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  • 10 Things Every Owner Driver Should Know Joined: Sep 10, 2013 2257 articles Every owner driver needs to follow a basic set of rules to define how they do business. These basic tips ought to help you better define those basic rules so that you will be able to make the most of your start-up delivery business. 1. Be reliable this is the cardinal rule of any successful courier. People pay you expecting that their packages will arrive safely and on time. Do not lose this trust, whatever you do, otherwise you will quickly see your career as a courier go down the drain. 2. Learn your route knowing all the shortcuts and the low-traffic routes during the different times of the day can be of great help. Don t rely too heavily on GPS devices, otherwise you will never get the feel for your routes. 3. Know your route a traffic accident, a busted water pipe, an unexpected tourist excursion all these and more are just a handful of possible scenarios that could get in your way. Check the Internet and local papers for any bulletins from your local government and utility providers. 4. Stay fit and healthy never underestimate the productivity you can gain from getting enough exercise, staying on a balanced diet and pre-empting any sickness before it gets really bad. Every owner driver needs to stay as healthy as possible, especially when you interact with a lot of people on a regular basis. 5. Build your network it is worth your time to get in touch with companies and organizations that can make use of your services. Get acquainted with lots of folks and make friends if you can. You may be surprised at how much business this simple act can bring your way. 6. Advertise it is very easy to sign up for online courier exchanges, which is why there is no excuse for you not to do so. These online portals are excellent meeting places for any owner driver looking for work and entities with varying delivery needs. 7. Get insurance this goes for yourself and for the goods you deliver. Figuring into a mishap on the road or getting your car jacked are just two ways that you can get hurt and/or lose your packages. Make sure you don t forget to pay your premiums either, otherwise you may find your insurance lost when you need it the most. 8. Specialize it helps to stand out from the competition, and specialization is one of the easiest ways to do that. Rush deliveries, handling perishables, maintaining utter confidentiality, delivering heavy loads any way to provide special services is a good way to bring more dedicated work to your door. 9. Monitor overheads oil, petrol, spare parts, tyre replacements, advertisement costs, insurance expenses, groceries, utility bills, taxes and all the other expenses you incur will drag down your business cash flow. Make sure to keep an up-to-date account of all expenses to understand where all the money is going. 10. Delegate and expand once you have tasted enough success as a courier service, it is well worth your time to consider expanding into a small business. Hiring others to help out with your routes is a common evolution for many an owner driver that has done well over time. About author: Norman Dulwich Norman Dulwich is a correspondent for Courier Exchange, the world's largest neutral trading hub for same day owner driver 1 jobs in the express freight exchange industry. Over 2,500 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment. Airborne Drones - What They Mean for Casual Owner Driver Jobs 2 Amazon Prime Air was announced back in late 2013 and is set to handle simple parcel deliveries in about four to five years. The service boasts delivery times within 30 minutes of orders being placed and could very well replace some owner driver jobs in the ... 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  • 2014 Jeep Cherokee: More Automatic-Transmission Problems ... May 28, 2014 at 12:58 pm by Clifford Atiyeh 1 | Photography by Michael Simari We re not the only ones finding problems with Jeep s nine-speed automatic transmission. Owners of the 2014 Cherokee have complained loudly enough that Chrysler is reflashing the ZF-sourced box a second time to fix rough and delayed gearshifts. 2 According to Automotive News 3 , Jeep dealers will update the transmission software on all unsold 2014 Cherokees and for any owner reporting transmission problems. Vehicles built after May 5 already have the new software. At least 12 out of 30 complaints submitted thus far to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cite poor shift quality, including transmissions that held gears for too long or suddenly shifted into neutral. Some dealers have already replaced transmissions and are stocking about a dozen of them per week. Chrysler delayed the Cherokee s launch last fall 4 by several weeks to make last-minute fixes to the new transmission and then released two technical service bulletins in November and December, including an entire step-by-step process to recalibrate the adaptive software to better match the owner s driving style. Dealers have also been asked to train Qualified Subjective Shift Quality Auditors 5 to evaluate new and customer cars. Among other fixes, the update is supposed to smooth out shifts from first to second and second to third. In our reviews of a four-cylinder 6 and various V-6 Cherokees 7 , we noticed erratic behavior from the nine-speed. It would deliver crisp, well-timed shifts on some occasions, yet on others would respond with slurred and delayed changes. Perhaps even more frustrating are eighth and ninth gears that rarely if ever engage even with manual override 8 . We found similar lags with this transmission in the updated Range Rover Evoque 9 , although the little Rover actually uses ninth gear. Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said his engineers keep tuning the transmission more and more as we get more familiar with it, which is one way to say that the Cherokee s powertrain was seemingly rushed to market without enough QA testing. The next new high-volume vehicle to get the gearbox is the all-new Chrysler 200 10 . Other Stories You Might Like References ^ Posts by Clifford Atiyeh (blog.caranddriver.com) ^ the 2014 Cherokee (www.caranddriver.com) ^ Automotive News (www.autonews.com) ^ delayed the Cherokee s launch last fall (blog.caranddriver.com) ^ train Qualified Subjective Shift Quality Auditors (www.hudsonhawk.net) ^ a four-cylinder (www.caranddriver.com) ^ various V-6 Cherokees (www.caranddriver.com) ^ even with manual override (www.caranddriver.com) ^ the updated Range Rover Evoque (www.caranddriver.com) ^ the all-new Chrysler 200 (www.caranddriver.com)
  • 2016 National Road Safety Week aims to spread awareness about safe driving The National Road Safety Week, that began on January 10, 2016 aimed at spreading awareness about the various safety related issues that plague our roads. Organised by the Society for Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and Society of Automotive Fitness and Association (SAFE), the theme this year was, Road Safety- Time for Action. As part of the safety week, the SIAM, SAFE, The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) led by Nitin Gadkari and the Delhi Police jointly undertook a Walk for Safety from India Gate to Shastri Bhawan in New Delhi. The organisers of the National Road Safety Week worked together with the police from different states to highlight issues such as importance of wearing helmets, avoiding drunken driving, wearing seat belts and many more. Many manufacturers also teamed up with the organisers to support the initiative. As part of the programme, cab and rickshaw drivers were also educated about safe driving techniques. Speaking about the National Road Safety Week, Vishnu Mathur, director general, SIAM said, SIAM SAFE are totally committed towards spreading the message of Road Safety in our citizens. SIAM-SAFE with the full support from members had organized programs across 4200 automobile dealers network all across the nation and also conducted various training workshops, competitions, walk for students, drivers and general masses with an objective of reducing fatalities on our roads. We are extremely thankful to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Delhi Police and others who have extended their support to us in making this initiative a success. New Delhi, January 16, 2016: While the National Road Safety Week is still a day away from its conclusion, the joint efforts from Society for Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), Society of Automotive Fitness and Environment (SAFE) brought to life, several activities through the week. In a collaboration with its members and traffic police of various states SIAM and SAFE conducted several programs to address the masses and raise awareness about road safety. The theme for the road safety week celebrations 2016 is, Road Safety Time for Action. The National Road Safety week started on the 10th of January in New Delhi with the Walk for Safety event at the India Gate. The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and Society for Automotive Fitness and Environment (SAFE) in association with the Ministry of Roads, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and the Delhi Police today organised the Walk for safety . The event was led by Minister of Roads, Transport and Highways, Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Rajnath Singh, Commissioner of Police in Delhi and Special Commissioner of Police along with senior officials from the ministry and Delhi Police. Known for his astounding contribution towards the eradication of Polio in India, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Gautam Gambhir, the well-known Indian cricketer also joined the rally to spread the message of road safety. The march started at the India Gate and concluded at Shastri Bhawan. Talking about the initiative, Mr. Vishnu Mathur, Director General, SIAM said, SIAM SAFE are totally committed towards spreading the message of Road Safety in our citizens. SIAM-SAFE with the full support from members will organize program across 4200 automobile dealers network all across the nation and also will organize various training workshops, competitions, walk for students, drivers and general masses with an objective of reducing fatalities on our roads. We are extremely thankful to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Delhi Police and others who have extended their support to us in making this initiative a success. The event was followed by several activities by automobile manufacturers across the country. The events were executed at the dealerships of the companies in association with various manufacturers. Companies like Ashok Leyland Ltd, Bajaj Auto Ltd, Fiat India Automobiles Pvt. Ltd, General Motors India Pvt. Ltd, Eicher Ltd, Hero MotoCorp Ltd, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd, Honda Cars India Ltd, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, Mahindra Two Wheelers Ltd, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, Renault India Pvt Ltd, SKODA AUTO India Pvt Ltd, Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd, VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd, Volvo Buses, Tata Motors Ltd, TVS Motor Company Ltd, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd and Yamaha motor Pvt. Ltd took active participation in the events. The various events focused on the road safety measures such as the need for wearing helmets, avoiding drunk driving, use of cell phone while on wheels, wearing of seat belts, use of dazzling head lights, and compliance to road rules. There were several other workshops which were organized for focused groups like the cab drivers and auto rickshaw drivers. Several driver training programs were also carried out during the week. Also read: Can Road Safety Week improve our ways? [1] References ^ Can Road Safety Week improve our ways? (overdrive.in)
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  • A New Boss for Freight Forwarding and Logistics National Group Celebrating 30 ... Increased Automotive Business from Environmental Scheme Helps Drive Country Subsidiary Forward SPAIN French headquartered freight forwarding and logistics group Gefco 1 is celebrating 30 years of activity in Spain 2 this month saying the national subsidiary has managed to establish itself in a competitive logistics market and has maintained its top three position in a difficult economic climate. Last week an event was held to celebrate this thirtieth anniversary, with Luc Nadal, Chairman of the Gefco Group Management Board, major names from the national press and the subsidiaries' employees all in attendance. The event also marked the arrival of Juli n Navarro, Gefco Spain's new Managing Director. In the course of its thirty years of activity, Gefco has expanded its network by regularly opening new logistics centres, developing new services and broadening its customer portfolio, which now includes 5,500 companies. With 36 logistics sites and 839 employees, the subsidiary manages the logistics flows of major industrial groups from various sectors including electronics, health and beauty and automotive products, this last something the group has largely built its reputation on. Logistics represents 5.5% of Spain's GDP, making it a major player in the Spanish economy. With a turnover of ' 3.6 billion recorded in 2013 for the 175 largest stakeholders, it is also an extremely competitive sector and Gefco Spain represents 9.5% of this market. In 2014 a number of key successes allowed Gefco Spain to maintain its leading position including new contracts with large worldwide groups, a foray into the temperature-controlled transport market in collaboration with Panstar, and a new Finished Vehicles Logistics rail transport offering. The Spanish subsidiary also benefited from the recovery of the Automotive sector, due in particular to the national plan to aid the Automotive sector, Programa de Incentivos al Veh culo Eficiente ( Pive 3 ), which boosted sales in 2014 with 855,308 vehicle registrations recorded over the year, up 18.4% compared with 2013. This sector also plays a key role in the implementation of the 7-year 4PL contract with General Motors, which has entrusted Gefco with the management and optimisation of its entire logistics chain in Europe and Russia. 2015 marks a change in management, with Juli n Navarro leading the subsidiary following the retirement of Duls D az. Mr. Navarro, 49, joined Gefco in 1988, having notably managed Gefco's subsidiaries in Argentina and Chile between 2009 and 2014. Luc Nadal, Chairman of the Gefco Management Board observed: "Gefco Spain plays a key role within the Gefco Group: its renowned expertise and its geographical location give it valuable advantages in the development of trade with the Maghreb region and Latin America. Above all, its proactive diversification strategy and the motivation of its teams place the subsidiary at the heart of the Gefco Group's ambitious development strategy, which aims to double its turnover by 2020. Photo: A shot inside the Barcelona freight platform. References ^ Gefco (www.gefco.net) ^ Spain (es.gefco.net) ^ Pive (www.pive6.es)
  • ACEA Report: Joining forces to tackle the road transport CO2 challenge Identifying the best possible response to the challenge of reducing CO2 emissions from road transport is a major priority for Europe. The automobile industry has been contributing towards driving down road transport CO2 emissions through massive investments in research and development. As a result, the average new car coming on to the road in 2021 will produce 42% less CO2 per kilometre than a new car bought in 2005. Yet, additional future CO2 emissions reductions require a more comprehensive approach. The evolving policy framework should therefore look at all factors that can reduce CO2 emissions, including road infrastructure, alternative fuels, ITS technology and more environmentally-friendly driving techniques. In order to better understand how such technologies and approaches can deliver the greatest impact, ACEA brought a wide range of stakeholders together throughout 2015, to learn from their expertise and knowledge. This has led to over 50 stakeholders joining ACEA in launching the Joining forces to tackle the road transport CO2 challenge initiative, including businesses, trade associations, research bodies and think tanks. The findings of this stakeholder-driven process have now been summarised in this report. Its purpose is to identify the technologies and approaches that, according to the various stakeholders, can have the greatest impact on reducing CO2 emissions from cars and light commercial vehicles (by 2030) and to quantify the potential benefits for each. The report also aims to map out key policy changes necessary for such technologies or approaches to deliver their fullest CO2 emissions reduction potential. This report aims to provide an overview of the views of a wide range of stakeholders. All the stakeholders involved share an interest and bring to the table expertise and legitimacy in their fields. Cooperation between these stakeholders can contribute to lowering the carbon footprint of cars and light commercial vehicles, as well as delivering substantial CO2 emissions reductions by 2030. *Automotive World is not responsible for the content of this news release.
  • ACEA: Notice – ‘Reducing CO2 from Road Transport Together’ event postponed to a later date Following the Belgian government s decision to maintain the current security measures (the maximum terror threat level) for Brussels till at least Monday 30 November, ACEA has decided to postpone the Reducing CO2 from Road Transport Together conference that normally would take place on Thursday 3 December to a later date. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and will communicate a new date for the event (most likely January or February 2016) in the near future. Thank you for your understanding. In case of any questions, please contact ACEA at [email protected] [1] . *Automotive World is not responsible for the content of this news release. References ^ [email protected] (www.automotiveworld.com)
  • ACT Expo: Volvo Trucks, Peterbilt, Penske The Alternative Clean Transportation Expo, the largest alternative fuel clean vehicle tech event in North America, will host more than 175 fueling, engine and technology suppliers as it opens today in Long Beach, Calif. Here are some of the early highlights. Volvo Trucks will showcase a compressed natural gas-powered daycab ( pictured ) and a prototype of a dimethyl ether-powered VNL daycab at the expo. The CNG and DME-powered vehicles are part of Volvo Trucks Blue Power natural gas strategy for North America. Volvo 1 is working to commercialize DME-powered trucks for the North American market. The fuel mirrors the performance and energy efficiency of diesel and burns clean without producing soot, the company says. Peterbilt Motors will display the newest vehicles in its lineup of natural gas-powered trucks . Both vehicles, which are powered by Cummins-Westport ISX12 G natural gas engines, were revealed in March at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Penske Truck Leasing , a joint venture between Penske Corp., Penske Automotive and General Electric Capital, will co-host a workshop with the EPA 2 on the federal agency s SmartWay program. Attendants will learn details about how companies in the SmartWay program have succeeded. An EPA and California Air Resources Board-certified Ford F-150, featuring Westport Innovations power system, will debut at the expo. The Ford F-150 pickup truck runs on CNG and is available with a 17 gasoline-gallon equivalent, 23 or 27 tank. Luxfer-GTM Technologies , a joint venture between Luxfer and GTM Technologies, will unveil two gas-storage products at the expo a refueler for dispensing high-pressure CNG and a system for the storage and transportation of high-pressure gases, including compressed natural gas 3 and hydrogen at pressures up to 5,000 psig. Luxfer Gas Cylinders will introduce its line of Type 4 carbon composite alternative fuel cylinders designed to contain CNG. The G-Stor Go line features a range of cylinder sizes and capacities for medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicle fuel systems . Trillium CNG will demonstrate its fast-fill hydraulic intensifier compressor at the Los Angeles Unified School District. The school district s station, the largest time-fill site in the country , was built by Trillium in 2001 and upgraded in 2010, the company says. Stay Up-to-Date On Environmental Management, Energy & Sustainability News with EL's Free Daily Newsletter References ^ Volvo (www.environmentalleader.com) ^ EPA (www.environmentalleader.com) ^ compressed natural gas (www.environmentalleader.com)
  • Air & Ocean SHipping Consolidations Worldwide Air & Ocean SHipping Consolidations Worldwide Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, May 30, 2014 @ 05:55 PM ETC International Freight System Ocean Consolidation services Our ocean freight shipping service is a non-vessel operator, common carrier bonded. As an ocean service contract holder and consolidator we are certified to provide shipping services to and from various destinations worldwide. Working as freight forwarder company, we offer you our services from inception to end so that your commercial shipping orrelocation overseas is completed with success. For less than a container load shipments (LCL), we have one weekly ocean consolidation sercice. ETC International Freight System can pick-up from any inland USA locations industrial oversized permit shipments or commercial & personal effects cargo. It is received into a warehouse near the port of departure for consolidation; your shipment added to other shipments & securely loaded into 1x40' container to the international port of destination. Instructions / Freight Tips Shippers with LCL shipments, please contact Dimitri Malinbaum [email protected] 1 with the origing city, zip code, destination port, commodity name, size of your shipment(s), either the total cubic feet or the 3 dimensions & weight per box (length, width & height). Shippers wanting a delivery to the overseas door duty unpaid or paid (DDU / DDP), will need to procure ETC International Freight System ith the delivey address, specifying if a business or a residence. ETC International Freight System is a Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) licensed, a non vessel operator common carrier (NVOCC) bonded, ocean consolidator providing services to and from world destinations. ETC and its freight network accesses yearly volume ocean contracts from a variety of carriers. Shippers through us, obtain wholesale pricing with savings passed down to them. ETC International Freight System Air consolidated Services www.etcinternational.com 2 ETC Freight is IATA licensed, having rate agreements with all major airlines in North America & coupled with similar agreements signed by our overseas associates, enhancing our competitive edge. Whether choosing our most economical service via our scheduled weekly consolidations, direct daily service for your most urgent orders, or, a door to door service air service export & import handled up to the door. Enhance partnership with our customers, shippers with tracking of your shipments with the airlines around the world & proof of delivery (POD) from our overseas agents. ETC Intl. Freight System s consolidated rates are designed especially to keep prices aggressively low. ETC Intl. Freight System s interactive web-based tracking system gives you the added confidence of knowing the precise location of your cargo. Air Cargo Height Restrictions Passenger airplane Maximum height: 64 inches Cargo Airplane Maximum height: 96 inches To calculate air freight volume L x W x H in inches divided by 366 = weight in kilograms To calculate actual weight in pounds to kilograms divided pounds by 2.2046 Instructions / Freight Tips Shippers with air freight shipments, please contact Dimitri Malinbaum [email protected] 3 with the origing city, zip code, destination port, commodity name, size of your shipment(s), either the total cubic feet or the 3 dimensions & eight per box (length, width & height). Shippers wanting a delivery to the overseas door duty unpaid or paid (DDU / DDP), will need to procure ETC International Freight System ith the delivey address, specifying if a business or a residence. Since 1984, customers with commercial or industrial shipments have used our domestic & international freight network. Whether their oversized shipments moved from an inland point over the road with permits and escorts to a port / airport, or used our trucking network for a full or partial truck load, ETC International Freight System 4 accommodated that leg along with the international shipping & overseas clearance with door deliveries. In addition to our regular commercial shipments of 100 kilos or 20,000 kilos, we have shipped: An entire automotive wheel making factory to Tatabanya, Hungary Earth Moving Equipments to the Middle-East occupying half a vessel Water irrigation system and plastic forming machineries moving on flat racks Oversized vehicles Large volumes of seeds moving at once in many ocean container loads under the same booking having to secure & deliver containers 24/7 to meet the mission. Call Dimitri at 1-800-383-3157 or email him at [email protected] 5 References ^ [email protected] (www.etcinternational.com) ^ www.etcinternational.com (www.etcinternational.com) ^ [email protected] (www.etcinternational.com) ^ ETC International Freight System (www.etcinternational.com) ^ [email protected] (www.etcinternational.com)
  • Air Freight by Land | Transport Topics Online Gary Duke Downey and Keith Davis are not your typical truckers. Mr. Downey spent some 20 years with United Airlines and Mr. Davis had over 10 years experience as an air freight forwarder before both of them added a trucking twist to their transportation careers. Both men are part of the growing trend of using trucks to make time-definite deliveries that used to be the domain of air freight companies. It was obvious to me that there was an opportunity and a need for better ground connections for both airlines and forwarders, said Mr. Downey. Truckers were not really involved with the airlines it was an arm s length relationship. That doesn t mean it was adversarial, but it means (truckers) were not necessarily tuned into the schedule and service commitments needed in the air freight industry. Based on that philosophy, Mr. Downey bought Towne Air Freight, South Bend, Ind., in 1982 to offer less-than-truckload and air freight service in the Midwest. From just $700,000 in 1982, Towne s revenue grew to over $99 million in 1998. Mr. Davis took a slightly different route based on his freight forwarding experience at the Los Angeles International Airport. There was a real lack of daily air capacity between LAX and Miami for international shipments, he said. It s a gap I decided to try and fill with daily road service that was far cheaper than service by air. Mr. Davis formed Sterling Transportation in 1993, contracting with owner-operators and several small trucking companies for one-way, three-day direct service between LAX and Miami. Though he declined to discuss his revenues, Mr. Davis said Sterling has gone from handling 100,000 pounds a week to nearly 2 million pounds a week in just five years. He s added direct routes between LAX and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, plus service between San Francisco, New York and Miami. The money has been so good that Mr. Davis is contemplating buying between 10 and 20 trucks in 1999. Having our own fleet will make our service more efficient, and we can be more profitable at it, he said. Mr. Downey and Mr. Davis represent the tip of a trucking iceberg that slowly but steadily has been gaining volume and revenue share of expedited shipments within the U.S. According to the Colography Group, a Georgia-based research and consulting firm, almost 63% of the projected 5.2 billion expedited domestic shipments in 1999 will move via ground carriers, which will capture just over 48% of that market s expected $73.6 billion in revenue. While the ground carriers share of expedited shipments has stayed relatively flat over the last two years, the market is expected to increased by $4 billion and ground carriers will put almost half of that into their pockets. Mode is increasingly becoming irrelevant to the expedited market, said Theodore Scherck, Colography s president. What shippers are concerned with is transit time. The ability to provide consistent, thorough and on-time service determines the mode and whether the carrier is a success. Shippers don t care whether that service is provided by a plane or a truck. Even Federal Express, which operates some 300 jet aircraft, would rather be using more trucks and it already operates a fleet of over 40,000 vehicles worldwide. We re the largest airline in the world, but that s not what we do. We d rather use trucks, said Theodore Weise, the company s chief executive officer. If we had a truck that went 500 miles per hour, we d use that instead of an airplane. When it faced a possible strike by its pilots in December, FedEx had even planned to shift most of its package handling to ground-based operations (TT, 11-30-98, p. 1). The growth of time-definite shipments proves to be a double benefit for trucking companies, since they can gain better margins for time-definite shipments, yet still charge rates well below those of air carriers, said Donald Braughton, an analyst with A.G. Edwards & Sons, St. Louis. Time-definite delivery is a trend that s here to stay, he said. Almost all goods are shifting to more high-volume, low-density shipping strategies, such as machine parts, personal computers, automotive parts and even foods such as microwave meals. They are not necessarily air expedited goods, but time-definite delivery is very important. That time-definite trend, however, is giving rise to different kinds of air freight trucking operations. For the full story, see the Jan. 4 print edition of Transport Topics. Subscribe today 1 . 1999 , Transport Topics Publishing Group. All rights reserved. References ^ Subscribe today (www.ttnews.com)
  • Airborne Drones - What They Mean for Casual Owner Driver Jobs ... Airborne Drones - What They Mean for Casual Owner Driver Jobs 0 views This article is copyright free and is published in Customer Service Business Joined: Sep 10, 2013 2257 articles Amazon Prime Air was announced back in late 2013 and is set to handle simple parcel deliveries in about four to five years. The service boasts delivery times within 30 minutes of orders being placed and could very well replace some owner driver jobs in the courier industry if the service really takes off. So what does this all mean for couriers handling delivery jobs? Is this just a passing fad that will wither away, or will it be an apocalyptic event that will threaten owner driver jobs? Neither, when you look at the whole thing rationally. Drone Deliveries Are Inevitable The benefits of using automated drones to handle deliveries are obvious from a business point of view. They fly through the sky, therefore avoiding traffic and difficult terrain; they are machines that don t take sick leaves or require benefits; and they can be replaced and upgraded without a care for labour laws. These are but a smattering of the very real benefits that make drones so attractive in the first place. It would be foolish to dismiss the impact of drones on those relying on owner driver jobs, but this does not mean that the humble courier should despair and start looking for other lines of work. Drones Cannot Handle Heavy Packages The thing about flying drones is that they can only carry packages of around one kilogram, or 2.2 pounds. That figure will eventually go up as drone technology advances, but weight capacities are unlikely to go up to beyond 4-5 kilograms any time soon. Airborne drones also have difficulty carrying bulky, unbalanced loads since doing so could compromise flight stability. This means that couriers need to start diversifying into jobs that handle heavier, bulkier packages. Drones Cannot Fly Inside Confined Spaces One significant advantage of having two arms and two legs is that we can squeeze into tight doorways that drones cannot enter. Couriers can enter apartment blocks or condominium complexes to drop off packages on a door-to-door basis something that airborne drones will not be able to accomplish for decades to come. Drones will also have trouble manoeuvring around the tight confines of cities and skyscrapers, which is yet another bonus for couriers who work in the city. Drones Don t Build Rapport A cold, unfeeling machine cannot match the warmth and accommodating nature of a human being. For all their merits, drones are designed simply to pick up and drop off packages no questions asked. Human delivery drivers can take advantage of this by forming close bonds with those they encounter on their owner driver jobs. Build up your public relations skills and your local businesses will be more likely to support that nice chap (or lass) handling the deliveries for them instead of shifting over to drone deliveries. Drones may look like an attractive delivery option, and in some cases they have clear and distinct advantages over their human counterparts. There are, however, many times where humans simply do a better job than machines: bulky packages that weigh a lot, tight spaces where drones can t hover into and the human touch that builds trust and camaraderie between individuals. These advantages will help couriers find the right type of work to keep them in the delivery business - even when the drones start buzzing through the sky! About author: Norman Dulwich Norman Dulwich is a correspondent for Courier Exchange, the world's largest neutral trading hub for same day owner driver jobs 1 in the express freight exchange industry. 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  • All lanes open following five-vehicle collision on M6 northbound between J19 and J20 The incident happened between junctions 19 and 20 this morning ALL lanes are now open following a five-vehicle collision involving a HGV on the M6 northbound . The incident happened between junctions 19 and 20 around 7am this morning . One lane was closed while emergency services dealt with the incident .

    A tweet on the North West Motorway Police account just after 7am this morning said: "RTC J20 M6NB - Report of 5 vehicle RTC involving HGV's. @NWmwaypolice attending with @HighwaysNWEST." The North West Motorway Police account confirmed that none of the drivers were injured . Another tweet said:"Standing Traffic now at J19-20 M6 due to 5 vehicle RTC with HGV's, If you can avoid the area this would help us greatly . Ambulance attending" Around 9.20am, the North West Motorway Police confirmed that all lanes are now open .

    The tweet said: "All lanes are now open on the M6 J19-20 NB following the RTC earlier this morning . Have a safe onward Journey." RTC J20 M6NB - Report of 5 vehicle RTC involving HGV's. @NWmwaypolice attending with @HighwaysNWEST 1 2 NW Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) April 30, 2016 3 Standing Traffic now at J19-20 M6 due to 5 vehicle RTC with HGV's, If you can avoid the area this would help us greatly . Ambulance attending NW Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) April 30, 2016 4 RTC M6NB J19-20 - Lane 1 and 2 are closed due to the RTC .

    One lane is open for you to pass the scene . Please take care . NW Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) April 30, 2016 5 Slow moving traffic on the M6 NB by J20 due to 5 veh / HGV RTC. @CPTaskforce now on scene .

    We will keep you updated. @WireFM 6 7 NW Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) April 30, 2016 8 Update @ M6NB J19-20 Lane 1 closure will remain in place whilst @HighwaysNWEST 9 continue to deal with the HGV involved in the RTC . L2/3 open . NW Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) April 30, 2016 10 All lanes are now open on the M6 J19-20 NB following the RTC earlier this morning .

    Have a safe onward Journey. @cheshirepolice @PoliceWarr 11 12 NW Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) April 30, 2016 13 References ^ @NWmwaypolice (twitter.com) ^ @HighwaysNWEST (twitter.com) ^ April 30, 2016 (twitter.com) ^ April 30, 2016 (twitter.com) ^ April 30, 2016 (twitter.com) ^ @CPTaskforce (twitter.com) ^ @WireFM (twitter.com) ^ April 30, 2016 (twitter.com) ^ @HighwaysNWEST (twitter.com) ^ April 30, 2016 (twitter.com) ^ @cheshirepolice (twitter.com) ^ @PoliceWarr (twitter.com) ^ April 30, 2016 (twitter.com)

  • Amazon takes action after HGV anger AMAZON will increase the number of parking spaces for HGVs at their Dunfermline centre after complaints from neighbours . Local residents and politicians have been unhappy about the queue of lorries stopping on Sandpiper Drive, which effectively cut the route to one lane and reduce visibility . Last year, Amazon introduced a temporary lorry park at the old Kingdom Services site near Crossgates and they have now applied to Fife Council to extend their own site .

    The plan is to increase the size of their service yard to create parking for up to 33 HGVs, build a driver welfare building and erect security fencing and external lighting at the fulfilment centre . The extension would be at the southern end of the building . The plan should solve a problem that was highlighted by former Dunfermline MSP Cara Hilton, who said that travelling along Sandpiper Drive safely was like playing a game of Russian roulette due to the number of HGVs parked on the road .

    Residents also raised concerns about drivers loitering in the area and urinating in public . Last summer, the chair of the City of Dunfermline area committee, Councillor Helen Law, said: "There are no facilities for the drivers and I don t think it s right that they can be driving the length of the country for hours and be left with no facilities . Fife Council did introduce parking restrictions but she added: We desperately need a lorry park for the area .

    We need to move things forward so that traffic can flow freely and to minimise disruption to other drivers and residents."

  • Amendment to MVA & infra focus to help transport companies In the Budget 2016, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced [1] that The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 (MVA) was going to be amended to include the private sector in the passenger vehicle segment of road transport. It is also getting rid of the permit law in public transport, which currently requires bus operators to get yearly permits to operate them, including a single district permit, permits for other districts and an all India permit. We reached out to transport and travel companies to ask them how the changes affected them. Here s what they had to say: ZipGo : Jitender Sharma, co-founder and CEO of ZipGo, a bus shuttle aggregator told MediaNama, (This move is) Great for disruptors like ZipGo. Daily commute will become easier for the average citizen, lead to world class public transportation infrastructure in India and a greater share of shared transportation options. Traffic, congestion and pollution will reduce. A very positive signal for investors as well. Trouble with the law: Last month, ZipGo had launched [2] a petition asking its users and Bangalore citizens to help it resinstate the business stating that it did not violate any laws and regulations. ZipGo had to stop its services [3] in Bangalore after the RTO seized an unknown number of vehicles on its platform citing that ZipGo did not have valid permits to ply in the city. Ola : Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder and CEO of Ola said, .. It was quite encouraging to see the Hon ble FM also address some key road transportation issues and set aside a requisite budget for infrastructure development. Creating inroads for entrepreneurship in the public transportation space and amendments in the Motor Vehicles Act to allow for innovations will provide a strong impetus towards enabling mobility for citizens. These proposed initiatives give us immense confidence as we work towards our mission of building mobility for a billion Indians. Carzonrent : Rajiv Vij, MD and CEO of Carzonrent said, FM s focus towards infrastructure development, rail and expanding road network is a welcome initiative, which will inject new energy into related sectors like transportation, tourism domestic and inbound, automotive, construction. We also see this as a booster to the mobility services providers and encouraging people to undertake trips using self-drives or other options of car-rental services.. The focus on infrastructure Development is a first step in that direction, and can be built on it further. Rideji : Vineet Yadav, co-founder of ride sharing app Rideji said, I am happy to see the focus on infrastructure development, which will further give a boost to our domain. Moreover, Honorable Finance Minister mentioned Public Transport needs in his speech, which is a very encouraging sign for us. Image credit : Nicolas Mirguet under CC BY NC 2.0 [4] [5] References ^ announced (www.medianama.com) ^ launched (www.medianama.com) ^ stop its services (www.medianama.com) ^ Nicolas Mirguet (www.flickr.com) ^ CC BY NC 2.0 (creativecommons.org)
  • Analyst Outlook for 2016 Trucking Varies What does 2016 have in store for the trucking industry? It depends on who you ask. Freight industry experts vary in their forecasts for the upcoming year. Factors such as the economy, corporate capital expenditure budgets, the ongoing driver shortage and weakness in commodity markets have been cited by Transport Topics [1] as strong influencers moving forward, but analysts don t necessarily agree on the extent to which these and other factors will impact trucking. Economic and freight growth typically move at the same pace, and freight growth is likely to slow because the U.S. economic expansion is growing old after nearly seven years, said Noel Perry, a managing partner at freight intelligence firm FTR. The very strong manufacturing and industrial expansion that we have had in this recovery is slowing. Industrial production dropped about 1 percent so far this year after climbing 4 percent or more in 2014. That strength has sustained freight growth, which has exceeded GDP so far in the current recovery. However, as the economy slows, that trend should reverse itself, based on historic trends of slower freight growth late in recovery periods, Perry added. More down the road Although the trucking industry is widely accepted as an accurate barometer of U.S. economic health, there is some talk of a recession in the freight sector as soon as 2017 regardless of whether the overall economy is growing or not. But despite a cautious outlook by some for 2016, other experts have a more optimistic view of things to come. Deutsche Bank transport analyst Robert Salmon recently reported the operating environment is still in decent shape for next year. The consumer is relatively stable with lower fuel costs and gradually improving employment trends, which should provide a modest bump in delayed peak-season demand. Solomon also pointed out that two big drivers of overall truck volume, the housing and automotive industries, continue to see relatively healthy demand. Both need trucks to carry heavy freight. The industry belief is that every new home going up creates 10 to 20 truckloads of freight. And in the auto market, it s not just about finished cars. Truckers also haul a large share of the parts and materials, such as steel, rubber and motors, that go into making them, he said. Werner Enterprises chief financial officer John Steele also commented on the outlook for next year at a recent investor conference, saying that 2016 would be more dependent on the consumer in an economy that generally feels OK. While he expects a solid freight market, Steele added that it s difficult to determine trucking s strength at the present time. ATA weighs in By and large, experts within the trucking industry expect the number of truckloads moved by carriers around the country to increase in 2016. According to the American Trucking Associations [2] (ATA), 81 percent of the total revenue seen in the shipping sector will be the result of activity by trucking companies. Steady increases are expected with revenues swelling by 66 percent by the year 2022. References ^ Transport Topics (www.ttnews.com) ^ American Trucking Associations (www.trucking.org)
  • Arkansas firms ahead of curve in trucking logs Stay Informed Know more about what's going on in the world, in Arkansas and in your own neighborhood. Save Money Thousands of dollars in savings every day with deals from our local advertisers, Arkansas' largest classifieds section and our huge Sunday coupon package. Be Entertained From movies and arts to sports and things to do on the weekend, you'll never miss out on great events and entertainment. Available all the time Read when you want, how you want. Access all of our coverage in print, online, on your smartphone or on your tablet computer with your subscription. Smart Decisions Reading the newspaper gives you information that helps you make smart decisions for you and your family. Subscribing to the newspaper is an investment in yourself.
  • Arkansas Trucking Association president Kidd to step down The longtime president of the Arkansas Trucking Association is leaving to focus on an investment and public affairs firm he created last year, the group announced Monday. Lane Kidd has led the trade group, which represents such Arkansas-based companies as J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. and the corporate fleets of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Tyson Foods Inc., since 1992. He will step down to focus on The Kidd Group LLC, which provides services in the transportation industry. I ve wanted to pursue my own projects for some time now and there are many opportunities out there, so this feels like a good time to say goodbye to the ATA, Kidd said in a statement. My career as ATA president has been a phenomenal experience, and I m handing the keys over with ATA looking much better than it did 22 years ago. Gary Salisbury, chairman of the trucking association, said plans for naming Kidd's successor will be announced soon.
  • Around 100 new jobs could be created at new steel works in Dorset (Follow @steelguru on Twitter for important updates) A new steel works in Henstridge could create around 100 new jobs . AJN Steelstock Ltd, a supplier of steel to the construction, agricultural, architectural, food processing and automotive sectors based in Newmarket, Suffolk, has purchased a seventeen acre industrial site, formally Newton Steel, in the village . The company said that it will be looking to fill around 100 vacancies in the next 12 months including HGV drivers, machine operators and sales and administration staff .

    It said it may the look to employ a further 50 in the following year . Mr Courtney Bell, Finance Director at AJN Steelstock said that We are delighted to be making this major announcement . Our company is growing at an unprecedented rate and this new site fits perfectly with long term planning .

    Initially we will be recruiting one hundred people over the next 12 months and hope that figure will grow rapidly to over one hundred and fifty over the following 12 months .

    Source - Western Gazette Source - Strategic Research Institute, Steel Guru Get latest updates through Twitter - Follow @steelguru (www.steelguru.com) 1 References ^ (www.steelguru.com) (www.steelguru.com)

  • Austrian Trucking Company Buys Biodiesel Trucks An Austrian trucking company has bought a fleet of trucks able to use up to 100 percent biodiesel. This news release from truckmaker Scania 1 says it has delivered 220 biodiesel-powered trucks to Austrian haulier Nothegger Transport. This is both an exciting and prestigious order, says Christopher Podgorski, Senior Vice President Trucks at Scania. Scania has invested more than any other manu facturer in being able to offer both breadth and depth in its range of Euro 6 engines. This is clear evidence that we have correctly assessed customers needs. Nothegger has ordered the 2-axle tractors, intended primarily for long-haulage, as well as 3-axle rigid trucks. The company has also signed a Scania repair and main tenance contract for all of the 220 vehicles ordered. In Austria, there is a tax incentive to use biodiesel as well as lower prices at the filling stations. Despite the somewhat lower energy content in biodiesel and increased maintenance requirements, Nothegger expects to be able to cut its operating costs. At a total distance driven of 150,000 kilometres per year, the annual saving could be about EUR 4,000 per truck. The announcement comes on the heel s of Scania introducing its 13-litre 450 hp engine , which meets Euro 6 standard for biodiesel operation. 2 Scania is continuing the roll-out of its Euro 6-certified engines intended for use with 100-percent biodiesel. In October 2013, Scania intro duced its robust five-cylinder, 9-litre biodiesel engine in two different output versions, 320 hp and 360 hp. These are now being followed by the 13-litre, inline six engine that will be available both in 450 hp and 490 hp versions with SCR and EGR aftertreatment systems. The basic model of the 450 horsepower engine offers 2,350 Nm of torque from 1,000 r/min, while the 490 produces a massive 2,550 Nm from 1,000 r/min up to 1,300 r/min. It is worth noting that output declines a maximum of just 8 percent when the engines are run on 100 percent biodiesel fuel (due to the lower energy content in biodiesel). References ^ This news release from truckmaker Scania (www.scania.com) ^ Scania introducing its 13-litre 450 hp engine (www.scania.com)
  • Auto Industry Newsletter: Turbocharger failures at Daf Trucks Daf Trucks in the UK appears to have suffered a spate of problems with turbochargers fitted to its 12.9-litre MX commercial vehicle diesel engines. According to Daf Trucks, not all MX engines are prone to the turbocharger problems; those more at risk are the 510bhp and 460bhp ratings. Turbocharger failure rates on lower rated (i.e. 410bhp and 360bhp) seemingly are no worse than other diesel engines. According to David Wilcox, writing in the journal Commercial Motor , because the two top ratings are affected, the problem manifests in XF105 tractor units, rather than the XF tractors or rigid vehicles. Most are Euro 5 models and all have Borg-Warner waste-gate turbochargers. Euro-6 MX-13 engines carry Holset variable geometry turbochargers. Holset of Huddersfield is part of Cummins Inc. According to Wilcox, the cause of the problem is low-cycle fatigue of the turbochargers aluminium compressor wheels. The weakness in the material is generated by cyclical loading and unloading of the impeller during repeated acceleration and deceleration of the vehicle. Deformation of the impeller blades eventually exceeds the elastic limit of the nickel-coating aluminium alloy. This causes fatigue cracks and subsequent blade break-up and eventually failure of the turbocharger. BorgWarner Turbo Systems acknowledges that modern commercial vehicle turbochargers are subject to very high loads due to the wide range of applications in which they are used. Borg-Warner Turbo Systems admits too that in many cases where there are extreme loads, a compressor impeller made of an aluminium alloy determines the service life of the turbocharger. In particular, material fatigue can result from extreme loads, especially when the loads are cyclical loads occurring at low frequencies. This phenomenon is also known as low cycle fatigue (LCF), notes BorgWarner Turbo Systems. BorgWarner Turbo Systems engineers note that various measures can be taken to increase the service life. For example, the circumferential speed of the compressor impeller can be reduced by changing the aerodynamic design of the impeller or by controlling or reducing the charging pressure. The company s engineers add that high-strength aluminium, for example, that manufactured using the HIP technique, is often employed to reduce variations in the strength of the material. The high-end solution using aluminium consists of milled compressor wheels which were also developed by BorgWarner Turbo Systems. The increasing number of engine applications with high cyclical loads as well as the necessity to have higher charging pressures to remain within the stricter emission regulations have made necessary an additional innovation step beyond the moulded aluminium compressor wheels. In order to provide a customer with a technology that can withstand these loads and also ensure a service life that is just as long as it would be under standard conditions, BorgWarner Turbo Systems has initiated a special development program. These demands on the compressor impeller have made it necessary to use higher quality materials since the potential for improvement inherent in aluminium is just not sufficient anymore. Engineers at BorgWarner Turbo Systems decided to use a titanium alloy that is not only very hard, but also provides an excellent strength-to-thickness ratio. With the titanium compressor impeller, BorgWarner Turbo Systems claims it is now able to offer different compressor impeller technologies for special application requirements and special cyclical loads. In this manner the customer can select between cast or moulded aluminium compressor impellers or between cast or moulded titanium compressor wheels depending on the area of application. According to Wilcox, for 460bhp MX engines, Daf Trucks claims it has taken a pro-active approach to manage the risk, operator-by-operator. It claims the overall turbocharger failure rate on 460bhp engine is seven per cent, but this is greatly influenced by duty cycle. If Daf Trucks assesses the risk as no more than with any other engine it takes no action. But if the risk is higher Daf Trucks will replace the turbo with an upgraded titanium-bladed version at no cost. It has replaced 3,000 turbochargers on 460bhp MX engines in the UK under these circumstances.
  • Auto industry pushes £500bn road maintenance plan as ‘green’ initiative Smoother roads will reduce emissions, says a study by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association. Photograph: Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images Europe s car industry has suggested that the continent s entire road network be resurfaced at a cost of hundreds of billions of euros as a climate initiative so that it does not need to make mandatory car emissions cuts by 2030. The lobbying document produced by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) and seen by the Guardian also advocates for greater use of biofuels; smart transport infrastructure; and eco-driving lessons for motorists. Its cornerstone is the audacious suggestion for a huge infrastructure project which the car-makers suggest could substitute for planned EU targets for reducing emissions. Maintaining and upgrading roads surfaces can have a substantial impact on CO2 emissions, says the new study. All of Europe s roads could be resurfaced with lower-rolling resistance surfaces within 20 years, resulting in CO2 reductions of up to 5% by 2035. Over a 20-year period, the paper estimates the project s cost at between ' 520bn ( 402bn) and ' 780bn - or an average of ' 26 to ' 39bn per year and calls for public investment to help pay for it. Funding streams such as the Juncker Investment Plan can play a positive role, the paper says. Car companies are currently obliged to cut their emissions down to 95g of CO2/km by 2021, and the European commission is this year considering new benchmarks for 2025 and 2030. Clean transport experts reacted with disbelief to the ACEA proposals, which they described as an ineffective and expensive tax-payer subsidy for the car industry. This plan to coat roads in red carpet would come at an astronomical cost, said Greg Archer, the clean vehicles director of the Transport and Environment [1] thinktank. You would be talking about ' 1,000 per tonne of carbon saved, when the current price on the ETS is ' 5 a tonne. The industry does not seem to have learned anything from the VW scandal, he added. They still don t want to take responsibility for emissions from their cars. Barry Gardiner, the Labour shadow energy and climate change minister said he was appalled, disgusted, but after the VW scandal not surprised . We urgently need robust rules to clean up transport and support investment in electric vehicles. We need to transform Europe s automobile sector in order to meet our climate and energy targets, he told the Guardian. ACEA says that its paper, which will be launched in March, is still a draft and is intended to represent the amalgamated view of dozens of the auto and road industry trade associations. The views expressed in the report will be a collection of those of the different stakeholders involved in the initiative, an ACEA spokesperson said. As such they will not represent the positions of ACEA or its members. But ACEA s secretary-general wrote the foreword to the paper, which ACEA has spent several months organising. The Guardian has learned that several research and consumer groups which were consulted for the ACEA report asked for their names to be removed from the credits when they became aware of methodology. We pulled out because their approach was simply not credible, one said. By adding up the estimates of CO2 reductions from various Brussels lobby groups, ACEA has over-inflated the impression of what can be achieved without vehicle technologies. By 2030, the association s paper claims that emissions could be cut 15% by increased biofuels use, and as much again by intelligent transport systems that offer motorists real-time information about routes, parking and traffic. Another 10% of CO2 pollution could be saved by teaching drivers how to plan trips to avoid congestion, reduce engine idling, drive at stable speeds and regularly maintenance their cars. However, these projections are flatly contradicted in another soon-to-be-published report by the respected environmental consultancy Ricardo, which the Guardian has also seen. The modeling exercise estimates the cumulative emissions savings for 2030 from intelligent transport systems, eco-driving and biofuels would be little more than 1% of present values. For all the expense of the road maintenance project, analysts say that up to a fifth of its CO2 savings could be lost to the rebound effect of increased car journeys that it would encourage. In the aftermath of the VW scandal [2] last October, investors with over ' 625bn of overall assets wrote to the major car companies asking for more information about their lobbying, and compliance with CO2 and efficiency standards. Renault/Nissan, Peugeot Citroen and Ford did not respond to the missive which was organised by Shareaction, while VW, Daimler and Fiat Chrysler provided only limited answers. There is a transparency problem in the industry, said Charlotta Dawidowski Sydstrand, a manager at the Swedish equity fund, AP7. From a long term investor s perspective this is bad news. AP7 wants to be reassured that carmakers political lobbying activities are contributing to a safe climate, in turn protecting the long term value of our portfolios. References ^ Transport and Environment (www.transportenvironment.org) ^ the VW scandal (www.theguardian.com)
  • Automotive Logistics 08 October 2014 | Marcus Williams The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has revealed a list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry, with the controversial hours-of-service rules for drivers at the top and still a major concern for the industry. ATRI has surveyed more than 4,000 trucking industry stakeholders for the latest annual survey and the results were released at the 2014 Management Conference and Exhibition of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) meeting, held this week in San Diego, California. The second biggest concern was the growing driver shortage in the industry, a well-documented concern for this magazine and one that was once again raised at the recent Automotive Logistics Global conference in Detroit 1 . The American Trucking Association has said it is 30,000 short on drivers across the industry. Up to 20% of drivers are now between 55 and 65, while only 8% are under 30 years of age. Given the number of years it takes to become proficient as a car hauler, for example, this is of particular concern as volume movements climb toward 20m in the next decade. Another well-documented concern is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) programme which ranked third overall on the 2014 list. The programme replaced the previous SafeStat system and includes several measures to reduce commercial vehicle crashes. It cut the amount of hours that a driver can work and introduced a driver safety assessment tool that includes a two-year history of performance to help enforcement staff evaluate drivers safety records. Related to the driver shortage, driver retention moved to fourth place from seventh in 2013 as trucking fleets work to retain their most experienced and qualified drivers. Finally, industry concern over the timing and specifics of the pending FMCSA Final Rule on electronic logging devices (ELDs) caused this issue to round out the top five industry issues of 2014. The state of the nation s economy, which first appeared on the top industry list in 2008 and held the number one spot for three years in a row (2009-2011), dropped to number nine on this year s list. The 2014 list also has a first-time issue, Driver Distraction, which debuted in 10th place amid industry concern over the safety impacts of car driver use of cell phones while driving. "As we all know, the trucking industry constantly faces changes and challenges to how we operate safely and efficiently, said ATA president and CEO Bill Graves. However, our industry has always responded to these issues with determination and ATRI s work gives us the information to decide where to focus our energies first and foremost. The full survey report is available here 2 References ^ one that was once again raised at the recent Automotive Logistics Global conference in Detroit (www.automotivelogisticsmagazine.com) ^ The full survey report is available here (atri-online.org)
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  • Babcock unveils finance arm, mulls local DAF truck assembly Reuse this 1 By: Irma Venter 2 Babcock, sole importer and distributor of DAF trucks in Southern Africa, on Thursday announced that it had established Babcock Financial Services (BFS), with the purpose of providing finance solutions to DAF truck buyers. Babcock Africa Transport Solutions CEO Wilna Steyn believed this move would boost sales of the Dutch brand in South Africa. The new in-house finance company, fully owned by Babcock Africa, replaced joint venture finance schemes between Babcock and a number of finance houses. Steyn said it had become clear that DAF customers in South Africa required a one-stop solution in terms of parts, trucks, servicing and finance. She noted, however, that BFS did not provide insurance. Every finance deal did include a compulsory repair and maintenance contract, though. Steyn explained that Babcock harboured ambitions finance institutions were unable to accommodate. She said banks wanted to offer finance capital at the lowest risk , while Babcock wanted to support its customers and grow the brand in South Africa. If a customer qualified, BFS would, for example, be able to provide payment-free periods, competitive interest rates and balloon payments, while it could also tailor repayment terms and deposits required to individual needs. Steyn emphasised, however, that BFS knew it had to act sensibly . BFS was funded by Babcock Africa and the local market, and had sufficient finance to cover more than a year s worth of DAF sales, with this figure set to increase steadily. DAF sales in South Africa was forecast to reach around 300 units in 2014. This was close to a sustainable number for Babcock to mull the establishment of a DAF assembly plant in South Africa, confirmed Steyn. She said it was Babcock s intention to start local assembly, but that timing and volumes were of importance. The current DAF parc in South Africa was between 1 500 units and 2 000 units. Babcok acquired the rights to distribute the brand four years ago, and last month signed another five-year distribution deal. DAF South Africa employed around 70 people. Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter Reuse this 3 Comment Guidelines (150 word limit) 4 References ^ Reuse this (www.engineeringnews.co.za) ^ Irma Venter (www.engineeringnews.co.za) ^ Reuse this (www.engineeringnews.co.za) ^ Comment Guidelines (150 word limit) (www.engineeringnews.co.za)
  • Barkerville Gold Mines Trucking Gold to QR Mill Facility Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. (TSXV:BGM) announced that it is now delivering ore from its Bonanza Ledge mine to its QR mill facility. The former is located near the town of Wells, British Columbia, while the latter is located near Quesnel, also in BC. As quoted in the press release: The Company s trucking contractor will operate up to 15 trucks with each making an anticipated 5 trips per day, delivering ore to the QR mill. Each leg of the round trip is approximately 110km. Barkerville CEO Frank Callaghan stated It is a proud moment for Barkerville Gold as the Company gets set to pour the first gold bar from its Bonanza Ledge Mine, which was first discovered in 2000. Click here to read the full Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. (TSXV:BGM) press release. 1 References ^ Click here to read the full Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. (TSXV:BGM) press release. (www.barkervillegold.com)
  • Barloworld Transport Solutions buys 215 MAN trucks Barloworld Transport Solutions (BWTS) and its subsidiary, Manline, recently signed a deal with MAN Truck & Bus South Africa for the supply of 215 MAN TGS 26.440 6 4 truck tractors to be introduced into the BWTS and Manline fleets over a six month period (April September 2014) Click Here 1 to read more References ^ Click Here (www.automobil.co.za)
  • Barloworld Transport Solutions buys 215 MAN trucks RMI Barloworld Transport Solutions (BWTS) and its subsidiary, Manline, recently signed a deal with MAN Truck & Bus South Africa for the supply of 215 MAN TGS 26.440 6 4 truck tractors to be introduced into the BWTS and Manline fleets over a six month period (April September 2014). The new units form part of fleet expansion (32 units) and fleet replacement (183 units) programmes within BWTS and Manline. According to Bruce Dickson, CEO, MAN Truck & Bus South Africa, This deal is an important milestone for MAN. The dynamic joint approach towards continuous improvement shared by BWTS and MAN has enabled us to structure the best possible solution for the BWTS group. Commenting on the synergies unlocked by the 2013 merger between Barloworld Logistics Dedicated Transport Services division and the Manline group of companies, Neil Henderson, CEO, BWTS, states that: The merger allowed us to combine the resources, capacities and capabilities of both businesses to offer our clients a unique suite of transport solutions and to create a platform to grow our business and grow our people. The result is an exciting combination of entrepreneurial agility and corporate muscle. With a partnership that stretches back to 1998, Manline and MAN Truck & Bus South Africa have established a close-knit relationship that provided the necessary impetus for the 215-truck deal, which is MAN s biggest ever single order in its 52-year history in South Africa. The new units have been configured to BWTS s custom specifications which include a steel bumper, air suspension, aluminium rims, a swing step and paint and livery applications to comply with the corporate identities of the various businesses in the BWTS Group, states Dickson. As an organisation committed to best-practice business principles, BWTS has stringent truck procurement criteria, with an emphasis on enhanced safety, fuel efficiency, low environmental impact, driver comfort and best-in-class total-cost-of-ownership. We took delivery of our first batch of MAN TGS vehicles in 2010 and the actual fuel consumption and inflation-adjusted repair and maintenance costs of all the TGS vehicles in our fleet were used in the total-cost-of-ownership calculation which underpinned the latest order, adds Henderson. Furthermore, employing and training professional truck drivers is core to our business. We have established a dedicated fulltime driver-selection and training team to employ and train drivers who cater to the needs of our growing business. The new TGS 26.440 BLS-LX truck-tractors will be deployed in three of the four BWTS business units, servicing line-haul (general freight), tipper (bulk commodities) and tanker (fuel, chemical, gas and dry bulk) customers throughout southern Africa. The MAN TGS 26.440 has proved itself over the last four years in all key areas. As a cross-border operation, Manline relies on MAN s extensive sub-equatorial dealer network which includes 22 service partners and dealerships north of the Limpopo, Dickson continues. MAN s Uptime Principle, along with the MAN TGS s class-leading extended warranty and 40 000km service interval, has been extremely effective in keeping Manline s fleet profitable and reliable. Powered by the Euro 2, six-cylinder, 12.419 litre in-line MAN D26 Common-rail diesel engine, the TGS 26.440 BLS-LX 6 4 truck tractor has a power rating of 440hp (324kW) at 1700-1900rpm, with a torque output of 2100Nm at 1000-1400rpm. As a built-for-purpose longhaul prime-mover equipped with air suspension and hypoid rear axles, the MAN TGS 26.440 has a low tare mass of 8 234kg, with a Gross Combination Mass of 65 000kg, making it capable of carrying maximum permissible payloads across southern Africa. Enhanced driver comfort and vehicle safety are top of the Manline wish list and, accordingly, are key features of the TGS range, with MAN s TipMatic automated manual transmission and advanced BrakeMatic braking system helping to reduce driver fatigue, improve braking performance and limit wear on drive line components and service brake linings. A double sleeper cab, orthopaedic bunks, air conditioning and a quality sound system assist in making long-haul trips all the more manageable. Once all the new MAN TGS units have been delivered, 98% of the Manline Freight and Energy fleet of 403 trucks will comprise MAN derivatives. The MAN TGS is our drivers truck of choice and our driver management systems, together with integrated vehicle telematics and fleet management tools allow us to proactively manage our on-road risk, Henderson adds. Acknowledging MAN Truck & Bus South Africa s emphasis on customer proximity , Henderson closes by saying: MAN stands behind its products, through good times and bad. Product delivery, after-sales service and customer support are more about people than they are about trucks. MAN has a good team who consistently support their products and their brand. Dickson concludes thus: Manline has been a test fleet for MAN for several years and the trust Neil and his colleagues place in our new products and our service support has resulted in a working relationship that is both consistent and mutually beneficial. Ultimately, we see the success of our customers as our success and BWTS growth will spur MAN s penetration into important new areas across the SADC region.
  • Barnt Green HGV driver disqualified after failing to take breaks A HEAVY goods lorry driver from Barnt Green has been disqualified from driving for more than a year after he chose to cheat and avoid his legal duties . The West Midlands traffic commissioner Nick Jones, disqualified 44-year-old driver Michael Terence Didcote of Cherry Hill Road, Barnt Green after he failed to take a number of legally required breaks and rests risking the safety of other road users . Mr Jones ruled that Didcote, who was working as a driver for DF Logistics Solutions Ltd at the time, had driven without keeping a record of his duties, on 19 occasions, failing to observe breaks, and driving for more than eight hours at a time without taking the required breaks .

    He said that Didcote s behaviour meant he was risking the safety of other road users, and creating fair competition issues for other drivers who were abiding by the rules . Mr Jones added: Compliant drivers and operators suffer when people such as Michael Didcote choose to cheat . Share article Didcote had been called to a conduct hearing in Birmingham earlier this month, but had failed to attend, and the disqualification was issued in his absence .

    He is now disqualified from holding, or applying for a vocational licence until January 1, 2017.

  • Basildon firefighters help contain HGV diesel spill Basildon firefighters help contain HGV diesel spill BASILDON firefighters were called to help deal with an HGV which was leaking diesel this morning . Crews reported the HGV's fuel tank was leaking around 500 litres of diesel into the roadway . The incident happened Mandeville Way, Langdon Hills just before 7am this morning .

    On arrival, firefighters quickly set about capturing and containing the fuel as it was leaking out of the tank .

    Crews made the scene safe and left at 8.15am.

  • Big data offers prospects for more efficient transport system in South Africa – Wipro Reuse this [1] By: Schalk Burger Creamer Media Contributing Editor [2] Tracking geospatial trends to understand user behaviour and congestion patterns enables transport operators to develop rail and bus networks that suit people s lifestyles and incentivise more motorists to move away from private transport by improving visibility and predictability, say Indian information technology multinational Wipro Africa country manager Gavin Holme and Wipro Africa Analytics practice manager Rudraksh Bhawalkar . Public transport has not yet capitalised on the opportunities presented by new technology advancements. Developments in the realm of big data present tantalising opportunities to create a more efficient transport system in South Africa. Road-based transport challenges include high volumes of daily commuters using informal transport systems not governed by central authorities and a middle class heavily reliant on private transport, which increases congestion, particularly on urban roads. Further, rapid expansion of urban infrastruc-ture, including housing and office developments, is not supported by the same level of investment in transport networks and the problem is exacerbated by an emerging trend of closed-loop and localised systems such as the Gautrain rail network, in Gauteng, and the MyCiti bus network, in Cape Town with no national approach to integration of payment and profile management. Radical changes in the private taxi industry, including the move away from traditional metered taxis to the phenomenally popular disrupter, Uber, unfortunately do not help in solving South Africa s transportation woes, Holme and Bhawalkar add. However, with real-time data streamed to the right authorities and stakeholders, it becomes possible to minimise the negative structural, time-based and traffic collision effects on mobility. For example, streaming data to traffic police makes it possible to reduce the impact of common traffic collisions causing traffic snarl-ups for kilometres. In these cases, the authorities would be able to deploy resources to reroute traffic to different roads and assist people in getting to their destinations on time. Such information can also be streamed to public and private transport vehicles, helping to reduce or avoid congestion. However, more viable public transport systems require that technology be afforded a central role to ensure that they are designed and managed in an optimal manner. With increased interoperability between the country s various transport networks, ticketing could be digitised and one would be able to use the same card or payment mechanism to travel locally in any region, and over longer distances when making long-haul trips. Alerts can also be sent to users when there are any delays or changes to schedules affecting various forms of public transport, including rail and road transport, that they regularly use. In the most mature examples, predictive analytics makes it possible to predict volumes of commuters on specific routes and make capacity-planning decisions in advance, say Holme and Bhawalkar. While this might still be some way off for South Africa, it is clear that there are many advantages to capitalising on big data to not only enhance convenience for today s motorists, but also to make transport authorities and operators more successful and profitable. A sophisticated system that manages huge volumes of data and transforms it into useful insights is absolutely critical for such an integrated public transport system. Data collection, warehousing, integration and quality-control are essential aspects for transport oper-ators as they embark on their big data journey. Numerous examples from around the world have shown that transport operators are able to effectively develop networks of road and rail systems that improve the lives of commuters and benefit the economy at large by using high volumes of high-quality information. Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Reuse this [3] Comment Guidelines (150 word limit) [4] References ^ Reuse this (www.engineeringnews.co.za) ^ Schalk Burger (www.engineeringnews.co.za) ^ Reuse this (www.engineeringnews.co.za) ^ Comment Guidelines (150 word limit) (www.engineeringnews.co.za)
  • Blackburn HGV driver's 30-year career over after he failed breathalyser A 50-YEAR-old man failed a breathalyser when police stopped him after seeing his car clip a kerb as he drove home at 2.45am . Blackburn magistrates heard the incident had brought to an end Craig Lee's 30-year career as a HGV driver . MORE TOP STORIES: Lee, of Brownhill Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol .

    He was fined 200 with 85 costs and 20 victim surcharge, and banned from driving for 20 months . Share article Jonathan Taylor, defending, said his client was driving the short distance from his brother's house to his home. "He describes the decision to drive as a moment of madness," said Mr Taylor. "The implications of losing his licence are major . He has been a HGV driver since he was 21 but will clearly lose that employment .

    He and his wife are going to struggle to keep a roof over their heads."

  • BMW provides i-series owners with driver's guide app BMW i3 and i8 German automaker BMW is providing owners of its i-series vehicles with an application that houses useful vehicle information. The app allows users to search for vehicle information on their phone rather than digging around for the owner s manual, flipping through pages for relevant sections and trying to make sense of technical jargon. Also, drivers will be able to access multimedia content to get a better sense of how to address problems as they arise. In-car solutions After the initial download, the BMW i driver s guide app can be accessed without an Internet connection, an important asset considering that drivers will generally need the guide in tight situations. BMW i Driver s Guide app Some of the features of the app include the complete Owner s Handbook, the ability to search by pictures, explanatory animations, situational solutions, descriptions of the warning messages and indicators and answers to frequently asked questions. BMW i Driver s Guide app The app can be downloaded here 1 . Like this article? Sign up for a free subscription to Luxury Daily's must-read newsletters. Click here! Related content: None Found No comments 3 Tags: app , BMW , BMW i3 , BMW i8 , Driver's guide , i series , luxury , luxury marketing , mobile 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 You can leave a response , or trackback from your own site. 2 13 14 References ^ here (www.bmw.com) ^ Like this article? Sign up for a free subscription to Luxury Daily's must-read newsletters. Click here! (www.luxurydaily.com) ^ Comment on BMW provides i-series owners with driver s guide app (www.luxurydaily.com) ^ app (www.luxurydaily.com) ^ BMW (www.luxurydaily.com) ^ BMW i3 (www.luxurydaily.com) ^ BMW i8 (www.luxurydaily.com) ^ Driver's guide (www.luxurydaily.com) ^ i series (www.luxurydaily.com) ^ luxury (www.luxurydaily.com) ^ luxury marketing (www.luxurydaily.com) ^ mobile (www.luxurydaily.com) ^ leave a response (www.luxurydaily.com) ^ trackback (www.luxurydaily.com)
  • Booming steel business brings 100 jobs west AJN Steelstock, which supplies steel to the construction, agricultural, architectural, food processing and automotive sectors, is to open a site in Somerset, creating 100 jobs Comments (0) 1 A Suffolk steel supplier is to create up to 150 jobs in Somerset after acquiring a 17-acre site in Henstridge . AJN Steelstock, which supplies steel to the construction, agricultural, architectural, food processing and automotive sectors last year reported a record turnover of 44 million after 15 years of growth . It will create 100 jobs including steelworkers, HGV drivers and office staff in the first year, adding another 50 if expansion plans go ahead .

    The acquisition of the former Newton Steel stock site ends a three-year search after its existing 11 acre facility reached capacity . The new site will give the firm a bridgehead in the South and South West of the country with majot transport links. . In addition to its steel products expected to exceed 15,000 tonnes the new site will offer sawing, shotblast and painting facilities, as well as a CNC drilling line .

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  • Braking bad is no good for road freight efficiency Road freight efficiency is an issue particularly pertinent to the Indian market, where over 60% of freight is transported by road. A multitude of issues challenge fleet operators on a daily basis, from the obvious matter of congestion to the desperate need for GST (Goods and Services Tax) to speed up interstate transportation, via the impact of poor road quality. Whilst these are major issues which cannot be addressed by OEMs and suppliers, there are areas of the business where the means exist to improve the lot of the freight haulage companies and the drivers themselves. These include chassis improvements such as braking in particular, and a smart trailer body strategy. Braking bad not good According to Kunal Sharma, Country Manager of Jacobs Vehicle Systems, freight efficiency is the sum of safety and productivity. At the heart of both lies a vehicle s braking system. In a presentation at Automotive Megatrends India 2015 [1] , Sharma focused on the productivity aspect of the equation, highlighting the role that engine braking can play. There are three main types of brake system, he explained foundation brakes, secondary brakes and parking brakes. Trucks in emerging markets in particular spend considerable time off the road waiting for brakes to cool; brake overheating occurs in long-distance haulage especially where lengthy downhill runs are concerned. Sharma used an illustration of trucks in China using specially designed reservoirs to physically cool their brakes; such avoidable downtime is costly, he said, and so too is maintenance. Engine brakes can reduce trip times and increase productivity. Kunal Sharma, Country Manager, Jacobs Vehicle Systems speaking at Automotive Megatrends India 2015 The secondary braking system which Jacobs produces is not intended to bring a vehicle to a stop; engine compression release braking acts as a vehicle slowing device, offering increased control, especially for descending. Engine brakes, said Sharma, increase trip times, reduce stopping times, extend foundation brake life by two to five times, and improve fuel economy. Jake Brakes , as Jacobs Engine brakes are known, have become synonymous with noise, said Sharma, who rejects the notion that it is his company s brakes which cause the noise. Our brakes are no louder than your engines, he said, adding that any sound from a vehicle using the brakes is likely to come from some other engine-related problem or source. Body moving Harsh braking, or HB , is worsened when coupled with trailer overloading, in itself a dangerous issue. One way of preventing overloading which not only subjects the vehicle to overbalancing, as well as unintended stress not only on the engine and axles, but also the brakes is to use smart trailer body systems. A truck body should be viewed not as an expense but as an investment, said Roger Remmel, Brand Manager at Edscha Trailer Systems. Given the need to eliminate the dangerous practise of overloading in India, which is one of the main markets where this practise is prevalent (but by no means the only market), Edscha TS says it sees the move to truck and trailer bodies in India as a megatrend in itself. There s no way of meeting the needs of 8% growth without improving the efficiency of road freight, said Remmel. Road freight has numerous advantages, he said; it s highly flexible, highly available and highly scalable. In Europe, road freight was improved through regulations and standards, advances in cargo security, road safety, interoperability and environmental consideration. A similar series of events is needed to bring India up to Europe s standards. Yet the best truck-trailer combination is useless if the distribution and handling of the goods is not efficient, he said. This is where flexible and modular trailer systems come into play. Flexible roof systems, like those supplied by Edscha TS, can lead to smarter transportation chains. Remmel emphasised their efficiency, ease of loading and unloading, the ability to prevent overloading, and the fact that they are much better at protecting their contents from thieves and the elements than tarpaulin. Whilst there may be some investment needed to acquire a smart trailer system, the savings can be quickly recovered Remmel indicated a return on investment of one year, since they save fleets time in the loading and unloading process, and protect their goods, necessarily reducing the need to then ship replacements for products lost, stolen or damaged en route. DHL s Fabio Sacchi speaking at Automotive Megatrends India 2015 Logistically thinking The need to improve road freight efficiency was echoed by Fabio Sacchi, Vice President Sub Sector DHL Customer Solutions and Innovations at DHL. With transport responsible for 23% of energy-related greenhouse gases, DHL sees a three-pronged approach as necessary to reduce impact, which he summarised as green optimisation, burn less, and burn clean. Growth in emerging markets like India must be supported with efficient logistics, said Sacchi. New technologies are required, along with new business models and new transportation models. The name of the game is cutting waste across the value chain. A key geographic region for DHL s efforts is Asia, and as a result, the company will shortly open a new Innovation Center in Singapore. Within Asia, India is one of its target markets. Globally, DHL is working with a number of OEM and other industry partners to identify freight efficiency opportunities and publishes a series of studies highlighting trends in transportation. The company lays claim to being the largest logistics services supplier to the automotive industry. Martin Kahl References ^ Automotive Megatrends India 2015 (automotivemegatrendsindia.com)
  • Bratislava ring road is closer Final call now in the hands of the government. JUST one month before the parliamentary elections Prime Minister Robert Fico s cabinet will decide about the Bratislava ring road project, with the price tag exceeding ' 1 billion. Though there are few doubts the transport situation in Bratislava is urgent, some experts are calling for more time to assess individual offers from the tender participants as well as the possibility to finance the project from the state budget instead of the now preferred public-private partnership (PPP) scheme. The Construction and Regional Development Ministry confirmed on February 2 that a consortium led by Spanish firm Cintra has arrived with the best bid in the tender to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the highway project also referred to as the Bratislava bypass within a PPP project. The cabinet, which should approve the draft of the concession agreement, will have the final word, Viktor Strom ek, state secretary of the Construction Ministry, said when confirming the winner of the tender on February 2. And I do not see any reason for postponing this project until after the elections. While unsuccessful participants of the tender may still file complaints and thus postpone the start of construction work, now it is the Finance Ministry and cabinet that have the final say while the latter may green light the concession agreement before parliamentary elections scheduled for March 5. The winner The consortium Obchvat Nula led by Spanish Cintra Infraestructuras International, but also featuring Austrian Porr and Australian Macquarie Capital Group, has offered to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the 59 km Bratislava ring road consisting of D4 highway Jarovce Ivanka, north Ra a and R7 dual carriageway Prievoz Ketelec Dunajsk Lu n Holice for an annual instalment of ' 56.72 million. This means that under the proposed 30-year concession the state will pay the consortium about ' 1.7 billion in total. This is significantly below the state s original estimate ranking from ' 135 to ' 151 million in annual instalments or from ' 4.05 billion to ' 4.53 billion as a total price. Strom ek ascribed the low price that the tender generated to aggressive competition of construction companies and favourable conditions on the financial market. The INEKO think tank sees four main reasons behind the lower than expected price. Apart from the better conditions of financing also reduction of the parameters of the project when instead of six lanes projected for some parts of the ring road four should be built, significantly lower expected transport intensity on D4 and R7 roads and excessive construction costs in the state s estimate, the SITA newswire wrote. In total nine consortiums were interested in the tender announced one year ago, while four of them submitted final bids. The next lowest bid arrived from the ViaDunaj consortium consisting of Vinci and Meridiam (with an annual payment of ' 69.01 million and a total value of ' 2.07 billion) followed by the Bratislava consortium of Hochtief, Iridium and Dif (with an annual payment of ' 76.78 million and a total value of ' 2.3 billion). The Astrela consortium consisting of Strabag, Reding and John Laing offered to build the bypass for an annual payment of ' 91.04 million and a total value of ' 2.73 billion. Strom ek estimates that construction of the ring road might be launched this spring and completed by 2020. The consortium led by Cintra promises to build the ring road in 51 months. What next While the Construction Ministry has promised to gradually publish documents related to the ring road and the tender on the internet, the cabinet should also assess advantageousness of the ring road to be built within a PPP project or financed directly from the state budget. Only afterwards can it make a final decision. The opposition is calling for more time to evaluate the project. If Robert Fico has nothing to hide in case of the Bratislava ring road project, he should create a sufficient time and space for expert evaluation of the way of construction but especially financing of the D4 and R7 project, said Pavol Zajac of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) as cited by SITA. He points out that even though the tendered price is almost one-third of the state s estimate, the technical solutions and parameters of the ring road have fundamentally changed but have not been made public yet. On the other hand, rp d rsek from the opposition Most-H d insists that construction of the ring road should start as soon as possible pointing out the desperate situation on local roads and that the tender has generated a very advantageous price for the state. The situation on the road I/63 has been unbearable for a long period of time and people commuting to Bratislava from southern Slovakia have been losing hours every day, rsek wrote in the Most-H d memo. The ring road should relieve the heavy traffic on roads leading to Bratislava, especially from the direction of Dunajsk Streda, as well as divert transiting transport outside Bratislava. But there are some voices including the INEKO think tank claiming that the project would be not so helpful and would reduce the traffic intensity less than the Construction Ministry claims. The current project that includes also building a 3 km long bridge over the Danube River, which would be the longest in Slovakia, does not complete the ring road which would still need a 9 km long tunnel under the Small Carpathian mountains. PPPs in Slovakia So far there was only one highway PPP project completed in Slovakia. The Granvia company built a dual carriageway R1 Pribina between Nitra and Tekovsk Nemce and the northern bypass around Bansk Bystrica within a concession agreement, with the contractor obliged to provide financing, design, construction and 30 years of operation and maintenance for about 52 km of road. The annual instalment is ' 125 million, thus the state should pay it a total ' 3.75 billion over 30 years. Originally there were two additional PPP projects to complete the D1 cross-country highway, but these were cancelled and their stretches are being built gradually rather than all at once. 8. Feb 2016 at 6:20 | Jana Lipt kov [1] Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. [2] References ^ Jana Lipt kov (spectator.sme.sk) ^ comments powered by Disqus. (disqus.com)
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  • Call for action: talk to your MP now! Since returning to work following the Christmas break, I have attended a couple of events at the Houses of Parliament. While parliament is not due to be dissolved until 30 th March the General Election effect has well and truly taken hold. The normal bustle and buzz has disappeared and as our sponsored intern at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Freight Torrie Whittington explains on page 25, the Palace is quiet, really quiet . Most of the rank and file MPs have returned to their constituencies, undoubtedly to prepare for what is to come. This presents you with the best opportunity to gain access to your MP to establish where they stand on the key issues that affect your business, well in advance of the madhouse that will be the official election campaigning period leading up to 7 th May. There are several core issues that the RHA has identified. The perennial issue of fuel duty; the chronic shortage of drivers; the crisis over recruitment and the image of our industry and the severe lack of roadside facilities are right at the top of our agenda. You will undoubtedly have several other issues that affect you on a more local basis. My biggest concern is how the new government will tackle the deficit reduction. The current administration has heeded our, and the calls of FairFuel UK to keep fuel duty frozen. But a new government with different economic priorities and policies could easily use the cash cow that is fuel duty and raise it to fund their political aims. You need to establish where your MP and rival candidates stand on this for reasons I do not need to explain. It is unlikely that your MPs noticed the affect the shortage of drivers had during the run up to Christmas. Most don t have knowledge of our industry, or its challenges. But with an estimated net loss of another 35,000 drivers during the course of 2015, it is highly likely the impact of this will be all too apparent next Christmas. We have been meeting with ministers and have more meetings planned over the next few weeks to secure government help with recruitment and training. But it is quite possible they won t be in power on 8 th May, and an MP near you will. So please take this opportunity to share your experiences and sound them out on how they stand on this key issue, not just for us, but the extremely negative effect it will have on the wider economy. Ours is not the only industry that is struggling to attract young people. Getting the message across to school leavers about the value and rewards of a vocational career is crucial. There has to be a political will to steer young people in the direction of an alternative to university or a career behind a desk. Where does you MP stand on education and how aware are they of the skills shortages in the manufacturing, logistics and automotive sectors? So this is a call to action, because you have an opportunity to educate and influence the members of the future government and an opportunity to decide which horses you will back in the race for Westminster. Richard Burnett Like this: Like Loading... Related
  • Charlotte fire crews battle blaze at trucking company Fire crews battled a blaze at a northwest Charlotte business early Monday morning, Charlotte Fire Capt. Dennis Gist said. The fire started just before 5 a.m. at a trucking company s mobile trailer in the woods, in the 6500 block of Rozzelles Ferry Road, he said. Gist said it took 17 firefighters 10 minutes to control the blaze. Nobody was inside at the time, Gist said. Crews are still trying to determine a cause. Elisabeth Arriero
  • Chinese municipal govt says elevated bus is for tourism, not transport The futuristic public bus TEB-1 is just for tourism rather than for transport, local authorities said Friday in Qinhuangdao, North China's Hebei province, where the elevated bus took its first road test on Tuesday. The concept of elevating the carriage above the road to allow vehicles zip pass underneath it drew much attention when it was first unveiled during Beijing International High-tech Expo in May. The 22-meter-long TEB-1 tested on Tuesday, which again put the vehicle under spotlight, is a prototype of the four-compartment bus. As it seemingly moved one step closer to reality, its feasibility was seriously questioned online and several media reports even claimed that it was nothing but a gimmick to sell fund-raising products. Amid the whirlwind of controversy and heated discussion, Zhai Wen, head of transport division of the municipal development and reform commission of Qinhuangdao, told China National Radio that the road test of TEB-1 was just for tourism. The test was approved on a 300-meter part of a dead-end highway near Beidaihe village, said Zhai. China reveals elevated bus prototype The futuristic public bus TEB-1 is just for tourism rather than for transport, local authorities said Friday. The concept of elevating the carriage above the road to allow vehicles zip pass underneath it drew much attention when it was first unveiled during Beijing International High-tech Expo in May. The 22-meter-long TEB-1 tested on Tuesday, which again put the vehicle under spotlight, is a prototype of the four-compartment bus. As it seemingly moved one step closer to reality, its feasibility was seriously questioned online and several media reports even claimed that it was nothing but a gimmick to sell fund-raising products. Dong Xin, one of those who experienced the test, expressed his disappointment to CNR, saying that TEB-1 only ran about 50 meters at a slow speed and they felt too hot in its enclosed carriage as air-conditioning system was not turned on. The full version of the bus will reportedly be 60-meter-long, 7.8-meter-wide and 4.8-meter-high and capable of carrying 1,200 to 1,400 passengers and run at an average speed of 40 km/h, according to its maker TEB Tech's official website. Reuters, YouTube screengrabs The futuristic public bus TEB-1 is just for tourism rather than for transport, local authorities said Friday. The concept of elevating the carriage above the road to allow vehicles zip pass underneath it drew much attention when it was first unveiled during Beijing International High-tech Expo in May. The 22-meter-long TEB-1 tested on Tuesday, which again put the vehicle under spotlight, is a prototype of the four-compartment bus. As it seemingly moved one step closer to reality, its feasibility was seriously questioned online and several media reports even claimed that it was nothing but a gimmick to sell fund-raising products. Dong Xin, one of those who experienced the test, expressed his disappointment to CNR, saying that TEB-1 only ran about 50 meters at a slow speed and they felt too hot in its enclosed carriage as air-conditioning system was not turned on. The full version of the bus will reportedly be 60-meter-long, 7.8-meter-wide and 4.8-meter-high and capable of carrying 1,200 to 1,400 passengers and run at an average speed of 40 km/h, according to its maker TEB Tech's official website. Reuters, YouTube screengrabs Dong Xin, one of those who experienced the test, expressed his disappointment to CNR, saying that TEB-1 only ran about 50 meters at a slow speed and they felt too hot in its enclosed carriage as air-conditioning system was not turned on. Dong's remark added to the doubts about TEB's feasibility. The full version of the bus will reportedly be 60-meter-long, 7.8-meter-wide and 4.8-meter-high and capable of carrying 1,200 to 1,400 passengers and run at an average speed of 40 km/h, according to its maker TEB Tech's official website. It is advertised as a solution to traffic congestion as its passenger compartment rises far above other vehicles on the road, allowing cars to pass underneath. However, senior engineer in automotive engineering development at prestigious Tsinghua University expressed doubt as such a huge vehicle will need to move slowly in case it needs to apply emergency brakes. Other limitations stated by transport experts such as Yang Tao, head of Nanjing Institute of City and Transport Planning, include current traffic facilities and the well-defined traffic rules. According to China's design code for road construction the general height limit for vehicles is 4.5 meter while the under-bridge height limit on main road is 4.2 meter. So to make TEB a reality, it would result in costly consequences as pedestrian bridges and overpasses would have to be removed or rebuilt to make way for it. Meanwhile, many things like overhead wires, lamp posts, road signs and traffic cameras all would have to be relocated higher. Letting other vehicles run underneath means these vehicles will find it hard to change directions or change lanes. And if the TEB needs to take U-turn, then that means all other vehicles will have to stop and make way for it. As TEB is not transparent, drivers beneath it may not see road signs clearly, and height limitation underneath the TEB as 2 meters may cause psychological problems for drivers, said experts. Other safety concerns also sparked heated discussion. TEB is over-weight for current roads as it would reportedly weigh over 100 tons when full-loaded with 1,200 passengers. And it is impossible for TEB to make a turn with its long carriage. Almost no current road junctions are vast enough for it to turn around safely. The power supply system of TEB is designed to be installed on two edges of its carriage other than in the middle as what is applicable on the tramcars, which can't guarantee its safety and stability. More terrifyingly, it's hard for passengers to escape from its elevated carriage in case of fire and other accidents. Apart from the technical application, the entity which really runs TEB Tech is another target of attacks. TEB Tech shares the same chairman with a P2P asset management company Huayingkailai, a subordinate of the Huaying Group. It has been widely reported that Huaying Group raised private equity in the name of TEB. Its Nanjing branch was reportedly involved in illegal fund-raising last year, a charge rejected by spokesman of Huaying Group.