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Charity calls on employers to support parents

Employers should be doing more to help staff with childcare issues, according to the national childcare charity the Daycare Trust.The call came as research from the trust revealed that the cost of sending children to nurseries has risen by more than 25% in five years.A typical full-time nursery place for a child under two now costs £142 a week, almost £7,400 a year, the survey showed.

Sales grow at Sanderson, but profit falls

Pre-tax profit at Stephen Sanderson Transport has dropped by 58% despite an increase in sales.The latest results for the road haulage and parcel delivery company state that "the company's overall level of turnover increased by 10% compared to the previous year". But pre-tax profit for the year to December 31, 2005 fell to £176,414, from £423,985 in 2004.Gross profit dipped by £0.1m to £1.30m in 2005 from £1.40m in 2004, while operating profit has tumbled to £230,109 in 2005 from £474,446 in 2004.

RHA open day at TRL attracts the great and good

The RHA hosted an open day attended by 30 politicians, civil servants from the Treasury and DfT, and executives from VOSA, the police and elsewhere to see what trucks are like. The event was supported by all the main UK truck manufacturers - Volvo brought a 25.25m rig from Sweden - and was held at the TRL test ground. Meanwhile, TRL urged the industry to answer three questions: Is there a fundamental need for longer and heavier lorries in the UK?

The pressure's on biodiesel

As fuel system technology advances, a rise in injection pressures to 2,000bar or more could cause extra problems for those operators wanting to run on biodiesel. Research by Delphi suggests that biodiesel in blends of more than about 5% poses particular challenges where it has been held in storage tanks long enough for it to start degrading and the higher the percentage bio blend the worse the effects.

New Ivecos for Parkside

Stowmarket-based Parkside Warehousing & Transport has taken delivery of 12 Iveco Stralis 6x2 tractors from Collease Truck & Trailer Rentals. The trucks, which replace a dozen identical vehicles, will be used to transport containers from Felixstowe docks throughout the UK. They are supplied on three-year full service contract-hire agreements, and are expected to cover roughly 100,000km a year.

Bri-Stor begins expansion

The Bri-Stor Group has moved into a new 18-acre site at Hixon, Stafford, representing the final stage in a year-long, £7m expansion project. The new site is twice as big as the previous plant and allows the van racking manufacturer to carry out production, coating and component fitting under one roof.

Call a halt to rollovers

Too many operators are failing to have their drivers trained to avoid rollover accidents and jack-knifing incidents, says David Weynberg, training manager at International Road Safety Training. That is despite the fact that rollovers can result in deaths and serious injuries. Even if nobody is hurt, they can still cost a company as much as £500,000 if damage to the vehicle, the cargo, and the bill for cleaning up the mess is included.IRST has been offering such training for the past 12 years.

Bibby and Suzuki go for shared user network

Bibby Distribution is claiming leadership in the development of automotive shared user, with a new contract from Suzuki GB.The three-year contract for motorcycle distribution started last week and turns a dedicated system for another unnamed motorcycle firm, into shared user.

Newest Volvo for Harvey's longest-serving driver

R & D Harvey's first Euro 4 Volvo has gone to its longest-serving driver. Peter Kemp has been with the firm since 1971 - when he drove an F86. The truck's core work is delivering mature trees for Deepdale Trees to places such as Canary Wharf, Arsenal's new Emirates Stadium and rock stars' gardens. R&D Harvey is based in Sandy, Bedfordshire.

Make the most when you sell your van

Manheim Auctions has compiled a list of the most common areas of damage to vans, with advice on whether it's worth repairing them in order to maximise residual values. Roof damage is considered a minor problem, and according to Manheim Auctions you don't need to waste your money repairing dents. It's a similar story with minor sill and mid-panel damage on panel vans, which apparently aren't worth worrying about either.