Euro Bus Expo 2014 is set to be a sell out according to Show Organisers, Expo Management. With five months before the start of the show, there is a waiting list for open stands and less than 20 small stands left unsold, which means that there will be a full complement of 260 exhibitors when the show opens at the NEC in Birmingham on 4th November.
“Demand has been particularly strong his year, with exhibitor bookings at 2008 levels which we would only normally expect to see three months further down the track. Significantly, many of the bookings have come from companies looking to exhibit at the show for the first time” said Show Director Mark Griffin.
The new FIAT 500 has gone on sale in the UK with important new style, comfort and technological enhancements for 2014.
A key new feature is the segment-first seven-inch TFT digital instrument display, developed in collaboration with Magneti Marelli, which seamlessly combines cutting-edge technology without disrupting the trademark aesthetics of the cabin. Standard on 500S and Cult models (and optional on Lounge versions), the layout and execution of the speedometer, rev counter and trip computer will be familiar to anyone who has driven the current FIAT 500, but the centre of the display – which contains a digital image of the car – can be configured to show various trip computer readouts, such as distance travelled, instant fuel consumption, range, etc.
One of the most anticipated car launches of recent years – Volvo’s all-new XC90 – begins today. Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) has created a launch programme that will unveil the car from the inside out, meaning that it will start by disclosing the many new interior features of the car and culminate in the full external reveal in August.
DVLA has now completed automatic roll out of the red vehicle registration certificate (V5C). It is now encouraging the keepers of any vehicles who still have an old style blue V5C to replace it with new a red V5C free of charge. DVLA also recommends that any buyer offered a second hand vehicle with a blue V5C gets the seller to replace the document with a red one from DVLA before they part with any money for the vehicle.
The logistics industry is on track to reduce carbon emissions, according to the Logistics Carbon Review 2014.
Released at the FTA's annual LCRS Cutting Carbon, Cutting Cost Conference this week, the report incorporates the fourth annual results of the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS), and reveals that the freight industry is contributing to national climate change reduction targets.
The LCRS, which is managed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), demonstrates the efforts of industry to reduce carbon and contribute to national greenhouse gas reduction targets. The latest report shows that scheme members have collectively made progress in reducing carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions between 2005 and 2012.
Following the publication this week of the European Commission’s strategy for CO2 emissions from trucks and buses, the European commercial vehicle industry welcomes the introduction of a certification system which would give customers full transparency on fuel efficiency.
“Fuel efficiency is a top priority for the transport companies who buy and use trucks and buses, because fuel accounts for over one-third of their total operating costs,” explained Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). “Fuel efficiency is therefore the number one competitive factor in developing and selling heavy-duty vehicles.”
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has appointed Chris Black to the newly created role of head of fleet, with effect from 9 June 2014. Black joins the brand from Lombard Corporate Asset Finance where he held the role of UK head of corporate coverage.
Black brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the automotive and financial sectors. Previously, he was with Lombard Vehicle Management Ltd for 17 years, rising to the board-level position of head of customer services.
Twelve new vans launched this year in Europe from individual brands and joint-ventures between manufacturers will contest the most coveted prize in the business – The International Van of the Year Award (IVotY).
The judging panel consisting of 25 leading journalists from Europe’s top commercial vehicle publications now has the difficult task of selecting the overall winner which will be announced and presented at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover, Germany next September. Every aspect of the van’s design, technology and drivetrain is under consideration during the adjudication process.
Care home group purchases 200 minibuses and chooses Vapor Ricon to give their wheelchair users a lift
Giving wheelchair users the ability to travel with ease for both recreational and medical trips was a priority for Care Home provider HC-One. Here they explain why they chose Vapor Ricon to help them with their transport needs.
When HC-One decided to purchase 200 minibuses to enable Residents in each of their care homes across the UK to have their own dedicated transport, the search commenced to find a suitable wheelchair lift to fit the vehicles.
Around 80 percent of HC-One’s Residents are wheelchair users and it is imperative that they are able to access and alight the transport safely and with dignity.
Ambulance services in England have been warned that they face tougher and more frequent unannounced visits by teams of Care Quality Commission inspectors from next January.
The warning came from David Davis, Director of the Independent Ambulance Association, the leading representative organisation
for regulated ambulance companies.
Rules and guidance on how many hours goods vehicle or passenger-carrying vehicle drivers can drive and the breaks that they need to take have been published by the DVSA.
If you drive a goods vehicle or a passenger-carrying vehicle you must follow the rules on how many hours you can drive and the breaks that you need to take.
Next week’s FTA Utilities and Essential Services Conference will focus on compliance, what it means on a day-to-day basis, and how it can cut costs for the freight and logistics industry. The conference will take place at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham on Tuesday 20 May.
With finances being a primary concern to all, the 2014 Freight Transport Association Conference will examine the ‘bottom line’ costs and consequences to freight operators who are non compliant. Through talking to its members, FTA recognises that compliance plays a key role in cuttings costs for many, and knows how important that both the operator and the driver should understand that.
At the Annual Lunch of the Road Haulage Association earlier this week, National Chairman Peter Barber, announced that the Association's Chief Executive Geoff Dunning, will be retiring on 31 August 2014.
Commenting, Geoff Dunning said: "l joined the RHA in 1987 as Manager of the North Eastern District, and spent the last five years as Chief Executive. It has been an eventful time to say the least: taking charge at the beginning of the worst recession in living memory was not a matter of choice, but I can say that I will be leaving the RHA in good shape. It is tempting to take the credit for everything that has been achieved in the last five years, but that must go to the staff, who have shown enthusiasm and commitment throughout and have taken on the many challenges that we have faced with real energy. I want to thank everyone who works for RHA for their support and am pleased to say that the new Chief Executive, will be taking over an organisation that the industry can be proud of."
The winners of the FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards for 2014 have been announced this week at a ceremony at The Savoy Hotel in London.
For the second year running the Freight Transport Association is the title partner for the awards, which were launched seven years ago to raise awareness of the varied and rewarding careers available to women in the transport and logistics sector, with the aim of increasing the number of women considering the industry as a career choice.
Employers are being urged to implement zero-tolerance policies on at-work drink- and drug-driving by road safety charity Brake, as a Brake and Licence Bureau survey finds fewer than half (44%) would dismiss an employee for driving over the legal alcohol limit.
Published in a report for employers with staff who drive for work by Brake's Fleet Safety Forum, the survey reveals:
The sixth generation of the hugely successful FIAT Ducato, which has notched up 2.6 million sales since it was first launched in 1981, continues to set the segment benchmark not only in Europe but also in the 80 international regions in which it is now on sale.
For 2014 a new exterior style brings sophisticated ‘car design’ to the light commercial vehicle segment, conveying the new Ducato’s dynamism, quality, safety and robustness. The all-new front end features new headlights with integrated daytime running lights, LED on Tecnico models, and a bold new grille design, finished in “chrome shadow” or “piano black” depending on the model.
Euro NCAP has released its latest set of crash test results which includes the Large Family Mercedes Benz C-Class and the Supermini Hyundai i10. While the Hyundai i10 gets four stars, the latest C-Class reaches the overall star rating and is fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking.
For details about the new results and to watch the crash test videos, please visit Euro NCAP's website or its YouTube channel.
‘Take a leaf from our book’ initiative planned to mark the milestone
LeasePlan, the UK division of the world’s leading vehicle fleet management company, today launches a new initiative designed to encourage clients to consider leasing pure electric vehicles (PEVs).
As part of its ‘Take a Leaf Out of Our Book’ initiative, LeasePlan will make a number of Nissan Leafs available to clients for a risk-free three month trial period, from 1 June 2014.
Drivers of company vehicles are 25 % more likely than company drivers using their own vehicles to have a minor accident, according to a recent survey by IAM Drive & Survive on Springboard UK. When asked about car park bumps and minor scrapes in a work vehicle versus a personal vehicle used for work, it was found that 63% of such accidents occurred in a work vehicle – just under two thirds.
The ALP is traditionally used at incidents with high rise buildings, where water may be used from height to control a fire. It is also used to rescue people from heights, such as a block of flats. Crews are currently training on how to use the ALPs new features since it arrived at Humberside.
Rob Lashley, Vehicle and Equipment Officer a Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It has many new features that exceed the older model, it has a reach of up to 32 meters and is much quicker to set up than our previous ALP. The fact it can be set up as a water tower and pump out nearly 400 litres minute could prove invaluable at large scales fires, the water monitor can also operate by remote control, which makes it more flexible. The cage has adjustable sides for emergency access; this will provide safer rescues for wheelchair users.”