Trucker World https://truckerworld.uk Driving To Deliver Your Business Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:23:23 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 CHEP wins award for Transport Innovation at Supply Chain Excellence Awards https://truckerworld.uk/2019/11/chep-wins-award-for-transport-innovation-at-supply-chain-excellence-awards/ Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:00:26 +0000 https://www.ukhaulier.co.uk/?p=40105   |   Road Transport   |   CHEP wins award for Transport Innovation at Supply Chain Excellence Awards 15:00 Wed 20th Nov 2019 | Posted By UKHAULIER 54 mins ago CHEP, the leading FMCG and retail end-to-en...]]>

  |   Road Transport   |   CHEP wins award for Transport Innovation at Supply Chain Excellence Awards

15:00 Wed 20th Nov 2019 | Posted By UKHAULIER

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CHEP, the leading FMCG and retail end-to-end supply chain specialist, has been recognised as a leading innovator in transport at the annual Supply Chain Excellence Awards. The Supply Chain Excellence Awards’ Innovation in Transport category celebrates originality in transport thinking, technology or operations that has had quantifiable benefits to the operation of the organisation’s supply chain across the retail, manufacturing and the public sector. CHEP received the award for its ‘Transport Collaboration Solutions’ initiative, which supports companies within the supply chain to be more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint.

The solution identifies CHEP customers that can work together – by sharing the same truck for deliveries – and helps them to cut inefficiencies and reduce both empty truck miles and CO2 emissions. To date, the initiative has involved more than 200 of the company’s global customers including consumer goods company, P&G, and leading Spanish brewer, Mahou. Between July 2018 and April 2019, the initiative is estimated to have saved CHEP’s customers 873 tonnes of CO2 in UK.

Matt Quinn, Vice-President for Northern Europe at CHEP, said: “We are delighted to receive such a prestigious award. The need for sustainable supply chains is increasingly prevalent on the public agenda and the UK transport sector is being challenged to do more to minimise its carbon emissions. “CHEP’s Transport Collaboration Solution was developed in response to these growing challenges.

We are dedicated not only to performing to the highest level in FMCG and retail end-to-end supply services, but also to the continued operation of environmentally responsible practices across our business.

It is therefore such a great privilege to be recognised for our work in this area.”

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Fuel Savings Are Only the Beginning https://truckerworld.uk/2019/11/fuel-savings-are-only-the-beginning/ Wed, 20 Nov 2019 14:25:16 +0000 https://www.trucknews.com/?p=1003095302 As passionate as you may be about your trucking business, it must remain first and foremost a business. Profitability makes for an enjoyable living for you and your employees. With the freight market now softening and capacity getting back to higher l...]]>

As passionate as you may be about your trucking business, it must remain first and foremost a business. Profitability makes for an enjoyable living for you and your employees.

With the freight market now softening and capacity getting back to higher levels, profitability can best be achieved by working on the expenses front. And as fuel remains a fleet’s most important expense item after wages, lowering the speed – or revolutions per minute (rpm) – at which your trucks’ engines run is a great way to burn less diesel while achieving the same tasks. Volvo, Cummins and many other engine makers now offer diesel power for which the sweet spot – the range where it performs the best with the greatest fuel economy level – has dropped almost 300 rpm while the peak torque level now flirts with the 1,000 and even 900 rpm mark.

Each downward increment of 100 rpm at cruising speed represents 1% to 1.5% in fuel economy improvement, according to Volvo Trucks USA’s Driver’s Digest, based on an interview with Johan Agebrand – Director of Product Marketing at Volvo Trucks. That’s at least 3% fuel savings with newer engines. Seeing an automated transmission shifting gears on a modern engine at a much lower point than expected can be surprising at first for experienced drivers, such as Marcel Pouliot, vice president, Industry & Regulatory Affairs for Trimac, a Calgary, Alberta, based carrier with a fleet of over 1,000 power units.

In a SmartWay partner profile published by Natural Resources Canada, Pouliot recalls how odd it felt seeing the rpm going below the 1,000 line while climbing a hill. “For someone like me who learned to drive a long time ago, that is so unnatural,” he said. The whole drivetrain can also find it disturbing, as low-revving engines tend to cause vibrations in them, potentially leading to more driver fatigue or premature component wear. Engineers studied the issue and enhanced drivetrain components accordingly.

For instance, Spicer enhanced its Dura-Tune self-aligning center bearings to provide better vibration isolation and dampening, ensuring a longer life for components along the way. In gear The new, low rpm engines provide their best fuel economy when mated to an automated, electronic manual transmission (AMT) programmed accordingly.

AMTs now equip the majority of Class 8 trucks on the road but there are still applications out there where manual transmissions are preferred. The same rules apply to keep a low rpm and good fuel economy with a manual; it’s called progressive shifting. The driver needs to upshift as soon as possible when accelerating and to downshift as late as possible when decelerating.

Keeping the highest possible gear engaged at all times helps keep the rpm and diesel consumption low. Fully automatic transmissions with a torque converter often used in urban settings can also help with fuel economy. Allison’s 1000 HS model has a feature that allows it to put itself in neutral when the truck is stationary, at a stop light for example.

This eliminates the load on the engine when the vehicle is stopped, which trims fuel consumption and lowers emissions – both by 6% says Claire Gregory, Director of Communications at Allison Transmission. Regardless of the transmission type, low engine rpm will provide additional benefits in the form of longer oil life – and less downtime required for drain intervals – thanks to reduced friction and Fuel Savings Are Only the Beginninglower heat transfer. The coolant system will also benefit from the latter.

And a coolant system in good condition is less likely to leak fluid in engine oil, contaminating it and harming fuel economy. That’s a great example of holistic fleet management, where a maintenance manager takes into account the interactions between a truck’s components and systems to maximize productivity. Low rpm fuel savings can also be achieved by making sure that the idle speed is set according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.

But as a general rule of thumb, the best idle speed is…

0 rpm. Shutting down the engine when it’s not used to pull payload should become second nature to any driver and most successful fleets have put in place programs that monitor idle time and reward those who keep it the lowest. Idling doesn’t only waste fuel that was so hard to save in the first place; it also contaminates the oil quicker and generates more wear and tear on the engine.

Most truck engines can now be programmed to automatically shut down after a given period, usually in the 5-10 minute range that allows for a quick delivery. Auxiliary power units (APUs) can be used to cut down on idle time while ensuring driver comfort by providing heating or air conditioning in addition to electrical power. Those small onboard generators do all that with a fraction of the diesel fuel compared to the truck engine idling.

Though it may vary from one model to another, a truck engine idling will generally burn about a gallon (3.78 litres) of diesel per hour while an APU will keep the cab warm (or cool) for an eight-hour night with just two gallons of fuel. As a bonus, the driver will sleep better with the noise and vibration reduction. Better yet, more and more truck makers now offer battery-based electric APUs.

Route planning, tires and aerodynamics Another interesting fact about diesel fuel is that it weighs about seven pounds per gallon. So whether your trucks are often grossed out or maxed out, keeping a full tank when it’s not necessary cuts either payload or fuel economy, harming your bottom line in each case.

Make sure your dispatch department makes that calculation when planning routes and identifying refueling points. Route optimization will also help cut idling due to trucks being stuck in heavy traffic or waiting in line at customs during peak periods. Tire selection is another area that can keep your fuel costs down.

Low rolling resistance models will improve fuel economy while wide base tires also help save weight by reducing the number of wheels. Tire pressure needs to be checked on a regular basis to keep them safe, extend their life as well as their casing retreadability. An automatic tire pressure regulation system can be used for more peace of mind or tires can be inflated with nitrogen instead of air to avoid leaks.

That’s exactly what Andy Keith, vice president of Seafood Express in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, does. “It improves rolling resistance, it improves tire wear and it improves our fuel bill, too,” Keith says. Last but not least, the way your trucks and trailers penetrate the air is a crucial fuel economy factor. Side skirts on trailers, sloped hoods, fairings on the truck roof that guide the air over the trailer and close the gap between the tractor and trailer where turbulence forms will all help cut drag – or air resistance – and less power will be required to pull your loads.

Generally speaking, each increment of 3% in aerodynamics improvement translates into 1% additional fuel savings at highway speed. Yet, a trucking company’s profitability goes well beyond fuel economy alone. Mobil DelvacTM has prepared a free guide for you to download by clicking here.

Learn more about how properly spec’ed components, remote diagnostic technologies, the use of extended life coolants and oil analyses can all contribute to your business vitality and longevity.

Fuel savings are only the beginning.

Fuel Savings Are Only the Beginning

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Scarning driver charged after truck ends up in ditch in Dereham https://truckerworld.uk/2019/11/scarning-driver-charged-after-truck-ends-up-in-ditch-in-dereham/ Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:16:00 +0000 http://truckerworld.uk/?guid=fb59f10acc1a187eae229cd29ed35107

PUBLISHED: 13:16 20 November 2019 | UPDATED: 15:09 20 November 2019

Stuart Anderson

A Scarning man has been charged with dangerous driving after a truck ended up in a ditch in Dereham. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

A Scarning man has been charged with dangerous driving after a truck ended up in a ditch in Dereham. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

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A 21-year-old man has been charged with a string of driving offences after a truck ended up in a ditch.

It follows an incident in Dereham at around 2am yesterday (November 19) morning, when a vehicle failed to stop for police following a crash. Charlie Barnes, of Podmoor Lane, Scarning, was subsequently arrested and later charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop for an RTC and driving without insurance.

He was bailed to appear at Norwich Magistrates’ Court today.

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ATL’s 20 new Mercedes-Benz Actros hit the ground running https://truckerworld.uk/2019/11/atls-20-new-mercedes-benz-actros-hit-the-ground-running/ Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:00:38 +0000 https://www.ukhaulier.co.uk/?p=40101 Container specialist ATL Haulage Contractors is thrilled with the fuel-efficient performance of the 20 new-generation Actros delivered in September by its ‘favourite’ Dealer, Marshall Truck & Van. Most of the new tractor units are between half-a-mi...]]>

Container specialist ATL Haulage Contractors is thrilled with the fuel-efficient performance of the 20 new-generation Actros delivered in September by its ‘favourite’ Dealer, Marshall Truck & Van. Most of the new tractor units are between half-a-mile, and a mile-and-a-half per gallon ahead of its established trucks, a performance which holds out the promise of substantial annual savings in diesel costs. What’s more, the Actros have been flying since day one.

Director Jamie Woodward, who runs ATL Haulage Contractors with his business partners Amit and Ash Karia, observed: “We’d normally expect to have to wait a little while for a truck to loosen up, and dust off the cobwebs, before it started to produce its best fuel figures. “These Mercedes-Benz units have really hit the ground running, though, and immediately established themselves as front-runners in terms of economy. Our other tractors return anything from 9.5 to 10.5 mpg.

By contrast, 15 of the new Actros are already averaging 11 mpg – some may be a little shy of that figure, but others are doing even better! “On the evidence of the last two months, therefore, our substantial investment in this new equipment has been more than justified. We’ve quickly become big advocates for the new product, and if the new trucks continue to perform as well as they’ve done so far it will strongly influence where we place our next round of orders.”

ATL Haulage Contractors operates more than 120 tractor units. Those that work from its headquarters at the London Gateway deep-water port are by Swedish manufacturers. However, most of the trucks based at its depot in Southampton wear three-pointed stars and are maintained by Marshall Truck & Van.

Supplementing this core fleet, the company also works closely with a number of trusted sub-contractors. The latest units are all Actros 2545 models with flat-floored BigSpace cabs. Their second-generation, 12.8-litre, in-line six-cylinder engines produce 330 kW (450 hp) and drive through Mercedes PowerShift automated manual transmissions.

Between them, the new Mercedes-Benz Actros and Arocs ranges incorporate more than 60 innovations. They include an enhanced version of the well-proven Predictive Powertrain Control system, which scans the road ahead then manages the vehicle’s driveline to restrict diesel consumption and cut emissions. A standard feature across the entire new Actros range, PPC now offers much extended functionality, covering virtually all A roads and many B roads, while also taking account not only of topography, but also of corners, roundabouts, junctions and road signs.

Boosting economy still further is the much-publicised MirrorCam system. As well as increasing safety and reducing the chances of costly accident damage by providing much improved visibility, this ground-breaking technology reduces fuel consumption by up to 1.3% in long-haul operations, thanks to the smaller, more streamlined profile of the rear-facing camera housings compared to conventional door mirrors. In addition to these and other advanced aids, Mercedes-Benz has provided drivers with a state-of-the-art Multimedia Cockpit, which brings connectivity and intuitive operation to the fore.

Stylishly designed and beautifully finished, the new dash is particularly noteworthy for its two interactive screens. “I love new technology, and the benefits it delivers,” continued Mr Woodward. “But given that so much has changed we thought there might be a bit of initial resistance to these Actros, particularly from some of the more experienced drivers. In fact, things couldn’t have gone much more smoothly.

Pretty well all of our drivers have quickly grasped the technology and really like the cab.” This positive feedback is crucial to an operator that recognises the key role played by drivers in delivering the tailor-made haulage solutions it creates to meet clients’ precise needs. The company prioritises the recruitment, development and retention of the best drivers, and stages a black-tie dinner each year, at which the top performers are recognised and rewarded.

ATL Haulage Contractors purchased its first Mercedes-Benz trucks in 2010. While some of the new Actros replace units that have been stood down, the others represent extensions to the fleet. “We like the product, of course, but the support we receive from Marshall Truck & Van also goes a long way towards explaining why Mercedes-Benz accounts for the bulk of our Southampton fleet,” added Jamie Woodward. “They’re definitely the best Dealer we work with.

Manager Simon Jeffery and his workshop team do everything well. If an issue crops up – as it always will from time to time, with even the best trucks – we know they’ll jump on it quickly and efficiently. “Communication levels are also very good, and the paperwork is clean and thorough.

We’ve had problems with other suppliers that just don’t arise with Marshall, and it makes my life a lot easier knowing they’re watching my back.”

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Where to eat at Bury st Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2019 https://truckerworld.uk/2019/11/where-to-eat-at-bury-st-edmunds-christmas-fayre-2019/ Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:30:00 +0000 http://truckerworld.uk/?guid=fc88f96391a4684dcde4329a4adca1e2
Are you going to the 2019 Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre? Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Are you going to the 2019 Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre? Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

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From award-winning hot chocolate and brownies, to dimsum and halloumi fries...what will you eat at the fayre this year?

Jan Hadley will be selling her award-winning single origin hot chocolate at Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2019 Picture: HadleysJan Hadley will be selling her award-winning single origin hot chocolate at Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2019 Picture: Hadleys

FARMERS' AND COOKWARE MARKET, BUTTERMARKET

Essex Bakery

Simply sublime brownies, with a crackly top and gooey, moreish underside. Not too sweet, these brownies sing with cocoa and range from the classic variety to mint chocolate, chilli, orange, white chocolate chunk and gluten-free. Just the thing to nibble on with a cup of hot chocolate.

Sink your teeth into a brownie from Essex Bakery Picture: ArchantSink your teeth into a brownie from Essex Bakery Picture: Archant

ABBEY GARDENS

The Tudor Bakehouse

Cookery demonstrations will take place over the four-day Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre Picture: WEST SUFFOLK COUNCILSCookery demonstrations will take place over the four-day Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre Picture: WEST SUFFOLK COUNCILS

Sugar and spice and all thing nice will adorn this stand - all handmade with love and care and (being baked goods) portable enough to eat on the go as you make your way around all the attractions the fayre has to offer.

Expect buttery shortbread, sweet breads (such as cinnamon, apple and sultana brioche), and warm mince pies.

Hadleys

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2018. Picture: RACHEL EDGEBury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2018. Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Best known for owner Jane's remarkable, fine, high quality ice creams and sorbets, Hadleys has another trick up its sleeves for the cooler months - hot chocolate.

And award-winning hot chocolate at that. Thick, smooth and beautifully rich, each cup is made with Pump Street single origin chocolate and served with homemade marshmallows and Christmas biscuits. They'll also be selling hot chocolate melts, hampers and jars of flakes so you can recreate the experience at home.

Tuk In Street Cantina

Two words…halloumi fries! Who can resist? In addition to these vegetarian delights, the guys will be starting your day with bacon and hash brown wraps, and will have pulled meats, in addition to sweet potato fries, all served from a Piaggio Ape Tuk Tuk truck.

Under the Eagle

Authentic, hearty, warming Polish food from this popular family restaurant in west Suffolk. The kitchen team will be making venison sausages, grilled pork, pea soup, hunger stew, potato pancakes, dumplings, sour rye soup and more.

READ MORE: Everything you need to know about Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2019

You may also want to watch:

CATHEDRAL COURTYARD

Samphire

All the products here are made with the best free-range pork from the business's own smallholding on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. If you're a traditionalist you'll love one of their rare breed pork pies for lunch at the fayre. Or perhaps one of their signature sausage rolls, encased in flaky, homemade rough puff pastry.

Dimsum King

Steamed and fried bundles of yum inspired by dishes from China and the Philippines.

On the menu are siomai, those delicate steamed open-topped parcels, siopao (a version of char sui buns), and vegetable and meat filled spring rolls.

ANGEL HILL

The Village Deli

An award-winning stall selling hot, crispy Scotch eggs made from scratch by the team. They begin with free-range, locally sourced ingredients, which are lovingly hand made into the finished product, which has a delectable runny centre. Flavours include traditional, chorizo, black pudding and vegetarian (using falafel in place of sausagemeat). And there sides too - from sweet potato fries to coleslaw.

The Sizzling Kitchen

A mainstay at this event every year, and bringing a touch of the continent to festivities. Follow your nose to the bratwurst, currywurst and bockwurst sausages, and frikadellen (meatballs) served with traditional relishes and sauces. Oh, and there's hot German gluhwein (mulled wine) too.

Meat Street BBQ

Do you like your meat cooked low and slow, until it's so tender you barely have to chew? If so, make a beeline for this concession, which specialises in regional American barbecue, smoking locally sourced meats for up to 12 hours to infuse every cut with flavour. From Kentucky pulled lamb to a Texas chilli, there's something to warm your bones.

Shepherd's Hut Catering Co

Lip-smacking, savoury, meaty treats with a twist of the Med. In addition to traditional doner kebabs (with a vegetarian halloumi version available), the team will rustle up beef and pancetta burgers, lemon pepper chicken burgers and Moroccan lamb burgers. Piled with fresh garnishes, the patties are served in fresh salt and pepper seasoned baps.

And visit Blackthorpe Barns while you are in the area too.

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Are you going to the 2019 Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre? Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Archant

From award-winning hot chocolate and brownies, to dimsum and halloumi fries…what will you eat at the fayre this year?

ShareJan Hadley will be selling her award-winning single origin hot chocolate at Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2019 Picture: HadleysJan Hadley will be selling her award-winning single origin hot chocolate at Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2019 Picture: Hadleys

FARMERS’ AND COOKWARE MARKET, BUTTERMARKET

Essex Bakery Simply sublime brownies, with a crackly top and gooey, moreish underside. Not too sweet, these brownies sing with cocoa and range from the classic variety to mint chocolate, chilli, orange, white chocolate chunk and gluten-free.

Just the thing to nibble on with a cup of hot chocolate.

Sink your teeth into a brownie from Essex Bakery Picture: ArchantSink your teeth into a brownie from Essex Bakery Picture: Archant

ABBEY GARDENS The Tudor Bakehouse

Cookery demonstrations will take place over the four-day Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre Picture: WEST SUFFOLK COUNCILSCookery demonstrations will take place over the four-day Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre Picture: WEST SUFFOLK COUNCILS

Sugar and spice and all thing nice will adorn this stand – all handmade with love and care and (being baked goods) portable enough to eat on the go as you make your way around all the attractions the fayre has to offer. Expect buttery shortbread, sweet breads (such as cinnamon, apple and sultana brioche), and warm mince pies.

Hadleys

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2018. Picture: RACHEL EDGEBury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2018. Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Best known for owner Jane’s remarkable, fine, high quality ice creams and sorbets, Hadleys has another trick up its sleeves for the cooler months – hot chocolate.

And award-winning hot chocolate at that. Thick, smooth and beautifully rich, each cup is made with Pump Street single origin chocolate and served with homemade marshmallows and Christmas biscuits. They’ll also be selling hot chocolate melts, hampers and jars of flakes so you can recreate the experience at home.

Tuk In Street Cantina Two words…halloumi fries! Who can resist?

In addition to these vegetarian delights, the guys will be starting your day with bacon and hash brown wraps, and will have pulled meats, in addition to sweet potato fries, all served from a Piaggio Ape Tuk Tuk truck. Under the Eagle Authentic, hearty, warming Polish food from this popular family restaurant in west Suffolk.

The kitchen team will be making venison sausages, grilled pork, pea soup, hunger stew, potato pancakes, dumplings, sour rye soup and more. READ MORE: Everything you need to know about Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 2019

You may also want to watch:

CATHEDRAL COURTYARD Samphire

All the products here are made with the best free-range pork from the business’s own smallholding on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. If you’re a traditionalist you’ll love one of their rare breed pork pies for lunch at the fayre. Or perhaps one of their signature sausage rolls, encased in flaky, homemade rough puff pastry.

Dimsum King Steamed and fried bundles of yum inspired by dishes from China and the Philippines. On the menu are siomai, those delicate steamed open-topped parcels, siopao (a version of char sui buns), and vegetable and meat filled spring rolls.

ANGEL HILL The Village Deli An award-winning stall selling hot, crispy Scotch eggs made from scratch by the team.

They begin with free-range, locally sourced ingredients, which are lovingly hand made into the finished product, which has a delectable runny centre. Flavours include traditional, chorizo, black pudding and vegetarian (using falafel in place of sausagemeat). And there sides too – from sweet potato fries to coleslaw.

The Sizzling Kitchen A mainstay at this event every year, and bringing a touch of the continent to festivities. Follow your nose to the bratwurst, currywurst and bockwurst sausages, and frikadellen (meatballs) served with traditional relishes and sauces.

Oh, and there’s hot German gluhwein (mulled wine) too. Meat Street BBQ Do you like your meat cooked low and slow, until it’s so tender you barely have to chew?

If so, make a beeline for this concession, which specialises in regional American barbecue, smoking locally sourced meats for up to 12 hours to infuse every cut with flavour. From Kentucky pulled lamb to a Texas chilli, there’s something to warm your bones. Shepherd’s Hut Catering Co

Lip-smacking, savoury, meaty treats with a twist of the Med. In addition to traditional doner kebabs (with a vegetarian halloumi version available), the team will rustle up beef and pancetta burgers, lemon pepper chicken burgers and Moroccan lamb burgers. Piled with fresh garnishes, the patties are served in fresh salt and pepper seasoned baps.

And visit Blackthorpe Barns while you are in the area too.

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Teenage girl and truck driver killed in bridge collapse in France https://truckerworld.uk/2019/11/teenage-girl-and-truck-driver-killed-in-bridge-collapse-in-france/ Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:22:48 +0000 http://truckerworld.uk/?guid=a6b3b034df4f1d63d474c9147d4b4ab5

A 15-year-old girl and the driver of a truck were killed Monday (18 November) when an 88-year-old suspension bridge collapsed in south-western France, plunging two vehicles into a river. The girl’s mother, who tried to rescue her daughter, was among three people pulled from the water by emergency responders, reports France 24.  The bridge, dating from 1931, collapsed at around 8am in the town of Mirepoix-sur-Tarn, in Haute-Garonne, the department of which Toulouse is the main city.

According to the local government, 120 emergency responders attended the disaster, which is now the subject of a criminal investigation.

Image: The collapsed bridge in Mirepoix-sur-Tarn, Haute-Garonne (Prefet de region Occitanie et de Haute-Garonne, via Twitter)

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Magnetic freight delivery concept could slash road congestion https://truckerworld.uk/2019/11/magnetic-freight-delivery-concept-could-slash-road-congestion/ Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:13:00 +0000 http://truckerworld.uk/?guid=510525c1497e353ee154a40c4b32f799 A hyperloop-inspired goods delivery concept that uses linear motors to propel crates along a nation-wide network of pipes could help remove polluting freight traffic from roads and revolutionise the delivery of goods.   The system will send delive...]]>

A hyperloop-inspired goods delivery concept that uses linear motors to propel crates along a nation-wide network of pipes could help remove polluting freight traffic from roads and revolutionise the delivery of goods.  

The system will send delivery crates through pipes at speeds of around 31mph

This is the claim of Magway, a London based-start up behind the scheme that has already received almost GBP1.5m of seed funding and grants since it was founded in 2017, including a GBP650,000 grant secured from Innovate UK. The company now hopes to raise a further GBP750,000 through a fresh wave of crowdfunding. The company’s co-founder and technical director Rupert Cruise told The Engineer that the concept initially sprung out of growing interest in Hyperloop, the high speed transportation concept originally proposed by Tesla founder Elon Musk (and now being developed by Virgin Hyperloop One) that will use linear electric motors to accelerate passenger pods through low pressure tubes.

He said Magway is simpler to commercialise, primarily because it’s not transporting people at supersonic speeds and it doesn’t require a vacuum.

Magnetic freight delivery concept could slash road congestionMagway pipes will run alongside existing road and rail routes

The system uses a magnetic wave of electrical current, generated by highly efficient linear synchronous magnetic motors to drive multiple, standard-sized crates (or totes) along a track. Travelling at an optimal speed of 31mph, and just milliseconds apart, the totes are propelled through a network of new and existing underground, overground and even suspended 0.9m diameter HDPE pipes that would run alongside existing road and rail routes. Cruise said that the system has been designed to interface with the highly automated warehouses operated by organisations like Ocado and Amazon, which, whilst highly efficient in the warehouse, still rely heavily on fleets of trucks and vans to get their products to customers.

He added that the crates carried on the Magway system are roughly the same dimensions as the totes used by these retailers so it could be very easily integrated with their systems. Indeed, Ocado Innovation Limited, along with the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) and linear motors specialist Force Engineering, was one of the partners in the Innovate UK funded project. The team has already built demonstration versions of the system at its test facility in North Wembley, London and is now in the process of identifying sites for commercial scale pilot.

Initial commercial applications are likely to focus on short delivery routes in and out of hubs such as airports, said Cruise, but the firm’s ultimate vision is to construct a UK-wide network of tubes.

Modelling has identified where UK demand will be highest for the system, and has, he claimed, shown that 94 per cent of London’s daytime population could be within a 15-minute walk or cycle of a Magway node.

If the technology is deployed at the scale envisaged by the company it could eliminate millions of tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, save millions of pounds worth of road maintenance costs and transform the road network as we know it today. “Not enough is being done to address the future of our transport infrastructure and, more importantly, how to tackle the problem of dangerous levels of air pollution,” said Cruise. “We need big ideas that will change the way we currently deliver goods and the face of transport for years to come.”

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Pictures show lorry stuck in tight spot on steep Somerset hill https://truckerworld.uk/2019/11/pictures-show-lorry-stuck-in-tight-spot-on-steep-somerset-hill/ https://truckerworld.uk/2019/11/pictures-show-lorry-stuck-in-tight-spot-on-steep-somerset-hill/#comments Wed, 20 Nov 2019 11:16:00 +0000 http://truckerworld.uk/?guid=16b37fb477e6745b1ec0c4ac37917d0c Pictures show a lorry trapped in a narrow village lane - where it has reportedly been stuck for hours. The massive lorry is stuck in Rock Street, in the small village of Croscombe, two miles west of Shepton Mallet. Stranded on a steep hill in the rural...]]>

Pictures show a lorry trapped in a narrow village lane – where it has reportedly been stuck for hours. The massive lorry is stuck in Rock Street, in the small village of Croscombe, two miles west of Shepton Mallet. Stranded on a steep hill in the rural village it appears the lorry is certainly in a tight spot, with one local describing it “as well and truly stuck.”

We spoke to a resident who said though they hadn’t seen the lorry, this sort of incident is “a regular occurrence” on the narrow lane. Reportedly the lorry has been jammed in place since lunch time on Tuesday (November 19). The local we spoke to didn’t know if it had yet been moved.

Croscombe sits four miles from Wells and has a village hall, shop, public house, church, chapel and a school. Let us know what you think! Comment below. 

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TIP gets green light to buy Trailer Wizards https://truckerworld.uk/2019/11/tip-gets-green-light-to-buy-trailer-wizards/ Wed, 20 Nov 2019 11:08:37 +0000 https://www.trucknews.com/?p=1003095298 TORONTO, Ont. – TIP Trailer Services has announced its acquisition of Trailer Wizards has received a no-action letter from Competition Bureau Canada, allowing the deal to proceed. The deal, struck Sept. 4, is expected to close in January 2020, accordin...]]>

TORONTO, Ont. – TIP Trailer Services has announced its acquisition of Trailer Wizards has received a no-action letter from Competition Bureau Canada, allowing the deal to proceed. The deal, struck Sept.

4, is expected to close in January 2020, according to the company. It will make TIP one of the leading trailer service providers in Canada, according to the company.

TIP came to Canada from Europe in 2016 with the purchase of Train Trailer. Its latest acquisition will add 21 locations, more than 400 employees, and a fleet of more than 23,000 units. When the deal closes, TIP says it will have more than 33,000 trailers, reefers, chassis and flatbed/dropdeck configurations, with a staff of more than 500 people.

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The weakness in the Western European trailer market becomes more obvious https://truckerworld.uk/2019/11/the-weakness-in-the-western-european-trailer-market-becomes-more-obvious/ Wed, 20 Nov 2019 11:00:22 +0000 https://www.ukhaulier.co.uk/?p=40100 CLEAR International has just issued its latest forecast for the West European Trailer Market. Since the last report in May several West European economies have had their forecasts for 2019/20 economic growth downgraded yet again.  In the first six...]]>

CLEAR International has just issued its latest forecast for the West European Trailer Market. Since the last report in May several West European economies have had their forecasts for 2019/20 economic growth downgraded yet again.  In the first six months trailer demand was up by 0.4% but a fall of 14.9% is forecast for the second half.  As a result the market will be down 6.6% for the year. Several large West European countries did see some growth in the first half of 2019, e.g.

Belgium, France, Germany and the UK.  However, all countries except Norway are forecast to have a fall in trailer registrations in 2019.  Spain, Italy, Austria and Denmark all had falls in trailer demand from Q1.  There will be a wide variation in the size of the annual falls from +2% to -29%. CLEAR has forecast a cyclical slowdown (but not a recession) in European economies for some years.  The catch up demand that has been pushing the trailer market is now over.  The trailer parc is fully replenished despite the fact that road transport demand has yet to return to 2006 (pre-GFC) levels.  Furthermore, it is ten years since the decimation of the trailer market in 2009 and the market has never gone ten years without a slowdown. In addition, trailer demand reached a very high level in 2018, rivalled only by 2007 which had an unnaturally high level of trailer sales largely brought on by the number of countries that joined the EU in 2004-07.  All these factors point to a fall in demand for new trailers in 2019/20.  Fortunately for the industry, the fall will be relatively modest and short-lived.

So should the industry be panicking over the forecast fall in the market ?  From 2017-21 trailer registrations are forecast to be higher than any five year period in history, even though that will include 2019/20 when demand is forecast weaker.  The previous record breaking five year period was from 2004-08. The fall in trailer demand in 2019 is smaller than forecast at the beginning of the year. This means that a further fall is forecast for 2020 with recovery delayed until 2021.

Production of trailers was at the second highest level on record in 2018 (though well short of the 2007 figure).  Therefore the industry is achieving both high levels of output and relative stability in what is traditionally a volatile sector of the vehicle market.

The trailer parc (fleet size) will set a new record level every year to 2023 – another reason why increased demand for new trailers is unlikely until 2021.

Business confidence has continued to fall in 2019 and forecast growth levels for both GDP and business investment are being cut across the board.  This should be expected at this stage of the economic cycle.

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