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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.


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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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.


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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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


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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.</


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


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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