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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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19/02/2010

BPW gears up for UK suspension production

A £500,000 investment in its facility in Leicester has enabled BPW to undertake assembly of suspension systems in the UK for its nationwide heavy trailer customers.
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19/02/2010

VOSA aiming for more flexibility as it rolls out ATF contract

The eagerly awaited contract for VOSA's new-style authorised testing facilities (ATFs) has been unveiled by the testing agency. Alastair Peoples, CEO of VOSA, responding to previous criticisms of test station closures, says it is his ...
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18/02/2010

Arriva Southern Counties launches technician training bus

Arriva Southern Counties has launched a bespoke technician training bus, designed to revolutionise its approach by taking training to depots, rather than getting fitters to attend residential courses.
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18/02/2010

Autohome speaks out for more Renault trucks

Motoring breakdown firm Autohome has taken delivery of a new Renault Master and two Renault Midlum 280.14 trucks as part of its fleet expansion programme.
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18/02/2010

Volvo specifies Monityre for latest driver CPC training truck

The newest vehicle on Volvo Trucks' Driver CPC training fleet has been fitted with a Monityre tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) from Safe Europe.
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17/02/2010

Government inflation targets damaged by fuel duty rises, says FTA

The Government has dealt itself a poor hand, having revealed that one of the largest culprits for the rise in inflation last year was fuel costs, Says the FTA,
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17/02/2010

High spec coaches win Optare Carmarthen route

High spec capability and flexibility led to Optare getting the order for two buses for Ffoshelig Coaches in Wales.
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17/02/2010

Penske Truck Leasing changes up to UltraShift HV transmissions

More than 1,800 Eaton UltraShift HV-equipped trucks are scheduled to go into Penske Truck Leasing Co's consumer rental fleet in the second quarter of this year.
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16/02/2010

Cleartech picks Renault trucks for waste handling

Hull-based waste management firm Cleartech Waste Services has taken delivery of a Renault Midlum 240.18 skip loader, a 7.5 tonne Midlum with 20ft steel cage tipper and dump-through tail lift, as well as an eight-wheeler Premium Lander with ...
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16/02/2010

Fuel cells and hydrogen power to get project funding

Fuel cell and hydrogen technologies are to be stimulated by £7 million worth of new government investment through the Technology Strategy Board.
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16/02/2010

UK police sign up with Tracker for another five years

The UK police force has extended its contract with stolen vehicle recovery operator Tracker across all 52 units, covering police patrol vehicles and helicopters.
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15/02/2010

Heavy-duty fleet additions; and MOT lane opens

Having taken delivery of the UK's first two FH16-700 8x4 heavy haulage tractor units from Volvo, Plantspeed is now operating 50% of the fleet with vehicles from the Swedish manufacturer.
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15/02/2010

Steel haulier turns back to Renault trucks

Hingley Transport, which is the largest private steel transport firm in the West Midlands, now has seven new Renault Premium 460.25 6x2 tractive units, making more than half its 60-strong fleet Renault trucks.
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15/02/2010

Geodis Calberson selects Euroway and DAF for European fleet

High Wycombe-based distribution firm Geodis Calberson has taken delivery of five DAF XF105 FTG 6x2 tractor units, bringing its UK fleet to 38 tractors and rigids, with a mix of 59 single and double deck trailers.
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15/02/2010

Biofuel engineering issues set to undergo detailed investigation

A consortium has been formed by engineering consultancy Ricardo to look more closely into engineering challenges that result from the use of biofuels.
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12/02/2010

Amphibious Stagecoach bus takes to the Scottish waters

A £700,000 amphibious bus, operated by Stagecoach Group, has undergone a two-day trial on the River Clyde.
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12/02/2010

Millbrook proving ground shows 3% savings from fuel catalyst

Independent tests on a so-called fuel catalyst, at the Millbrook proving ground late last year, appear to demonstrate a cast iron 3% saving in fuel consumption and carbon emissions for trucks.
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12/02/2010

Course guaranteed to save fuel, or your money back

Volvo Construction Equipment is opening a training school at Duxford, Cambridgeshire next Monday (February 15), to improve their practical content – although its 'Eco Operator' course will still run at operator's premises.
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11/02/2010

Nanotechnology to cut emissions and extend engine and transmission life

Technology firm Nanolia reckons its product enables virtually any engine to run more efficiently, reducing fuel costs by up to 11% and emissions by 60%.
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11/02/2010

Return-to-base operations targeted by Revolve’s hydrogen vans

Revolve Technologies is talking to a number of large operators about deploying its hydrogen bi-fuel converted Ford Transits into their fleets.
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10/02/2010

Anglian Bus and Coach sees 10% fuel gains from telematics system

Beccles-based Anglian Bus and Coach says it has installed MiX Telematics Fleet Manager, as part of its drive to improve operations efficiency.
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10/02/2010

Volvo Trucks to deliver 370 of its new EPA 10-beating to US Knight

Phoenix, Arizona-based Knight Transportation is buying 370 Volvo VNs, equipped with SCR (selective catalytic reduction) engine emissions controls.
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10/02/2010

First two production 12 tonne Isuzu crew cabs go to Automania

The first two production 12 tonne Isuzu Forward crewcab trucks have now joined the 42-strong fleet at West London recovery company Automania, operating in the Heathrow area.
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09/02/2010

Battery and fuel cell technology vans set for growth

Smith electric Vehicles' Newton medium duty electric truck has now been approved for purchase by all US federal agencies and the military, following its addition to the US General Services Administration (GSA) schedule.
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08/02/2010

Asda drives down carbon footprint on Cartwright double deckers

Asda has now taken delivery of 68 Cheetah moving deck, double-deck trailers, with air-kits, from Cartwright Group – adding to the 173 aerodynamic trailers it bought from Cartwright late last year.
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