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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 2018 edition is now online, including news of a top management reshuffle at Daf Trucks as the profitablity of its Paccar parent group soars.

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A welter of recent launches of all-electric trucks from mainstream manufacturers including Daf Trucks, Daimler, Volvo Trucks, Renault Trucks and MAN could easily create the impression that diesel engines and the familiar automated-manual or fully automatic transmissions through which they drive are on their way out. But this is far from the truth. Truck and bus operators are now faced with a bewildering array of driveline options, with many more under development. The good news is that the potential for efficiency improvements from wisely chosen driveline specifications is greater than ever.

We’ve been to ZF’s base in Germany to hear about the giant multinational’s latest ideas on self-driving vehicles, from parcel-delivery vans to yard shunters and swap-body drawbar rigs.
People in the news this month include former VOSA boss and “authorised testing facility” architect Stephen Tetlow, quitting as IMechE chief executive in the wake of a bitter row over a training firm and the institute’s governance.

Commercial Vehicle Engineer’s own news this month is that the magazine is now being published by Immediate Network Ltd, an expanding, Surrey-based firm with a stable of respected publications and websites, and plans to take this one to the next level. Watch this space for more news soon of developments that will make CV Engineer even better value for readers and advertisers.














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4 Comment
No transformation without real vehicle operator representation. Andreas Renschler has been deeply involved in commercial vehicles and road transport globally at top levels for longer than most. Yet the former Daimler truck and bus chief who now leads MAN and Scania’s parent group, Volkswagen Truck & Bus (soon to be renamed Traton), readily admitted this month that he has never before seen this industry going through such fundamental, fast-moving changes as it is at present. His advice to vehicle operators is not to resist such changes, including moves away from diesel, moves towards “autonomous” or “semi-autonomous” vehicles, and what can be summed up as ever-increasing “digitalisation”, but to embrace them enthusiastically and take full advantage of the opportunities they present. “We are talking about how we in the transport industry, as a crucial component of our economy, want to help shape possibly the greatest transformation in its history,” he says. What worries many operators, especially in the UK, is how politicians, locally and nationally, persistently fail to take proper account of their points of view on how best to proceed with this “transformation”. Hence the formation this month of a coalition of leading UK road transport trade bodies many members of which are understandably fearful that they could soon be put out of business by the piecemeal introduction by a host of local authorities of disparate clean air zones and charging schemes. The 900-plus members of just one of these bodies, the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, collectively operate around 4.8 million cars, vans and trucks. Around half of all new vehicles registered in the UK are bought by BVRLA members. Add its voice to that of the Freight Transport Association, Road Haulage Association and National Franchised Dealers Association, and all government locally and nationally surely would be well-advised to sit up and pay careful attention. As RHA chief executive Richard Burnett points out, pricing trucks off the road and thus indirectly adding to van numbers and traffic congestion is no sensible way to seek to improve air quality. The six-point plan on clean air zones put forward by this group of four trade associations needs to be taken seriously. More concerted, effective vehicle operator representation should not end there. The next target for this coalition could be Transport for London’s barmy “direct vision standard”. This is leading only to another bonanza for consultants, confusion among vehicle manufacturers, operators, and aftermarket suppliers, and certainly not to a transformation in the safety of London’s roads, for vulnerable road users or anyone else.

4 Points of view
Mark Herbert of Construction Insure on the knock-on costs of greedy claims-management firms. Womble Bond Dickinson legal director Malcolm Dowden finds yet another gaping hole in the government's latest post-Brexit plans. Richard Armstrong of Lumileds on why too many people are in the dark on cheap headlamp bulbs.

7 News
Government told to get a grip on clean air zones or face a “road to zero” dead end. Turmoil at the top of CNH Industrial following Marchionne’s sudden death.

8 News
Latest EU proposals on CO2 emissions slammed by truck-makers.

9 News
Top management reshuffle at Daf Trucks as Paccar profitability soars.

10 News
Tetlow quits IMechE following training firm rumpus. For VW Truck & Bus read Traton.

12 Technology transfer shifts into overdrive
Commercial vehicle operators tend to associate ZF most with mechanical components such as gearboxes, steering systems and axles. But there is much more these days to the giant multinational, and technology transfer between sectors is key to its latest development strategy. Tim Blakemore went to Friedrichshafen to find out more.

15 Horses, courses and difficult decisions galore
Commercial vehicle powertrain engineers have seldom been as busy as they are present. And their work includes more development of diesel engines than might be expected. The upshot is that truck and bus operators are already faced with a bewildering array of driveline options, with many more on the way. The good news is that the potential for efficiency improvements from carefully chosen driveline specifications is greater than ever. Tim Blakemore reports.

18 News from the north
An MAN TGS26.500 in Forres, a Daf XF480 in Dumfries, and a Volvo FH460 in Broughty Ferry are among this month’s Transport News TruckScot Scene stars.

20 News from the north
What is the law on tachographs in old trucks? How does Ireland’s Driver CPC differ from the UK’s? And to what extent is a Fastrac tractor exempt from drivers’ hours rules? All questions this month for the Transport News Truck Advocate.

21 People and jobs
JCB’s loss is Optare’s gain, as the Yorkshire-based bus builder hires a new chief executive. BYD has strengthened its presence in the UK electric bus market. There has been a top management reshuffle at German trailer-maker Krone.

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