Volvo’s new ‘E-service’ dealer system is being trialled at Northern Ireland’s Dennison Commercials.  The scheme sees electronic copies of service sheets sent to customers by email immediately after work has been completed by the workshop. With the introduction of ‘O’ Licence legislation in Northern Ireland, E-service is helping operators comply with the requirement for accurate […]

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2012 – A Great Year for Daimler – Job Cuts for 2013


According to the management of Daimler trucks, their investment in the development of new trucks paid off in 2012.  Last year Daimler Trucks produced almost as many vehicles in 11 months as it did in the whole of 2011, when the division’s six truck brands (Mercedes-Benz, Fuso, Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses, and BharatBenz) […]

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HRVS MAN Dealer Keith Sims Group Ops Director

MAN Truck & Bus UK’s main Truck Centre in Sheffield, HRVS Ltd., has become the first commercial vehicle workshop in the UK to attain A+ status as part of the IRTE’s new Workshop Accreditation programme – the industry-wide scheme designed in conjunction with the FTA to independently audit workshop performance. “We have long been calling […]

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Chinese Rescue Black Cab Maker


Chinese manufacturer Zhejiang Geely Holding Group is to acquire London Taxi Company (LTI), the maker of the black cab.  The company claims that production will be kept in Coventry where they have been built since 1948. The deal includes retaining The London Taxi Company Head Office production and assembly plant in Coventry, the Mann & […]

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Profits Down at Scania


Scania has reported a 30-percent drop in net profits for 2012, with the downturn in Europe and Middle Eastern markets. The company has cut production levels by about 15%, despite seeing an upturn in new truck orders from South America at the end of 2012. By no means on its last legs, Scania’s profits for […]

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Daimler to Cut 2,100 Truck Manufacturing Jobs


Daimler Trucks is planning to reduce its overall workforce by as many as 2,100 staff, with the majority (1,300) going in the US, as the commercial vehicle industry starts to suffer in the stagnating US economy. The rest of the job losses may come from German factories, where 27,000 workers are employed.

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Used Van Numbers Down but Prices Still Rocketing…

James Davis

Latest market data from Manheim confirms that the phenomenon of used van inflation is alive and well, despite a continued rise in the average age and mileage of LCVs coming under the hammer. According to the auction specialist’s latest monthly Market Analysis, the average value of a van at auction rose from £4,179 to £4,406 […]

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Alex Wright, Shoreham Vehicle Auction’s managing director

With online shopping set to account for around £80 billion of consumer spending in 2012 there are signs of the impact this consumer trend is having on the used light commercial market. According to Shoreham Vehicle Auction’s managing director Alex Wright, the majority of online shopping is delivered to the consumer in a van and […]

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Calling All ATF Owners


If you operate one or more ATF’s then you may wish to consider joining the brand new ATF Operators Association which held their first meeting in January. Out of the 300 ATF’s in the UK as many as 32 got together in Coventry to vote in a management team, including transport operators as President and […]

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Volvo's 'Appliance of Science' campaign logo

Volvo Trucks has begun 2013 with a new multi-media marketing campaign that demonstrates the company’s solutions that can be used by operators to maintain compliance with O Licence regulations and secure optimum OCRS scores. Titled ‘The Science of Compliance’, the campaign focuses on the Dynafleet Online telematics with driver and truck information monitored via the […]

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