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Volvo FH 500
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Bridgwater-based construction, civil engineering, plant hire and surfacing specialist, RK Bell Group has taken delivery of an FH 500 - its first new Volvo for fifteen years.

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Bridgwater-based construction, civil engineering, plant hire and surfacing specialist, RK Bell Group has taken delivery of an FH 500 - its first new Volvo for fifteen years.

The new 6x2 tag axle tractor unit, supplied by dealer Truck and Bus Wales and West, features a 3.0-metre wheelbase, reinforced front bumper, headlamp grilles, additional guard plates and 13-litre engine.

The vehicle, with Globetrotter cab, also includes a Jost fifth wheel, Alcoa wheels, stainless steel exhaust stack, additional work lights, four-way camera system, leather trim, a fridge freezer and microwave.

RK Bell also specified Volvo’s Gold contract maintenance and a Dynafleet package for the FH which is plated to operate at up to 60-tonnes gross vehicle weight under special types regulations.

Company director and transport manager, Wayne Salter said: “Our previous tractor unit was a pusher axle and it struggled for traction and manoeuvrability on site, but the tag axle layout is perfect for our operation.

“The truck pulls a step-frame low-loader trailer moving heavy plant and equipment. Our largest machine weighs in at 35 tonnes, so the outfit has ample capacity.”

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Author: Roger Brown
Posted: January 17, 2018, 11:37 am
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Marigold Health Foods picks Carrier Transicold Iceland unit
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Marigold Health Foods has selected an engineless, quiet refrigeration unit for urban deliveries across Greater London to reduce emissions and noise pollution.

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Marigold Health Foods has selected an engineless, quiet refrigeration unit for urban deliveries across Greater London to reduce emissions and noise pollution.

The Carrier Transicold (UK) Iceland refrigeration system, fitted to the firm’s new DAF LF 18-tonne rigid, can run entirely on hydro-electric power generated by the truck’s engine and is capable of providing 100% refrigeration capability at idle speeds.

Operating at sound levels below 60dB(A), and therefore PIEK-compliant, the unit will also help prevent noise distrubances when deliveries are made in residential areas.

“As a major distributor of natural and organic products, improving the sustainability of our logistics operation is of primary importance,” said Joel Clancy, logistics manager, Marigold Health Foods.

“The Iceland system has made an instant and positive impact, reducing our carbon dioxide emissions and making this the quietest truck in our fleet, which reduces the risk of disturbance in residential areas.”

The new DAF marks an expansion to Marigold’s seven-strong fleet and was added to accommodate business growth.

It offers a 15-pallet load capacity, meeting the needs for larger, chilled multi-drop deliveries, and joins a fleet which is 100% Carrier-cooled.

Supplied on a five-year contract from Petit Forestier (UK), it will operate from Marigold’s headquarters in Tottenham and will also be used for the occasional delivery to Oxford, Brighton and the south coast.

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Author: Hayley Pink
Posted: January 17, 2018, 11:36 am
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Renault Range C
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Ready-mixed concrete supplier, Hardcrete, has put its first Renault truck, a 32-tonne Range C430 8x4 tridem, into operation.

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Ready-mixed concrete supplier, Hardcrete, has put its first Renault truck, a 32-tonne Range C430 8x4 tridem, into operation.

The Kings Langley-based firm’s vehicle, supplied by dealer Border Trucks, includes McPhee mixer body, air conditioning, 24-litre fridge, auto headlights and wipers, leather steering wheel with cruise and telephone control, plus the Optibrake retarder working in conjunction with the six-cylinder DTI 11 430 engine.

MTHL Fleet Services at Heathrow will look after the Range C.

According to MD at Hardcrete, James Harding, positive experiences with Border Trucks and the tridem’s flexibility, manoeuvrability and drivability on all types of terrain, were all factors behind the decision to purchase.

He said: “The rear steering axle ensures it won’t have any problems getting into the sorts of tight spots you’d think of sending a six-wheeler. In fact, its turning circle led us to think it would be better than a 6x4 configuration and when I took it out for a test drive I was mightily impressed.

“Even when it is operating at higher weights, there’s the benefit of extra traction and reduced tyre wear when running empty.”

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Author: Roger Brown
Posted: January 17, 2018, 10:31 am
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Brian Yeardley Continental’s live events business Trucking By has bought seven new Schmitz Cargobull trailers to transport staging and video equipment around the continent.

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Brian Yeardley Continental’s live events business Trucking By has bought seven new Schmitz Cargobull trailers to transport staging and video equipment around the continent.

The Mega box and curtainsider low-ride trailers have reinforced steel corner posts and Schmitz Cargobull’s signature Ferroplast panels.

Brian Yeardley Continental MD Kevin Hopper said: “When we buy from Schmitz Cargobull, we know we are getting a quality trailer that’s built to last and can withstand hard work and, at times, poor road conditions.

"We can be sure what’s on board will arrive in the same condition as it was loaded.”

Author: Emma Shone
Posted: January 16, 2018, 4:27 pm
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A Greater Manchester-based haulier is to have its O-licence revoked after fears that it was linked to another operator which had already had its licence taken away proved well founded.

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A Greater Manchester-based haulier is to have its O-licence revoked after fears that it was linked to another operator, which had already had its licence taken away, proved well founded.

DSE Logistics, based in Middleton, operates 20 vehicles and 20 trailers. Its director and current sole shareholder is David Robinson and transport manager is Adam Pirouzan.

A public inquiry held at Warrington Crown Court before Simon Evans, TC for the North West of England, heard that there were concerns about connections between DSE Logistics and a revoked licence for DS Express.

There were also worries that a former director of DS Express, Daniel Slifkin, who was declared bankrupt in November 2014 and therefore unable to act as a company director, was also involved with DSE Logistics.

Evidence before the inquiry suggested a number of links including DSE Logistics having the use of the e-mail address of DS Express; that Daniel Slifkin had at one stage been listed at Companies House as the majority shareholder of DSE Logistics; and that Slifkin was directly and substantially involved in the running of DSE Logistics.

The operator was represented at the inquiry by solicitor Laura Hadzik, who accepted that Daniel Slifkin had played a part in operations but in an advisory rather than managerial role.

She also said that David Robinson accepted he had been “incredibly naïve” about the links to Slifkin and now proposed to sever all connections with him. She added that the current plan was to move premises and rebrand the business.

For his part, David Robinson told the inquiry that he had been a good friend of Slifkin for several years and had worked as a driver for him on two of the company licences for which Slifkin had previously been director. He added that in setting up on his own he wanted to take advantage of Slifkin’s links with existing clients and took advice from him.

Robinson confirmed at the inquiry that staff previously employed by DS Express and drivers from that company had moved over to DSE Logistics. He also acknowledged that Slifkin had completed the application forms for the DSE Logistics licence. Robinson added that he felt Slifkin was having trouble letting go of the role of business owner.

The TC said that he found Robinson’s evidence to be “confused and at times contradictory and confusing” although he added that the evidence of transport manager Adam Pirouzan was “open and honestly given”.

The TC ruled that the licence will be revoked from 11 April on the condition that David Robinson resigns as director within 21 days and is replaced by Adam Pirouzan.

David Robinson is disqualified from holding or obtaining an operator’s licence in any traffic area indefinitely.

Any future application for a licence or appointment as a transport manager by Daniel Slifkin is also to be referred to a TC.

Brian Robinson, David Robinson’s father, who had acted as transport manager until May was also given a formal warning but no further action was taken against him.

Author: David Harris
Posted: January 16, 2018, 1:49 pm
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Loadmac
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Bakewell-based K&H Haulage has purchased two new Loadmac truck mounted forklifts.

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Bakewell-based K&H Haulage has purchased two new Loadmac truck-mounted forklifts. One of them has replaced a competitor brand as part of the haulier’s on-going fleet replenishment programme, while the other is an addition to meet growing customer demand.

K&H transport director Peter Lowery, who oversees a fleet of 25 vehicles and five truck-mounted forklifts, said: “The one-side off load is a huge asset for our daily operations, that was a big factor in convincing us the Loadmac was the right choice for us. We’ve also been very impressed with the attentiveness of our local dealer Plant Equipment and although we haven’t had any problems, I’m confident they would be there to swiftly resolve any issues if they occurred.”

Loadmac MD Ian Chapman said: “Our team works tirelessly in Ross-on-Wye to manufacture an unrivalled product, so it is always fantastic to hear the type of feedback we’ve received from K&H Haulage.”

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Author: Roger Brown
Posted: January 16, 2018, 12:15 pm
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Michelin Tyres
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Truck tyre supplier Tructyre Fleet Management has been purchased by Michelin Group, in a bid to boost the latter's regional presence in the commercial business sector.

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Truck tyre supplier Tructyre Fleet Management has been purchased by Michelin Group, in a bid to boost the latter's regional presence in the commercial business sector.

The acquisition will see the Tructyre service brand run as part of a strategic alliance with Michelin’s tyre distributor ATS Euromaster, which has 335 service centres across the UK.

Tructyre, which has 26 service centres across the country, said that the deal was part of a business plan aimed at providing a strategic partner to enable further growth and giving founder and MD Glen Sherwood an eventual exit strategy.

Sherwood added: “This strategic alliance brings together two of the leading multi-brand commercial tyre service companies.  Both are as committed as ever to delivering an excellent service to their customers.”

 

Author: Carol Millett
Posted: January 16, 2018, 11:32 am
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Hartshorne Volvo
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West Midlands Volvo dealer Hartshorne has opened a dedicated used trucks site close to its Walsall depot.

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West Midlands Volvo dealer Hartshorne has opened a dedicated used trucks site close to its Walsall depot.

The 1.3 acre site in Bentley Mill Way, near junction 10 of the M6, features a fully equipped workshop and body shop. It will display 30 to 40 FHs, FMs and FMXs on its forecourt at any one time; all low mileage examples from its selected and approved range of vehicles. Hartshorne has invested about £1m in the building and created an initial 10 new jobs at the site.

Ian Middleton, group sales director at Hartshorne Crossroads Group, said: “We’re proud to have great relationships with numerous businesses in and around Walsall. This investment in our new site here represents a huge vote of our confidence in the region.

“The new sales centre will enable us to further enhance the range choice that we offer to hauliers.” Bodyshop manager Jon Gregory said: “We are looking forward to offering operators in the area the chance to purchase some of the best used trucks available in the marketplace.”

Ian Middleton (left) with James Charnock (right), director - used trucks, Volvo Group (UK)

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Author: Roger Brown
Posted: January 16, 2018, 10:13 am
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A West Midlands scaffolding firm has had its O-licence suspended for four weeks following a series of safety shortcomings highlighted by the DVSA.

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A West Midlands scaffolding firm has had its O-licence suspended for four weeks following a series of safety shortcomings highlighted by the DVSA.

The restricted O-licence of J&C Scaffolding of Wednesbury came under scrutiny at a public inquiry held by TC Nick Denton in Birmingham.

He ruled that the four weeks suspension should start on 27 January.

The inquiry followed a series of adverse DVSA reports which found several faults including a lack of arrangements for collecting and analysing tachograph reports.

The operator wrongly thought all its vehicles were exempt from EU drivers’ hours and working time rules whereas three of its seven vehicles weigh more than 7.5-tonnes and are therefore not exempt.

In addition, the DVSA reported that the drivers were not carrying out effective daily defect checks on their vehicles; there was a poor MOT pass rate; safety inspection sheets showed a lack of attention to maintenance; and there were frequently gaps of more than six weeks between safety inspections.

J&C the subject of an unsatisfactory DVSA maintenance report in April 2016, and another in November 2017.

After the second report the operator said it would carry our random audits of drivers to see that they were making defect checks but at the time of the inquiry no such audits had taken place.

As well as suspending the licence the TC said that J&C’s director, Kevin Hill, should take an operator licence management course “to gain at least some idea of the requirements of applicable to the operation of HGVs”.

Denton said that the four week licence suspension should give time for this course to be taken.

The TC added: “The shortcomings found and failure to take effective action following adverse DVSA reports would justify an outright revocation of the licence. Because this is the operator’s first public inquiry, I have decided to give it one final chance to run a compliant operation.”

Author: David Harris
Posted: January 16, 2018, 7:00 am
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Manheim auction
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Manheim saw a record average van selling price of £5,398 at its auctions during the eight-week period covering November and December 2017.

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Manheim saw a record average van selling price of £5,398 at its auctions during the eight-week period covering November and December 2017.

The company also said 86% of LCV sales during November and December attracted an online bid, with 38% of all vans sold to an online bidder during this period.

Also, in the last two months of the year, vans sold by Manheim had an average age of 59 months - three months younger than the same period in 2016.

Matthew Davock, head of LCV at Manheim (pictured), said: "Against the pressure of a record breaking 2016, and an expected market decrease in volumes, 2017 figures have been incredible. We have reported an annual growth of 5% for our overall sold volume, and our van buyer base has also grown by a further 18%, extending our industry leading position in the van remarketing arena.

"As predicted in our Q4 outlook, both average age and mileage figures increased as we approached the end of the year, yet our average sale price continued to exceed expectations.

"In addition, and despite the decrease in volumes as we headed into the final months of the year, performance and overall first-time conversion rates were both staggering and is further proof of a healthy marketplace."

Davock said he is confident in the robust nature of the used van market and that the outlook remains positive.

He added: “As we enter 2018, I don't think we'll see the abnormal spikes of previous years, and de-fleeted stock numbers will continue as normal in January.

“The lower volume and lower duplication of stock will further fuel both buyer and vendor appetite to purchase, leading to a much healthier marketplace."

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Author: Roger Brown
Posted: January 15, 2018, 11:22 am