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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 July 2017 edition is now online, including news of how the fuel economy claims of manufacturers of vans and other light commercial vehicles have been shown to be just as wildly inaccurate as official car fuel consumption figures. 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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Skiploader and tipper remote-control systems have caught on faster than many expected, so fast indeed that technical standards are in danger of being left behind. The good news is that this is about to change, perhaps as soon as next month.

What does the future hold for Boweld Truck Bodies, one of the biggest names in the UK tipper sector, now that it has been bought by Meiller of Germany? The bosses of both companies have been laying out their plans.

Transport for London and the bus operators it controls are under intense pressure to take urgent action on vehicle safety following a damning report, Driven to Distraction, from the London Assembly's transport committee. We report on the committee's findings.

People in the news this month include Dave Cussans, returning to MAN after seven years at Scania; Richard Brodie, leaving MAN to join BPW; and Rich Anderson, starting work as Tiger Trailers business development director after less than three years at Cartwright Group.



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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.

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July 2017

4 Comment
No way to run commercial vehicles. The London Assembly’s transport committee should be applauded for its hard-hitting report on London bus safety, Driven to Distraction, published this month. It is difficult to imagine a much more damning indictment of Transport for London’s current cavalier approach to safety in its management of the contracts under which around 8,900 buses are operated in the capital by private companies such as Stagecoach and Abellio. No fewer than 25 people have been killed on or by London buses over the past two years alone, according to the report. Any other commercial vehicle operation with accident statistics like these would surely have been shut down long ago, with its directors probably facing jail sentences. Now, as the Driven to Distraction report makes plain this month, TfL can bury its head in the sand no longer. It must face up to the seriousness of the problem and, more important, do something to address evident systemic failings. Platitudes and empty promises about “a world-leading bus safety programme” will no longer do.

4 Points of view
An open letter to the prime minister on why the government's current approach to health and safety law has to change following the Grenfell Tower outrage. Pol Sweeney of Descartes Systems Group on how to do more with less. Tick.Tock. The Freight Transport Association's head of European policy, Pauline Bastidon, on the urgent need to defuse the logistics time-bomb called Brexit.

7 News
Urgent action demanded to improve London bus safety.

8 News
September campaign focuses on fork-lift safety. Cussans set to make MAN comeback.

9 News
Paint your wagon: with graphene?

10 News
Latest drivelines give Routemasters another lease of life.

11 News
Awards in all directions at FPS.

13 News from the north
Alistair Vallance reports from Cumbernauld, home of Vtec Solutions, Tom Tom's biggest telematics partner in the UK. Managing director Paul Cochrane explains why he loves the challenge of mixed-marque fleets.

14 News from the north
The who, what, why and when of the Boweld takeover by the FX Meiller group of Munich.

15 Remote possibilities
Remote-control systems for skiploaders and tippers have caught on faster than had been expected: so fast indeed that there's a danger of technical standards getting left behind. The good news is that the danger has been recognised by a body which is well-placed to do something about it. Tim Blakemore reports.

18 News from the north
Leading roles in this month's TruckScot Scene go to the Black Isle's Richard Fraser and his first new trucks, Miller Plant's latest Daf XF 6x4 tractor, and Transpower Transport's new head-turning Volvo FH..

20 News from the north
Sound advice from the Transport News Truck Advocate on S-marked prohibitions and public inquiries; financial standing for O-licence applicants; and the meaning of code 102 on a C+E driving licence.

21 People and jobs
Richard Brodie moves from MAN to BPW. There's been a top management reshuffle at Lancashire Daf. Richard Anderson leaves Cartwright Group to join arch-rival Tiger Trailers. Transaid has a new chief executive. And Mike Corcoran is still smiling after Volvo's FH was voted "fleet truck of the year".

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