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TCs decide who gets national fleets

North-west traffic commissioner Beverley Bell told delegates at Motor Transport's Fleet mabnagement conference last week that the commissioners will decide which operators they will deal with under the new centralised system. The "modernisation" means that one TC will monitor the activities of hauliers with a licence in more than one operating area.

Concerns over independence of Traffic Commissioners

At last week's Motor Transport fleet management conference Stephen Kirkbright of law firm Ford & Warren chose to make a powerful defence of the independence of traffic commissioners - which many TCs said in their most recent report is under threat.Independence is critical for TCs to do their jobs, Kirkbright said.He repeatedly stressed the importance of the discretion allowed in the current TC system over operator regulations as the "most important thing" voicing "su

GAZ and Renault

Renault’s foray into Russia has been consummated with the announcement of the adoption of its DCi11 for installation in GAZ’s Ural range. The engine will be made under licence via an agreement struck in June 2006.Just a thought, but not only is GAZ acquisitive; it’s the new owner of LDV, and the new employer of the litigious Martin Leach; it is also cash rich – which, given the last point may yet prove useful – and has made plain its aims for the CV market.

Tonks buys Trakkers after Tuscan try-out

A North-East recycling firm has acquired two new Iveco Trakkers following successful field trials in Italy. Middlesbrough-based Tonks Waste Recycling was invited by its local dealer, North East Truck & Van, to try a range of Trakkers in a Tuscan quarry. Its new 8x4 Trakkers are fitted with RO-RO skip-loader bodies manufactured by Tipper Gears in Blaydon.

Rough justice for foreign drivers

Dutch transport lawyer Han Vallenduuk has highlighted the vagaries of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) system in a report on the plight of truck drivers in foreign jails. Vallenduuk, who works closely with Fair Trials Abroad in the UK, says his report, Alone in the World, highlights the impact of the EAW on accused drivers. Under this system truck drivers can be extradited to face legal proceedings in another European country. Vallenduuk cites the case of a Dutch truck driver who was extradited to France under a EAW which, he says, was full of "falsehoods and exaggerations".

Stiller Group increases profits

Stockton haulage and warehousing firm Stiller Group, formerly known as G Stiller Transport, has boosted its pre-tax profits by 10.5% last year, from £570,000 to £630,000. This is despite a £5m fall in turnover to just over £60m for the financial year ending 31 December 2005. Operating profits rose from £724,000 to £1.14m.

Overheads down and profits up at Stan Robinson

Stan Robinson Group increased its turnover and pre-tax profits last year, and believes 2007 will be better still. Turnover was £15.3m, with a pre-tax profit of £514,000 - a margin of 3.4%. The company has cut overheads by 13% since 2004, including closing its loss-making Ipswich depot 18 months ago. MD Stan Robinson says: "We have achieved a decent result by charging a decent rate and not working for cheap. But we had a disastrous December, January and February last year like everyone else.

Treasure strikes gold with expansion

Tanker haulier Treasure Transport's balance sheet is looking healthy following its move to a larger base its shareholder funds increased by £135,000 in 2005.Figures for the year to 31 December 2005 show a rise from £1.2m in 2004 following the relocation from Tuxford, Notts, to Grantham, Lincs, in May 2005.Director Peter Greenhalgh says turnover increased during the period by 12% to £3.5m and gross profit went up 13%.

Bluerock bosses agree to deal on disqualification

Two directors of a Northern Ireland haulage firm which failed with debts of nearly £400,000 have avoided a court hearing by agreeing to disqualification undertakings. The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment accepted a seven-year disqualification undertaking from Charles William Young, of Muckamore, in respect of his conduct while a director of County Antrim-based Bluerock Distribution, which went into liquidation on 30 April 2004.

CDS and director lose O-licence for five years

An operator who has had his licence revoked for five years may still be able to carry on running vehicles in and out of the UK after establishing a second operation in Holland and transferring ownership of some of his trucks to it.