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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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15/02/2010

Heavy-duty fleet additions; and MOT lane opens

Having taken delivery of the UK's first two FH16-700 8x4 heavy haulage tractor units from Volvo, Plantspeed is now operating 50% of the fleet with vehicles from the Swedish manufacturer.
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15/02/2010

Steel haulier turns back to Renault trucks

Hingley Transport, which is the largest private steel transport firm in the West Midlands, now has seven new Renault Premium 460.25 6x2 tractive units, making more than half its 60-strong fleet Renault trucks.
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15/02/2010

Geodis Calberson selects Euroway and DAF for European fleet

High Wycombe-based distribution firm Geodis Calberson has taken delivery of five DAF XF105 FTG 6x2 tractor units, bringing its UK fleet to 38 tractors and rigids, with a mix of 59 single and double deck trailers.
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15/02/2010

Biofuel engineering issues set to undergo detailed investigation

A consortium has been formed by engineering consultancy Ricardo to look more closely into engineering challenges that result from the use of biofuels.
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12/02/2010

Amphibious Stagecoach bus takes to the Scottish waters

A £700,000 amphibious bus, operated by Stagecoach Group, has undergone a two-day trial on the River Clyde.
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12/02/2010

Millbrook proving ground shows 3% savings from fuel catalyst

Independent tests on a so-called fuel catalyst, at the Millbrook proving ground late last year, appear to demonstrate a cast iron 3% saving in fuel consumption and carbon emissions for trucks.
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12/02/2010

Course guaranteed to save fuel, or your money back

Volvo Construction Equipment is opening a training school at Duxford, Cambridgeshire next Monday (February 15), to improve their practical content – although its 'Eco Operator' course will still run at operator's premises.
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11/02/2010

Nanotechnology to cut emissions and extend engine and transmission life

Technology firm Nanolia reckons its product enables virtually any engine to run more efficiently, reducing fuel costs by up to 11% and emissions by 60%.
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11/02/2010

Return-to-base operations targeted by Revolve’s hydrogen vans

Revolve Technologies is talking to a number of large operators about deploying its hydrogen bi-fuel converted Ford Transits into their fleets.
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10/02/2010

Anglian Bus and Coach sees 10% fuel gains from telematics system

Beccles-based Anglian Bus and Coach says it has installed MiX Telematics Fleet Manager, as part of its drive to improve operations efficiency.
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10/02/2010

Volvo Trucks to deliver 370 of its new EPA 10-beating to US Knight

Phoenix, Arizona-based Knight Transportation is buying 370 Volvo VNs, equipped with SCR (selective catalytic reduction) engine emissions controls.
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10/02/2010

First two production 12 tonne Isuzu crew cabs go to Automania

The first two production 12 tonne Isuzu Forward crewcab trucks have now joined the 42-strong fleet at West London recovery company Automania, operating in the Heathrow area.
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09/02/2010

Battery and fuel cell technology vans set for growth

Smith electric Vehicles' Newton medium duty electric truck has now been approved for purchase by all US federal agencies and the military, following its addition to the US General Services Administration (GSA) schedule.
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08/02/2010

Asda drives down carbon footprint on Cartwright double deckers

Asda has now taken delivery of 68 Cheetah moving deck, double-deck trailers, with air-kits, from Cartwright Group – adding to the 173 aerodynamic trailers it bought from Cartwright late last year.
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08/02/2010

Bevan Group acquires PG Reeves drinks specialist

Commercial vehicle bodybuilder Bevan Group has acquired specialist supplier PG Reeves – spreading Bevan's reach for its dry freight box and curtainside bodies into the drinks industry.
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08/02/2010

Ginsters pastries get the Carrier Transicold treatment

Ginsters' new fleet of 3.5-tonne Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-based cold chain vehicles is to run with Carrier Transicold Xarios refrigeration units.
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08/02/2010

Composite could provide power and strength in automotive applications

Parts of a car's bodywork could, one day, double up as its battery, according to a research team that includes Imperial College. The three year €3.4million project is aiming to develop a prototype material which can not only store and ...
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05/02/2010

Road lining firm marks out smart new Mercedes Sprinter

Staffordshire-based Gilvar Lining, which marks lines on roads, car parks, sports grounds and the like, says it has taken steps to reduce its carbon footprint by buying a new, low-emission 3.5-tonne Mercedes Sprinter.
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05/02/2010

irtec popularity increases

IRTE says there has been increased interest, particularly from bus companies, in irtec licensing since the beginning of 2010.
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05/02/2010

New winter laws from Sweden

The 2009/2010 Winter Tyre Guide from Continental Tyres has been updated to include new winter laws that have been imposed in Sweden concerning light commercials, heavy trucks, and coaches.
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04/02/2010

Unsafe loaders to be targeted in random roadside stops

Safe transportation of loads is to be the main focus of a spot check campaign due to run this month and throughout March.
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04/02/2010

Diagnostics leads the way in CV Operator Show’s dedicated workshop

Keen to harness the potential of a show that appeals squarely to transport engineers, technicians and fleet managers, CV Operator Show organiser Crystal Communications says it is focusing on workshops.
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04/02/2010

Renault Master goes low enough for Micheldever

The impressive low unladen weight of the Renault Master was reason enough for Micheldever Tyre and Auto Services to add 15 of the vehicles to its 200-strong fleet.
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04/02/2010

Daily range launches in the UK for the greener generation

The lineup in the new Daily range from Iveco is the greenest ever, reflecting the industry's need to clean up its vehicles and help minimise the impact on the environment from commercial vehicles.
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03/02/2010

Draper’s flexible rigid handles forklifts and cranes

Draper Distribution's commercial vehicle fleet now has an eighth Iveco Stralis 26-tonne rigid that is probably one of the most flexible machines of its kind in the country.
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