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Severe weather warning for drivers

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for every region of England, Wales and Northern Ireland for tomorrow (Thursday 8th February), as heavy snow is forecast throughout - with up to 10-15cm (4-6in) forecast for the West Midlands and Wales.The Road Haulage Association points out that drivers should "take even more care than usual on the roads and plan well ahead". It adds:Customers may well find that deliveries are delayed. Common sense is the best safety measure that can be taken when road conditions are bad.

Bodybuilder Trumac celebrates 70 years on site

Bodybuilder Trumac Group is celebrating 70 years of operation at its site in Westbury, Wiltshire.The site began making bodywork for transporting the milk churns also made there by C W Godden. Subsequently it was bought by Unigate, part of which became Wincanton, then (in 1986) Mackworth Bodies. In 1991 this was bought by GRP Group and became GRP Westbury.There was a management buyout in 2003, and last year the company was renamed Trumac Group. The firm is currently investing £500,000 on site improvements.

Framptons Transport retreats from Europe

Shepton Mallet-based Framptons Transport has announced that it is increasingly concentrating on its core UK business instead of Europe as it reported a turnover rise of nearly 5% in the year ending July 2 2006. Framptons says it is "continuing to reduce its operations in Europe, due to changing market conditions".

Not a Truck, but a Plug for an Icon.

A key element of Ford’s survival strategy has been announced.It is going to revive the Taurus, a model name dropped last year, and apply it to the Five Hundred model; itself selling in units of one or two per eon.Oh dear. Last year, Ford lost over $400 per second. How will the re-adoption of the Taurus reverse this trend?

MAN. Making Hay whilst the Clouds Gather.

We’ve been looking forward to seeing MAN’s results for 2006.And here they are, complete with the sound of heads being patted, and champagne being uncorked. Alles ist schön.No it isn’t.

Yet Another Fuso Recall

There’s news here of yet another recall by Mitsubishi-Fuso.This has now passed any form of newsworthiness, and, with recalls seeming to be issued on an almost monthly basis one has to wonder where things are going to end up. This latest fiasco involves the Super Great heavy truck, but we’re hard pressed to think of a Fuso model that has not been the subject of a recall over the past couple of years. Which leads us to wonder how infinite DaimlerChrysler’s patience is.

Cummins Interview at just-auto.com

There is an excellent interview with Hugh Foden of Cummins over at just-auto.com. A synopsis is contained here in editor Dave Leggett’s blog – which, by the way, never fails to offer a reasoned and – at times – counter-intuitive take on the auto industry as a whole. As far as the Cummins interview goes, it makes some very interesting reading, not least in terms of a Tier 1 engine manufacturer and its survival plans.

39-day wait for a VOSA test station

A survey to be published in Commercial Motor reveals that it can take up to two months to get a VOSA test station appointment. CM researchers obtained waiting times for every full-time test station in the UK on the afternoon of January 23 or first thing on the following morning. While many stations were able to offer appointments within a day or two, Guildford quoted 39 working days and Lancing needed 30.

Kent looks at permanent site for Operation Stack

Kent County Council is talking to three landowners in the region about converting 100 acres of land into a lorry park. The sites being considered are the Detling area along the A240, the area near the A2 between Canterbury, Lydd and Dover and land off junction 11 of the M20 in Shepway. A park would initially help solve the problem of Operation Stack, as it could be used when Dover port is closed, says Paul Carter, leader of KCC.

New Model MAN TGA Truck Set for 07 Launch?

Is this version 2 of MAN’s now rather venerable TGA? There looks to have been a bit of a reskin, with a slightly reshaped front end and light clusters. Not sure what's underneath, but MAN needs to get its Euro 5 act sorted out a bit sharpish, not least as Iveco has decided to offer Euro 5 at Euro 4 prices from March of this year.Continue reading to see the pic.