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Smiths wins Royal Mail electric vehicle deal
The Tanfield group says its subsidiary Smiths Electric Vehicles has won its first contract from the Royal Mail. This is for two zero emission electric delivery vehicles. The first is an Edison 3.5 tonne electric van, on based on a Ford Transit and the second is a Newton 7.5 tonne truck. Both have a 150 mile range on one battery charge and top speeds of up to 50 mph. Tanfield says Royal Mail will use the vehicle for trials in London, doing parcel and post distribution work. Electric powered vehicles pay no road tax, no congestion or low emission zone charge and don't need operator licences.

More from and Dan Jenkins on + 44 (0)8 451 557 755 or dan.jenkins@tanfieldgroup.com

RHA and FTA alliance

The Road Haulage Association and the Freight Transport Association say they are joining forces to provide the compulsory and regular training that truck, bus and coach drivers will need. The EU Driver Training Directive demands that each driver has a Certificate of Professional Competence and gets regular 'refesher' training of 35 hours each five years. “We recommend that people do annual sessions of seven hours, rather than leave it all to a week long session at the last minute,” says Brian Szukala, general manager, training for the FTA. The two outfits will have bus and driver coach training courses available from September '08 and truck driver courses from September '09

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

Citroën wins third solus deal with Broadbent

Industrial equipment maker Thomas Broadbent and Sons has just taken 30 new Citroën Relay, Dispatch and Berlingo vans. These are part of the firm's third solus deal with Citroën and replace its entire light commercial vehicle fleet. The Huddersfield-based firm makes and exports industrial laundry equipment and centrifuges worldwide. Its team off specialist installation and maintenance engineers will use the new vans throughout the UK and the rest of Europe.

More from Phil Reed on + 44 (0)2 086 684 048 or leadingpr@aol.com

DHL wins Tesco mail deal

DHL Global mail says it has just won a £12m contract as Tesco's preferred 'downstream' mail supplier. It will handle some 75m mail items for Tesco over the next year.

More from Alexa Fleming on +44 (0)2 074 133 455 or alexa.fleming@hillandknowlton.com

CV Show visitors – success confirmed

The UK's CV Show organisers say the Audit Bureau of circulations has confirmed that 27,071 visitors came to the 2007 Commercial Vehicle Show in April. “Over three very busy days more than 1,000 exhibitors on 618 stands played host to those 27,000 visitors,” said David Sedgley, CV Show chairman. “People were doing deals within minutes of the doors opening and business continued at a multi-million-pound pace until the end of the show three days later.” Hundreds of exhibitors say they plan to return next year, following outstanding successes at this year's event. “Since the show closed we've had exhibitors virtually queuing to tell us about their successes and how impressed they were by the calibre of visitors across all transport sectors. Above all, exhibitors look for purchasing power and decision-making authority among their guests and the show delivered again.” The organisers plan to mail details of the 2008 show to potential exhibitors in early July.

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

New Volvo for D&G Travel

Buckinghamshire-based D& Travel just got its first Volvo coach, a Jonckheere-bodied B12B, to do private hire work, mainly around the west London area.

More from Don Johnson on +44 (0)1 926 414 553 or donald.johnston@volvo.com

Brazilian-Argentinean free trade area on the cards

Just-auto.com reports that talks between the two main Mercosur partners, Brazil and Argentina, are due to start in the second half of this year. The result should, at last, be a vehicle free trade agreement from July 2008, after two postponements in 2003 and 2006.

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Free van servicing and finance deal from Volkswagen

VW says its new finance and service deal available, on Caddy, Transporter and Crafter vans is extended to September. The firm says its finance lease package is one of four flexible financial engineering options developed for operators and includes free servicing for 60,000 miles or three years.

More from John Rawlings on +44 (0)1 908 601 478 or john.rawlings@vwcv.co.uk

European vans win awards in Oz

European-made Fiat and Citroen vans imported and distributed in Australia by the same company have scored well in the latest annual mode ratings by a local light commercial vehicle magazine.

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Industry awards

Roger Putnam, former chairman of Ford of Britain and president or the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and Richard Turner, chief executive of the Freight Transport Association are among the industry figures recognised in HM The Queen's birthday honours list. Putnam got a CBE for services to the automotive industry and Turner got an OBE for services to transport.

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MacNeil joins Pall-Ex

Pallet network Pall-Ex says it just recruited Fraser MacNeil, as operations director, from July'07.

More from Renata Jones on +44 (0)1 350 239 095 or rjones@pallex.co.uk

Eurozone employment growing

The European Commission says that employment in the eurozone grew by 1.4% in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period last year. Across the 27 states of the EU, the growth figure was 1.2%

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

Toyota beats GM

Just-auto.com reports that Toyota just beat General Motors to the top as the world's biggest vehicle maker by sales volume last year. According to Automotive News, Toyota sold 8,808,000 vehicles in 2006, to GM's 8,679,860, ending the US firm's 76-year reign at the top. Separately, Reuters reported that Toyota's own sales figures include Daihatsu Motor and Hino Motors units. The news agency added that, by GM's count, global sales in the first quarter of 2007 fell 90,000 vehicles short of Toyota's, while the Japanese automaker is almost certain to take the lead for 2007 after projecting sales of 9.34m units against GM's forecast of 9.2m.

More from www.just-auto.com

EU emissions drop

The European Environment Agency just confirmed that European greenhouse gas emissions dropped 0.8% between 2004 and 2005

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

Conti to spend EUR67m on new brake plant

Continental Automotive Systems, a division of Continental AG, is to spend EUR67m on a new hydraulic brake plant in China. The 70,000m2 plant will be in Changshu City, 100km north west of Shanghai. Production is due to start in autumn 2008, creating around 1,000 jobs.

More from www.just-auto.com

R&D spending slows

The European Commission says that EU spending on research and development is falling behind that in Asia. Overall the EU spent 1.84% of its GDP on R&D, less than the levels in US, Japan and South Korea.

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

Used van sales bouyant

British Car Auctions says the used van market is buoyant, with average monthly values at record levels from March to May. But it cautions that the levels look to be dropping slightly. “The LCV market continues to outperform the car market and most other areas of the economy,” says Duncan Ward, business development manager for the firm. Fleet and lease vans averaged £3,915 in the first quarter but hit £4,057 and £3,984 respectively in April and May.

More from Tim Naylor on +44 (0)1 252 878 555 or tnaylor@bca-group.com

Financial engineering success for TIP

TIP Trailer Services says its Equipment Funding package has helped sell 500 trailers in five months. The package is part of the firm's wider range of finance deals, FleetOptions. John Murray, managing director, says the initiative has helped TIP 'expand its customer portfolio' bring deals with new and blue chip firms.

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

Plastic bridge wins award

A £2m Highways Agency scheme that put a plastic bridge across the M6 motorway in 2006 just won the National Institution of Highways and Transportation for innovation. The Mount Pleasant bridge a between junctions 32 and 33 is made from fibre reinforced polymer and though about 30% lighter than the concrete bridge it replaced can carry trucks up to 40 tonnes.

More from www.highways.gov.uk

More by bus

Figures from the Department for Transport's bus and light rail statistics report show 3.9% more passengers travelled by bus or light rail for the year 2006/07 compared to the preceding year.

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

New boss at RHA

The Road Haulage Association says its directors just elected Steve Bowles of Roy Bowles Transport as its new chairman. He takes over from Willie Oliver who stepped down at the end of his two-year term.

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

Salvatori joins Pall-Ex

Kent based and family-run transport firm, A Salvatori and Son just joined the Pall-Ex network to cover the Canterbury and Tunbridge Wells postcodes. The firm works from a 10-acre site in Preston, near Canterbury and has another on the mainland.

More from Renata Jones on +44 (0)1 350 239 095 or rjones@pallex.co.uk

Traffic plans to cope with F1 Grand Prix

The Highways Agency says its plans for traffic management around Silverstone on 6, 7 and 8 July will be similar to those used successful at previous Grands Prix. But the Agency suggests non-race traffic should avoid the area. The A43 will close between Brackley and Towcester between 0430 and 2100 each day.

More from www.highways.gov.uk

New traffic commissioner

Sarah Bell is the new traffic commissioner for the Western Traffic Area. The Department for Transport announced her appointment last week. She replaces Philip Brown who moves to the Metropolitan Area.

More from www.dft.gov.uk

Re-power with Smiles

Smiles Engineering says Cummins Engine Co has just appointed the firm a fully approved Re-power partner. Smiles says its Caterplillar, Cummins, Iveco and MAN re-power work will deliver emission standards up to and including Euro 5. The firm says this is often a more cost effective way of improving emission performance than by fitting exhaust after-treatment kit to an older engine.

More from Brian Smiles on +44 (0)1 912 761 111 or brian@smilesengineering.com

Alliance & Leicester does £9m Stagecoach deal

Alliance & Leicester says it has successfully financed a £9m leasing deal in which Stagecoach has got 37 new Volvo B12B three axle Plaxton Panther coaches. The firm will use its new coaches on its increasingly successful budget intercity travel service, megabus.com

More from Andrew Homer on +44 (0)1 162 003 401 or andrew.homer@alliance-leicester.co.uk

Most operators have yet to plan for LEZ

A recent survey shows that with eight months to go before the London Low Emission Zone becomes law, 62% of the 1,000 operators surveyed have yet to plan how they will deal with the LEZ. Exhaust after-treatment specialists Eminox, which commissioned the work says the findings suggest a worrying lack of planning. The firm also reports a steadily growing rate of enquiries from operators looking for advice.

More from Ruchika Jain on +44 (0)2 089 716 423 or rjain@saycomms.co.uk

Light 7.5 tonne fridge box

Langdons of Bridgewater says its getting a 2,700kg payload on a Daf 7.5 tonner thanks to a combination of low chassis weight, light bodywork and a direct-drive Thermo King V500 refrigeration unit. The firm says the specification means it gets a an extra 250kg payload, or half a tonne a day when running two daily trips. Lamberet built the six-pallet body. The truck is also the first in the UK fitted with the new Axtec axle load indicator, launched at this Spring's CV Show.

More from Martin Hayes on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or mhayes@automotivepr.com

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