Volvo Ground-breaking innovations for future autonomous and electric transport solutions

The Volvo Group continues its far-reaching drive to develop next-generation transport solutions. The latest examples include a system in which autonomous electric vehicles are coordinated to ensure as efficient, and safe goods transport as possible, as well as a new electric compact wheel loader concept.

Volvo
Volvo

On September 12 the new goods transport solution was unveiled for the first time in connection with the Volvo Group’s Innovation Summit in Berlin. It consists of autonomous electric vehicles that are wirelessly connected to a transport control centre.

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The new Mercedes-Benz Actros 2019

Mercedes-Benz Actros 2019
Mercedes-Benz Actros 2019

The brand’s new flagship.

Just in time for the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, which is taking place in Hanover, Germany, from 20 to 27 September 2018, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is unveiling the brand’s new flagship to the world’s press at the Premiere Night. Mercedes-Benz is showcasing a truck which immediately attracts everybody’s attention due to its new, characteristic light signature along the top of the headlamps and its futuristic-looking MirrorCam.

The new Actros is a truck featuring pioneering innovations in series production which immediately pay off. The vehicle increases efficiency for business owners and comfort for drivers to a previously unattained level: fuel consumption has fallen noticeably while safety and vehicle availability has been increased further.

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Dismissal of “Moonlighting” LUAS Driver Deemed Fair by WRC

Luas
Luas

A tram driver has lost an unfair dismissal claim against Transdev, the operator of the LUAS tram network following an investigation into his activity outside work. Transdev used the services of a private investigator to confirm that the aggrieved employee had been driving a taxi licensed to his wife.

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A police crackdown on drivers with defective eyesight has been launched.

Drivers Eyesight

Every motorist stopped by officers from three forces in September will be required to read a number plate from 20m away.

Anyone who fails will have their driving licence immediately revoked.

Data from the tests will be used to improve understanding of the extent of poor driver vision.

The initiative is being run by forces in Thames Valley, Hampshire and the West Midlands, and is supported by road safety charity Brake and optician firm Vision Express.

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How to deal with tachograph failures

Smart Tachograph EFAS 4S digital tachograph
Smart Tachograph EFAS 4S digital tachograph

You cannot make a move without a tachograph – anyone who has experience with heavy transport knows this. How to deal with failures? What to do when such an incident happens on the road? What if the problem appears in the headquarters? What steps should be taken and by whom?

Tachograph failures do not happen often, but when they do occur, they cause a lot of trouble. The tachograph is the most important device in the driver’s cabin because it records all events, such as driving time, rests or other work.

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International Bus Competition 2018 “And the winner is …”

Winners of the International Bus and Coach Competition 2018

The new Mercedes-Benz Tourismo has clearly won the current IBC comparison test of touring coaches of the popular 13-meter class. The surprise: the Irizar i6S moves to number two and beat the revamped MAN Lion’s Coach C, even in the cost section.

The advantage of the Mercedes is not only safety. With the proven systems such as the active impact protection FCG or innovations such as ABA4 with pedestrian detection and the turn-off assistant, Sideguard Assist offers the Mercedes, which will come to the roads as an eye-catching safety coach and yes simply significantly more than all competitors.

Labour Court Warning to Employers on Excessive Working Hours

to much work

The Labour Court has ordered an employer to pay a former business development executive €7,500 for persistent breaches of the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 (the Act). With many employers now arming their workforces with mobile phones, laptops, and tablets, a culture of requiring employees to be available round the clock has developed. The decision of the Labour Court reaffirms that the onus is squarely on employers to ensure that staff are not required to work more than the statutory maximum of 48 hours per week.   

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The DQC renewal occurs on 10th September 2018 for Professional Bus Drivers

DQC
DQC

Message for all Passenger Transport Operator please tell all your professional drivers that the DQC renewal occurs on 10th September 2018 for Professional Bus Drivers.

The Driver Education Section in the RSA have put measures in place so that all qualified compliant professional drivers – i.e. those who have completed the required number of DCPC training modules (5 for bus /truck or 6 for bus & truck – dual-qualified professional drivers with C and D driving license) will automatically receive their Driver Qualification Card in advance of the due date.

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MEPs return mobility package proposals to committee for further consideration

heavy traffic moving at speed on the motorway

MEPs rejected proposed amendments to the “Mobility Package” road haulage reform proposals and referred them back to the Transport Committee for reconsideration.

In a vote on Wednesday (04 July 2018), the Full House rejected Transport Committee amendments to the proposals on updating drivers’ rest time rules, cabotage and posting of drivers and referred them back to the committee for further consideration, in accordance with Rule 59(4) of Parliament’s rules of procedure.

The proposals on the posting of drivers, drivers’ rest periods and access to the occupation of road transport operator and to the road haulage market are part of the “Mobility Package” tabled by the EU Commission in May 2017.

(source: News European Parliment)

Great Responsibility Comes With Great Heat

heatwave

As the country enjoys blue skies, unbroken sunshine and near-record temperatures, it seems a lot of the hard-working people of Ireland are wondering what temperature the mercury must hit for it to be legally too hot to work?! Employers will likewise be curious to know how the extraordinarily hot temperatures impact on their legal duty to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their employees at work. 

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London – ULEZ to go ahead in 10 months and be expanded in 2021

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has ignored industry calls and gone ahead with making central London an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) – requiring Euro 6 for coaches and buses – in just 10 months time.

And, he has confirmed that the ULEZ will be extended to cover all of London inside the North and South Circular Roads from 25 October 2021.

From 8 April 2019, all coaches and buses that are not Euro 6 will have to pay a £100 daily charge to enter the ULEZ. This is on top of the current £200 Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charge for non-compliant vehicles. Also, this charge will be increased to £300 per day from 26 October 2020 for Euro 3 or older. Euro 4 and Euro 5 vehicles will have to pay £100 per day.

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DAF’s new XF/CF truck range has been elected International Truck of the Year for 2018

DAF XF / CF
DAF XF / CF

DAF’s new XF/CF truck range has been elected International Truck of the Year for 2018 by a jury of 23 commercial vehicle editors and senior journalists, representing 23 major trucking magazines from throughout Europe.

The prestigious award was handed over to Preston Feight, President of DAF Trucks, during the press day of the Solutrans Commercial Vehicle Show in Lyon, France.

With a winning score of 104 votes, in a neck-to-neck competition, the new Dutch heavy-duty truck range fought off the strong challenge posed by Iveco’s Stralis NP long-haul 460 HP natural-gas engine model which was second, and Scania’s XT construction range, which finished in third place.

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European Parliament Transport Committee (TRAN) agrees on mobility package

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More flexible rest regulations for truck drivers and further liberalization of cabotage. These are the two most important changes that the European Parliament is expected to approve.

The Transport Committee of the European Parliament (TRAN) agreed on Monday on new rules for the working conditions of truck drivers. It concerns the reform proposals of the European Commission within the framework of the first mobility package. EU rules on posted workers based on the principle of equal pay for equal work should apply to cabotage journeys, as approved. For drivers delivering goods to another Member State, the same rules should apply as for drivers in the host country.

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UK Learner drivers on motorways: what lorry and coach drivers need to know

Learner drivers on motorways
Learner drivers on motorways

From Monday 4 June 2018, you’ll start to see learner drivers having motorway driving lessons in England, Scotland and Wales.

As professional drivers and operators, you rely on the motorway network to help transport goods or passengers across Great Britain. So, I want to explain how the rules work, the benefits for learner drivers, and how this will ultimately benefit you.

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Eurovignette: We calls for level playing field and reinvestment into road

eurovignette
eurovignette

The European Parliament’s revision of the Eurovignette Directive is an opportunity to establish a fair road user charging system, which guarantees a level playing field between different modes, and reinvests revenue in the sector to incentivise cleaner, more efficient road transport.

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EU funding should focus on enabling cleaner and safer road transport

trucks highway green landscape
trucks highway green landscape

IRU shares its vision with the European Commission on the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework and calls for the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funds to be earmarked for road transport projects.

IRU strongly supports the EU financing instrument but eschews the allocation of funds away from the road transport sector.

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Mobility Package 3: Greater uptake of new technologies will support more efficient, greener and safer road transport

 

Trucks
Trucks

We welcome the publication of the last part of the European Commission’s Mobility Package. The new legislative proposals on CO2 standards for Heavy Duty Vehicles (HDVs), road safety and the digitalisation of freight transport documents are a welcome push for the further modernisation of the EU road transport industry.

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Traffic restrictions for trucks at Pentecost. Check where in Europe you can expect driving bans

Traffic restrictions for trucks
Traffic restrictions for trucks

In May Christians are celebrating the Day of Pentecost or Church Feast of the Pentecost. In most European countries, it is celebrated on May 21. This involves additional traffic restrictions.

In addition to permanent traffic bans, some countries, such as Germany and France, have introduced additional restrictions due to Pentecost Day.

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DAF partners with VDL for fully Electric trucks

DAF VDL CF Electric
DAF VDL CF Electric
  • State-of-the-art DAF CF Electric trucks put into operation
  • Zero emissions in city distribution
  • Ultra-low noise for quiet night-time deliveries
  • Tractor weight                                  9,700 kg
  • Electric motor                                   210 kW
  • Torque                                              2,000 Nm
  • Capacity batteries                           170 kW
  • Full electric vehicle range               100 km
  • Quick battery charge                      30 minutes
  • Full battery charge                          1.5 hours

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