Commercial vehicle manufacturers are increasingly offering factory conversion programmes to their customers, providing custom build options previously only available from independent providers.
The Iveco Eurocargo, Volkswagen Transporter and Nissan Navara have been recognised as the best new vehicles in their classes by the International Truck and Van of the Year 2016 juries.
The International Truck of the Year 2016 was won by the new Iveco Eurocargo, ahead of Renault Trucks’ C&K range and Ford Trucks’ new construction series.
Nissan has helped one of the largest NHS trusts in the North East of England move to an almost entirely electric fleet of vehicles, with savings in transport costs being reinvested into patient care.
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is encouraging drivers and cyclists to exchange places as part of National Road Safety Week (23-29 November 2015).
FTA will be joining the road safety charity Brake and the Metropolitan Police at the launch of the annual event on Monday 23 November where an Exchanging Places exercise will be taking place at Horse Guards Parade, London, to give cyclists the chance to see the road from the driver’s seat of a large goods vehicle.
Christopher Snelling, FTA’s Head of National and Regional Policy, said: “We are pleased to support this excellent initiative. Our aim is for everyone to be able to share the road safely. FTA members are investing in technology, driver training and improved vehicles to continue to improve our performance on road safety. Providing vehicles for events such as these is part of that work – reaching out to the communities that we work in.”
The Association is supporting the 2015 Road Safety Week which is the UK's biggest road safety event, involving thousands of schools, organisations and community groups every year. Set up in 1997, the event is coordinated annually by Brake and aims to encourage grassroots action on road safety, raising awareness about the part we can all play in preventing tragedies and making roads safer.
BMW and Ford each had two reasons to celebrate as they shared four of the seven titles at the prestigious 2015 ACFO Awards.
The German marque underlined its status as the ultra-low emission vehicle champion winning both the Environmental Initiative of the Year and Green Vehicle of the Year with the plug-in i3.
Meanwhile, Ford has dominated the van categories during the 32-year history of the ACFO Awards and 2015 was no different as it won both the Small Van of the Year and Large Van of the Year titles.
North East Ambulance Service has replaced five fully electric Nissan Leafs to its fleet of pool cars, to reduce its carbon emissions and save costs on fuel.
Providing a number of NHS services and covering 3,200 miles across the counties of County Durham, Northumberland, and Tyne and Wear, the service has worked closely with independent suppliers and installers of EV charging equipment, Elm EV, to build their charging infrastructure.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is urging local authorities across the country to keep road safety in mind in the face of potential further substantial cuts to funding.
Ahead of the Spending Review later this month (November), RoSPA, and a number of other organisations, has produced Making Road Safety Count, a guide for senior decision-makers in local government and other agencies on how to get the most cost-effective use from decreasing road safety funds, to protect their local communities.
One of the greatest threats people face in their day-to-day lives is the risk of being killed or injured on the roads. In 2014, the number of people killed in reported road crashes increased by four per cent – the first such rise in a decade – and the figure may continue to increase as the economy improves and traffic levels rise.
The Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) is marking its next phase in growth by appointing Ian Chisholm IEng FSOE FIRTE as its new managing director.
Since joining the Society as an engineering executive in 2001, Ian has overseen significant developments in SOE’s membership recruitment and retention, marketing and communications, and stakeholder management.
“I am passionate about ensuring all three of the Society’s Professional Sectors – the Institute of Road Transport Engineers, the Institution of Plant Engineers, and the Bureau of Engineer Surveyors – are considered the leading voice of their respective industries, which are the backbone of a growing and evolving economy,” he explains.
Having developed an in depth knowledge of the needs of the Society’s members during this time at SOE, Ian is keen that SOE continues to ensure that the voice of its members is heard in all the right places. He goes on to say: “With a talented team at the Society’s London-based headquarters, I will explore new funding and innovative revenue streams that will guarantee the sustainability of the organisation.”
Accident investigation course launched to help fleet managers deal with aftermath of work-related accidents
TRL, the Transport Research Laboratory, today launched a new CPD accredited vehicle accident investigation course for fleet, operation and health and safety managers.
With more than a quarter of all road traffic incidents involving people driving for work, the course is designed to equip those responsible for fleet management with the required skills and knowledge to address issues arising from incidents involving company vehicles and staff.
The two-day course will provide attendees with everything they need to understand investigate and assess vehicle accidents. Participants will be given the introductory skills required to analyse physical evidence and produce conclusions about the circumstances of an accident, with topics covered including; health and safety considerations, injury causation, vehicle examination, reconstruction methods and report writing.
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