RHA launches funded legal action against The Truck Cartel

The Road Haulage Association is now giving UK haulage and logistics firms (whether or not they are RHA members) the chance to sign up to its legal action for compensation against truck manufacturers found guilty of illegal price fixing.  In July last year the European Commission fined MAN, Volvo Group (which includes Volvo Trucks and Renault Truck) Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler, Iveco and DAF close to €3 billion (£2.6 billion) for price fixing and other cartel activities between 1997 and 2011.  The compensation claim will be brought before the Competition Appeals Tribunal.  If successful, haulage and logistics companies will get money back for vehicles sold or leased to them at inflated prices because of the cartel, if they sign up to the claim. read more

Demand for Schmitz Cargobull quality prompts Deans Transport to take on more trailers

Customer requests for Schmitz Cargobull equipment have prompted rental business Deans Transport to take on another two of the manufacturer’s trailers.

Schmitz Cargobull trailers already make up more than half of Deans Transport’s 130-strong fleet, and the new additions are likely to be in operation for around seven years.

Mark Dean, Owner of Deans Transport, says: “Customers actively ask for Schmitz Cargobull trailers because they are robust and easy to maintain. They often comment on the quality build and the extras including rear buffers and the tough insulation panels. read more

Volvo sets the dye at Dyce

Long-established Volvo Trucks’ customer, Dyce Carriers Ltd of Aberdeen, has recently taken delivery of 13 FH-500 trucks. The latest group is made up of a dozen 6×2 tractor units and a specialised 8×2 rigid fitted with a Fassi 820 crane and drawbar trailer capability.

Supplied by Richard Cochrane at Volvo Truck and Bus North & Scotland’s Aberdeen depot, the newcomers carry Dyce Carrier’s unique and instantly recognisable, black and gold livery.

All 13 FHs are Globetrotter XL models equipped with Volvo D13K 500hp engines, I-Shift automated gearboxes and ADR specifications. Extra safety equipment includes a front facing camera and an audible left turn warning device.

The dozen tractor units feature 3900mm wheelbases, a rear axle ratio of 2.64:1 and Bridgestone tyres. Leather seats and a refrigerator boost the Volvos’ interior specifications, whilst outside the chassis includes chain trays and a fire box. read more

“Two thirds of online shoppers suffer problems with parcel delivery,” claims Citizens Advice

More than two thirds (69%) of UK online shoppers have had parcels lost, damaged or turn up late in the last year, according to new research from Citizens Advice.
Source: Post and Parcel

“Two thirds of online shoppers suffer problems with parcel delivery,” claims Citizens Advice

Quicklawn invest in second “incredible” truck mounted forklift from Loadmac

Turf grower and supplier Quicklawn has purchased a brand new Loadmac 825iSR, becoming the second Loadmac to join their fleet following their first purchase in 2015.

Based in Northumberland with a fleet of three vehicles, Quicklawn has been supplying turf throughout the North of England for over twenty years. The new Loadmac will replace a competitor product currently on the fleet and Quicklawn Transport Manager Barry Appleby explained the reasons for their choice: “The machines are incredible and I’m impressed with the stability and how the machine operates. It is so hard to find a truck mounted forklift with such good handling for such an affordable price” read more