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Industry News A look at the most recent trucking & haulage industry news Driver Fatigue Information from the RSA Johnston International Transport Offering the highest standard of service Nu-Track Ltd. Market-leading designer and manufacturer of a range of specialist passenger vehicles Barron Transport Services Ltd. Specialists in the transportation of goods to Ireland, UK and Europe Hannigan Live Irish Shellfish One of the largest exporters of live shellfish



Kieran McMahon Tyres Ltd. Over 30 years experience in the domestic and commercial tyre industry


Duggan’s Garage Over 45 years knowledge of the recovery services industry


Toner Transport High-quality Ireland-UK refrigerated transport solutions


McMonagle Stone One of Ireland’s largest suppliers of decorative stone


EVM Ireland Industry leader in designing and engineering custom built Mercedes-Benz Sprinters


McMillen Driver Training One of Northern Ireland’s leading providers of Driver CPC, HGV and LGV training


ADTA Providing excellent driver training in both passenger and haulage sectors


EJC Contracts Ltd. A presence across a broad spectrum of utilities



Campfreight Ltd. Irish-owned and operated fuel delivery company

Dennehy Commercials Providing customers with products and services for over 30 years


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Carrier Transicold Xarios™ 500 units Cream of the Crop for Rodda’s

Cornish clotted cream producer Rodda’s has updated its fleet with four new 7.5-tonne Isuzu ‘Forward’ N75.190 trucks mounted with insulated bodies and Carrier Transicold Xarios™ 500 refrigeration units. Carrier Transicold, which operates in the UK as Carrier Transicold UK, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Rodda have updated their fleet with four new Key to securing the order from the family-run 7.5 tonne Isuzu ‘Forward’ N75.190 trucks business was the proven performance of an existing Carrier Transicold-equipped vehicle that joined the company’s fleet last year. The four new trucks and their Xarios 500 systems join Rodda’s 18-strong refrigerated fleet, including a mix of 15 7.5-tonne Isuzu, Iveco, Mitsubishi Fuso and Volkswagen vehicles, plus three 18-tonne MAN rigid trucks. The new vehicles will be used intensively six days a week, to help transport up to 220 million portions of clotted cream produced at Rodda’s creamery each year to hotels, restaurants and supermarket regional distribution centres throughout South West England. The four new arrivals are expected to remain in service for five years and cover 90,000 miles annually. Servicing and maintenance for Rodda’s refrigerated fleet is carried out by local network service partner Carrier Transicold Cornwall. “We purchased a truck mounted with a Carrier Transicold Supra™ 1050 unit and were so impressed with its performance that we’ve never looked back,” said Barry Wilkinson, transport logistics manager, Rodda’s. “Since then we’ve entrusted our refrigeration requirements to Carrier Transicold UK, and had no hesitation in giving the company 100 per cent of our latest order.” Capable of maintaining a set point of between -20 and +30 degrees Celsius in vehicles with box volumes from 8-40m3, the Carrier Transicold Xarios range is ideally suited to Rodda’s application. The units’ ultra slim evaporators increase the available load space, while the advanced electronic controller and brushless fans reduce the chance of vehicle downtime, helping to ensure high reliability and a long product lifetime. Founded in 1890 by Eliza Jane Rodda, Cornish clotted cream production has been at the heart of the Rodda family for more than 125 years. Dedicated to its Cornish heritage, Rodda’s sources all of its milk from within a 30-mile radius of its creamery in Redruth, Cornwall. For more information on Carrier Transicold and its products and services, visit Follow Carrier Transicold on Twitter: @SmartColdChain.

McHale Plant sales unveils finance offer for Komatsu PC138US-10 Excavator Customers choosing the new Komatsu PC138US-10 zero tail swing hydraulic excavator are poised to benefit from a new finance package put in place by Komatsu distributor in Ireland, McHale Plant Sales, that promises a flat rate interest of 1.28% (2.8% APR). Thanks to its flush-tail design, the PC138-10 is geared to work in cramped conditions, like pavement projects or on congested roadways where scope for lane closures is limited. Citing the growing trend towards zero tail swing machines like the PC138-10, Michael McHale, managing director at McHale Plant Sales sees its ‘excellent fuel economy and high residual value retention as additional factors of which buyer should take note’.


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The demands on modern clutch systems are incredibly high and the system is exposed to frequent strain. The clutch release fork is a key part of the clutch system. As the pedal is depressed, the fork fingers act directly on the release bearing, pulling it back to disengage the clutch. Note: It is important to note that with the clutch fully applied, there should be 1/8 of an inch of free play between the fork and the release bearing. This free play should be taken up by the first one to two inches of clutch pedal travel. febi Truck supply over 15 different clutch forks, covering all the major makes, including the current Euro 6 generation for some DAF models. It is febi Truck supply over is different clutch forks vital to use high quality parts during replacement to ensure optimum performance and long service life. febi Truck has the solution to common problems The clutch release fork is susceptible to wear. A replacement fork and the necessary repair kit must be ordered separately from the manufacturer, and then assembled. febi Truck provides a better solution, supplying clutch release forks which come completely preassembled. One febi reference gives you all the necessary parts for replacement, saving you valuable time and money. High quality replacement parts are key to avoiding premature wear. febi Truck offer an OE matching quality clutch release fork, manufactured in-house at our production facilities in Ennepetal. This is done in accordance with strict requirements for precision and fitting safety, plus quality assurance. febi Truck provides the solution for keeping you on the road. All febi parts are of OE matching quality, with the confidence of first time fit, every time. With over 15,000 applications, febi’s Truck Division offers an extensive range for the “big 7” European commercial vehicle manufacturers. From steering, engine, braking, chassis and wheel mounting technology to vehicle electrics and pneumatics, febi covers all areas of vehicle component replacement.

Giti brand comes to Europe

Giti Tire has launched its flagship Giti brand into its European Truck and Bus (TBR) operations at Reifen Essen 2016. The strategic initiative, which will replace GT Radial through a mixture of new tyres and relabelling of existing successful products, will begin immediately and be fully implemented by the end of 2017. Giti Tire is currently the fifth largest producer of TBR tyres globally and operates in over 130 markets with OE contracts in every continent, the decision is designed to expand the use and knowledge of the Giti brand and portfolio to create a singular global platform and streamline product development. The company showed a comprehensive mix of tyres from its Combi Road, Long Haul, Regional Haul, Mixed Service, Urban and Winter ranges and unveiled the Giti GDR655 regional drive axle and Giti GAM851 mixed-service steer and trailer tyres. Daria Sala della Cuna, TBR Sales & Marketing Director - Europe at Giti Tire, said: "This is a hugely exciting development, and one that will ultimately benefit end-users and distributors in the European market on a substantial scale. "The development of TBR tyres is a lengthy process, so to be able to streamline these efforts to a reduced number of brands, while still ensuring the product meets every operational and legislative requirement for Europe and other markets, means state-of-the-art technologies can be brought to market much faster. "Also Giti tyres are now fitted by OEM manufacturers around the world in the truck, trailer and passenger vehicle sectors, and as the export of these vehicles continues to grow like-for-like replacements must be available globally." Further information on the Giti TBR rollout will be disclosed over the coming weeks and months including new product lines, confirmation of GT Radial rebranded tyres, new sizes and improved certifications. During this period product development will continue apace. No timescales are set for the introduction of Giti branded products into specific European countries, they will be brought in to meet market requirements based on manufacturing availability. "We are convinced that this decision will give our current end-users continuously maximised products for lowest cost per kilometre in their operations," concluded Daria. "And for our distributors a new exciting tool to work within the European market place. "This is a decision that has been many years in the making and will ultimately prove a successful model to improve the quality of our tyres, R&D capabilities, reputation, value-added services and all-round requirements of our customers - the Giti Giti Tire has launched its flagship Giti brand brand will become synonymous with quality."



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Goodyear highlights truck tyre influence on CO2 emissions

The right truck tyre choice can immediately reduce CO2 emissions Brussels, May 31, 2016 – Goodyear has added its voice to the debate on the integrated efforts to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the transport industry. The leading tyre manufacturer points out the effect that recent truck tyre developments have had on significantly reducing CO2 emissions made by commercial vehicles. It also highlights the effectiveness of the EU tyre label in achieving CO2 reduction across the transport industry. The wider use of rolling resistance optimized truck tyres such as FUELMAX, Goodyear´s most fuel efficient truck tyre range, can significantly reduce emissions of CO2 as well as cut fuel consumption. Calculations show that by changing from C-grade tyres in the EU fuel efficiency tyre label category to B-grade FUELMAX tyres on a standard European 40 tonne truck and trailer traveling 78,000 kms per year, a reduction in CO2 emissions of approximately 3.2 tonnes1 per year can be achieved. Bearing in mind that there are millions of trucks and trailers operating in Europe, the opportunity for reducing emissions by using more fuel efficient truck tyres is enormous. “Carbon dioxide emissions are directly related to fuel consumption,” said Michel Rzonzef Vice President Commercial Business Goodyear Europe Middle, East and Africa. “One of the main areas of focus in our development work is the reduction of rolling resistance. This mean lower fuel costs for our customers and less emissions for the environment. Further to this, thanks to the introduction of the EU tyre label in 2012, the efficiency of tyres in this respect is in plain view. So choosing the truck tyres with the best fuel efficiency grade is a simple yet important task. It also has the added benefit that it reduces the total cost of ownership for fleet operators. By encouraging truck operators simply to change their tyres from a C to a B-grade in fuel efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced by approximately 3.2 tonnes per vehicle per year. In addition, annual savings of more than €1,3002per vehicle can be achieved.” A recently presented study by ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association) analyzed work carried out by TML (Transport & Mobility Leuven) and reported that an integrated approach including all actors of the road transport sector has the potential to double the annual CO2 reduction rate from trucks, to up to 3.5% compared focusing only on new vehicles3. One key element in achieving this, which is easy to implement, is to fit fuel efficient truck tyres on existing trucks in Europe.

Fifth consecutive success for Isuzu’s award winning Grafter

The Isuzu Grafter 3.5t rigid truck has won the 2016 ‘Best Builder's Truck’ award again from leading UK business van magazine ‘Trade Van Driver’. This is for the fifth consecutive time and is unprecedented in the history of this publication’s awards programme. Isuzu Truck UK’s managing director Pete Murphy and Ryo Nagano from Isuzu Motors Ltd received the prestigious award from TVD’s editor Matthew Eisenegger at last month’s CV Show at the NEC in Birmingham. According to this year’s judging panel; “The Isuzu Grafter is everything any business needs that is looking for robustness and ease of access. Together with its award-winning sales and after sales customer service programme CARE, this makes the Grafter a clear winner for the fifth successive year”. Trade Van Driver, a specialist trade van magazine for small business users, organises this annual awards programme and the entries are judged not only by the expert panel of journalists at the magazine but also by a panel of readers who regularly use light commercial vehicles as part of their businesses. The 2016 Trade Van Driver Awards aim to give recognition to the manufacturers, organisations and people who, in the opinion of the judges, offer the very best to retail buyers. “Now in its fifth year, the TVD Awards have, once again, highlighted the leading products aimed at the lighter end of the commercial vehicle market. It was pleasing to see some products receive their first-ever win this year but obviously we are absolutely delighted that our ‘Grafter’ has maintained its 100% success rate over all five years of these awards,” commented Keith Child, marketing director at Isuzu Truck.. Isuzu Truck UK’s managing director Pete Further information about the Isuzu Grafter and the full range of Isuzu trucks Murphy and Ryo Nagano from Isuzu Motors Ltd received the prestigious award from from 3500kgs to 11990kgs can be viewed on Isuzu Truck’s website TVD’s editor Matthew Eisenegger



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Knorr-Bremse enters the steering system business

Acquisition of tedrive Steering Systems expands systems expertise in commercial vehicle sector Knorr-Bremse is taking over tedrive Steering Systems GmbH based in Wulfrath, Germany. With this acquisition, the world’s leading manufacturer of braking systems is adding state-of-theart steering systems to its portfolio and thereby preparing to supply its customers with highly integrated systems, as well as new functionalities in the field of autonomous driving. The parties have agreed to treat the purchase price in confidence. The acquisition is subject to approval by the tedrive Steering will be taken over by Knorr-Bremse AG. Knorr-Bremse’s Bernd Spies, Chairman of the Management Board Knorr-Bremse for Commercial Vehicle Systems (center) anti-trust authorities. together with Thomas Bruse (left) und Reiner Greiss (right) from tedrive Steering With some 320 employees and locations informed the employees of tedrive Steering Systems GmbH in Wulfrath on June 1st, 2016 in Germany, Turkey, Russia and the USA, tedrive is a specialized development partner and manufacturer of steering systems for the global vehicle market. The company manufactures and markets an extensive portfolio that includes rack-and-pinion as well as recirculating ball steering gear systems across all vehicle segments. tedrive Steering sets the standards in the development of competitive, highperformance steering technology with its lightweight steering solutions and awardwinning intelligent Hydraulic Steering Assist (iHSA®) technology. This hydraulic system with electric steering actuation was developed with a view to meeting the demands of autonomous driving in commercial vehicles. “For us as a manufacturer of braking systems, entering the steering market is the logical next step in expanding our systems expertise. Through the smart connection of systems and subsystems we will be able to generate added value for our customers, be they commercial vehicle manufacturers or operators, in the development, production and operation of their vehicles,” explained Dr. Peter Laier, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG responsible for the Commercial Vehicle Systems division. “This is particularly important against the backdrop of increasingly widespread driver assistance systems and the automation of driving functions – developments that not only offer greater safety but also reduce total vehicle operating costs. Coming from the global market leader in electronic brake control systems, our new generation of Global Scalable Brake Control products is designed to support the complex control procedures required for autonomous driving. Together with the steering expertise of tedrive, this core competency of Knorr-Bremse opens up additional opportunities to supply our customers with highly integrated and efficient system solutions.” Autonomous driving predicates control of longitudinal and lateral vehicle dynamics independent of driver input. Today, KnorrBremse’s electronic brake control systems already control longitudinal motion and at the same time ensure the dynamic stability of the vehicle. In combination with iHSA®, in the future Knorr-Bremse will be able to offer extended automated driving functionalities that were previously restricted to the passenger car sector, such as active lane-keeping on motorways/freeways, as well as functionalities specific to commercial vehicles, such as platooning – automated driving in convoys with short distances between vehicles – or autonomous yard maneuvering.

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Michelin expands accidental damage guarantee for regional tyres

Michelin is extending its accidental damage guarantee for regional tyres across the UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI), significantly increasing the range of fitments covered to offer customers even more protection against the financial costs of accidental damage. The company’s X Multi Guarantee now covers 37 tyre sizes, including Michelin’s most popular products on the replacement and original equipment markets. This marks an increase of 34 fitments from the previous scheme – and includes all X Multi and X MultiWay regional tyres, in all available sizes. The guarantee promises to refund operators for any accidental damage suffered before a tyre is 50 per cent worn, provided it has been registered on Michelin MyAccount* – the company’s dedicated customer web portal – within one month of purchase. Chris Smith, Head of Truck Marketing at Michelin, says: “Michelin invests more than €700m in research and development every year so we’re confident that our tyres are extremely hard wearing. Fleets that specify budget tyres tend to do so because they believe accidental tyre damage occurs regardless of whether a vehicle is shod with premium tyres or a cheaper alternative – but this is a false economy. “Michelin tyres are designed to be particularly durable, and offer superior on-road performance, fuel efficiency and safety over a long service life. Extending our accidental damage guarantee demonstrates the confidence we have in our tyres.” The exact refund offered under the X Multi Guarantee is calculated against the remaining tread depth of the tyre, and based on a fixed price of £385 for 22.5” tyres, £300 for 19.5” fitments and £200 for 17.5” tyres. The Michelin MyAccount web portal is quick and easy to use, with operators able to activate a guarantee in just four clicks, once a tyre has been registered. ‘Accidental damage’ is defined as an impact occurring to a registered tyre which makes it unusable. The policies exclude damage suffered through road accidents, acts of vandalism, fire and natural disasters. Last month Michelin also doubled the number of tyres covered by its X Works Guarantee, for tyres used in on/off-road applications. The guarantee now includes 14 sizes, including the newly-launched X Works HD D (drive) and HD Z (all-position) tyre patterns, plus three sizes of Remix tyres: X Works XZY and XDY in 315/80 R 22.5, and X Works XZY3 in 385/65 R 22.5. *Customers in the ROI must register tyres with either their tyre dealer or their local Michelin Account Manager For further information on the Michelin commercial vehicle tyre range visit

SDC Trailers raise over 100k for Cancer Fund for Children

The UK and Ireland’s largest trailer manufacturer, SDC Trailers based in Toomebridge has announced that the company has raised over £100,000 to help the Cancer Fund for Children. The company has had CFC as its charity partner since 2014, with each member of staff contributing through payroll giving, as well as raising money through a series of fundraising events such as the 2014 and 2015 Belfast marathon, a charity cycle event, and a donation from SDC. This payroll giving drive has included all of the staff at SDC and sister company MDF Engineering in Antrim. Managing Director Mark Cuskeran, praised the staff and the charity itself for their success. “We chose CFC for the truly fantastic work the charity is doing in the local community. I am delighted that our staff here at SDC Trailers and MDF Engineering have been so generous in donating to the CFC charity. A number of management and staff have visited CFC’s Daisy Lodge centre and been overwhelmed by the services that they provide to affected children and families. With this in mind, the board of directors decided to add a further £20,000 on top of staff contributions for such a worthy cause.” Every week in Northern Ireland, three more children and young adults (aged 0-24 years) hear the devastating news that they have cancer. For their families the future is uncertain and worrying as they face physical, emotional and financial SDC has raised over challenges. £100,000 to help the Cancer Fund for children Cancer Fund for Children provide a range of wrap-around services including one to one and group support from therapeutic specialists, short breaks at Daisy Lodge, residential weekends at Narnia and financial grants. The charity also provides support through the 'Young Shoulders Programme' to young people who are living with a parent who has cancer. SDC Trailers, which manufactured 9,500 trailers in 2015 alone has three state of the art production facilities in Northern Ireland and one in Mansfield, England. With almost 1,000 employees, the company is one of Northern Ireland’s largest employers with positions ranging from welders, fitters, painters, joiners, mechanical engineers, accountants, sales and administration.



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Mar-Train moves giant crushers on five-axle extending step frame

Northern Ireland-based abnormal load specialist, MarTrain Heavy Haulage, has taken delivery of a new five-axle extending step frame trailer, following the excellent performance of an almost identically specified unit delivered three years ago. The 85-tonne gross weight trailer will be used to transport heavy-duty quarry equipment, including Terex crushers and screeners, around the UK and Europe. Mar-Train Managing Director, Tim Martin, says: “We keep returning to Andover Trailers because they are always able to supply a trailer built specifically Mar-Train Heavy Haulage has taken delivery of to our needs. We work within a new five-axle extending step frame trailer an extremely specialist environment and due to the sheer size of the equipment we move, its essential we have a trailer that can really stand up to the rigours of the job. “We have had multiple assets from Andover Trailers since our first order back in 1993. The delivery of this latest unit continues the long-standing business relationship between our two companies.” The 14.95m step frame is equipped with a low profile neck and has the ability to extend by 2.5m to accommodate longer machines – providing maximum flexibility for Mar-Train. Extending via two outer box beams the trailer offers higher strength precisely where it is required, supporting heavy machinery directly under the tracks. The new trailer’s specification includes three fixed and two self-tracking steer axles, each manufactured by BPW and rated to 12 tonnes. BPW air suspension with raise/lower control is also fitted and can be used to lower the trailer for loading and unloading. Additional features include Andover Trailers’ heavy-duty hydraulic power toe ramps which provide a low loading angle and four heavy-duty hydraulic steady legs to guarantee a stable loading platform. The trailer also benefits from galvanised side extensions, plus a convenient storage compartment for the side-extension timbers in the centre of the deck. Andover Trailers has equipped the extending step frame with all round LED lighting and installed steel underlays to the beavertail and ramps to extend the life of the flooring timber. Mar-Train Heavy Haulage was established more than three decades ago. The company specialises in providing transport solutions for abnormal and awkward loads (including wind turbines) across Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe. Its fleet includes tractor units plated at up to 250-tonnes, plus a full range of trailers including step frames, low loaders and specialist Goldhofer heavy-haulage modules, supplied by Andover Trailers.

P&O Ferrymasters in new Italy-Romania intermodal partnership

Leading logistics solutions specialists P&O Ferrymasters and the Transmec Group are partnering to expand their intermodal operations with the launch of a regular rail service linking Italy and Romania. Using private rail operators under a dedicated company train concept, the service starts on June 1 with two departures per week each way between Piacenza and Oradea, leaving every Wednesday and Saturday. An additional weekly departure is planned within a few months. The collaboration provides a major new freight transport option for companies serving markets in southern and eastern Europe. Key features also include a fixed terminal-to-terminal transit time of 40 hours, up to 80 weekly slots, an own-asset fleet of 300 Huckepack trailers and more than 2,500 45-foot containers, forward shipments/collections and an extensive office network with dedicated staff. Responding to increasing customer demand, the launch follows the success of the intermodal operation between Zeebrugge (Belgium) and Romania launched by the companies in 2014. Coinciding with the new service, P&O Ferrymasters and Transmec have invested 50/50 in the Oradea facility to set up their own private terminal - replacing the current Romanian railhead in Curtici - and are now upgrading the infrastructure. Future operations and marketing will be geared towards providing terminal services to third party rail operators as well as hosting the partnership’s own trains from Zeebrugge and Piacenza.



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Schmitz Cargobull draws positive conclusion from bauma 2016

Schmitz Cargobull once again showcased the latest innovations for construction trailers at bauma 2016, the world's leading trade fair for the construction industry. At the company's 600 m2 stand, the trailers on show and the team of experts were constantly surrounded by hordes of visitors. The resounding opinion: With these reliable vehicles and the solutions for operating vehicles via a smartphone, the company has set new standards for added comfort and safety. The overall outcome from the trade fair reflected this response. “We were able to sign significantly more contracts than at the previous bauma. We were very happy with the result,” explains Boris Billich, Sales Director at Schmitz Cargobull. Billich went on to say: “With around 580,000 visitors from more than 200 countries, this trade fair is the benchmark for innovations. With our efficient new construction trailers, we are once again setting standards for the sector, and our strong performance in terms of incoming orders sets a positive signal for the economy.” The trailers on show - an S.KI tipper trailer with a rounded steel body and an S.KI tipper trailer with an aluminium box body were equipped with new thermal insulation for asphalt transport. The advantage? More than 200 kg extra payload! Both of the show models were also fitted with Schmitz Cargobull's S.KI Control app, which includes new, innovative safety functions for drivers, trailers and other road users. Furthermore, an M.KI tractor tipper body, available as a kit for all conventional truck manufacturers, also attracted a great deal of attention from visitors.

Allison Transmission answers Romaquip’s call to equip 4-cylinder DAF LFs

UK kerbside collection market leader Romaquip has ordered 160 new DAF LF180 trucks, 40 of which were recently delivered. Romaquip requested that the Allison 2500 fully automatic transmission be made available with the 4-cylinder PACCAR PX-5 engine in the new 12-tonne vehicles. “The preferred transmission for the refuse and municipal sector is an Allison, due to its quality, reliability and ability to protect the driveline,” said John McKeown, technical director at Romaquip. “Along with Allison’s UK team, we were able to work with the DAF engineering team based in Leyland to secure the release of the ideal specification for our application.” According to McKeown, an automated manual transmission (AMT) was not suitable for the creeping speeds and multiple stop-start conditions customer vehicles face, but there was no Allison option available with a 4-cylinder Euro 6 engine. Romaquip have ordered 160 “We also considered the 6-cylinder DAF LF220 with new DAFLF 180 trucks an Allison 3000 Series™ transmission, but that configuration would have added half a tonne, putting too much additional weight on the front axle,” said McKeown. “The Allison 2500 model solution is a godsend for our sector.” Romaquip entered the kerbside collection market in 2011 with its Kerb-Sort vehicle, the first with a fully automated unloading system. Able to separate 10 kinds of fully segregated, unpolluted waste in a single pass, Romaquip guarantees off-loading in just seven minutes. A stainless steel, compartmentalised body extends the normal vehicle life of five to seven years out to 10 to 14 years, reducing lifetime ownership costs by protecting against corrosion and high maintenance costs. Likewise, the Allison transmission protects the driveline and reduces unnecessary maintenance expenses, requiring only scheduled fluid and filter changes. Since the vehicle can compact up to four tonnes of payload into a 35-metre-cubed collection space, McKeown said vehicle weight was also critical in the specification process. The first 40 trucks are now in operation for local authority fleets in Wrexham, the Lake District, Devon and Flintshire.



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Schmitz Cargobull remains on the road to success in Spain! On 1 June 2016, the new Managing Director Jordi Romero

will assume management of the Schmitz Cargobull trailer plant in Spain. He succeeds the long-standing plant manager, RamĂłn MuĂąoz, who commences his well-earned retirement at the end of May. Over the last 18 years, Jordi Romero (41) has worked for a variety of industrial companies. He previously worked in the automotive industry, where he was responsible for the operations division of SEAT Sport. He successfully completed the IESE Business School's management development programme and studied operation and innovation at the ESADE Business School, both in Barcelona. The Spanish plant is one of nine Schmitz Cargobull plants that produce reliable and robust commercial trailers throughout Europe and China with a high level of standardised quality. The plant in Zaragoza has repeatedly Jordi received the highest internal awards for quality and customer Romero, MD satisfaction, emphasising the staff's outstanding commitment. The timely transition of the plant management in Spain safeguards the continuity and quality of this plant's trailer production. European customers from Spain, Portugal and southern France will continue to receive the best and most innovative transport solutions together with a service package unique in the industry. Jordi Romero is married and has two daughters. In his free time he is a passionate windsurfer and motorcyclist.

Stertil Koni Lift specified by car & truck services for refurbished workshop

As part of a major refurbishment of its workshop, Car & Truck Services Limited chose a Stertil Koni ST4120 4-post lift to simplify a wide range of servicing and maintenance operations. Based at Elvanfoot in South Lanarkshire, Car & Truck Services Limited is ideally located at the centre of the industrial hub for the South of Scotland to provide comprehensive car and truck repairs including mechanical and bodywork. The company also operates a 24 hour breakdown service and is an accredited contractor for major motoring organisations. The 12 tonne capacity ST4120 4-post lift is used daily to simplify many different tasks including servicing, repairs and MOT testing on a wide range of vehicles such as cars, trucks, vans, caravans and trailers. The Stertil Koni ST4120 is an electro-hydraulic, heavy duty platform lift offering a choice of platform lengths up to eight metres which are also adjustable to provide widths from 800mm to 1650mm. This flexibility makes the ST4120 ideal for use in workshops that deal with a broad range of light and heavy duty vehicles including narrow tracked fork trucks. Driven rams are located at the four corner posts and all are electronically synchronised ensuring safe and smooth operation. Importantly, the free-standing control box can be positioned at the most convenient post for every installation. To ensure complete operational safety, the ST4120 4-post platform lift incorporates a number of important design features including an electronic synchronisation system that continuously monitors the position of all cylinders to ensure safe, smooth and level movement at all times. This is complemented by an independent gravity operated locking mechanism to prevent unexpected or accidental lowering of the lift. Significantly, for applications involving longer vehicles, including buses and trailers, the ST4120 4-post lift can be extended in a tandem configuration with two lifts in line which can be operated individually or together. "When planning the refurbishment of our workshop, we visited a local company to see how they were getting on with their Stertil Koni vehicle lifts," says Allan Forrest, director of Car & Truck Services Limited. "They were more than satisfied with the lifts and I'm very pleased that I took their advice. The ST4120 4-post lift ticks all the right boxes for us length, lifting capacity, durability and value for money. I'd certainly have no hesitation in Car & Truck Services Ltd chose recommending Stertil Koni myself." the Stentil Koni



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Topaz Energy Invests in Safer, More Efficient Volvo Trucks

Topaz Energy Group Ltd has recently taken delivery of a number of new Volvo Trucks from Dennison Commercials Ltd

Topaz Energy Group Ltd, Ireland’s largest convenience and fuel retailer, has recently taken delivery of a number of new Volvo trucks from Dennison Commercials Ltd. With three rigid Volvo FE tankers and one FM tractor unit delivered to date, this is the beginning of an extensive replacement scheme to improve the efficiency and reliability of the fleet, with a number of safety related features specified. The new trucks are part of a wider internal restructure within Topaz, which has endeavoured to implement a more streamlined Transport department. By driving efficiencies within the business operation, the Company has been able to reduce the overall fleet size. The artic specification is a Volvo FM-460 6x2 Globetrotter and the tankers are Euro-6 Volvo FE 320hp 6x2 rear steer vehicles, with Volvo I-Shift automated 12-speed gearboxes, perfect for city distribution.. The Topaz specification has a number of safety-related features, both for drivers and other road users. As well as forward collision warning with emergency braking, lane keeping support and an electronic stability package, the vehicles have been specified with a number of enhanced visibility options. Features such as red seatbelts, four-way camera systems and lower near side kerb windows for pedestrian and cyclist safety have also been included.. Dennison Commercials have provided extensive ‘Train the Trainer’ driver coaching, which covered vehicle familiarisation, including refresher training on existing Volvos and on the new vehicles, and driving techniques to get the best performance from the trucks, by promoting an optimum driving style. According to Andrew McKay, Operations Manager, “At Topaz Local Fuel we are always looking for ways to improve the safety and security of our drivers, vehicles, the environment we work in and the general public we work with. By choosing Volvo with its multi-point camera system and the auto braking system I'm confident that we will reduce our operational risk on the road. I have already received positive feedback from our drivers”. The Topaz vehicles are also fitted with Dynafleet, Volvo’s telematics system, which provides real time information on vehicle positioning, driver activities and vehicle performance, therefore maximising fuel efficiency and fleet usage and controlling of environmental footprint and live feed of driver activity and remaining driver hours. Again, this is an area that Dennison will provide support with, providing assistance in setting up appropriate reports and interpreting data going forward. A mobile app also makes the Dynafleet system extremely user-friendly. Ray Dolan, General Manager for Topaz, is already familiar with the professionalism and reliability of Dennison’s service and explained the decision to purchase Volvos for the fleet replacement. “When we went out to market we evaluated a number of manufacturer brands, but were most impressed by the total package offered by Dennisons and the Volvo product, coupled with the service coverage available on the Island of Ireland. Dennisons service levels are measurable and have been demonstrated by impressive MOT pass rates, out-of-hours breakdown response times, parts availability and general customer satisfaction.” Topaz provide high quality fuel to domestic, farming and industry, marine, and other commercial customers across all of Ireland, so are pleased to be working in partnership with Dennisons for quality vehicle supply and service provision.



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“Road to Logistics” Launched at Microlise Transport Conference to Help Plug Driver Shortfall

A new not-for-profit organisation called Road to Logistics has been formed with the aim of addressing the professional driver shortfall, whilst supporting those in society who may need a helping hand. The organisation, launched today at the Microlise Transport Conference, is a close collaboration between Microlise Executive Director Bob Harbey and Road Haulage Association (RHA) Chief Executive Richard Burnett. Additional support will be provided by Care after Combat, the charity chaired by Jim Davidson OBE. Road to Logistics will seek to give veterans and reformed offenders the opportunity of a secure long term career in transport and logistics. Individuals will go through a programme of activity that ends with them securing qualifications such as HGV licences, to enable them to begin a career in the transport and logistics industry. The initial cohort of five drivers has already begun training in the programme. “We have an objective to have 30 to 50 drivers through the programme by Christmas. We want to walk before we run and ensure that the programme is nationally scalable,” said Bob Harbey, who is also Road to Logistics Chief Executive, speaking at the Microlise Transport Conference. ““The aim is to gather evidence during the pilot phase to show the exchequer that there is a net gain to the economy by running this programme. We then hope to secure further funding to increase the numbers of new professional drivers being created,” added Harbey. Road to Logistics is working closely with services charity Care after Combat and the prison service to identify potential recruits for the programme. Following interviews and employability assessment, Road to Logistics will fund and support new recruits through professional licence training before placing them in an appropriate job. “Our aim to provide professional assistance where possible for the wellbeing of veterans and their families,” said Care after Combat Executive Chairman, Jim Davidson OBE. “By providing secure long-term skilled employment in the transport industry we are achieving many IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

of our goals while at the same time providing a new source of talent for the industry. We think it will be a win win situation.” Major hauliers have already begun to allocate vacancies and will accept the first new drivers to complete the programme. To ensure the training provided by Road to Logistics is to a high standard DAF Trucks dealership Ford & Slater is providing vehicles for use. Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the RHA and Chairman of the newly formed, not-for-profit charity said he is hopeful that Road to Logistics will be a force for good on a large scale. “Right now, the road transport and logistics industry is facing a massive driver shortage – currently standing at 45,000. If we can help address the issue and at the same time support those in society who may

need a helping hand on to the employment ladder, then it is an opportunity that must be taken.” The launch at the Microlise Transport Conference featured Jim Davidson OBE, Governor Poole of HMP Sudbury Prison and Paul Allera, Head of Fleet at Fowler Welch. They took part in a special presentation at the event alongside Chief Executive Harbey. Road to Logistics will operate within the Microlise Group for financial stability and an initial investment of £100k has been made by the company to fund the pilot phase. For more information about applying for a place, or about recruiting Road to Logistics graduates in to your organisation go to


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New Ford Transit and Transit Custom Offer Lower Costs and More Performance with Advanced New Ford EcoBlue Engine

Ford’s new Transit and Transit Custom commercial vehicles powered by the all-new, state-of-the-art 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue diesel engine will offer improved cost of ownership and performance for customers from mid-2016. New from the ground up, the next-generation Ford EcoBlue engine enhances fuel efficiency by up to 13 per cent compared with the outgoing 2.2-litre TDCi engine, with CO2 emissions from 157 g/km,* and delivers significant improvements in low-rpm torque for enhanced driveability. The new engine – available to order now – also will deliver up to 2-year/60,000 km (37,000 mile) variable service intervals for Transit and Transit Custom operators. The all-new downsized 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue diesel engine has been engineered to meet Ford’s rigorous commercial vehicle durability standards, powering Transit vehicles through the equivalent of 5.5 million km (3.4 million miles) of punishing durability testing, including 400,000 km (250,000 miles) of testing at the hands of real-world Transit customers. “The challenge was to take our best-selling Transit and make it cheaper to operate, improve performance, cleaner in terms of emissions, quieter in the cabin, safer and even more durable,” said Pete Reyes, Ford of Europe’s head of commercial vehicles. “That’s exactly what we did with the new Transit and Transit Custom with the all-new Ford EcoBlue engine.”

Clean diesel technologies enable ultra-low emissions in line with stringent Euro Stage VI standards that will be introduced in September 2016, requiring a 55 per cent reduction in NOx emissions compared to Euro Stage V standards. In addition to the all-new engine line-up, Transit and Transit Custom vehicles also are available to order now with advanced driver assistance technologies including Side Wind Stabilisation and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection. From late 2016, customers also will be able to specify a six speed automatic transmission in place of a manual gearbox, and a new rear air suspension option on Transit Custom Kombi models.

The two-tonne Transit and one-tonne Transit Custom vehicles are core models within Ford’s renewed Transit range, which also includes the smaller all-new Transit Connect and Transit Courier vans. The success of this expanded line-up helped Ford become Europe’s No.1 selling commercial vehicle brand in 2015 – for the first time in 19 years – with total sales of 280,000, a year-over-year increase of 23 per cent. Growth has continued in the first four months of 2016, with combined Transit and Transit Custom sales in Europe of 66,700 vehicles, a rise of 18 per cent over the previous year. Cleaner, more efficient and refined Ford EcoBlue diesel The all-new 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue diesel uses a completely new architecture engineered to provide the next-generation of clean, efficient and refined engines for future Ford cars and commercial vehicles. The engine has been developed with the latest turbocharging, fuel injection, combustion system, structural design and lowfriction technologies to deliver significant improvements in fuel efficiency, performance and operating refinement, while delivering the outstanding durability and low cost-of-ownership demanded for a Transit power unit.

For the Transit and Transit Custom models, the 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue engine is offered in 105 PS, 130 PS and 170 PS power ratings, each of which offers increased power and torque compared to the outgoing 2.2-litre engine. Improved low-end pulling power – with 20 per cent more torque at 1,250 rpm – delivers more flexible and responsive performance in everyday driving. Lower running costs are supported by significantly improved fuel efficiency. Transit models equipped with optional Auto-StartStop achieve CO2 emissions from 174 g/km and average fuel consumption from 6.6 l/100 km (42.8 mpg) – a 10 per cent reduction over the equivalent outgoing model. Transit Custom vehicles fitted with optional Auto-Start-Stop deliver CO2 emissions from 157 g/km with average fuel consumption from 6.1 l/100 km (46.3 mpg) – 13 per cent down from the equivalent outgoing model. Ford anticipates a fuel cost saving of up to €1,600 (£1,250) over 130,000 km (80,000 miles) for the operator of a new 105 PS Transit Custom van compared with the previous 100 PS model.*** Scheduled maintenance costs are also reduced, with the extended variable service intervals of up to two years/60,000 km (37,000 miles) offering up to an additional 10,000 km (6,000 miles) between services on both Transit and Transit Custom models. To help achieve the stringent Euro Stage VI emissions standards, the 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue diesel features an optimised combustion system with selective catalytic reduction exhaust gas after-treatment using AdBlue® (aqueous urea solution). The new engine also improves driver comfort during long working days through major reductions in engine noise, with passenger-car levels of refinement. The class-leading driving dynamics of the Transit and Transit Custom have been enhanced through revised steering efforts for better feedback, and a new rear damper design for improved comfort and control. Advanced driver assistance and vehicle technologies In parallel with the all-new powertrain, new Transit and Transit Custom models also benefit from advanced new driver



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New Transit and Transit Custom models with the newly developed EcoBlue diesel engine

assistance and vehicle technologies to enhance confidence and comfort behind the wheel.

Using camera and radar technology shared with Ford’s latest passenger cars like the Mondeo and S-MAX, both Transit and Transit Custom customers can specify: · Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection – reduces the severity of some frontal collisions involving vehicles and pedestrians, or help drivers avoid some impacts altogether · Adaptive Cruise Control – uses forward-facing radar to enable drivers to maintain a set distance from the vehicle ahead

· Traffic Sign Recognition – provides drivers with the latest detected speed limit, cancellation signs and overtaking restrictions via the instrument cluster display

An upgraded Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, fitted to both new models as standard equipment, provides an enhanced suite of functions to improve vehicle stability in extreme driving situations including three Ford-patented features: · Side Wind Stabilisation – a new system that applies the brakes on one side of the vehicle to reduce the effect of a sudden side wind gust on the vehicle’s path · Curve Control – a unique Ford-developed program designed to slow the vehicle in a safe and stable manner when it enters a bend like a motorway exit ramp too quickly · Roll Stability Control – designed to help prevent your vehicle rolling over by controlling both engine torque and individual wheel braking

Inside the cabin, Transit customers can now specify Ford’s SYNC 2 voice-activated connectivity system with a new highresolution 6-inch colour touch screen, featuring advanced voice control of audio, navigation and mobile phones. On Transit Custom vehicles, a new 4 inch colour display is standard on vehicles equipped with the SYNC connectivity system, in place of the previous 3.5-inch screen. From the outside, new Transit and Transit Custom models fitted with the all-new Ford 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine are identified by a new chrome finish strip in the lower front grille.

For improved comfort and convenience in urban driving, customers of Transit front-wheel drive derivatives and Transit Custom models will be able to specify a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission from late 2016. The transmission offers smooth, responsive and efficient performance in partnership with the Ford EcoBlue diesel, including Auto-Start-Stop where fitted, and also provides the option of manual shifting using buttons mounted on the gear lever.

The unique-to-segment rear air suspension system is developed specially for the Transit Custom and meets Ford’s full commercial vehicle durability standards. The air suspension system delivers a supple, controlled and level ride across a wide range of load conditions, providing improved passenger comfort and vehicle dynamics on Kombi M1 models. The updated Transit and Transit Custom models offer commercial vehicle operators the same comprehensive line-up of vehicle variants including multiple roof height and wheelbase options, a wide choice of gross vehicle weights, and bodystyles with van, kombi and double-cab-in-van variants. Transit customers can further select from Front-Wheel Drive, Rear-Wheel Drive and intelligent All-Wheel Drive derivatives, along with Chassis Cab and Minibus bodystyles.



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Driver Fatigue and the Consequences of Tachograph Manipulation


nternational research shows that at least 20% of collisions are down to fatigue related factors. A tired driver behind the wheel of a bus or a truck is inattentive and this can have serious consequences for all road users. Bus and truck drivers don’t have the typical “9 to 5” working day and many are involved in shift or irregular work patterns, can have long days, tight and unreasonable schedules and are required to sleep and take rest when most people are awake. Fighting sleep at the wheel is as dangerous as driving over the legal alcohol limit. Drivers’ hours and tachograph rules have been in place Europe wide since the 1980’s. These rules impose legal obligations concerning driving time, breaks and rest periods on drivers of trucks and buses. Drivers and operators who do not comply with these rules are not only breaking the law but exposing themselves and other road users to a significant road safety hazard. Drivers’ hours rules are primarily aimed at reducing the risk of driver fatigue for heavy commercial


vehicle drivers as well as ensuring fair competition and working conditions. A tachograph is a calibrated piece of equipment used to record a drivers activities such as rest and driving time and is legally required to be fitted to most heavy commercial vehicles. Tachograph manipulation is a deliberate and deceptive action which interferes with the recording process of the tachograph to facilitate the production of falsified records. A manipulation device, such as a magnet, interferes with the correct operation and functioning of the tachograph system. Some drivers and rogue operators believe that they can fool the system and avoid fines for excessive driving times and inadequate rest by using a

magnet or device to put the tachograph to sleep, thus disguising the actual time spent behind the wheel. This is considered to be tachograph fraud. Unfortunately, many drivers are unaware of the danger to road safety caused by using such a device. Not only can it disable the tachograph, but it can also disable the speed limiter, the speedometer and the gearbox management system. This has the potential to cause jack knifing and gear box damage with the inadvertent selection of low range gear at a high speed. It can also disable the suspension management system allowing the overloading of drive axles on 3 axle trucks. The use, or intention to interfere with a tachograph distorts fair competition, giving unscrupulous operators and drivers an unfair commercial advantage; and creates unacceptable negative social impacts for drivers by allowing, or forcing, them to drive for much longer periods than is legally permissible. Operators and drivers who chose to manipulate the tachograph are not only operating at an unfair commercial advantage in comparison to compliant operators, they are undermining road safety for all road users and putting everyone IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

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that comes close to that vehicle at risk of injury and possibly death. The enforcement unit of the Road Safety Authority is responsible for checking compliance with EU drivers’ hours and tachograph rules, the road transport working time directive, requirement to hold a road transport operator licence and drivers CPC. They are also responsible for the enforcement of commercial vehicle roadworthiness (vehicle repair and maintenance) regulations. Compliance checks are conducted both at the roadside (in conjunction with the Garda Síochåna) and at operators premises. Where breaches are detected a stepped approach to enforcement is taken, depending on the severity of the findings, ranging from educational and advisory to a direction notice being issued and ultimately, initiation of a prosecution. In 2015, Transport Officers from the Road Safety Authority initiated 212 prosecutions. While overall there has been an improvement in driver compliance, worryingly, the Road Safety Authority is finding that deliberate fraud and manipulation to hide excessive driving is becoming increasingly common. Road Safety Authority Transport Officers are trained in detecting such devices and checkpoints are held regularly to target offenders. Heavy commercial vehicle manufacturers are also aware of the practice and it is now possible to detect if a device was used from the vehicle diagnostics with the introduction of new fault codes. This check is now common practice for warranty claims on gearboxes. Transport Officers also use diagnostic equipment to check the fault codes, making detection a simpler process. The approach of the Road Safety Authority is to be thorough, fair and reasonable and enforcement efforts are targeted at those who pose the highest risk to the safety of our roads. Where non-compliance is found the RSA will work with and give operators the opportunity to address the issues in all but the most serious of cases such as dangerous drivers hours, fraud and manipulation. Aside from the risk of causing a catastrophic collision, there are also very stiff penalties to face if one is caught using a manipulation device. Where a deliberate attempt to manipulate a tachograph is detected these offences will be brought before the courts regardless of the circumstances and the Road Safety Authority will be asking the court to impose the maximum penalty. Enforcement Unit Road Safety Authority



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David and Mark Johnston of Johnston International Haulage with Harry McQuillan



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Johnston International Transport has built a reputation for reliability and professionalism in the industry


Total dedication to customer service

Irish Trucker met up with David Johnston of Armagh-based Johnston International Transport and found out that offering the highest standard of service is at the core of their business. You can be sure your delivery is in safe hands with Johnston International Transport.

ohnston International Transport is a family run business with over four decades experience of offering distribution and storage services. Suitably qualified to ensure the smooth running of all your transport needs, their competitive rates and excellent customer service guarantee their clients products are securely stored and professionally transported. Forty-three years have elapsed since David Johnston set up the business from humble beginnings. He started off with just one lorry, working out of the family home, but early and continued success has enabled him to significantly expand his operations. With a vast industry knowledge and long established relationships, Johnston International Transport has come along way under David's watch. Providing gainful

employment to 13 members of staff, he is joined in the day-to-day management of the company by his wife Mary and son Mark. “Today we operate a fleet of six Scania artics and three Scania rigids, we use Scania because we find them very reliable,” David revealed in conversation with Irish Trucker. “I started off with one truck but we moved to our current premises roughly twenty years ago and added two new stores, one 15 years ago and the other 12 years ago. “We're in the process of building another store, planning permission has been granted, and we hope to have that completed inside six months.” The key to Johnston International Transport's success is their total dedication to customer service. They are a logistic company that is reliable, punctual, trustworthy, professional and quickthinking when it comes to



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resolving issues. They pride themselves on the calibre and excellence of their valued employees, who are all longstanding and expert in all manner of transportation and logistics services. As a company, they are dedicated to delivering the highest levels of service, safety and security. Their hands-on experience brings confidence and peace of mind to our customers. They are small enough to provide a personal, flexible and friendly service and large enough to provide the right level of professionalism for any job. Johnston Transport's team of drivers are very experienced in all aspects of road haulage and demonstrate great

maturity and integrity when undertaking every job they do. They take great satisfaction in doing a professional job and maintaining their vehicles to a very high standard. The power of positive word-of-mouth ensures a steady stream of enquiries about their services. “Business is very good at the moment, we had a reasonably successful 2015, with a turnover of roughly £2.5m, and we're hoping this year will be equally as good,” David remarked. “We've been fortunate in that we've been involved with various different customers and some of our customers have been with us for 30 odd years. “The same can be said as regards our drivers. One guy has been with us for 13 years. We have a policy of changing our lorries every four years and some of our drivers are on their second and third lorries.” He continued: “There are challenges out there, competition being one but there's no shortcuts in this business. Shortcuts don't work and everything has to be above board. “We pride ourselves on the service we offer our customers and, one of the big things behind our continued growth is the fact that everybody is productive. My wife

Mary does the paperwork, I do the paperwork and if I'm needed I can go out and drive. I could sit in the office and pay a man to drive but we believe in the hands-on approach.” They also believe that the customer is king, and they are always willing to go that extra mile for them. As a result, Johnston International Transport has built a reputation for reliability and professionalism in the industry and forged strong relationships with their clients. They offer an excellent balance of quality, cost and service. Give David a call to find out more.

Wishing continued success to Johnston International Transport “We believe in the hands-on approach” - David Johnston IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

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The new Euro 6 Nu-Track Pulse boasts a seating capacity of 33 or can accommodate up to ten wheelchairs in its accessibility format

Accessibility the key for Nu-Track Over the past 25 years, Nu-Track Ltd. has forged a stellar reputation as a market-leading designer and manufacturer of a range of specialist passenger vehicles including wheelchair-accessible coachbuilt buses, minibus conversions, school buses and courtesy coaches. We caught up with one of the former founders, Robert McMullan, at their Antrim HQ to find out more about this exceptional operation.


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association with British Airways, NuTrack Ltd. provides custom-built, bespoke, wheelchair-accessible vehicles using high-quality materials tailored to

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people, its vehicles are in service with

The City Dash is a 4.5 tonne low-floor coach with rear or side-door entry

the Education Authorities and Health Trusts in Northern Ireland, as well as a

number of local authorities in Scotland and England.

Key recent innovations include the City

Lift accessible bus, based on a VW Crafter CR50 chassis with up to 22 seats or six wheelchairs; City Dash, based on

a Fiat Ducato / Peugeot Boxer cab on an

AL-KO chassis with the ability to facilitate up to 16 passengers or up to six wheelchairs; and the recently-launched,

low-floor-entry 33-seat Nu-Vibe, which

has been developed to provide a modern and safe vehicle for the specific

requirements of today’s local authority, education, welfare and social transport operators.

Meanwhile, the new Euro 6 Nu-Track

Pulse has been designed with the support





manufacturer MAN to ensure that the

delivering a completed vehicle to precise specifications,





professional aftersales service ensuring a large volume of repeat business.

“Nu-Track Ltd. was formed by myself

best available product was launched into

and five others in 1991,” notes sales

those operating the vehicle on a daily

the genesis of the company. “We started

the market place to fulfil the needs of basis. The all new Nu-Track Pulse is built on the MAN TGL 10 tonne platform,

with an expected capacity for up to 40 seats depending on wheelbase. The

initial vehicle launched will have a

seating capacity of 35 seats but it can easily





wheelchairs in its accessibility format. The final product of Nu-Track’s recent

innovations is the Stellar, this is based on the new Iveco Euro 6 and with great anticipation it will be launched in 2016

(Contact the sales team @ Nu-Track for further details). Nu-Track



manager Robert McMullen, reflecting on as a small coach-building firm and

“In 2012, we were acquired by Jeff

Wright, sole shareholder of WrightBus.

Although not directly linked within the WrightBus




completes the bridge across the sectors, for availability of both full wheelchair accessible


vehicles ”



All vehicles are manufactured to the

quickly turned our attention to niche


buses, mobile libraries and wheelchair-

requirements, with a wide choice of

markets like welfare vehicles, school accessible buses.

“We’ve never done service vehicles.

95% of the buses, coaches and minibuses we build are wheelchair-

accessible. That’s the market we focus on.








chassis available: “In the minibus range, we can build on anything from a Renault or Vauxhall to the Volkswagen Crafter,

Mercedes Sprinter and Iveco range,” Robert confirms.

“On the coach-build side of things, we

Ease of accessibility is one of the top priorities on all Nu-Track innovations


manufactures a full range of school

buses, mobile libraries, minibuses and

courtesy coaches for customers all over

Northern Ireland and the UK mainland. All




construction, excellent fuel efficiency,

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Nu-Track has had a pioneering presence in the coach design and manufacturing sector for 25 years

would build anything from 16 seats up to

“With the injection of support from the

highest possible calibre. “Many of them

developing new vehicles. The first one to

builders are fully trained coach builders

43-seaters and that can range from the

new owner, we’ve invested heavily in

Mercedes Sprinter and Iveco range for

roll off the production line is the Nu-Vibe,

smaller Volkswagen Crafter CR50, wheelchair-



accessible. We bring in the bare chassis and







requirements. All vehicles are fully-

tested and compliant and meet all abiding standards and legislation.”

Nu-Track has successfully tapped into





Northern Ireland, Scotland and England. “Local authorities in Northern Ireland and

mainland UK would be our biggest clients – they would account for the vast

majority of our work,” the Antrim man reveals. “There are dedicated Health Trust and Education Authorities here in

the North, whereas in the mainland we

deal directly with the individual councils or boroughs.”

Elaborating further on the versatile and





comments: “Up from the Iveco, the Mercedes Vario was a great workhorse

for authorities and we have worked closely with MAN to develop vehicles to fill that gap for 30 to 43seats.


which utilises the chassis from EN-Drive – the chassis division of WrightBus – as

the base chassis.” Meanwhile, Nu-Track

Ltd are delighted to have delivered the very first City Dash to East Lothian Council in Scotland and the 16 seat low

floor is now available for demonstration purposes. “It’s based on the Fiat Ducato and Peugeot Boxer range and is a

4.5tonne low-floor coach with rear entry

or side-door entry.” “The 16-seater City Lift – with underfloor lift - is built on the Volkswagen Crafter. We worked closely with Volkswagen in developing this product and it goes up to 22-seat capacity,” says Robert. “In keeping with the arrival of Euro 6, we’ve also revamped our Iveco range, with newly redesigned and redeveloped front end, rear end and interior. We believe it will be well received with our existing customer base and new customers alike.” All designs are carried out in-house and every vehicle is built in Antrim, under one roof. Nu-Track’s staff are of the

have been here for a long time. Our with full understanding of the skills

standard required in this specialised sector of coach building,” Robert adds.

Looking to the future, there will be no

let-up in Nu-Track’s pursuit of growth

through excellence: “We won’t rest on our laurels,” he concludes. “With many

of these new products only launched

inside the last twelve months, we will keep moving forward. There are always future plans regarding the development and availability of new vehicles.

“We’ll look closer at electric type

vehicles down the line and we also hope

to tap into an even wider customer base

to expand the business. Historically, we have targeted Northern Ireland and Scotland but we’ve been looking closer

at London recently and we’re also going

to be exploring a number of other large

cities in the UK, with a new sales rep working on developing those markets as we speak.”

Twenty-five years since its inception,

Nu-Track is only getting warmed up!


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Barron Transport Services is a thriving firm

Branching out A

e ability to diversify in business is seen as an integral part of being successful and companies who specialise in many different services are those who seem to thrive over the years.

ntrim based Barron Transport Services Ltd has been hugely successful in the haulage industry since the company was first established by Billy Barron in 1970. Specialising in the transportation of goods to Ireland, UK and Europe Full and Part Loads as well as Air Cargo Transportation, the company also provides a fully trained two-man White glove Home Delivery Service along with Warehousing, Storage and Logistics where there is a total capacity of 20,000 sq ft which is a secure site that is staffed



24-hours a day. Vehicle Hire, maintenance and sales are also on the Barron Transport portfolio. However, the company has now established a sister company called Barron Property Services. This venture has seen the family run business invest in a five and a half acre site just one and a half miles from the M2 Motorway and one mile from Antrim Train Station. There are warehouse and office units ranging from 150sq ft to 37,606sq ft with all units available on short term and long

term flexible contracts, while many units are ready for immediate rental. “We are willing to meet our clients needs in whatever way would be economically viable for us all. We can offer anything from one standard office unit to twenty accompanying facilities include ladies and gents toilets, large kitchen, use of conference room and spacious reception area,” said William jnr. Garage operators and haulier alike may be interested in the fact that the company can offer for immediate use a 4500sq ft

Barron Transport Services Ltd 136 Dublin Road Antrim, BT41 4SA Tel: 028 9446 3702 Fax: 028 9446 0997 E-Mail:


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purpose built vehicle repair workshop with pit and attached parts storage facilities. “My father is looking after this end of the business these days, while myself and my brother Alastair look after the haulage end of things. “We are moving the maintenance end of the business into the new industrial estate and it is an ideal location for fellow hauliers or garages to operate from. “The haulage end of the business is growing year on year and since 2012, we have seen 30% growth each year, the rates are getting squeezed and it is hard to compete against some of the bigger firms, but we feel that by supplying so many services in specialised areas, we are continuing to see growth. The company’s fleet consists of 30 vehicles varying from 38tons to 3.5tons and 30 trailers with the trucks being split between Mercedes, DAF and MAN. Employing 36 people, Barron Transport Services are one of the largest employers in the area and William admitted that the staff had played a huge part in the success of the business. “Most of the employees have been with us for many years, we provide good working conditions which encourages our staff to remain with the company and offer the best in customer service and which in return we get an experienced workforce that are committed to doing the best job possible.” The company’s customer base is very diverse as logistics providers, manufacturers, airlines and high street retailers. “We believe that the transport industry is constantly evolving and we have endeavoured to adapt quickly to meet all our customers’ requirements. Our Management Team can make informed decisions quickly, giving us the flexibility to move as customer demands are made.” Barron Transport Services’ White Glove Home Delivery Service has corned a niche in the market and they have become one of the leaders in this speciality. “We offer a complete White Glove Direct Home Delivery Service throughout both Northern Ireland and the Republic Of Ireland and through a network partner we can offer the same service across Great Britain on request. We aim to meet and exceed your customers’ expectations when we IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS


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deliver to their homes. “We treat your customer as our customer when delivering your goods and we like to think this contributes to continued success in business for us all.” The delivery service includes pre-booking with two hour time slots at least 48hrs before delivery; an experienced/uniformed two-Man delivery team; furniture is delivered to customers room of choice; unpacking and disposal of packaging when required; basic/full assembly options. With the air cargo service, the company operates a fleet of ten specialist roller floor trailers, both box and curtain side to provide road transport to a number of the major operators in the air freight industry. “We operate a both locally providing a vital link between the aircraft and satellite depots and to the UK and Republic Of Ireland connecting to the longer haul flights. “Our location beside Belfast International Airport makes us an obvious choice for anyone requiring a quick response and

reliable service in this sector.” The company's Mission Statement sums up the dedication of the company as their ‘Business Principle is that each and every job undertaken is carried out to the complete satisfaction of the customer. ‘As a company trading in an ultra-competitive Service Driven Industry we strive to maintain industry leading standards that surpass customer expectations at all times.’


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Brown lobster are the main catch

Dedicated Vivier trucks are used to transport the shellfish

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e Irish seafood industry makes a significant contribution to the national economy in terms of output, employment and exports, while generating approximately 11,000 jobs in rural coastal regions.

reland’s natural resource based seafood industry provides an important source of economic activity in our remote coastal regions. It provides jobs on fishing vessels, on fish farms, in processing operations, in distribution and marketing seafood at home and to export markets and in a large number of smaller ancillary companies that provide services to the mainstream industry operators. The industry contributes about €700 million annually to national income of which Shellfish generates €172 million of that total. Irish seafood operates in two very differently performing markets: buoyant export markets and a difficult home market. The seafood processing sector is concentrated in the coastal regions of Donegal, Galway, Cork, Kerry and the South East. There are approximately 200 firms, mainly SMEs, are engaged in handling, distribution and processing of



The shellfish are loaded into tanks

fish. Less than 5% of these companies had more than 50 people employed fulltime, while a significant number of small operators supply a local market or

sell to niche market outlets. One such business is Killybegs based Live Irish Shellfish who are owned and operated by Hannigan Fish Trading.

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Some of the best fishing occurs along the Donegal coast

For this month’s edition of Irish Trucker, we profile the company and speak to transport manager Eddie Ward about the logistics issues that face them on a daily basis. Established in 2001 by Eugene Hannigan, the company has grown to become one of the largest exporters of live Irish shellfish. Operating a fleet of 13 trucks (five artics, five fridges and three rigids), Live Irish Shellfish export their products to the mainly Brittany and Spain as well as places as far away as China. “With regards to the transport of the fish, it is a very specialised skill and it takes a special type of driver to work in this environment,” said Eddie. “We supply in between 20 and 25 wholesalers all across the regions mentioned. The artics and the fridges all head for the continent, while rigids usually go to the airport where we fly the fish to the likes of China.” Live Irish Shellfish operate their own two purpose built vessels which are continuously fishing along the coast of Ireland for the many different types of shellfish, although one dominates their market. “We have access to some of the purest waters and freshest shellfish in the world. We have our own boats that fish out of our local harbour and land daily so we can process during the night to ensure the freshest product possible. “Our core product is the Brown Crab which we supply to various customers the majority of which are based in Brittany. We pride ourselves on being able to supply the freshest and tastiest Brown Crab on the market.” The live crab is transferred from the IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

There is a 36-hr turnaround from pick up to delivery

The company carry out their own maintenance work


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Hannigan Live Irish Shellfish

Gweedore Rd., Dungloe, Co. Donegal

Euro House, Killybegs Road, Donegal Town F94 VFD6 Tel:+353 74 972 3323

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boats to specially built Vivier trucks. These trucks contain water tanks that keep the crab alive, and in excellent condition until it reaches customers. “The crabs are transferred from the boat to the lorry by the crew where they are placed in aerated tanks. The lorries can hold up to 10-tons of crabs and the average transport time to mainland Europe is 36 hours.” Our location is key to the success of the business as the North West of Ireland in Donegal on the shores of rugged North Atlantic Coastline produce some of the best shellfish in the world. “Every week we export a wide variety of live shellfish to our network of clients all over Europe in our fleet of dedicated Vivier trucks. The trucks are converted by ourselves and they are all either Scania or Volvo.” Eddie feels that their reputation and working relationship with all concerned has helped the company grow over the years. “Because of our reputation for reliability and service, we have a great supply network of all types of fishermen and boats right along the North Coast of Ireland. “With excellent relationships with our local fishermen and suppliers we can ensure demand is met with supply and still ensure sustainable fishing is at the core of our business. Seafood innovation and new product development, together with maintenance of an international reputation for wholesome, fresh and natural seafood, produced in the most sustainable and environmentally friendly manner, are essential to the advancement and further development of the Irish seafood sector. State support for the sector is focused on initiatives that endeavour to deliver these fundamental requirements while also seeking to increase Ireland’s market share of the international seafood industry. “This is a difficult industry to operate in, but there is support there and it is badly needed. Time constraints are a major issue, but fortunately, we have a good team here with many lads working with the company for a long time now.” IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

Scania are the preferred choice of truck used by the company


adta designed_Layout 1 10/06/2016 10:37 Page 1 ADTA opened its doors in 2008

Yvonne is all smiles during one of her lectures

A lesson in quality training S

Since its establishment in 2008, Advanced Driver Training Academy (ADTA) have been providing excellent driver training in both the Passenger and Haulage sectors of the Transport Industry.  Managing Director Yvonne Kinnarney told us more. 

o far as driver training academies in this country go, not many have earned such a glowing reputation in the way that ADTA in Mullingar have eight short years after its inception.   An independent driver training academy, ADTA specialises in providing driver training in the Passenger and Haulage sectors of the Transport Industry, ADR Hazchem Training,  CPC  Transport Management  in both

haulage and  passenger,  Driver CPC, Advanced Driving Courses, Digital Tachograph and ADI Driving Instructor Training throughout the Midlands area.   Yvonne  Kinnarney is the founder and Managing Director of ADTA and has endeavoured over the past 20 years to buildup her own driver training academy and ensure that it  has grown into a success.   Since setting up in 2008, ADTA has helped thousands of

Managing Director Yvonne Kinnarney


ADTA 2nd Floor Cusack House, Castle Street, Mullingar, Co Westmeath Tel: 04493 45740 | 04493 10207  Web:  E-mail:  IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

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ADTA have six different training centres between Cavan and Carlow

drivers from all over Ireland pass their tests and the trend looks set to continue for some time, with Yvonne reporting busy times for her company at present.   “I’ve been in the transport industry since 1997 and would have started  up my own  School of Motoring  in 2003,” explained Yvonne, whose company is based on  the  second floor  of Cusack House, Castle Street in Mullingar, Co Westmeath.   “Over the years, I up skilled into truck and bus training and was building up to setting up ADTA, which started in 2008. We have two staff members employed here full-time and then we’d have 17 lecturers working here part-time.   “My position is Managing Director, but I’m also a lecturer here as well.”  Yvonne’s School of Motoring was first set-up in March of 2003, before starting ADTA five years later to specifically cater for professional drivers.   Later in 2008, both companies were joined together as one,  essentially  making  ADTA  a one-stop shop for all the needs of the transport industry.   “We provide CPC Transport Management in both Bus and Haulage and we also provide ADR Driver Training Certificate (Hazchem) Training,” Yvonne outlined.  

“We have six different training centres between Cavan and Carlow where we provide training. We also do onsite audits for tachograph digital and analogue and vehicle maintenance procedures and planning.”   She continued: “A lot of the driving lessons that we do would see us going into secondary schools and working with transition year students. We also do a lot of maintenance, maintenance procedures and Tachograph training for the management and drivers of haulage & bus companies around the area.”  Yvonne’s early days in the transport sector saw her starting out at Glenview School of Motoring and Hynes Driving School. At the former, Yvonne trained under James Leogue, whom she credits for guiding her and giving her great advice before starting up her own school of motoring with a single car.   “I started off  at Glenview School of Motoring,  which services the Midlands area and I was trained by a man named James Leogue,” said ADTA’s MD.   “After I qualified to get my bus licence, I was employed by Michael Hynes “Hynes Driving School Tullamore” for 6 years and then took the decision to go out on my own and haven’t looked back since. James was a huge help to me and gave me

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Continued Success To

Seamus McCaffrey from


Damien Hannigan & Company Limited Best Wishes & Continued Success To ADTA

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ADTA are Driver CPC approved and are an ADI Approved Driving Instructor by the RSA

great advice  before and after I went out on my own.”   Since then, Yvonne  has gone on to start two separate businesses of h er  own  and  merge them together – a brave move when you consider the timing.   However, she admits that her business wasn’t majorly affected by the economic downturn  that  shook the country in and around the time ADTA was first born.   “If you look at it, we started in 2008, which was a very difficult time to start a company in this country, but we’ve come through it,” said Yvonne.   “While we weren’t all that badly affected by it, it was still difficult to start a company given the economic climate at that time.”  ADTA has basically grown by the year since that time, to the point where it now employs 20 staff between fulltime and part-time so as to keep up with the business demand.  2 Yvonne explained that busy periods can be quite hectic at ADTA, where the  staff are  renowned for their friendly, relaxed approach and their reliability.   “We have two part-time

driving instructors here as well and in a busy week we could be doing anything between 30 to 40 lessons,” she revealed.   “Most of our training is classroom based. We’re not a driving school per say, as we only have one car here, the rest is classroom based.”   So why do  learner  drivers tend to choose ADTA first? For the woman behind the company, it comes down to the  high standard  of


customer care. “Our customer service is the main selling point of the business and we’ve two great women working here for us in our customer service department. We tend to get a great response from them,” said Yvonne.   This past March saw ADTA become the first driver training provider to be  re  approved under the new criteria from the Department of Transport ATP

(Approved Providers for Transport Management).   ADTA is also well-known for its promotion of road safety to young people in its  local area.   Last year saw Yvonne and members of the An Garda Siochana and the Fire Service visit a series of different schools around the region, with Yvonne explaining to local media that they “wanted to make the students aware of the dangers when they go driving and what the risks are”.   She also added: “You are preparing them for a new skill and that knowledge won’t come overnight. That’s what I wanted to say to them, ‘you have to learn it the right way and you will need to learn it over time’.”  Among the schools ADTA visited around the local  region  were;  Columba College, Killucan, St Joseph’s Rochfortbridge and Loreto College, Mullingar.   ADTA are Driver CPC approved and are  ADI  Approved Driving    Instructor by RSA. They are also  approved  by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Health and Safety Authority.  

Taking a look under the bonnet


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Managing Director Edward Connolly and his team at EJC Contracts guarantee a high standard of workmanship

“A cost-orientated and quality driven approach” F

Based at 60 Trench Road, Mallusk, Co Antrim, EJC Contracts is a highly respected utility company currently working for leading companies in Northern Ireland such as Farrans, Morrows, Lagan, McNicholas, KN Networks and many smaller contractors.

ounded in the late 1980s, EJC Contracts commenced operations in the tarmacadam industry. By adopting a cost-orientated and quality driven approach from its foundation, they have seen this organic growth spread into other divisions. Today, EJC Contracts has a presence across a broad spectrum of utilities such as water, sewers, telecommunications, gas, electricity and urban renewal. The company has the full-time services of more than 50 highly experienced and skilled operatives and the services they provide range from tarmac contracts,



both domestic and commercial, through to utilities installation, civils and grab hire. “We also do a vast amount of private work for members of the general public, such as the resurfacing of driveways,” explained company founder Edward Connolly who added that the current economic climate is shining favourably on the company's trading conditions. “Business is extremely healthy at the moment, we are busy on all fronts and have lots of work in the pipeline. The future prospects look healthy as we speak, we're currently contracted to undertaking long term rehabilitation

projects for both Northern Ireland Electricity and Northern Ireland Water. “As a company we wish to continue to grow organically year on year so we will continue to reinvest heavily in labour, plant and back office resources.” Through its programme for labour and staff training, EJC Contracts personnel strive to deliver projects which surpass clients expectations. The client base, while still continuing to grow, maintains a core of repeat customers. These clients continually return to achieve the solutions and quality of finish to which they have

EJC Contracts Ltd 60 Trench Road, Mallusk, Newtownabbey Co Antrim BT36 4TY Tel : 028 9083 9574 Mobile : 07968 755 002 E-Mail : Website: IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

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EJC Contracts are renowned as one of the leading utility service providers in the Greater Belfast area.

become accustomed through their relationship with EJC Contracts. “We are a respectable company with many years of experience, we guarantee a high standard of workmanship with a high quality, professional and reliable service. “We pride ourselves on the quality of work produced which often takes place in challenging locations in busy areas. We will always ensure a top quality end product is delivered to our clients. “We offer our clients a 24 hours a day/7 days a week service. All our personnel are highly skilled operatives with years of experience.” Working with their clients from concept to completion, EJC Contracts ensure your needs are understood perfectly before carrying out any work. There's no hidden charges so they will also discuss your budget with you and make sure all parties are kept informed throughout. Their expert team has been carrying out commercial surfacing work since 1989 and will complete all jobs to a high standard with satisfaction guaranteed every time. EJC Contracts are renowned as one of the leading utility service providers in the Greater Belfast area. They work with utility companies in all different sectors including gas, water, telecommunications and electricity. IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

In addition to this, EJC Contracts has a proven track record for the successful installation and maintenance of underground infrastructure for both public and private sectors. They are qualified to complete the whole process of the installation of the utility service from excavating the trench, laying and connection service, final reinstatement and testing and commissioning where necessary. Having their own multi-skilled accredited operatives enables EJC Contracts to lay multi-utility services on new development projects which saves the client time, money, disruption and gives the greater control of health &

safety and quality. Working on long-term projects, they have become experts in the trenching and ducting methods, open cut and pipe bursting techniques and have one of the premier pipe bursting teams in Northern Ireland. EJC Contracts also offers a grab hire service to both the construction industry and domestic customers undertaking construction work. Their aim is to provide a fresh and forward thinking service based on the principle of good customer service, good communication and reliability. All of their vehicles are kept clean and well-presented and adhere to strict

From tarmac contracts, utilities and civils right through to private work and site clearance, EJC Contracts offer a range of specialist services to their clients


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maintenance schedules. Their drivers are also well-presented and are all HIAB-trained personnel. As well as the removal of muck (spoil), hardcore and other types of waste, they also supply a wide range of aggregate materials delivered loose. With their own in-house health & safety consultant and Safe-T-Cert accreditation, they ensure all work is carried out efficiently, with the safety of members of the public and staff being of paramount importance. From tarmac contracts, utilities and civils right through to private work and site clearance, they offer a range of specialist services to their clients. To arrange a survey and receive a no-obligation, free quotation, call 028 9083 9574.



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e fuel delivery professionals Headquartered in New Ross, County Wexford, Campfreight Ltd. is an Irish-owned and –operated fuel delivery company that combines decades of experience; a professional, safety-conscious approach; and a superb fleet of vehicles to provide unrivalled service levels. We headed to Marshmeadows and caught up with managing director George O’Leary to find out more.


here was a time when the fuel delivery sector was pretty much monopolised by foreign companies. But a new breed of Irish operators has stepped into the market and shown that they can do it better than anybody. One of the pioneers of this movement is Campfreight Ltd. in County



Wexford, which has been in business for over a quarter of a century and has established itself as premier fuel delivery operators not just in the south easy but anywhere in Ireland. The company was formed in April, 1992 by a team of six ex-drivers, who worked for another oil company and decided to come

together and set up their own home-grown operation. One of those entrepreneurial individuals, George O’Leary, became MD and the rest were appointed directors. Today, four of the founding members remain on as co-owners of the business, namely George, Ger Furlong, Eddie Morrissey and Eamonn Kehoe (all great

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Wexford names!), with gainful employment generated for a team of 17. It would be fair to say that the directors know their jobs inside-out – all four of them have been involved in the fuel industry since the summer of 1980! “We stick to what we know best, and what we know best is haulage,” says George, whose brothers Willie and Robert O’Leary are also hauliers, each fronting their own business. “Our father drove a roller for Wexford County Council, so we probably got if from him,” says the MD of Campfreight. Campfreight Ltd. delivers fuel for industry, directly from terminals in Dublin, Whitegate (Cork) and Foynes (Limerick) to fuel depots, service stations, commercial premises and ship bunkering. “We collect, transport and deliver all types of fuel – petrol, diesel and kerosene as well as high and low sulphur,” George confirms. “We deliver into a total of 20 service stations, while diesel also goes to commercial centres and depots.” Campfreight collect for Jones Oil, Glen Fuels, Amber Oil and West Cork Oil in addition to having their own network of stations that they deal with directly themselves. At the heart of the operation is a fleet of 14 exceptional trucks, all Mercedes-Benz bar one Scania. Regarding the clear preference for Mercedes, George notes: “We like to keep the fleet uniform so that each driver can operate them all. We get a great service from the local dealer and the lorries are extremely reliable.” Running a fresh fleet is a prerequisite in an industry where safety and punctuality are paramount. “We keep them down to an average of four years maximum,” George continues. “We have two new 162-reg trucks coming in on July 1st this year. That sort of ongoing investment is necessary in order to provide optimal service levels. You don’t have to upgrade the tankers as often – you could get 14 years out of a tanker now.” A landmark deal was recently inked with Continental tyres. As the oil delivery sector demands premium tyres for safety and performance, Campfreight has made a long-term commitment to continue using Continental tyres on both drive and trailer axles for the next four years, as – during trials - the low rolling resistance resulted in improved fuel returns, while the reliability of these hard-wearing, longlasting tyres also eliminates instances of blow-outs, which are a real no-no in haulage. IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

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“We buy our tyres directly through a local Continental dealer,” says George. “We also have Continental steering tyres on now and if they work out we will stick with them as well. Needless to say, the tyres are absolutely crucial. When you spend €200,000 or more on a truck and trailer, you need something decent below you. The tyres will generally be on for around 200,000km and performance and fuel savings for that amount of time can really add up. I buy the tyres in blocks of 50 to keep the cost per unit down and Eddie [Morrissey] fits them all in-house. “For maintenance etc., we use a local mechanic – Noel Dempsey – who looks after all the trucks and trailers and keeps

them all in shipshape.” George is pleased to report that while much of the transport sector was ravaged by the recession, Campfreight Ltd. remained largely unaffected. “There was no slump at all. The fuel and food markets remained buoyant. No matter how bad things get, there will always be a demand for fuel.” Now in its 24th year, Campfreight Ltd. has come a long way since George and his work colleagues at the time decided to boldly put their plan for independence into action. With a proven track record for providing outstanding fuel delivery solutions, their future is in good hands. Any plans beyond consolidation?

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“Needless to say, the tyres are absolutely crucial”

“Maybe to garner a bit more business,” George concludes. “A lot of oil companies in Ireland are Irish-owned now and that is good to see. The foreign multinationals didn’t think there was a company in Ireland that could deliver fuel, but there are now, and Irish people can do anything. “Safety is a big issue in our industry and we are fully compliant with all rules and regulations. EU directives are coming thick and fast and you have to meet the challenge and abide by all the tachograph rules etc., even though some of them are unnecessarily strict and don’t take cognisance of road and traffic conditions. All our drivers are fully trained and we operate strictly within the existing legal parameters. You have to do things right – that’s the only way to distribute oil. “The roads are a lot easier to drive on these days than they were when we started out as well and the trucks are a lot better, so it’s onwards and upwards.” IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS


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underestimated. If your family or friends have used their services, it's likely that you will have heard of them. “Customer service is key and our customers come first all the time,” Gerard said in conversation with Irish Trucker. “We're a tyre retailer, covering cars, lorries and tractors, and we also specialise in exhausts, wheel alignment and call outs.” Kieran McMahon Tyres has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Today, they currently have 11 employees on the payroll and work out of a state-of-the-art premises which incorporates two car bays, two truck bays and a wheel alignment bay. Their Monaghan town base also features a customer waiting area and a car/truck wash facility. Kieran McMahon Tyres are a main dealer for the renowned Bridgestone and Michelin tyres while they also stock other leading brands, such as Goodyear and Continental to name but a few, and have built up a strong client base. From choosing the right tyre for you to ensuring the correct wheel alignment after fitting, with two and a half decades of experience in fitting tyres, you are in safe hands with Kieran McMahon Tyres. Incorrect wheel alignment, also known as tracking, can lead to premature and irregular wear of your tyres, and can affect your vehicle’s overall performance. The team at Kieran McMahon Tyres have dealt with a range of commercial vehicles such as vans, trucks and lorries so they understand the stresses that a commercial vehicle can endure. IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

If you notice any irregular wear on your tyres such as premature wear on the inner or outer rim, contact Kieran McMahon Tyres because their wheel alignment services will ensure that you have a smooth and safe journey whilst preventing irregular tyre wear. Like practically every business in the country, Kieran McMahon Tyres were forced to endure difficult times during the economic downturn but Gerard is pleased to report that they have detected some green shoots of recovery in recent times. “Business has been good, there has a been a slight pick up,” he said. “Like everything else there was a bit of a lull but, thank God, we're seeing a bit of a pick up. The rise in the economy is

helping the whole thing and we'd be confident about the future. “We're in the fortunate position of having a large number of loyal customers and we'd like to thank them for their custom.” When it comes to the transport industry, there is not much that proprietor Kieran doesn't know about. He divides his time between the tyre business and Kieran McMahon Haulage Ltd which he established 20 years ago. Based in Tyholland, the haulage company runs a fleet of 12 trucks and with the assistance of Kieran's son, James, its 10-strong workforce provides a general haulage service to its customers. Therefore, at Kieran McMahon Tyres

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his applies to every business in every industry as customers demand a good service which in return sees them being loyal to the businesses that they are dealing with. The recovery industry is there to offer customers a stress free way of dealing with breakdowns or accidents, both of which can cause untold hassle for the driver. However, such strain can be eased by the dedicated few who



concentrate on the recovery of cars and light commercials. There are many recovery services throughout the country, but few have the experience of Cork based Duggan’s Garage and it’s proprietor Michael Duggan, who has garnered over 45 years knowledge of the industry. For the past 23 years, Michael has concentrated solely on recovery work, having operated as a mechanic for many years

previously. Since dedicating his work to the recovery industry, Michael, his wife Mary who looks after the administration side of the business and son John who is involved in the day to day running of the company, have built up a large customer base that includes many of the major insurance companies, Gardaí and other public work. Unfortunately, breakdowns are

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inevitable, but whether it be a motorbike, car, van or light commercial, Duggan’s Garage are on hand 24/7 to look after their customers’ needs. Located in Mallow, this family run business could be described as a nationwide company although the majority of their work is in Cork and the surrounding counties. Nonetheless, it is not unusual for Michael or John to make trips to Dublin on a job. Michael has recently added a new truck to the fleet which is an Isuzu recovery vehicle capable of transporting anything up to 5 tonne. “The new truck brings the fleet up to four recovery vehicles now. We cater for anything from a motorbike to a light

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commercial. I use to have the garage and found that I would be called out to jobs a lot, so I decided too concentrate on the recovery side of things and thankfully, we have been kept fairly busy over the years,” said Michael. “We would do a lot of work for all the big insurance companies, as well as other state bodies, while we would have a lot of call outs to people that would be stranded on the side of the road. We would also attend a lot of crashes and health and safety is paramount, regardless of what the situation might be.” Michael admitted that business was good at the moment, but he added that there are no guarantees in this industry

and that you have to keep working hard. “We’re fortunate that we are involved with so many insurance companies, while the Gardaí give us a lot of work too. The industry seems to be going well at the moment, but like everything else that can change very quickly. “Our customers know us well and they know the sort of service that they will get from us. That is something that we have always tried to do; make sure that the customer is happy with the service that we provide.” A full 24-hour service is provided, seven days of the week, 365 days per year. A professional, prompt and affordable service is provided at all times and Duggan’s Garage is renowned for getting the job done on time every time. As the company's stellar reputation spreads, Michael is benefiting from more and more business through word of mouth. Simply put, this business is long established as one of the premier recovery / breakdown operators in Munster. A comprehensive service is provided under one roof and using the latest state-of-the-art equipment means customers can be back on the road in double-quick time. “We’re available 24 hours a day to recover anything from a motorbike to a light commercial. We can recover a vehicle from literally anywhere - the roadside, out of a bog or wherever it might be stranded. The equipment is very versatile and for that reason the work can be quite varied.” Michael may think that it is a 'small operation' but his large customer base suggests otherwise, the majority of


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which come from the public sector and the MD admits that there location is key to the success they have sustained over the years. “From Mallow here, I can be on most of the primary roads in minutes and through the road network travelling times have been greatly reduced, so I can be anywhere in the country in a matter of hours.” Customers may worry about where their vehicles are stored when towed

away, but they can rest assured that when Michael and John remove a vehicle, it is going to a very safe location indeed. “We bring the vehicles to the Garda compound in Mallow, which is a very secure location with 24hr CCTV. Customers can rest assured that their vehicle will be looked after properly.” Michael is pleased to report that he is reasonably busy at the moment. “We're tipping away. Things have picked up in

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the last couple of years or so, which is encouraging. From '06 up to '09, it was booming. Things have been a lot quieter since, but we kept going through the recession and you can see an upturn in the last couple of years. This work can be seasonable, but in all honesty even though many might think that the winter is busier, I think the summer can be busier at times as people are driving a lot faster.” In this line of business, no corners can be cut and no chances can be taken. To this end, Duggan’s Garage is fully certified and does everything in compliance with existing legislation and recommendations. “Health & Safety are of paramount importance,” he confirms. “You have to be clearly visible when you're out on the road and you have to keep all the equipment fresh, clean and in prime working order. Image is everything so I look after the vehicle as best I can. It is checked on a daily basis and maintenance is key. A CPC course must be done to get the proper licence to operate.” As for the future, Michael concludes: “I'll try to keep the overheads down, keep the money coming in and offer as much help as possible to the people who need the service. Aside from buying the new recovery vehicle, I’ve no further plans to expand, I feel by keeping the business ‘small’ we can keep on top things better.


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Setting the tone Damian Toner was only 25 when he decided to set up his own international haulage and HGV workshop operation. A fully-qualified Volvo technician, the Armagh man today operates a fleet of ten trucks, providing an exceptional Ireland – UK refrigeration service. We travelled to his Tassagh base to find out more about Toner Transport.


ince its genesis in 2008, Toner Transport has forged a stellar reputation for providing highquality Ireland – UK refrigerated transport solutions. Proprietor Damian Toner has been working with HGVs – specifically Volvos – all his working life and this expertise is put to good use as his

impressive fleet is maintained in pristine condition at all times. Damian operates a ten-strong fleet, predominantly subcontracted to Montgomery Transport and Sawyers Transport, providing unrivalled chilled and frozen food distribution services throughout the UK and Ireland. The

Armagh man inherited his passion for trucks from his father, Hugh, who has been in business for more than three decades. Reflecting on how Toner Transport came into being, he notes: “I set the business up in 2008, doing traction work for Montgomery and Sawyers. My father

Part of the Toner Transport fleet is subcontracted to chilled and frozen food distribution company Sawyers Transport.



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Volvo is Damian’s truck of choice

had been working with tipper lorries for 30 years and I worked as a mechanic at home for him and then also for other owners. Eventually, I decided to start my own haulage business.” It was an inspired move and Toner Transport grew very quickly, as Damian recalls: “I started off with my first lorry in September, ’08 and added my second one by the following February. I had a

third lorry by May and gradually built the fleet up to ten, which is what I operate today. “My father still runs his own fleet of eight-wheel tippers, doing general muck shifting, stone and tarmacadam etc.” Damian’s fleet comprises seven Volvos and three Scanias, ranging in age from ’03-reg to ’12-reg. Having an in-depth knowledge and appreciation of Volvos in

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particular as well as other HGVs, the Armagh entrepreneur does all his own maintenance and repair work in-house. “My father always ran Volvo tippers and I served my time with them. We’ve always done all of our own maintenance and I’d work any time of the day or night to keep them going. “It’s hard work but when you roll up your sleeves and do the work yourself,

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Damian Toner draws fridges between Ireland and the UK for Montgomery Refrigerated.

you can keep your overheads down to a minimum, which helps keep the business running as efficient as possible. There’s no quitting time around here – I’m here all the time between the office and the garage and my father and brother, Martin, are also on hand to help out if needed.” Toner Transport generates employment for a team of ten. “It’s mostly all traction work, drawing fridges between Ireland and the UK, as well as a small bit of tipper and trailer work,” Damian confirms. “The tipper work has been quiet enough but we’re hoping it will pick up again in the next few years.” At the heart of the business is an exceptionally well-maintained fleet of lorries. The units are fresh and regular preventative maintenance ensures that

they very rarely give any trouble. Damian has all the tools and equipment at his disposal to provide a comprehensive fleet care solution: “I have the main Volvo diagnostics system installed here as well as all the equipment needed to carryout servicing and general maintenance. With the latest dealer diagnostics in place, we can troubleshoot any problem quickly and accurately. As well as looking after my own fleet, I also do some work for other local hauliers, which was how I started off…” Looking to the future, Damian intends to invest in ensuring that his workshop remains at the cutting edge. “I’m planning to update Best Wishes To Toner Transport, from the workshop and it’s an area that I will 00 44 28 3750 7234 Suppliers of Skips & RoRo’s Wishing Toner Transport Continued Success In The Future 66

become more involved in. I can see some potential for growth there so I will probably take on another mechanic or two and make a real go of it.” Meanwhile, the state-of-theart workshop also has a vital role to play in ensuring the upkeep of Damian’s own eyecatching fleet. “I keep them in good nick and I know them inside-out,” he concludes. “I’ve been familiar with Volvos all my life and I’d be extremely confident working with them, Even if a driver calls in with a problem, I’d usually be able to get them going again just by talking to him over the phone. But we keep them very well maintained, which keeps breakdowns to a minimum. “I have a good, fresh fleet, which is going very well for me but I’d be hoping to upgrade them inside the next few years. “All in all, I’m happy with how the business is going and we are kept busy. When haulage and trucks is all you know, and you have a good interest in it, then there’s nothing else you want to do.” Damian’s great passion for trucks transcends into every facet of Toner Transport and manifests itself in a professional, punctual and efficient international haulage / commercial workshop service that’s second to none. IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

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Two new additions to McMonagle Stone fleet McMonagle Stone, one of Ireland’s largest suppliers of decorative stone, recently enhanced its fleet by taking delivery of two new DAF CF460 tractor units from TBF ompson’s outlet in Garvagh, Co. Derry. e new trucks are part of an ongoing stock investment by the family-run concern, which operates out of Donegal and Dublin.

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ecked in the company colours, the DAFs were immediately put to work and have impressed their new owners with their fuel-efficiency, power, comfort and style. The task of transporting high quality, natural stone products all over Ireland is not an easy one, but these trucks are clearly up to the task. The Euro 6CFs provide maximum performance at minimal operating costs. Their MX13 engines are packed full of innovative technologies to enhance responsiveness and reliability. A lightweight, steel chassis ensures stability, giving drivers excellent handling on any journey. “We endeavour to keep our vehicles fresh and these new tractor units represent a significant investment in our fleet,” McMonagle Stone operations manager Daniel McMonagle says. “We have a growing customer-base both at home and abroad and the new trucks will play an important part in further growing our business. They are equipped to handle heavy loads which are the norm in our line of business. We have been customers of TBF Thompson for the last 15 years and have always found their trucks – whether they be DAF or Hino – to be reliable, robust and economical.” An improvement in fuel economy has been noted since the new automatic trucks arrived. “A big factor in us choosing automatic was the greater fuel economy they offer. The two lads who are driving them, John Griffin and Gerry Byrne, were a bit apprehensive at first, but now they would find it hard to go back to manual. They have adjusted very well to automatic.” The McMonagle fleet also consists of a pair of DAF CF430s, two Iveco Stralis and one Hino. They are complimented by eight trailers comprising two Dennison drop-side tippers, two Montracon drop-side flats, two SDC 40ft flats, one SDC skelly and a new Farlow 40ft dropside flat with mounted brackets.


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McMonagle Stone employs eight professional, courteous and highly-skilled drivers, including the aforementioned John Griffin and Gerry Byrne who have been with the company for 30 and 15 years respectively. “They got the new trucks because they have been with us the longest,” smiles Daniel. “We are happy with the fleet we have at the moment, but that’s not to say we won’t invest in one or two new trucks again next year.” McMonagle Stone was founded as a limited company in 1988 (it had been trading as a sole trader for well over a decade before then) by Daniel’s father, Dan, to supply decorative stone. The Mountcharles, Co. Donegal-headquartered company, which also has an office at Cloghran beside Dublin Airport, has become known as a leading supplier of natural stone and bespoke products to the Irish and international markets. The family-run business operates five quarries in Donegal, two



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sandstone, two quartzite and one granite. At each production site, stone is carefully prepared to the highest standards depending on destination, demand and production capacity. Eightyfive staff are employed in total. The Mountcharles production facility has the ability to carry out masonry

make your buying experience a pleasurable one. Exceeding expectations is the McMonagle’s objective. The company’s production capability includes primary, secondary and profiling saws, lathes and masonry facilities. It has a huge range of natural stone and paving products to suit every pocket. The demand for quality stone from designers, and home Stone architects builders which the company has supported over the years has been expanded in recent times to offer the widest range of natural stone products sourced from Ireland and around the world. As the largest importer of natural stone from India, China, Brazil, Egypt, Vietnam, Poland, Germany, Portugal and Italy, McMonagle provides an unrivalled choice and assurance of quality on an impressive range of sandstone, limestone, granite, marble and porphyry paving and paving accessories. Many new and refurbished buildings in Ireland, the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA display McMonagle Stone products, with its unique and durable features as well as a sense of warmth and individuality. The inherent decorative qualities of McMonagle

works up to the most complex of designs. McMonagle Stone offers a complete design and supply package. Whether it is a few lintels, cills and quoins for a local builder or a major supply contract for a city centre development or a restoration project, all customers are valued equally and every effort is made to

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Stone in whatever form or design gives an enhancing appearance when combined with old or modern materials. Visitors to the company’s stone library and displays at Mountcharles can choose from over 200 different types of stone. Friendly and professional staff are on hand to help you choose the product to suit your needs and budget requirements. McMonagle Stone has access to an extensive range of stone. These may be from one of its quarries in Ireland or from its partners in Asia or Portugal, Poland and Germany. The company was proud to supply Mountcharles Sandstone for Jane McCorkwell’s award winning design at Bloom 2015. Winning Gold and Best in Show, the concept for the design was ‘Our Origin is Green’. While using Mountcharles Sandstone throughout the design, Jane also used Silver Quartzite. “If there was an upside to the recession, it was it made us focus more on the export side of our business. We are now exporting to nine different countries, with Japan and Austria being our two biggest markets. About 40 per cent of our products are now exported,” Daniel concludes.

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EVM proud to be Irish Despite its success in the UK and further afield, EVM remains an Irish company at heart with every vehicle it sells being built in Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath. e well-known custom vehicle builder recently underlined its commitment to its customers on this side of the Irish Sea with the appointment of PJ Keoghan as its new sales manager and the launch of a 19-seater with a large boot space in a van conversion.


stablished as recently as 2009, EVM manufacture bespoke Mercedes-Benz Sprinter minibus and minicoach from eight to 22 seats in low and high floor variants and accessible options. Its success is built on core values of creativity, commitment, enthusiasm and keeping customers’ desires at the heart of everything. EVM offer their customers the vehicle they



want, when they want it and built to their specifications, with comfort, reliability and safety all in mind. The company is constantly investing in the latest technology and business techniques to make it stand out from the competition. EVM’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility enables it to have in-house production processes and to ensure tight quality control, cost

effectivity and the ability to be flexible with customer requirements. EVM is recognised as the industry leader in designing and engineering custom-built Mercedes-Benz Sprinters. Numerous Sprinters are converted in Kilbeggan every year with most of these being exported via the company’s UKbased sales outlet and showroom in Crawley, West Sussex. There are

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currently 54 staff employed between Kilbeggan and Crawley, with sales director Danny McGee, production director Ivor Jones, sales and marketing manager Peter Flynn and financial controller Patrick Farnon spearheading the minibus producer’s continued growth and expansion. “The UK market accounts for between 70 and 80 per cent of our overall sales,” explains Peter, who is based in the Crawley office. “But what is often overlooked is the

fact that we have a huge share of the Irish market as well. We wouldn’t have got to where we are now without the support of our Irish customers. We’ve a new Irish sales manager in PJ Keoghan and have introduced a new 19-seater with a large boot space in a van conversion, which we are sure will be well received by Irish client base. “We’re an ambitious Irish company whose long-term goal is to be a world leader in vehicle conversion



manufacturing. Every week, we are building partnerships that will enable us to provide a complete package across the globe. “We have a new website will all our latest products and the ability to build a quotation request for your new vehicle online.” EVM recently became one of the first minibus manufacturers to be awarded European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) across its range. The European approval scheme is based on the concept of ‘type approval’. This approval ensures that all EVM minibuses, systems and components meet stringent European Community environmental and safety standards on every single EVM model. This certification is accepted throughout the EU without the need for further testing and EVM have now processes in place to produce a Certificate of Conformity (COC) for each vehicle manufactured. What this means to the customer is that there are no lengthy waiting periods for IVA tests of COIFs etc. They simply insure their vehicle and drive away. EVM is also proud to be on the first minibus manufacturers in the world to have been awarded with ECE R66 Rollover Protection. Peter explains: “As with the ECWVTA, this approval ensures that all our products meet European and worldwide environmental and safety standards. We were even ahead of Mercedes themselves in achieving Rollover Protection approval.” There is no doubt that EVM’s decision to use the excellent Sprinter as its base vehicle has been a major factor in its success. EVM’s main products – the XClusive, Avantgarde, Elegance, Grand Tourer, Classic and Shuttle – are huge sellers in the UK. Its two latest models – the Cabrio Sprinter and the M1 Sprinter – have also caused quite a stir. The Cabrio has a retractable glass roof which opens and closes at the touch of a button. It is the ultimate in open top luxury touring for city and scenic tours.


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The new M1 is a medium wheelbase eight-seat accessible Sprinter. This means it can be driven on a car licence with no tachometer or no speed limiter. All of the seats fold out of the way to allow it to take four wheelchairs or mobility scooters. All restraints are built into the floor and controlled by the driver with minimum training. The hub of the EVM operation is in Kilbeggan, where Ivor Jones oversees a professional and dedicated team who produce approximately 200 vehicles a year between them. There are over 30 shop-floor workers and 10 in the mezzanine office. “We have staff who have been building buses for 15 or 16 years. There is a wealth of experience here and we also have a training programme for new staff,” he says. “Our staff consists of assemblers, fabricators, engineers, painters and electricians as well as body work, valet, quality control and air con personnel. We

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started off with only 10 staff, so that gives you an idea of how far we’ve come in the past seven years.” Things have never been busier, with Ivor adding: “Our premises are 50,000 sq. ft. and we’re operating at full capacity. We will soon have to start thinking about adding another production line. All our business is secured through word of mouth. We build good stuff and

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this has led to us securing a lot of repeat business. Some of our customers are running 60 vehicles on a five-year cycle, which means they have to change regularly.” By focusing exclusively on Sprinter conversions, EVM can fill orders within 16 weeks. So standardised is this flow that EVM focuses its buying on three popular colours – white, silver and charcoal metallic. Nine times out of 10, the customers go with the factory paint and vinyl. Having said that, no two vehicles are the same as Ivor points out: “Every build is different. Everything is built to order. “One of our key strengths is our close working relationship with Mercedes. We only build on Sprinter chassis and all our sales are fully backed by one of the stronger aftersales dealer networks in the world. Our business is built upon developing long-term relationships with our customers and providing them with the vehicle that fits their specific business model.”

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Two automatic trucks are used to help you pass your test

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stablished in September 2005 by John (Sean) McMillen, McMillen Driver Training enjoys an enviable reputation for the training



services it provides. Training is available to both commercial and private clients at its training centre at 100 High Street, Lurgan, Co. Armagh. John and his sons

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accreditations, you can be assured that your training needs will be in the hands of competent and e x p e r i e n c e d professionals. McMillen Driver Training offers a wide range of courses for different vehicle types. These include Driver CPC Course Periodic Training, LGV (Large Goods Vehicle), HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle, Forklift Trucks, ADR (all classes 1 to 9) and Driver CPC Modules (2 and 4). In addition, manual handling and fire safety training courses are available. Explaining the background to the driving centre, Anthony McMillen says: “My father, who is a retired fireman, had been trained as a driver advisor from 1991 before setting up this business. I came on board in 2008 and my brothers Timothy and Jamie are also involved in the business. “We have our own fullyfunctional classroom in Lurgan which can hold 20 people. Everything they need is here for them. Our students receive expert driver training and advice. Our catchment area includes counties Armagh, Down, Fermanagh and Monaghan. Our students are a mixture of private and commercial. A number of very well established haulage firms use our services on a regular basis.” The McMillens pride themselves on the success of their students. They have a very high pass rate, always making sure the candidates are well prepared for their theory and driving tests. “We train them to the


highest possible standards. Having said that, we can’t do the test for them. We can only prepare them,” Anthony says. All of the training courses, and when they are taking place, are available on request. Outside of the aforementioned courses, there are courses in health and safety, first aid, driver assessment, telescopic handling, bankman and slingers, lorry-mounted loaders, fire extinguisher training, PPE, risk assessment, driver’s hours, digital tachographs, hazard perception, driver and vehicle security, driver health and eco safe driving, driver safety at work, load security and traffic law. As a former fireman and instructor for the Fire Service, it’s no surprise to hear that John specialises in fire safety and fire extinguisher training. He also well versed in ADR and forklift training, while all of the McMillen instructors specialise in Driver CPC training on-site and offsite. “We’re all multi-trained,” Anthony continues. “We provide a step-by-step guide to passing your test and are fully up-to-speed with all regulations and laws. Subject to numbers, we can offer five-day Driver CPC courses in the same week. We can also offer forklift training on request. “As a family-run business, we offer our students a more personal service and will go the extra mile for them. We appreciate any business

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we get and this is reflected in the fact that there is always one of us at the other end of the phone.” There are many steps involved before one can obtain an LGV licence. The first step is to contact McMillen Driver Training and they will send you the relevant forms and then you will undergo a medical examination with your own doctor. You then apply for your provisional licence, sending it with the provisional licence application form with completed medical form to the Driver & Vehicle Agency (in Northern Ireland only). On receiving the provisional licence, you will undertake the DSA Modules Theory Test and the Hazard Perception. Once you have passed this, you can complete the test application and send it back to McMillen Driver Training for you five days training for your practical driving test. On receiving your test application, McMillen Driver Training will make an appointment for you. It can take about 14

days for the start date of your training. After passing your practical, you will need to take module 4 at the Test Centre. This course lasts for about four hours, including test. McMillen Driver Training uses two automatic trucks to help you pass your test. One is a Scania R230 rigid, while the other is a Volvo Euro 5 artic. Both

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were purchased from A&M Commercials in Monaghan. Anthony concludes by saying: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank our students and anyone who has supported us. We are committed to continuing to offer a wide variety of courses and expert training at the most competitive prices.”


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30 years and counting Dennehy Commercials Ltd has been providing its customers with the products and services they need for more than 30 years now. Irish Trucker felt it was time to find out more about the Limerick-based company from Service Manager Brian Nolan. The testing centre at Dennehy Commercials


taying a success in the sales and hire industry is no easy feat, but for 30 years now the owners and staff at Dennehy Commercials Ltd have managed to make it work. Brian Nolan has been a part of the team at Dennehy Commercials for more than two years now and has quickly adapted to the hectic routine at one of the leading ‘one-stop shops’ in the country. Indeed the company supplies a range of different services which includes Truck and Van Sales, Truck and Van Hire, DOE/CVRT Testing, Service and Parts, Truck Breakdown Assistance, Promotions and Finance. “We’re based in Riverside Business Park, Dock Road, Co Limerick,” explained Brian. “We’re established 30 years now and have 25 employed in the commercials end of the business. I’ve been the Service Manager here for the last two years.” Dennehy Commercials prides itself on the strength of its products, the dedication and experience of its staff, which has a wealth of experience in every aspect of service within the



commercial vehicle industry, giving their customers long term peace of mind in the form of exceptional after-sales support. The company’s success is based on its ability to orient their products and services to the needs of customers. It is their aim to increase profitability for their customers through innovative and reliable vehicles with low operating costs and efficient service and to optimise driver safety and comfort. Dennehy Commercials has recently upgraded its computer system incorporating the best operating systems in the industry. This will enable the company to meet the challenges ahead as regulations become more stringent and the industry becomes more demanding. They view these changes and demands as a challenge and look forward to serving their wide customer base in the years ahead by becoming the customer’s number one business partner with the best transport solutions. ‘The best’ is exactly what Dennehy Commercials aims for and it’s the reason why they’ve invested in a new state-ofthe-art workshop which caters for all of

their customers’ needs, as Brian explained. “We have a modern state-of-the-art workshop which caters for trucks and we’ve a CVRT Centre as well,” said the Service Manager. “We’re main agents for MAN trucks and Renault trucks and are very much gaged towards road safety here.” Dennehy Commercials has been the main agents for MAN in Ireland since the early years of its inception, with Renault having come on board last year. Full services for MAN trucks include – Full Inspection, Replacement of Air, Oil and All Fuel filters.  Castrol Low Saps engine oil replaced and all levels topped up, Environmental Waste Charge and Greasing. Any other defects found during inspection will be advised to customer. Any additional repair work must be authorised by the customer before being carried out. As for the DOE and CRVT testing which takes place at the base at the Riverside Business Park, Dennehy Commercials carry out both LCV (light commercial vehicle) and HCV (heavy commercial

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vehicle) tests to include vans, trucks, trailers, camper-vans, buses, ambulances. They also offer Tachograph Installation/Calibration, Speed Limiter Installation/Calibration and Weight Plate Fitting. The DOE test is carried out on behalf of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and is an annual test which ensures all commercial vehicles are maintained to a safe and roadworthy standard. The testing equipment used is compliant with all relevant regulations and legislation and all tests are carried out by the company’s professional, certified and experienced technicians, with a facility to also carry out LGV and HGV tests. While customers wait for their vehicle they are able to relax in in the comfortable customer waiting room; with Tea/Coffee, Vending Machine, Satellite TV and Wi-fi. “We test to very high standards and have a wide customer base between Limerick, Clare, Tipperary and some parts of Cork,” Brian pointed out. “We have a 24-hour recovery service as well, so really we’re kind of a one-stop shop for our customers and I think that’s another reason why they choose us first.” So with numerous different departments and services on offer for its customers, how is business overall at the moment at Dennehy Commercials? “Business is quite busy at the moment and it has regularly picked up along with the market picking up,” said Brian. “The whole country felt the downturn – there’s no questioning that. But for us you had a lot of trucks coming in for servicing because nobody was buying new, so we couldn’t complain about that.” The service and parts department at

Some trucks undergo testing at Dennehy Commericals

The company headquarters along the Dock Road in Co Limerick

Dennehy Commercials has been busy too as of late. It provides a full range of services to keep the customer’s commercial vehicle running safely and efficiently on the road. The experienced technicians are fully qualified in all aspects of commercial vehicle maintenance and the total care philosophy at Dennehy Commercials means that we they provide a versatile maintenance package to suit a customer’s individual requirements. Operators can select the exact level of maintenance package they require, paying only for those elements best suited to their individual operation’s needs. The company are also authorised to service repair centres for MAN, ISUZU and IVECO; as well as providing specialist service for all other makes of commercial vehicles.

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In 2014, Dennehy Commercials gained some well-earned recognition for its efforts when they were awarded the prestigious LCV Dealer of the Year award for Ireland. The award was handed out at the annual Renault dealer convention in Athlone and was in recognition of exceptional customer service from the dealership and outstanding sales results spearheaded by Pat Reeves, the Fleet Manager. Also recognised was the investment made by the company two years previous, when the dealership became one of the four Renault Business plus dealers in the country. *Testing times at Dennehy Commercials are between 8am and 7pm from Monday to Friday and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.

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Kieran Ahern Mobile Tyres is celebrating five years in business

A perfect fit Celebrating five years since first starting up his own mobile tyre fitting service, Tralee native Kieran Ahern experienced his busiest year to date over the past 12 months. Irish Trucker & Light Commercials managed to catch up with the man himself and have a discussion about his unique business venture.


ince starting up his operation in 2011, Kieran Ahern has learned that reliability - above everything else - is the crucial element in making his kind of business work. This past summer saw him called out as many times as 10 per day around the Tralee area (and beyond) when times were at their busiest, repairing everything from damaged tractor tyres to a mere puncture for a car. Kieran’s customers are assured of his dependability and it’s the main reason that he gains repeats business from them, along with the quality of the service in



which he provides. Indeed Kieran Ahern Mobile Tyre Fitting Services has earned a glowing reputation all around Kerry, and across its borders, for the quality of work it provides in roadside assistance, whether it be for truck, car, van or agri machinery. “We’re based in Scart, Gortlea, Tralee in Co Kerry,” explained Kieran. “We’re established since 2011 and I’m the only full-time employee here at the minute.” That staff count may well change if Kieran continues to experience the busy periods which he did during 2015, but for

now his company is very much a one-man operation. When you consider the range of services that he provides, that is plenty to keep one man busy all year round. Having been involved in mechanical work for most of his working life, Kieran is quite content with the work he is doing at the minute and is happy to work 12 to 14-hours days when the time comes for it. The alternative, as explained, when he first decided to start the company back in 2011 certainly didn’t appeal to him as much. “I change tyres, I do a call out service, a

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bit of agri machinery, trucks and fix punctures,” he said. “I’ve always been stuck in the mechanical trade and at the time I started this company up there wasn’t much work about. So instead of going on the dole I started my own company. “I had been driving trucks for 10 years and I was into the mechanical end of it as well – it’s something that I enjoy doing.” Getting satisfaction from your work is always a major plus, often translating into good production, which explains the success of Kieran’s venture to some degree. While this time of year brings about the less busy times for those in Kieran’s line of work, he’s still satisfied with the year (along with the previous four) that he has had, and is as optimistic as ever over what the future might hold. “Things are kind of quiet right now alright and when I started out with this idea it was certainly tough,” he said, when asked about the timing of his start-up in the midst of an economic downturn. “But things have turned around since then and you can see it beginning to pick up now. From what I’ve seen and experienced, your price has a lot to do with this kind of work and I try to keep as fair as possible for customers.” IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

He continued: “During the summer time I would be flat out with tractors and all that. On a very busy day I could be called out 10 times and some of those could be at any time of day with the silage and bailing going on.” Kieran keeps his work almost exclusively within Kerry too, with one Tralee-based customer helping to keep him on his toes and ensure him busy times almost 12 months a year. “Most of the work I do would be around Kerry and there is one company in particular that I’d do a lot of work for – that’s Dillon’s Waste in Tralee,” said Kieran. “When I first started out with them I was on call 24 hours a day with them but things have got a little less crazy now.” The fleet Kieran operates with currently stands at one van, which makes sense when he’s the only staff member, but he hasn’t ruled out expansion for his company some time down the line. “I’ve one van, which is a Master 2003 and I can tyre change for any tyre with up to 24-inch rims,” he explained. So with other roadside assistance outfits operating within, or at least servicing, the Tralee are, why do Kieran’s customers tend to choose him first? We let the man himself explain:

“I think customers choose us first because of our service,” he stated. “Because I do a good job and they can call me at 2 or 3am in the morning and they know that I’ll be there for them. That’s what the customer wants. “I also think that we are very fair pricewise. Like anything, I’m not going to become a millionaire doing this kind of work, but once I can keep the food on the table I won’t have any complaints.” One can only assume that the realistic approach Kieran has taken is part of the reason why his company turned five years old in 2016. So what do the next 12 months hold for Kieran Ahern? “My hopes will be to try and keep the whole show on the road,” Kieran laughed. “To keep getting the customers in – that would be great. “With regards to taking on a member of staff, I’ve taken on no one yet but I probably would have to if it got any busier than it did this past summer, having been out 10 times a day sometimes. “Hopefully, that will be the case.” Given the glowing reputation Kieran’s earned already, not many would bet against it.


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