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How a stolen Bomag Roller was tracked to a Transit van

Criminals are still targeting smaller construction plant for theft but equipment tracking specialist AMI Group is continuing to recover stolen machines, as highlighted by the company’s latest recovery where a stolen Bomag BW120 roller was found in a transit van.


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When an FA Cup hero Matt Rhead returned to his old factory ...

Former JCB digger maker-turned FA Cup hero Matt Rhead was given a rousing reception when he retraced his footsteps on the production line where he worked for almost a decade.


Top five telematics myths shot down by survey

Only 5% of telematics users had any grumbles about the technology, according to a nationwide survey by Crewe-based Radius Payment Solutions


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Ransomes Jacobsen marks 185 years of mower history

This year, it will be 185 years since Ransomes produced the first model of Edwin Budding’s patented lawnmower design at a factory in Ipswich and the rest is history. 


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Oil sampling can save money for off-roaders

Sampling oil correctly and regularly can highlight potential problems in off-road vehicles before they become serious, says a technical expert from a leading lubricant manufacturer.


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Fleets face cost increase through new air conditioning gas regs

Fleet operators face increasing costs as a result of changes in vehicle air conditioning gas regulations from January 1, 2017, according to fleet supply chain management company Fleet Assist.


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Are your vehicles cleaned up and ready for winter?

Spare a thought for the 15 maintenance engineers at Britannia Washing Systems who have been working around the clock to get vehicle washing systems in service for customers.


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Big pick-up speed warning for fleets

Big pick-ups run by public sector fleets could inadvertently be breaking the law, says vehicle leasing and fleet management company Arval.


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Merc pickup crosses utility and lifestyle

The new Mercedes Concept X-CLASS, from Mercedes-Benz Vans, is a pickup designed to combine the best of two worlds: as a utility vehicle but also as an urban lifestyle vehicle.


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VWS joins Trading Standards for rigorous testing

On-board weighing specialists Vehicle Weighing Solutions Ltd (VWS) is working with Derbyshire Trading Standards to ensure robust testing procedures are in place.


Top 10 weird items found in London rubbish

What have the Pope, a life-sized rubber doll and a nude painting of Albert Einstein got in common?


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Protecting components from engine hot spots

Modern engine design has resulted in higher operating temperatures. Meirion Buck, senior design & technical manager for Harnessflex, explains why conduit and fittings that support high temperature wiring and connectors that are vital in the drive for greater engine efficiency and performance.


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Platooning: on a road near you soon?

With the British government recently announcing plans for a trial of truck platooning, Jemma Dempsey investigated the practicalities of the system and the challenges of turning the idea into reality


Mobility technology could cut emissions but creates challenges too

The combination of connectivity, automation and shared vehicle ownership and use has the potential to make car travel greener and cheaper, cutting energy use and helping accelerate the introduction of low carbon vehicles. However, these energy and carbon benefits are by no means guaranteed and will require strategic policy interventions to make them work, according to the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) at the University of Leeds.


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Geesinknorba and Daf Trucks launch narrow-track RCV with NRG

Picture this: It's rush-hour on a cold, wet Monday morning. The heavy traffic is moving slowly through town. Queues of grim-faced commuters are growing longer at every junction. To avoid the rain, parents are driving their kids to school today – and they're going to be late. It adds to the congestion and tension. Everyone's in a hurry but they're going nowhere fast.</


Kent-to-Ghent: £40k of aching limbs

The Kent to Ghent bike ride took place from 12-14 May 2016. A team of keen 34 cyclists and support vans set off from the Southern Municipal Exhibition in East Mallling, Kent, with the final destination Ghent. The journey took place over three days and 150 miles. LAPV Editor Ann-Marie Knegt took part in this epic event.


Vehicle test: Holder C 370

Celia Norton, from Holder UK, says their multi-purpose vehicles are Masters of all trades - not Jacks. Steve Banner put them to the test in Germany.


Let it snow ... and freeze and frost

Dutch company Jewel sees winter as its route into the UK transport arena with a maintenance package that also has applications in other markets, such as with the emergency, street scene and waste services, reports Ann-Marie Knegt.


Cycle safety solution or stop-gap?

McGee Construction wanted to make its fleet of HGVs safer for those on two wheels so it turned to a group of design students – many of whom are cyclists. Jemma Dempsey met those involved in the latest innovative cycle-safety product which is already patent-registered.


EU procurement rules clarified

Consternation and uncertainty are the hallmarks of the EU Procurement rules as far as suppliers and buyers in municipal fleet management sector are soncerned, writes Phil Williams, director at specialist consultancy Procurement Partners


Project Pictogram: changing the way we drive

Hampshire Fire and rescue service has launched a new road safety project that will nudge drivers into safer behaviour. Councils and contractors alike have started using this low cost solution on their own fleets, reports LAPV.


Industry Q&A: Dennis Eagle's Richard Taylor on RCV trends and developments

Richard Taylor, sales and marketing director for Dennis Eagle shares his views in this Q&A on how he sees the RCV market developing over the next year.Questions by Tony Richards.


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