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Tesla Semi launch with Elon Muck, founder
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Telsa has promised a better experience for truck drivers than they are used to, after unveiling its semi truck at an event in California.

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Telsa has promised a better experience for truck drivers than they are used to, after unveiling its semi truck at an event in California.

The electric vehicle company has claimed the Tesla Semi’s cabin is designed specifically around the driver, featuring unobstructed stairs for easier entry and exit.

The cabin allows a driver to stand inside, while a central driving position provides ‘optimal visibility’.

Two touchscreen displays positioned symmetrically to either side of the driver provide navigation, blind spot monitoring and electronic logging.

Tesla has said its truck will have built in connectivity to integrate directly with a fleet’s management system to support scheduling and routeing and will not require on third party support as today’s trucks do.

Tesla Semi truck interior

 

Without a trailer Tesla has said the Semi truck will go from 0 to 60mph in five seconds.

It will do 0 to 60mph with a full 80,000 pound (36,287kg) in 20 seconds.

It also requires no shifting or clutching for smooth acceleration and deceleration and its regenerative braking is claimed to recover 98% of kinetic energy to the battery. Telsa said this gives it, effectively, an infinite brake life.

 

Tesla Semi truck front profile

 

Tesla’s solution to the issue of actually charging the Semi is Megachargers, which are described as a high-speed DC charging solution. The manufacturer said a Megacharger could supply 400 miles of range in 30 minutes.

It suggested this could be done during loading, unloading, or driver breaks although the charging infrastructure does not currently exist.

The trucks motors are derived from the technology in its Model 3 car and due to an absence of moving parts, Tesla claims it will require less maintenance than a conventional diesel-powered truck does.

It added that the batteries on board the Semi will be good for one million miles.

However, production is not due to begin until 2019 and Tesla is already struggling to keep up with demand for its car range, so hauliers face a wait.

 

Author: Chris Druce
Posted: November 17, 2017, 11:59 am
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West Pennine Trucks Scania
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West Pennine Trucks provides truck sales, vehicle servicing, maintenance and repair services at its dealerships in Knighton, Oswestry, Middleton, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford and Trafford Park.

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West Pennine Trucks provides truck sales, vehicle servicing, maintenance and repair services at its dealerships in Knighton, Oswestry, Middleton, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford and Trafford Park.

When we visited its Stoke depot, the dealer had a selection of quality vehicles on the forecourt including a 2013 Scania R440 6x2 ADR specification tractor unit with PTO equipment, alloy wheels and fridge. The truck has air-conditioning and extra storage modules and the dealer has two similar vehicles available.

Also on the forecourt was a 2014 Scania R410 Highline with twin sleeper cab and driver fridge. The 64-plate truck comes with premium trim and air-conditioning and West Pennine Trucks has a choice of four similar examples available.

There was also this 2015 (65-plate) Scania G440, Highline tractor unit (above) with enhanced air deflector kit and sideskirts. All the trucks come with the 2-pedal Opticruise transmission, have full Scania service histories, and are available with driveline warranties up to 12 months. They also feature onboard telematics that includes driver coaching and free online reporting for 10 years.

  • Are you in the market for a used Scania? Check out our dedicated stock pages to find the right one for you.

 

 

 

Author: Roger Brown
Posted: November 17, 2017, 11:52 am
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Isuzu Truck
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60-second interview: Garry Jones

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My favourite holiday destination is…
Minorca, with its quiet and peaceful beaches and superb restaurants.

I drive a…
BMW 3 Series.

My hobbies are…
Golf - I have been a member of a club for more than 20 years - and I am also a season ticket holder at Birmingham City FC.

My favourite TV programme is…
Only Fools and Horses.

The celebrity I would most like to meet is…
If he was still alive, Oliver Reed.

How did you get into the industry and why?
At school, my best mate and I were given a choice of either starting an apprenticeship or joining the armed services. He chose the navy and I took up a mechanic’s apprenticeship.

To encourage more young people into the industry we should…
Make more apprenticeships available. Also, the industry needs to bang the drum about the attractive long-term careers that are available.

The outlook for our sector of the market over the next 12 months is…
Looking to continue with the growth of the Isuzu franchise. Next year will be exciting, with the arrival of new models, which will allow us to increase our market share. Contrary to the forecasts, the 7.5-tonne market continues to be a successful one for the Isuzu brand in the UK.

Aquila Isuzu is different from the competition because…
We go the extra distance to support our customers, ensuring we keep their vehicles on the road, quickly and efficiently.

  • Are you in the market for a used Isuzu? Visit our dedicated stock pages to find the right one for you.

 

 

Author: Roger Brown
Posted: November 17, 2017, 11:16 am
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Hicks Logistics
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CM looks at some of the applications and decisions published this week.

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QTR Transport can operate six vehicles and three trailers from Budds Lane, Bordon, Hampshire.

Warburtons would like 20 vehicles at a new operating centre in Decoy Road, East Worthing Industrial Estate, Worthing.

S H Pratt Group has been given the green light for 25 vehicles and 25 trailers in Wilstead Industrial Park, Kenneth Way, Wilstead, Bedford.

H Sivyer has applied for 40 vehicles and five trailers at a depot in Marshgate Lane, Bow, London.

Hicks Logistics would like a new site in James Street, Bellshill, where it would like to operate two vehicles and two trailers.

Eddie Stobart has applied for two vehicles and two trailers at Argos’ DC in Miles Gray Road, Pipps Hill Industrial Estate, Basildon.

Kuehne + Nagel can base four vehicles and four trailers in Sir Alfred Owen Way, Pontygwindy Industrial Estate, Caerphilly.

DFDS Logistics Services can base 50 vehicles and 10 trailers in Kiln Lane Trading Estate, Stallingborough, Grimsby. It’s O-licence authorisation for Middleplatt Road, Immingham has decreased to one vehicle.

Paragon Automotive Logistics would like its authorisation increased to eight vehicles and eight trailers in Victoria Road, Adwick-Le-Street, Doncaster.

Author: Ashleigh Wight
Posted: November 17, 2017, 10:37 am
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The Environment Agency and HSE have joined forces in the North East to conduct compliance checks at waste and recycling sites.

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The Environment Agency and HSE have joined forces in the North East to conduct compliance checks at waste and recycling sites.

The initiative, named Operation Hercules, aims to improve working practices at such sites as much of the equipment used to store, sort and process waste can expose workers to health and safety risks.

The HSE last month said it would be carrying out unannounced inspections of operators in the sector to ensure they are complying with the law.

HSE inspector Victoria Wise said: “In the last five years 39 workers and 11 members of the public have been killed because of work activity in the sector. The main causes of death are people being run over or struck by a moving vehicle. A high number of workers in this industry are also exposed to processes that cause irreversible ill health conditions.

“During the last joint regional initiative HSE found all eight sites visited to be in significant contravention of health and safety law.”

Carla Metcalf, waste specialist for the Environment Agency, said: “We manage our permitted sites every single day to ensure they are operating within the law, to protect the environment and to minimise impact on the local community.

“Health and safety is paramount when our officers are visiting sites and officers regularly contact HSE if they feel a site is unsafe.”

Author: Ashleigh Wight
Posted: November 16, 2017, 4:41 pm
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Mercedes-Benz Actros
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Mercedes-Benz has launched its Evolution programme of built-to-order approved used trucks that include higher specifications and driver aids.

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Mercedes-Benz has launched its Evolution programme of built-to-order approved used trucks that include higher specifications and driver aids.

The manufacturer has run similar programmes for high-spec vehicles in the past and this one sees pre-owned vehicles typically fitted with: enhanced paintwork; leather-upholstered seats and door trims; flatscreen TVs; fridges and microwaves; Lane Assist systems; dashcams; alloy wheels; grilles with chrome highlights; roof-mounted spotlights; and LED light bars beneath the bumpers.

Under the programme, technicians from the Mercedes-Benz workshop in Wentworth Park, near Barnsley, refurbish and repaint approved used vehicles, turning them into flagship trucks.

Stephen Holbrook, sales executive at Approved Used Mercedes-Benz, said: “It often costs approximately £20,000 to do one of these conversions, and we are hopeful of selling about 12 next year. The main demand from customers is likely to be for Actros tractor units, but it is possible for us to carry out conversions for other vehicles.”

Dale Slee, the manufacturer’s head of used truck sales, said: “The Actros Evolution is the pinnacle of our pre-owned offering. For owner-drivers or companies seeking a highly-specified flagship, it adds up to a great deal of truck for the money.”

JJP Holdings SW Group is the first operator to take delivery of a truck from the new programme.The 2014 Actros 2545 tractor unit (pictured), which dealer City West Commercials supplied to the Weston-super-Mare operator, had reached the end of its two-year lease deal with 265,000km on the clock.

The front wings of the JJP Holdings SW Group truck also bear the name of owner Jonathan Jones-Pratt’s four-year-old daughter Elena May, alongside the words ‘2017 Evolution 1’. The vehicle will mainly be used to transport locomotives and buses to and from steam rallies, shows and other events.

Holbrook said: “City West Commercials first displayed the truck on its website and used truck salesman Tim Sutcliffe took it to show the customer. We have more in preparation at our Wentworth Park site for customers who are interested in a flagship vehicle for their fleet.”

  • Check out our dedicated City West Commercials dealer page if you're in the market for a truck - it's full of the latest deals.

 

 

Author: Roger Brown
Posted: November 16, 2017, 3:40 pm
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Volvo FH
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Volvo Trucks has donated a used FH13 tractor unit to international development organisation Transaid, which will be shipped to Uganda to support a new driver-training project.

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Volvo Trucks has donated a used FH13 tractor unit to international development organisation Transaid, which will be shipped to Uganda to support a new driver-training project.

The 2012 6x2 chassis with Globetrotter XL cab comes from the Volvo Approved used truck stock and features a 460hp engine coupled to a 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission. The donation of the truck, which has a 3,900mm wheelbase, was in response to an appeal by Transaid in the summer to find a training vehicle for Africa.

This vehicle will be used to train hundreds of drivers every year involved in oil and gas transportation in the Mukono district, east of Kampala. Uganda is a right-hand-drive market, so ex-UK trucks are commonplace.

Transaid road safety project manager Neil Rettie said: “We are hugely thankful to Volvo for this donation, which will enable thousands of drivers to be trained over the next few years.” Volvo Trucks became a corporate member of Transaid in 2009.

  • Are you in the market for a used Volvo FH? Check out our dedicated stock pages to find the right one for you.

 

 

 

Author: Roger Brown
Posted: November 16, 2017, 3:18 pm
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The director of a haulage firm that operated without a transport manager for seven-and-a-half years, and deliberately misled the DVSA about the role, has been banned from holding an O-licence for three years.

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The director of a haulage firm that operated without a transport manager for seven-and-a-half years, and deliberately misled the DVSA about the role, has been banned from holding an O-licence for three years.

Swadlincote, Derbyshire-based RKH Logistics had never employed a transport manager, despite nominating one on the company’s O-licence application in 2009.

It also lacked the financial facilities to maintain the fleet of 13 vehicles its O-licence gave permission for, which resulted in the company’s O-licence being revoked automatically.

The company will lose its O-licence on 22 November, and the disqualification will apply from the same date.

A public inquiry (PI) last month was told that shortly after RKH Logistics’ O-licence was granted in December 2009, director Rodney Horne told the nominated transport manager that he had engaged a full-time person to carry out the role and his services were no longer needed.

The company then proceeded to operate without a transport manager until the nomination of a new one in July 2017, shortly before the PI.

West Midlands traffic commissioner (TC) Nick Denton (pictured) was told that Horne deliberately misled a DVSA examiner in May 2017 when he told him that he firm’s nominated transport manager was unavailable because of illness. He then purported to be the transport manager in a phone call to the examiner.

The deception continued later that month when Horne told the examiner that he had asked the transport manager to leave immediately because of his health issues.

At a preliminary hearing before the PI, Denton was told that the company had failed in all the basic tasks required of an HGV operator, including downloading tachograph vehicle unit and driver cards; ensuring that drivers’ walk-around checks were carried out and recorded; and carrying out regular safety inspections.

Copies of some driver licences showed that their HGV driving entitlement had expired, and drivers considered the request to present their tachograph cards to the operator as a novelty.

Concerns were also raised that the firm had been lending its O-licence to Johal Dairies.

In the six weeks before the PI, the company began downloading vehicle unit and driver card data and no significant infringements were recorded.

The TC said: “The operator’s behaviour, in pretending it had a transport manager to support its standard national licence and enable it to carry out operations for hire and reward, has undermined the entire regulatory system and has constituted unfair competition against those standard licence holders which play by the rules and employ professionally competent transport managers.”

He said that the serious and sustained nature of Horne’s deception meant that the company was not of good repute.

Although the TC considered disqualifying Horne for between five and 10 years, he gave him credit for being honest and admitting his failings.

No action was taken against the supposed transport manager, but the TC noted that he should have informed the Office of the Traffic Commissioner of his resignation in 2009 or 2010.

Author: Ashleigh Wight
Posted: November 16, 2017, 11:17 am
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Officers working under London’s Freight Enforcement Partnership have issued more than 9,114 fixed penalty notices and traffic offence reports from more than 33,000 vehicle checks at the roadside, two years since its launch.

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Officers working under London’s Freight Enforcement Partnership have issued more than 9,114 fixed penalty notices and traffic offence reports from more than 33,000 vehicle checks at the roadside, two years since its launch.

The joint initiative from TfL, the Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Police, and the DVSA sees officers target dangerously non-compliant drivers, vehicles and operators operating in the capital.

The DVSA and police officers form what TfL said is the UK’s first multi-agency unit that uses shared intelligence to conduct targeted checks in locations frequently used by HGVs.

The operation has led to 106 arrests, 221 vehicle seizures, and 12 O-licences being revoked at public inquiries (PIs) in front of the traffic commissioner. Some 5,600 prohibitions for mechanical issues have also been issued.

TfL said the partnership has four aims: to improve air quality, improve road safety, reduce congestion and promote fairness for operators. It also has a vested interest in keeping London’s roads moving, as one truck broken down because of a mechanical issue could cause severe congestion.

An enforcement operation near the Blackwall Tunnel today (15 November) saw vehicles stopped for various reasons including insecure loads, and checked for mechanical issues and tachograph falsification.

 

Inspector Alex Burlison from the Metropolitan Police said vehicles are usually stopped if they are visibly dangerous (for example a bulging curtain suggesting a load security issue) or where the driver is committing an offence such as using a mobile phone.

He said checks for devices that manipulate a vehicle’s emission control system are becoming important as such equipment is being discovered more frequently. Operators are likely to be invited to a PI if such devices are found.

Russell Simmons, DVSA’s traffic enforcement manager for the Industrial HGV Taskforce, said: “There’s no excuse for driving while tired, with mechanical defects or with an overweight or unstable load. Those on London’s roads who break the rules are putting themselves and others at risk.

“Working alongside our colleagues in the police and Transport for London, we’ll crack down on rogue drivers and operators, making London’s roads safer for all.”    

TfL's MD of surface transport, Leon Daniels, said: “We are determined to rid London of dangerous freight operators who flout the rules and have no regard for safety.

“By sharing information between enforcement agencies the most unsafe operators are identified, targeted, prosecuted and referred to the independent traffic commissioners.”

Author: Ashleigh Wight
Posted: November 15, 2017, 4:17 pm
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Ryder
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Ryder has supplied Environcom with a steel-bodied Montracon tipper, a BMI moving floor trailer and a Daf CF460 6x2 tractor with AS-Tronic transmission, Space Cab and dual-control power take-off (PTO).

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Ryder has supplied Environcom with a steel-bodied Montracon tipper, a BMI moving floor trailer and a Daf CF460 6x2 tractor with AS-Tronic transmission, Space Cab and dual-control power take-off (PTO).

The new equipment will be used on the recycling and reuse specialist’s work transporting bulk recycled material and Ryder will service and maintain them.

Carl Sylvester, general manager of Environcom’s Grantham site, said: "We previously used third party hauliers to handle bulk recycled material, but recently decided to take care of this work ourselves.

“After gaining a unique and environmentally friendly way to dispose of polyurethane that would normally be landfilled, we needed to ensure this product arrived at our customer’s premises totally free of any contamination.

“These new trailers gives us total control of delivering our own product, at a much better price point and achieving our target 95% utilisation too."

  • Check out our dedicated Ryder dealer page if you're in the market for a truck - it's full of the latest deals.

 

 

 

Author: Roger Brown
Posted: November 15, 2017, 3:54 pm