Steve Banner


Where the rubber meets the cloud

Truck tyres will shortly be able to volunteer an extraordinary amount of data about their state of health. Operational costs will fall as a consequence, and highway safety will improve, reports Steve...

Tyres & Retreads

Fuel cards: more fuel you

Today’s drivers invariably buy their diesel – and other types of fuel – with a fuel card. Providing the haulier with an extra line of credit, it can also be authorised for the purchase of lubricants...

Fuel Pricing

Curtains for car-derived LCVs?

That is one conclusion that might be drawn from Ford’s surprise decision to axe Fiesta Van from its line-up earlier this year. But Steve Banner finds that the move goes against other market...

Electric Vehicles

Off-grid gas

Methane needn’t only be sourced from underneath the North Sea. In fact renewable, sustainable sources of the energetic gas can be found in food and animal waste – and are being tapped by an increasing...

Alternative Fuels

Workhorse: rigids design

Be it bags of gravel or cement, roof joists or paving slabs, every load transported in a dropside has one thing in common: it’s heavy. Body designers must save weight without compromising durability...

Drop Side

Wheel-end-powered electric vehicles

Are wheel end-mounted motors the future of electric commercial vehicles, asks Steve Banner

Electric Vehicles

The lowdown on tiedown

The humble ratchet tie-down strap can be vitally important when it comes to ensuring that cargo does not part company with the truck that is transporting it, and finish up on the highway, reports...

Road Safety

Running gear- turning away

Today, the steering wheel may not be the best way to deliver a load to its destination. Alternative steering arrangements can help
out in certain cases, reports Steve Banner


Bulk tanker developments

Transport of dry goods is usually carried out by tipping tankers. Not too much changes in this relatively conservative corner of haulage, finds Steve Banner


PRV valves on LPG tankers

Onerous testing requirements for LPG (liquid petroleum gas) tanker safety valves may be in line to be reduced based on an operational trial currently under way, reports Steve Banner

ADR Vehicles

The case for, and against, semi-trailer e-axles

On the face of it there is a strong argument in favour of electrified axles such as ZF’s eTrailer becoming a standard fitment on all semi-trailers. But the devil is in the detail, reports Steve Banner

Electrical Components/Systems

All change: the new Optare

May 2019 saw ADL acquired by Canadian bus and coach manufacturer NFI Group, while September of the same year saw the collapse into administration of Northern Ireland’s Wrightbus. It was subsequently...

Bus & Coach