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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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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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08/02/2010

Bevan Group acquires PG Reeves drinks specialist

Commercial vehicle bodybuilder Bevan Group has acquired specialist supplier PG Reeves – spreading Bevan's reach for its dry freight box and curtainside bodies into the drinks industry.
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08/02/2010

Ginsters pastries get the Carrier Transicold treatment

Ginsters' new fleet of 3.5-tonne Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-based cold chain vehicles is to run with Carrier Transicold Xarios refrigeration units.
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08/02/2010

Composite could provide power and strength in automotive applications

Parts of a car's bodywork could, one day, double up as its battery, according to a research team that includes Imperial College. The three year €3.4million project is aiming to develop a prototype material which can not only store and ...
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05/02/2010

Road lining firm marks out smart new Mercedes Sprinter

Staffordshire-based Gilvar Lining, which marks lines on roads, car parks, sports grounds and the like, says it has taken steps to reduce its carbon footprint by buying a new, low-emission 3.5-tonne Mercedes Sprinter.
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05/02/2010

irtec popularity increases

IRTE says there has been increased interest, particularly from bus companies, in irtec licensing since the beginning of 2010.
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05/02/2010

New winter laws from Sweden

The 2009/2010 Winter Tyre Guide from Continental Tyres has been updated to include new winter laws that have been imposed in Sweden concerning light commercials, heavy trucks, and coaches.
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04/02/2010

Unsafe loaders to be targeted in random roadside stops

Safe transportation of loads is to be the main focus of a spot check campaign due to run this month and throughout March.
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04/02/2010

Diagnostics leads the way in CV Operator Show’s dedicated workshop

Keen to harness the potential of a show that appeals squarely to transport engineers, technicians and fleet managers, CV Operator Show organiser Crystal Communications says it is focusing on workshops.
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04/02/2010

Renault Master goes low enough for Micheldever

The impressive low unladen weight of the Renault Master was reason enough for Micheldever Tyre and Auto Services to add 15 of the vehicles to its 200-strong fleet.
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04/02/2010

Daily range launches in the UK for the greener generation

The lineup in the new Daily range from Iveco is the greenest ever, reflecting the industry's need to clean up its vehicles and help minimise the impact on the environment from commercial vehicles.
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03/02/2010

Draper’s flexible rigid handles forklifts and cranes

Draper Distribution's commercial vehicle fleet now has an eighth Iveco Stralis 26-tonne rigid that is probably one of the most flexible machines of its kind in the country.
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03/02/2010

IRTE to open debate on biofuels

IRTE is planning a conference at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, aimed at giving delegates a chance to find out more about biofuels and how they will affect vehicle operations.
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03/02/2010

FTA fronts scheme to tackle transport carbon emissions

As the dust settled on last year's Copenhagen climate change summit, with no definitive direction, the finishing touches were being put on a new, voluntary scheme devised to highlight areas where the freight community can cut carbon ...
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03/02/2010

Orwell offers van MoT testing right up to midnight

MoT testing in the Newmarket area is now available up to midnight, thanks to a development by local Mercedes-Benz dealer Orwell Truck & Van.
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03/02/2010

Roberts Bakery finds better recipe for fuel savings

Roberts Bakery reckons it has improved control over its 70-strong fleet delivering bread and pastry products throughout the UK, following installation of Masternaut Three X's web-based vehicle tracking service – and is now set to cut fuel ...
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02/02/2010

Company fined £90,000 after man dies at Heathrow airport

Airport services firm Aviance UK has been fined £90,000 with £18,800 costs, after a technician was crushed to death under a vehicle at Heathrow Airport in 2008.
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02/02/2010

Balfour Beatty has safety in its sights with large Sprinter deal

Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions (BBUS) has placed an order with Mercedes for 700 Sprinter vans, as part of its Zero Harm initiative.
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02/02/2010

First FH16-700 customer gives his verdict

Six months ago, Norway's Tore Aase became the first person to place an order for what Volvo Trucks calls, the "world's strongest series manufactured truck", the FH16-700.
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01/02/2010

Delivery fleet sees growth out of real-time vehicle tracking

Fleet managers looking after the 25-strong Sprintshift fleet have reported great efficiency gains, thanks to the adoption of tracking technology from Navman Wireless.
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01/02/2010

Good cost controls fuel Biogan’s Axor tanker deal

Scottish fuel distributor Brogan Fuels has bought two Mercedes Axor 2543 6 x2 tractive units under a five year contract hire deal, with fleet maintenance support, using Euroway Group.
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