Ford Prepares Transit For 10 Years’ Labour

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Ford has ensured that the all-new Transit will survive 10 years of the toughest treatment by using an especially punishing accelerated ageing process as part of its development. Durability tests included the equivalent of driving 11 million kilometres – or 275 round-the-world trips – at state-of-the-art proving grounds and in extreme conditions across the globe […]

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European Council Backs Safer And Greener Lorries

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Transport ministers have backed proposals for new EU rules to allow manufacturers to develop more aerodynamic lorries, which will reduce fuel consumption by 7-10%, cut greenhouse gas emissions and enhance the safety of vulnerable road users such as cyclists. The Commission welcomes the decision by transport ministers to back the proposals but regrets that ministers […]

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Van Dealers to Lust after Ferrari Pickup

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The History Channel’s newest television show, Ultimate Wheels, is set in the London Motor Museum and follows owner and founder, Elo, on his quest to transform great cars into ‘Ultimate Wheels’. A highlight of the show is a creation dreamt up by Elo and would suit a poor van dealer down to the ground – […]

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New Proposal Could See CV Drivers Fined For Overtaking Cyclists

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Commercial vehicle drivers could face penalty fines for overtaking cyclists on city roads should a government consultation come to fruition. The new proposal highlights the concept of cycle streets, which to all intents and purposes gives cyclists priority. It means there is likely to be a speed limit of 15mph for all vehicles and prohibiting […]

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Sharp Rise In Thefts From Vans

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Thieves are increasingly targeting tools and equipment left in light commercial vehicles, according to ECIC, a specialist insurer for the building trade. ECIC said the value of claims for the theft of tools from contract sites and vans during the last 12-months had risen from £2,865 on average to (5,091. The highest claim it received […]

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Win A Euro VI Truck With Michelin

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One lucky Michelin customer will find themselves behind the wheel of a brand new Euro VI 6×2 tractor unit this year, with no purchase, hire, lease or repair & maintenance costs to pay for three years. Michelin is giving away* a three year lease of a new truck up to the value of £60,000 as […]

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Type Approval Could Hamper Heavy CV Market

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The SMMT has warned that as many as 20,000 CV registrations per year could suffer major delays for sailing to meet new Type Approval legislation. From 29 October this year, new rules will apply to around two thirds of heavy commercial vehicles – those built in stages weighing more than 3.5-tonnes. These vehicles are the […]

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Award For Technology Behind ‘The Epic Split’

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Six of the people behind Volvo Dynamic Steering have received the Volvo Technology Award 2014. “Volvo Dynamic Steering elevates the steering of heavy commercial vehicles to an entirely new level. This technology gives the driver better control over the vehicle and makes the working conditions much easier. Thanks to first-class engineering work we are the […]

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Foreign Truck Firms To Pay For UK Roads

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Foreign hauliers will be charged to use UK roads Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced. The HGV Road User Levy – which is being brought in nearly a year ahead of schedule – introduces a charge that ensures British hauliers are better able to compete with their foreign counterparts. Patrick McLoughlin said: “The HGV Levy […]

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SMMT’s Type Approval Workshops – Truck Dealers Take Note

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To get truck bodybuilders and truck dealers up to speed with the incoming type approval legislation, the SMMT is putting together a series of roadshows in conjunction with the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (formerly VOSA. The workshops will help commercial vehicle businesses, bodybuilders and convertors get to grips […]

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