Commercial Vehicle Engineer is the multi-award-winning online monthly for road transport engineers and fleet managers, delivering a unique blend of independent, well-informed analysis, hard-hitting comment and news on the commercial vehicle market and aftermarket. The January 2017 edition is now online, including an interview with the man who describes the way London bus safety is managed as "murderous". To subscribe or log in as a subscriber click on the page-turning icon below or the green "subscribe" button on the right.
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JANUARY 2017 EDITION UPDATE
What exactly has happened to truck operating costs in the UK over the past twelve months? And where are they headed in 2017? The January edition has reliable, thoroughly-researched answers to these questions. A plunge in the value of sterling following last June's referendum already is having a big effect on costs, as you might expect, but there are many other factors at play here as well.
We've been finding out what has been happening to the capital costs of trucks, bodies and trailers; how fuel, tyre, oil and AdBlue prices have been changing; and why driver pay is rising at well above the rate of inflation. From two-axle rigid trucks at 7.5 tonnes to 8x4 tippers at 32 tonnes, and from 31-tonnes-gcw four-axle artics to six-axle 44-tonners, this is the independent truck operating costs analysis that fleet managers and transport engineers know they can trust.
People and companies in the news this month include Mercedes-Benz Vans boss Volker Mornhinweg; Allison Transmission chief executive Lawrence Dewey, bus safety campaigner Tom Kearney, and the two men starting jail terms following the horrific Bath tipper truck crash of two years ago.
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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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