Transport News Brief – Tuesday 7 October 2008

News boss at Coulter Coulter Truck and Van says it appointed Ron Jones as depot manager at its recently opened dealership in Haydock, Lancashire. Jones joins from Chatfield Iveco, where he was dealer principal for 13 years. More from Penny Randall on +44 (0)1 582 479 619 or [email protected] Citroën wins Greenfleet LCV Manufacturer of the Year Citroën has just won the GreenFleet LCV Manufacturer of the Year award, just days after the Citroën Nemo van won the International Van of the Year 2009 award. More from Phil Reed on +44 (0)2 086 684 048 or [email protected] More adventure for Renault Speaking at the IAA CV Show recently, Renault Trucks’ boss, Stefano Chmielewski said the firm would send a convoy on another ‘adventure,’ driving from Norway’s North Cape to South Africa’s Cape Town. Four Renault Kerax 6×6 trucks and four Renault Sherpa 4×4 utility vehicles will make the journey next year, starting on 1 March and arriving on 1 July. The firm’s Pierre-Alain Brendel will lead the team, drawn from relays of people chosen from the company, its dealers and customers. The idea follows Renault Trucks’ successful Paris to Beijing ‘Silk Road’ trip in 2005. More from Penny Randall on +44 (0)1 582 479 619 or [email protected] IAA commercial vehicle show set visitor record The 2008 IAA commercial vehicle show closed in Hannover on Thursday 2 October. With 2084 exhibitors, 30% up on the 2006 event, the show was huge. Its smooth running was a tribute to the VDA, the German automotive industry association that organised what is clearly the biggest public show of its type in Europe. “With nearly 300,000 visitors from 110 countries, this IAA has exceeded all figures from previous IAA CV shows and set a new record,” said Matthias Wissmann, VDA president. This IAA CV show had more exhibitors, more world launches and more exhibition space than any other. “In view of the current economic development, which is now characterized by consolidation after four boom years, many companies initially came to Hanover with a certain amount of scepticism,” said Wissmann. “However, the mood has improved.” In 2010, the IAA CV show opens in Hannover on Thursday 23 September and closes on Friday 1 October. More from www.vda.de It’s a funny old world Officially, the theme for the IAA show was ‘Commercial vehicles, on the move for everyone’. Unofficially and perhaps more obviously, the theme was perhaps alternative energy – electricity and hybrids to cut fuel use and emissions. Most big exhibitors were out to show their green credentials. Many of the determinedly green firms handed out hundreds of press packs to tell us how they aim to cut emissions to save the planet. Great, but many of these press packs came by the kilogram and were centimetres thick. Then there were lots of wheelie bags from other thoughtful firms, given to journalists so that they could carry all the paper and pictures. Finally, the ever-helpful VDA did a deal with a generous and very efficient DHL, delivering journalist’s press pack collections to the hack’s homes or offices overnight, free. So you want to show your environmental awareness and you do it by transporting tonnes of paper all over the world when you could have given out CDs instead or sent stuff by email at a fraction of the weight. Sadly, too few really green firms did just that. It’s a funny old world, isn’t it. More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or [email protected] to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Transport News Brief Week 41, Tuesday 7 October 2008 Big drop in van registration volumes; trucks stable Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show van and truck registrations down, 19.2% in September and 0.7% to 377,531 for the rolling year. Within those totals, truck registrations were up 3.6% in September and up 27.7% to 58,769 for the rolling year. By contrast, van registrations were down 22.1% for the month and down 4.6% to 318,762 for the rolling year. “September is a key month for registrations, but the credit crunch hit the figures. The summer’s spending cut meant a sharp drop in the month’s van registrations,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “We expect the van market will stay well below recent levels for some time. Trucks, stable for the month and well up for the rolling year, saw orders drop through the summer, so registrations will suffer soon. Overall, we expect a tough market for the next 12 months or more.” More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or [email protected] Big single-decker figures stable; big changes elsewhere September bus and coach registration figures just out from the SMMT show the strong trend for big buses holding, carried by a resilient revival in double-deckers. At the same time there was a big fall for big coaches in what is a key month, as a strong growth trend ends. Lower down the weight range, the growth of 3.5 to 5 tonne buses deepened the structural shift in the minibus sector. “September’s results were a mixed bag,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Double deck bus registration growth continued, coach growth stopped and medium mini-buses overtook light models. Coach registrations slowed since June and were well down this September, reflecting the effects of the credit crunch. Bus registrations could be in for a rough ride too, despite increasing bus use offering more stable demand in the medium to long term”. More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or [email protected] FTA to discuss longer trailers with DfT The Freight Transport Association is to meet the Department for Transport in a few days to discuss the possibilities for slightly longer and heavier semi-trailers on UK roads. The move follows the UK government’s rejection of 25.25m long ‘Eurocombi’ trucks earlier this year. A joint Transport Research Laboratory and Herriot Watt University report doubted the value of Eurocombis but suggested a ‘modest’ increase in artic length and weight could have worthwhile benefits. Andy Mair, head of engineering policy, speaking at last week’s FTA Fleet Engineer Conference in Warrington said the association would like more operators’ views on possible 18.75m long artics, running either at 44 or 46 tonnes. “It would be very helpful if people would consider these options and let us know so that the evidence base the FTA presents to Government is as strong as possible.” More from Andy Mair on +44 (0)1 892 552 271 or [email protected] Motorhome type approval and registration seminar The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says it still has some places left at its specialist seminar on motorhome whole vehicle type approval and registration. The seminar, on Thursday 16 October in the NEC at Birmingham will start at 14:00 and run until 15:30. It coincides with the International Caravan and Motorhome show and aims to help chassis makers, motorhome bodybuilders and dealers avoid difficulties with the change in the law next spring. “The ‘no approval, no registration, no sale’ comment from the Department for Transport is not a threat, it is a promise and one that people will ignore at their peril,” said Robin Dickeson, manager, commercial vehicle affairs at the SMMT. Places at the half-day seminar are on a first-come, first-served basis, free to SMMT members. For non-members there is a £50 charge, payable in advance by credit card. More from Natasha James on +44 (0)2 073 441 621 or [email protected] Valeo sets up another Indian JV Just-auto.com reports that Valeo has done a joint-venture deal with India’s Anand Group to make lighting systems in the country. The new firm, Valeo Lighting Systems India and based in Chennai will be majority-owned by the French supplier. It will sell headlamps, rear lamps and fog lamps to automakers in India. Since 1997, Valeo has set up four other joint ventures in India, to make clutch parts, security systems, alternators and starter motors. India produced over 2m vehicles in 2007 and should double that by 2015. More from www.just-auto.com New safety technology from Wabco Wabco says it used the recent IAA show in Hannover for the successful launch of OnGuardMax, which it says is the industry’s first autonomous emergency braking system. The system uses traffic data from video and laser sensor and analyses these to detect and react to moving and stationary vehicles and anticipate imminent danger. It uses these data and works with braking and other systems on the truck such as engine, transmission and stability control to help the driver. It can deliver most effective deceleration and can bring the vehicle to a complete stop. More from Vera Klopprogge on +49 (0)69 719 168 48 or [email protected] Would you drive to help the homeless this ChristmasCrisis, the UK national homelessness charity says it urgently needs volunteer drivers to help homeless people in London as part of Crisis Christmas, from Tuesday 23 December to Tuesday 30 December 2008. Crisis will set up nine temporary centres in London. These will give hot meals, companionship and even health checks for homeless and vulnerable people as well as other essential services. The charity needs up to 70 drivers a day to take people, guests and volunteers, between the centres and other pick-up points in the London area. If you’d like to help, you must be 25 or over with a full, clean driving licence held for over two years. You must also be capable of handling vans or light trucks in central London. More from Jane Eggleton on +44 (0)2 074 263 830 or [email protected] Krone wins Norfolk Line preferred supplier status Krone says Norfolk Line has chosen it as one of its preferred suppliers. The firm says it is the only trailer maker that offers swap bodies, curtain-siders and lifting and sliding roof options to meet Norfolk Line’s demand for trailers that can carried by both road and rail. Norfolk Line uses rail services to offer a regular multimodal service between the UK and Italy, cutting road journeys, fuel consumption and emissions and beating congestion. The firm has some 4,000 trailers and is replacing around 200 of them a year with road-rail capable units. More from Jason Chipchase on +44 (0)1 469 571 626 or [email protected] Translinc wins Bolton sweeper deal Following trials on a variety of different road sweepers, TransLinc has supplied eight new Johnson CX200 Street Sweepers to Bolton Council on a three-year contract hire and maintenance deal. The new sweepers will work as part of the town’s Street Scene fleet, operating in older streets and amongst parked cars. The firm says the Johnson CX200 1.8m3 capacity road sweepers offer excellent manoeuvrability around narrow streets and have a reverse-sweeper operation to clean under obstacles, such as parked cars or benches. More from Jo Davis on +44 (0)1 628 526 208 or [email protected] Volvos for Fowler Welch Coolchain Fowler Welch Coolchain has taken ten new Volvo FH-480 artics from Crossroads Commercials and has 30 more on order for delivery around Christmas. Fowler Welch says the new tucks met their operating cost targets inside three weeks. “Much faster than expected,” says Lee Juniper, national operations director. The trucks are double-shifted seven days a week. They regularly run at 44 tonnes for both outward and return journeys. All pull fridge and ambient trailers as well as sea containers. The trucks are on a deal through Volvo Contract Hire with maintenance by Volvo dealer A Culpin and Son Ltd, based near Fowler Welch’s centre at Spalding. More from Nigel Hanwell on +44 (0)1 926 414 210 or [email protected] New terminal tyres from Michelin Michelin says it is extending its range of X Terminal-T tyres with a tubeless and retreadable 310/80R22.5 model. The firm designed this mainly for use on tractor units, tugs and trailers doing short-distance work in ports and freight terminals. The new tyre can easily replace 11R22.5, 295/80R22.5 sizes in particular, as their rolling circumferences are very similar and the rim widths are identical at 8.25 or 9.00 inches. The firm says the X Terminal-T range offers twice the life of a conventional 11R22.5 truck tyre when used in port and freight terminal work. It also cuts rolling resistance when compared to a solid tyre, which in turn cuts fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. It can take a 6,900kg load compared to the 4,300 kg of a conventional truck tyre. More from Paul Cordle on + 44 (0)1 782 402 341 or Email: [email protected]

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