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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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09/11/2018

Training update for new FORS Standard

The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is introducing new mandatory training requirements, aimed at managers and drivers, across all three levels of accreditation (bronze, silver and gold).
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09/11/2018

First CNG minibuses on the road for Blue Bus Innovations

Luton-based start-up company Blue Bus Innovations is taking delivery of three IVECO Daily Line Hi-Matic vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), making the operator the first in the UK to run CNG minibuses.
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08/11/2018

Medical goods distributor boosts refrigerated van fleet

Pharmaceutical logistics firm LF&E Refrigerated Transport has expanded its fleet with two refrigerated Mercedes-Benz Sprinters, supplied by fleet management provider VMS and with bespoke conversion by CoolKit.
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08/11/2018

GB Fleet Maintenance now Irizar parts and service dealer

Hertfordshire-based GB Fleet Maintenance has become a fully accredited Irizar parts and service dealer, adding the manufacturer’s genuine parts to its offering.
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08/11/2018

City Circle rounds off Expo with 17-vehicle order for Scania

Coach operator City Circle (UK) placed its latest order with Scania at the recent Euro Bus Expo, for 17 new Irizar i6S coaches for delivery in 2019.
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07/11/2018

CTS Hire wins Workshop Accreditation for Brackley depot

Municipal vehicle hire company CTS Hire has achieved the IRTE’s Workshop Accreditation award for excellence at its Brackley depot in the Midlands.
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07/11/2018

Regulator publishes updated guidance for operators

The Senior Traffic Commissioner has updated its guidance documents, following a consultation with industry and stakeholders.
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07/11/2018

Government publishes criteria for issue of ECMT permits

The government has updated its guidance for hauliers with the criteria used to allocate ECMT international road haulage permits, allowing transport of goods between the scheme’s 43 member countries.
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06/11/2018

Aggregates firm builds sturdy fleet with Range C tippers

Welton Aggregates has added two new Range C430 8x4 tippers to its line-up – the latest of six new Renault vehicles to join the fleet in the past year.
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06/11/2018

Double anniversary deal with BJ Myers and DAF

Kent-based BJ Myers Transport has taken delivery of three DAF XF 530 FTG twin-steer 6x2 tractors, citing build quality and fuel economy as the reasons for choosing the marque.
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06/11/2018

Speedy Hire chooses Cartwright for bespoke trailer build

Tool and plant hire business Speedy Hire has placed its first new-build order with Cartwright, choosing the trailer manufacturer to deliver four bespoke tri-axle stepframe curtainsiders.
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05/11/2018

European operators optimistic on timescale for autonomous trucks – report

European transport operators believe that technology and innovation will secure the industry’s future, and 71% expect to see autonomous trucks on the roads within the next decade.
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05/11/2018

AH Plant Hire picks Andover body for longevity and quality

Chester-based AH Plant Hire has taken delivery of a new custom-built plant body from Andover Trailers. The latest addition is mounted to a 32-tonne Scania G450 and joins two other trucks with Andover bodies, one of which has been in ...
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05/11/2018

Stralis X-Way delivers new dimension for Nixon Hire tanker fleet

Plant and accommodation unit provider Nixon Hire has added three Stralis X-Way tankers to its fleet, citing payload and strong dealer support as reasons for its decision.
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02/11/2018

First new Volvo vehicle for Keenan Recyling

Food waste collection business Keenan Recycling has taken delivery of a new Volvo FH tractor – its first new Volvo vehicle, which joins two used models in the operator’s 32-strong fleet.
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02/11/2018

Specialist Fleet Services looks to boost workshop technician numbers

Specialist Fleet Services (SFS) is seeking three more apprentices to boost technician numbers at its workshops in Kettering, Brackley and Hinckley.
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02/11/2018

‘Exceptional’ service from Scania tips it for L&S Waste Management

Waste removal and aggregates firm L&S Waste Management has taken delivery of six new Scania P 410 8x4 tippers as part of its fleet replacement programme, citing “exceptional” service from the dealer.
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01/11/2018

Burman Plant ticks new compliance boxes with TruTac

Volumetric concrete and plant hire business Burman Plant says compliance with new regulations has been seamless, thanks to its implementation of software from TruTac.
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01/11/2018

Optare unveils two all-electric buses with 150-mile range

Optare has unveiled its latest Metrodecker and Metrocity all-electric buses at this week’s Euro Bus Expo (NEC, Birmingham; 30 October to 1 November), with both vehicles able to deliver more than 150 miles on a single charge and with fully ...
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01/11/2018

Translink’s latest StreetDeck HEV bus showcased at Euro Bus Expo

Wrights Group has unveiled the latest vehicle delivered to Northern Ireland operator Translink at this week’s Euro Bus Expo (NEC, Birmingham; 30 October to 1 November).
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31/10/2018

Regulator reminds operators to register for ECMT permits

The Office of the Traffic Commissioner is reminding operators that they may need ECMT permits for road haulage operations to the EU after March 2019.
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31/10/2018

Mellor debuts two new buses at Euro Bus Expo

Bus manufacturer Mellor has unveiled two new vehicles at this week’s Euro Bus Expo (NEC, Birmingham; 30 October to 1 November).
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31/10/2018

‘Most challenging retrofit ever’ underway with London RCVs

The City of Westminster and operator Veolia have ordered a retrofit of 92 refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) to Euro VI standards, so they can operate in London’s ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) when it comes into effect in April.
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30/10/2018

Scottish haulier boosts engine power with latest Scania

Family-run haulier D&J Sibbald has taken delivery of a Scania S 650 Highline V8 tractor, choosing the 16-litre V8 engine for the first time to mark its 85th year in business.
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30/10/2018

Arval backs driver mental health initiative

Leasing and fleet management business Arval is backing a mental health initiative launched by the FTA’s Van Excellence scheme in conjunction with CALM, Campaign Against Living Miserably.
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