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 April 2017 edition is now online, including news of a new Daf Trucks UK headquarters now under construction. 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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APRIL 2017 EDITION UPDATE
Despite the absence again of some high-profile names from its exhibitor list, this month's Birmingham Commercial Vehicle Show offers plenty to make for a highly productive visit by any fleet manager or transport engineer. Our preview will whet your appetite with news of show plans from the likes of Daf Trucks, MAN, Lawrence David and Renault's van division.
We also report from Brussels on a ground-breaking conference this month which provides the clearest evidence yet of the European Union's determination to be firmly in the driving seat in development, regulation and standard-setting of connected and automated vehicles. Where will this leave the UK as it heads for the EU exit door? Sadly, increasingly isolated and disconnected, it seems.
People in the news this month include BYD Europe managing director Isbrand Ho, revealing plans for a bus assembly plant in France; Joloda's new owners following a buy-in/buy-out; and the first engineering and production director at fast-growing bodybuilder Bevan Group.
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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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