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Freightliner Refuses to Make Interim Award Payment to MAN

We receive the following email from Freightliner:"We have notified the UK judge that we will not pay the interim award."We'll say no more at this point, but merely hope that both sets of lawyers - Clifford Chance and Slaughter & May are strapped in tight. MAN vs Freightliner looks set to become a bumpy ride.

Fridge fleet keeps clean with anti-splash tyres

Tyneside-based Quayside Frozen Foods has started specifying Michelin XFN2 anti-splash tyres on the front and steered third axles of its refrigerated 26-tonne 6x2 Volvo FM9s. Transport manager Peter McDermott says his drivers have noticed, not only a reduction in spray, with less dirt thrown up on to the vehicles' yellow livery, but an increase in grip in wet and slushy conditions, to the benefit of braking efficiency. He adds that XFN2 tyres were initially fitted by the local branch of ATS Euromaster to one vehicle on a trial basis.

Fiat's Future. Discuss.

Is Fiat contemplating spinning off its auto business? Forbes says no, whilst UPI and the Washington Post says yes. If it isn't planning to something, then why did it recapitalize holding company Fiat Partecipazioni SpA? Was it bored?And if protestations are being made about the future of the car business, where are the same about the truck and agricultural equipment operations?

VW: Vans could go to MAN

We can't help but be intrigued by the latest salvo in the VW-MAN-Scania debacle. Speaking at a VW press conference today, VW CV boss Stephan Schaller indicated that simply divesting VW's heavy truck business might prove to be a more onerous task than previously thought, and hinted at the possibility of sticking the German OEM's van business into the pot as well.

Cybit buys Thales Telematics

Telematics service provider Cybit has acquired Thales Telematics from Thales Group.Cybit's chief executive officer Richard Horsman says the acquisition "firmly positions the group as one of the leading European telematics service providers". Cybit adds it will provide ongoing support for "existing solutions". Thales' customers include Fowler Welch Coolchain and Unichem.

Firm loses licence after falsification links

J Reddington (based in Whittlesey, Cambs) loses its licence from the end of March after being linked to a series of false information given in licence applications. J Reddington's licence application, signed by director Kevin Keegan, had nominated Tanya Dunham as the CPC holder and Kelly Transport, Wealdstone as the maintenance contractor.

MOBILES & MORE: D-DAY 27th FEB - Tim Ridyard

S26 Road Safety Act 2006 to be exact - which says you cannot use a hand-held mobile whilst driving and nor may you supervise someone driving whilst using a mobile.

Molly Ivins, RIP.

A tribute here for Molly Ivins.A few years ago, I was asked to write a column for Truck Magazine. The prospect scared the life out of me, and I began to take a serious look at what real journalists wrote.Molly Ivins was something that we in Europe tend not to believe exists; a liberal Texan with a serious sense of humour, and an ability to make her point whilst respecting that of those who disagreed with her. Did she write about trucks?

GAZ Eyes Chrysler - Report.

It had to happen sooner or later. Last week, just about every corporate entity on earth denied being interested in Chrysler.But now, courtesy of Marketwatch, comes the news that GAZ might be tempted. As we know, GAZ is a fast growing and well-financed Russian OEM with global aspirations, and also owns LDV.

Today's the Day for MAN vs Freightliner

Today - Monday - is the day on which Freightliner has to tip up £250 / €372 / $491 million to MAN under the terms of the interim award made by Lord Justice Martin Moore-Bick, who found that MAN had been shafted over the sale of ERF. If Freightliner fails to pay up, it loses its right of appeal in the UK courts.US Judge Kathleen Dailey awarded more than $850 / €644.8 / £432.69 million to MAN in the same case on 15 December last year. The lawyers are still arguing over the specifics of that one.