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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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03/08/2010

East Riding Sacks’ 26 tonner gets 750,000km from its tyres

Yorkshire-based East Riding Sacks says it has clocked up more than 750,000km on a set of Michelin XDE2 drive axle tyres.
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03/08/2010

Hendrickson develops new suspension for Sinotruk under partnership deal

US-based Hendrickson has concluded a strategic agreement with Sinotruk, under which it will design, develop and manufacture advanced rubber suspensions for the latter's heavy-duty trucks in China.
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02/08/2010

Ashok Leyland to acquire a 26% stake in UK’s Optare

Hinduja Automotive-owned Ashok Leyland is buying a 26% stake in £80 million turnover bus manufacturer Optare for an estimated $7.5 million.
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02/08/2010

Zenith says MAN telematics give alpha performance

Zenith Logistics in Chepstow has expanded its fleet of MAN tractor units, with an additional six TGX 26.440BLS 6x2s, bringing the total to 35.
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02/08/2010

LowCVP welcomes support for electric vehicle purchases

LowCVP (the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership) has welcomed the UK government's announcement that it intends to continue funding to support initial purchases of electric vehicles.
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30/07/2010

Allied Bakeries strengthens its fleet with Ivecos

Allied Bakeries' mixed fleet has being strengthened with the arrival of 112 new Ivecos, including 42 Stratis Active Day tractor units, the first Stratis' that the bakery has used in service.
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30/07/2010

First Renault trucks join Wynnstay fleet

Agricultural retailer and crop marketing firm Wynnstay has taken delivery of three new Renault Premium Lander trucks, fitted with bulk blowing bodies through Renault Trucks distributor Border Trucks.
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30/07/2010

Sprinters provide tasty treat for Shaw & Lisle

Sandwich and salad maker Shaw & Lisle says it has found the perfect ingredient in the shape of a fleet of new Mercedes-Benz Sprinters.
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29/07/2010

Fuso shows firest-ever double clutch truck transmission

Fuso has become the first manufacturer to present a double-clutch transmission in commercial vehicles. Known as the Duonic, the transmission combines automated driving with the advantages of a manual transmission.
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29/07/2010

MAM Transport signs on for more Volvo FH 460s

Northampton-based haulier MAM Transport Services has ordered another 16 Volvo FH-460 tractors and contracted Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia to provide R&M on 14 of its Renault Magnum trucks.
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29/07/2010

Parcels to Ireland specifies Keltruck Scania

Rugby-based Parcels to Ireland has taken delivery of a new Scania truck from Keltruck to replace a Mercedes vehicle in its 10-strong fleet.
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28/07/2010

Hadwins takes delivery of special transporter

Hadwins, which runs Volkswagen and Audi franchises in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, has taken delivery of a new Dyson Transloader transporter from Roger Dyson Group.
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28/07/2010

Volkswagen fleet switch for Winterhalter

Commercial dishwasher supplier Winterhalter is converting its entire service fleet to Volkswagen vans, ordering 47 vehicles consisting of Caddy Maxi, Transporter and Crafters.
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27/07/2010

Renault Trucks grows network in Leicester

Nottingham based RH Commercial Vehicles has extended its Renault Trucks franchise with the opening of a second site in Cossington, Leicester.
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27/07/2010

Brigade phases out tonal reversing alarms

Brigade Electronics is to phase out beeping tonal alarms over the next two years in favour of a safer alternative that does not cause a noise nuisance.
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26/07/2010

Nottinghamshire treads new road with Vacu-Lug

Nottinghamshire Transport Consortium has agreed a four-year contract with Vacu-Lug for all commercial vehicle tyres across the nine local authorities it services throughout the county.
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26/07/2010

irtec in process of steep evolution

A new proposed structure for the irtec licensing scheme has now been put out to consultation.
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23/07/2010

Faulty used wheels could see hauliers imprisoned, warns solicitor

Failure to apply a full risk assessment in the purchase of a commercial vehicle wheel could ultimately lead to a corporate manslaughter charge, should the item fail and cause a catastrophic injury.
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23/07/2010

Electric bus goes head to head with diesel

A comparative trial between Britain's first viable full-size, battery-powered bus – the Optare Solo EV – and a diesel engine equivalent, could accelerate the introduction of cleaner buses to Britain.
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22/07/2010

Carrier Transicold helps out MoD

Transport refrigeration solutions provider, Carrier Transicold UK, has completed a project to supply Carrier Oasis 350 Nordic temperature controlled equipment for use in 14 Bulk Medical Storage Facilities built by Anteon for the Ministry ...
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22/07/2010

FTA formally launches carbon reduction scheme

The FTA's (Freight Transport Association) Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS), which was founded in January, has now been launched, with 37 members covering more than 37,000 commercial vehicles.
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21/07/2010

Plumbase places large Iveco Daily order

Heating and bathroom specialist Plumbase has placed an order worth nearly £2 million with Iveco for 107 3.5-tonne Daily models. The light commercials will be used for the delivery of supplies to building sites, tradesmen and consumers.
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21/07/2010

Actros Titan joins Cadzow special types truck fleet

Abnormal load specialist Cadzow Heavy Haulage has a new flagship – a Mercedes-Benz Actros Titan plated for Special Types operation at 250 tonnes gcw.
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21/07/2010

Ransomes Jacobsen swings into Volvo 18 tonners

Professional mowers firm Ransomes Jacobsen has taken delivery of three new Volvo FL 18-tonners to transport its demonstration mowers to major golf courses across the UK and Europe.
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20/07/2010

UK set to be world beater on hybrid buses, says ADL

Alexander Dennis CEO Colin Robertson reckons Britain will dominate the world when it comes to low emission buses.
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