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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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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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03/08/2010

East Riding Sacks’ 26 tonner gets 750,000km from its tyres

Yorkshire-based East Riding Sacks says it has clocked up more than 750,000km on a set of Michelin XDE2 drive axle tyres.
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03/08/2010

Hendrickson develops new suspension for Sinotruk under partnership deal

US-based Hendrickson has concluded a strategic agreement with Sinotruk, under which it will design, develop and manufacture advanced rubber suspensions for the latter's heavy-duty trucks in China.
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02/08/2010

Ashok Leyland to acquire a 26% stake in UK’s Optare

Hinduja Automotive-owned Ashok Leyland is buying a 26% stake in £80 million turnover bus manufacturer Optare for an estimated $7.5 million.
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02/08/2010

Zenith says MAN telematics give alpha performance

Zenith Logistics in Chepstow has expanded its fleet of MAN tractor units, with an additional six TGX 26.440BLS 6x2s, bringing the total to 35.
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02/08/2010

LowCVP welcomes support for electric vehicle purchases

LowCVP (the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership) has welcomed the UK government's announcement that it intends to continue funding to support initial purchases of electric vehicles.
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30/07/2010

Allied Bakeries strengthens its fleet with Ivecos

Allied Bakeries' mixed fleet has being strengthened with the arrival of 112 new Ivecos, including 42 Stratis Active Day tractor units, the first Stratis' that the bakery has used in service.
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30/07/2010

First Renault trucks join Wynnstay fleet

Agricultural retailer and crop marketing firm Wynnstay has taken delivery of three new Renault Premium Lander trucks, fitted with bulk blowing bodies through Renault Trucks distributor Border Trucks.
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30/07/2010

Sprinters provide tasty treat for Shaw & Lisle

Sandwich and salad maker Shaw & Lisle says it has found the perfect ingredient in the shape of a fleet of new Mercedes-Benz Sprinters.
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29/07/2010

Fuso shows firest-ever double clutch truck transmission

Fuso has become the first manufacturer to present a double-clutch transmission in commercial vehicles. Known as the Duonic, the transmission combines automated driving with the advantages of a manual transmission.
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29/07/2010

MAM Transport signs on for more Volvo FH 460s

Northampton-based haulier MAM Transport Services has ordered another 16 Volvo FH-460 tractors and contracted Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia to provide R&M on 14 of its Renault Magnum trucks.
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29/07/2010

Parcels to Ireland specifies Keltruck Scania

Rugby-based Parcels to Ireland has taken delivery of a new Scania truck from Keltruck to replace a Mercedes vehicle in its 10-strong fleet.
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28/07/2010

Hadwins takes delivery of special transporter

Hadwins, which runs Volkswagen and Audi franchises in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, has taken delivery of a new Dyson Transloader transporter from Roger Dyson Group.
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28/07/2010

Volkswagen fleet switch for Winterhalter

Commercial dishwasher supplier Winterhalter is converting its entire service fleet to Volkswagen vans, ordering 47 vehicles consisting of Caddy Maxi, Transporter and Crafters.
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27/07/2010

Renault Trucks grows network in Leicester

Nottingham based RH Commercial Vehicles has extended its Renault Trucks franchise with the opening of a second site in Cossington, Leicester.
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