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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

Great Bear profit and turnover grow

Pre-tax profit at Great Bear Distribution is up by 13%. The company's latest results record a pre-tax profit of £4.75m in the year to December 31, 2005, up from £4.21m in 2004. Turnover grew at a similar rate - 12% - to £63.4m in 2005 from £56.5m in 2004. Operating profit nudged up to £4.38m in 2005 from £4.19m in 2004. Net assets at the Chester-based storage and distribution provider were worth £3.58m in 2005, rising from £2.59m in 2004. Directors' pay rose by 45% to £1.26m in 2005 from £869,872 in 2004.

Cranleigh Freight dips into loss

Cranleigh Freight Services has dipped into the red, but says it is satisfied with its results after management has taken steps "to cope with the harsh economic climate". The Surrey-based logistics and home delivery provider has reported a pre-tax loss of £186,826 in the year to December 31, 2005, tumbling from pre-tax profit of £654,512 in 2004.

Knowles increases profit by a third

Knowles (Transport) is "satisfied" with its profit levels after increasing pre-tax profit by one-third.Pre-tax profit at the Cambridgeshire haulage contractors has risen to £2.84m in the year to December 31, 2005, from £2.12m in 2004.Turnover grew by 9%, to £23.9m in 2005, from £21.9m in 2004, while operating profit rose to £2.27m in 2005 from £1.58m in 2004.The latest results note that "further improvements and investments continue" at the company, aimed at enhancing customer service.Group results show a growth in assets to £24.7m in 2005, from £23.4m in 2004.

Carmans brings its business into profit

Carmans Transport is back in profit after a business restructure in 2004, says managing director Rod Carman. He tells Motor Transport that a re-focus of business activities and a number of significant write-offs of equipment have produced "better business results which has started to show through 2005". And results for the 2006 financial year are looking promising, he says.

DfT admits we were right about Lorry Road User Charge

Motor Transport's sustained criticism of the failed Lorry Road User Charging project has been vindicated - by the DfT minister Stephen Ladyman. With wording that reflects exactly what MT has said consistently since 2002 and was repeatedly rejected by the government as ill-informed and irresponsible, Ladyman says: "We did a thorough feasibility study, and published it, of Lorry Road User Charging and came to the conclusion that if we went ahead with that charge on its own, it would cost several billion pounds and deliver us only several hundred million pounds in reve

Ladyman plays down accident risk of foreign trucks

Transport minister Stephen Ladyman has played down the significance of foreign trucks in side-swiping. "A significant number of side-swiping accidents are caused by British vehicles," he says. DfT statistics show that there were 443 such accidents in 2005 involving foreign trucks compared with 696 involving UK trucks - but there are 35 times as many UK trucks as foreign ones in the UK. Ladyman says that close-proximity mirrors will only partly overcome the problem.

DfT moves on wheel nuts

The DfT should investigate making mandatory the use of wheel nut retention devices or movement indicators. It should also consider a fundamental re-design of the method of wheel attachment in heavy vehicles, says transport  research organisation TRL.TRL adds that a large proportion of drivers fail to adhere to best practice to avoid wheel detachment and that there is no standard approach to torque levels or lubrication, it says.