Industry News

Transport minister pledges action to expand MSA lorry parking

October 20, 2017 Steve Hobson

Transport minister John Hayes MP has pledged to meet his opposite number at the Department for Communities and Local Government to try to free the blockage placed on the development of HGV parking at motorway services areas (MSAs) by local authorities. Speaking at the launch of the first annual survey of MSA users, Hayes heard from the operators of the UK’s leading services that their planning applications to expand existing lorry parking were often blocked by district councils even if […]

Industry News

Big data could improve road safety says Microlise

September 29, 2017 Steve Hobson

Big improvements in the way huge amounts of data is analysed could soon lead to detailed risk ratings for specific roads at different times of the day, according to Matthew Hague, executive director – product strategy at Microlise.

Interviews

Gas as a road transport fuel – has its time finally come?

August 4, 2017 Steve Hobson

Gasrec has bet a small fortune on the future of natural gas as a road transport fuel. Chief executive Rob Wood tells Steve Hobson that the odds are moving in its favour. For those in the road transport industry with long memories, the era of gas-powered vehicles has dawned before – but proved to be false. Will things be different this time, as diesel is not only more expensive now but is being demonised for its carbon dioxide, particulate and […]

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Cartwright’s cradle to grave approach to trailer care

July 17, 2017 Steve Hobson

The Cartwright Group has been based in Altrincham, Cheshire, since 1952, and while the core of the business is still designing and manufacturing on average 80 trailers and rigid bodies a week it now has many more strings to its bow. Its Rentals division has almost 6,500 trailers available for rent; Finance Sales can provide a variety of funding options; Used Sales refurbishes and sells around 800 used trailers each year; Parts & Spares sells repair and maintenance parts; Conversions […]