Bosch celebrates 10 millionth common-rail system

This year sees Bosch celebrating the production of the 10 millionth common-rail system for commercial vehicles (CRSN). The production figures over the past few years are testimony to the rapid development of this technology, which delivers enhanced efficiency and lower emissions: following the launch of the CRSN1 in 1999, one million systems had already been manufactured by the end of 2003. Now Bosch can celebrate another production milestone, with the 10-millionth CRSN rolling off the production line in January 2013. Continue reading

FTA calls on Chancellor to reduce fuel duty in UK

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) continues to hammer home the message to the Chancellor that he should reduce road fuel duty by 3 pence per litre to help ease the pressure on domestic freight operators in his 2013 Budget.

Calling on George Osborne to include the reduction in his Budget plans FTA has said that it is imperative to the UK’s freight transport sector which has faced a particularly challenging business environment in 2012.

The pre-Budget submission by the FTA is set against the economic background where the UK economy experienced no growth over the past year, and outlines recommendations to stimulate growth by ensuring that the key costs inputs such as fuel, vehicle parts and tyres are contained and the competitiveness of the logistics industry supported.

FTA has stated within its submission to the Chancellor that his priorities must be:

• Ease cost pressure on domestic freight activity and stimulate economic growth through consumer demand by reducing road fuel duty by 3 pence per litre, with commensurate reductions in the duty rate for gas oil.

• Stimulate investment in low-carbon fuelled vehicles by fixing fuel duty rates for natural gas and biomethane relative to diesel rates for at least 10 years.

• Ensure that the introduction of the HGV Road User Levy will be ‘tax neutral’ in practice by confirming: the rates of the levy that will apply; that Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rates will not be subject to increase simply to allow that neutrality to be achieved; and that holders of Reduced Pollution Certificates (RPCs) will be compensated by replacement grants.


Clare County Council teams up with Ctrack

Clare County Council in Ireland has implemented an advanced vehicle tracking and lone worker solution from Ctrack to assist with its road maintenance operation. The Council will utilise the Ctrack Online system across 18 commercial vehicles as well as the Ctrack ICE2 personal tracking and panic alarm device to help provide an efficient, reliable and high quality service. Continue reading

Traffic Commissioner threatens to revoke licence

An operator who failed to return his transport manager questionnaire has been given three months to regain professional competence or face having his licence revoked. David Michael Moore, who operates from Keighley and Leeds, appeared before North East regulator Kevin Rooney on 13 February in Leeds, where he was also challenged on his vehicle maintenance standards. Continue reading

H & M Distribution specifies DAF

Specifying the longest available factory-fitted body on three new DAFs has enabled Palletways member H & M Distribution to increase carrying capacity from 16 to 18 pallets. This is without compromising payload, which is almost 10,000 kg, even allowing for the fact that the 18 tonne LF55s have a sleeper cab and are fitted with a tuckaway tail-lift, which was also a factory fitment. Continue reading

AutoSock returns to the CV Show

The AutoSock range of textile “socks” will feature at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham in April. AutoSock are reusable textile “socks” that are pulled over the driving wheels when extra grip is needed on snow. They take a couple of minutes to fit, require no special training, and work well in all snowy conditions. Sizes are now available for cars, vans, trucks, buses and fork lifts. Continue reading