CM Show 2020: TRP looks the part and takes centre stage

TRP, the UK’s largest all-makes truck-and-trailer parts brand, supported by DAF Trucks, is to receive its own dedicated presence at the Commercial Motor Show.

Details of DAF genuine parts will be available on DAF Trucks’ main stand at the show.

With TRP experts on-hand to describe the TRP brand, show-attendees will experience a number of TRP’s many service offerings including the DAF Webshop, the online outlet which hosts the eCatalogue of TRP’s entire range, TRP’s national fleet programme and a special Direct Vision Standard (DVS) video to illustrate TRP’s retrofit capability with ‘HGV safety permit scheme’ equipment for London-bound operators.

All-makes LCV and vans
TRP has recently introduced an extensive range of Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) parts lines to satisfy the demands of larger fleet operators who include vans and light commercials among their fleet profiles. The move further underlines the TRP range’s one-stop-shop credentials which now boasts 85,000 lines – including lubricants from partner, Chevron – all produced to OE-quality standards and offered with a typically competitive aftermarket pricing structure.

Webshop
The entire TRP range of parts and workshop consumables is accessible via the TRP eCatalogue located on the DAF Webshop. Password protected users may identify parts by chassis number, Part number or even competitor Part number, all with 24/7 purchase capability. The eCatalogue cross references parts, offers alternatives and suggests where related parts or consumables may be appropriate.

Accurate information on availability and delivery, alongside exclusive price arrangements, are available through the 134 DAF dealers, plus 19 standalone TRP stores, strategically located throughout the UK and Ireland.

National coverage, national consistency
The TRP national fleet programme is proving an invaluable parts management tool for DAF and mixed-fleet customers operating vehicles across multiple locations. The programme offers a coherent parts supply strategy delivered through the DAF Dealer network. It ensures consistently high levels of parts supply alongside a consistent pricing structure, irrespective of the parts’ origin from any of the DAF Dealer network’s 134 locations throughout the UK.

The national fleet programme offers a significant degree of planning, both budgetary and logistically, with operators able to implant TRP into their wider fleet management strategies.

HGV Safety Permit scheme retrofit guidance
The Commercial Motor Show also provides TRP with the opportunity to demonstrate its range of parts specifically to assist operators of vehicles exceeding 12-tonnes GVW with HGV safety permit scheme compliance.

Scheduled for enforcement in London from March 2021, the Direct Vision Standard poses a number of challenges for operators requiring specific retrofitted safety equipment prerequisite to obtaining an HGV safety permit scheme.

TRP has produced an insightful DVS safety permit video which provides comprehensive guidance on compliance, plus a full break-down of typical retrofit parts including blind-spot cameras, close proximity sensors, audible left-turn warning and side under-run protection.

Newly-appointed TRP parts marketing manager David Howes said: “Our TRP Parts operation showed an incredibly dedicated response during the coronavirus outbreak. Despite lockdown, all 134 DAF dealer locations remained operational, and that meant TRP parts were always available to front-line operators who performed such a critical role for the UK’s essential services.

“As we emerge from lockdown restrictions, we are thrilled at the opportunity to be able to engage with those same operators at the Commercial Motor Show and to talk to some new operators who I know will be impressed by the strength-in-depth of our TRP all-makes offering.”

The Commercial Motor Show is taking place from 29 September - 1 October, click here for more info and to register free.

Publishing driver hearing outcomes constitutes “GDPR breach”, claims solicitor

APC

A lawyer has described the office of the traffic commissioner’s (OTC) decision to publish the results of driver conduct hearings as “a serious GDPR breach” that could result in legal action.

Jonathon Backhouse, director at Backhouse Jones, said “sooner or later” a professional driver would sue the OTC for publishing the results of the hearings, as well as the driver’s name, date of birth, postcode and date of the hearing.

The OTC started publishing the decisions in June following a consultation which it said showed “widespread approval”.

At the time it said that the TCs were complying with data protection rules: “Publishing this information will make it easier for operators to find out if a driver has been subject to regulatory action,” it said.

“This will help them to ensure that they do not use drivers who have not declared any action taken by a TC against their vocational entitlement to their employers.

“The traffic commissioners have ensured they comply with data protection principles when publishing this data.”

But Backhouse questioned whether this was lawful: “It sounds to be a serious GDPR breach because they are not supposed to be public hearings,” he said.

“Sooner or later, a driver will probably take them to court over that.”

An OTC spokeswoman said the TCs had considered the law and taken appropriate advice.