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We have reports this month both from the 2017 Birmingham CV Show, and from the latest hugely successful FPS Expo tanker show in Liverpool.

In Munich this month Daimler unveiled a vast array of developments and plans from its Fleetboard telematics division. Can connected vehicles really transform the efficiency and sustainability of the entire logistics sector? Daimler's top brass are betting that they certainly can and soon will. We report on why and how.

We find out how an impressive, custom-built mobile training centre is being used by BPW to keep technicians throughout the UK right up to date with best practice in trailer running-gear maintenance. And we report from a Volvo Group London seminar where one of the main talking points was a self-driving refuse collection truck which is so advanced it spends most of its time going backwards.

People in the news this month include the new senior traffic commissioner, Richard Turfitt; Fraikin's new operations director, Keith Atkins; and a new sales and marketing director at Ryder 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.

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4 Comment
Bright outlook for commercial vehicle engineering amid political gloom. Hats off to two of the world's biggest truck and bus manufacturers, Daimler and Volvo, this month for reminding us how exciting commercial vehicle engineering can be. This is especially welcome right now in the UK as it provides a much-needed antidote to a mood of depression and anger being brought on largely by government ministers lying through their teeth or squirming every which way just to avoid answering reasonable questions as they throw everything at clinging on to power in next month's general election. The latest news from Daimler and its arch-rival Volvo Group is altogether more uplifting. One revelation at a London seminar organised by Volvo Group is a fascinating application of the latest "autonomous vehicle" technology in the shape of a self-driving refuse collection truck. UK-based waste-management fleet engineers will surely be at the front of the queue wanting to learn more about this, as they continue to grapple with the implications of the carnage resulting from a Glasgow refuse collection truck running amok in December 2014. But there are wider reasons why Volvo's "Innovation Summit" is a welcome development. The group's chief technology officer, Lars Stenqvist, sums them up nicely. “We believe that technological innovations, including automation, electromobility and connectivity, have significant potential to address issues such as air quality and road safety," he says. "For that to happen it is important to keep the discussion moving forward, stimulating changes that make people safer, healthier and to mitigate transport’s impact on the environment. Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Trucks boss Stefan Buchner would surely agree with the sentiment of that, no matter how fiercely he competes with Volvo for business. The new Daimler Digital Solutions & Services division was showing off its latest products and services (and even some still at the ideas stage) in Munich this month. Divisional manager director Daniela Gerd tom Markotten talks with great enthusiasm about a "moonshot vision" for trucks of the future operating in a sector making the most of the latest information technology to squeeze out every last drop of inefficiency. What's not to get excited about in that? And what a welcome contrast with the dreary, untrustworthy, incompetent politicians in Britain who, depressingly, appear to be in the majority.

4 Points of view
A three-point plan for improved fork-lift safety from Mentor FLT Training. And calls from FleetCheck for more thorough inspections and maintenance for vans under 3.5 tonnes gvw.

6 News
Climate of change at Millbrook proving ground under new ownership. Call for entries to low-carbon transport awards. Tipper operators home in on Harrogate.

7 News
Start date finalised for EU truck fuel economy regulation.

8 News
Rubbish ideas at the forefront of safer, sustainable transport.

10 News
The sky's the limit for Mercedes Fleetboard ambitions.

12 Fifty shades of green at Merseyside tanker show going from strength to strength
FPS Expo returned to Liverpool this year after a highly-successful move there in 2016. Much of the emphasis among exhibitors and visitors alike this year was on environment-friendly operations, a point echoed by the newly elected Federation of Petroleum Suppliers president. Tim Blakemore reports.

16 Geared up for best practice in trailer running gear maintenance
Like any mechanical component, trailer running gear reaches its maximum long-term potential only when maintained correctly. John Henderson joins the innovative BPW Infomobil mobile training centre for an informative day's course on hubs, suspensions and brake systems.

18 News from the north
The Transport News take on last month's Birmingham CV Show.

24 News from the north
The Transport News truck advocate with advice on driver night-out allowances, OCRS, and dirty number plates.

25 News from the north
TruckScot Scene focuses in on who is buying what north of the border.

28 News from the north
Transport News hears from the retiring but not so shy Isuzu Trucks UK chairman, Yuki Murata.

30 People and jobs
Richard Turfitt is appointed senior traffic commissioner. SDC's parent company is to have a new managing director from July. Keith Atkins is the new fleet operations director at Fraikin in the UK.

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