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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.

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January 2017

4 Comment
Accident data with a story to tell, but who is learning lessons from it? The Crown Prosecution Service's Alyson Harris is right to point out that the awful tragedy of the Bath tipper crash of two years ago would not have happened if only two men had done their jobs competently. These two men, Grittenham Haulage owner Matthew Gordon and mechanic Peter Wood, have been found guilty of manslaughter (by gross negligence), and will spend time in jail. Whether this does indeed bring some sense of justice, as the CPS hopes, to the victims' loved ones and those still living with physical injuries resulting from the crash, must be uncertain. But the message sent to any commercial vehicle operator tempted to cut corners on maintenance and flout safety regulations generally is surely clear and welcome. Serious questions nevertheless remain unanswered about the effectiveness of an enforcement system that somehow allows an operator like Grittenham Haulage, "a shambles from start to finish," in the words of the prosecuting barrister, to continue to operate trucks for years after its failings had been exposed at a public inquiry. There surely is a disturbing parallel to be drawn here too, between the deaths and serious injuries caused by one truck at one rogue operation, and the deaths and serious injuries routinely resulting from the activities of respected big companies operating buses in London. It should not have taken the tireless campaigning of one man, Tom Kearney, himself a survivor of a London bus collision, to shake Transport for London (TfL) out of an extraordinarily complacent approach to bus safety management. Even now, it is far from entirely clear that the safe operation of London buses is being managed as professionally and effectively as it should be. When two operating companies alone account for more than half of all deaths and serious injuries involving London buses, and when one operator's safety statistics are six times better than another's, we are far from where we ought to be.

4 Points of view
Mark Wilkinson of Heritage Classic Car Insurance on why every vehicle operator needs to take notice of proposed changes in insurance law.

5 News
VW faces first UK High Court emissions-cheating compensation claim.

6 News
Low-carbon truck development could stall without further government support. Will Bath tipper truck jail terms change O-licence enforcement?

8 Visionary van man
An all-singing, all-dancing battery-powered concept van, complete with roof-mounted parcel-delivery drones, went on display in Las Vegas this month following its debut in Hannover last year. Some people reckon this could mark the beginning of the end of diesel engines in Mercedes vans. Nothing could be further from the truth, according to Mercedes-Benz Vans boss Volker Mornhinweg. Tim Blakemore reports.

11 News
Who really is conducting London bus safety?

12 What's on this year's operating costs menu?
Brexit afters is the short answer, and they are anything but appetising. While the government continues to dither over exactly what to cook up next, truck operators are already having to deal with the referendum's repercussions. And all the signs are of many more hefty cost increases on the way. Tim Blakemore reports.

19 News from the north
Operators in the spotlight in this month's Transport News TruckScot Scene include ARR Craib Transport, NWH Waste Services and Mackenzie Transport Forth.

20 News from the north
The Transport News Truck Advocate with advice on tachograph calibration, vehicle inspections over the festive period, and employment contracts.

21 People and jobs
Allison Transmission boss Lawrence Dewey sets his retirement date. Goldhofer loses its chief executive. FTA Ireland has a new boss. Milestone reached by Thompson Group's online tipper parts operation.

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