One of the country’s leading providers of operated and self-drive road sweepers is celebrating success after delivering the first phase of the national CPC driver training to over two hundred of its employees.
Go Plant Limited, which operates seven nationwide depots, has provided the first phase of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training to 207 individuals and is set to complete the first phase of training by mid-August, ahead of the national deadline.
Volvo Trucks is expanding its model range in Europe with a new version of the Volvo FE running entirely on methane gas, suitable for centrally-operated refuse fleets, for example.
The Volvo FE CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) has been primarily developed for operations involving short driving cycles with repeated stop:starts such as refuse collection and local distribution. It is equipped with a new 9-litre Euro-6 gas-powered engine featuring spark plug technology and automatic transmission.
Brake, the road safety charity, is calling on the government to introduce compulsory regular eyesight testing for drivers, as a survey with Specsavers and RSA Insurance Group shows strong public support. Almost nine in 10 (87%) are in favour of drivers having to prove they have had a recent sight test every 10 years, when they renew their licence or photo card.
The survey shows why government action is needed, with a quarter (25%) of drivers admitting they have not had their eyes tested in more than two years.
Renault has revealed details for the all-new, third generation Twingo, which was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March and goes on sale from late September.
There are three versions of All-New Twingo – Expression, Play and Dynamique, powered by a choice of two engines – the new 1.0-litre 70 hp SCe three-cylinder normally aspirated engine and a Dynamique TCe 90 with a 0.9-litre 90 hp three-cylinder turbocharged unit. Dynamique models have Renault’s Stop & Start system, which cuts the engine when the car is stationary in traffic to reduce emissions and improve economy.
Local Authorities who successfully bid for the Department for Transport’s Clean Vehicle Technology Fund may fall into the NOx trap, warns Emissions Analytics - the leading provider of real-world emissions measurement.
Aimed at tackling the issue of rising NOx levels, the Clean Vehicle Technology Fund provides support and guidance, with a total of £5 million available for Local Authorities to help fund improvements to local bus and vehicle fleets.
As part of the scheme Local Authorities are required to document how they will monitor and evaluate real-world emissions. This could include the use of a realistic test cycle, as well as portable emission monitoring systems or on-street monitoring.
Newcastle University’s EAT@NEWCASTLE events catering service has purchased an ePower Truck Flex L3 - a new road-legal electric truck. The vehicle enables the service to sustainably deliver hot beverages as well as other food and drink to venues across the campus.
The Flex L3 is a compact and nimble vehicle, ideal for city centre deliveries and estates management applications. A high-specification utility truck, standard features on the Flex L3 include electric windows and central locking. Bodies available include flat bed, cage, box body or tipper, offering a payload of up to 400kg or 2.3m³ volume of carrying capacity.
RAC calls on political parties to address the ‘motorist’s agenda’ in the run-up to the General Election
RAC writes to party leaders urging action on behalf of motorists
Any political party aspiring to form the next Government needs to address the ‘motorist’s agenda’ and propose viable solutions to the ‘big four’ motoring concerns that negatively impact individual drivers, businesses and the economy as a whole. As approximately two thirds of those eligible to vote hold a driving licence, the RAC believes their voice deserves to be heard en masse. The RAC is therefore calling for each party to put forward plans in the run-up to the General Election, as part of their manifestos, on how they will tackle:
· The high cost of fuel – reducing fuel duty to lessen hardship for the lower paid who depend on their cars and to help stimulate economic growth
· The poor state of the UK’s roads – putting an end to the cycle of deterioration and under investment that has led to all-year-round potholes and the ‘developing world’ status of our roads
· Illegal behaviour of drivers – improve enforcement by halting the decline in the number of traffic police that has created a ‘getting away with it’ culture among a significant minority of drivers
· Expensive and inadequate parking facilities – addressing the increasing cost, reduction in availability and fitness for purpose of parking in many parts of the country
More than 80% of annual tests for lorries, buses and trailers will cost less from 1 October 2014.
The annual test for lorries, buses and trailers is similar to the MOT test that cars take each year. Over 80% of these tests are now done at an Authorised Testing Facility(ATF). These are usually privately owned businesses where a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) examiner carries out annual tests. The remainder of tests are carried out from DVSA sites.
The traditional paper car tax disc will be replaced by an electronic system in October, and drivers are being urged to understand the rules. It is estimated that there up to 36 million tax discs currently displayed on vehicles in Britain.
Consultation into plans to cut red tape by giving councils the power to approve street works permit schemes
A consultation into plans to cut red tape by giving councils the power to approve street works permit schemes they have developed has opened today (12 August 2014).
English local highway authorities have the option of introducing a street works 'permit scheme', which means utility companies and their contractors and those doing road works have to obtain a permit to work in the road.
This gives authorities greater power to co-ordinate works on their roads and direct the way those works are carried out to reduce the impact on local communities and the travelling public.
More than 618,000 levies have been purchased for over 112,000 vehicles from 76 different countries since the HGV road user levy was introduced in April 2014 – which has seen drivers coughing up enough cash to patch more than 320,000 potholes on our roads.
The money raised through the levy is the equivalent of funding for:
Mercedes-Benz has opened a Fleet Customer Hub in its Milton Keynes UK headquarters.
The hub marks the first time Mercedes' fleet operations has been brought in house, and customers are advised to contact the hub for all fleet related queries.
Sally Dennis, Head of Fleet, Mercedes-Benz UK said: "It's the next step in developing the way we work with our customers' needs and expectations whilst also demonstrating our dedication to the Fleet industry."
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched a ten point customer service charter to boost service levels across its Van Centre network.
Points on the plan included providing a quote before work starts, cost estimates of any additional work required, a guaranteed appointment within five working days and always washing vehicles after a service.
Kevin Rendell, head of Parts and Service at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: 'Businesses rely on their vans and we want to make sure that our customers have peace of mind that their vehicle will continue to perform at its maximum without great amounts of disruption, additional unforeseen costs and without any broken promises. In short, we want our customers to feel like they're always a valued business partner.'
Burnt Tree, the corporate commercial vehicle rental company, has been acquired by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the global car hire company.
The move, completed for an undisclosed sum, adds Burnt Tree's 400 employees, 17,000 vehicles, proprietary fleet management technologies and a network of 20 branches to the Enterprise range of products.
The acquisition takes the number of commercial vehicles operated by Enterprise to 25,000 and greatly expands its coverage of the corporate and public sector commercial vehicle rental sector.
Chris Charlton, road risk manager at Northern Powergrid, has been named the winner of the ‘Check me out' defect check challenge competition held on the Freight Transport Association stand at the recent DRIVEIt event which took place at Bruntingthorpe Proving Grounds, Leicestershire.
In just twelve weeks time (as of Tuesday 11th August ) Euro Bus Expo 2014 – the leading dedicated trade fair for the bus and coach industry in Europe this year - opens its doors at the NEC Birmingham.
The free to attend three day show, which takes place Tuesday 4th – Thursday 6th November, is already a sell out in exhibition space terms, with 255 confirmed exhibitors. With the focus firmly on the future of passenger transport, Euro Bus Expo 2014 will provide an excellent platform for exhibitors from every part of the industry supply chain in 25,000m2 of hall space in one of Europe’s leading exhibition centres.
Five cities have unveiled a £15bn plan to improve inter-city rail and road connections across the north of England.
The One North report provides a 15-year plan for connectivity improvements across Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle and Sheffield - including a 125mph trans-Pennine rail-link.Designed to complement HS2 proposals, the document includes plans to boost road capacity by 150% and speed up rail journey times by 55%.
A keynote address by the Traffic Commissioner will be one of the highlights of the Freight Transport Association's Transport Manager conference series which takes place this autumn at 12 venues around the UK.
This will include current policy and strategy from the Traffic Commissioner's perspective.A session ‘Tackling the Driver Shortage' will give advice on the recruitment of qualified and dependable vocational HGV drivers, which looks set to present increasing challenges as we progress through 2014. A faster than expected economic recovery and the associated increase in logistics activity, not to mention the September Driver CPC deadline, is raising forecasts for the number of drivers required this autumn. The session will cover barriers to driver recruitment, Government-backed initiatives and other public support programmes, and accreditation and auditing schemes which support sourcing and recruitment of drivers.
London's Air Ambulance has updated its rapid response fleet with the addition of four replacement ŠKODA Octavia vRS Estate cars