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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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22/07/2019

Matthews Haulage completes move to all-Mercedes fleet

Matthews Haulage has taken delivery of four Mercedes-Benz Actros vehicles, with their arrival now making the 15-strong fleet 100% Mercedes-Benz. The operator cites dealer support and vehicle quality as key reasons for the policy.
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19/07/2019

Volvo and Samsung to develop batteries for electric trucks

Volvo Group and Samsung SDI have entered into a strategic alliance to develop battery packs for Volvo’s electric trucks.
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19/07/2019

London-based haulier retains FORS Gold accreditation

Wimbledon-based haulier ELB Partners is celebrating achieving FORS Gold accreditation for the fifth year in a row – a result, it says, of continued investment in its fleet and drivers.
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19/07/2019

Lunar Freezing over the moon with Carrier refrigeration unit

Aberdeenshire-based fish transporter Lunar Freezing has taken delivery of a new Gray & Adams trailer equipped with Carrier Transicold’s new flagship Vector HE 19 multi-temperature refrigeration unit.
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18/07/2019

Electric bus infrastructure project concludes with ‘impressive’ results

Bus planning, telematics and ticketing software supplier INIT says a three-year research project into electric bus charging infrastructure has concluded with “impressive” results.
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18/07/2019

Driver CPC training data: have your say

Fleet operators are being urged to participate in an online survey designed to prove the need for access to online CPC training course attendance data for drivers.
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18/07/2019

Pontoon supplier on board with Fuso Canter

Temporary access equipment provider TPA has taken delivery of its first Fuso Canter to use for deliveries of pontoon systems, citing the truck’s impressive payload and manoeuvrability.
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17/07/2019

Operators order ten Actros after trial delivers fuel success

Sister companies 4S Distribution and Hallam Express have placed a combined order for ten more Mercedes-Benz Actros tractors, less than six months after taking delivery of one trial unit each.
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17/07/2019

Fit for purpose: replacement filter selection tool

Parker Hannifin has launched the Par Fit toolkit, a filter element selection system.
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17/07/2019

Knorr-Bremse and Continental complete platooning ‘milestone’

Knorr-Bremse and Continental have announced they have completed initial platooning trials comprising three trucks from different manufacturers.
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16/07/2019

Alcaline raises the roof with Schmitz Cargobull curtainsiders

Kent-based haulier Alcaline has taken delivery of ten Schmitz Cargobull curtainsiders fitted with the manufacturer’s TrailerConnect telematics, to increase uptime and improve running costs.
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16/07/2019

Loch Shiel Garage picks up four-car Volvo FM transporter

Vehicle repair and recovery business Loch Shiel Garage has taken delivery of a 26-tonne Volvo FM recovery vehicle, the largest truck the Argyll-based firm has operated to date.
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16/07/2019

Sentinel Systems unveils new brand identity

Commercial vehicle safety company Sentinel Systems has unveiled a new brand identity, marking one year since the previously family-run business was acquired by private investor John Little.
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15/07/2019

Fairport Containers hooked on benefits of first DAF

Fairport Containers, part of the Fairport Engineering Group, has taken delivery of its first DAF vehicle, an XF 450 FAR drawbar, to use on skip refurbishment operations from a new site in Bridgewater.
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15/07/2019

Preparation pays: best practice advice for fleet software buyers

Preparing a business for technology adoption is just as vital as the software investment itself. That’s the advice from fleet and workshop management platform provider r2c Online, which has published a white paper on this subject.
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15/07/2019

Councils predict long-term savings with SFS deal

Two councils in the South West have joined forces to drive down fleet costs and improve efficiency, and have awarded a seven-year deal to Specialist Fleet Services (SFS).
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12/07/2019

WABCO launches new Fleet Solutions business

Braking systems and vehicle technology supplier WABCO has set up a new business, called Fleet Solutions, to combine its digital customer services and aftermarket operations under one roof.
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12/07/2019

New £2.3m truck wash facility in Cheshire

Europe’s largest truck wash Lymm Truckwash is investing £2.3 million by relocating to a new, purpose-built site.
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12/07/2019

Mercedes-Benz apprentice winners in pole position

Two apprentices from the Mercedes-Benz dealer network are about to embark on a week’s work experience with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team.
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11/07/2019

VW says mobile servicing saves van fleets £1.1m a year

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is reporting a surge in demand for mobile servicing, and reckons this has saved UK van fleets around £1.1m in downtime costs.
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11/07/2019

Two months to Driver CPC deadline

There are two months remaining until the deadline for professional HGV, bus and coach drivers to complete their Driver CPC training.
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11/07/2019

CM Downton adds 100 custom-designed trailers from Tiger

Logistics operator CM Downton is taking delivery of a 100-strong order of tri-axle curtainsider trailers from Tiger Trailers, with the custom-designed trailers supporting a major contract win in the paper sector.
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10/07/2019

Lightweight Volvo FH delivers for Monk Transport

Bulk haulier Monk Transport has purchased three new Volvo FH-500 tractors, all with factory-fitted Lite pusher axles, which now offer the highest payload potential in the company’s mixed marque fleet.
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10/07/2019

Driver-assessors could open doors to mental health improvements

In-house LGV driver-assessors could help their employers by identifying early signs of mental health problems among drivers.
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10/07/2019

Gasrec reports soaring demand for natural gas

Gasrec, which operates natural gas refuelling stations for commercial vehicles, is reporting a 369% rise in demand for gas during the first half of 2019, versus the previous six months.
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