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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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05/03/2010

Eaton hybrids achieve 30 million miles worldwide

Transmissions giant Eaton says that its commercial vehicle users have collectively driven more than 30 million miles throughout the world on its hybrid systems.
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04/03/2010

AS Watson moves fleet to Mercedes-Benz

AS Watson, the parent company of Superdrug and Savers, has shifted its entire fleet of vehicles to Mercedes-Benz.
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04/03/2010

Bunzl’s green distribution drive leads to Smith electric truck hire

Truck contract hire firm Ryder has delivered its first leased 10 tonne electric truck to Bunzl, the distribution group, for operation in the catering sector, in the central London area.
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04/03/2010

Asda chooses Schmitz Cargobull reefers for green engineering

Asda has taken delivery of 150 new dual temperature refrigerated semi-trailers from Schmitz Cargobull, for fresh food distribution.
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04/03/2010

Euro 6 isn’t going to be easy, but we’re on it, says Volvo Trucks

With the Euro 6 engine emission standards for new trucks coming into force on 31 December 2013, truck and engine manufacturers have a tough path ahead of them.
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03/03/2010

Eurocargo truck equipped for fire protection role on Guernsey

Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service has taken delivery of another Iveco Eurocargo Type B fire appliance, supplied by the island's Iveco distributor Bourgourd Ford.
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03/03/2010

Fleetcare breaks the 3,000 R&M assets barrier

TIP FleetCare now has more than 3,000 assets under R&M contract in the UK and Ireland – making it one of TIP Trailer Services' fastest growing division.
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03/03/2010

Training to take centre stage at next month’s CV Operator Show

Training is vital for any transport organisation, both heavy duty truck operators and van fleets.
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02/03/2010

Red vans go green on ECO-Start technology at Parcelforce

More than 1,000 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans fitted with ECO-Start technology have been ordered by Parcelforce Worldwide.
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02/03/2010

First company announced for braking

SDC Trailers is the first to be granted type approval to the new UN-ECE braking regulations, which become mandatory in 2012.
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01/03/2010

Autologic Holdings appoints Scania as service provider

Autologic Holding's Doncaster Vehicle Maintenance Unit is to be managed and operated by Scania (Great Britain) from today.
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01/03/2010

Trucks most affected in European CV registrations in January

New commercial vehicle registrations of January in the EU totalled 123,527 units, 12% fewer than those registered in January 2009.
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26/02/2010

Williams Haulage claims full 15% fuel saving from Volvo FH-460 trucks

Denbighshire-based Williams Haulage reports "significantly higher fuel figures than any of their current mixed fleet" from its new Volvo FH-460 6x2's, plated at 44 tonnes.
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26/02/2010

Health checks offered by Stagecoach on bespoke bus

A joint commitment between BMI Healthcare and Stagecoach will provide the opportunity for employees of the transport group's bus division to undergo free heart checkups.
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26/02/2010

Vito-based battery powered van unveiled

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled an electric prototype van, based on its Vito model and featuring lithium-ion technology.
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25/02/2010

RNLI drafts in Mercedes-Benz Actros to help launch boats

Latest addition to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's specialist vehicle fleet is also its first heavy tractor unit – a Mercedes-Benz Actros plated for Special Types at 72 tonnes gcw.
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25/02/2010

Grahams Family Dairy milks 6.5 tonne Daily chassis cabs

Grahams Family Dairy says it is trialling a move from 7.5 to 6.5 tonners, and has bought two Iveco Daily 65C18 light commercials for the purpose.
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24/02/2010

Centrebus takes a dozen Solos for new services

Fast-growing independent Centrebus has put a dozen Optare Solos into service at depots in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
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24/02/2010

Ace Plant goes for versatility with latest eight wheeler

Milton Keynes-based Ace Plant says it has brought forward its truck replacement programme and bagged a new Volvo FM-440 8x2 to handle increasing demand for its specialist hire equipment.
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23/02/2010

Nestlé Logistics begins tyre switch across fleet

Nestlé Logistics has taken its first step towards fitting its fleet of 197 trailers with Michelin's 455/25 R22.5 One MaxiTrailer tyres.
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23/02/2010

New DAFs to clock up the miles for ATL

Ascott Transport (ATL) has invested in three DAF CF85s to assist with a an ambitious operation moving raw materials and finished products between Pirelli plants in Burton-on-Trent and Carlisle.
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22/02/2010

Wales’ oldest brewery tops up its Scania fleet

Wales' oldest operational brewery has taken delivery of three new Scania four-wheel rigid distribution trucks with Bevan curtainsider bodies, from Scania dealership Silurian Scania.
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22/02/2010

More than 250 exhibitors sign up for the CV Operator show

Organisers of the 2010 Commercial Vehicle Operator Show say they are delighted with the latest exhibitor figures which total more than 250, of which 51 will be exhibiting for the first time.
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19/02/2010

BPW gears up for UK suspension production

A £500,000 investment in its facility in Leicester has enabled BPW to undertake assembly of suspension systems in the UK for its nationwide heavy trailer customers.
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19/02/2010

VOSA aiming for more flexibility as it rolls out ATF contract

The eagerly awaited contract for VOSA's new-style authorised testing facilities (ATFs) has been unveiled by the testing agency. Alastair Peoples, CEO of VOSA, responding to previous criticisms of test station closures, says it is his ...
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