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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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20/08/2010

Lynton Refrigeration takes Carrier refrigeration performance prize

Lynton Refrigeration, trading as Carrier Transicold Manchester, has been named Service Partner of the Year 2010 in Carrier's second annual PACE (Performance Assessment and Competitive Excellence) Awards.
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19/08/2010

HRVS takes ATF VOSA plunge in Ripley

HRVS is to build a new twin-lane ATF at its Ripley site in Derbyshire – with 16m pits and all the equipment – providing what the company believes will be a template for other MAN dealerships.
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19/08/2010

Heavy aviation crash recovery loader returns 9mpg

Aviation recovery specialist Recovair reports that its first Volvo tractor unit for European heavy recovery work, involving crashed light aircraft and helicopters, is returning 9mpg.
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18/08/2010

Scania and MAN seek industrial collaboration

Scania and MAN are currently studying the potential for collaboration on component supply and pre-development work for commercial vehicles.
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18/08/2010

Lafarge reduces CO2 output thanks to greener tippers

An investment in lighter, more fuel efficient tippers is helping Lafarge's transport fleet greatly reduce its carbon footprint.
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17/08/2010

Viamaster doubles up with top-end Mercedes-Benz Actros

Distribution and warehousing firm Viamaster Transport reports a good experience to date from the first of its two new Mercedes-Benz Actros 2546 tractor units, with 460hp engines and the range-topping, flat-floored MegaSpace cabs.
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16/08/2010

50-trailer order boosts Freshlinc’s reefer fleet

Distributor Freshlinc has ordered 50 new temperature controlled trailers from Schmitz Cargobull.
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16/08/2010

Extending powers to stop is good for enforcement, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is backing plans to extend into Scotland the stopping powers of enforcement officers for commercial vehicles that already in England, Wales and, via the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA), Northern ...
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13/08/2010

irtec licensing scheme opens consultation, following transport review

IRTE's technician licensing scheme irtec is moving its engineering with the times, and asking the transport industry to contribute to the licence's future direction.
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13/08/2010

We Move Bikes specifies awesome truck for awesome Harleys

Two new all-black 4x2 Volvo FH tractor units have joined Gloucester-based We Move Bikes' fleet on its Harley-Davidson contract, transporting some of the most exotic icons to exhibitions across Europe.
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13/08/2010

SRCL reports 26 tonners running at 18 tonne fuel rates

Clinical waste specialist SRCL reports reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions, with its 18 new streamlined Bevan21 box body rigids.
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12/08/2010

Michelin tyres take MR Horn custom semi-trailer to 370,000km

Devon-based MR Horn Transport reports that one of its custom-built trailers, fitted with Michelin X One MaxiTrailer tyres, has clocked up 270,000km with an average of 7 mm tread remaining – and an estimated 100,000km life left before ...
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12/08/2010

Super-Rod takes 4x4 Canter cleaner off the rails

Drainage contractor Super-Rod has taken delivery of a Mitsubishi Fuso Canter specially adapted for running on railway lines.
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11/08/2010

S&J double lifting axle trailers reduce rolling resistance and save money

S&J European Haulage says it has added new double-deck SKO Express dry freight box trailers from Schmitz Cargobull to its fleet, because their lower rolling resistance saves money.
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11/08/2010

Hanson goes for fuel economy with Allison LBSS transmission

Hanson Cement in Australia says it is introducing Allison's new load-based shift schedule (LBSS) program for all its concrete agitator trucks in a bid to maximise efficiency.
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10/08/2010

EDSAL abnormal loads website gets thumbs up from hauliers

Since the Highways Agency upgraded the online ESDAL (electronic service delivery for abnormal loads) service, haulier numbers using it to communicate with road authorities and the police have grown from 14,692 in April to 26,591 in June.
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10/08/2010

Green EEV Sprinters clean up in Southwark

A fleet of clean 'green' Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans is helping to clean the streets and reduce air pollution in Southwark.
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10/08/2010

Bio-oil project heats up with more efficient fuel oil research

Aston University's Bioenergy Research Group (BERG) is currently involved in a £1.4m project to develop technologies to transform bio-oil into a more efficient source of renewable energy, potentially to replace diesel.
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09/08/2010

TOM goes for more MAN conversions

TOM Vehicle Rental, the Lanarkshire-based commercial vehicle rental and repair firm, has added a new MAN TGX 18.480BL 6x2 wrecker chassis to its fleet.
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09/08/2010

Tough market continues for commercial vehicles

Recent sales figures show van sales registrations for July were steady, with just 0.1% growth over the rolling year, most likely due "to the budget restraint and cuts in public spending", according to Retail Motor Industry director Sue ...
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06/08/2010

Battery powered Solo bus judged a success in Stratford

Trials in Stratford-upon-Avon of the UK's first full-size battery-powered bus, the Optare Solo EV, have convinced operator Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel that all-electric vehicles could have a place in its fleet.
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06/08/2010

Crossroads Volvo dealership acquires Hartshorne group

Yorkshire-based Volvo commercial vehicles dealership Crossroads Truck and Bus has acquired Hartshorne in the West Midlands.
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05/08/2010

Oil tanker Driver CPC gets clean bill of health

The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) has received a glowing audit report from JAUPT (the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training), for its Driver CPC training.
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05/08/2010

Solo and Versa hybrid buses get LCEB certification

Optare has confirmed that diesel-electric hybrid versions of its Solo and Versa models have completed certification trials to satisfy the Low Carbon Emission Bus (LCEB) requirements, under the Green Bus Grant scheme.
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04/08/2010

Volvo delivers Agriwork’s latest speciality

Volvo Truck and Bus Centre London has supplied excavator hire and groundworks specialist Agriwork with a fully-speced FH16-700.
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