R you prepared to snap up this white Scania?

Used deal of the week from CM’s classified pages is this white 2009 Scania R480 4x2 tractor unit.

The Euro-4 vehicle comes with a 12-speed manual gearbox and day cab.

Scania’s R-series is renowned for its fuel economy, driver appeal, reliability and strong exterior styling.

This particular example comes with digital tachograph and adjustable fifth wheel.

Vendor Cormac Leonard Commercials specialises in the sale of new and used commercial vehicles as well as plant and machinery in the UK, Ireland and worldwide.

It has headquarters in Armagh, Northern Ireland as well as a sales depot in Eggborough, North Yorkshire, both locations providing easy access to all major ports in the UK and Ireland.

The company recently launched a new website www.cormacleonard.com which it describes as “modern and fully responsive”.

Leanna Leonard, spokeswoman for Cormac Leonard Commercials, said the company is very pleased with the new site.
“Its very user friendly allowing easy navigation throughout, and most importantly will help our customers find the stock they’re looking for quickly, without fuss”, she added

Roadworthiness pass rate up

Trucks and trailers both achieved yet another all-time high pass rate at their annual roadworthiness test in the year to 31 March 2015.

Data released in the DVSA’s Moving On blog shows that the truck first-time pass rate hit 80.1%, up from 78.4% in the previous 12 months.

The rate for trailers climbed from 85.1% to 86.1%. This is the eighth successive annual improvement in the truck pass rate; back in 2002/03 it was at a low point of just 57.5%. The trailer first-time pass rate has enjoyed 13 years of uninterrupted improvement, taking it from a low of 70.5% in 2001/02.

This period of continuous improvement reflects a number of fundamental developments in the industry such as the introduction of the OCRS system, easing the headlamp aim requirements and the introduction of privately-run ATFs to replace the former government-run HGV test stations. The first-time pass rate has also become a key performance indicator for many operators, repairers and manufacturers’ dealer networks.

The trend continues to track upwards: the DVSA’s data shows that results in each quarter in 2014/15 were better than the previous quarter.

In the final quarter, covering tests conducted in January to March this year, the truck pass rate stood at 80.8% and for trailers it was 86.5%.

It is highly likely that pass rates will kick up yet again in 2015/16. The headlamp aim rules have been simplified and given greater tolerance on 1 April this year.

With headlamp aim still the number one truck test failure reason, this adoption of a ‘simpler more consistent standard’ is bound to impact on the overall test pass rate. The removal of a secondary brake check later this year is also likely to have a small beneficial effect on the pass rate.