Dawsonrentals unveils Portable Auto Centre

Dawsonrentals vans launched its new Portable Auto Centre at the CV Show

The facility can house equipment such as the latest repair, painting and baking facilities, and enables commercial vehicles, including extra long wheel base vans, to be repaired quickly and efficiently.

Dawsonrentals will introduce the facilities at its depots in Milton Keynes and Skelmersdale, with the rest of its UK rental sites set to follow in quick succession.

According to the company the facility increases reliability and time on the road, while enabling fleet operators to quickly estimate and cost-effectively repair hired vehicles.

It says the plan is for the Portable Auto Centre not just to be based in its van depots but to be distributed, over the next 12 months, to its business partners and customers within their own premises.

Steve Miller, Group MD of Dawsongroup, said: “They (partners and customers) will be able to have their own Dawsonrentals portable auto centre where rental offices, waiting areas and full facilities for servicing, tyre fitting and body repairs are housed within a modular community.

“Affording efficient and immediate service in addition to effective management of time and cost control, this is really going to shake up the commercial vehicle rental sector.”

Gareth Jones, MD at Dawsonrentals vans, said the Portable Auto Centre represents a revolutionary approach to fleet maintenance.

He added: “We have created a modular concept that tackles the common challenges within the vehicle marketplace.

“Having our own modular technology was the next logical approach to our fairer service level agreement and supports our approach to recharges and reducing downtime for vehicles.

“We always have our customer at the heart of every project and this was no exception: they will benefit from better information and the ability to return vehicles without fear of excessive charges.”

Ireland raises weight limit for drawbar trailer combinations

The Irish Road Safety Authority (RSA) has raised the maximum weight limit for drawbar trailer combinations to 46 tonnes, a move claimed to have the potential to reduce the number of truck journeys made in Ireland

The announcement follows a campaign by the Irish Freight Transport Association (IFTA) to have the upper limit raised, after it was changed to 46 tonnes for six-axle articulated trucks back in 2013.

Neil Mc Donnell, IFTA’s general manager, said: “FTA Ireland is delighted that the weight limit for rigid and drawbar combination trucks is to be increased. 

“We have been calling for this introduction for a long time now, and this will help ensure more efficient transport operations and reduce the total number of vehicle journeys, while protecting the modern roads estate Ireland has built up over the last ten years.”

The previous limit for drawbar combinations in Ireland was 42 tonnes.

Ukip recently told CM that it would be willing to consider raising the UK’s 44-tonne limit for vehicles if the country’s roads were better maintained, outside of the strategic road network particularly.