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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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23/09/2010

Retention system introduced by Montracon

Montracon has announced the availability of a load retention strap and ratchet system that promises to improve loading safety, load security and vehicle turnaround times.
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22/09/2010

S&B announces apprentice results

Bedminster based S&B Automotive Academy has announced record annual achievement levels for its apprenticeships, putting the specialist commercial vehicle training provider top of the UK rankings for the motor industry.
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22/09/2010

Ocelot snatches £100 million MOD contract (Video)

The Ocelot, made by Ricardo, based in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, in partnership with Force Protection Europe, has been selected by the Ministry of Defence to replace the controversial Snatch Land Rover.
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22/09/2010

Fraikin opens flagship branch in Coventry

Fraikin has opened its largest branch yet – a £1 million-plus facility in Coventry to support contract hire, fleet management and rental customers.
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21/09/2010

Larger vans and minibuses required to meet LEZ standards from 2012

Transport for London (TfL) today announced that from 3 January 2012 larger vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles will be included in the Low Emission Zone (LEZ).
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21/09/2010

Yodel calls on low-emission Mercedes-Benz van fleet

More than 400 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans have taken to the road with the Yodel parcel delivery brand (formerly Home Delivery Network subsidiary Parcelpoint).
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20/09/2010

Fuel efficiency guide launched by IRTE

The latest guide from the IRTE, entitled 'Improving fuel efficiency', has been launched.
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20/09/2010

Research aims to make high performance brakes last longer

Research, part-funded by the Technology Strategy Board, is now underway, aimed at modifying the surface of brake discs to improve their friction performance and lifespan.
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17/09/2010

Ricardo reveals E15 poses minimal risk to older US vehicles

A study carried out by Ricardo for the Renewable Fuels Association reveals that the impact on older vehicles in the US fleet – those assembled between 1994 and 2000 – are at minimal risk from raising the ethanol blend limit from E10 to E15.
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16/09/2010

Business and government invest £52m in low carbon vehicles

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond announced today that, despite cutbacks, £24m will go to six winning projects aimed at supporting the UK's developing ultra low carbon vehicles industry.
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16/09/2010

OFT investigates alleged price-fixing by truck manufacturers

Mercedes-Benz's offices in Tongwell, Milton Keynes, have been visited by investigators from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), following allegations of price-fixing in the truck market.
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16/09/2010

Low weight and fuel economy make Versa top choice for Thamesdown

Thamesdown Transport of Swindon has bought eight Optare Versa buses, worth £1.1 million, because of their low weight and commensurate fuel saving potential.
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15/09/2010

Cenex launches fleet carbon reduction tool at LCV2010

Cenex is introducing a simulation tool today aimed at helping fleet operators understand the impact of introducing low carbon vehicles into their existing fleets.
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15/09/2010

Hardstaff dual-fuel HGV system wins Lord Stafford Award

Hardstaff's launch and roll-out of its dual-fuel injection diesel and CNG (compressed natural gas) system won the Innovation for Sustainability title at this year's Lord Stafford Awards.
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14/09/2010

SDC secures early EC trailer type approval

SDC is the first major trailer manufacturer in the UK to secure European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) from the VCA, the UK's designated approval authority.
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14/09/2010

MAN Trafford Park is first VOSA ATF for the UK network

MAN Truck & Bus Manchester is the first MAN dealership to be accredited as a VOSA ATF (Authorised Testing Facility) station for commercial vehicle MOTs.
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14/09/2010

Volvo’s Worldtrucker website launches in the UK

In a move that will offer truckers more communication options, Volvo has revealed a UK-specific version of its Worldtrucker website.
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13/09/2010

LCV 2010 to showcase low carbon vans and trucks

Millbrook Proving Ground plays host to the LCV 2010 low carbon vehicle event this week (15 and 16 September), showing available and emerging technologies, vehicles and government support programmes.
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13/09/2010

Innovative transmissions to star on Allison’s IAA Hannover stand

Allison Transmission says it intends to present "a complete spectrum" of transmissions for optimising vehicle efficiency at this year's IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, from September 21 to 30.
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10/09/2010

Optare to add CNG to EcoDrive, thanks to Ashok Leyland technology

CNG (compressed natural gas) engine technology is likely to be added to Optare's range of EcoDrive low carbon units – which could go down well in Europe, where there is a good supply of the fuel.
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10/09/2010

Roll-over warning device wins EuroTra safety award

The winner of this year's EuroTra Safety and Innovation Award, organised by the FTA, is Bertocco Shell, a joint venture between Bertocco Automotive Engineering and Shell Chemicals.
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09/09/2010

Euro 5 Fuso Canters dig in for Gallagher

Citing the benefits of a low loading height, utilities contractor T&K Gallagher has invested in 13 Fuso Canter light trucks.
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09/09/2010

Volvo Trucks roll on Swedish roads, powered by bio-DME

Volvo Trucks, the first to offer bio-DME (di-methyl-ether) as a fuel, reports that DME trucks are now in commercial operation in Sweden, following the opening of a DME filling station in Stockholm by distributor Preem.
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08/09/2010

Seafield Logistics goes for flexible truck fleet replacements

Worksop-based Seafield Logistics is reporting a marked increase in payload potential from its new MAN TGX.26.440 6x2/2 BLS tractor units, all of which were fleet replacements.
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08/09/2010

Axor investment key to A&L’s new recycling centre

Having spent close to £10 million on a new recycling centre, Asset & Land Management has now invested in six Mercedes-Benz Axors to operate six days a week on the site.
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