The right choice of tyre is critical to safe and efficient commercial vehicle operation. They are the key element between truck and road surface and as such have a big effect on fuel consumption. Operators visiting CV Show 2015 will be able to view the latest offerings from all the leading tyre brands at CV Show 2015 and assess services that ensure tyres are maintained correctly.
Visitors will be able to see the latest ranges from manufacturers Aeolus, Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear, Hankook, GITI, Michelin and Pirelli. Also present will be independent tyre wholesaler RH Claydon and Bandvulc Group with its high quality re-treads.
ATS-Euromaster, Kwik-Fit Fleet and Michelin Solutions also have stands at the Show and will present their specialist maintenance and repair services, all designed to improve fleet performance.
The CV Show is the largest and most comprehensive road transport event staged in Britain, catering for every operator’s business needs. It will take place in Halls 3a, 4 and 5 at the NEC in Birmingham from 14-16 April.
The 2015 CV Show has been accredited with international status from the automotive industry’s global body, OICA, the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles.
Brake, the road safety charity, has released a resource pack aimed at helping SMEs improve the safety of staff who drive for work, to prevent crashes and cut costs. The resources are specifically designed for SMEs with less experience in, and resourcing for, road risk management, as well as for larger businesses and associations to help suppliers, contractors and members implement road safety measures. The pack is published through Brake Professional with the support of the Department for Transport.
Traffic congestion in cities across the UK has worsened considerably over the past year, according to a major new report out today (March 31). The fifth annual Traffic Index from TomTom shows average journeys in 2014 took 29%* longer than they would in free-flowing traffic – up from a 27% delay in 2013.
Traffic jams in 14 out of Britain’s 17 biggest cities have got worse over the past 12 months. The only city where congestion has improved is Bristol - for the second year running. The analysis of 12 trillion pieces of traffic data worldwide revealed that the evening rush hour is the most congested time of day. In 2014, a typical UK city commuter with a 30 minute drive home spent an extra 66 hours stuck in traffic than they would have done on a free-flowing road.
Electric motorcycles and scooters will now qualify for Government subsidy, under plans announced by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
A pot of up to £7.5 million will be made available from summer 2015 until 2020, capped at £1500 per vehicle. This will make qualifying vehicles up to 20% cheaper, establishing motorcycles and scooters as the most affordable electric vehicles on the market and therefore within the reach of more people.
Electric motorcycles and scooters will obviously help cut CO2 emissions and there are wider benefits too in helping to cut congestion.
As publishers for Public Sector Fleet Managers for more than 15 years JDM Publishing has developed FM15 – a unique conference event specifically designed to provide essential information to our readers.
The conference will deliver information in a way that ensures attendees can, not only listen to expert advice first hand during
the modules, but will also have the opportunity to speak to a
panel of experts face-to-face. It is also an ideal networking
opportunity and you will be issued with valuable CPD training hours.
FM15 will take place in The Brooklands Suite at Whittlebury Hall, a superb conference and spa hotel centrally located in Northamptonshire. Automotive Leasing, a LeasePlan brand, will be sponsoring the event and will have members of its specialist team on hand to talk through all aspects of fleet management.
Achieving operational efficiency is key to the success of every logistics enterprise; whether for HGV or van fleets, and the 2015 Commercial Vehicle Show provides the perfect opportunity for commercial vehicle operators to evaluate a wide range of suppliers at one time and in one place.
In an industry where time is money, the solutions addressed by the wide range of telematics suppliers will play a vital role in helping operators increase productivity and reduce costs. Vehicle tracking, fleet management, telematics, routing and scheduling, satellite navigation, on-board computing, data transfer, wireless solutions, vehicle cameras and communications, the list is of products is endless and all the telematics suppliers will be demonstrating their latest innovations and developments.
Civica is pleased to announce the appointment of Adam Davies as Account Manager for the Tranman fleet management product.
Adam joins Civica from Wiltshire Council where he was the transport manager, responsible for managing the technical administration function for fleet, ensuring compliance with the council’s legal responsibilities and identifying and analysing business risks to the fleet. The role included implementing various fleet, fuel and telematics management systems.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has joined forces with Lightfoot® to provide fleet operators with an industry first method of monitoring their drivers’ motoring styles in an effort to make them safer and more fuel efficient on their journeys.
Their sustainable driver behaviour solution will be launched at the Health & Safety Event in Birmingham, on Tuesday 24 March.
The innovative IAM Lightfoot® package kicks off with a bespoke one-to-one IAM Drive & Survive coaching session for every driver to identify and address any potential weaknesses in the delegate’s driving style, promote greater understanding of how attitudes can affect driver behaviour and provide guidance on how to observe and react to driving risks.
Citroën’s best-selling LCV, the Berlingo, will make its debut with advanced BlueHDi Euro 6 compliant engines – plus specification and styling enhancements – at the CV Show (NEC, Hall 5, Stand D40, 14 -16 April 2015). The New Berlingo range will be ‘on sale’ in the UK from 1 July 2015, bringing with it further running cost reductions and environmental benefits, combined with driver comfort, safety and convenience gains.
The New Berlingo is the first Citroën LCV range to be powered by Euro 6 compliant BlueHDi diesel engines, which use advanced Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology. Citroën will be extending the application of these low-emissions, highly fuel-efficient BlueHDi engines across its entire LCV line-up as part of a rolling programme starting in July 2015 and running through to September 2016.
TomTom Telematics has launched its next generation of WEBFLEET OptiDrive, incorporating predictive real-time driving advice to empower drivers to drive in a greener, safer style.
TomTom Telematics was the first to introduce direct feedback to professional drivers, using its TomTom Driver Terminals. The feedback on drive style, including harsh braking, speeding and cornering, has now been extended with predictive driving advice. OptiDrive 360 uses vehicle and map data to advise business drivers when to take their foot off the accelerator or shift gear and what their optimum speed should be.
As the driving test today reaches its 80th anniversary in the UK, leading road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says its time the way we teach new drivers received a comprehensive overall to keep it relevant to today’s driving landscape and to the problems faced by young people on the road.
The Road Traffic Act was passed in 1934; the legislation that paved the way for compulsory driving tests in the UK a year later.
The biggest developments in the driving test came into effect in the past two decades: in 1996 a theory test was added to the practical element. From 2002 learners also had to pass a hazard perception exam.
A few places are still available for the Freight Transport Association’s two Van Excellence Operational Briefings which take place on Tuesday, 24 March at Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands near Weybridge in Surrey and on Friday, 27 March at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. However, FTA says that anyone still interested in attending should hurry to avoid disappointment.
The briefings, held in association with Mercedes-Benz Vans, provide companies with a unique opportunity to explore operational best practice and compliance issues across a range of key areas, whether they are an existing Van Excellence member, or an operator keen to know where to begin.
A consultation on plans to increase the speed limit for armoured vehicleshas been launched today (13 March 2015). British army tank and other armoured tracked vehicles are currently restricted to a maximum speed of 20 mph under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
In order to prepare for operational deployments our armed forces need effective and appropriate training, and the government now plans to increase this speed limit to a maximum of 40 mph in England and Wales. Actual operating speeds will still depend on careful risk assessments by the military and specific vehicle capabilities. The plans under consultation will help address congestion that can be created by slow-moving vehicles on faster roads. Increasing the maximum speed limit to 40 mph will also reduce costs of higher fuel consumption and the time taken for training and testing when vehicles are limited to 20 mph.
The consultation runs until April 24 2015.
The way England’s motorways and A-roads are built and managed is set for a transformational change next month after the government announced the ‘go-live’ of the Highways England.
Highways England is a new arms-length government company that will take over running motorways and major trunk roads from the Highways Agency on 1 April 2015.
The new company will have new longer-term funding, which will mean it can plan ahead and invest in skills and equipment to speed up essential work and drive down costs to the taxpayer. The move is part of a radical package of road reform that is expected to save the taxpayer at least £2.6 billion over the next 10 years.
A Diesel Facts myth-busting guide will be available at dieselfacts.co.uk and in leaflet form via car makers and dealers. It comes as new consumer research reveals widespread confusion about diesel technology that, if uncorrected, could limit adoption of the latest low emission vehicles and undermine the UK's efforts to meet strict air quality and climate change obligations.
Operators are more worried about the authorities’ capabilities to meet new road safety laws than their own. That’s the view of members of leading industry body, the Freight Transport Association, in its submission to two Department for Transport consultations which propose to bring more vehicles under operator licensing and annual test laws.
In its responses FTA stated that members who operate vehicles which would be affected by the changes, which include electric vehicles and mobile cranes, were comfortable with the new requirements this would bring to them in terms of maintaining and inspecting vehicles or subjecting them to an annual roadworthiness test, but doubted DVSA’s ability to meet the increase in demand for tests and were concerned about being sent on a ‘paper chase’ by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner.
Twelve British cities shortlisted to become international beacons of ultra-low emission vehicle use.
A dozen cities bidding for a share of a £35 million fund to become centres of excellence for low emission vehicles have been announced by Transport Minister Baroness Kramer and Business Minister Matt Hancock.
The Go Ultra Low city scheme will reward cities that demonstrate the most potential to become internationally outstanding examples for the adoption of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in a local area.
A consultation has opened to improve the structure and delivery of compulsory basic training courses for motorcyclists.
Research conducted in 2014 recommended a number of areas for the improvement of compulsory basic training (CBT) for learner motorcyclists. A public consultation on proposals to strengthen the structure and delivery of the course has now been announced.
The research was commissioned by the Department for Transport to gain a more detailed understanding of who is taking compulsory basic training and why; to seek the views of trainers and learner riders on the current course content and how any changes to the content or structure would affect them.
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