FORS reports on first year success

‘An impressive first year' is the verdict of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme in the FORS 2015 annual report published in March.

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UK wins Kubota service engineer world title

A Kubota UK service engineer has scooped the top award at the global Kubota Skills Contest in Japan.

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Wastecycle buys NTM MAS Food Monster for East Midlands operation

Nottingham-based Wastecycle has purchasd an NTM MAS 'Food Monster' for commercial food waste collection.

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Dennis launches new skip-loader

A new urban skip-loader vehicle aimed at the construction market has been launched by Dennis Eagle.

Roadlink International opens new caliper remanufacturing facility

A new £700k facility has been opened by caliper remanufacturer Roadlink International at its head office in Willenhall, West Midlands.

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Volvo wins 18 loading shovel order with Stobart Biomass Products

Eighteen Volvo L120H loading shovels have been ordered by Stobart Biomass Products for six locations across Great Britain.

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Volvo increases share of UK truck market

Mike Corcoran, commercial director at Volvo Trucks, is delighted with Volvo's strong performance in 2015.

Milner launches new sewer jetters

Milner Industrial has launched two new sewer jetting ranges: the Smart Trailer and Smart Trailer Pro.

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Electric vehicle charge points set up in Merseyside

Twenty-eight new Evolt electric vehicle (EV) charge points have been set up in Merseyside.

JCB marks birthday in colour

A batch of colourful limited edition machines is being produced to mark JCB's 70th anniversary.

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Anglian Water fits Ctrack to more vans

Anglian Water has extended its Ctrack vehicle tracking solution to a further 500 vans in its fleet having already achieved a host of benefits in terms of road safety, fuel efficiency and environmental responsibility.

CD Enviro increases production capacity by a third

CD Enviro has increased its product assembly space by 32%, enabling it to produce 60 additional machines every year.

City of London takes safety lead with new construction vehicle

A ground-breaking construction vehicle from Mercedes-Benz has been launched by the City of London Corporation in the Square Mile.

New workplace sentencing guidelines a wake-up call

New guidelines for sentences imposed on companies for death and injury in the workplace should serve as a serious wake-up call for companies, says Licence Bureau.

RDS exhibits the Loadex 100 at Scotplant 2016

Making its Scotplant debut, the Loadex 100 is a retrofittable scale installed on both tracked and wheeled 360o excavators to weigh the amount of material in the bucket, grab or clamshell.

Municipal sweeping brushes updated

An updated range of aftermarket municipal brushes is being launched by Brush Technology. These one-piece belly brushes are designed to work on all modern municipal truck-mounted sweepers such as Scarab and Johnston vehicles.

Brigade to celebrate 40 years of saving lives

Brigade Electronics will return to the CV Show this year, 40 years after the company made its debut at the same show in Earl's Court, London.

New depot as SHB Hire expands

SHB Hire has purchased a new depot in central Gloucester allowing it to relocate to a facility from which it can grow and develop its workshops and bodyshop

SFS acquired by Paragon Bank

Contract hire and fleet management company Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) and its subsidiary companies, Five Arrows Vehicle Finance (FAVF) and Collett Transport Services (CTS), have been acquired by Paragon Bank PLC, part of The Paragon Group of Companies PLC.

Peter Murhy of Isuzu Truck and Andrew jones of TVS shake hands on a new three-year deal

TVS gets three more years with Isuzu Truck

Isuzu Truck (UK) Ltd and TVS Supply Chain Solutions have marked 20 years of collaboration by signing a new three-year contract renewal.

Cenex supports winning 'Go Ultra Low Cities' bid

Nottingham has secured £6.1m for the first ‘Go Ultra Low Cities' scheme - set up by the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) - with the help ofCenex, the UK's first Centre of Excellence for low carbon technologies.

Kubota Construction launches finance arm

Kubota UK has launched a bespoke finance solution for its range of construction machinery.

Dae Roberts of Kubota and Allan Robson of Northampton Saints hold up a Saints' rugby shirt with Kubota's logo on it

Kubota UK joins Northampton Saints

Kubota UK, the market leading machinery manufacturer, has signed up as an partner of Northampton Saints – one of the biggest and best supported teams in the Aviva Premiership, England's top flight of Rugby Union.

A truck fitted with Tevva technology goes past Big Ben

Tevva Motors claims upto zero emissions technology

UK-based Tevva Motors has developed an electric range extended drivetrain which can reduce and even avoid producing emissions completely thanks to ground-breaking new predictive software

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New and improved Doosan 14t launched

The Doosan DX140LC-5 14 tonne crawler excavator has been launched by Doosan Construction Equipment.

First safer tipper on the City streets

A high-vision, safer tipper vehicle which improves road safety for cyclists and other vulnerable road users has gone into action with City of London, the first local authority to use the vehicle in London.

3M introduces greener and better vehicle graphic films

Two new types of film for vehicle graphics have been introduced by 3M.

A Merceds Sprinter in Biffa's new Onecall service livery

Biffa buys Sprinters for new Onecall service

Biffa has launched its new emergency waste removal service - Oncecall - with a quartet of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans.

A bottle of Cataclean Diesel in front of an RAC van

Cataclean supplies diesel engine cleaner to RAC fleet

Liverpool-based engine care specialist, Cataclean, has won a major contract to supply one of its flagship products to the RAC's entire fleet of UK patrol vehicles.

Transport for London joins Electronics Watch

A major public transport organisation has become the first to affiliate to industry watchdog Electronics Watch.

‘Spreadsheet fleets' set to fall further behind best practice, warns Chevin

Fleets that persist in using spreadsheets to manage their activities are falling further and further behind best practice, warns fleet software specialist Chevin.

Fraikin retains public sector preferred supplier status

Fleet management company Fraikin has retained itsstatus as a supplier to the public sector after a rigorous tender process.

 Mix Telematics Marketing and operations director Steve Coffin

MiX Telematics announces European industry study results

A study into present and future telematics trends in the commercial vehicle industry has been conducted by Mix Telematics across four key European markets; UK, France, Germany and Spain.

Edinburgh Council appoints training specialist

Roadworkconsultancy specialist Develop Training Ltd (DTL) has been appointed to provide signing, lighting and guarding awareness training for the Transport Division of Edinburgh Council.

Orlaco introduces Cornereye – a new camera monitor system for trucks

The new Cornereye camera monitor system provides a view on blind spots around trucks, and is a vision system that combines digital technology with an application solution. With an advanced HD monitor and a robust camera, Orlaco is offering a vision solution that covers a field of vision that satisfies the criteria of vision classes V and VI.

MEPs reject UK government's attempt to weaken diesel emissions limits

A plan to water down and delay stricter emissions tests for diesel cars has been rejected by MEPs in the European Parliament's Environment Committee.

Isuzu Truck's genuine parts campaign poster

Isuzu Truck cuts genuine parts and accessories prices

Isuzu Truck has is reducing prices of selected genuine parts to members of the Isuzu Genuine Parts Club in a winter campaign.

Volkswagen offers petrol engines in Caddy and Caravelle

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched its popular Caddy Life and Caddy panel vans and its Caravelle with petrol engines. The move comes in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal.

The Cornereye truck camera and monitor system

Orlaco launches Cornereye camera for blind spots

A new camera system has been produced by Orlaco to cover blind spots around trucks.

One of TGC's new Volvo gritting trucks

Yorkshire gritter buys two new Volvo FLs

Leeds-based The Gritting Company has taken delivery of two 18-tonne GVW, Volvo FL 4x2 rigids from Crossroads Truck and Bus of Birstall, West Yorkshire.

Martijn Gilbert and Robert Drewery of Reading Bus and Optare in front of the Optare bus on trial

Optare Metrodecker in trials with Reading Buses

Reading Buses has taken on the Optare Metrodecker demonstrator vehicle for a one month trial.

Road Runners choose low-emissions Isuzu recovery truck

The first Isuzu truck has been added to Orpington-based Road Runners Recovery Service's fleet.

John Daniel and Andy Wells of the Brotherwood LVC Mobility partnership

Brotherwood and LVC Mobility offer finance package

Finance packages for wheelchair-friendly transport are being offered by specialist vehicle manufacturer Brotherwood in partnership with contract hire specialist LVC Mobility.

Cenex develops gas truck evaluation software

A UK low carbon technology research centre has added a truck performance simulation to its arsenal to help fleets evaluate cost and carbon emission savings from gas-fuelled trucks.

The Flybrid kinetic energy recovery system

Torotrak presents Flybrid kinetic energy recovery system

Low carbon vehicle specialist Torotrak Group is presenting its solution to the conflicting demands of increased urban transport capacity and improved inner-city air quality at a conference in Berlin between December 7-10.

A driver's licence being checked

Proposed DVSA prohibition powers would improve road safety, says Richard Brown

New powers that would allow the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to stop unlicensed people from driving a vehicle without involving the police, would help improve road safety, says Richard Brown, managing director of Licencecheck, a licence verification company.

FORS to deliver Staying Legal courses free of charge

One hundred free and fully accredited Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) Staying Legal courses are now available through the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

SOE leading on new apprenticeship standards

The Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) is playing a major part in the development of three new commercial vehicle apprenticeship standards.

Bus and coach leaders plan industry innovation

Delegates from across the bus and coach sector met at the inaugural CILT Busmark Member Meeting in London in November for presentations highlighting the value of benchmarking.

FORS responds to call for one UK fleet compliance standard

FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, has responded to the call from the transport industry for a single, UK-wide compliance standard, saying ‘FORS is already in place'.

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