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Volvo to launch new Euro 4 EGR engine in September

Volvo will launch a new EGR-equipped engine in September. The new 13-litre, which will only be available in Euro 4 guise, was originally developed for the American market. It will be 40kg lighter than the D12F EGR engine it replaces, and will be offered in both the FM (360hp, 400hp and 440hp) and FH (400hp, 440hp and 500hp).Although Volvo is fully committed to SCR in Europe, a spokesman explains that it offers both technologies as a small number of customers prefer EGR.

Government looked at Channel bridge scheme

Hauliers could have driven across the English Channel on a three-lane motorway had plans submitted to Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s been approved by the Tory government. Documents released from the National Archive this week show that civil engineers said tunnelling under the Channel would be impractical and instead suggested a 21-mile bridge from either Dover or Folkestone. It was estimated that trucks would have to pay £8 a day to cross while cars would be charged £5.60. The submission, which was made by LinktoEurope, said the £3bn plans had backing from private fina

Clipper scheme 'a success'

Clipper Logistics' pilot scheme to offer retailers at Sheffield's Meadowhall shopping centre a consolidation centre - which it calls an Accelerated Response Centre (ARC) - has been so successful that it will be extended nationwide.The storage and delivery service, from initial order to store within two hours, has been trialled by the logistics company for almost a year. Chief executive Steve Parkin says that when Clipper Group took over the contract from DHL Exel, only five retailers at the shopping centre were interested.

SDC considers Indian joint venture trailers

Northern Ireland trailer manufacturer SDC has set up a company in India to investigate a joint venture to make trailers for the Indian market.The company, to be based at Chennai (formerly Madras), will also represent other UK companies in India and will source components for UK-based firms.However, it will not sell SDC's UK manufactured trailers in India as it is not considered viable to export them to the subcontinent.

Operator begs court to help keep his firm afloat

The boss of a Nailsworth, Glos haulage firm pleaded with the Solihull magistrates to help save his business after being accused of causing danger to road users by overloading a vehicle with window frames.In a letter to the court Stephen Nicholls, who runs Eclipse Haulage & Couriers at Spring Mill Industrial Estate, Avening Road, said his business was at a low ebb because it had lost two major contracts.

Disqualified Harcol director wins new hearing

The transport tribunal has asked South Eastern & Metropolitan traffic commissioner Chris Heaps to reconsider his decision to disqualify Harcol director Miranda Jones.But the tribunal warned the process would raise significant issues which Jones must address.The disqualification followed investigations which revealed that vehicles run by other operators had been specified on the Harcol licence under arrangements advertised in trade magazines by Stephen O'Sullivan, who was disqualified from holding a licence in January 2004.

Biofuel use may force up the price of food

The use of arable crops to make biofuels could force up the price of food by putting crops in short supply, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).The FDF says that while it supports the role that renewable fuels can play in tackling climate change and fuel security, it is concerned about maintaining supply to the food industry - UK food and drink manufacturers currently buy more than two thirds of domestic agricultural output.

Felixstowe introduces new Vehicle Booking System

The port of Felixstowe is introducing a Vehicle Booking System (VBS) similar to the one Southampton Container Terminal rolled out when queues of trucks caused chaos at the port (May 2005). On average the Suffolk port rejects 15% of drivers - about 600 every day - due to incorrect or incomplete information being entered in advance of their arrival. Although the port is open 24 hours a day, 40% of all LGVs arrive within a six-hour period.VBS is a web-based booking system that provides drivers with a specific hour of the day they can pick up a container.

Operators asked to keep trucks out of Towcester

Operators have been asked to avoid sending their vehicles through Towcester, which is on the A5 in Northamptonshire, and reroute them along the M1.The A5 was declared an air-quality management area in September 2005 because high levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from exhaust fumes had been discovered.