Hargreaves sees improvement in fuel efficiency as part of aerodynamics trial

Hargreaves Logistics has began trialling aerodynamic equipment on its Scania units, and is already seeing fuel efficiency improvements of over 5%.

Aerodyne’s High Volume Air Kit is the first product to be trialled as part of its fuel efficiency test and have been fitted to its Scania sleeper cab units. It has also ordered a second kit to be fitted to its Mercedes-Benz trucks.

Hargreaves began the trial after seeing more demand from 4.2m and 4.6m walking floor trailers, as well as low height tippers.

Jay Laverick, fuel champion and dangerous goods safety advisor at Hargreaves, is overseeing the trial and said: “Figures suggest a 5% plus improvement in MPG so far on this particular set up.

"Other manufacturers’ products will be trialled and we hope to make a decision in the summer with regard to a preferred product.”

Driver attacked as truck hijacked on A14

Police in Cambridgeshire have appealed for witnesses after a lorry parked on the A14 was hijacked and its load of cigarettes and tobacco were stolen.

The attack, in a layby near Godmanchester on Tuesday, May 28 at about 4am, also resulted in the driver being restrained and assaulted.

Two men in balaclavas ordered the 64-year-old driver into the back of his LGV, which was white and had “One Stop” written on the side in red writing, and then they drove the vehicle almost 40 miles to Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire.

The men then unloaded the freight before the driver, who had suffered minor injuries, was able to climb out of the lorry and flag down a passing motorist.

“This was a very distressing ordeal for the driver and we are keen to catch those responsible,” said Detective Constable Suzanne Pickard. “I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious around the A14 in the early hours of Tuesday morning, or the lorry being driven along the A14 and A1.”

*Read Commercial Motor on Thursday 13 June to see what Police Crime Commissioners are doing about truck crime.