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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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15/01/2010

Scania’s young European truck driver competition returns for 2010

Scania is promising a top prize of one of its new R-series trucks for the winner of Europe's largest truck driving event – the Scania Young European Truck Driver competition.
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15/01/2010

Tyre firm gets H&S accreditation

SAFEcontractor, the independent organisation that assesses health and safety competency of contractors, has independently accredited ATS Euromaster.
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14/01/2010

Law abiding operators assisted by FTA

The 48th edition of The Yearbook of Road Transport Law is now available. The 2010 edition, published by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), covers information about the fixed penalty system that was introduced in May 2009, which is ...
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14/01/2010

Continental shift extends operator’s mileages

Les Smith Haulage has reported great gains in tyre life on its Mercedes-Benz Axor two-axle 18 tonners thanks to a change in tyre supplier. Since switching the 18-strong fleet from an unnamed premium manufacturer to run on Continental HSR1s ...
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13/01/2010

Isuzu Truck confirms 8% pricing increase for Euro 5 Forwards and Grafters

Isuzu Truck has confirmed that its Euro 5 prices for the Forward and Grafter ranges have been finalised and fixed for 2010 at an approximate 8% increase across the board.
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13/01/2010

Scania fixes its truck maintenance prices

The Fixed Price Repair programme run by Scania has been extended to cover more workshop jobs, such as standard services.
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13/01/2010

All change in licensing department

Plans have been published by the UK's DfT (department for Transport) to change driving licenses for truck and bus drivers, as well as those towing medium-sized trailers.
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12/01/2010

The fifth amendment for fifth wheels

Langdon Industries believes it has made a major investment in safety by retrofitting its entire fleet of 140 articulated trucks with Jost Fleetmaster extended fifth-wheel handle assemblies.
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12/01/2010

Prices revealed for Ford’s greenest van

The Fiesta Van Econetic, from Ford, boasting the lowest carbon emissions figures in its sector of 98g/km, is now available, priced at £11,635.
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12/01/2010

Fleet purchases point to electric future

A deal done with Sainsbury's will see Smith Electric Vehicles the supplier of the biggest fleet of electric vans next year.
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11/01/2010

Handy handbook

Updates and information about legal changes, anti-fraud measures and digital records are all available in Kogan Page's Transport Manager's and Operator's Handbook 2010, available from this month.
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11/01/2010

HGV test exemptions in doubt as DfT reviews policy

A consultation proposing to remove some of the exempt vehicles from the HGV annual roadworthiness testing scheme was published late last year by Transport Minister Paul Clark.
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08/01/2010

Quinton, skip hire firm gets new MAN kit

Expect to see Quinton Tyres' new MAN TGX 360bhp three axle rigid patrolling the north west in the months to come; the Manchester-based tyre supplier has invested in the new vehicle to collect and distribute built-up wheel assemblies from ...
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08/01/2010

Van best practice guide launches

The UK's transport minister, Paul Clark launched the Van Best Practice programme late last year, offering practical advice to van operators about how to improve efficiency and save fuel.
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08/01/2010

LDV component price cut at Multipart

Owners of Pilot, Convoy and Cub models from LDV have been taking advantage of an average 15% savings on more than 11,000 parts for their vehicles, thanks to Multipart.
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07/01/2010

Hedging expands to ease truck fuel price worries

Following another 12 months of wildly fluctuating fuel prices, Portland Fuel Price Protection has launched a protection scheme for mid size operators.
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07/01/2010

Tesco swaps to Secureseal for better trailer protection

The UK's largest supermarket chain has replaced electronic security seals on its 4,000 trailers, citing unacceptable failure rates and delays in obtaining replacements for existing electronic seals.
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07/01/2010

Latest addition to Veolia is no rubbish

Volvo has furnished Veolia with a diesel-electric hybrid dustcart as part of a two-year trial with Westminster City Council.
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06/01/2010

ACEA calls for global, standard truck energy efficiency improvements

Policy makers in Europe, the US and Japan need to cooperate on developing global fuel efficiency metrics, methodologies, standards and regulations that are practical and effective.
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06/01/2010

Volvo and Mack engines are first to EPA 2010

Volvo and Mack are the first truck manufacturers to have their engines certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency as meeting the 2010 diesel emissions standard.
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05/01/2010

Dairy Crest goes for quieter life with Mercedes Sprinters

Dairy Crest has added 80 Mercedes Sprinter 311CDI chassis cabs to its fleet of milk&more distribution vehicles, replacing older units from a rival brand when they hit the streets in March.
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05/01/2010

Magnetic attraction brings fuel savings to Carmarthenshire

Magnetic devices retrofitted on vehicle fuel lines are far more effective in cutting fuel consumption than sceptics might have you believe.
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04/01/2010

What’s the big deal at Denby

There are mixed messages and frustration at Denby Transport, after the company's chairman, Dick Denby, took his 25.1m-long (82ft) LHV onto public roads on 1 December 2009, only to be served with a prohibition notice by the police.
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04/01/2010

Industry gears up for April CV Operator show

"An event designed to help operators run a better and more organised business." That's the message from organiser of the CV Operator Show, which takes place on 13, 14 and 15th April 2009 at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC).
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04/01/2010

FTA proposals may change VOSA amber ABS policy

As we go to press, the transport industry looks closer to achieving a change in VOSA policy concerning amber ABS warning lamps, following intense lobbying by the FTA (Freight Transport Association).
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