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 March 2017 edition is now online, including an intriguing invitation to start-up businesses from one of the UK's biggest transport and logistics firms. 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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MARCH 2017 EDITION UPDATE
Trailer-makers and bodybuilders have bounced back strongly from some near-death experiences following the global financial crisis of nine years ago. Trailer sales in western Europe are now reckoned to be close to record high levels. But hardly anyone expects this to last much longer, so preparations are being made for another downturn. That means diversification for some and a strong focus on quality and innovation almost everywhere. We report on the latest business and engineering developments among trailer and truck body suppliers, large and small.
As Volvo Trucks prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its arrival in the UK, we hear from the company's youthful commercial director here about the complete absence so far of any negative Brexit effect, and about a truck order book "in its best position since 2008."
Also in the news this month are Robin Easton, soon to take over from Ray Ashworth as Daf Trucks Ltd managing director; Wincanton chief executive Adrian Colman with an intriguing invitation to start-up businesses; Jim Sumner and Tony English, intent on revitalising Isotrak; and two new traffic commissioners in the north of England.
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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.
To see the CILT video on YouTube click here
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