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Commercial Motor Awards
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The Independent Dealer of the Year Award at the Commercial Motor Awards 2017 recognises best practice, innovation and professionalism at non-franchised dealerships of all sizes across the UK.

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The Independent Dealer of the Year Award at the Commercial Motor Awards 2017 recognises best practice, innovation and professionalism at non-franchised dealerships of all sizes across the UK. The award is open to all independent truck dealerships - either as standalone sites or as part of a group - offering anything from new and used truck, trailer and van sales, to aftersales and support.

Judges were looking for dealerships that have generated high levels of customer satisfaction and retention and come up with innovative sales strategies and bespoke customer service offerings.

Last year’s winner was PM Commercials (pictured) which judges praised for its enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment as well as the quality of its used stock. The award is sponsored by Close Brothers Asset Finance.

PM Commercials' turnover has risen by 31% in the past year to just over £8.5m and its profit has also increased 42%. Sales of trucks are also up from 337 to 398 and its chassis and body alteration and conversion service has grown.

The company has resurfaced the entrance to its premises, installed new illuminated signage and landscaped the area around its yard.

Its offices are currently being doubled to accommodate business growth and give more room for the administration and sales teams.

Judges said PM Commercials is a customer focused business with a loyal and hard working workforce, specialising in a niche rigid marketplace and making it its own.

They said its impressive submission demonstrated customer commitment and investment and liked the first class testimonials from a wide range of customers.

Cinderford-based Rothdean, established in 1972, offers customers new and used heavy commercial vehicles and trailers for sale and long/short term hire or lease.

The family-run company usually has more than 250 trucks, trailers and plant available, which can be supplied either plain or in a customer’s livery.

Its fleet includes tippers, moving floor trailers, tankers, low loaders, curtainsiders, flatbeds, skeletals, refrigerated trailers, municipal road sweepers and box trailers. Its used truck and equipment division sells hundreds of units a year and the company also offers full repair, modification and after care services.

Judges praised Rothdean for its across the board provision of equipment to a wide ranging clientele. They were impressed with the firm’s worldwide reputation in a niche trailer market, and its ability to supply a range of specialist machinery.

Over the past year Tredegar-based LCV specialist David Spear has implemented a business development and growth strategy targeting the M4 corridor and Cardiff.

As part of the plan it recruited three extra sales people, two additional vehicle technicians, three new valets and an advertising executive.

In March this year it opened a new site in Cardiff and centralised its workshops and valet centre in Tredegar, installing three new ramps.

As a result the company has recorded year-on-year growth above its target figure of 20%. Judges scored the company highly for business development, its impressive growth, increase in sales and commitment to staff development.

They were also impressed with the company’s focus on the fundamentals of its business, several notable new staff appointments and investments in new premises and equipment.

Author: Roger Brown
Posted: September 22, 2017, 2:28 pm
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Bell Truck and Van
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Northumberland-based haulier T James has added four Mercedes-Benz Actros 2548 StreamSpace tractor units from Bell Truck and Van to its fleet.

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Northumberland-based haulier T James has added four Mercedes-Benz Actros 2548 StreamSpace tractor units from Bell Truck and Van to its fleet.

A further four are scheduled to follow by the year-end. The vehicles have 476hp 6-cylinder engines, optional predictive powertrain control and were acquired through Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.

They will be inspected and serviced by Bell Truck and Van under five-year repair and maintenance contracts. Director Alan James said: “The trucks look great and we’re delighted with them.

"We haven’t tested Bell Truck’s back-up yet, but we’re confident we’ll receive high-quality support.”

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Author: Roger Brown
Posted: September 22, 2017, 9:51 am
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Cartwright
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Barton-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire-based Wren Kitchens has taken delivery of 64 new Cartwright trailers.

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Barton-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire-based Wren Kitchens has taken delivery of 64 new Cartwright trailers.

The order consists of 54 tri-axle curtain-sided trailers, with SAF suspensions and Clearspan post-less roof supports, and 10 tri-axle GRP box vans, which the bespoke kitchen specialist will use to service its 61 UK showrooms. Cartwright’s servicing division, Cartwright Fleet Services, will maintain the trailers using its national network.

Wren Kitchens transport operations manager Lee Holmes said: “After carrying out a rigorous procurement selection we came to the conclusion that the best option would be Cartwright. The trailers look great and aftersales service has been second to none.

“We have given Cartwright Fleet Services all our maintenance for the trailer fleet and we have not been disappointed.”

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Author: Roger Brown
Posted: September 22, 2017, 9:35 am
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Green Group
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Commercial Motor looks at some of the O-licence applications and decisions that were made this week.

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Commercial Motor looks at some of the O-licence applications and decisions that were made this week.

ECM (Vehicle Delivery Service) has applied for two vehicles and two trailers at a new depot in Phoenix Avenue, Featherstone, Pontefract.

Abbey Logistics Group has received permission for a new site in Abbotts Way, off Brunel Drive, Newark Industrial Estate, Newark-on-Trent, where it can operate five vehicles and 15 trailers.

W L Duffield & Sons can base 12 vehicles and eight trailers at a site in Staple Road, Wingham, Caterbury.

FedEx UK is seeking permission for a site in Kennet Road, Crayford, Dartford, where it would like six vehicles and six trailers.

Wincanton Group has had its authorisation increased to 100 vehicles and 250 trailers in Glendon Road, North Kettering Business Park, Kettering.

Armstrong Logistics has had its fleet authorisation at its Logix Road, Hinckley site increased to 20 vehicles and 20 trailers; and its Wellington Parkway, Magna Park, Lutterworth site increased to 50 vehicles and 60 trailers.

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Green GRP Logistics can operate 60 vehicles and 100 trailers from Barton Dock Road, Trafford Park, Manchester.

STVA (UK) has applied to base 11 vehicles and 11 trailers at a depot in Kings Weston Lane, Bristol.

DPDGroup UK may operate 10 vehicles and one trailer from Station Approach, Victoria, Roche, Cornwall.

Powerday wants an increase in authorisation to 15 vehicles and six trailers in Jeffreys Road, Enfield; and to 12 vehicles in Belinda Road, Brixton, London.

John Raymond Transport would like its authorisation at its Brindley Road, Astmoor Industrial Estate, Runcorn site increased to 30 vehicles and 40 trailers.

Author: Ashleigh Wight
Posted: September 22, 2017, 9:04 am
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A tipper driver must pay almost £1,000 in fines and costs for driving a truck loaded with waste without being a registered waste carrier.

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A tipper driver must pay almost £1,000 in fines and costs for driving a truck loaded with waste without being a registered waste carrier.

Grays, Essex-based Patrick Egan was caught driving a vehicle loaded with plasterboard, rubble and bricks in January. He did not hold a waste permit, nor was he employed by a registered waste carrier.

Police stopped the tipper during an investigation into fly-tipping in the area. Egan told police officers that he did not check the load and was paid £100 to drive the vehicle by a friend.

Egan, of Grange Road, Grays, was convicted in his absence at Basildon Magistrates Court on 18 September. He was fined £660 and must pay a £66 victim surcharge; £85 in Environment Agency costs and £154 in compensation.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “People driving tipper trucks such as Mr Egan drove have a responsibility to check the load and to be properly permitted by the Environment Agency. It is not good enough to ignore this advice as the court decision has shown today.”

A joint operation by the Environment Agency, DVSA and Met Police is to target suspected illegal waste operators in London, and will see the bodies share resources and information.

Author: Ashleigh Wight
Posted: September 21, 2017, 11:32 am
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cycling
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The government is considering introducing a new offence equivalent to causing death by careless or dangerous driving for cyclists.

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The government is considering introducing a new offence equivalent to causing death by careless or dangerous driving for cyclists.

It is to explore the case for introducing the new offences to protect both cyclists and pedestrians over the next few months. Following the publication of its results early next year, the government plans to consult the public and cycling organisations on ways cycle safety could be improved for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.

The consultation is expected to consider the rules of the road, public awareness, safety risks and guidance and signage for all road users.

Transport minister Jesse Norman said: “We already have strict laws that ensure that drivers who put people’s lives at risk are punished but, given recent cases, it is only right for us to look at whether dangerous cyclists should face the same consequences.

“We’ve seen the devastation that reckless cycling and driving can cause, and this review will help safeguard both Britain’s cyclists and those who share the roads with them.”

The Mayor of London has laid out plans for a ninth Cycle Superhighway in central London, linking Kensington Olympia to Brentford.

In July an HGV driver was fined £1,000 for overtaking a cyclist in a dangerous manner.

Author: Ashleigh Wight
Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:20 am
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Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres has been fined £300,000 after a worker was fatally injured in an incident involving a forklift truck.

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Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres has been fined £300,000 after a worker was fatally injured in an incident involving a forklift truck.

In July 2014, the worker was transporting tyres when the forklift truck ran over a loose tyre on the road. The forklift overturned and he was crushed between the vehicle and the ground. He was not wearing his seatbelt.

Lincoln Crown Court was told that the Grantham-based tyre retread firm had no company policy in place to instruct workers to wear seatbelts while operating forklift trucks.

An investigation by the HSE found that if the tyres had been secured correctly, this would have prevented them from rolling into the roadway and would have reduced the risk of the forklift truck overturning.

It said the incident could have been prevented if Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres had enforced the use of seatbelts at its site.

The company was fined £300,000 with £25,000 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at Lincoln Crown Court on 15 September.

Author: Ashleigh Wight
Posted: September 20, 2017, 3:28 pm
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Scotland traffic commissioner Joan Aitken
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The purchase of an Aberdeen-based haulage firm by the partner of a disqualified former haulier has been judged as an attempt to circumvent the traffic commissioner’s (TC’s) orders.

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The purchase of an Aberdeen-based haulage firm by the partner of a disqualified former haulier has been judged as an attempt to circumvent the traffic commissioner’s (TC’s) orders.

Scotland’s TC Joan Aitken (pictured) found that Judith Paterson had bought Skene Transport in an attempt to bypass a disqualification order imposed on her domestic partner, John Hendry, who is known as Ian Hendry.

Ian Hendry and his son David Hendry were disqualified from holding an O-licence for five years in May, while an application for another business, Hendry Aberdeen, was refused.

The TC said this left Paterson as the only one of the three who was not disqualified. She became sole director of Skene Transport in June.

Paterson had been involved in a string of failed operations alongside Ian Hendry since 2007, including Oakmist; Aberdeen Transport Services; and Hendry Aberdeen.

She told a public inquiry (PI) in July that she had never been given a chance to run a transport company in the way it should be done, which is why she had purchased Skene Transport. She claimed Ian Hendry was not involved in the business.

The company had no employees and no vehicles, and it intended to use an operating centre previously used by Aberdeen Transport Services. The TC noted that Ian Hendry would be entitled to be present in that yard and would be at hand to “interfere and domineer”.

The TC said Paterson had chosen to buy the company because it held an O-licence and it would allow her to continue to operate HGVs alongside Ian Hendry.

Aitken said: “I find that Mrs Judith Paterson was used by herself and Mr Ian Hendry as the person who would buy a company with an operator’s licence. There was no attempt to buy vehicles, take on a workforce or operating centre. The sole purpose of the company purchase was to obtain an operator licence without making an originating application for such with attendant publication and scrutiny.”

She said Paterson had been “at the very core” of Hendry’s operating since 2007, and had been “well aware of the material non-compliance” of the businesses under his control.

“This type of arrangement whereby a close employee and family member are put into a new entity is redolent of a fronting arrangement,” the TC added. “She still lives with Ian Hendry; she remains within his sphere of influence; there is common commercial benefit in use of the yard and getting the work; she is where she is because of her relationship with Ian Hendry.”

Aitken disqualified Paterson for an indefinite period, but noted it should at least match Ian Hendry’s five-year ban.

She found that Skene Transport had lost is repute and consequently had its O-licence revoked.

She also criticised Skene Transport’s former owners for selling the company to a person “closely entwined with non-compliance”.

Aitken warned that any operator that provides cover to or gives work to Ian Hendry, David Hendry or Judith Paterson would be called to a PI.

Author: Ashleigh Wight
Posted: September 20, 2017, 1:27 pm
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Humber Ports Logistics has taken delivery of six Volvo FH 500s equipped with I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission systems.

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Humber Ports Logistics has taken delivery of six Volvo FH 500s equipped with I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission systems.

The 6x2 pusher-axle tractor units have Globetrotter cabs on medium-height chassis and join approximately 40 Volvo trucks in the company’s fleet of 62.

The six newcomers were supplied by Dave Emsley at Crossroads Truck and Bus, Stallingborough, Lincolnshire.

Depot manager Jason Moffat said: “Our trucks each average between 85,000km and 100,000km a year and three years ago we increased the standard fleet power output to 500hp.

"Container movements in the M62 corridor, and to the heart of the Midlands, make up a big percentage of our regular workload and we retain trucks for three years.”   

Crossroads Truck and Bus will provide weekend servicing for the trucks.

Author: Chris Druce
Posted: September 20, 2017, 11:21 am
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Tiger Trailers
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Commercial Motor aftermarket editor Roger Brown talks to Jack Cartwright, graduate sales engineer, Tiger Trailers, who reveals he enjoys cooking, playing the guitar and cricket.

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RB: What is your favourite holiday destination?
JC: Italy. I learned Italian at university and lived in Venice for three months last autumn - there’s no place like it.

RB: What car do your drive?
JC: An Audi A1 - my first car.

RB: What are your hobbies?
JC: Cooking, playing the guitar and cricket.

RB: What is your favourite TV programme?
JC: Either Game of Thrones or Peaky Blinders.

RB: What celebrity would you most like to meet?
JC: Winston Churchill - because I am a historian, it would have to be someone from the past. I really admire him and I’d have a lot of questions.

RB: How did you get into the industry?
JC: I wanted a challenging role and realised that Tiger could offer that. I am proud of my family’s history in the industry, and want to be part of its future.

RB: How would you encourage more young people into the industry?
JC: Expand existing apprenticeship schemes and offer more placements to undergraduates. We have a young, growing team at Tiger - I’m one of three graduates to join this summer.

RB: What is the outlook for the next 12 months?
JC: Our outlook will continue to be positive. If the past three years are anything to go by, new opportunities will spring up all the time, and I am confident Tiger will be ready to pounce (pardon the pun).

RB: How is Tiger Trailers different from the competition?
JC: Everyone is working towards the same goal, from the shop floor to the upper-management, and I already feel part of the team. You only need to look at our plans to realise Tiger is shaking up the industry.

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Author: Roger Brown
Posted: September 19, 2017, 4:31 pm