Manheim launches new mobile auction Amarok for vendors

Manheim unveiled its brand new mobile auction unit at this year’s CV Show, designed to allow vendors to stage live auction events wherever and whenever suits them best.

The specially adapted Volkswagen Amarok enables the company to take its Simulcast service and auctioneer out on the open road and onto the vendors’ premises to deliver a live auction event in front of a physical and online audience.

Powered by Viprinet technology, Manheim’s unit uses software and hardware to harness both 3G and 4G signals from several different data providers.

The special edition Amarok Ultimate - only one of 500 on UK roads - includes xenon lights, polished alloys, a reverse parking camera, satellite navigation, alcantara leather and heated front seats.

It is powered by the 180ps bi-turbo 2-litre diesel engine and sports Manheim’s registration number plate “G4 VEL”, as well as a livery applied by vehicle signage specialists Sign Language.

Bruntingthorpe-based engineering firm C Walton oversaw the kit-out, which included fabricating a unique load bay cover, plus installation of waterproof speaker system, TV screen and webcam.

The modifications allow the auctioneer to utilise the pick-up body as a mobile rostrum.

Manheim believes this more flexible approach to CV auctions will attract new and existing physManheim launches new ical and online buyers. 

James Davis, head of commercial vehicles at Manheim said: “Buyers are having to adapt to new and innovative online products and services in order to secure premium stock from prime vendors.

“Now Manheim has the ability and flexibility to deliver bespoke auction events in an operator’s premises, de-fleet centre or storage compound.

“We can sell anything and everything, be they cars, vans, trucks, trailers or plant equipment.

“This mobile auction unit, underpinned by Manheim’s existing market-making team and transparent processes, will maximise buyer engagement to deliver industry-leading auction events and results.”

CPC review could lead to requirement changes

A review of the rules on the training and qualifications of professional drivers by the European Commission could lead to “adjustments” to the current Driver CPC requirements.

The review, which is expected to lead to the adoption of a new commission proposal by the end of 2016, will focus on three areas identified in an evaluation of the implementation of the Driver CPC published in October last year.

This evaluation highlighted a requirement for greater legal clarity over Driver CPC exemptions and the discrepancy between the Driver CPC directive and driver licensing directive in terms of the minimum age of new drivers; a need for greater mutual recognition of training undertaken in other member states; and a need to look again at the effectiveness of Driver CPC training in various ways.
A spokesman for the EC told CM it was “too early for specific details” but admitted that “there could be adjustment to the rules to address… the three areas identified”.

Among the specific concerns examined in the earlier evaluation were wide variations among member states in terms of driver exemptions; the need to adapt training more to the actual needs of drivers and companies; and variations in the timetable applying to delivery of the 35 hours of periodic training over five years.

The evaluation also noted suggestions that periodic training based purely on the classroom without any practical training and without a test to measure candidate advancement would not have any real impact on road safety.

Reacting to news of the review, FTA head of road freight and enforcement policy James Firth said it was welcome.

“There are certain aspects of the Driver CPC that could be improved. But we’re always concerned, when we see talk about harmonisation of requirements, that it could mean lack of flexibility,” said Firth.

Any move to stipulate the content of courses or restrict the option to put staff through just one day of training a year would be particularly unwelcome, he added.

He also expressed concern about any legal clarification that might force member states who currently allow 18-year-olds to drive trucks under Driver CPC rules to stop doing so.

“At 18, young people are making career decisions and if we close off the logistics industry at that point, we may have lost them for their entire working career,” he said.

RHA policy director Jack Semple also welcomed the review but had reservations. “What we absolutely don’t need is a more centralised, bureaucratic approach or a set of rules that makes things more centralised and dictates to the industry what it’s got to do,” he said.