IAA 2018: Kögel KTT is “perfect trailer for truck drivers”

Kögel unveiled the KTT, which it described as the “perfect trailer for truck drivers”.

The tri-axle curtainsider was developed after extensive driver opinion polls, held at truck shows and at several motorway services. “Their suggestions were mostly down to earth,” said a spokesman, “things like more payload, user-friendliness and an appealing look. We checked out the feasibility of all of their suggestions, and incorporated them into KTT.”

In order to maximise payload, Kögel fitted alloy wheels and many other aluminium components. The rear doors are made from duroplastic sandwich panels, which have a lightweight but robust honeycomb core. The trailer uses Kögel‘s own KTA axles, the first an third of which are lifting.

A non-slip coating on the plywood floor is one of many safety features incorporated, meanwhile direct tensioners without a belt, help with easy opening and closing of the curtains. An ice-free system, which consists of an inflatable air hose mounted underneath the roof tarpaulin, pushes the roof upwards in order to remove accumulated water, snow and ice. It is fitted with flashing side markers to help warn vulnerable road users of its intention to turn.

IAA 2018: Snap Account expands in Europe

Snap Account is to expand its cashless services including HGV parking and washing into Europe with hundreds of new partners in countries France, Germany and Slovakia.

More than 35,000 foreign drivers already use Snap for secure parking and other services in the UK but now the company is hoping to bring on new partner sites and users with a push into mainland Europe.

Chris Billing, Snap Account MD, says: “Everyone is running away from Europe, but we can see huge growth there. Our services make life easier for the driver, the fleet and the site, and our customers want to use our services in Europe with security, safety and the ability to park safely without cash.”

Snap Account already has four operational sites in Europe, two of which are in Calais (pictured), but hopes to sign up some of the 1,500 European fleet operators that are currently using its services in the UK.

“Big fleets have a problem managing their own depot occupancy, they often don’t know how many spaces they fill in their own depot. We can help manage that and at the same time generate additional revenue, by providing safe secure parking for others,” Billing added.

“Crime in Europe is incredible. There’s free parking all over the place but you’ll get robbed if you park up. Organised crime is everywhere, they’ll attach a tracker to your trailer in Poland and a gang will rob you when you park up in France. There is definitely a demand for secure parking, and there isn’t enough of it,” Billing concluded.