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Why Fleet Managers Shouldn’t Tire of Tyre Maintenance
Though tyres only account for 5% of a truck’s operating costs they can affect 40% of all other costs, including fuel usage. With prices growing by 10-20% across the board due to the rising costs of rubber and steel, now is the time to pay attention to tyre ...
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Posted by Desiree Michels in Automotive, Trucks
The Pit Stop’s Drive to Keep Hauliers Healthy
Truck driving is sometimes seen as an isolated occupation, but is not the case at The Chippenham Pit Stop. Here truck drivers and management worked together to raise money for the installation of a life-saving defibrillator. I look at what motivated their ...
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Posted by Desiree Michels in Automotive, Trucks
Are You a Scania Driver? Head for Convoy in the Park!
If over 400 trucks paired with a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Sweden sounds up your street, make sure join Scania GB with your Scania at Convoy in the Park on the 22-23 July. Scania GB is planning to break the world record for the largest ...
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Posted by Desiree Michels in Automotive, Trucks
Breakdown Peace of Mind for FTA Recovery Members
I come bearing fantastic news this month – the Freight Transport Association’s 2,000 Recovery members and their 86,000 mixed vehicle fleets will continue to benefit from the AA’s breakdown services. The FTA has renewed its contract with the AA fleet and ...
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Posted by Desiree Michels in Automotive, Trucks
The Transport Company Challenge: 3 Common Issues
Getting goods from A to B on time and in good condition is not always plain sailing. Here’s how to overcome the 3 basic challenges for completing transport contracts profitably. Fuel Prices Continental European fuel prices continue to be lower than ...
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Posted by Desiree Michels in Automotive, Trucks
Myth Busting in Telematics
A comprehensive national survey of fleet managers, finance managers and business owners from the fleet, transport, courier and construction industries has revealed the most common misconceptions they have about telematics. Today, I’ll run through these ...
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Posted by Desiree Michels in Automotive, Trucks
The KPIs your Prospects Look At when Choosing a Haulage Company
As a manager in one of the UK’s many haulage companies, do you ever wonder what customers see when they look at your business? Or what makes them choose you over your competitors? Well, the truth is that when prospects are choosing between haulage ...
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Posted by Desiree Michels in Automotive, Trucks
Safety First: Avoiding Falls from a Lorry
Operating an HGV can be risky business and one should exercise caution at all times – not just on the road itself, but also while entering and exiting the vehicle – in order to avoid potentially harmful accidents. A 2008 survey of drivers found that the ...
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Posted by Desiree Michels in Automotive, Trucks
Overcoming the 4 Biggest Challenges of Haulage Companies Today
There are some big challenges facing the haulage industry today, from making hundreds of empty return journeys on a regular basis to the rising price of fuel, from shortages of drivers to keeping up with changes to legislation. All of these issues can leave ...
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Posted by Desiree Michels in Automotive, Trucks
New CNG Fuel Delivers Cost Savings & Environmental Benefits
Many HGV operators will be welcoming the recent introduction of a new renewable biomethane fuel from Solihull-based CNG Fuels, the UK market leader in compressed natural gas. In much the same way as taking part in a freight exchange can offer great ...
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Posted by Desiree Michels in Automotive, Trucks
Looking to Be an HGV Driver? This Is What You Can Expect
In haulage, jobs are not exactly thin on the ground; in the UK, it’s estimated that there is a current shortage of around 60,000 HGV drivers, and this could be as high as 150,000 by 2020. Those are some staggering figures that will have a heavy impact on ...
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Posted by Desiree Michels in Automotive, Trucks
Is Your Haulage Business Doing Well? Find Out With These Metrics
When you look around you at work you can see that everyone from drivers to managers are working hard, but the question for on-going success is… are they working efficiently? Most haulage companies will have already made efficiency changes around fuel ...
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Posted by Desiree Michels in Automotive, Trucks
Driverless Trucks Are Coming – And Sooner Than You Might Think!
If you still think driverless trucks are closer to science fiction than science fact you might want to think again; a number of big names are testing vehicles now, some of which could be on the roads in the next few years! Technology companies like ...
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Posted by Desiree Michels in Automotive, Trucks
We’ve Got a New Permanent Secretary of the Dept. Of Transport!
Prepare to be wowed, I come bearing exciting political news this month: there is a new Permanent Secretary at the Department of Transport! That’s right, on 18 April 2017, Bernadette Kelly took over the role from Philip Rutnam. If you are unsure of what a ...
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Posted by Desiree Michels in Automotive, Trucks
Smart Workplace Safety Tips: Working With Lorries
Let’s talk about safety. While I won’t scare you with awful statistics about lorry-related accidents, I will stress the importance of safety in the workplace. When working in an environment with multiple lorries, you put yourself at risk and, ...
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Posted by Desiree Michels in Automotive, Trucks