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Company director Dane Cwson (let) and driver Mike Brown First of ail, Ciceley Commercials consulted Mercedes-Benz to establish whether using this type of fuel would affect the warranty or have any running implications, and the proposal received the manufacturer's seal of approval. Since then, the trucks have clocked up 3000 km a week on average, and we've had no servicing or reliability issues. Service requirements are exactly the same as for our other Actros trucks running on normal diesel,...

Aregger Transporte Finsterwald

Scania Tractor Head 8x6

6x4s and operate in conjunction with In many ways, the trucking fraternity in Switzerland is not altogether dissimilar to that of the USA. There is, after all, a common love of Country amp Western music, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and lots of horsepower. So it's perhaps not too surprising these passions are catered for every year at a massive event known as the Trucker amp Country Festival held at the resort of Interlaken. Irene Kueng, manager of media and music at the show, explains the event...

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Coach seats being prepared fw new upholstery entire vehicle ready for the road with lockers, beacons and worklights, winch, straps and any other required equipment. Customers can specify their choice of winch, although Beacon units are fitted as standard. The company is building Rotators at the rate of one per week and has now outsourced the manufacture to Hong Kong, where the slidebed units are produced, before being shipped to the UK for fitting to customers' choice of chassis usually Iveco,...

Correct Spec

While some all-wheei drive chassis have been fitted with lubrication fuelling bodywork, 6x4 is the favoured basis for this application. If the truck is a 6x6, there's always the temptation for the driver to take it into really rough terrain, and it must be borne in mind the truck will be grossing just over 30 tonnes. Most mine operators take care to maintain the haul roads to a high standard to preserve dump truck and loading shovel tyres, which are a major operational cost. There's little...

Maintenance Problems Result In 14day Licence Cuts For Three Kent Operators

Vehicle maintenance problems have resulted in the licences held by three associated Kent operators being cut from 110 vehicles and 90 trailers to a total of 86 vehicles and 90 trailers for a period of 14 days by South Eastern amp Metropolitan deputy traffic commissioner John Baker. MJD Containers Ltd, MJD Services UK Ud and MJD Logistics UK Ltd, of Whitecliff Park, Manor Way. Swanscombe, had been called before the deputy commissioner at an Eastbourne disciplinary inquiry. The licences, which...

Volvo Surprise

The company's 45th anniversary was marked in style by the purchase of the superb Volvo FH520 Globetrotter XL tractor unit. Plated at 80 tonnes for STGO Category 2 operations, the truck represents a milestone in Gillards' history. Specified with a tag axle for good manoeuvrability, the 13-litre Euro 5 flagship fleet number 153 Is piloted by long-serving driver Dave Ayres. Painting duties were undertaken by Tor Trucks of Charlton Adam, near Somerton, with the fantastic airbrushing by Matt of...

Future Provisions

John Miller Transport has carefully monitored the performance of its Actros tankers over the last 12 months, and it reports the results have been universally favourable. Indeed, the only slight downside noticed by auditors was a very slight reduction in the vehicles' fuel efficiency. The possibility of extending the use ot waste fat derived biodiesel is under consideration for other vehicles in the company's fleet, Including those used for timber and general haulage operations. In addition, a...

Photography Dave Humphries

T's only when you get to pass a coal-fired power station and see the massive heaps of stored coal and the constant flow of tipper trucks scurrying in and out that you realise someone, somewhere in Britain is still mining the black stuff. Indeed, it's a reminder die UK coal industry didn't totally collapse following the National Union of Miners strike of 1984-5, leaving, as many people perhaps think, just the all-to-familiar merry-go-round freight trains to deliver the once-imported coal from...

Photographv Martin Phippard I Pete Connock

Subject to a 2.3 m width limit and most were two-axle rigids, as lar ger vehicles experienced problems on the mountain passes that incorporated numerous hairpin bends. It was not until the 1960s that the company offered a range of stylish, modem cabs along with an assortment of more powerful engines. And in 1968, the first FBW automatic gearbox entered service, A total of 2190 FBW trucks were registered in Switzerland in 1970, including two- and three-axle rigids and some two-axle tractor...

Unauthorised Operating Centre Brings Revocations

He seriousness with which traffic commissioners view the use of unauthorised operating centres is illustrated by a case in the West Midlands Traffic Area resulting in the revocation of licences held by two associated Birmingham-based operators. Avtar Grewal, trading as Zaildar Transport with a licence for four vehicles, and Jagtar Grewal, trading as Zaildar Haulage with a licence for two vehicles, had been called before West Midlands deputy traffic commissioner Miles Dorrington at a Birmingham...

Photography United Trailers

British tipper manufacturer Weightlifter Bodies Ltd has acquired the assets of United Trailers Wisbech Ltd from administrators Harris Lipman. Trading as United Trailers Eastern Ltd, the company will add a complementary dimension to the Weightlifter group, which also includes PPG Fabrications and Weightlifter Scotland, Weightlifter's MD David Thomson said The acquisition of United chimes perfectly with our philosophy to offer tipper and bulk operators a range of products to suit every...