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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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22/03/2010

Lothian Buses to open first ATF in Scotland

Edinburgh and the Lothians-based bus operator Lothian Buses signed the first Authorised Testing Facility (ATF) contract in Scotland last week.
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22/03/2010

Salvo improves loading bay safety for Vitacress

Packaged salads producer Vitacress says that Castell's drive-away prevention system Salvo is working to protect warehouse staff at its Amesbury facility.
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22/03/2010

Hybrid electric drives set to dazzle buses

More than 50 hybrid electric drive systems, designed to power double-decker buses in Oxford and Manchester, have been delivered to Alexander Dennis (ADL) by BAE Systems.
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19/03/2010

New Lander lands at specialist timber haulage firm

Les Hughes & Son now boasts a new 6x4 Renault Lander rigid drawbar combination on its fleet, after receiving the machine from Renualt Trucks Midlands.
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18/03/2010

Tanker head-on caught on mobile camera

Mobile phone footage, captured by a motorist and loaded onto You Tube, shows an Arclid tanker pushing a Renault Clio at high speed along a trunk road.
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18/03/2010

IRTE invites members to debate the general election 2010

With general election fervour heating-up across the country, IRTE wants to open a debate with its members about what engineering professionals want from their political leaders.
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18/03/2010

Daily AGile is automatic choice for Fairfax Meadow

Fairfax Meadow, the catering trade butcher organisation, has replaced its first Iveco Daily AGiles with 15 new Daily models, with the six-speed automatic AGile transmission.
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18/03/2010

Scania drives industry change on R&M contracts

Scania reckons it is driving change in the UK truck maintenance industry since going public on its "competitively priced" Fixed Price Repairs programme.
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17/03/2010

Giti Tire achieves ISO901:2008 standard

Manchester based GITI Tire has achieved registration to ISO 9001:2008 for its supply of truck and bus tyres to the UK market.
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17/03/2010

Transporter investment for QVD Fleet Services

Vehicle distribution company QVD Fleet Services has invested in a car transporter capable of carrying up to 11 of the German company's vehicles.
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16/03/2010

Changes to VOSA fees from 1 April 2010

VOSA's fees for statutory and voluntary testing of HGVs and PSVs are to be updated from 1 April, following the consultation launched last August.
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16/03/2010

FTA tackles authorities on road safety for HGVs and LCVs

The Road Safety Foundation has given just two stars out of a possible four to more than two-thirds of the Highways Agency's road network.
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16/03/2010

New Volvo FM is more than just a strong looker

A new grille and headlights, increased cab packages, anti-slip windscreen cleaning steps and interior trim enhancements are the obvious changes to the new Volvo FM, which is still aimed at the regional distribution market.
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15/03/2010

UK’s top three technicians to attend CV Operator Show awards

Steve Smith of Charles Clark Toyota in Wolverhampton, John Tinham of John Tinham Motor Engineer in Chelmsford and Stuart White of Complete Car Maintenance in Surrey have triumphed over nine others in the finals of Top Technician 2010.
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15/03/2010

Hermes saves with route optimisation software

Home delivery outfit Hermes says it has saved more than £300,000 from its annual transport costs, thanks in part to software used to plan optimal routing for vehicles.
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12/03/2010

90 years of low carbon commercial vehicles at the CV Operator Show

To celebrate nine decades of making low carbon commercial vehicles, Smith Electric Vehicles has taken one of the largest stands at the Commercial Vehicle Operator Show (13-15 April), to make space for it range of electric vans and ...
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12/03/2010

400th Big Yellow MAN double decker hits Berlin

The 400th MAN Lion's City DD 'double-decker bus was handed over to Berlin's public transport company, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe, at MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Gruppe's Bus Forum.
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11/03/2010

Bodyshop boost for Volvo Truck and Bus

Volvo Truck and Bus Centre London, Milton Keynes Dealerpoint has been appointed the designated bodyshop for truck, bus and trailer repairs in Volvo's London region, the busiest area in the country.
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11/03/2010

Bus operators to benefit from intelligent tracking system

Hoping to revolutionise UK public transport, an advanced real-time electronic fixed-route system has been launched by Mobexx.
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11/03/2010

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter tippers take on Westminster role

Construction group Balfour Beatty has gone for new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter tippers for road and pavement maintenance work on its Westminster City Council contract.
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10/03/2010

Health and safety correction: Carrier Transicold

On page 40 of the March issue of Transport Engineer, Scott Dargan, operations director at Carrier Transicold, was quoted as saying that one of the company's employees was injured after falling from a cab roof. It was, in fact, someone from ...
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10/03/2010

TomTom Work helps fleet operators manage drivers' time

TomTom's commercial vehicle fleets arm, TomTom Work, has launched two low-cost and practical devices to help operators with time management and logging.
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10/03/2010

EGR seals the deal for Cotswold Green bus

Local bus operator Cotswold Green, in Gloucestershire, has put its first MAN/Plaxton Centro combination into service.
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09/03/2010

Council’s fuel bill is cut thanks to fleet tracking technology

Nottinghamshire County Council says it is seeing the fruits of investment in new equipment to monitor its vehicles, fleet and personnel around the clock, courtesy of Masternaut Three X.
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09/03/2010

GPS jammer criminals set for truck load of surprises

Criminal gangs importing GPS jammers from China to help them steal transporters with valuable loads will soon be in for nasty surprise, according to tracking and recovery systems specialist Tracker.
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