Under-Secretary of State for Transport to open virtual Commercial Motor Show

Commercial Motor Show

Baroness Vere, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, is to open the virtual Commercial Motor Show on 29 September.

This three-day event is a first for the road freight transport industry, with an online exhibition that has already attracted the support of truck makers DAF, Isuzu, Iveco, MAN and Mercedes-Benz and a full virtual conference programme.

As well as Baroness Vere, key speakers will include RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett, Professor David Cebon of Cambridge University, Malcolm Group Chief Executive Andrew Malcolm and John Lewis Partnership Head of Fleet Justin Laney.

The conference will cover all of the key issues facing the industry, including recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit, the Road to Zero carbon emissions and the DVSA’s Earned Recognition scheme.

Commercial Motor editor Will Shiers said: “with so many face to face events having to be cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus, we decided to try something new by bringing hundreds of exhibitors together with thousands of visitors in the virtual world. The Commercial Motor Show was a huge success back in the 1960s and 1970s when tens of thousands of visitors packed Earls Court and we are confident that we can revive that spirit online in 2020.”

CVA and MV Commercial team up for auction

Commercial Vehicle Auctions (CVA) held the first ‘Ready To Go’ online truck auction in conjunction with MV Commercial which saw strong levels of interest from both the UK and bidders as far afield as New Zealand.

The sale, held on Friday the 17th July, included light commercials and trailers, both of which attracted some fierce competition resulting in strong prices before moving on to a wide selection of 7.5 tonne box vans through to a 32-tonne cement mixer.

A selection of very low mileage hook-loaders and skip-loaders commanded both the most attention and the most intense competition on the day, while more specialist plant lorries and tipper grabs were also in high demand due to the currently very active construction and utilities sectors.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the industry has seen numerous factory closures, disruption to supply chains and delays to orders as well as the suspension of all MOT testing: this created a supply shortage for those wanting to purchase new (or newer) vehicles. As a result MV’s Steven Cairns and Tom O’Rourke took the view that they were in a unique position to bring a selection of premium quality, late year, low mileage trucks to market through an auction. Where the manufacturer’s warranty had expired MV covered it with a driveline warranty of their own. MV Commercial and CVA now plan to run a specialist trailer auction later in the year.