Powerteam, which designs and builds electricity substations and overhead lines for utility and private operators in the UK and Ireland, has awarded Lex Autolease a 5-year £3.7m contract to manage the Belfast-based company’s fleet of vehicles.
The Freight Transport Association has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of his Autumn Statement on 5 December, asking him to confirm his commitment to freeze fuel duty until 2015 in order to stimulate economic growth and give businesses confidence to invest in the future.
Freight Transport Association (FTA) has said today that more must be done, including from the logistics industry, to improve the safety of cyclists on our streets.
However, FTA does not believe that banning HGVs from peak hours is the answer.
FTA has claimed that the idea is unachievable and fails to recognise the essential role commercial vehicles play in supplying and servicing towns and cities.
Brake, the road safety charity, has published an advice sheet for drivers on staying safe in bad weather.
The resource, sponsored by Arco, is available for fleet managers to distribute to their drivers through the charity's Fleet Safety Forum.
Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Solutions has helped to add six 12-tonne Mercedes trucks to the UK National Grid fleet.
Hitachi Capital worked as a partner to the National Grid to develop the vehicles which combine a TT-UK coring unit with a suction excavator from German manufacturer RSP Saugbagger.
Richard Dyke, key accounts manager at Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Solutions, said: "After developing the first generation of specialist suction excavator vehicles seven years ago, Hitachi Capital and its specialist vehicle suppliers, TT-UK and RSP have worked together in close collaboration with National Grid for 18 months, which has resulted in the design and delivery of this ground breaking vehicle."
Lex Autolease has signed a five-year contract worth £3.7m (€4.4m) to manage the 140-vehicle fleet of Belfast-headquartered utilities infrastructure manufacturer Powerteam.
The fleet consists of vans, specialist vehicles and 4x4s, covering Powerteam's clients, including Scottish and Southern Energy, Scottish Power, Northern Powergrid, Electricity North West and Electricity Supply Board.
The first move of the contract was the sale and lease-back of the entire Powerteam Fleet, arranged by Lex.
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With an increasing number of motorists driving electric and hybrid vehicles on Britain’s roads, it’s becoming increasingly important for breakdown companies to have the capabilities to respond to call-outs from them.
For a start, patrols working nationwide need to understand how these vehicles work from a mechanical perspective.
But they also need the skills and tools to assess and repair the vehicles’ drive systems, which can run at up to 600 volts.
Graham Evans, MP for Weaver Vale, has been given a national road safety award by the charity Brake and Direct Line Group for his work campaigning for treatment programmes to be used for drug drivers.
While van and overall commercial vehicle numbers also showed strong performances, new figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders revealed this week.