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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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01/03/2011

FTA urges treasury to scrap fuel duty revenue ruse

The FTA (Freight Transport Association) is calling on the Chancellor to abandon plans for the above inflation fuel tax increase that is, due to be introduced this year.
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01/03/2011

Woodside buys rigid Volvo trucks from Dennison Commercals

Woodside Distribution has purchased two Volvo FE 18-tonne curtainside rigids from Dennison Commercials, to join a fleet consisting of around 200 trucks across the group.
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28/02/2011

Optare and Arriva Malta sign Solo hybrid buses contract

An order worth around £2 million has been placed by Arriva Malta for 10 Solo hybrid buses from Optare.
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28/02/2011

Diesel parts exchange programme launched by Wood Auto

Wood Auto has introduced a range of OE quality remanufactured diesel exchange parts.
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28/02/2011

Optare Solo EVs to service HRH’s eco-friendly village

Two electric-powered Optare Solo EV buses have been ordered by Dorset County Council to provide a service for Dorchester and Poundbury, the Duchy of Cornwall's eco-friendly village.
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25/02/2011

GB Freight buys first Volvo FH-500 tractor unit

After taking a flexible contract from Thomas Hardie Commercials, GB Freight has added a Volvo FH-500 tractor to its fleet, with a view to buying more.
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25/02/2011

Mercedes-Benz van range is ‘made for the people’

Mercedes-Benz has announced the arrival of a new website to coincide with the launch of the latest version of the Vito.
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25/02/2011

Three new locations for Scania truck rental

Scania Truck Rental has expanded its operations, with the opening of three new rental locations in Heathrow, and Larne and Omagh for Northern Ireland.
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25/02/2011

NR Evans gets free telematics with Actros tractor units

Food distribution firm NR Evans has taken delivery of 18 new Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units, all with Daimler FleetBoard telematics included.
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24/02/2011

Andover Trailer steps up to plant hire haulage

East-Anglian plant hire firm GB Digger Hire has taken delivery of a bespoke tri-axle step-frame beavertail trailer, from manufacturer Andover Trailers, that it says will improve deliveries.
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24/02/2011

BPW’s trailer suspension assembly exceeds expectations

Twelve months after BPW started assembling commercial vehicle suspension systems at its Leicester HQ, not just in Germany, the company has celebrated a major milestone.
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24/02/2011

Conspicuity markings guide for commercial vehicles launched by FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has published a guide to new legislation on the fitment of conspicuity markings to large goods vehicles.
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24/02/2011

More tyre checks needed, says TyreSafe?

TyreSafe is warning that the number of van and other LCV operators, at risk of causing a tyre-related accident through ignorance, is increasing.
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23/02/2011

SDC selects Edbro for new smoothside panel tipper

SDC Trailers says it chose Edbro's tipping hoists for its latest fuel efficient smoothside tipper design, because of their reliability and increased lift capacity.
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23/02/2011

NR Evans cools chilled trailer fleet with Carrier Vector 1550s

Welsh haulier NR Evans says it is seeing savings in fuel and maintenance costs, since adding five Vector 1550 refrigerated trailer units from Carrier Transicold to its dairy products fleet.
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23/02/2011

Call for bus makers, fleet managers and transport engineers to work together

Bus makers and operators must work together, with engineering design and technician licensing, if the industry is to achieve impending EU targets.
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22/02/2011

Mercedes-Benz delivers 10,000th Econic with Allison transmission

The 10,000th Econic truck fitted with an Allison automatic transmission has been officially handed over to the AWB municipal waste company of Cologne, Germany.
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22/02/2011

DfT to review wheel faults on commercial vehicles in VOSA data

The Department for Transport is to review a sample of prohibition, MOT and accident data to assess evidence that wheel faults on commercial vehicles might be causing problems.
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22/02/2011

I’Anson Bros takes first flexible Volvo FM tridem

Masham-based I'Anson Bros has taken delivery of a Volvo 8x4 tridem truck that will be delivering to its animal feed customers.
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21/02/2011

FIA European truck racing returns to Donington for Easter

The first round of the Renault Trucks sponsored FIA European Truck Racing Series will take place at the Donington Park Circuit this Easter Bank Holiday weekend, 23 and 24 April 2011.
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21/02/2011

Goodyear, Hankook and Yokohama take this year’s tyre honours

Goodyear, Yokohama and Hankook were honoured at the 11th annual Tyre Technology Expo in Cologne, alongside specialist suppliers such as Allma and Reosense.
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18/02/2011

AdBlue group launches care campaign for truck and bus operators

Vehicle operators need to take precautions when buying and handling AdBlue for truck and bus engines using SCR (selective catalytic reduction), if they want to avoid costly contamination problems.
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18/02/2011

Volvo launches new monster FH16 for heavy haulage

Volvo is about to launch its FH16 in a version for heavy haulage, involving gross combination weights of up to 295 tonnes, dependent upon gradient.
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18/02/2011

Optare secures £7.6 million Arriva buses orders

Optare has secured orders from Arriva for 69 single and double-deck buses, worth £7.6 million, for delivery this year.
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18/02/2011

Latest truck-friendly satnav scores high on FTA test

TomTom PRO7100 Truck answers recent government calls for a solution to the chaos and damage caused by misdirected truck drivers, according to the FTA (Freight Transport Association).
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