Electric and automated vehicles in line for Government boost

Motorway service stations and large petrol retailers will be required to install chargepoints for electric cars under plans announced by Transport Minister John Hayes.

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Chevin updates FleetWave user interface

Chevin Fleet Solutions has updated the user interface of its fleet, driver and maintenance management system FleetWave.

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Carbon calculator tool aims to measure retread benefits

Independent tyre retreader Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres has introduced a carbon counting tool which, they claim enables their fleet customers to measure the environmental benefits of using Vacu-Lug retread tyres in comparison to all-new tyres. 

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Study backs shared-vehicle benefit findings

Replacing private car travel in urban places with shared vehicles would end congestion, cut CO2 emissions and free public space, according to a study by the International Transport Forum.

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Alcohol safety specialist partners Renault Trucks to prevent drink-driving

Alcohol safety and training specialist AlcoDigital has joined Renault Trucks to showcase and offer alcohol safety devices for their latest range of LCV Master business fleet vehicles.

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GKB Drainmaster bought to rescue waterlogged pitches

Worcestershire-based Phil Day Sports has added a GKB Machines Drainmaster to its fleet of sports ground construction and maintenance equipment.

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Fleet Assist wins new contracts

Fleet supply chain management specialist Fleet Assist has won significant new contracts in the vehicle leasing and rental sector.

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Charity cycle stars ride 300km from Ghent to Amsterdam

The waste management industry’s 2017 charity cycle ride saw 23 cyclists successfully ride 300km in three days from Ghent to Amsterdam with the aim of raising more than last year’s £50,000.

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TRL develops blind spot simulator for designers and investigators

A blind spot simulator rig which uses virtual reality to improve the design of truck cabs and road lay-outs and help accident investigators, has been developed by TRL, the centre of innovation in transport and mobility.

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TRIP report identifies key research areas for clean transport

A new report from the Transport Research Innovation Portal (TRIP) points the way forward for the deployment of clean transport in Europe.

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DAVIS launches drivers’ psychometric assessment software

New drivers’ psychometric assessment software designed to help manage occupational road risk has been launched by DAVIS.

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BCGA video highlights hydrogen powered vehicles

A national trade body - British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) - has produced a video setting out the value of ultra-low emission hydrogen powered vehicles for UK roads.

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Pitchmark to launch Hybrid line marker

A new approach to pitch-marking incorporating spray markers, will be launched by Pitchmark at the Saltex show at the NEC, Birmingham on November 1 and 2.

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ALAM lecturers get agricultural machinery update from Kubota

Lecturers in the agricultural machinery sector chose Kubota UK to host their annual conference, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest machinery and technology offered by the manufacturer.

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Inverclyde fits Sentinel camera systems to RCVs

Eleven refuse collection vehicles from Inverclyde Council have been fitted with 360-degree cameras from Sentinel Systems to improve the safety of both drivers and pedestrians.

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Ransomes to launch two new mowers at NEC

Commercial mowing specialist Ransomes will be showcasing two new mowers – the TR320 triplex cylinder mower and the HM600 wide area mower – at the Saltex show in November.

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Amazone Groundcare to launch multi-purpose spreaders at Saltex 2017

A new series of multi-purpose spreaders from Amazone Groundcare will be launched at the Saltex 2017, offering application of winter salt, granular fertiliser, sand and top-dressing materials.

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Murphy Plant buys 30 EasyCabin welfare units

Plant hire company Murphy Plant has expanded its rental fleet with an investment in 30 eco mobile welfare units from the Luton-based manufacturer AJC Trailers.

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TruckSmart training programme launched by FORS Professional

FORS Professional has launched TruckSmart which is part of a series of publications developed by Transport for London (TfL). The toolkit includes guidance for managers, training for drivers and is supported by an eLearning module.

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John Deere launches new lawn tractor at Saltex 2017

A new diesel lawn tractor is being launched by John Deere at Saltex 2017. The X940 Series is aimed at amenity turf and commercial customers who require a powerful workhorse which can carry out a variety of tasks all year round.

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Specialist hire company selects IVECO Daily for road repair role

Six IVECO Daily 7.2-tonne chassis cabs have been bought and fitted with an asphalt mixing machine for emergency road repairs by ND Brown.

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John Deere improves wide area mower

A new out-front rotary mower – the Series III version of the 1600 Turbo WAM – is being launched by John Deere at the Saltex 2017 show at the NEC, Birmingham in November.

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Bolton Council gets recycling message across with Spedian graphics system

Bolton Council has invested in the Spedian graphics system to help remind residents how to use their beige and burgundy recycling bins.

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London bus operator buys four Stertil Koni vehicle lifts

Four sets of wireless, mobile, column Stertil Koni vehicle lifts have been bought by Abellio London for one of its newly-extended bus workshops.

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New John Deere Gator utility vehicle at Saltex 2017

John Deere will be introducing the restyled Gator XUV 865M utility vehicle with the company’s quietest ever cab at the Saltex 2017 show at the NEC in Birmingham, in November.

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Kevin Richardson to address FORS Members’ Conference

Kevin Richardson, chief executive of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), will deliver a keynote address at the second FORS members’ conference, looking at the social obligations placed on fleets and the ethical, moral and commercial values organisations must consider for the good of all stakeholders.

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Middlesbrough acts to prevent terrorist vehicle theft

Middlesbrough Council has taken steps to ensure its fleet of refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) are kept firmly under the control of designated council staff and can’t be used as weapons by terrorists.

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Help offered to transport start-ups

Start-up businesses offering innovative solutions to transport challenges such as congestion, overcrowding, emissions and road safety, are being encouraged to apply for a new accelerator programme.

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SMT completes acquisition of Volvo Construction Equipment dealership

Volvo Construction Equipment has completed the sale of its Volvo Construction Equipment GB dealership to long-term distribution partner SMT Holdings SA (SMT).

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Optare Solo electric bus a hit with Big Lemon

An Optare Solo electric bus has been given the thumbs-up after spending a month on trial with Brighton-based operator Big Lemon. 

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Spillard to unveil new safety systems at RWM

Spillard will be unveiling its new Optronics HD range of safety systems, including the Optronics Foresight system at the RWM exhibition (stand 5S70-T75).

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Midlothian fits Sentinel camera systems to new sweepers

Two new road sweepers have been fitted with Sentinel Systems’ four-camera systems for Midlothian Council.

ULEMCo converts DAF truck for Hydrogen dual-fuel

ULEMCo has converted a commercial waste vehicle to use hydrogen fuel. The conversion, enabling the vehicle to use both hydrogen and diesel fuel, was for Grundon Waste Management.

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Multifleet awarded Go Ultra Low Company status

The Go Ultra Low Company status has been awarded to Warwickshire-based Multifleet Vehicle Management.

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First Doosan DX180LC-5 HT high track excavator goes to Scottish forestry

The world’s first Doosan Dash-5 DX180LC-5 HT 18.5 tonne High Track Crawler Excavator has been bought by JD Cox, based at Dunkeld in Perth and Kinross in Scotland.

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Spedian graphic panels adopted by Newark & Sherwood DC

The fleet of refuse collection vehicles at Newark & Sherwood District Council will be promoting a range of council campaigns, covering actions from fly-tipping to recycling, through graphic messages on their sides.

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Terrain Aeration develops Terralift for compact and waterlogged ground

A new system for providing drainage for compact or waterlogged ground has been developed by Terrain Aeration.

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Stansted cleans up with Scania and Schmidt

A new Scania/Schmidt combination sweeper has been added by London Stansted Airport to its airside sweeping and scrubbing fleet.

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Essential Fleet buys r2c Online fleet management software

Specialist fleet management provider Essential Fleet Services (EFS) has adopted r2c Online’s digital platform for fleet and workshop management.

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Slough Borough Council chooses SHB Hire fleet solution

A five-year contract for the supply of standard and specialist vehicles has been awarded by Slough Borough Council to national vehicle hire and management company SHB Hire.

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Cenex takes control of official UK database of electric vehicle charge points

Cenex has been appointed to maintain and develop the National Chargepoint Registry (NCR) – the official UK database of electric vehicle chargepoints – by the UK government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

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Licence plan will encourage switch to electric and gas vans

Proposed changes to driver licencing rules will make it easier for van drivers and operators to switch to electric vans.

Daimler starts eCanter production

Daimler has started production of FUSO eCanter in Europe – the world’s first series all-electric light-duty truck – at the FUSO plant in Tramagal, Portugal.

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WEX Europe Services launches fast VAT recovery system

A VAT recovery system that could lead to reimbursements in just two weeks from receipt of their invoice, has been launched by WEX Europe Services, owner of the Esso Card.

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Highways England inspires the next generation of transport pros

The next generation of transport professionals has been lined up by Highways England which hosted its first school open day at its Regional Operations Centre (ROC) at Avonmouth.

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IWJS turns to Vacu-Lug for tyre management

Waste water management specialist Industrial Water Jetting Systems (IWJS) has appointed Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres to provide a comprehensive tyre management service for its UK vehicle fleet.

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Rocket Rentals orders 29 new Kubota excavators

Rocket Rentals has bought 29 new excavators from Chepstow Construction Equipment to bring its Kubota fleet to more than 70 machines.

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Facelift Access Hire adds 10 Dingli vertical masts to fleet

Access hire specialist Facelift has bought ten new Dingli self-propelled vertical masts. They are all the battery-powered AMWP 11.5-8100 model which has been designed for internal use and is suitable for narrow areas such as warehouses.

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Jointline buys three Somerford road-marking vehicles

Three new road marking vehicles have been bought by Jointline from Somerford Equipment.

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Sentinel produces LED bike warning sign

Vehicle safety specialists Sentinel Systems have added a new warning bike sign to their Bike Hotspot system to help reduce the number of accidents involving cyclists and commercial vehicles.

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