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The UK system for assessing truck and bus driver fitness to drive safely is suffering from "major failings", according to a hard-hitting report published last month by an influential parliamentary ombudsman. This echoes some of the findings of the inquiry into the six deaths resulting from the horrendous Glasgow refuse-collection truck crash of two years ago. Now a separate Commercial Vehicle Engineer investigation has exposed even more failings in the driver medical system. We are calling on the Department for Transport and the British Medical Association to put their heads together and accept openly that urgent improvements are needed.

Are truck and bus diesel engines soon to be consigned to history by concerns over air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and the introduction of alternative fuels such as gas and electricity? Certainly not, according to the straight-talking product development director at Daf Trucks. He lifts the veil, just a little, on the Paccar company's latest driveline development plans.

People in the news this month include Ian Lumsden, leaving Iveco to take charge of Tesco's huge fleet of home-delivery vehicles; and Cummins' global component division boss Tracy Embree, explaining the thinking behind new products such as a mid-range fuel injection system and compact exhaust after-treatment kit.


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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November 2016

4 Comment
Calling time on an unfit driver medical system. Anyone getting behind the wheel of a vehicle should be fit to drive. Let’s be scrupulously fair to the government’s Department for Transport (DfT) and not immediately dismiss this sentence, taken from a “motoring services reform strategy” document published in April 2015, as scarcely more than an empty statement of the blindingly obvious, perhaps taken from the same government manual of fatuous marketing-speak that gave us Brexit means Brexit. Let’s instead assume that the DfT and its Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) really have been trying harder than ever since the Glasgow refuse-collection truck horror of December 2014 to ensure that anyone who is medically unfit is denied a truck or bus licence, while at the same time correcting mistakes of the past which have resulted in too many drivers losing their licences unjustly. On both counts the DVLA and DfT are failing miserably. This in essence is the conclusion of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman in a hard-hitting report published last month. One of the ombudsman’s main concerns is the DfT’s stubborn opposition to a “publicised process to put right failings.” Our separate investigation into the fees charged by doctors for truck and bus driver medical examinations leads us to the conclusion that the ombudsman has good reason to be alarmed at this. Indeed it could be argued that she is even understating the seriousness and scale of the problem. The more of this tale that is revealed, the more it looks like the current UK system of medical assessments of truck and bus drivers is simply unfit for purpose. This needs to change, urgently and transparently.

4 Points of view
Two contrasting points of view on what Brexit really could mean for staff recruitment and retention in logistics and engineering, from Mark Elward of DK Fulfilment and John Morris of JAM Recruitment. Doug Bentley of Klarius Products offers an exhaustive explanation of the effects on engine performance of exhaust back-pressure.

7 News
Driver medicals: are they fit for purpose?

8 News
Clamour for ban on part-worn tyre sales. Positive signs in higher speed limit report.

9 News
Air-quality action and reaction following High Court ruling.

10 Bus and coach technology update
Everything you wanted to know about low-emission buses but were afraid to ask. All in a LowCVP guide. Cummins gears up for a busy 2017 with updated engines, exhaust after-treatment and fuel injection equipment.

12 Trucks and energy efficiency: the inconvenient truths
A plethora of all-electric truck drivelines at this year's Hannover show together with headline-grabbing gas engines and all the talk of emissions-free "autonomous" vehicles could lead a casual observer to the conclusion that truck diesel engines' days must be numbered. That would be a big mistake, according to Daf's straight-talking product development director. Tim Blakemore reports.

17 News from the north
Advice from our learned friend the Transport News Truck Advocate on operator licence applications, new "financial standing" rules, container twistlocks and Polish drivers.

18 News from the north
Genesis 2014 of Stoke-on-Trent bands together with MAN. JC Balls & Sons of Derbyshire kicks on with Mercedes six-wheeled tippers. Furniture-maker Bof gets comfortable with its new Iveco Eurocargo rigids.

20 People and jobs
Ian Lumsden leaves Iveco to join the Tesco home-delivery operation. WH Bowker acquires Potter Logistics. Transaid has a new trustee board chairman. John Cargill is Hyva (UK)'s new regional sales manager in Scotland and Ireland.

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