-based catering firm Reynolds all-refrigerated fleet, the company has taken delivery of a further 31 new Isuzu Forward 7.5-tonne rigids.
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30/06/2010

Grundy and Co Excavations goes for Volvo FM 8x4 tippers

Widnes-based, Grundy and Co Excavations has added two new Volvo FM 8x4 tippers to its mixed fleet of 20 vehicles.
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30/06/2010

Metafin smartens up with Keltruck Scania

Walsall-based Metafin Group Holdings has chosen Keltruck to supply a second Scania rigid – this time a 285bhp P285DB 6x2 MNAS with a 30 foot curtainside body and sleeper cab.
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29/06/2010

Renault launches van maintenance system

With the launch of iCare, a maintenance system designed specifically for commercial vehicles, Renault is aiming to help operators keep downtime to a minimum, and adhere to compliance legislation.
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29/06/2010

Truck art goes big time for motor sport lubricants

Artist Ian Cook used a 6-tonne racing truck, single-seaters, a bike and sportscar as his paintbrushes to create this 50 square metre work of art.
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28/06/2010

Michelin’s Maxitrailer tyres demonstrate stability on QinetiQ tilt table

Michelin has recorded a 6.5% improvement in stability over 385/65 R 22.5 tyres, after measuring the vehicle overturn angle of a 44 tonne tractor and trailer combination fitted with X One MaxiTrailer tyres.
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28/06/2010

Making eco-driver training mandatory won’t work, says FTA

Department for Transport (DfT) proposals to make eco-driving training a mandatory part of Driver CPC training have been rejected by the FTA (Freight Transport Association).
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25/06/2010

Boije Ovebrink sets world truck records in Volvo VN

On June 9, race truck driver Boije Ovebrink set a new world truck speed record in both the 500 metre and 1,000 metre standing-start events.
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24/06/2010

FTA advises on van loading arrangements

FTA (the Freight Transport Association) has published a best practice guide for transport managers to safely securing loads in vans.
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24/06/2010

Leyland Trucks wins Best British Business Award

Leyland Trucks in Preston is celebrating today after winning Best Overall Business at the 2010 Manufacturing Excellence (MX) Awards in London last night (23 June).
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24/06/2010

MAN aftermarket price cuts programme proving popular

MAN Truck & Bus UK says parts sales are "showing steady improvement" since launching its 'Valueline' parts programme in March.
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