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Trucks maintained in-house most likely to breakdown, reveals report

January 10, 2013 Chris Druce

Operators servicing their vehicles in-house suffer more breakdowns each year than those using alternative maintenance arrangements, according to exclusive research. MT’s UK Commercial Vehicle Operator Report, produced in association with Texaco, reveals that vehicles maintained at an operator’s workshop will on average suffer more breakdowns during the course of a year than those visiting either independent workshops are franchised dealers. While the average breakdown rate is 22.13 incidents a year per operator – drawn from the report’s sample of 500 […]

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News Focus: Scania helps operators down the green road

January 9, 2013 Steve Hobson

Late last year, Scania held a high level conference in Brussels to discuss how European road freight transport can cut CO2 emissions while remaining competitive. At the event MT caught up with Jonas Hofstedt, Scania’s senior vice president, powertrain development (pictured), to discuss the manufacturer’s approach to maximising the fuel efficiency of its Euro 6 trucks. Despite the massive cuts in NOx and particulate emissions required under Euro 6, early tests of the new generation of heavy trucks indicate that the […]

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Truck registrations hold up commercial vehicle market numbers

January 7, 2013 George Barrow

Total commercial vehicle registrations fell during 2012, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), with Volvo faring the worst across the twelve month period. Registrations from January to December were down 5.9% across truck and vans, with the decline directly attributable to lower light commercial vehicle sales. Registrations of commercial vehicles above 3.5 tonnes were up 6.4% on 2011 figures, while vans (registrations below 3.5 tonnes) were down 7.9%. Truck registrations were particularly […]

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Royal Mail: Online retailers hope to improve delivery and returns in 2013

January 3, 2013 Ashleigh Wight

A quarter of SME online retailers plan to focus on improving their delivery and returns processes in 2013 as the sector becomes more competitive. A study commissioned by Royal Mail revealed that small online retailers will prioritise improving their delivery and returns services above improving the range and quality of products they sell and pricing more competitively. Over half of the small e-tailers questioned saw an increase in sales last year. Some 64% are confident that sales will rise in […]

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Scanners trim accident investigation times

January 2, 2013 Robin Meczes

The use of 3D laser scanners to capture evidence after a road collision is saving an average of 44 minutes per investigation, roads minister Stephen Hammond has suggested. Thirty-eight scanners, which make a 3D image of the entire incident scene and avoid the need for investigators to survey multiple scene sections individually, were funded by the DfT and the police for use by 27 police authorities recently after a 2009 trial suggested their use would save 39 minutes on investigation […]

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UK diesel most expensive in EU, despite slight fall in fuel demand

January 2, 2013 Robin Meczes

Consumption of transport fuels fell slightly in the third quarter of 2012, new figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show. The data reveals that a 5.6% fall in petrol deliveries during the quarter were largely offset by a 3.4% rise in diesel deliveries. In all, just over 4.5 billion litres of petrol (Q3 2011: 4.77 billion litres) and 6.52 billion litres of diesel (Q3 2011: 6.3 billion) were delivered during the quarter. Of the diesel, some […]

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Save the date: key industry events for 2013

January 2, 2013 Justin Stanton

We have pulled together a list of key road transport industry events taking place during 2013. Click the hyperlinks to go direct to the events’ respective websites. February Logistics Link South: 12-13 at Sandown Park, Esher March IMHX: 19-22 at the NEC, Birmingham April CV Show: 9-11 at the NEC, Birmingham FPS: 17-18 at Harrogate International Centre Multimodal: 23-25 at the NEC, Birmingham May Plantworx: 13-14 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshirewickshire FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards: 16; venue TBC […]

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Top 10 most read road transport stories of 2012

January 1, 2013 Ashleigh Wight

Throughout the year, has bought you the biggest news in the road transport industry. Here we bring you the top 10 most read stories of 2012: 10.    Stobart Group in for Autologic with £12.4m cash offer June saw Stobart make its offer for the car transporter firm, which valued Autologic at £12.4m. The deal made Stobart the largest car transporter haulier in the UK. 9.    Hermes opens Coventry and Carlisle depots 2012 was a year of expansion for Hermes […]

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2012 – the Motor Transport headlines

December 31, 2012 Christopher Walton

Motor Transport: A Year in Review The industry has faced a challenging 2012 and since its launch in March, has been here to cover the ups and the downs. Here is a month by month guide to the big stories of 2012. January saw B2C parcel operators report record Christmas volumes as a result of the biggest online Christmas the UK had ever seen. Hermes delivered 15 million items in its 2011 Christmas peak, while Yodel delivered 20 million […]

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Vans: news highlights of 2012

December 30, 2012 Laura Hailstone

The past year has been a busy one for the LCV market, not least because of the long awaited arrival of the new Ford Transit. Motor Transport looks back at some of the highlights of 2012. Transit Custom launched at the CV Show April – The first major launch of the year was announced on the eve of the CV Show in Birmingham, where Ford debuted the new Transit Custom – its one-tonne panel van based on the current Stage […]