SSI Services group, the specialist contracting arm of South Staffordshire Plc, has bolstered its fleet of over 1,200 LCVs by striking a deal with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles to take on over 100 new Caddy and 23 new Transporter models. SSI Services’ hard-working fleet helps the company maintain a wide portfolio of services across the UK, and with vehicles averaging between 30-40,000 miles per year, the organisation has once again turned to a manufacturer it can rely on.
Government must learn from Scottish Drink Drive Laws and cut limit in England and Wales to Save Lives
Brake is disappointed transport minister Andrew Jones MP has now confirmed there will be no review of the drink drive limit in England and Wales. This seems to be at odds with his stated intentions to discuss the experience of the lower limit in Scotland and get access to robust evidence of the road safety impact.
Europe’s truck and bus manufacturers support the introduction of legislation making carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions certification from individual vehicle types part of the European Type Approval Scheme.
But they are urging legislators to take proper account of “a more integrated approach” offering the potential for far greater reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from the entire road-freight and passenger transport sectors. This is the central message from a 16 February Brussels conference on “Reducing CO2 from road transport together”, organised by ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association).
The new Daily light commercial vehicle range, winner of the 2015 International Van of the Year award, is to be the centrepiece of Iveco’s exhibits at April’s CV Show.
UK demand for van conversions seems to be growing even faster than the overall light commercial vehicle market, judging by news from specialist companies such as Leicestershire-based Bott, CoolKit of Lancashire and Cheshire-based Cartwright Group.
A £1.1 million extension to Bott’s Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire fleet conversion centre was officially opened two months ago. An additional 20 employees have been hired, taking the Ashby workforce to 250. Like a similar Bott site in Cumbernauld, Scotland, this one specialises in van racking and specialist vehicles. A third Bott UK site in Bude, Cornwall concentrates on workplace storage.
UK van buyers will get their first opportunity to see a revitalised range of LDV light commercial vehicles at the CV Show in April.
Potholes are an increasing problem for drivers; forced to pay for costly repairs as recovery services report huge rise in pothole-related call-outs. So the Ford test centre in Belgium has been replicating the effects of the worst potholes and extreme road surfaces from around the world. More than 100 punishing rough road conditions are located at the Lommel Proving Ground which incorporates 50 miles of test tracks, including 1.2 miles of potholes. These hazards, which also include granite blocks from Belgium and French cobbles, help Ford to test and develop innovations that make cars tougher. Ford are now developing Continuous Control Damping with Pothole Mitigation technology
Ahead of the Budget in March, the BVRLA has called on HM Treasury to treat company car drivers more fairly. In our submission we have urged the government to carry out a wholesale review of the current system of company car taxation, recognising the benefits these vehicles bring in terms of reduced emissions and tax revenues.
After a hugely successful 2015 and with increasing demand for its vast range of business travel and mobility solutions, Alphabet has announced two key appointments that will further strengthen its existing team of experts.
Nick Butler has been appointed Head of Corporate Mobility. Nick joined Alphabet’s commercial team in 2003 and has spent the last five years heading up the Intermediary and Wholesale Funding division.
It would be economically irresponsible, if the Chancellor were to increase fuel duty in the March Budget, says the Freight Transport Association (FTA) in response to a leading think tank report published yesterday.
According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) annual ‘green budget’, George Osborne, may be forced to raise prices at the petrol pumps to meet his election pledge to eliminate the deficit of £3 billion in the country’s finances.
Tricia Hayes to become Director General of Roads, Devolution and Motoring at the Department for Transport in March 2016.
Tricia Hayes has been appointed new Director General of Roads, Devolution and Motoring, the Department for Transport announced today (10 February 2016). She will take up post in March 2016.
The expansion of in house maintenance teams/direct labour organisations (DLO’s) is currently a hot topic within the housing sector.
Just three years after commissioning a review into our Property Care service we have seen significant savings.
Working with East London based housing and support services business, Just Housing Group, the review set out to compare Midland Heart’s Repairs and Maintenance performance against benchmarked industry best practice.
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says the Mayor of London’s proposals for major new bike routes across the capital must consider the impact on all road users.
Consultation begins today on a package of cycling, pedestrian and road improvements designed to reflect the fact that cycling in central London has trebled in 15 years and the number of people commuting by bike will soon overtake the number in cars.
Gareth Llewellyn has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
The DVSA plays a critical role in improving road safety in Great Britain by setting standards for driving and motorcycling, and making sure drivers, vehicle operators and MOT garages follow roadworthiness standards. It also provides a range of licensing, testing, education and enforcement services.
Department for Transport Permanent Secretary Philip Rutnam said: “I am very pleased to welcome Gareth Llewellyn to the department in his role as Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.