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Tyres checked while you drive

A revolutionary new mat, which automatically checks tyre pressure and tread depths as it is driven over, is being launched at the CV Show in April.The product, which is being distributed by Redditch-based Treadcheck, consists of a rubber mat with an in-built sensor which can be positioned at the entrance or exit of a haulier's yard. When a truck rolls over it, the changes in the magnetic field experienced by the sensor are recorded.

MAN boosts UK sales

MAN ERF UK has had a strong start to the year, taking almost 14% of the overall UK truck market and over 19% of the tractor sector in January.This comes on the back of a strong 2006, where the company's share of the UK tractor market increased to 14.3%, up from 9.9% in 2005. MAN ERF's chief executive officer Des Evans says: "I think the market came to a slow realisation that we now have arguably the best overall Euro 4 range on the market, from 7.5-tonne upwards."

Caught on camera - the new MAN TG-A

The next generation of MAN TGA has been spied undergoing winter testing in Northern Europe. Unusually the truck wears no disguise, allowing MT to see that the basic cab shell remains unchanged, but all panels on the front end are completely new. The grille converges towards the bottom of the cab, with styling cues similar to the Volvo FH and Mercedes-Benz Actros.

NFT Distribution has grown profit on its own

Chilled logistics operator NFT Distribution says it has seen growth in both turnover and profits since it separated from former parent company Northern Foods following a £51.2m management buy-out last August.The Alfreton, Derbyshire-based firm is on course to hit a turnover of £120m in the year ending March 2007, according to its CEO David Frankish.He adds: "It is going very much to plan we are going to exit the financial year with a higher run rate than last ye

Liquidation looms at Coventry Express Services over taxes

A Coventry-based freight transport company is on the verge of being liquidated, with the loss of around 50 jobs, after a petition for its winding-up was presented to the Royal Courts of Justice.HM Revenue and Customs presented its petition on 27 November 2006, naming itself a creditor of Coventry Express Services (CES).

More BioDiesel Nonsense

If that Lord High Priest of Grumpiness, Viscount Weatherly, DSO, Bart is allowed to vent his prejudices within the halls of Roadtransport.com - mostly, but not, I suspect, uniquely concerning oversized American pick up trucks, - then I feel it only reasonable to kick off with one of my own pet hates.Bio Fuels. A nonsense if ever there was one, and yet touted by those who should know better as being the saving of us all.

Canal call for London

British Waterways has hit back at claims that it is doing too little to promote freight on London's canals. And the organisation, which maintains 100 miles of canals and rivers and 110 acres of docks in the capital, says campaigners demanding that freight is shifted from roads onto London canals are "living in cloud-cuckoo land".Del Brenner, secretary of campaign group Regents Network, claims that about 100 LGV trips a week could be saved in and around the Islington City Road basin by switching freight from road to water.

DVLA classifies sleep apnoea as 'disabling'

Driver jobs could be at risk as the DVLA has confirmed it considers sleep apnoea syndrome a "disabling medical condition".A spokesman says a driving licence will be revoked if the DVLA "is not satisfied that treatment is both effective and well tolerated", but a licence can be reinstated once satisfactory control is achieved and confirmed by medical enquiry from a consultant or specialist. Drivers will normally be issued with a licence valid initially for one year to allow for periodic review.

Carter doubles pre-tax profits

Container specialist W Carter (Haulage) predicts more sales and maintained margins in its 2007 financial year. The company's directors report that they are "very pleased" with the performance for the year to August 31, 2006, which more than doubled pre-tax profit to £1.6m, from £728,696 in 2005. Turnover grew 7.9% to £37.8m in 2006, while operating profit leapt to £1.8m from £1.1m in 2005.Related company Deben Transport, which is 41% owned by Carters' parent company CEL Group, saw improved pre-tax profit in 2006, to £664,887 from £196,573 in 2005.

MAN, Scania, zzz...zzz...zzz...zzz

Can it get worse?Evidently: now Investor AB has begun to stick its oar in once again, telling Handelsblatt that it would like to talk to either MAN or VW – the key word here is ‘or’ - about Scania’s future. One has to laugh at Investor's stated desire to keep discussions off the front pages of the newspaper - well, it amuses me at any rate.This is fast turning into a Rocky Horror Picture Show for 21st Century truck manufacturing.