Waberer s International Pte.Co., one of Europe s largest road freight companies, has ordered 600 DAF tractors as part of a comprehensive fleet renewal program. At the DAF premises in Eindhoven, the first batch of 250 vehicles was delivered officially to chairman and CEO Gyorgy Waberer by Ron Bonsen, member…
Waberer s International Pte.Co., one of Europe s largest road freight companies, has ordered 600 DAF tractors as part of a comprehensive fleet renewal program. At the DAF premises in Eindhoven, the first batch of 250 vehicles was delivered officially to chairman and CEO Gyorgy Waberer by Ron Bonsen, member of the DAF Board of Management and responsible for Marketing & Sales.
2000th DAF truck
Waberer s International operates more than 3,000 of its own trucks, of which more than 30 per cent are DAF vehicles. We have chosen DAF because of the vehicle s reliability, high quality, low maintenance cost and spacious and comfortable cabs, which are of great value within long distance transport , said Gyorgy Waberer. Also the stable resale values of the DAF vehicles were a decisive factor to continue our relationship with DAF. This order will include the 2,000th DAF tractor delivered to us since the first entered service.
Double digit growth
The 600 vehicle order consists of 150 CF trucks for medium distance transport and 450 XF vehicles for long distance haulage, of which one third are the latest Euro 6 models, will be delivered in the first half of 2014. All vehicles are equipped with clean and efficient Euro 5 EEV or Euro 6 engines as well as the latest comfort and safety systems, like the lane departure warning system, illustrating the high importance the company is attaching to the environment and safety. To be successful on the international market we need to offer our customers highest delivery reliability at favorable rates , added Gyorgy Waberer. To ensure the most economical operation as possible, our average fleet age is only 2 years. A young and modern fleet is instrumental to further expand our presence in Western Europe; we expect a double digit growth percentage in sales this year. For one of Europe s leading and most professional transport operators to choose DAF is a great recognition for our company and our dealers , commented Ron Bonsen. It is also a recognition of our successful and long-term relationship. Waberer s is driven by continuous improvement of operational efficiency and we are proud to be the company s largest supplier of tractors.
Cycling and heavy goods vehicles
A rush hour ban for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) may not be the answer to improving cyclist safety, a Parliamentary Transport Committee heard yesterday.
London’s Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan, along with a transport, academic, London Assembly Member and freight industry representatives, said enforcement of “very very high levels of non-compliance” and stricter standards for lorries in London would do more to improve safety.
Other suggestions were better cyclist training and improved road design, including segregated cycle tracks.
Gilligan, said: “It’s finely balanced: an HGV ban in rush hour could have saved two of the 14 cyclists who have died and the other 12 didn’t involve HGVs or happened outside rush hour.
“However, there are counter risks, firstly that it would lead to a flood of HGVs onto the streets immediately after the ban, say 9am.”
He also refuted the argument that the Paris rush hour lorry ban has saved lives. He said: “In the four years before it came in (in 2006) there were nine cyclist deaths in Paris, and in the four years after there were 18 cyclist deaths.”
Meanwhile, freight representatives said a lorry ban could increase the cost of living for Londoners.
Jack Semple, of the Road Haulage Association, said: “A peak hour ban would add a minimum of 25-30% to haulage costs in London. It is far from clear as to whether there would be a benefit in terms of road safety outcomes.”
Val Shawcross, Chair of Labour’s Transport Committee and member of the London Assembly, said: “The first thing is that HGVs should all comply with the FORS Fleet Operator Recognition scheme. I’m not sure that the lorry ban is a well researched proposal, cyclists do under the wheels of HGV at all times of day. At congested times traffic is very slow and speed is implicated with serious injuries.”
Andrew Gilligan said: “In our recent police operation in London and in our first operations which were a sort of try-out, which took place in Vauxhall a few weeks ago, we’ve seen really striking levels of non-compliance with HGVs. The majority of lorries at Vauxhall failed to comply with one regulation or another, not necessarily safety critical regulations but there’s very very high numbers of non-compliance so it may be that enforcement is something we need to do.”
The Mayor’s construction industry standard will be launched next week. At present some construction lorries are exempt from certain mirrors and side bars, which prevent a person being dragged under the vehicle in a collision, and the suggestion is to heavily charge those vehicles entering the city.
Jerry Mclaughlin, Director of Economics for the Mineral Products Association, said there are operators cutting corners. “We welcome the increased and targeted enforcement effort that has been going on over the past couple of months,” he said.
Mike Cavenett of the London Cycling Campaign, said the charity supports a rush hour ban but there is a risk this could mean lifting current restrictions on night time lorry movements, which could affect people’s sleep and therefore health. He said: “Most cycle commuters are doing normal commutes to normal jobs. Peak hours for cycling are between 8-10am. If you only allow lorries on the streets when there’s fewer cyclists on the roads it would make cycling and walking to work safer but it must not be a trade off for quality of life at other times of day.”
The second session of the Transport Committee will be held tomorrow, where “cycling minister” Robert Goodwill, among others, will give evidence.
- ^ Media are scaring people off cycling says London cycling commissioner (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
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As 2013 Road Safety Week was launched today (18 November) the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has supported the national campaign by voicing the importance to drivers to stay focussed and not be distracted by the phone when behind the wheel. The FTA has enforced the message of this years Road Safety Week,…
As 2013 Road Safety Week was launched today (18 November) the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has supported the national campaign by voicing the importance to drivers to stay focussed and not be distracted by the phone when behind the wheel.
The FTA has enforced the message of this years Road Safety Week, which has the theme of tune into road safety by calling on drivers to turn off their phones or to put them in the boot, and urges everyone to refuse to speak on the phone to someone who s driving.
Christopher Snelling, FTA Head of Urban Logistics and Regional Policy said: The behaviour of the road user is the most important element in ensuring road safety, and it s the thing we all have within our immediate control. When travelling we all need to focus on the road and the users around us, so we can keep ourselves and others safe .
Despite it being a decade after hand-held mobiles were banned at the wheel, figures revealed today showed that 575,000 motorists have been prosecuted for using a handset at the wheel or being otherwise distracted while driving.
Snelling added: FTA members of course know that it is illegal to use a hand-held phone to text or call at the wheel, and recognise that anyone trying to multi-task when behind the wheel can be distracted. However, in support of Road Safety Week we would discourage any driver from taking part in a phone conversation as it can affect their ability to control a vehicle. We believe it is imperative that all road users share the road safely whether you are driving, cycling or walking it is vital to focus on keeping yourself and others safe .
Distraction isn t just an issue for drivers; for people on foot and cycling, being sidetracked by a mobile phone, or not being able to hear due to listening to music can be lethal. Negotiating roads need everyone to give their full care and attention, and to share roads safely.
On 28 October the Government of France announced that it was postponing the ecotaxe. They cited the reason for this as disruption in Brittany by hauliers and farmers, but freight operators felt that the introduction was in any case being rushed. The registration process has been slow, which means that not enough haulage companies have been registered to make the scheme work.
The Road Haulage Association has teamed up with tachograph analysis experts TruTac to bring hauliers a fully automated, web-based digital and analogue tachograph analysis reporting system, already in use by many operators to manage their tachograph analysis and compliance requirements. RHA Analysis provides powerful…
The Road Haulage Association has teamed up with tachograph analysis experts TruTac to bring hauliers a fully automated, web-based digital and analogue tachograph analysis reporting system, already in use by many operators to manage their tachograph analysis and compliance requirements.
RHA Analysis provides powerful KPI exception based reporting across multiple depots, drivers and vehicles. In addition, the reports can be automatically emailed to any transport manager or multiple users, regardless of fleet size.
We firmly believe that this latest service from the RHA will prove invaluable to operators , said RHA Director of Operations, Richard Ellithorne. And because we are so confident of its success, we are also making it available to non-members. There will, of course, be a slight difference in the non-member price but this will more than made up for in terms of reliability, quality compliance and ultimately, profitability .
RHA Analysis provides fast, quality compliance management solutions which add real value and are cost effective. TruTac develop all software in-house and it s through their commitment, drive and experience that they forge long-term relationships with clients.
TruTac are honoured to be selected by the RHA as a preferred partner, in providing a fully comprehensive, easy to use, cost effective tachograph compliance suite. TruTac s Managing Director, Terry Ramsey said. The RHA applies exhaustive diligence in selecting their preferred partners and our successful selection confirms we have developed an industry leading product.
Ramsey continues Both TruTac and the RHA pride themselves on their high levels of customer support and together we can offer a best in class product and support function. The TruTac team are looking forward to working with the RHA in ensuring RHA Analysis remains the most comprehensive and cost effective solution.
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Load security is one of the top issues when Paul Walker, VOSA s Industry Liaison Manager, talks to Operators and Drivers across the country. Paul says: During my meetings with the road haulage sector I am often asked about load safety. I always underline the importance of the driver walk around check to ensure…
Paul says: During my meetings with the road haulage sector I am often asked about load safety. I always underline the importance of the driver walk around check to ensure that the load is safe and secure. If there are any doubts, you should not drive the vehicle until you are satisfied that it is safe.
We want hauliers to go safely about their business without interruption. But if you are stopped by VOSA enforcement officers and there are concerns about load security then we will take robust action.
Unsafe loads are a risk to all road users, so I would strongly urge operators and drivers to make time for the driver walk around check.
Make sure your load is safe
All drivers of goods carrying commercial vehicles have a legal responsibility to ensure the load is secure to the vehicle. As part of the driver daily walk round check the load security should be checked as a matter of course. Even when a driver collects a pre-loaded vehicle they are responsible for making sure the load is secure.
Ask yourself if:
the load can slide or topple forward or back?
the load can slide or topple off the side?
the load is unstable?
the load securing equipment is in good condition?
there is anything loose that might fall off the load or vehicle?
the load security or stability presents an immediate risk of injury?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes or you have any doubt, then reconsider the securing of the load to the vehicle. These are the type of questions VOSA enforcement officers will ask themselves when assessing the load security of your vehicle.
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Building work has finished on Network Rail s new state-of-the-art warehouse at the former Peugeot plant
A new 25million road haulage distribution centre has opened near Coventry creating up to 100 jobs.
A ceremony was held today to official open the 300,000 sq ft centre which will be a hub for Network Rail s National Delivery Service.
Bosses say the new purpose-built warehouse has created around 100 jobs as well as supporting a number of construction jobs whilst it was being built.
The project saw the closure of three warehouses based at Worcester, Lichfield and Ludgershall, and the relocation of workers to the central hub.
Steve Dady, business manager of Network Rail, said: By having everything in one place it means there is no duplication of resources around the country.
“It has also meant that bulk products can be stored more easily and items often left at track side can be returned to the centre and reutilised.
Bosses claim the new base will deliver annual benefits of 5 million a year with delivery costs reduced and less traffic on the road.
The new warehouse also boasts a number of environmentally-friendly features including filtering rain water from the roof to flush the toilets.
Throughout the project, the team has worked closely with the local parish council to ensure villagers knew what was going on.
Teresa Beadle, project manager of Network Rail, added: Taking their views on board was an important part of the project. One of their concerns was how we could manage noise levels at unsocial hours.
“This we have done by ensuring our vehicles are loaded so they can be driven straight out in the morning without reversing.
The facility has gone fully operational a month ahead of schedule and only ten months since construction work started on the warehouse.
Far fewer people die on our roads each year than was the case a decade ago. However we must not undo the good work through ill-considered changes to rules for heavy good vehicles.
According to Department for Transport statistics2, 1,754 people lost their lives on the country s roads in 2012. This figure is far too high and many of these deaths were avoidable, but notably it is part of a downward trend and is half the number killed in 2002. By this measure, the UK has just about the safest roads in Europe3.
Yet there are signs the government is putting this achievement in jeopardy.
Campaign for Better Transport has just published research4 showing HGVs lagging behind other transport types in reducing accidents. Concerningly, the government is also trialling changes to rules for HGVs that could make lorry movements more dangerous. At European level, hauliers are pushing for5 double articulated mega-trucks to be allowed free movement across the continent.
We commissioned consultants MTRU to look at statistics on road fatalities since 2007. The results show that although improvements have been made across the board, the percentage of the most serious accidents involving HGVs has increased significantly. Last year, one in five of the fatal crashes on our A-roads involved an HGV. Worse, on motorways more than half of fatal accidents involved an HGV.
These statistics should give government pause for thought about safety. But last year, they caved in to industry pressure in allowing trials of longer trailers on UK roads. Our research6, published last week, shows that because of their reduced manoeuvrability, particularly while cornering (known as out-swing) these trailers are unsuitable for many urban roads. As a matter of urgency, we have written7 to the secretary of state calling on him to give local authorities the right to dictate which routes these lorries can travel on.
Government is also showing signs of ceding to industry demands on speed limits for lorries. Currently, HGVs are limited to 40mph on single carriageway A-roads. Government recently consulted on plans to raise this to 45 or 50mph and is expected to make an announcement shortly.
At EU level, plans are afoot to allow so-called mega-trucks to cross national boundaries, risking a domino effect with trucks being used across the continent over time. Research has shown double articulated lorries up to 82ft long and carrying a maximum of 60 tonnes are worse for the safety of other road users, worse for emissions and highly damaging to road surfaces (a significant issue when you consider the UK s 10.5bn backlog of pot holes).
Although the UK government has claimed it will not allow mega trucks on UK roads, they will come under huge pressure from industry to do so if such lorries are freely circulating across borders with certain countries on the continent.
The case for ever longer lorries relies on the mistaken presumption that there would be fewer but bigger trucks on the roads. In practice, however, since the previous increases in dimensions there is no evidence of larger or heavier lorries leading to improvements in average payloads or a reduction in empty running. In fact, over a quarter of lorries are driving around completely empty.
As ever, the mantra of increased competitiveness is used in pushing for these changes. But the UK can improve the efficiency of haulage while addressing safety and tackling environmental impact. We should support the continued mode shift from road to rail by ensuring all major new distribution parks are planned with a rail connection.
There is also a case for introducing a simple but comprehensive road user charging scheme for goods vehicles based on vehicle type and distance instead of the time based system being introduced in 2014. This system should include incentives for the use of low emission vehicles and different rates at different times of the day to reduce congestion at peak times.
Improved enforcement of vehicle standards would also help make sure all lorries meet legal guidelines and are driven in line with the law.
The government says it wants to improve HGV safety but at the moment it is not following a coherent policy. It should reject calls for mega trucks, prevent HGVs from using inappropriate roads and keep speed limits at 40mph.
By including standards for safe lorry design, equipment and driver training in the national freight operator guidelines, we can build on the improvements the UK has already made to road safety.
- ^ Campaign for Better Transport (www.bettertransport.org.uk)
- ^ Department for Transport statistics (www.gov.uk)
- ^ the safest roads in Europe (europa.eu)
- ^ published research (www.bettertransport.org.uk)
- ^ pushing for (ec.europa.eu)
- ^ Our research (www.bettertransport.org.uk)
- ^ we have written (www.bettertransport.org.uk)