US company Lytx, a global leader in delivering video-based driver safety and compliance solutions, announced today that Lytx is a sponsor of the US National Truck Driving Championships, which will take place on August 14-16 at the David Lawrence Convention Centre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Continue reading
Peerless Beverage, a major US beer distributor has chosen the the DriveCam® Programme to deliver diver safety and compliance solutions. Confident that the DriveCam® Programme would meet their needs based on references from other distributors, Peerless Beverage skipped the trial phase and deployed the DriveCam Programme throughout its entire fleet Continue reading
A new time-based user charge for all heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) using the UK road network from April 2014 is a step closer to delivery following the appointment today of Northgate Public Services to develop and operate the foreign operator payment system for the HGV road user levy.
The foreign operator payment system will enable foreign operators or drivers to purchase the levy in advance of entering the UK through a number of sales channels including online, telephone and at point of sale terminals. The system will also create a database to enable authorities to identify hauliers who have not paid.
Transport Minister Stephen Hammond said: Getting the foreign operator payment system right will be crucial to the success of the levy. The system will be easy for foreign carriers and their drivers to access and straight forward to use. Its design also sends an important message to those foreign operators who think about avoiding paying. If you don’t pay, or underpay, you will be caught and face a £300 fine.
Northgate Public Services has been appointed after a competitive tendering process, and will be responsible for the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of a foreign operator payment system for the HGV levy. The contract will initially run until 2019.
David Meaden, Chief Executive, Northgate Public Services said: The foreign operator payment system will provide a simple and effective means of ensuring that foreign hauliers who use the UK road network contribute to the cost of its upkeep. By re-purposing existing technology, the programme can be delivered in a shorter timescale and with lower costs and risk than would otherwise be possible.
By law, the scheme cannot discriminate between UK-registered vehicles and vehicles from elsewhere in the EU so this charge will apply to all HGVs. For UK vehicles the levy will be paid alongside VED – which will be reduced in line with the levy to ensure the majority of UK operators experience no rise in the total amount they pay. It will also be collected through existing agency channels so there will be no additional administration cost.
Volvo Trucks is taking another important step forward with vehicles running on alternative fuels. Within a couple of years, trucks running on DME – an energy-efficient fuel with low environmental impact – will be introduced in the North American market. Continue reading
As part of a three-year development programme, Cummins’ Euro 6 ISB engines have successfully completed cold climate testing in Sweden and Norway. Engineers carried out 6,000 kms of product validation in extreme vehicle operating conditions, with ambient temperatures down to -29C. Continue reading
Hoyer is continuing to invest in the Russian market and is once again exhibiting its wares at TransRussia, the leading fair for the region. Continue reading
DAF Trucks has launched the new Euro 6 LF and CF models and the new Euro 6 PACCAR MX-11engine at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham. Continue reading
Volvo Trucks and Shell have agreed to co-operate globally on the introduction of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a fuel for commercial heavy duty trucks. Based on Volvo’s new MethaneDiesel concept – whereby LNG can be used in diesel engines – and Shell’s LNG expertise and infrastructure investments, the two companies will co-ordinate their activities and actively support the wider use of LNG in the transport sector. Continue reading
The world premiere of the new Volvo FMX will take place at the Bauma exhibition in Munich on Monday April 15th, Volvo Trucks will pull the wraps off the truck, which it claims takes efficient construction operations to an entirely new dimension. Continue reading
Kenworth has launched its new T880 vocational truck at the annual Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Continue reading
Cummins Inc. and Peterbilt Motors Company, a division of PACCAR has released test results today showing their demonstration tractor-trailer achieved a 54 percent increase in fuel economy, averaging nearly 10 miles per gallon (mpg) under real world driving conditions. Continue reading
Moving 100 tons of oil rig equipment requires specialist vehicles with outstanding axles. The Macro Group in Ghana were recommended to contact Andover Trailers in the UK to supply a suitable low bed trailer for moving heavy components from the port at Takoradi, to a distribution point 30 kilometres inland and back again to the port. Continue reading