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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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07/10/2010

Correct truck combination tyre and wheel alignment saves 14.5% fuel

Two-thirds of Europe's truck combinations are driving around with incorrect wheel alignment, and many also have the wrong tyre types and tyre pressures.
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07/10/2010

SOE launches Professional Recognition Scheme

The SOE (Society of Operations Engineers) launched a scheme aimed at recognising companies' commitment to engineering at its annual luncheon in London.
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07/10/2010

Novel supercharger lets petrol compete with diesel

Rotrak has developed a novel supercharger claimed to overcome the problems of conventional superchargers and turbochargers.
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06/10/2010

EYMS cuts fuel by 11% and halves accidents, with training aid

UK bus operator EYMS has achieved an 11% saving in fuel, year-on-year, since introducing driver training technology from GreenRoad at its Elloughton depot.
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06/10/2010

Renault Trucks-MKR Technology win European championship

Renault Trucks - MKR Technology ended the European Truck Racing Championship this weekend on the winners' podium with the European Champion's crown.
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06/10/2010

20% fuel saving per ton-km by switching from 18.75 to 25.25 metre combinations

In the face of growing congestion and pressure to cut costs and emissions, Volvo Trucks is again calling for increased use of standardised load carriers.
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05/10/2010

Three year warranty standard for Renault Trucks packages

Renault Trucks UK has launched two sales packages this month – OptiHIRE and OptiCARE, both aimed at "reducing operating costs and boosting profitability".
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05/10/2010

Spayka takes 100 Volvo FH trucks for Armenian long haul

Spayka LLC, one of the largest hauliers in Armenia, has signed a contract for 100 trucks with Volvo Trucks in Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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05/10/2010

Isuzu 7.5 tonner carries one tonne more payload than DAF

With a payload of 3,330kgs, the first Isuzu 7.5tonne rigid at Northern Electric Distribution can carry almost one tonne more payload than its predecessor, according to Steve Harrison at Vehicle Lease & Service (VLS).
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04/10/2010

Northamptonshire fire and rescue takes foursome of Scanias

The entire frontline fleet of Northamptonshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service vehicles is now running on Scania chassis, thanks to the addition of four new models.
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04/10/2010

World’s most powerful 12V stop-start to take on trucks

A production-ready, next-generation stop-start system, said to be the most powerful 12 Volt unit yet, may set a precedent for the transport industry.
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04/10/2010

Amathus adds another Volvo FL to its cellar

North London-based specialist drinks distributor Amathus Drinks has added another Volvo FL 18 tonner to its fleet – changing up from earlier 7.5 tonners.
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04/10/2010

Heavy haulage firm goes for next generation bespoke Andover trailer

Groundwork and plant hire company G Farwell has replaced a 23-year-old tri-axle, knock-out neck low loader trailer from Andover Trailers with an updated version for heavy haulage and specialist transport.
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01/10/2010

Darlingtons look to Volvo for cost-effective solution

Cheshire-based salt importer and distributor Darlingtons have taken delivery of six FH-500 6x2 tractor units, from Volvo Trucks, despite difficult trading conditions, following the collapse of its biggest client.
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01/10/2010

Cartwright enters home delivery with major order from ASDA

Manchester based body and trailer manufacturer Cartwright Group has confirmed an order for 50 3.5 tonne Iveco vehicles, with automatic gear boxes, from retail giant Asda.
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01/10/2010

Masternaut launches world’s first all-in-one vehicle telematics

Masternaut has launched what it claims is the world's first vehicle tracking system, based around a single intelligent mobile communication unit.
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01/10/2010

Added value services put the fizz in materials handling fleet management for ...

Soft drinks manufacturer Britvic is using Barloworld to manage its extensive materials handling fleet, covering six production sites in the UK and a national distribution centre. Barloworld, the UK distributor for Hyster trucks, manages ...
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30/09/2010

Exhaust energy recovery starts with micro-hybrid vehicles

Micro-hybrid specialist Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) is to apply its expertise in exhaust gas energy recovery to the VIPER research project, announced by the UK's Technology Strategy Board.
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30/09/2010

KC evaluation leads to new fleet of Mercedes-Benz Vitos

KC (formerly Kingston Communications) has taken delivery of a new fleet of Mercedes-Benz vans with full wrap vinyl liveries, by DeSigns, that depict local scenes such as the Humber Bridge, Hull's KC Stadium.
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30/09/2010

PCL switches from Scania to Renaults

Chilled storage and distribution specialist PCL Transport has taken delivery of 70 Renault Premium 460.25, 6x2 and 4x2 tractor units, each fitted with the Optidriver gearbox.
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30/09/2010

MAN long truck to participate in country-wide field trials

Two of MAN's 'long trucks' are to participate in field trials across Germany next year – challenging current thinking in the UK while working with the German federal government to combat rising freight transport and CO2 emissions.
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29/09/2010

Sissons goes for MAN trucks in fleet replacement deal

GW Sissons & Son has taken the first two of 12 new MAN TGX 26.440BLS 6x2 tractor units, with range topping XXL cabs.
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29/09/2010

Balfour Beatty ramps up safety with high spec tippers

Balfour Beatty Plant & Fleet Services says it has gone for high spec tippers as part of its zero deaths, zero injuries and zero ruined lives campaign.
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28/09/2010

Electric van concept launched by Opel/Vauxhall

Following in the footsteps of Iveco and Mercedes-Benz, Opel has unveiled an electric version of its Vivaro van, which, according to the company, has a very good chance of making it into production.
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28/09/2010

Yuill & Dodds weighs in with new Mercedes-Benz Actros

Two Actros tractor units from Mercedes-Benz have provided improved productivity for Scottish haulier Yuill & Dodds.
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