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The pressure's on biodiesel

As fuel system technology advances, a rise in injection pressures to 2,000bar or more could cause extra problems for those operators wanting to run on biodiesel. Research by Delphi suggests that biodiesel in blends of more than about 5% poses particular challenges where it has been held in storage tanks long enough for it to start degrading and the higher the percentage bio blend the worse the effects.

New Ivecos for Parkside

Stowmarket-based Parkside Warehousing & Transport has taken delivery of 12 Iveco Stralis 6x2 tractors from Collease Truck & Trailer Rentals. The trucks, which replace a dozen identical vehicles, will be used to transport containers from Felixstowe docks throughout the UK. They are supplied on three-year full service contract-hire agreements, and are expected to cover roughly 100,000km a year.

Bri-Stor begins expansion

The Bri-Stor Group has moved into a new 18-acre site at Hixon, Stafford, representing the final stage in a year-long, £7m expansion project. The new site is twice as big as the previous plant and allows the van racking manufacturer to carry out production, coating and component fitting under one roof.

Call a halt to rollovers

Too many operators are failing to have their drivers trained to avoid rollover accidents and jack-knifing incidents, says David Weynberg, training manager at International Road Safety Training. That is despite the fact that rollovers can result in deaths and serious injuries. Even if nobody is hurt, they can still cost a company as much as £500,000 if damage to the vehicle, the cargo, and the bill for cleaning up the mess is included.IRST has been offering such training for the past 12 years.

Bibby and Suzuki go for shared user network

Bibby Distribution is claiming leadership in the development of automotive shared user, with a new contract from Suzuki GB.The three-year contract for motorcycle distribution started last week and turns a dedicated system for another unnamed motorcycle firm, into shared user.

Newest Volvo for Harvey's longest-serving driver

R & D Harvey's first Euro 4 Volvo has gone to its longest-serving driver. Peter Kemp has been with the firm since 1971 - when he drove an F86. The truck's core work is delivering mature trees for Deepdale Trees to places such as Canary Wharf, Arsenal's new Emirates Stadium and rock stars' gardens. R&D Harvey is based in Sandy, Bedfordshire.

Make the most when you sell your van

Manheim Auctions has compiled a list of the most common areas of damage to vans, with advice on whether it's worth repairing them in order to maximise residual values. Roof damage is considered a minor problem, and according to Manheim Auctions you don't need to waste your money repairing dents. It's a similar story with minor sill and mid-panel damage on panel vans, which apparently aren't worth worrying about either.

Gray & Adams enters 3.5-tonne market

Gray & Adams has entered the 3.5-tonne fridge market because of what it describes as an increase in demand for this size of vehicle. According to MD Steve Rose, demand for 3.5-tonners is increasing at the cost of 7.5-tonners. It is offering box bodies or panel vans with single, dual or multi-temperature configurations, single and twin evaporation systems and a choice of door positions.

Goodyear goes on truck tyre offensive

Goodyear aims to make major inroads into the truck tyre replacement market in 2007 with a string of product and service launches. That means an even tougher fight with Michelin, which has an estimated 27 to 30% of the 1.2 million annual sales total compared with Goodyear's 24 to 25%."Our new line-up should help us improve the way we are perceived in the market," says truck strategic business unit director, Robin Sharpe, in the job just ten weeks after 21 years with Procter and Gamble.

Drivers' hours changes in 2007 will hit UK operators

Solicitor Stephen Kirkbright warned delegates at last week's Motor Transport Fleet management conference that the changes to drivers' hours regulations may impact more than first thought. "Many people have said to me that the new drivers' hours are not too significant but there are two or three fundamental matters," he said. Kirkbright talked through the changes to current drivers' hours regulations due to take effect on April 11, 2007. One key change is the liability for prosecution in the UK of drivers if they commit a road offence anywhere in the European Un