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Truckwatch expands with new funding

Truckwatch, the regional freight crime reduction initiative, has been extended to the Yorkshire and Humber regions. In November 2006, funding from regional development agency Yorkshire Forward enabled TruckWatch to become a regional scheme, working with the region's operators and four police forces (South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Humberside), as well as Crimestoppers.

Evans boosts profits

Evans Transport, the Devon-based warehousing and distribution company, made a pre-tax profit of £228,000 last year on a £10.6m turnover.During the financial year ending 31 March 2006 the family-owned-and-run business boosted its profit margins from 1.8% to 2.2%. The company also cut its workforce from 117 to 109, reducing its wage bill by £35,000 to £2.3m.Parent company ET Holdings is also controlled by the Evans family.

BAR calls for green grants for UK trucks

The British Association of Removers (BAR) is calling on London Mayor Ken Livingstone and Transport for London to provide cash incentives for green trucks if the proposed London low-emission zone (LEZ) goes ahead.Financial help has been approved in other EU countries including Italy, Denmark and Germany. Germany's aid scheme has been approved for six years - it has an annual budget of €100m (£66m) to help transport operators acquire vehicles with lower emissions.

Volvo CNHTC Deal Set to Dissolve.

This report says that Volvo may have to end its JV with Chinese-OEM CNHTC as a result of its relationship with new-best-friend DongFeng. CNHTC is to file a listing application with the Hong Kong stock exchange next month. At the end of 2006, it projected sales of 60,000 units, and revenues of RMB 21 billion (£1.38 / $2.71 / €2.08 million). This all rather suggests that (1) the Chinese are getting ready to go it alone and (2) they’re not just thinking about China.

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DAF parent PACCAR announces record results

DAF’s parent firm PACCAR has announced its financial results for 2006 – another record year, and its 68th consecutive year in profit.Sales reached $16.45 billion (£8.4bn), up by 17% over 2005, while net income (profit) was up by 32% at $1.496bn (£763m).

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Tesco stocks up on Modec electric vans

Tesco will be the first company to run a fleet of zero-emission Modec electric vehicles, having placed an order for 15 of the panel vans. They go on the road in April and will be used for home deliveries from a new timber-constructed green superstore in Shrewsbury.Modec has already received orders for 100 of its vans from 30 different companies and expects to sell 500 units in 2007. The panel van (pictured) appeals to supermarkets and parcels companies while the dropside version has attracted a lot of interest from the construction sector.

LDV Heads to India?

Interesting to see here that GAZ has signed an agreement with Ural India. What could this be for, we wonder. UralAZ has an existing relationship with Iveco, and GAZ wants to take over the world.LDV for the Indian market? Certainly a thought.

Drivers hit by new EU rules

Operators may have to employ up to 10% more drivers due to detailed restrictions in the EU drivers' hours regulations. Motor Transport reveals this week that the new rules in force from April 11 are much tougher than first thought. The implications covering weekly rest periods are particularly serious for operators running six to seven days a week. Under current regulations, drivers are required to take a weekly rest of 45 hours, which can be reduced by nine hours provided rest time is made up by the third following week.