Steve Banner


Trailer lighting

A number of options to increase visibility of semi-trailers beyond the required minimum standards are now offered to operators. Steve Banner sees the light


Full-electric panel van review

While the major van brands ready the deployment of electric models, some new players with unfamiliar names look set to carve out a major slice of the expanding global electric van market, reports...

Electric Vehicles

Profile: DAF truck technician apprenticeships

Steve Banner profiles DAF Trucks’ apprenticeship provision operated with City of Bristol College


Municipal vehicles: juice for refuse

Battery-electric refuse collection vehicles offer zero emissions in operation, but much effort and expense is required of the operator to reach that point, finds Steve Banner

Electric Vehicles

London's big bus emissions retrofit scheme - update

Improving air quality in London has not been only about imposing restrictions on older HGVs. The city’s fleet of buses has not been exempt, and a massive retrofit project is nearing its end, reports...

Emissions Control

Road safety: For safety’s sake

Fleet operators UK-wide are involved in an almost bewildering variety of initiatives to make their employees and the vehicles they drive safer, writes Steve Banner

Road Safety

Running gear: Battery boost

Fitting an electric axle to a semi-trailer to provide the tractor unit with a power boost when necessary is not a new idea, but its time might have come, reports Steve Banner

Vehicle Electrics & Electronics

Emergency services: heavy recovery vehicles

Not necessarily needed every day, recovery vehicles are still the only solution for some jobs, finds Steve Banner

Fleet Operating Costs

Alternative fuels: Electric vision

IVECO and Nikola of the USA are aiming to persuade UK and European hauliers to go zero-emission for long-haul work with the launch of a hydrogen fuel cell truck with a claimed range of up to 500...

Alternative Fuels

Maintaining gully emptiers

The humble gully emptier trundles along municipal roads, clearing drains to keep traffic flowing. But its sophisticated pressure equipment also requires regular – and in some cases specialist –...


Axle loading: choosing the right body

Truck operators can garner significant weight savings by reducing the middle axle in 6x2s. Steve Banner focuses on the bodybuilding implications of mid-lifts


Winter preparation: cold vehicle starts

Bitter winter weather will soon seek out any weakness in a truck's starter battery and exploit it. Result? The engine will refuse to fire up and neither the vehicle nor its cargo will be going...