Mercedes-Benz Econic edges out the competition in Inverclyde

Five years after setting its first examples of the acclaimed, low-entry Mercedes-Benz Econic on the road, Inverclyde Council has completed its transition to a fleet in which every one of its refuse collection vehicles wears a three-pointed star.

The authority, which covers an area on the south shore of the Firth of Clyde, to the west of Glasgow, is running another 11 vehicles from Central Belt Dealer Western Commercial’s Bellshill branch, which is dedicated to the sale of Mercedes-Benz and FUSO Canter trucks. read more

European hauliers form the Route To Space Alliance

Five highly established hauliers from across Europe have joined together to offer a bespoke transport and logistics service specifically tailored to the aerospace, astrospace and research laboratory industries.

French company Chabrillac, UK based Collett Group, Switzerland’s Friderici Spécial and German companies Hermann Paule and WeiLa Transport have united to form the Route To Space Alliance.

The Alliance, which headquarters in Toulouse, offers the collective experience, knowledge and skills of all five members providing a complete transport service for highly sensitive, unique and irreplaceable items.  All five hauliers are family firms recognised for their reliability, and possess years of experience in transporting high technology products and abnormal loads. read more

Transport specialists turn to MAN for uniformity of fleet

Leading truck and bus manufacturer MAN Truck & Bus UK is supplying Lincolnshire based Freightmaster with four new TGX Extras as it looks to create a single marque fleet.

Transport director Gary Lloyd explained: “We run 12 trucks in total and all but one is MAN. I like to see uniformity in the fleet and I do think MAN is a quality marque, they are not over stylised and are simply good no-nonsense vehicles.

“We have been running MAN since 2004, when we had our first vehicle through TopUsed and we have graduated from there to having new trucks. read more

Mayor’s plans will impose unnecessary costs on small businesses in London

The confirmation that London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone will start in 2019 is troubling news for small businesses and specialist hauliers serving London, says the Freight Transport Association (FTA), the UK’s largest membership association representing the freight and logistics industry.

“We need to continue the improvement in London’s air quality which is happening anyway, but this regulation taking effect in 2019 will severely disadvantage small businesses working in the capital’s centre,” says Natalie Chapman, FTA’s Head of Policy for London and the South East.  “The impact will be especially hard for van users, as by 2019 there will only be two and a half years’ worth of compliant vehicles in the fleet – and no second hand compliant vehicles available for purchase at all.” read more

O’Donovan chosen for pilot of FORS practitioner recertification workshop

O’Donovan Waste Disposal, one of London’s leading construction and demolition waste management companies, has been invited to attend an exclusive Pilot for the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Practitioner Recertification workshop.

The FORS Practitioner qualification is optional for individuals within FORS-accredited operators; a certification held by O’Donovan Waste MD, Jacqueline O’Donovan and Commercial Director, Richard Clarke.

FORS Practitioners are certified for five years with the first qualifications awarded in 2012. Individuals are required to attend nine workshops before attaining FORS Practitioner status – the FORS Practitioner Recertification workshop is introduced as an alternative to re-undertaking the nine workshops. FORS has notified all its FORS Practitioners whose certification is expiring in 2017 to offer the one-day Practitioner Recertification workshop. Upcoming workshops are scheduled for June and September. read more

Galt celebrate 70 years with anniversary truck

To celebrate 70 years in business, Dumbarton-based haulier Galt Transport has created a specially designed truck to mark their platinum anniversary.  The vinyl-wrapped vehicle features a large scale design of the company’s 70th anniversary emblem.  The truck, a Scania R490 with Palfinger lorry mounted crane, is one of four new lorry mounted cranes added to Galt’s fleet this year.  The firm’s 70themblem has also been applied to the cabs of the firm’s 60-strong fleet and staff uniforms. read more

New contract win with Britvic

Wincanton plc, the largest British logistics company, today announces a new contract with Britvic, one of the largest suppliers of still and carbonated soft drinks in the UK. The new contract extends the relationship to 29 years.

Under the new five-year contract, Wincanton will manage Britvic’s national transport operations and oversee the company’s deliveries and stock movements across the UK, handling over 100,000 deliveries a year. Wincanton has also renewed the existing contract to run Britvic’s warehouse in Lutterworth. read more

Intelligent Telematics shortlisted for insurance industry award

Intelligent Telematics, the 3G vehicle camera specialist, has been shortlisted by Insurance Times’ Claims Excellence Awards for its industry-first proactive claims management service. The company is a finalist in the Claims Technology Initiative of the Year category, with the winner set to be announced in May at a prestigious awards dinner in London.

Intelligent Telematics launched the proactive claims management proposition during 2016, which is the only service of its kind for commercial motor fleets that takes advantage of 3G vehicle cameras and crash detection technology. This complete solution provides immediate liability assessment and third-party intervention to reduce indemnity spend and the claims lifecycle, helping commercial vehicle fleets to operate in a profitable, compliant and socially responsible way. read more