Award for Manheim mobile auction unit

Manheim’s new mobile auction unit - a modified VW Amarok Ultimate - has won an award for innovation.

The 4x4 double cab pick-up, unveiled by the business at the CV Show in April, took the Fleet World Innovation in Remarketing award at a ceremony held in the RAC Club, London.

By selling assets directly from de-fleet locations, leasing companies and fleet managers can avoid the logistical challenges and bills of transporting a lot of stock.

The Amarok is driven to the auction venue and the auctioneer brings the physical and online buyers together via the rostrum in the rear of the vehicle.

All pre-sale, sale day and post-sale marketing, administration and payments are handled by Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire-based Manheim Online.

The vehicle utilises Simulcast - Manheim’s online bidding software - underpinned by Viprinet hardware.

This harnesses four 3G and 4G signals from different data providers to permit online buyers to join the auction via live audio and video streams.

The Amarok conversion was overseen by C Walton, based in Bruntingthorpe.

Dave Parry, general manager, Manheim Online, said: “With the launch of this exciting new service, the vendor’s auction location is now entirely flexible.

“Be it their own premises, a de-fleet centre or third party storage compound, we can sell anything and everything, from golf buggies, motorcycles and cars to vans, trucks, trailers and plant equipment.

“Vendor take-up has been significant and we already have a series of auction dates and venues booked.”

Transport manager refresher training: it could save your O-licence

The issue of whether transport managers should undertake periodic refresher training has been hotly debated by those in the road transport industry in recent months.

The transport manager is often seen as the glue that holds together a successful haulage business, overseeing the driver compliance and vehicle maintenance needed to keep the operation on the road, so it is important that they keep up to date with the relevant legislation the role demands.

Next week’s issue of Commercial Motor (out 18 June)  will discuss whether a periodic transport manager CPC refresher course is something the industry should seriously consider. But how valuable does a road transport lawyer think transport manager refresher training is and what benefits can it deliver to the operation?

“The traffic commissioners often ask when the last refresher training for the transport manager took place and regularly impose an undertaking to attend refresher training and for evidence of that training to be sent to the traffic commissioner’s office,” solicitor Mark Davies of Backhouse Jones told The Transport Law Blog.

“With the transport manager being the key to your compliance systems, an effective transport manager means that you would avoid a public inquiry by having appropriate compliant systems in place. It is therefore the case that the cost of regular transport manager refresher courses are well worth incurring if it avoids the stress and cost to the business of a public inquiry,” he added.

Davies said it is not unusual for an operator to be called to a public inquiry following a DVSA inspection that discovered shortcomings in its compliance systems. Quite often in these cases, the transport manager passed their CPC exam over a decade ago.

Nick Denton, TC for London and the South East,  even told Commercialmotor.com last year that regular transport manager training  “could cut the number of public inquiries before me significantly”- proof that the money spent on refresher courses is worth it, and could save you your O-licence.