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These are exceptionally turbulent times for UK-based tyre-makers and retreaders, with inevitable implications for truck and bus operating costs.
We go in search of the inside story by visiting Michelin's revitalised retreading operation in Stoke-on-Trent and by hearing from the Korean tyre-maker which has gone from nowhere to market leader in the UK truck tyre replacement market.

We report on the latest four-axle rigid trucks setting new standards in operating efficiency. And we preview some of the latest truck and bus technology, including head-up displays, due to be unveiled at next month's huge Hannover show.

People in the news this month include the new boss at Fraikin's UK operation; a management buy-out team at Abbey Logistics; and senior traffic commissioner Beverley Bell, who has handed in her notice.


CV Engineer film reviews: and why not?

Ryder's Project Rebirth

So you want to show the world that your commercial vehicle technicians and workshops are a cut above the rest? You could always try one or two of many and various accreditation schemes and hope for the best. Ryder in the US has come up with an altogether more imaginative and startling solution, starting with spectacular destruction of a new Volvo truck. 

“While the kind of destruction shown in this video is extreme, it’s not that far from some of the excessive damage that has come through our shops over the past 80 years," says Ryder's global fleet management boss Dennis Cooke, with no hint of tongue in cheek. "Showing our technician team in action in a high-stakes challenge like this is a great way to highlight the kind of talent our customers have access to every day at any one of our 800 maintenance shops across North America. If businesses are going to outsource fleet maintenance to Ryder, they need to be really confident about our ability to maintain and repair trucks quickly and correctly the first time. Because our technicians work behind the scenes, there aren’t many opportunities for us to showcase their incredible knowledge and skill. These videos enable us to show the world in an exciting and compelling way the outstanding expertise of our technician workforce.”

Volvo engineers of a nervous disposition may want to look away now.

Click here to see Ryder's Project Rebirth video.


Hungry for more footage of Volvo trucks being given a hard time? Try these for size, courtesy of Volvo itself and a four-year-old film star by the name of Sophie...


CILT on vulnerable road-users

The acting is never going to win any Oscar nominations. And gratuitous plugs for the CILT's own magazine and awards scheme are a bit cheesy and irritating. But The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK nevertheless deserves plaudits aplenty for a new ten-minute video delivering a potent message on the moral, economic and legal obligations related to road transport operations. The focus is mainly on vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians, and the target audience is primarily board-level company directors in operations running trucks, buses or coaches. But this video's graphic portrayal of what can happen when road safety is allowed to slip down the priority list of any organisation packs such a punch that it ought to be required viewing for everyone with road transport management responsibilities, no matter how big or small the commercial vehicles they manage. That certainly includes the home-delivery operations which depend on vans and small trucks up to 3.5 tonnes gvw. Based on our shocking revelations of a few years ago, Sainsbury store managers responsible for small home-delivery van fleets and their drivers would be right at the top of our list of those most in need of learning the lessons this video teaches so memorably.

To see the CILT video on YouTube click here











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August 2016

4 Comment
Brexit must not be allowed to mean more road deaths. Brexit means Brexit. As vacuous statements from politicians go, and heaven knows there are plenty to choose from, this mantra from the freshly installed British prime minister takes some beating. Ask the truck drivers who are risking their lives daily at the port of Calais what Brexit means and they will tell you in far more unequivocal terms. Road Haulage Association boss Richard Burnett is right to describe what is going on there as “totally unacceptable.” Increasingly desperate migrants are being manipulated and goaded on by despicable people-smugglers who spin the yarn that the UK’s departure from the EU will soon make it impossible for them to reach our shores. Truck drivers are left on the front line, facing up to the potentially lethal consequences of this while politicians, British and French, stand idly by, seeming incapable of taking any really effective action. Who could blame transport companies and their drivers if they simply refused en masse to carry any more freight across the channel unless and until they receive government guarantees that intimidation by people wielding bricks, steel bars, chainsaws and petrol bombs will end? The Calais crisis needs to be resolved without any further delay. But it is far from the only road-transport-related Brexit question to which fatuous answers from politicians are no longer acceptable. Recognising this, the influential Parliamentary Advisory Council for Road Transport Safety (PACTS) has hastily organised a 1 November London conference to focus on what happens over the next four years, with particular emphasis on areas most likely to be affected by Brexit. There are certainly serious implications for road safety. Take the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) as just one example of many. This body was formed in 1993 in response to "the persistent and unacceptably high European road casualty toll and public concern about individual transport tragedies.” The ETSC has come to be highly-regarded over the past 13 years and the UK has both contributed to and benefited greatly from its work. Brexit must not be allowed to mean that all this is about to end, especially when the latest British road casualty statistics are moving in entirely the wrong direction.

4 Points of view
Brigade Electronics' Christopher Hanson-Abbott on the truck driver blind-spots still being ignored.

5 News
Truck and bus head-up display set to break cover at last.

6 News
Waste-watchers gear up for Birmingham show.

7 News
Haldex set to join fast-expanding ZF group.

8 News
Road safety worries following Brexit vote and latest UK statistics.

10 Equipping the operation
Eight legs good: how the latest four-axle rigids are leading the way in truck efficiency.

11 Equipping the operation
Why truck-makers underestimate the value of dealer service standards at their peril.

12 News from the north
Iveco presents "natural power" to major fleets. A&D Logistics stick to "good used" programme.

14 News from the north
Operators in this TruckScot Scene from Transport News include William Nicol of Aberdeen, D Steven and Son of Wick, and Thistle Building Supplies of Edinburgh.

16 16 Retreaders on a roll as they bounce back from the brink
UK-based truck and bus tyre retreaders appear to have recovered in double-quick time from what was reckoned by some to be a near-death experience. Seldom has the truck and bus tyre market been developing as fast as it is right now. Tim Blakemore reports.

19 Flying high under the radar
What has taken Hankook from near obscurity to the UK's top-selling truck tyre manufacturer? And what happens now that Bandvulc, the Korean tyre-maker's UK retreader, has been sold to Continental? Tim Blakemore investigates.

20 News from the north
The Transport News Truck Advocate offers advice on named directors on operator licences, tachographs in horseboxes, and the implications of Brexit for drivers hours rules and the driver CPC.

24 People and jobs
Fraikin has a new boss in the UK as it prepares for Petit Forestier takeover. Iveco's engine research division is looking for a new chief. Feisty senior traffic commissioner Beverley Bell has handed in her notice. Steve Granite has led a management buy-out at Abbey Logistics.

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