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AG Barr has added the first ever DAFs to its confection of vehicles with 16 new 18-tonne LF curtainsiders.

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AG Barr has added the first ever DAFs to its confection of vehicles with 16 new 18-tonne LF curtainsiders.

The trucks join the drinks manufacturer's fleet of 100 from F&G Commercials in Trafford Park, Manchester.

The vehicles are specced to suit AG Barr's inner-city multi-drop operation, with high visibility cabs and low loading, as while the trucks are loaded by forklifts drivers unload them by hand at up to 30 stops a day.

AG Barr said it values its drivers' comfort and happiness in the vehicles, and asked for their input in the buying the decision. For driver ease, the Irn Bru manufacturer bought the LFs with Hill-start Aid and Adaptive Cruise Control.

AG Barr transport services supervisor Steve Bird said the company had picked Daf for the first time because the OEM offered high spec vehicles at a competitive price.

"They seemed to relish the challenges and came back quickly with everything we wanted. Whatever I threw at the DAF team they basically said, ‘No problem’. A lot of this is aimed at drivers, because we have good drivers and want to keep them on our team by making their places of work as comfortable and safe as we can.”

AG Barr also considered the environmental credentials of the new LFs before purchasing them.

Bird said: “We know from reports that all DAF trucks set high standards for fuel economy, and the ‘new’ models are all expected to improve on even those, so we immediately reduce emissions and demands on fossil fuel resources.

"We have also specified an engine-idle shutdown system. Engine idling is a major contributor to any operator’s costs and there’s a big environmental price that goes with it.”

The trucks, fitted with Bevan bodies, are on three-year R&M packages.

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Author: Emma Shone
Posted: June 18, 2018, 12:42 pm
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Fife based, removals, storage and distribution specialists, Flemings of Rosyth has taken delivery of its first new Volvo trucks in 20 years.

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Fife based, removals, storage and distribution specialists, Flemings of Rosyth has taken delivery of its first new Volvo trucks in 20 years.

The two FL-210 12-tonne rigids, supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland’s Edinburgh branch, feature D5K four cylinder engines producing 210hp and six-speed overdrive I-Sync automated gearboxes.

Flemings of Rosyth specified day cabs on 5,000mm wheelbase chassis to accommodate the company’s Adcliffe demountable body systems.

It also opted for two person, bench passenger seats, as the trucks will always be double-manned and sometimes host a third crew member. They also carry chassis mounted storage boxes for the carriage of additional Ad Blue containers and the latter guarantees supplies when the trucks operate in remote or rural areas.

The Inverkeithing-based haulier, which is marking its 50th year in business, currently operates a mixed truck fleet of ten and employs 33 staff.

Andrew Fleming, director at Flemings of Rosyth said: “We have a total of 14 separate Adcliffe bodies that can be used with the two new Volvo FLs and that gives us superb vehicle utilisation.

“The two FLs are our first Volvo trucks for 20 years.”

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

 

 

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Author: Roger Brown
Posted: June 18, 2018, 11:13 am
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CM’s used truck of the week is this 2014 Volvo FM4 4x2 with Globetrotter cab that produces 450hp.

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CM’s used truck of the week is this 2014 Volvo FM4 4x2 with Globetrotter cab that produces 450hp.

This 64-plate Euro-6 vehicle, which has a 3.7m wheelbase, features an 11-cylinder engine, I-Shift gearbox as well as a full Volvo service history. The truck, which has clocked up 600,000km, includes luxury trim and top lockers and comes with a one-year Volvo approved warranty.

Carl Boase, national used Volvo sales executive - Thomas Hardie Used Trucks, said: “This particular truck has been identified by Volvo as being of good quality and has passed a comprehensive 200-point inspection.

“Our valeting team pride themselves on the way they present vehicles, which means we can ensure all of them come in first-class condition.” Thomas Hardie Used Trucks, a Volvo main dealer, was established more than 25 years ago, and has customers across UK and Ireland.

Its used truck supersite in Middlewich, Cheshire, just off junction 18 of the M6, has fully Volvo-trained staff and uses the manufacturer’s latest software and diagnostic tools.

Boase added: “When you choose to buy a truck like this one with an approved warranty, you’ll be making a safe choice, selecting a unit that’s in good condition and ready to provide service for years to come.”

The truck is available for £27,500 and the dealer has similar trucks available with mileages of between 600,000km and 681,000km. The dealer is also able to provide finance options.

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

 

 

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Author: Roger Brown
Posted: June 18, 2018, 10:17 am
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Illegal operators are being targeted in the latest effort by the Environment Agency to crack down on criminal disposal of waste.

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Illegal operators are being targeted in the latest effort by the Environment Agency to crack down on criminal disposal of waste.

On 10 June, Defra announced a review to gather views on how to more effectively prevent “organised crime groups (OCGs) who profit from waste crime”.
It is estimated that the activity of these groups costs the English economy around £600m a year.

Environment secretary Michael Gove said: “Organised criminals running illegal waste dumps and fly-tipping are blighting local communities. They cost our economy vast amounts of money, pollute our environment and harm our wildlife.

“We must crack down on these criminals who have no regard for the effect they have on peoples’ lives. The time is right for us to look at how we can best tackle these antisocial and inexcusable crimes.”

The review will be chaired by Lizzie Noel, a non-executive director at Defra, and will consider various issues, including:

  • The types of crimes being committed and the organised crime groups involved;
  • The environmental, community and economic effects of serious and organised waste crime;
  • How the Environment Agency, other organisations and the law enforcement system can work together to tackle the threat;
  • What recommendations to make for a strategic approach to serious and organised waste crime.

More than 850 new illegal waste sites were discovered by the Environment Agency in 2016-17. While an average of two illegal waste sites are shut down every day, they continue to create severe problems for local communities and business, particularly in rural areas, as well as posing a risk to key national infrastructure.

A study by the Home Office suggests that criminals may also use waste management activities such as operating illegal waste sites as a cover for crimes such as theft, human trafficking, fraud, drugs supply, firearms supply, and money laundering.

Minister of state for security and economic crime Ben Wallace said: “Organised crime groups exploit any opportunity to make money. Our local communities are being scarred by the illegal dumping of waste, while at the same time people are being conned into placing contracts with dodgy waste firms.

“We are committed to ending this scourge and I look forward to exploring what more Defra, local authorities, the private sector and the police can do on this issue.”

Review chairwoman Lizzie Noel has more than 20 years’ experience of senior roles in both the private and public sectors.

She said: “The health of our communities, environment, and economy is being harmed by organised groups committing serious waste crimes.

“This review is an opportunity to properly understand the extent of this criminal activity, and I look forward to working with a range of partners to ensure our response is robust and effective.”

Since 2014, the government has given the Environment Agency an extra £60m towards enforcement work to tackle waste crime. This extra investment has shown a return of about £5 for every £1 extra spent.

Last year two illegal wastes sites were shut down every day.

Local councils have also been given powers to hand out on-the-spot fines to fly-tippers, making it easier for vehicles suspected of being used for fly-tipping to be stopped, searched and seized.

Author: David Harris
Posted: June 18, 2018, 9:10 am
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Eight applications and decisions that caught our eye this week, including Menzies Distribution and Sea Force.

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Eight applications and decisions that caught our eye this week, including Menzies Distribution and Sea Force.

Totus Environmental has been granted a standard international licence to run seven vehicles and seven trailers from an operating centre in Lyncastle Way, Warrington.

D&G McKenna Haulage has been allowed an increase in authorisation on its standard national licence for an operating centre in Sandfold Lanes, Levenshulme, Manchester. It can now operate 18 vehicles.

Widnes haulier Graham International has been given a licence for three vehicles and three trailers to operate from B McFarlane Haulage of Johnsons Lane, Widnes. The licence was granted on condition that Graham International provides financial evidence for July, August and September to the traffic commissioner's office by the end of October to demonstrate that it meets financial requirements. Transport manager Dennis Hines must also attend a CPC refresher course run by an accredited body.

Cannock-based ETR Logistics has applied for a standard international licence for 10 vehicles and 15 trailers to operate from Lanxess on Lichfield Road, Branston, Burton-on-Trent.

Sea Force has applied to set up a new operating centre in Oban Road, Longford, Coventry, from where it wishes to operate 21 vehicles and 30 trailers.

Dane Waldron Logistics has been granted a standard international licence to operate four vehicles and two trailers from Gravelly Industrial Park, Birmingham.

White Logistics has been allowed to increase authorisation at its existing operating centre to Abbey View, Pinvin, Pershore, Worcestershire, to 74 vehicles and 50 trailers.

Menzies Distribution has applied to increase authorisation at its operating centre on Annat Industrial Estate, Fort William to six vehicles and two trailers.

Author: David Harris
Posted: June 15, 2018, 3:32 pm
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The Protruck auction, which took place at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate on 2 June, featured a range of vehicles including curtainsiders, tankers, tippers, tipper grabs, tractor units and vans.

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The Protruck auction, which took place at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate on 2 June, featured a range of vehicles including curtainsiders, tankers, tippers, tipper grabs, tractor units and vans.

This year also saw entries from the heavy haulage sector, with a variety of 60-tonne-plus units, low loader trailers and crane trucks. Several King and Nooteboom low-loaders attracted a lot of attention and sold well, and all of the 6x4 units entered made good money.

Protruck sold a batch of end of contract MAN TGX 24.440 6x2 units for a finance house that achieved good prices, while one truck that caught the eye was a high specification 2015 Volvo FH750 6x2 with Globetrotter XL cab, which sold for more than £75,000.

There was strong online bidding throughout the day and many visitors to the show took advantage of the free transport between the Tip-ex halls and the auction site. Once again, there was a lot of interest from attendees in the classic commercial section, which this year included 15 vehicles, the highest bid being £20,000 for a Scania R143 6x2 tractor unit.

The auction also included four cars: a 1940s Austin 8, a 1960s Volvo and two Citroën 2CVs. There were 253 lots and more than 180 of them sold.

Protruck Auctions MD Charlie Wright told CM: “We had an excellent on-site attendance, received positive comments, and the good crowd resulted in a great atmosphere. Tractor units and 8-wheel tippers all sold well.

“Bulk tipping trailers were in high demand, and every bulk tipper entered sold, with the highest bidders coming from Eastern Europe.”

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

 

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Author: Roger Brown
Posted: June 15, 2018, 10:00 am
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Volvo dealer Truck & Bus Wales & West has unveiled its new dealerpoint in Bridgwater, Somerset, formerly the site of a heavy haulage yard and a third-party workshop.

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Volvo dealer Truck & Bus Wales & West has unveiled its new dealerpoint in Bridgwater, Somerset, formerly the site of a heavy haulage yard and a third-party workshop.

The refurbishment includes an upgraded office and workshop buildings at the facility, which is on the Polden Business Centre, close to junction 23 of the M5. The rebranded depot features new exterior cladding as well as a new parts department and parts delivery van.

The workshop features a new compressor, mobile column lifts and lubrication equipment, and an extra roller door. AJB Plant Services, a sister company of the dealer, which maintains and repairs plant and machinery mainly at customer sites using mobile service vans, will also share the site.

In addition, plant haulage specialist Tim Hansford Transport will continue to use the site as an operating centre. Truck & Bus Wales & West MD Billy Nairn said: “We intend to double the workshop capacity with three new bays and add an ATF lane.

“Bridgwater is already working to capacity most days, so the new development will increase vehicle throughput, introduce longer opening hours and allow us to base Volvo Action Service vans.” Opening hours at Bridgwater are 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, while Saturday opening is available on request.

  • Are you in the market for a used Volvo? We have hundreds available from dealerships across the country. Visit our dedicated stock pages to find the right one for you.
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Author: Roger Brown
Posted: June 15, 2018, 9:00 am
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Commercial Motor Awards 2018
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There are plenty of categories at the 2018 Commercial Motor Awards to showcase success in your business,

like Rental, Leasing and Contract Hire Provider of the Year; Auction House of the Year and Finance Provider of the Year.

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There are plenty of categories at the 2018 Commercial Motor Awards to showcase success in your business, like Rental, Leasing and Contract Hire Provider of the Year; Auction House of the Year and Finance Provider of the Year.

Judges in the first category will look for high levels of customer satisfaction and retention; high levels of fleet uptime and compliance; bespoke fleet management services for customers and the delivery of tailored requirements that show an understanding of its customer.

For the Auction House category judges will look for growing sales levels; ease of buying at auction; and for those who have capitalised on market niches.

For Finance Provider judges will look for a bespoke service to the commercial vehicle market; and the ability of the provider to meet the individual needs of customers.

Author: Christopher Walton
Posted: June 14, 2018, 2:13 pm
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Work has begun on the new £22m Tiger Trailers plant in Winsford that will enable the firm to double its annual production to about 3,000 trailers and bodies.

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Work has begun on a new £22m Tiger Trailers plant in Winsford that will enable the firm to double its annual production to around 3,000 trailers and bodies.

Tiger Trailers aims to create 120 skilled jobs at the 168,000ft² factory on the Winsford Industrial Estate over the next three years, which is less than a mile from its current site. Once new paint booths, a shot blasting booth, cranes and materials handling equipment have been installed, the company will start transferring equipment into the new factory in late-December and early-January.

The opening of the plant is expected to speed up delivery times and enable Tiger Trailers to enter new markets, including home delivery and temperature-controlled. There is also room at the site for a second potential build phase that could increase production capacity to about 5,000 trailers and bodies per year, without disruption to existing production.

Tiger Trailers, which currently employs 180 staff, has an immediate requirement for 40 new members of staff, including 20 apprentices. Joint MD John Cartwright said: “We’ve been planning this factory for almost two years; we’re now only six months away and we can’t wait to realise its full potential.

“Our pace of growth has been pretty remarkable for a UK-based manufacturer, driven by customer demand both domestically and within Europe."

  • Are you in the market for a used trailer? We have hundreds available from dealerships across the country. Visit our dedicated stock pages to find the right one for you.

 

 

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Author: Roger Brown
Posted: June 14, 2018, 8:48 am
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Commercial Motor Awards 2018
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The deadline for entries to the 2018 Commercial Motor Awards is tomorrow (15 June) so don’t forget to enter! 

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The deadline for entries to the 2018 Commercial Motor Awards is 15 June so don’t forget to enter!

Now in its third year the Commercial Motor Awards is established as the only event celebrating the achievements of suppliers and service providers to the UK road transport industry and is set for a gala evening at the Vox Centre in Birmingham on Thursday 15 November.

This year there are 15 awards recognising the achievements of new and used truck dealerships; bodybuilders, rental and leasing firms. There are three new categories for 2018: Forecourt/Showroom of the Year; the Customer Service Award and Bodywork Innovation of the Year.

Franchised dealerships will be vying to take the much-sought after Franchised Dealer of the Year award while independent dealerships will be looking to impress the judges in the Independent Dealer of the Year category.

Enter now at Commercialmotorawards.com.

Author: Roger Brown
Posted: June 14, 2018, 8:43 am