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EC wants driving bans to be universal

European Union (EU) ministers have been asked to include new EU member states Bulgaria and Romania in a convention that would prevent their truck drivers working anywhere in the EU if they were banned while working outside their home countries. The EU's 1998 Convention on Driving Disqualifications is designed to ensure that drivers from all member states lose their licences if they break enough motoring laws within a foreign EU country.

City Artic joins Naylors fleet

Naylors Garage of Leeds has taken delivery of the first Iveco Daily City Artic 65C18. It is equipped with Iveco's 3.0-litre HPT engine which delivers 176hp with 400Nm of torque on tap at 1,250-3,000rpm. The vehicle will be used with a bespoke trailer from Triffitt Trailers to recover broken-down cars, motorhomes and vans. All Daily City Artics sold in the UK are converted by Iveco's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) centre, North East Truck & Van's engineering division.

Seatruck boss

Seatruck Ferries has named former DFDS A/S CEO Ole Frie as chairman. Kevin Hobbs CEO of Seatruck says: "We are discussing a number of projects [with Ole] and we will be working closely with him as Seatruck moves forward over the coming months."

Hill Hire 'frustrated' by Vosa shortages

Rental giant Hill Hire says the lack of Vosa staff available to man its designated premises is threatening its business. Hill Hire has invested £350,000 per site on seven designated premises built to Vosa test station standard, as this was considered the most efficient way of servicing the 22,000 vehicles and trailers that must be tested each year.

Driver charged with dangerous driving

A lorry driver has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving on the M20 in Kent. The man was arrested on 21 December 2006, following the death of two women after a collision between two trucks, a car and a horsebox.

Green PODs

PODs has staked its claim as the UK's first and, to date, only 'green' courier. Following a £2m investment in alternative energy, the company will use a fleet of delivery vans running on either electricity, LPG or a mix of low-sulphur biodiesel.

Tesco drivers vote to strike over changes

Tesco distribution drivers at Livingston near Edinburgh have voted to take strike action over a dispute with Tesco, which plans to change their terms and conditions when it moves to a new distribution depot 500 yards down the road. The Transport and General Workers Union (T&G) confirmed that 126 of the 143 drivers voted in favour of industrial action, though no date has yet been set for the strike.

Cranleigh's expansion plans thwarted by Council

Cranleigh Freight Services may face an uphill struggle over its expansion plans after the local council objected to an application to increase the number of trucks it runs to 100. The Surrey-based operator, currently celebrating its 30th year in business, deliberately relocated to its Dunsfold Park site in 2005 to facilitate its future growth.

Licence suspended: Unauthorised use of vehicles

Treforest-based CJ Marine Leisure has had its licence suspended for four days for missing tachograph charts and unauthorised use of vehicles, but has been granted two more vehicles on its licence. Welsh deputy traffic commissioner Roger Seymour heard at a Cardiff disciplinary inquiry that two roadside checks revealed that the company, trading as LG Logistics, was using two vehicles not specified on its licence.

Treasure signs for Palletline

Treasure Transport Services has joined Palletline and will be responsible for post codes in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.The Grantham-based haulage company says it was looking to expand its operations and settled on Palletline after it offered the right combination of postcode areas and "a similar working ethos to our own".