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FEBRUARY 2017 EDITION UPDATE
What makes a road transport operation truly sustainable and what are the implications for fleet managers and engineers as they set about specifying current and future truck drivelines? We report on the latest answers to such questions from three truck manufacturers with contrasting points of view and plenty to say: Daf, Iveco and Scania.
The full-year UK truck, bus and coach registration statistics for 2016 have been published finally, much later than usual and in far less detail than operators and their suppliers would like. We try to make sense of the numbers and consider what they tell us about winners and losers among vehicle manufacturers, where the UK commercial vehicle market stands at present, and where it could go over the next twelve months.
People in the news this month include Wolfgang Bernhard, walking away suddenly from the top job at Daimler Trucks & Buses; Scottish traffic commissioner Joan Aitken, among the stalwarts preparing to get on their bikes in South Africa to raise cash for Transaid; and David Carter, starting a new job selling Scania fire-fighting vehicles in the UK.
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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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