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Call a halt to rollovers

Too many operators are failing to have their drivers trained to avoid rollover accidents and jack-knifing incidents, says David Weynberg, training manager at International Road Safety Training. That is despite the fact that rollovers can result in deaths and serious injuries. Even if nobody is hurt, they can still cost a company as much as £500,000 if damage to the vehicle, the cargo, and the bill for cleaning up the mess is included.IRST has been offering such training for the past 12 years.

Bibby and Suzuki go for shared user network

Bibby Distribution is claiming leadership in the development of automotive shared user, with a new contract from Suzuki GB.The three-year contract for motorcycle distribution started last week and turns a dedicated system for another unnamed motorcycle firm, into shared user.

Newest Volvo for Harvey's longest-serving driver

R & D Harvey's first Euro 4 Volvo has gone to its longest-serving driver. Peter Kemp has been with the firm since 1971 - when he drove an F86. The truck's core work is delivering mature trees for Deepdale Trees to places such as Canary Wharf, Arsenal's new Emirates Stadium and rock stars' gardens. R&D Harvey is based in Sandy, Bedfordshire.

Make the most when you sell your van

Manheim Auctions has compiled a list of the most common areas of damage to vans, with advice on whether it's worth repairing them in order to maximise residual values. Roof damage is considered a minor problem, and according to Manheim Auctions you don't need to waste your money repairing dents. It's a similar story with minor sill and mid-panel damage on panel vans, which apparently aren't worth worrying about either.

Gray & Adams enters 3.5-tonne market

Gray & Adams has entered the 3.5-tonne fridge market because of what it describes as an increase in demand for this size of vehicle. According to MD Steve Rose, demand for 3.5-tonners is increasing at the cost of 7.5-tonners. It is offering box bodies or panel vans with single, dual or multi-temperature configurations, single and twin evaporation systems and a choice of door positions.

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.