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The focus this month is on sustainability in transport engineering. We report from Gothenburg, Sweden on a high-power symposium on heavy-duty diesel engine emissions where the clear consensus among experts from around the globe was that truck and bus engines certainly should not be tarred with the brush that has swept sales of diesel cars over a cliff. But that is not to say that truck and bus diesel engines cannot be made cleaner still. And in some particular applications, pure-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell technology will soon have big parts to play in the European truck market, the symposium was told.

Sales of new trucks in the UK are down overall for the fifth quarter in a row. This can be seen as scarcely surprising amid all the recent political and economic uncertainty. But some manufacturers and some sectors seem to be coping with this uncertainty far better than others. We report on what lies behind the latest registration statistics.

People in the news this month include Robert Grozdanovski, newly appointed managing director at Volvo Trucks UK and Ireland; James Charnock, transferring from Volvo Trucks to sister company Renault Trucks UK to fill the vacancy created by Nigel Butler’s surprise departure; and Richard Else, quitting McLaren to join Tiger Trailers as manufacturing director.













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November 2018

3 Comment
DfT talks sense at last on old tyres. Regular readers of Commercial Vehicle Engineer will know that we have not hesitated to highlight much of the nonsense that has come from the government's Department for Transport (DfT) in recent times. They may also recall that eight months ago we were especially sceptical about the news that transport minister Jesse Norman had commissioned a twelve-month, £250,000 study by TRL (still better known by its original name, Transport Research Laboratory) into the precise effects of ageing on the safety of tyres. Nobody was being fooled, we maintained, by what looked like yet another government delaying tactic in the aftermath of an horrific 2012 fatal coach crash caused by the catastrophic failure of a steer-axle tyre that was nearly 20 years old. Humble pie time. Judging by a House of Commons written statement from Jesse Norman this month, just as this edition was being finalised, our judgment of him back in March was unfair and too harsh. The statement points to an updated Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness published this month by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) including guidance that tyres over ten years old should never be used on any heavy vehicle (truck, bus or coach) except in specific, limited circumstances. The TRL study is "proceeding well" according to the transport minister and he says that he has made "additional funds available to extend the number of tyre samples being analysed." The TRL report based on this research is promised next spring. Jesse Norman deserves credit for having proven our scepticism ill-founded. We look forward to publication of the TRL report but meanwhile would urge all commercial vehicle operators in the UK to ensure they have the latest edition of the DVSA's Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness and follow its guidance.

6 Points of view
FleetCheck boss Peter Golding bemoans the lack of regulation of vehicle and driver safety in the gig economy.

8 News
Trucks going boldly in different directions on an urban planet. The latest gas-fuelled and electrically-powered trucks, together with London's imminent "direct vision" standard, were among the talking points this month at the latest Freight in the City show.

11 News
Wastes management strong in weak UK truck market. Truck sales overall have fallen again, for the fifth consecutive quarter, according to the latest SMMT registration statistics.

14 News
Truck-makers dismayed at European Parliament's tough stance on CO2 emissions.

16 News
Clear views from truck-makers on a way forward for road safety Road safety in the UK is "bumping along the floor," according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists. Yet truck manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz and Volvo Group are doing all they can to minimise road casualty figures.

18 Diesel engines in their death throes?
Far from it, judging by what exhaust emissions experts from around the globe had to say at a high-power symposium in Sweden last month. David Wilcox reports.

24 News from the north
Trucks in the Transport News spotlight this month include an 8x4 Scania tractor run by McFadyens Transport of Campbeltown; a Daf XF510 from McAdie and Reeve of Orkney; and a Volvo FH16 750 in the Dyce Carriers fleet.

27 News from the north
Our learned friend from Transport News offers expert guidance this month on questions related to fifth-wheel couplings and category C driving licence limitations; tachograph calibrations on off-road vehicles; and the need, or otherwise, for torches in truck cabs.

28 People and jobs
Gary Lay settles into his new job as A&R Vehicle Services. Michael Bolger is the new engineering director at Cheshire-based Cartwright Group. Richard Else has left McLaren Automotive to become manufacturing director at Tiger Trailers. Robert Grozdanovski has been appointed Volvo Trucks UK managing director with effect from 1 January. Nigel Butler has resigned as Renault Trucks UK commercial director and been succeeded by James Charnock.

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