Awards

Fleet Engineer of the Year shortlist profiled

May 8, 2012 Steve Hobson

Andrew Davis, Carlsberg UK As the only major UK brewer with its own delivery service, Carlsberg UK takes a different approach to serving its on-trade customers. This extends to the focus for fleet engineer Andrew Davis on improving the efficiency of the operation while delivering best in class service. Carlsberg UK operates 330 trucks and 150 trailers, and focuses on operating costs over an eight year life span rather than initial purchase price when speccing vehicles. Davis has developed a […]

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Tyre fuel efficiency will be ‘more important’ than mileage

May 1, 2012 Steve Hobson

As fuel prices continue to rise, the rolling resistance of tyres will become more important to operators than mileage, according to Arthur Gregg, commercial sales and marketing director at Continental Tyre. The requirement to label tyres with performance ratings on rolling resistance, noise and wet grip will also focus attention on fuel economy, though Gregg says it is unlikely any tyre will achieve the highest rating for rolling resistance at first. “Low rolling resistance has been a key feature of […]

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Fleet Driver of the Year shortlist profiled

May 1, 2012 Steve Hobson

  After two days intensive judging, the shortlists for the 2012 Motor Transport Awards have been selected. Here we preview the finalists in the Fleet Driver of the Year category.   Paul Allen, Royal Mail In 2004, Paul Allen, a driver with Royal Mail since 1990, became an instructor and in 2008 a driver coach. Focusing on key aspects of driver performance, Allen has been instrumental in Royal Mail’s safety and fuel efficiency drives. By identifying and encouraging positive driver […]

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Awards shortlist revealed!

April 30, 2012 Steve Hobson

The shortlist for the Motor Transport Awards has been revealed. After two days of intensive judging by over 50 leading independent industry figures, the cream of the crop of entries for road transport’s premier awards was selected. To see the full list of finalists go to http://www.mtawards.co.uk/mtawards2012/shortlist-2012 where you can also book your tickets to see who walks away with the 18 trophies on the big night on 13 June.

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Motortransport.co.uk survey winner announced

April 26, 2012 Steve Hobson

The winner of the iPad 2 in motortransport.co.uk’s prize draw was Scott Walker, operations manager at Bunzl Catering Supplies (right). He was presented with his prize at the CV Show 2012 by MT editor Steve Hobson. Walker’s name was pulled from the hat from all those who completed our online survey on what you like and what could be improved on our new website. Thank you to everyone who took part and congratulations to Scott Walker.

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Maintenance provider quality assurance scheme up and running

April 25, 2012 Steve Hobson

The SMMT CV aftersales committee has been in discussions with Vosa over a licensing scheme for CV repair workshops similar to operator licensing, but the proposal came to nothing due to lack of public funds to set it up. Speaking at the launch of the voluntary IRTE workshop accreditation scheme at the CV Show 2012, chairman of the SMMT aftersales committee and head of UK service and support at MAN Truck and Bus John Davies said he wanted to see […]

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Come dine with us

April 4, 2012 Steve Hobson

Last year’s 25th anniversary Motor Transport Awards were a sell-out, so to make sure you get a seat at the biggest night in the road transport calendar book now! With more than 1,500 of the top movers and shakers in road transport expected to pack the Great Room at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel to see who collects the 18 Motor Transport Awards tickets are selling fast. Guests will also be entertained by a top line up of entertainers, and – […]

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Peter Larner acts to improve image of logistics

April 3, 2012 Steve Hobson

Following on from Alastair Campbell’s thought-provoking presentation on how the transport industry can get its message across to the public at the last MT Directors’ Club, Suckling Transport MD Pater Larner is taking action. A new Suckling Transport tank trailer, which is being exhibited by Lakeland Tankers at the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers Exhibition in Harrogate on 18/19 April 2012, will be the first to carry a new “Love Logistics” livery developed in association with the FTA. This trailer will […]

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Deadline extended for entries

March 20, 2012 Steve Hobson

It is not too late to enter this year’s Motor Transport Awards. The deadline for entering the 2012 Awards has been extended until 30 March, so go to the website, check the categories where you think you have a great story to tell and download an entry form now. The entry process is simple STEP 1 Tell us in no more than 1,000 words what you have achieved and why your firm/individual deserves an award. STEP 2 Download and complete […]

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News extra: Kuehne + Nagel on growth track

March 13, 2012 Steve Hobson

International Swiss-based freight and logistics business Kuehne + Nagel  reaped the benefits of its long term growth strategy with record results in the 12 months to 31 December 2011. Globally, K+N saw net profit rise to CHF606m (£421m) on turnover of CHF19.6bn (£13.6bn), increases of 12.2% and 9% respectively after the effect of the strong appreciation of the Swiss franc against K+N’s major trading currencies was stripped out, according to Tim Scharwath, vice-president for global air logistics. In K+N’s four […]