CM Show 2020: Webfleet Solutions and Bridgestone eye future fleet innovation

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Webfleet Solutions and Bridgestone are looking forward to an ‘incredible opportunity’ to bring their latest products and connected mobility solutions to life at the virtual Commercial Motor Show this autumn.

Both companies are working together to demonstrate how advanced technologies can help truck and van operators drive efficiencies, realise cost-savings, reduce their carbon footprint and raise the bar in service delivery.

The Commercial Motor Show is a virtual exhibition and conference running from 29 September to 1 October.

Visitors to the road transport industry event will see the latest vehicles, products and services offered by exhibitors online, as well as get the chance to listen to webinars, and take part in live exhibitor chats, video calls and product demonstrations.

Beverley Wise, sales director UK, Webfleet Solutions, said: "This is an incredible opportunity for fleet operators to discover more about how mobility solutions can help shape the future of their operations and drive cost efficiencies as they navigate the post-pandemic landscape.

“At the online Commercial Motor Show, we look forward to demonstrating how the synergies between our two brands can set truck and van operators on the right track to achieving their company-wide objectives, whilst delivering outstanding service and results.”

Bridgestone’s commercial sales director Greg Ward added: “We are continuing on our transformation journey from tyre producer to mobility solutions leader with Webfleet Solutions.

“With demand for fleet-based mobility growing year-on-year, fleet managers need more than ever before a reliable and innovative partner to help them maximise their effectiveness and efficiency through increased productivity and minimised total cost of ownership.

“Now, together, Bridgestone and Webfleet Solutions have the tools, insights and experience to fulfil those demands. We look forward to bringing this message to life.”

At the Commercial Motor Show, Webfleet Solutions will demonstrate how business processes can be streamlined with seamlessly connected, end-to-end systems, including integrations with applications ranging from transport management systems and on-board cameras, to mileage, route optimisation and HGV specific navigation.

Visitors can also learn about the latest enhanced Webfleet features for the transport sector, including Asset Tracking, which gives companies visibility over the position and usage of their powered assets, and TachoShare, a remote download and archiving module that enables users to share data directly with their analysis software.

Meanwhile, Bridgestone will talk about the latest additions to its tyre ranges, including the Ecopia H002, engineered to improve companies’ fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions, the ultra-durable Duravis R002, designed to help fleets lower their operational costs by reducing cost per kilometre, and the COACH-AP 001, a cost-efficient option developed specifically for coach fleet managers.

  • The Commercial Motor Show 2020 is a brand-new, three-day virtual event combing an informative seminar programme with an interactive exhibition hall. Register now for your free ticket!

Misspelt name scuppers licence application

Hendry Aberdeen O-licence application denied

A traffic commissioner (TC) has criticised an operator who allowed a transport manager to use his name when creating a login identity for the online licensing service, describing it as “wholly unacceptable”.

Western traffic area TC Kevin Rooney said Mark Hodson, director of Wrexham-based Ready2Go Movers, broke the terms and conditions of the use of online services even before the firm’s licence application was submitted, and refused the application.

A caseworker noticed that Ready2Go’s application in the name of Mark Hudson might be for Mark Hodson, who had previously held an operator licence and had appeared at a public inquiry (PI) – contrary to the statement made on the new application.

Due to the failure to declare his licensing history and an apparent attempt to deceive arising from his misspelt name, the TC called the operator to a virtual PI.

The nominated transport manager, Ann Holloway, told the TC that she had applied for the Vehicle Operator Licensing login credentials in Hodson’s name and that she subsequently misspelled his name. Holloway said she was unaware of his licensing history.

Hodson confirmed that he had allowed his transport manager to create the login identity using his credentials and that he routinely did that within his business, for example allowing others to use his online banking identity.

He added that he didn’t think his previous licence history was relevant because he was not acting as a transport manager on the new licence.

Their solicitor said there had been no intention to mislead. But in written confirmation of his decision, TC Rooney said operator licensing was based on trust: “That starts with knowing who I am communicating with,” he said.

“The use of another party’s login credentials is wholly unacceptable. The applicant broke the terms and conditions even before the application was submitted. It went on to give untrue answers.

“There is no basis here for trust and the applicant has not demonstrated that it is not unfit to hold a licence.”

However, the TC added: “Should a new application be made and be complete, I am content to grant interim authority immediately without the need for referral to me.”