Hino wants new dealers for its network

Hino has hit 2011 like a whirlwind. It is attending the CV Show (April 12-14 in Hall 5) and welcoming new dealer applications, reports Laurie Dealer.

The Hino 19-strong dealer network across the UK, and eight-strong set up across Ireland, is citing its trucks as 'available for immediate delivery'.

The 700 Series is the tried and tested truck, whereas the 500 at 18 tonnes and 300 at 7.5, 6.5 and 5.5 tonnes are yet to make the impact in the UK that it should have, considering it's a competitively built and specified truck.

Either way, Laurie Dealer is pleased Hino is showing its metal. BigLorryBlog recently broke the story that Hino is now producing a Euro-5 diesel for the 700 Series called the E13C using EGR technology.

Hurst Transport goes bust, with 79 job losses

Hurst Transport has gone bust, making 79 employees redundant, after struggling with volatile diesel prices in a tough winter.

The Stallingborough, Lincolnshire-based haulier went under on Friday 18 March, with the appointment of Ian Green and Chris Rooney of PricewaterhouseCoopers as joint administrators.

Rooney says the operator struggled with a combination of external challenges, including the poor winter weather, volatile fuel prices, and the generally flat demand in the economy.

He adds: "These factors have led to the business suffering unsustainable losses, which have regrettably resulted in the closure of the business."

As a result 79 out of 84 staff have been made redundant at the firm, which had an annual turnover of £8m.

The Fortec and Hazchem Network member had an O-licence for 175 vehicles and 175 trailers, but according to PricewaterhouseCoopers, at the time of insolvency Hurst Transport was running approximately 50 trucks.

The insolvency comes about 18 months after the business entered a company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

Meanwhile, Rase Distribution has stepped in to cover Hurst's Doncaster coverage for the Hazchem Network.