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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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29/03/2010

Volvo FH-480 delivers best fuel economy for Paterson heavy trunking

Westbury, Wiltshire bulk cereals haulage operator Richard Paterson says its new Volvo FH-480 is giving the best fuel economy fleet-wide, operating at a full 44 tonnes.
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26/03/2010

Kent haulier stops damage and speeds loading on freepost trailers

Kent-based haulier Salvatori has taken delivery of eight new Schmitz Cargobull SCS Freepost curtainsider trailers, selected for their flexibility of loading.
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25/03/2010

Saints in record MAN used truck deal

Airfreight haulage specialist Saints Transport has signed the largest ever retail order for used trucks through MAN's used truck programme, MAN TopUsed.
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25/03/2010

Whale Tankers and DAF branded Best of British

Whale Tankers' customer, the drainage services, truck and plant hire firm, SP Holding of Telford, is challenging UK operators to buy the best of British.
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25/03/2010

4 Shires runs up builders merchants with 3.5 tonne Canter

Rugby-based builders merchant 4 Shires has bought a 3.5-tonne Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 3C15 to service its second depot, in Daventry, just opened.
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25/03/2010

Stobart Group enters venture with AW Jenkinson

Stobart Group has taken a controlling interest in a newly formed company, Stobart Biomass Products (SBPL), alongside wood-based biomass supplier AW Jenkinson Forest Products (AWJFP).
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24/03/2010

Aberdeen haulage operator suspended following truck wheel detachment

The Traffic Commissioner for Scotland has suspended Aberdeen-based haulage operator W & H Leslie's licence for 10 days from 23.59 on March 31, following a truck wheel detachment on the A90 near Finavon, Forfar, Angus.
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24/03/2010

Special protection for vital bus service data

Transport for London's (TfL) latest bus workshop has been fitted with 2km of flexible conduit from Flexicon, to protect the cabling for an oil management system installed at the site.
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24/03/2010

FTA president calls for Highway code re-think

Stewart Oades, president of the Freight Transport Association (FTA) believes that many of the problems on the road are down to poor education, specifically starting with the basics of the Highway Code.
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23/03/2010

New approach to trailer leg operation from Jemison

There could be a revolution in the trailer leg market, thanks to the launch of an innovative technology from Jemison.
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23/03/2010

Bespoke coupling solution set for Wheyfeed

Animal feedstuffs producer and distributor Wheyfeed has taken delivery of four new Scania tractor units, equipped with specially-developed fifth wheel couplings, designed, manufactured and fitted by JOST-GB.
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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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