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Daf XF
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The new Daf CF and Daf XF were named the International Truck of the Year 2018. CM's test team takes three models out for a drive

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The new Daf CF and XF have slippery new exteriors, engine innovations, and improved drivelines, which together help to slash fuel consumption by up to 7%.

They're also available in a range of more industry specific guises to maximise efficiency and improve the experience for the driver and costs for the operator. Our test team takes to the road in the Daf CF FAD Tipper, Daf CF FTP tanker, and Daf XF FTG to find out what has changed. On the outside there are a host of cosmetic and aerodynamic changes, while under the skin there are some huge weight savings and alterations to both mechanical and software parts that improve comfort, driveability and total cost of ownership.

Pick up a copy of Commercial Motor (09 Sept 2018) to get the special supplement on the 2018 International Truck of the Year. In the issue, we've also asked operators what they thought of the new Daf XF and CF. From improved reliability and lower fuel consumption to greater earning potential, the two trucks are winning admirers across all sectors.

And there's a very good reason for that...

All XFs and CFs have the new and updated TraXon gearbox fitted as standard, but with very different transmission software each performs individually.

Watch the video below to find out what our testers really think of the new Daf XF and Daf CF and why it was awarded the biggest and most important prize in the truck industry

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Author: George Barrow
Posted: August 15, 2018, 12:58 pm
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The FTA has launched a series of events to help operators understand and adapt to the changing international regulatory landscape.

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The FTA has launched a series of events to help operators understand and adapt to the changing international regulatory landscape.

International Road Transport Operator Conferences 2018 will take place on 1 October at Milton Keynes Dons FC; 9 October at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool; and on 24 October at Mercure, Brands Hatch. They will provide attendees with information on the latest regulatory changes and obligations affecting international haulage, including the ban on drivers taking weekly rests within their vehicles and recent updates to minimum wage requirements.

The conferences will debate the potential effect of Brexit on international haulage and share advice on how operators can best futureproof their businesses. FTA head of European policy Pauline Bastidon said: “International operators are facing new challenges, with the Brexit negotiations causing major uncertainty for planning processes.

“As the only logistics membership association with representation on both sides of the Channel, FTA is ideally placed to share its expert knowledge and offer practical advice to international hauliers and shippers. The FTA is confident that these new events will help operators find the answers they need, so that they can keep Britain trading with customers in the EU and beyond.”

Author: Roger Brown
Posted: August 15, 2018, 9:03 am
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West Midlands Traffic Commissioner (TC) Nick Denton stated in a decision last month that operators must have a vehicle available to operate at all times to be able to hold an O-licence.

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West Midlands Traffic Commissioner (TC) Nick Denton stated in a decision last month that operators must have a vehicle available to operate at all times to be able to hold an O-licence.

A Birmingham public inquiry (PI) regarding Solihull-based Cityway Logistics, heard from sole director Vajshi Ranavaya that currently the company did not have a vehicle. He said he had “hired in a bit but wanted to retain the licence just in case”. He had been driving about eight to 15 days a month when the company previously had a vehicle.

Ranavaya assured the TC that he had more than the required amount of rest even though he was working as a transport manager for Smethwick-based Thandi Coaches. The TC pointed out that Ranavaya had not been recording his transport manager work for Thandi Coaches as other work on days that he drove for Cityway Logistics, which was a legal requirement that as a transport manager he should have known.

After hearing that Ranavaya might be retiring in the near future, the TC said that in relation to the Cityway Logistics licence he was prepared to be flexible. Ranavaya either had to put a vehicle on the licence by January 2019 or surrender it.

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Posted: August 15, 2018, 8:44 am
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Engineering company Thyssenkrupp continues to migrate its fleet from DAF to Iveco with the support of Guest Truck and Van.

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Engineering company Thyssenkrupp continues to migrate its fleet from DAF to Iveco with the support of Guest Truck and Van.

The Midlands dealership supplied six 18 tonne Eurocargo trucks and five 26 tonne Stralis trucks, all with curtain-sided bodies to run out of Thyssenkrupp’s Cradley Heath depot - meaning the international steel and engineering firm now has 23 Iveco units in its 45-strong fleet.

Steve Murray, operations and logistics director at Thyssenkrupp, said that over the next two to three years it would be looking to convert the entire fleet to Iveco.

“Iveco offers competitive prices and our drivers are all really happy with the trucks - there is more space in the cabs and they are very well built. We’ve got no complaints,” Murray said.

“The customer service from Guest is always great. The team is really knowledgeable about the vehicles and from the moment we place an order, we are kept fully up to date throughout the build stages.

“We've developed a good relationship with the team at the West Bromwich garage and they are always happy to work around us - they even service our trucks through the night so that we don't have to have vehicles off the road,” Murray added.

In February Guest delivered four 17-tonne Eurocargo dropsides and three 26-tonne Stralis curtainsiders to Thyssenkrupp.

  • Check out our dedicated Guest Truck and Van dealer page if you're in the market for a truck - it's full of the latest deals.
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Author: Christopher Walton
Posted: August 14, 2018, 1:50 pm
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Hiab has acquired Scottish authorised dealer Logan Inglis for an undisclosed sum in a deal that it says is a key part of its route to market strategy - and the first of two expected dealer acquisitions to be completed before the autumn.

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Hiab has acquired Scottish authorised dealer Logan Inglis for an undisclosed sum in a deal that it says is a key part of its route to market strategy - and the first of two expected dealer acquisitions to be completed before the autumn.

All Logan Inglis staff at its site in Cumbernauld have been transferred to Hiab and a separate agreement is in place to retain the services of current owner Robert Morrison during the transition period.

Ian Mitchell, Hiab director-dealer manager UK and Ireland, said of the deal: “Our customers in Scotland will benefit from the Cumbernauld site being part of a larger Hiab-owned national network of both installation and service facilities that can meet their needs both in Scotland and further afield in the UK.”

Logan Inglis is also home to a bodybuilding business, which was included as part of the purchase and will be developed as a service by Hiab.

Matt Ritchie, Hiab dealer manager for Scotland, will run the Cumbernauld site and said he was looking forward to taking the Scottish business “to the next level”.

“I’ve been really encouraged by the energy and enthusiasm of the staff at Cumbernauld and am really looking forward to building on the existing relationships with customers and establishing new ones,” said Ritchie.

In May Hiab opened a sales and service depot in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, while in July it opened a similar site on Halesowen Road in Dudley, West Midlands. Last year Hiab acquired Atherstone, Warwickshire-based aftersales, repair, maintenance and refurbishment provider Walker and Co.

Rogier van der Linde, MD of Hiab UK and Ireland, said: “The opening of Hiab Scotland is the next logical step in our strategy to be closer to our customers, putting more focus on our services and to become a solutions provider.”

He said that Hiab had a “fantastic opportunity” to grow its market share in Scotland for demountables and put more focus on loader cranes. He also said that customer service in the region would improve by Hiab having its own workshop and giving customers access to its fleet of field service engineers.

“The strategic investments we have made over the last 12 months demonstrate the commitment Hiab UK is making to succeed in its ambition to become the number one solutions partner, shaping and inspiring the industry,” van der Linde added.

 

Author: Christopher Walton
Posted: August 14, 2018, 11:54 am
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Commercial Motor picks out some of the latest O-licence applications and decisions issued.

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Shetland Farm Dairies has applied to base one vehicle at an operating centre in Dunrossness, Shetland.

CG Trailers wants to base five vehicles and five trailers at Top Yard in Denburn Road, Kirkcaldy. It is also looking to remove from its licence, its operating centre at The Old Station, Auchterarder.

Turners (Soham) is looking to base four vehicles and four trailers at the McClenaghan of Slamannan site on the Wardpark South Industrial Estate, Cumbernauld.

MKM Building Supplies wants to base five vehicles at a unit on the Moorfield North Industrial Park, Neephill View, Kilmarnock.

Galt Transport has submitted an application for 10 vehicles and 18 trailers at the Oregon Timber site in Dunsdale Haugh, Selkirk.

Brown & Mason can base eight vehicles and eight trailers at the Longannet Power Station, Alloa.

DPD Group has been granted authorisation for 18 vehicles and six trailers at a facility at Glasgow Eurocentral, Holytown, Motherwell.

CES Transport can locate two vehicles and two trailers at Woodyard Road, Dumbarton.

ATW Transport can base nine vehicles and nine trailers at its unit on the Bandeath Industrial Estate, Throsk, Stirling.

Beevor Haulage can base one vehicle and one trailer at the Gold Thorpe Farming facility in Belby Hall, Belby, Goole.

Author: Roger Brown
Posted: August 14, 2018, 8:59 am
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Demand for new trucks fell across the board during the second quarter of 2018, with the SMMT citing confusion over Clean Air Zones and Brexit as a reason for the drop in investment by hauliers.

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Demand for new trucks fell across the board during the second quarter of 2018, with the SMMT citing confusion over Clean Air Zones and Brexit as a reason for the drop in investment by hauliers.

This marked the fourth consecutive quarter of decline for registrations of HGVs above 6 tonnes GVW. 

Second quarter registrations (April, May and June) fell 9.4% to 10,669 units, compared with 11,771 the same quarter in 2017, according to the SMMT. Registrations for the first half of the year stand 7.8% lower than the same period a year ago at 20,453. 

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Artics, which accounted for 40.8% of the overall market in the second quarter, had a particularly tough three months, with registrations down 13.2% to 4,365 compared to 5,026 in the second quarter of 2017.

Rigid registrations fell 6.5% in Q2 2018 to 6,304, compared to 6,745 in Q2 2017.

So far in 2018 demand for rigids is down 10% year-on-year (with 11,917 units registrations in 2018 compared to 13,237 in the first half of 2017). Registrations of artics in the first half of the year are down 4.5% (with 8,536 units registered compared to 8,940 units in the first half of 2017).

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “Ongoing political and economic uncertainty, coupled with concern around a patchwork of different local authority Clean Air Zones, has clearly had an impact. We need the right conditions to give operators confidence to invest in their fleets, ensuring this important market can continue to prosper.”

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In the first half of the year DAF remained the market leader, with 5,636 units registered. However, this is a fall of 16% year-on-year, as it registered 6,700 units in the first half of 2017. Its market share fell from 30% to 28% as a consequence.

Mercedes-Benz increased its market share in 2018, up from 16% to 18%, and increased registrations from 3,484 to 3,623. Its Fuso-Canter subsidiary retains a 2% share of new unit registrations in the first six months of 2018 (albeit down from 368 to 329).

Scania, which of course only has a range starting at 16 tonne GVW and suffers by comparison against other manufacturers with models in the lower weight categories, retained a 15% market share despite an 8% fall in new unit registrations from 3,398 to 3,121.

Volvo’s share rose from 13% to 15% in the first half of 2018, with 3,009 units registered compared to 2,890. MAN retained an 8% market share with new unit registrations down 3% to 1,660, compared to 1,711.

Iveco had a particularly tough first half of 2018 compared to 2017, with new unit registrations falling 21% to 1,327 from 1,678 and its market share falling from 8% to 6%. Renault suffered too, with sales down 16% half on half from 1,044 to 881 and its market share dipping from 5% to 4%.

The picture of a contracting HGV market painted by the SMMT mirrors the trend identified by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.

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Author: Christopher Walton
Posted: August 13, 2018, 4:05 pm
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Transport compliance specialist Novadata said operators need to consider training staff for the arrival of smart tachographs next year.

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Transport compliance specialist Novadata said operators need to consider training staff for the arrival of smart tachographs next year.

EU regulation 165/2014 requires all new HGVs sold in the UK from 25 June 2019 to be installed with such devices, which allow enforcement vehicles fitted with remote early detection communication readers to read tachograph information remotely.

Novadata chairman Derek Broomfield said: “Transport operators need to ensure their drivers are properly trained to operate tachographs correctly and compliantly, and that there are robust policies and processes in place to manage and record tachograph data.”

Broomfield recommends that holders of a management CPC qualification undertake refresher training and restricted O-licence holders attend an operator licence awareness course before the legislation comes into force, as it will represent a significant shift in detection practice and the policing of transport compliance.

He said: “If you don’t have to be stopped for your tachograph to be checked, any temptation to cut corners or be lax about knowing how to use them correctly should eventually disappear. As a result, safety standards and compliance levels will be raised, as will the professionalism and reputation of the transport industry.”

Author: Roger Brown
Posted: August 13, 2018, 10:00 am
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Somerset-based Blackgate has had its O-licence curtailed after compliance standards slipped following the separation of its married directors.

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Somerset-based Blackgate has had its O-licence curtailed after compliance standards slipped following the separation of its married directors.

In a written decision following a public inquiry (PI) in Bristol, traffic commissioner (TC) for the west of England Kevin Rooney (pictured) curtailed the company’s standard national licence from five to three vehicles from 6 August until 31 August and from then on to four vehicles indefinitely.

The Highbridge-based newspaper haulage specialist, with directors Terry West and Julie West, was granted a licence in August 2002 for five vehicles and one trailer. In January 2018, DVSA traffic examiner Thomas Coghlan stopped one of the company’s vehicles at Tormarton, near junction 18 of the M4.

The vehicle was found to be 10.8% overloaded on the front axle and the driver did not have a Driver CPC certificate. An investigation by DVSA traffic examiner Amy Comer identified significant and serious recent abuses of drivers’ hours and tachograph rules.

One driver had formed the habit of pulling the card to get home on a Friday evening without taking a further 45-minute rest, over a period of months. Another driver with serious ongoing personal issues had pulled the card habitually so that he could get home to his family, which included periods of driving of up to nearly seven hours without a break.

The investigation also found that Julie, who became transport manager in 2007, was no longer in the business having separated from her husband Terry in early 2017. She had kept in touch with the firm, but less so after moving out of the marital home, and had been unaware of the lack of compliance management.

Transport consultant Barry Hood of Protect Solutions, who conducted an audit into Blackgate, had subsequently worked closely with Julie, and proper policies and procedures were now in place. Since the January stop, former Blackgate operations manager Robert Oake had also returned to assist Julie and the working relationship between the Wests had improved.

Downloads are now weekly, a follow-up audit has been booked for August and Terry has booked on to an O-licence training course next month. Rooney said: “The offending that the operator permitted to happen was serious. There were no proper systems to prevent it. The transport manager was absent for almost a year.”

However the TC described it as an “unusual case” in which Blackgate did not have a long history of non-compliant behaviour and had a transport manager who had demonstrated real commitment to getting things right.

The TC added: “The lack of a transport manager came about because of personal circumstances rather than any attempt at commercial gain. The efforts made for the PI and the determination shown by Julie suggest that the operator could, with support, run a compliant operation.”

As part of an undertaking, Blackgate must have an annual audit covering maintenance, driver licensing, drivers’ hours and working time and the role of the transport manager by a competent independent person, with the first one due by 31 December. The company can apply for the curtailment to be removed in January 2019.

Author: Roger Brown
Posted: August 10, 2018, 2:43 pm
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GSR Distributions, trading as Spiceway, has had its O-licence curtailed after picking up prohibitions for overloading during a period earlier this year when it was suspended from operating.

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GSR Distributions, trading as Spiceway, has had its O-licence curtailed after picking up prohibitions for overloading during a period earlier this year when it was suspended from operating.

In a written decision following a public inquiry (PI) in Edinburgh, traffic commissioner (TC) for Scotland Joan Aitken cut its restricted licence from five to four vehicles indefinitely from 24 August. Following a PI in March, the TC suspended Rutherglen-based Spiceway’s licence for April after it was found to have operated a defective vehicle in July 2017 that had last been given a routine safety inspection four months earlier.

Sole director and owner Saeed Hussain assured the TC that the business would make improvements using O-licensing consultant Allan Campbell. However on 4 and 16 April, during the period of suspension, the DVSA issued prohibitions to a light goods vehicle, overloaded and transporting products for Spiceway.

At the July PI, Hussain and his general manager James O’Reilly said that the 10-days’ notice they had of the suspension had placed enormous pressures on them and the business, and they had to work long hours and hire extra vans and drivers. Campbell visited the operating centre in April and May but several attempts to make contact by text and email were unanswered.

An email from Campbell on 18 June had gone to O’Reilly’s Spiceway email address and not to the generic Spiceway address. O’Reilly said he had not seen the email and had not opened it. Hussain apologised for the two overloading issues and told the TC he “deeply regretted” what had happened during a period of great stress.

However, Aitken said: “It is astonishing that the company has not used the logistics expertise of Campbell and that he and they effectively stood him down during the period of suspension. O’Reilly has to be severely criticised for his lack of attention or priority to Campbell. O’Reilly has no status given that this is a restricted licence.

"The regulatory responsibilities lie with Hussain and he cannot delegate these unless he has processes to make sure all is well. That he did not pro-actively engage with the arrangements for Campbell and ensure that his business was 100% compliant reflects very badly on him.”

The TC asked Campbell to supply a report on the arrangements put in place to secure full compliance, to reach her office by 31 August.

Author: Roger Brown
Posted: August 10, 2018, 2:04 pm