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DVLA hikes fees. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency just said it will hike the one-off first vehicle registration fee from £38 to £50. The first Driving Licence fee rises from £38 to £45 but that for replacing a paper licence with a photocard version drops from £19 to £10. The DVLA says these are the first fee changes in three years.

More from www.dvla.gov.uk

Europe's biggest CV Show

The 2007 CV Show & Automotive Trade Show on 24 to 26 April at the NEC, Birmingham will be the biggest of its type in Europe. Well over 600 exhibitors spread across some 90,000m2 through five halls. “We'll have a breathtaking range of trucks and vans through to municipal vehicles and forklifts, all types of trailers, body builders, lifting gear,” said David Crawford, sales manger for the event. “There will be banks, insurance, component makers and suppliers, garage and body shop equipment, telematics, specialist software and software specialists, fuels, lubricants, training services and a whole lot more.” The Show is open daily from 08.30 – 17.30 and entry is free. “Frankly, if you're serious about the business you simply can't afford to miss it.”

More from David Crawford on +44 (0)1 634 261 162 or david@crystal-communications.co.uk

Switch to coal hikes UK's CO2 output

New data shows that the UK's CO2 output continued to rise through 2006. But the rise was mainly due to a switch from natural gas to coal for electricity generation.

More from Esther Martin-Ortega on +44 (0)2 073 449 264 or emartin-ortega@smmt.co.uk

Dynamic weighing debut

Terberg Matec UK will use its stand 2241 at the CV Show for the UK debut of its TMDW9004 Dynamic Weighing system for dustcarts. The firm says it will show its new kit with the OmniDEL split automatic bin lift. Terberg says the system depends on load cells able to take static loads of up one tonne each and instantaneous loads of up to two and a half tonnes to give uniquely accurate results. The driver gets a display in the cab to help avoid overloading the dustcart body. The system can also deliver real-time data over a GPRS link, showing vehicle weight data against a GPS defined position and time.

More from Sheldon Hall on +44 (0)1 909 484 000 or shall@terberg.co.uk

More outside

The outside display area at the CV Show later this month is 40% larger than last year. Exhibits will include no less than 20 Hino trucks, all in different livery, two refuse collection vehicles from Ros Roca, Dennis Eagle's new owner and a Rolfo car transporter. The Ray Smith Group will show new demountable bodies and Schmitz Cargobull will show the trailer it recently gave to road transport charity Transaid. This is coupled to a Daf tractor. Finally, Dick Denby's 60 tonne, 25.25m mega truck will be a topical late entry.

More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk

Have you registered yet?

Register on-line quickly and the organisers of the CV Show and ATS will send you a free, advance copy of the show guide with your Fast Track show ticket. “With the show catalogue well in advance you can plan your visit and your Fast Track ticket means you'll also beat the queues at the entrances,” said Bob Sockl, boss of Crystal Communications. The two show websites are www.cvshow.com and www.atshow.com. This deal means you can make the most of your time at Europe's biggest business-to-business commercial vehicle, road transport and automotive aftermarket event. “With five halls and over 600 exhibitors expected, it is really important to plan your visit,” says Sockl. “And as a bonus if you arrive early, that Fast Track ticket will get you an Early Bird breakfast voucher worth £2 at participating restaurants.”

More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk

Topless solution at CV Show

Rugby based Piggybax Ltd says its mobile storage pod fits most pick-ups and light trucks can be used for both load protection on the vehicle or as portable storage unit on workman's shelter on a site. The modular units stand free on the load floor and come in a range of standard sizes, with 'specials' available too. They are made from a tough, recyclable plastic that is chemical resistant. The firm says its units can solve truck-top and many more problems, particularly for local authority contractors, builders and maintenance outfits.

More from Anthony Rice on +44 (0)77 088 488 38 or piggybax@btopenworld.com

Top Technician finals

The organisers say they'll run the finals of this year's Top Technician event on stand 1930 in the Automotive Trade Show, at the NEC, Birmingham and linked to the CV Show on 24 to 26 April.

More from Nicola St.Clair on +44(0)1 634 261 262 or nicola@crystal-communications.co.uk

Nitrogen to extend tyre life and cut running costs

Parker Hannifin says its nitrogen tyre inflation kit will extend truck tyre life by at least 50,000 miles. The firm has developed nitrogen generation and compressor units to make high quality compressed nitrogen. Called TyreSaver and Truck TyreSaver, these offer longer tyre life from better maintained inflation pressures and better fuel consumption from reduced rolling resistance. “Truck tyres inflated with nitrogen could easily go an extra 50,000 miles before servicing,” says Parker Hannfin, which will show the technology on its stand 2251 at the CV Show

More from Charles Harris on +44 (0)1 622 723 314 or charris@parker.com

Diesel Dynamics wins at Silverstone

Bristol based LPG dual fuel specialist Diesel Dynamics says it won several orders from a recent Open Day at the Silverstone Circuit. The event gave people the chance see and drive an Aldi operated Scania tractor unit converted to LPG as part of a three month, three truck trial based at the firm's regional distribution centre.

More from Alexis Bradbury on +44 (0)1 924 499 444 or alexis.bradbury@themixmarketing.com

Walon aims to stop fuel theft

Walon UK has fitted newly developed anti-fuel theft kit to 400 of its car transporters. The device is the LoPro, developed by South Wales-based TruckProtect with the firm. The unit is designed for trucks like car transporters and many continental trucks that have fuel tanks mounted very close to the bodywork. Walon UK says its simple, it works, and it doesn't interfere with operational efficiency. “We saw the potential and were keen to find a new way to stop fuel 'evaporating'. TruckProtect showed us how and it is proving a great deterrent.” said a spokesman.

More from Celeste Clarke on +44 (0)2 476 228 881 or celeste@centurypr.co.uk

Brain training at the Skills Zone

The Skills Zone at the CV Show aims to raise awareness of careers in the road transport and automotive industries and to help firms recruit and retain good people. The Institute of Road Transporte Engineer's technician licensing scheme, Irtec, will have stand 2161 in the Zone. “We'll tell visitors about the benefits of proving their competence at work,” says Gareth Jenkins, for the IRTE. “We'll also invite people to try our live online assessment as well as a practical session to test their knowledge.” Jenkins says many young people and careers advisors don't know the range of jobs available, so the Skills Zone will run a special workshop on 24 April to try and tackle the problem.

More from Gareth Jenkins on +44(0)2 076 301 111 or gareth.jenkins@soe.org.uk

My apologies

In reporting recently on family-run Welsh haulier WF Hall and Son's plans to raise cash for charity in memory of a son killed in a car crash, I wrongly named the son as Simon. The unfortunate young man's name was Ian. I do apologise to the family for any hurt my mistake may have caused. And the good news is the Noah's Ark charity that Halls is supporting is making good progress in its plans and Hall's initiative alone has already raised £8,000 to help build the first children's hospital in Wales. Stena Line, Merc truck dealer Euro Commercials and Fishguard restaurant Bar Five are all working with the firm on the project.

More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk

Toyota takes red Line-X

Spray-on commercial vehicle lining specialists Line X, which says it is the UK market leader, has supplied the spray-on lining for the load area of the new Toyota Hilux pickup which makes its UK debut on stand 4351 at the CV Show. “Toyota wanted something special to help celebrate these debuts so they approached us,” said Lee Smith, managing director. “We did something new for the UK and sprayed the load area of the vehicle with a red bed liner and top coated it with metallic red Line-X Xtra, reinforced with DuPont's Kevlar micro pulp.” Smith says this new product has just been launched in the US and should be available for launch here in the UK by the end of the year. Line-X also has its own stand, 4581.

More from Lee Smith on +44 (0)1 271 344 000 or lee@line-x.co.uk

Can you help cut pedestrian accidents?

TRL says it wants van, truck, bus and coach drivers and operators to help it find why the number of accidents involving pedestrians and heavy vehicles is rising. By contrast to number involving pedestrians and cars has fallen. The British Department for Transport has asked TRL, previously the Transport and Road Research Laboratory, to investigate. As part of the process, TRL wants to talk to van, truck, bus and coach drivers and operators, aiming to find the underlying causes of these accidents and then share good ideas for how to solve the problem. And the good news is that not only could you help make the roads safer, TRL will even pay you for: £28 for two hours of your time and up to £40 for travel costs. It plans three sessions, Tuesday 3 April in Birmingham with truck drivers, Wednesday 11 April in Central London with bus and coach drivers and Thursday 12 April at TRL in Berkshire with van drivers. And if you can't make those dates but could do a 30 minute telephone interview in April, TRL would like to hear from you too.

More from Su Buttress on +44 (0)1 344 770 049 or sbuttress@trl.co.uk

Zero emission cars by 2030

Douglas Alexander, UK transport secretary told a recent conference that the nation must look for zero or nearly emission cars by 2030, with a medium term objective of 100g of carbon a kilometre. While there are no reports yet of his ambitions for vans, trucks, buses and coaches, no news may not be good news.

More from Esther Martin-Ortega on +44 (0)2 073 449 264 or emartin-ortega@smmt.co.uk

Environment Agency warns fly-tippers

The Environment Agency just warned 'waste cheats' to clean up their act or risk ending up in jail. This comes as the Agency continues its crackdown on fly tippers and follows a series of successful prosecutions over the past two weeks resulting in a total of three years imprisonment, 100 hours community service and over £92,000 in fines. Liz Parkes, head of waste at the Environment Agency wants people to check to see if the person collecting waste is registered with the Environment Agency. You can do that on line at www.environment-agency.gov.uk and you can report fly-tipping free by calling 0800 807 060.

More from www.environment-agency.gov.uk

Multiple firsts for Tyrers

Tyrers of Adlington near Chorley, Lancashire just bought its first new Volvo in ten years, a Euro 4 Volvo B12B with 49 seat Van Hool Alizee body. The new coach will mainly work on the firm's holiday and day trip schedules. It has a 420 hp Volvo 2.1 litre engine and a Volvo I-Shift gearbox, another first for the firm and is the first in Tyrer's 10 strong fleet with a digital tachograph. Two more new coaches are due in May.

More from Adrian Wickens on +44 (0)1 926 414 518 or adrian.wickens@volvo.com

TransportWeb grows

Following two straight years growth TransportWeb got 250,000 visitors at www.transportweb.com in March. Partner Simon Dixon says he's confident the growth rate will continue and even accelerate. “We hear daily from firms getting sales and contracts from contacts maked through TransportWeb.” Dixon says he plans to upgrade the web site and include new services to make it even more useful to the transport industry.

More from Simon Dixon on +44 (0)7 726 263 973 or simondixon@transportweb.com

HMG wins big tanker deal

HMG Paints of Manchester has won a sole supplier deal with the WG Tanker Group, which says it runs the biggest bulk tanker fleet in the UK. The firm rents, modifies and paints road and rail tankers to customer's specifications and is investing in new 20m long paint shops. The plans include rail links so that WG can paint rail as well as road tankers on site. HMG will supply preparation materials, paints and equipment.

More from David Gent on +44 (0)1 706 215 849 or david@davidgent.com

New trucks and more from MAN

German truck maker MAN says it will launch two new heavy trucks, the TGS and TGX this autumn. The TGS is aimed at short haul and distribution work while the TGX is aimed at long distance national and international work. The news follows the firm's announcement of an order for 2,100 TGA Euro 4 tractors for international outfit Transalliance. The new trucks are due for delivery between 2007 and 2009. About the same time MAN said that its European truck race teams will get a new common rail engine for this season, producing more than 1,000 hp and 4,000 Nm torque. MAN equipped teams did well in the last two seasons and clearly the firm hopes the new engine will deliver more successes through this year's season.

More from Paul O'Malley on +44 (0)1 263 584 199 or comms@btinternet.com

Innovative lifts

Dhollandia Tail Lifts, will have 11 lifts on its stand, 5141 at the CV Show. “Most will feature some new innovations,” says Chris Lay, Dhollandia's UK sales director. “We're showing the latest in surface coating technology 'Dhollandia Protection Plus'. We've now adopted a zinc phosphate epoxy primer process before powder coating the larger mechanical parts to give the highest quality finish available on the market.”

More from Chris Lay on +44 (0)1 480 435 266 or chris.lay@dhollandia.com

Volvo to complete Nissan deal

Volvo Group said last week it had got “roughly 96%” of the outstanding shares in Nissan Diesel, following its decision to buy the remaining shares in the Japanese truck maker. The deal is worth around Skr7.4bn (£540m), due for payment on 29 March.

More from Nigel Hanwell on +44 (0)1 926 414 210 or nigel.hanwell@volvo.com

California to join EU Emissions Trading Scheme?

California may launch an emissions trading scheme and a delegation has met EU officials to lean more about the EU ETS and aims to link its own version the European scheme.

More from Esther Martin-Ortega on +44 (0)2 073 449 264 or emartin-ortega@smmt.co.uk

Hands-on approach at Stonridge

Stoneridge Electronics, on stand 5221 at the CV Show says it will use the event to launch a range of new products to complement its existing ranges for both workshops and fleets. “We've got a lot to shout about this year, with the launch of our Wireless Smoke Meter, Electronic Road Speed Limiter and On Board Load Indicator,” says Colin MacLean, UK sales manager. “In addition to running free daily seminars on the products and how people respond to changing legislation, our team will be use interactive displays to demonstrate the products.”

More from Sandra McKillen on +44 (0)8 708 879 208 or sandra.mckillen@stoneridge.com

Two new bodies from RVL

RVL, which says it is one of the UK's leading specialist bodybuilders will use stand 3494 in the Cool Pavilion at the CV Show to promote its range of high quality insulated box bodies and van conversions. The firm plans to show two innovative RVL insulated box bodies. The first is a 3.535mm longdual compartment unit aimed at the growing home shopping market and fitted to a Mercedes New Sprinter chassis-cab. The second is a 6,785mm long insulated, all bonded box body on a 12 tonne Iveco Eurocargo. The body has no mechanical fixings in its build, meaning less leaks and better thermal efficiency.

More from Charlene Byrne on +44 (0)1 825 840 733 or charlene.byrne@rvl.co.uk

Fuel duty hike “Unacceptable”

The Road Haulage Association says it has written to the Chancellor condemning his plan to re-start the fuel duty escalator. “If you include last November's increase and all those projected up till April 2009, then we are talking a 7 pence a litre rise,” said Roger King RHA chief executive. “Yet we are not aware that other EU countries are engaged in such tax raising activity.” King says an All-Party parliamentary committee just said Britain is threatened by the effect of its extra transport costs and cheaper Eastern Europe labour. “So why is the government piling on these additional fuel duty costs which make the UK even more expensive? There has to be a better way and that must start with a fuel rebate for road transport”.

More from Kate Gibbs on +44 (0)1 932 838 917 or kate.gibbs@rha.net

Isuzu Truck UK grows

In preparation for its new range of heavier trucks, up to 18 tonnes 2008, Isuzu Truck (UK) Limited has increased its staffing levels by 10% in the early part of 2007. Amongst the new additions, Bev Stephens has joined as national fleet sales manager and Michelle Hicks joined as customer care liaison executive. The firm also says it aims to move to a new site later this year.

More from David Nash on +44 (0)1 614 567 870 or quadpr@globalnet.co.uk

PM1300 – a screen saver

Lancashire based Clive Hurt (Plant Hire) Ltd is fitting PM1300 onboard weighing equipment to six eight wheel tippers going to work with its 30-strong muckaway fleet. The firm does plant hire, bulk excavation, earth moving, construction materials and recycling. It has more than ten years success with PM equipment but only just upgraded to PM1300 kit, taking the opportunity to combine the two dash mounted screens. Previously, one showed truck weight and loading data and another showed pictures from the reversing camera. Combining the two into a single one-touch screen saves space and leaves the dash less cluttered.

More from Trevor Longcroft on +44 (0)1 564 775 078 or tlongcroft@aol.com

Taiwanese Premiums

Renault Trucks says its local dealer, Arcadia Motor just built the first Taiwanese-made Euro 4 new generation Premiums. The firm assembled eight Premium 6×2 trucks from CKD kits. Last year, its first as a Renault Trucks dealer, it sold 245 trucks.

More from Penny Randall on +44 (0)1 582 479 619 or penny.randall@renault-trucks.com

Vehicles licensed in Great Britain in 2006

The British Department for Transport just published data on the country's licensed vehicle fleet at the end of 2006, compared with the same time the previous year. These show the total 1.5% up versus 2005, There were more of all but company cars, where the fleet dropped 1.0%. Vans and light trucks rose 4.0% and heavy trucks were up 0.6%, but 2006 saw 3.6% less new registrations, except for taxis, than in 2005.

More from www.dft.gov.uk

New fleet sales manager at LDV

Van maker LDV says Steve Walker is the firm's newly appointed fleet sales manager. He has had sales jobs with Ssangyong UK Limited, KIA, Mazda and Honda.

More from Steve Miller on +44 (0)1 213 223089 or smiller@ldv.com.

And finally….

New Scientist's Feedback page reports that reader Richard Poyner came across an online advert for an Acer desktop PC which said that it “occupies less than 10 times the space of modern tower PCs.” That still means it could be more than nine times as big, Poyner points out, “so I'll need a bigger desk.”

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