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.
An upcoming federal rule mandating speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks will include the requirement that current vehicles be retrofitted as well as new trucks rolling down assembly lines, according to an official of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Christopher Bonanti, NHTSA associate administrator for rulemaking, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has joined the rulemaking process, so that the speed-limiter mandate can apply to all trucks and not just new models.
A recent Department of Transportation report on rulemakings had said the speed-limiter proposal could be out as early as March. However, Bonanti said that date could be delayed now that FMCSA has joined the process.
We hope to get that notice of proposed rulemaking published . . . later in 2014, Bonanti said at American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., late last month.
We normally do our rule, and then FMCSA does its rule, but this rule is going to be a joint rule, Bonanti said. We re taking into consideration the safety requirements associated with what is being considered, and also the enforcement mechanisms associated with it.
FMCSA spokesman Duane De-Bruyne said the agency expects the rule to reduce 1,115 fatal accidents annually.
Bonanti said a federal study showed that speed limiters could save lives and increase fuel economy.
The rule is being crafted in response to petitions filed in 2006 by American Trucking Associations, Road Safe America and nine motor carriers.
In early 2011, NHTSA said in a Federal Register announcement that the petitions merited further consideration through the agency s rulemaking process.
At that time, NHTSA originally said it expected to complete the proposed rule in 2012. Despite the delay, Bonanti s announcement last month was well-received.
In 2006, ATA said a rule should require that speed limiters be set no higher than 68 mph. However, ATA has since revised its policy and asked that the maximum be 65 mph, Osiecki said.
Although ATA wanted both new and in-use trucks to be governed by speed limiters, its petition focused on new trucks ..
Timothy Blubaugh, executive vice president of the Truck & Engine Manufacturers, said that while the speed-limiter feature exists on most 1998 and newer engines, retrofitting the in-use engines with tamperproof capability is not practicable .
Owings said that roughly 70% of the trucks in the United States already have their speed limiters set and as a result have reported that they have reduced crashes and saved money on fuel and maintenance .
Article from Transport Topics 11/11/13
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.
A Mesquite police officer shot and wounded a man driving a stolen rental truck in an apartment complex Saturday morning, authorities said.
The man, who police didn t identify, was taken to Baylor Hospital of Dallas after a brief chase and does not appear to be in immediate life-threatening condition, authorities said.
Authorities said the incident started around 9:40 a.m. when police received a report of a domestic disturbance at the 2800 block of Eastbrook Drive. Police reported that a chase began after officers saw the man leave the scene in a red Dodge Charger.
The man drove away, stopping outside the Camelot Village Apartments on U.S. 80. There, he abandoned his car and ran into the complex. Officers chased him and saw him approach a man sitting in a rental moving truck, police said.
The suspect forced the driver of the rental truck out of his seat, took control of the vehicle and began driving it toward one of the officers, police said. The officer shot the man, but didn t disable him. He drove out of the complex and was followed to the intersection of Samuel Boulevard and Buckner Boulevard in Dallas, where police said he surrendered.
Mesquite Police Department spokesman Brian Parrish said charges will be filed against the wounded man, but he doesn t know when or what they will be. No officers or members of the public were injured in the confrontation, Parrish said.
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Scania are a heavy trucks manufacturer based in Sodertalje in eastern Sweden. Scania was founded as a bicycle factory in Malmo in 1900, and had produced its first truck by 1905. In 1911, Scania merged with Sodertalje-based Vabis, to become Scania-Vabis, and eventually moved all of its production facilities there by 1929.
Becoming renowned around Europe for their durable engines and safety, in 1969, Scania-Vabis merged with Saab to become SaabScania, just a couple of months after launching the most powerful truck engine in Europe.
An independent brand again, Scania are still well known for safety and durable engines, and today employ 34,000 people within the 100 countires in which they operate. Scania makes up 15.7% of the UK market share and operates 90 service points nationwide.
The current models Scania offers are:
- P-Series – Local and regional distribution and light construction
- G-Series – Long haulage and heavy construction
The Volvo Trucks Southern Africa (VTSA) group was currently selling roughly 6 000 trucks in the region a year, with growth coming largely from outside South Africa, says MD Torbj rn Christensson.
Outside South Africa we think we can go from 500 trucks a year to 2 000 in a few years.
As part of its African expansion programme, the Swedish truck brand is mulling establishing an assembly plant in Kenya. This plant would produce trucks for a number of countries in East Africa.
VTSA also assembles trucks in South Africa.
Volvo Trucks is in 129 countries. We see a phenomenon where custom duties on imported trucks make it economically viable to have assembly plants in certain countries. We need to work around the custom duties, and the same is true in Kenya, Volvo Trucks president Claes Nilsson tells Engineering News Online.
In Africa we have assembly plants in Tunisia and Morocco too.
Nilsson says such assembly plants make sense in countries where Volvo Trucks has a reasonable market share .
With regards to the South African government working to increase the use of local parts on locally assembled trucks, Nilsson says Volvo Trucks was happy to increase the local content .
We, together with the car industry, often use some the same suppliers, so, over time, this is possible.
He adds that his company trusts in the long-term future of South Africa, and believes that short-term issues, such as labour instability, will be taken care of .
South Africa, like many other developing countries, has seen its ups and downs. We have been through valleys and troughs in Brazil and Russia too.
As for Africa, Nilsson says there exist real opportunities for economic growth in Africa, even though it is not happening yet.
It is obvious there will be development in Africa, the question is when.
However, he notes that it is important for Volvo Trucks to already be in the market when that growth arrives.
You need to choose your focus countries, and be established when the economic opportunities come.
Christensson emphasises that Volvo Trucks is in Southern Africa for the long-term, investing for the future .
We are growing in South Africa, but perhaps not as much as we would have wanted to. As a whole the region is doing well. We are committed to being a big player in this region.
Nilsson believes that Volvo Trucks new FH, FM, FMX ranges will serve to increase the brand s market share in Southern Africa.
With many improved features we hope to be more competitive in this market. There are many customers here who fit our profile, such as operators travelling long distances and carrying heavy loads.
THE NEW FH RANGE WITH I-SEE SOFTWAREThe Volvo FH range will be available in eight model variants in South Africa, including the FH16 700 hp 8×4 truck tractor.
Although the company is introducing Euro III variants as standard owing to current fuel quality and standards, Euro V and VI level variants are available on request.
The Volvo FH Euro III units will be assembled at VTSA s Durban plant, with the first units expected to be delivered in April.
The FH has been Volvo Trucks flagship model for almost 20 years. Since the launch of a new version of the FH in 1993, more than 650 000 units have been sold globally, and it accounts for more than 60% of Volvo Trucks total sales.
Inside the new FH, the steering wheel offers a neck-tilt function, a world-first in the truck world. Drivers can also enjoy an extra cubic metre of space.
Volvo Dynamic Steering sees an electric motor replacing the driver’s muscle power. At low speeds, a heavily laden vehicle can be maneuvered with a single finger.
The range also offers an optional wireless remote. With this remote control, the driver can stand outside the truck and adjust the air suspension, operate the tail lift and monitor the axle load of both the truck and trailer.
The FH uses Volvo s I-Shift 12-speed mechanical gearbox, which carries a 3% fuel saving potential.
I-Shift is always in the right gear for the situation at hand, making it extremely precise and cost-effective, says Christensson.
The range s new I-See function on the Euro V and VI models makes it possible to cut fuel consumption even further.
I-See is a software package for the I-Shift transmission. It stores information about hills as the truck drives along. The next time the truck uses the same route, I-See operates the accelerator, gears and brakes to ensure that progress is as economical as possible, explains Christensson. Thanks to I-See the fleet operator could cut fuel consumption by up to 5% per vehicle.
Other technology and equipment to save fleet owners costs includes a more energy efficient 24 V 120A alternator, an optional airflow package, engine idle shutdown and fast rear-axle ratios.
Active safety systems on the FH include optional functionalities such as Lane Keeping Support, Adaptive Cruise Control and Driver Alert Support (DAS).
DAS works by means of a video camera on the inside of the windscreen, which reads the road s centre and edge markings, and an on-board computer, which compares the driver s steering wheel movements with the road markings. When the driver starts weaving, DAS alerts the driver with an acoustic signal and by flashing an indication in the driver information display.
A new Front Under-run Protection System is designed to prevent a passenger car from becoming wedged under the truck in a frontal collision.
The new Volvo FH series is also the world’s first heavy truck with individual front suspension, which has long been fitted to passenger cars.
The new FH series uses remote online communication to connect the truck directly to the workshop.
“The workshop can remotely check the actual wear of various truck components via the computer. As a component approaches the end of its service life, the workshop can get in touch with the fleet owner well in advance to schedule a service when it is most convenient,” notes Christensson.
THE NEW FM/FMX RANGEThe FM and FMX (the FM s robust, go-anywhere version) use an I-Shift 12-speed mechanical gearbox without a clutch pedal. This automated non-synchromesh transmission is suitable for local distribution work, construction operations and regional, national and international long-haul duties.
While the FM/FMX range is in essence identical to the FH, there is one exception: the cab is lower, making it easier to get in and out of the truck. It means it is also suited for specialised tasks such as car transport, where part of the load can be placed above the cab.
The lower-placed cab means that interior space in the FM/FMX Series is less than in the FH. The cab is available in a day and sleeper-cab version.
Both the FM and FMX models can be fitted with Volvo s Dynamic Steering system.
In Southern Africa, the Volvo FM is available as a 4×2 truck-tractor, with sleeper cab, and is powered by a 13-litre diesel engine that delivers 400 hp.
Lower weight, new axle configurations, increased chassis flexibility and clear interfaces for bodybuilders, all allow the customer to tailor-make the perfect truck, says Christensson.
The Volvo FMX has specifically been developed to make driving in construction applications easier and safer, he adds.
In Southern Africa, The FMX Range is available in six model derivatives as 6×4 truck-tractors, an 8×4 rigid or a 6×4 rigid truck.
The FMX Series has two engine alternatives: the D13 with its 13-litre engine (power outputs range between 400 hp and 480 hp) and the 11-litre D11 engine (offering 370 hp).
The new FMX offers a redesigned cab interior and raised ground-clearance.
The new air suspension is tailor-made for construction work, and features automatic ride-height control, as well as ground clearance of 300 mm.
The shorter front overhang means that the approach angle has increased.
Inside the cab the steering wheel is equipped with integrated control buttons for multiple functions, including cruise control, phone and navigation.
The vehicle also feature a new electronic structure. Using a communication unit known as the Telematics Gateway, which is standard on the FM and FMX range, the truck is linked to the GSM network. This allows the workshop to monitor the vehicle s condition from afar, keeping a watch on brake and clutch wear, as well as the condition of the battery and air drier filter.
As part of Volvo s Telematic Gateway, FM and FMX fleet owners also have access to the Dynafleet app, which provides constant updates on the performance of trucks and drivers in commercial fleets wherever they are.
Volvo Action Service (VAS) on Call is another new feature that increases security for the driver. Inside the truck this new feature is visible through the VAS button in the instrument panel.
Press once and the system connects the truck to the VAS customer helpdesk. Information transmitted from the truck allows the driver to be connected to a coordinator who speaks the driver’s mother-tongue.
The coordinator receives direct information about the truck s exact location.
VAS can also transmit the truck s fault codes to a Volvo workshop. The fault codes allow the service technician to prepare whatever parts are needed, enabling the truck to return to operation as soon as possible.
Instead of needing to drive out to the truck, check it, drive back to the workshop for the right parts and then return with the necessary spares and tools, everything can be brought along on the very first trip. In this way, the VAS button cuts lead times and generates additional uptime, says Christensson.
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Welcome to Imperial Commercials Ltd York, Auster Road, North York Trading Estate, Clifton, York. The long-established site is part of the country s leading independent distributor and dealer group for commercial vehicles, the company s dealer network has 28 sites. We should be the first on your list for York DAF Trucks and all makes parts and all makes servicing!
Imperial Commercials York also has franchise partnerships with Ford and Nissan LCV through sister branches.
The company provides a comprehensive range of services including sales of new DAF Trucks and used DAF Trucks, Ford & Nissan commercial vehicles, service and maintenance, bodybuilding and repairs, parts, workshop management and financial services. Imperial Commercials is a member of the Imperial Holdings Ltd Group of Companies employing over 36,000 people worldwide.
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Imperial Commercials is committed to supporting truck and van operators to the highest standards, maximising vehicle availability or uptime. We offer a wide range of product and service solutions to meet the varying needs of individual vehicle users. Our intention is to provide vehicle and after sales packages on an efficient, value for money basis recognising individual applications and needs. Many of our 28 locations are open for service for 24 hours, others for extended hours giving flexibility and optimising vehicle availability. Of around 960 employees approximately 415 are technician grades.
We have a demonstrable commitment to continuous technical training for both sales and technical colleagues including a substantial apprentice programme (currently over 60 apprentices in training). We also support our customers interests through industry associate memberships of SOE/IRTE, Freight Transport Association and Road Haulage Association.
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One of the early models made by Fruehauf Trailer Co.
Trucking history buffs will enjoy a website created to highlight the history of Fruehauf Trailer Co1. The company traces its roots to the early 20th century, when August Fruehauf worked as a blacksmith and carriage builder in Detroit. In 1914 he created the first semi-trailer, which was used for hauling lumber. Fruehauf Trailer incorporated in 1918.
The website was compiled by a descendent, Ruth Ann Fruehauf, and researcher Darlene Norman. They plan to publish a book that expounds upon the material: Singing Wheels: The Rise and Fall of the Fruehauf Trailer Company.
Fruehauf facilitated the growth of continental transportation as a viable rail alternative that brought efficient transportation from the farmer s gate and the factory s loading door, Ruth Ann Fruehauf wrote to me. This brought the opportunity of expanded markets to the whole country.
The website contains lots of historical photos. There s also no shortage of drama ( a Shakespearian tragedy sibling rivalry, envy, pride and greed ), including how the company fell out of family ownership in 1964 and finally was bought by Wabash Trailers in 1997.
Ruth Ann Fruehauf
The website s name, singingwheels.com, alludes to a wonderful trucking promotional film2 of the same name that I ve written about. Roy Fruehauf helped finance the 1940 film. He later served on a committee to advise President Dwight Eisenhower on the creation of the Interstate Highway System.
The first Fruehauf trailer, built in 1914.
Former Fruehauf executive Michael Davis and Johnny Cash in a promotional photo.