500th ATF opened in County Durham

The 500th ATF was opened yesterday by DVSA chief executive Alastair Peoples at Daf dealership Chatfields in County Durham.

Marking the occasion Peoples said that almost 93% of truck, trailer and passenger vehicle testing was being conducted at private sites.

He said: “I know local operators and drivers in the County Durham area will quickly see the benefits of having a greater choice of where they can have their vehicles tested.

“ATF customers from across the country tell me they have seen savings on fuel costs, vehicle down-time, lower CO2 emissions and improved first-time pass rates and I expect to hear similar feedback from operators and drivers using this facility,” he added.

MC Truck & Bus wins full dealership category at Isuzu Dealer Challenge

Maidstone-based MC Truck and Bus has taken top spot at the Isuzu Dealer Challenge 2015.

In the event there were two award categories: Full Sales, Parts and Service Dealers; and Parts and Service Dealers only.

Dealerships took part in a set of assessments to test their ability to deliver the highest level of customer service and technical expertise.

After 44 teams entered the initial stages the top six were given the opportunity to compete in the final.

These were HRVS Sheffield, AK Commercials Bristol, Harry Moore Commercials Exeter, Ferndown Commercials Wimborne, MC Truck & Bus Maidstone and MC Truck & Bus Southampton.

The MC Maidstone team were victorious in the full dealership category where rounds consisted of tasks relating to truck sales, parts, customer care and workshop technical matters.

In the Parts and Service Dealers category, Harry Moore Commercials from Exeter triumphed for the second year running.

Peter Booth, MC Group dealer principal said: “We are absolutely thrilled by our teams’ performance, it shows clear dedication from all our departments to provide an outstanding service to our customers.”

MC’s Southampton team were also awarded third place in the parts and service category.

“To have not one, but two teams make it to the final is a real privilege and just helps to strengthen our consistent level of service across the company” added Booth.

Meanwhile, MC Maidstone technician Simon Abnett was one of two recipients of the technician award, after being judged in the competitions’ technical skills elements.

He will now be representing the UK at Isuzu’s annual worldwide technical event, the I-1 World Grand Prix, held in Japan.

Booth concluded: “Simon represented our technicians brilliantly, and to have one of our own employees represent us on an international level is an excellent success story.”