Private testing makes sense but safety must come first, says FTA

Allowing exemplary commercial vehicle operators to test their own vehicles makes sense, but the Freight Transport Association (FTA) says safety standards must be a priority.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has released its five-year year business plan to help drivers stay safe on Britain’s roads. DVSA ‘s strategy includes a commitment to ‘look into the case for allowing exemplary commercial vehicle operators to test their own vehicles if they share their testing data with us’. read more

MAN is truck of choice for Tarmac tractor fleet

Leading truck manufacturer MAN Truck & Bus UK has delivered 57 units to Tarmac CRH in support of its dry powder cement operations across the UK.

The MAN TGS 24.460 6×2/2 BLS L cab tractor units were purchased after   MAN delivered a successful trial of its Euro 6 engine last March.

Gary Jones, regional logistics manager – south at Tarmac CRH, said: “We wanted to simplify things by going with one supplier and just one marque for our fleet.

“We have consistent driver training and focus on constantly improving our high standards of training and fleet safety and efficiency.” read more

Europa Brings Leonardo into the Cab

Ambitious independent logistics operator Europa Worldwide Group has launched the next stage of its bespoke IT system, bringing the sophisticated and unique technology created specifically for Europa into the cab.

Europa Worldwide Group has invested more than £2m in its new IT system Leonardo, giving the business in-house control over its systems and improving responsiveness, efficiency, productivity and scalability across its 11 UK sites. LeoRoad was the first phase of the new system, designed to enhance Europa Worldwide Group’s road freight operations. read more

Volvo Trucks I-Shift with Crawler Gears wins Innovation Award at ‘The Heavies 2017’

In a glittering ceremony held at the Peterborough Arena, Volvo Trucks’ I-Shift with Crawler Gears automated transmission has won the ‘Innovation of the Year: Vehicle Manufacturer’ award at ‘The Heavies 2017’. ‘The Heavies’ event is organised and delivered by Nimble Media and HeavyTorque magazine. Nimble Media are the publishers of HeavyTorque.

Launched in 2016, I-Shift with Crawler Gears provides exceptional startability for trucks carrying heavy loads in demanding situations. The system is entirely unique for series-produced heavy trucks.

I-Shift with Crawler Gears allows trucks operating at high gross weights to be driven at speeds as low as 0.5 to 2 km/h. This helps drivers carry out the low speed precision manoeuvring and reversing often required in Heavy Haulage and Construction transport.

This was the first time that the venue has played host to ‘The Heavies’ annual awards ceremony, which is dedicated to the specialists who transport the nation’s infrastructure and the machines that help lay its foundations. read more

Nominated transport managers should ask questions if they don’t have contact with operators

The West Midlands Traffic Commissioner, Nick Denton, has advised transport managers to be vigilant when they agree to be named on an operator’s licence, after a replacement TM admitted he had no contact with the licence holder while his application was being reviewed.

The regulator told Renford Stephenson that he should have been concerned after an operator asked him to be on a licence and submitted the forms – but they didn’t have any further contact. Mr Denton said this was a strong indication that all was not as it should have been with the nomination. read more

GMB Launches ‘Uber-Style’ Case Against UK Express

Union files legal claim against Amazon’s logistics company in latest high profile case against firms using self-employment loopholes to avoid paying the minimum wage.

GMB union today launched legal action against national logistics company UK Express, on behalf of workers at Amazon.

UK Express has its headquarters in Birmingham but is currently advertising for drivers in Manchester, Grimsby, Swindon, Derby, Leeds, Penrith, Hull, Exeter, Blackburn, Carlisle, Bristol, Bradford, Crewe, Hartlepool, Scarborough, Nottingham, Scunthorpe, Middlesbrough, Sheffield, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, Kendal, Lincoln and Sunderland. read more

Scania’s Warrington Used Truck Sales Centre secures its first sales

Scania’s indoor Used Truck Sales Centre at Warrington has secured its first sales within a week of opening, with ten units taken by Rugby-based Warrens Warehousing & Distribution (Midlands) Limited.  The trucks, which are all 2015 Scania R 450 LA6x2/4MNA twinsteer tractor units, are now entering service with the 130-strong Warrens Warehousing fleet to work on the distribution of food products to supermarket retailers nationwide.

Commenting on his company’s decision to purchase from Scania’s Warrington Used Truck Sales Centre, Warrens Warehousing Fleet Manager Steve Parker says, “The experience was brilliant; the Centre presents an extremely professional face and certainly enhances the purchasing process.  I have known the centre’s manager, Paul Prewett, personally for many years and dealt with him on numerous occasions – I know he can be relied upon to do an excellent deal and is a man who stands by his promises.  In terms of the vehicles we have bought, they are low mileage, exceptionally well presented and competitively priced.  We will be looking to run them for up to eight years, with each unit covering around 240,000 km per annum.  The quality of used trucks from Scania gives us the assurance we need that they are more than up to the job; we are very satisfied with our purchase.” read more