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We report on some of the latest developments in the UK truck and bus tyre market. Tyre pressure monitoring systems are being fitted as standard by more and more vehicle manufacturers, but are these systems really doing the job that fleet operators want? One small independent supplier thinks definitely not, and now it has won the support of one of the world’s biggest tyre-makers, Michelin.

Tyres made in China have been subject to steep “anti-dumping” duties in the European Union since May. We assess what effect this has had to date on new tyre and retread sales in the UK and what the future might hold.

Cummins engineers have been lifting the veil a little on their latest work on turbochargers and exhaust after-treatment systems. More news on Cummins electric drivetrains is promised soon, but the central message meanwhile is that truck and bus diesel engine development has a long way still to go.

People in the news this month include Axscend founder Tim Steer, after selling a controlling stake in the company to SAF-Holland; a team of technicians from the Thurrock workshop of MC Truck & Bus, following their success in a Volvo Group global skills competition; and Bruce McGill, preparing to start a new job next month as SOE chief executive.














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August 2018

4 Comment
Indolence on auto-braking needs to end, full stop. Three years ago some painstaking analysis of vehicle insurance claims in the UK and overseas led to a startling and unusually unequivocal conclusion. When autonomous emergency braking (aeb) systems are fitted to cars, employing forward-facing cameras and radar or lidar (light detection and ranging) sensors to detect what is ahead of the vehicle and activate braking automatically if the driver fails to react swiftly enough, there is a dramatic fall in crash numbers. Countless deaths and injuries are avoided as a result. The analysis was carried out by Thatcham Research, a highly-regarded, independent, not-for-profit organisation funded mainly by insurance companies. Thatcham started a campaign, Stop the Crash, with the aim of encouraging all concerned, especially the government and vehicle manufacturers, to do more to accelerate the take-up of aeb. The campaign soon gained enthusiastic support from the likes of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), and this magazine. BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney specifically urged the government to take the lead by insisting on aeb being fitted to all new vehicles run by all government departments and promoting wider uptake through the tax system and other financial incentives. Sadly, three years on, we all seem to have been largely ignored. The latest road casualty statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT) suggest strongly that many lives have been lost as a consequence. There were 1,792 road deaths in Britain in 2016, four per cent up on the 2015 figure and the highest annual total since 2011. Volkswagen, to its credit, has been fitting aeb as standard to all its latest light commercial vehicles since June 2017 (page 6). This van-maker’s own analysis of one year’s DfT road casualty statistics points to 2,496 “incidents” involving vans below 3.5 tonnes that could have been avoided if aeb had been fitted. This could have prevented as many as 348 deaths and serious injuries, it is calculated. The Stop the Crash campaign evidently needs to be restarted. Auto-braking indolence, especially from government and most van-makers, continues to cost lives.

4 Points of view
Alan Bunting wonders about the authenticity of brave faces at Cummins and ZF. Peter Jarvis of Contechs looks forward to radically different vehicle interiors in the near future. Peter Harvey of the Fork Lift Truck Association has some advice for fork-lift truck buyers and specifiers.

6 News
Calls for safer van braking fall on deaf ears. Seeking ascendancy in trailer digitisation: SAF-Holland takes control of Axscend.

7 News
Trailer technology ready to take centre-stage at Hannover.

8 News
Half-time gloom for UK truck market but a couple of manufacturers are over the moon.

10 Circular economies
A growing number of savvy UK fleet managers recognise that there is far more to successful and responsible tyre cost management than just finding the cheapest product available. And they have a powerful ally that will surprise dyed-in-the-wool Eurosceptics: the European Commission. Tim Blakemore reports.

14 Some like it hot
Waste heat recovery has been given fresh meaning at the Cummins turbocharger manufacturing site in West Yorkshire. Plans for a posh new manufacturing plant have been ditched but the company’s commitment to making diesel engines cleaner and more efficient is as strong as ever. Tim Blakemore reports.

18 News from the north
Retreads boosted by refurbishment of Caledonian Tyres, a Bandag franchise based in Paisley.

20 News from the north
Our learned friend the Transport News Truck Advocate delves this month into legal niceties on vocational licence medicals, traffic commissioner “preliminary hearings”, and authorised operating centres.

21 People and jobs
Commercial Vehicle Engineer has joined the expanding Immediate Network stable of digital publications. Bruce McGill is set to take the reins at the Society of Operations Engineers from next month. Bristol Forklifts has been bought by Red Diamond Distribution. Richard Austin has joined Scania (Great Britain) as northern region bus and coach account manager.

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