Ford Trucks moves into France and eyes-up the UK too

Ford Trucks is continuing its aggressive expansion across Western Europe, having announced a move into France. 

The Turkish truck maker has formed F-Trucks France, a joint venture with established dealers Groupe Maurin, Groupe DMD and Groupe Amplitude. It will have 25 dealer points open by the start of 2022, with a further five added by 2023. The company already had a presence in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium, and next year will enter the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria. 

“We are quite aggressive in our expansion plans,” said Muskara Caner Sinanoglu, MD France Ford Trucks, who confirmed that the UK also forms part of its future plans. “We are working on a right-hand-drive, and are in talks with people.”

Ford’s F-MAX scooped the International Truck of the Year award in 2019. 

Six-figure fine for powerline death

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A South Wales restricted licence operator has been fined £160,000 after a worker was fatally electrocuted whilst operating a lorry mounted crane.

Cardiff Crown Court heard how the employee for ASL Access Scaffold, Martin Tilby, was killed when the crane he was operating struck an overhead powerline whilst he was attempting to unload materials in a field at Cowbridge, South Glamorgan in May 2016.

An investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found no risk assessment had been carried out in the field where the incident occurred and no control measures were put in place to prevent contact with overhead powerlines.

The company, which holds a licence for four HGVs and two trailers operating out of a base in Bridgend, was found guilty of breaching sections of the Health and Safety at Work Act and a LOLER regulation relating to the organisation of lifting operations.

It was fined £160,000 and ordered to pay costs of £45,000.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Damian Corbett said: “This death was easily preventable, and the risk should have been identified. 

“Employers should make sure they properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from striking overhead powerlines.

“This death would have been preventable had an effective system for managing unloading materials been in place.”