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APC invests £3m in trucks and IT

APC Overnight has a new £750,000 livery as part of a £3m investment initiative. The new branding adorns the company's 1,000 collection and delivery vehicles and 125 trunking vehicles. MD Quentin Abel says: "Every once in a while we need to update our look so that it continues to reflect our growing role and purpose in a modern setting." The Essington-based parcels carrier reveals that it is also investing in eight new double-deck trailers at a cost of £250,000, while £2m has been ploughed into a signature capture solution using handheld device Intermec CN3.

Working Time Directive group to meet

The second meeting of the Data Validation Working Group reviewing the implications of the Working Time Directive took place last week. The group is to survey hauliers and drivers on their opinions of the directive and its effects.

Euro 4 trucks may have residuals penalty

Euro 4 SCR-equipped trucks currently have a 3% residual value penalty over equivalent Euro 3 vehicles, according to industry guide CAP Monitor. However it sees Euro 4 EGR trucks as being worth the same as Euro 3. Glass's Guide chief editor of commercial vehicles George Alexander has a slightly different point of view. While he agrees with the 3% figure for SCR, he says Euro 4 EGR trucks also have a penalty over Euro 3 - albeit just 1%.

Clipper sails on despite fuel costs

Pre-tax profits at independent logistics group Clipper increased by £230,000 to £2.6m in 2006, despite its value-added logistics arm being unable to pass on all its fuel bills to customers. Clipper Group Holdings increased turnover by more than 90% for the year to April 30, 2006, to £86.2m, resulting in a margin of around 3%. Operating profit was £4.5m, compared with £3.3m in 2005. However, profits fell at Clipper Group Ltd, the part of the group involved in value-added logistics, warehousing and distribution.

Truckfest celebrates its silver anniversary

Truckfest celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and the organisers say it operates to the same formula it was founded on.Colin Ward, MD of Live Promotions, says the formula involves providing a meeting place at a Bank Holiday event for operators and drivers alike: "Such is the demand for trucks to enter the various competitions that the entries are always full before the actual deadline. "Trucks come to the event from all over Europe - one of the most popular trucks at the show this year will be from Norway.

Mid America: A Blogger Intrudes on an Industry's Grief

So that's it for Mid America for another year. Next stop on the show trail is the RAI Show in Amsterdam and the Tokyo show, both of which - in a fit of genius on the part of the respective organisers - are slated to take place simultaneously.But back to MATS, and an initial reaction. Miserable. We rather felt like a gatecrasher at a bedside vigil.

Kenworth Reduces Plant Capacity

Some incongruity here.Just as Bob Christensen, General Manager of Kenworth was bigging up the Chillicothe plant to the assembled media, so too was he reducing its size.Interesting mathematical point this. Kenworth is confident about the US market, and says - we paraphrase - that its people are working hard to fulfill the order book. Having already cut capacity, it's not really suprising that utilisation remains high. Or is it?Smoke and mirrors.

Wincanton workers 'devastated' by job losses at hub

Nearly 300 jobs are under threat at the Wolverhampton distribution hub that Wincanton operates for Argos, after the catalogue store decided to switch the business to Corby. The jobs include 285 warehouse and driving jobs, although Wincanton says it will do its best to find new jobs for the staff affected. "We might also find another contract for the site - we're talking to a couple of customers about this at the moment," a spokesman says. He points out that warehouse workers are more vulnerable than drivers, because most drivers will be able to work on other routes.

Tribunal rejects loader's sex discrimination claim

An agency lorry loader has lost her compensation claim for sexual discrimination, allegedly involving a truck driver, against TNT (UK) because she was too late registering her documents with Birmingham Employment Tribunal. Beverley Newman, of Cannock, Staffs, alleged the driver indecently exposed himself to her as she loaded his truck at TNT's Cannock depot. Newman also alleged he sexually harassed her.

Row over Somerset weight restrictions

Proposals to introduce a weight restriction on two roads in Somerset have been attacked by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) for ignoring the economic impact on operators in the county. Two meetings involving North Somerset Council, the FTA, the Road Haulage Association and pressure group Transport Management for the Villages (TMTV) have been held since February to discuss the restrictions on LGVs using the A368 and the B3134 near Cheddar.