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4 NEWS Seat belts on buses must pass DOE • Ireland’s first motorway service station opens • Ford’s LCV open week • Head of Policy appointment at FTAI • Number of HGV’s drop in 2009 • GreatGas & COH sign contract • R & D investment pays off for Merc LCV division • Awards – International Truck, Bus,Van & Pick-up prize presentations

Editor: Jarlath Sweeney Contributors: Sean Murtagh, Gerry Murphy, Cathal Doyle, Paul White, Jonathan Lawton, Donal Dempsey, Howard Knott, Jerry Kiersey, Michael Corcoran, Rob Van Dieten, Ailbe Burke, Ronan Loughman, Richard Butler

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66 LCV Cummins develop LCV turbos • Test: Ford Transit Econetic • Launch Pad II : Mercedes-Benz Vito/Viano refreshed

12 NEW FLEET New Volvo, Renault, Isuzu & Scania trucks & Ford Kuga Commercials too!

70 LOGISTICS Distribution transport is changing

14 LAUNCH PAD 1 New Mercedes-Benz Zetros

72 TECHNICAL Brakes Part 5 by Ailbe Burke

16 FLEETING SHOTS News bites from around the Country

73 FLEET TRAILER & BODY BUILDER News: Scania, Fiat Professional, Montracon, Thermo King, Edbro & Tayto

18 REVIEW 63rd IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, Hanover, Germany

76 AWARDS Trailer Innovation 2011

25 INTERVIEW With Karen Langner, Daimler Fleetboard

77 REPORT Positive moves at Krone

26 REPORT Renault Trucks load-up on construction offerings

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Safety Belts on Buses/Coaches must meet Roadworthiness Test


us and coach owners/operators should be aware that when presenting their vehicles for the roadworthiness test from 29 October 2010 buses that have safety belts fitted will need certification which verifies that the safety belts are installed to a minimum standard. Failure to produce this certification will mean that the bus will not pass the roadworthiness test. However, it will remain the legal responsibility of the owner and driver of a bus to ensure the vehicle and its components, including safety belts where fitted, comply with the appropriate requirements of Road Traffic legislation. It is expected that most buses should already have acceptable certification. Bus owners are advised to check the documentation received with the bus

at the time of purchase or when the safety belts were fitted. Bus owners whose buses have been used in the School Transport Scheme should also have appropriate certification already. If bus owners cannot locate the certificates they should contact the main dealer, the vehicle manufacturer, the company who installed or tests the safety belts for replacement certification. Bus owners will be required to sign a declaration confirming that the bus has the required certification at the roadworthiness test. Th is declaration will be countersigned by the vehicle tester. From October 2011 all buses engaged in the organised transport of children will be legally

required to have certified safety belts fitted. It is vital that the declaration is retained as proof that the bus has undergone the safety belt verification exercise. The safety belt verification exercise will only be carried out once on each bus. Implemented by the Road Safety Authority, w h ic h a l so confi rmed that the 3 for 2 seating arrangement for school children on buses is now discontinued.

Ireland’s first motorway services area opened


ocated at Lusk on the M1, Ireland’s first motorway services area was opened by Dermot Ahern T.D., Minister for Justice. Operated and managed by Applegreen on behalf of the SuperStop Consortium (comprising of Pierce Contracting, TOP and Applegreen) on both sides of the M1 motorway, the sites provide facilities on a par with those seen in Continental Europe, with specific services for road transport and public transport operators as well as fleet and private car motorists.

represents an investment of more than €70 million.

The overall project, which will take in three locations at Lusk, Castlebellingham and Enfield

High mileage drivers will appreciate the Fuel Card system available according to Gerard Boylan,

Group Chief Executive of TOP Oil, “The Motorway Service Areas are the most modern in Europe offering high-speed refueling, free parking plus comprehensive food and recreational areas, all with easy access on and off the motorways. This is a significant upgrading of what is currently available to truck and bus drivers and motorists alike. We believe it will be of particular importance to the road haulage industry to have these top class facilities as we recognise the importance of the industry to business in Ireland. We also believe that it is good for the wider economy; it will create extra jobs, is a fully Irish owned and Irish funded consortium.”

Commercial Vehicle Week at FTAI appoints Head of Policy ollowing the formation Selected Ford Dealers of an all-Ireland division


he Transit nameplate turns 45 years old this year and to celebrate this key milestone, Ford is holding a series of Commercial Vehicle week celebrations across Ireland until the end of October.

“Our Commercial Vehicle Week activity is targeted particularly at those van operators who were maybe forced to put off renewing or upgrading their vehicles as a result of the difficult trading environment over the last couple of years,” explains Pat Brazil, Commercial Vehicle Sales and Marketing Manager, Ford Ireland. “We want to get the message out loud and clear to those van operators: we want your trade in! Come in and talk to us over the next few weeks about trading up to a new Ford commercial vehicle, and with deals like €1,500 off Transit, you will be surprised at the value that is on offer.” In addition to the award winning Transit, the full range of Ford commercial vehicles is up for grabs: Fiesta Van, Focus Van, Transit Connect and the rugged Ranger Pick-Up. “We are delighted to be able to celebrate the 45th birthday of our Transit, the nameplate has an illustrious history right across Europe. Since its introduction in 1965, there have been an incredible six million models sold with more than 120,000 models sold in Ireland – those figures are streets ahead of any other make of van,” added Pat. Check out for details of your nearest participating Ford dealer. 4 FLEETTRANSPORT | OCT 10


of the Freight Transport Association, the new multi-modal transport trade association has appointed Declan McKeon as its Head of Policy. Established by the Freight Transport Association as a response to industry’s need to improve the profile of logistics practices in the Republic of Ireland, FTA Ireland will give the Irish logistics industry a new opportunity to present their combined views on transport policy. Declan explained to Fleet Transport on his new role, “FTA Ireland represents an exciting and very real opportunity to better the industry’s image and improve the way in which the logistics sector operates by sharing best practice and ideas. By vocalising these ideas at the very highest level we can create a safer, more environmentally friendly and more efficient supply chain.” Declan is a dangerous goods specialist with over 20 years experience in the logistics sector. Before taking the mantle at FTA Ireland, Declan oversaw warehouse logistics for Coca-Cola Concentrate in Drogheda, County Louth. McKeon concluded, “During my career I have come across companies that take their commitments to road safety very seriously. These same companies have a strong compulsion to differentiate themselves from those who take their adherence to transport regulations less seriously. My new role will enable me to help those companies achieve this aim."


Number of Goods Vehicles decrease by over 2% in 2009


lmost 344,000 goods vehicles were licensed in 2009 according to figures released by the Department of Transport. Under the Irish Bulletin of Vehicle & Driver Statistics 2009, 65% of these goods vehicles are four years old while 46% are 6 years and over (equating to 225,000 & 159,000 respectively). Compared to 2005 that figure was 287,000 units licensed that year with 2008 recording a peak of 351,307 units. 41,505 goods vehicles licensed were registered in 2007 closely followed by the

2006 figure of 40,033 to clearly show the Celtic Tiger was roaring at its loudest.

their overall figures, while DAF, Iveco, Scania and Volvo are all around the 5,000 mark.

To indicate the serious impact the recession had the commercial vehicle industry in Ireland, sales of new vehicles dropped from 31,459 units to 10,051 (representing a change of 68%) in 2009.

Interestingly there are 10,294 licensed motorhomes in 2009 representing almost 10% growth from the year before. In the private car category the number of licensed vehicles decreased from 1,924,281 in 2008 to 1,902,429 in 2009 (-1.14% decrease) with 142,548 vehicles licensed based on their CO 2 emissions value, an increase of 85,633 (-150%) on the 2008 figures.

Regarding truck brands Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Isuzu and Renault top the charts but vans and commercial SUVs are included in

GreatGas signs four-year contract with COH Transport


ith the opening of its 50th forecourt this year and with 15 more outlets planned for the next 12 months, GreatGas, Petroleum (Ireland) Ltd. the Cork based fuel supplier is in serious expansive mode. To ensure a consistent supply of fuels to its growing Service Station network, GreatGas has signed a four-year €3.5 million distribution contract with COH Transport.

Whitegate Refinery to Great Gas’ forecourts in the Munster and South Leinster region.

“We are delighted to be associated with GreatGas and have a longstanding relationship with Ray O’Sullivan and his team. We have been in the oil haulage business for over ten years and this contract with GreatGas for its logistics requirements from ConocoPhillips’ in Whitegate further cements the relationship between the two companies,” said Doreen Hartnett, Director of COH Transport. Ray O’Sullivan, Managing Director of GreatGas added, “GreatGas are delighted to sign this new four year contract with COH Transport who are a trusted and valued supplier to us.”

Based in Carrignavar, County Cork, COH Transport has worked with GreatGas since its foundation and will continue to provide a secure, reliable and reputable delivery of fuels from the

Investment during recession pays off for Mercedes-Benz CVs


t’s full speed ahead into the future,” stated Dr. Heinrich Weiss, Production Chief at Mercedes-Benz Commercials to the press at the launch of the new Vito/Viano in Hamburg. “For us it is pleasing to be ready with new products as the fresh upwind of economic recovery continues,” he added. “The fact that we made investments in research and development in spite of recession will lead us to our growth strategy.” Prior to announcing details of the new Vito Van and Viano MPV ranges, Dr. Weiss detailed the upturn in van sales worldwide. Comparing Quarter 2 2009 to this year, sales are up 50% - 70,705 units vs 106,048. Most of this growth was recorded in South America (+51%), Australia (+41%) and Europe (+39%). He sees further potential in China and the United

States with the latter seeing a change of sales and distribution strategy with the separation from Chrysler and with the Fiat Group buying out same. Now, alongside sister brand Freightliner, Sprinter vans will also be sold at Mercedes-Benz car dealerships initially along the East coast to the Mid-States before establishing a network in the West. In outlining the history of the Vito (which dates back to 1995) he said that it was not until 2003 that it became well established. Over 60,000 versions of the original Vito and V-Class (as the Viano was called then) were made with the second generation passing the 90,000 unit mark. Over €250m has been invested in bringing the next generation Vito/Viano (which includes the Marco Polo Campervan version) to the marketplace.

Dr. Weiss sees great prospects for the Vito E-CELL electric van as 100 units go on trial in Berlin and Stuttgart. “By the end of 2012, we aim to produce over 2,000 E-CELLS,” he said. A €1,200 per month 4 year leasing contract which includes a Government subsidy has been arranged for the prospective buyers (which includes servicing), which is approximately 40% more than the monthly repayment rate of the diesel version. The front-wheel drive Vito E-CELL will be manufactured in the same plant as its RWD counterparts in Vitoria, Spain, which has been reconstructed to produce the new vehicles.

42 Tonne/5 Axle Derogation Weight Limit Continues


he Department of Transport has indicated to the Road Safety Authority (RSA) that the 42 tonne derogation for a two axle tractor unit + three axle trailer will be extended beyond the current end date of the 30th of September 2010 (SI No. 576 of 2009). While RSA does not yet have any indication how long

this extension will be for, the Department has indicated that it is its intention to ensure that a 4 tonne difference is maintained between the maximum allowable gross vehicle weight of a 5 and 6 axle articulated vehicles.

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New Mercedes-Benz Atego Series wins International Truck of the Year 2011


ne of the main highlights of the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover, Germany was the event organiser’s Gala Dinner where the packed attendance witnessed a number of vehicle awards such as International Truck of the Year 2011. The winner on this occasion was the new MercedesBenz Atego Series, which includes the ready for market Hybrid Blue Tec version.

the one hand, the short-radius distribution driver now gets equipment, which not long ago was reserved to long-haul drivers. On the other hand, the progressive parallel hybrid drive promotes the reduction of the CO 2 emissions of commercial

vehicles within the European Union." The Mercedes-Benz scored a total of 127 points to win the prestigious title with the Volvo FM/FMX second on 82 points and third place going to the Scania R-series V8 range with 45 points. Mercedes-Benz Atego and Atego BlueTec Hybrid chosen 'Truck of the Year 2011': (from left to right) Georg Weiberg, Head of Truck Product Engineering; Hubertus Troska, Head of MercedesBenz Trucks; Andreas Renschler, Member of the Board of Management, Head of Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses und Gianenrico Griffini, Chairman International Truck of the Year Jury

Gianenrico Griffin, Chairman of the 23 member, International Truck of the Year Jury (including Fleet's Jarlath Sweeney) commented on the victory of the Atego in this year’s competition. "In the new Atego family, Mercedes-Benz presents a versatile medium-duty truck with 'two souls'. On

VDL Citea – Bus of the Year 2011


ollowing the successful ‘Bus Euro Test 2010’ in Bucharest, Romania the VDL Citea City Bus scored better than its fellow International rivals. The jury of ‘Bus of the Year’ consisting of specialist journalists from 19 countries (including Fleet Bus & Coach’s Sean Murtagh) made particular reference to the practical visibility, the finish, the concept and the efficiency of the participating vehicles.

Remi Henkemans, Managing Director of VDL Bus & Coach (pictured right), said he was proud of the product and his team, “Being awarded the ‘Bus of the Year 2011’, title shows that we and our products are among the European elite. Th is award demonstrates to International passenger transport fi rms our know-how and expertise in the field of city buses.” “Above all, the Citea is a well balanced, harmonious bus for city transport that performs admirably on all aspects. The bus provides the passengers with every comfort, and the driving characteristics are of high quality,” stated Stuart Jones, IBOY Chairman (pictured left).

They saw the VDL Citea as an innovative low floor city bus as its lightweight construction offers excellent carrying capacity, and its repair and maintenance friendly construction reduces workshop times. At the prize-giving ceremony

Fiat Doblò Cargo scores International Van of the Year double


t is not often that two generations of the same light commercial line wins the coveted International Van of the Year title twice. That was the achievement of Fiat Professional with its new Doblò Cargo having scored 128 points out of 168 available to take the 2011 title, beating off the challenge of the joint effort of the Renault Master/Opel Morano (107 points) and the new Mercedes-Benz Vito (48). Announcing the 2011 result, Chairman of the International Van of the Year Jury, Pieter

Wieman (pictured right with Lorenzo Sistino,

Fiat Professional CEO) said, "the winning van design had impressed the 23 member jury on a number of fronts and above all by the fact Fiat has succeeded in widening the platform and body varieties to a higher number than any other van in this category. The jury was particularly impressed with the wide range of engines, which even includes a turbocharged CNG engine and a plug-in electric version of the Doblò, which is ready for production. In addition, they liked the driving qualities and the comfort levels that the different versions of the Doblò offer."

Volkswagen Amarok – 1st winner of International Pick-Up Award


olkswagen’s new Amarok has won the fi rst International Pick-Up Award. Th is inaugural award is judged by the same jury that elects the International Van of the Year each year and is presented to the light commercial Pick-Up vehicle (4x4 or 4x2) which is deemed to have made the greatest contribution to transport efficiency, on-road as well as off-road. Seven manufacturers were in contention for the main prize and after a series of test trials held in Ireland in August. The jury, gave the Volkswagen Amarok an impressive 61 points out of a maximum possible 91. In second place was the Nissan Navara with 24 points and in third position on 18 points, the Toyota Hilux. In the opinion of the jury the Volkswagen Amarok is 6


more superior than the other contenders. The latter aspect is important since vehicles of this type are increasingly used primarily for on-road purposes with occasional off-road activity. The new Trophy was handed over to Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, Head of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles by the Chairman of the International Van of the Year jury, Pieter Wieman, during the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show Gala Dinner in Hanover. effortless in its off-road abilities, takes everything in its stride and is a wonderful off-road machine. Regarding its on-road capabilities, all jury members judged the Volkswagen Amarok even

Harald Schomburg, Member of the Board of Management, Sales & Marketing, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles receiving the International Pick-Up Award from Pieter Weimann, Chairman of the International Pick-Up Jury.

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MAN takes Concept Route


oncept S is the prototype MAN Nutzfahzeuge showcased in Hanover as a radical departure from conventional truck designs. Thanks to its sophisticated aerodynamics a 25% reduction in CO 2 emissions and fuel consumption can be achieved. “With Concept S MAN makes a contribution to the current discussion on the statutory length restrictions applying to commercial vehicles in Europe. In order to realise the efficiency potential proven by the Concept S, tractors and trailers will have to become longer if they are going to provide the accustomed amount of interior space and leading volume,” said Holger Koos, head truck designer of MAN Nutzfahrzeuge. Slim front end, projecting wheel arches, a cab with soft , smooth lines and a curved rear wall: with its streamlined design, the MAN Concept S differs radically from the basically cubic shape of the conventional truck currently to be seen on the motorways. The design of the MAN Concept S was rigorously adjusted in the wind tunnel until its extremely low air resistance was att ained. With its drag coefficient (cD value) of around 0.3 the MAN Concept S enters a domain of aerodynamic quality of modern day cars. Thanks solely to its aerodynamic form, the MAN Concept S – with an appropriately modified trailer – uses up to 25 percent less fuel than a comparable, conventional 40-tonne semi-trailer tractor. At the same time, this fuel saving also means a reduction of up to 25 percent in CO2 emission. The MAN Concept S manages to do all this while providing the same amount of space for its driver as he has always been used to and the same loading capacity as a conventional truck. “Our Concept S in conjunction with an



aerodynamically optimised semitrailer is as streamlined as a modern passenger car. We proved it in the wind tunnel. The savings in consumption are absolutely realistic,” added Holger. Europe’s existing bridges and tunnels are no obstacle to the MAN Concept S presented at the IAA 2010. The truck study complies exactly with the 4-metre height restriction and the truck’s frame and components such as the two fuel tanks, for example, have been integrated into the external bodywork design where they help to guide the flow of air past the truck. One would search in vain for conventional rear-view mirrors on the MAN Concept S – their function has been taken over by cameras built into the wing-like mounts for the indicator units left

and right. An electronically adjustable spoiler is integrated in a form-fitt ing manner into the roof of the driver’s cab. With its Concept S, MAN raises the question about reforms to the statutory length restrictions applying to commercial vehicles in Europe. In order to realise the efficiency potential proven by the Concept S, tractors and trailers will require more space along the horizontal axis if they are going to provide the same amount of interior space and loading volume as current tractors and trailers do. Changes to the road infrastructure for this purpose will not be necessary. There will be a significant decrease in the amount of energy needed per transported tonne or cubic metre only if the loading volume is maintained along with aerodynamic optimisation. And this is precisely what the Concept S and a matching trailer achieve.

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Test Drive Report:

DAF LF 45.210 4x2 Rigid


y representatives are not drivers, they’re salesmen,” said a Transport Manager who has a responsibility of running 150 trucks. Th is interesting perception brought about another comment in that as a result the majority of his ‘salesmen’ are not interested in driver training made me think about the role of modern day drivers catering mainly for the retail trade. It is obvious now that the requirement is maximum sales from a maximum number of calls per day, and in some cases up to six days a week. But in order for the ‘salesman’ to get the job, he or she must have the appropriate Class C1 driver’s licence, which is the basic truck drivers qualification. Then there is the Driver’s CPC obligation, but that’s a topic for another day. So to get back on track with this actual test drive report, a recent run in a 12 tonne DAF LF which has the same ‘footprint’ as the 7.5 tonne version would make this type of ‘driver’ feel more at home, while enhancing their earning potential. In fact, this 12 tonne GVW 4x2 rigid offers more than double the payload of a straightforward 7.5

tonner (even with a tail-lift fitted). According to Tony Pain, Marketing Director, DAF Trucks Ltd., there has been a significant move from 7.5 tonners to 12 tonners. “7.5 tonners in the early 1990s represented 31% of the total truck market (over 6 tonnes). Today that same percentage is about 20%. In the UK, the 7.5 tonne market used to be 12 times the size of the 10-12 tonne market in 1998. Currently, whilst it is still much bigger, it is only 5 times bigger,” he said. “Loading tolerance is better too, for a given payload on a 12 tonner,” he added. “Body size can be fitted to suit the loading requirement on both, but deck height is only slightly higher on 12 than 7.5 despite double the load capability. The aforementioned transport manager will like to hear what Tony had to say next. “Most importantly the 12 tonne can have a similar visible ‘street footprint’. It doesn’t really look any bigger than a 7.5 tonner. Then the 12 tonner box bodies vehicle is only 15% more expensive than a 7.5 tonner.” In its latest incarnation, the DAF LF Series, which caters for urban and regional distribution benefited from an all-round make-over in time for the dawning of this second decade. It’s Euro

5 engines are now EEV accredited – Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicles – its exterior has been ‘mildly restyled’ while the interior has been upgraded. All these improvements were appreciated during a day in the life of this vehicle. These engines now produce 20% more torque and use less fuel consumption thanks to the fitt ing of the ZF produced AS Tronic 6 speed automated transmission. Regarding the ‘mildly restyled’ cab exterior as the DAF brochure puts it, well the grille’s upper and lower sections are now more pronounced and the colour coded bumper now feature (an optional) cats-eye type combi-lamps. Cab access is good due to the one large (illuminated) step, which lessens the energy levels required by the multi-drop operator. If required, moving across the cab can be done in one swift movement. The styling and standard of fi nish of the interior as well as the colour schemes and materials used mean that the LF cab offers a pleasant, comfortable and working environment. Use of space and light is well done as is the amount of storage space provided. The fully adjustable driver’s seat with its high back and air suspension offers optimum comfort.

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TEST ‘For a Few Dollars More’, to use the name of a famous Clint Eastwood movie, the extra investment required for the AS-Tronic box will pay for itself in reduced fuel consumption and less wear and tear on the drivetrain – especially for the ‘salesman’ driver! Th is automated 6 speed gearbox employs an electronic system to select the right gear for every situation, so that the driver can fully concentrate on traffic conditions. As we found with this ‘two-pedal’ system it is ideal for the distribution environment. Another thing drivers will note is that manoeuvrability is superb. Some of the driving done during the appraisal took in the urban jungle but as we moved towards the west, the open road awaited. Here we kept the revs at 1700 while keeping a steady 80 kp/h, operated through the remote controls on the multi-function steering wheel. Loaded with water fi lled IPC’s, the sway of the liquid sometimes dictated the gears engaged especially at low speeds and at roundabouts. No problem here. Despite some undulating roads, the overall ride was remarkably smooth, particularly as springs were fitted front and back. With 210 horses from the 4.5 litre, it pulled well up the hills and to demonstrate this only one gear was lost on ascending the renowned ‘Curlew Climb’ on the N4 North. For the ‘informed’ operator, driving this 12 tonner will not pose a problem. There is nothing about the way it performs that will annoy or distract the driver away from their main job – that is turnover maximum return from minimum

effort. And with extended service intervals now associated with this latest version of the LF Series, minimum downturn is assured. Winner of the 2002 International Truck of the Year Award, the

LF Series has further evolved into an att ractive, efficient and comfortable distribution truck for all types of application and driver – even salespeople!

Spec Check Make/model: Engine:

DAF LF 45.210 4x2 rigid 4.5 litre 4 cylinder common-rail direct injection diesel – Euro 5 EEV SCR Power: 207hp/152kW from 2100 rpm Torque: 760 Nm @ 1400-1800 rpm Transmission: 6 speed ZF (automated) AS-Tronic Suspension: Parabolic leaf suspension front/rear Brakes: Ventilated discs front/rear + exhaust brake Drive Axle Ratio: 4:10 single reduction Wheelbase: 4.30 m Tyres: 245/70R17.5 Tank sizes: Diesel: 200 litres AdBlue: 70 litres GVW: 12 tonnes Payload: 6.5 tonnes approx M.P.G.: 18.2 mpg Extras fitted: Roof spoiler & side collars, Air con, tyre pressure monitoring, driver luxury air seat, combilamps in bumper, central locking, electrically adjustable mirror, 1000kg capacity tuck-under tail-lift , factory built and installed box body

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Dixon’s take on Europe with Volvo FH Globetrotter XLS

Dublin Port commissions Renault Midlum EEV to work


ixon International, fi nalist in the Fleet Transport Irish Haulier of the Year 2011, has recently taken delivery of two new Volvo FH Globetrotter XL 6x2 Tractor Units from Irish Commercials (Sales) Ltd. They are powered by 460 hp Euro 5 engines mated to Volvo’s famed I-Shift automated transmission. Volvo’s Dynafleet Telematics package is also included in the deal done between Michael Dixon and Kevin Moran, Salesman, Irish Commercials (Sales) Ltd.

he Dublin Port Company on acquiring a new Renault Midlum 180.14 EEV certainly did not let any grass grow under its wheels, as on the day it was delivered by Renault Trucks Ireland it went to work! The 4x2 Crew Cab rigid is the fi rst Euro 5 Enhanced Environmentally friendly vehicle sold by the Renault trucks importers in Ireland. It is also specified with Optitronic gearbox and a tipper body made by GF Roberts that’s fitted with a 14 tonne Palfi nger crane.

Global Steel turn to Japan & Isuzu


nniscorthy based Global Steel Manufacturing has chosen the Asian Continent to fi nd a suitable vehicle for their operation. Th rough local dealer Gethings Garage, the company that specialises in manufacturing stainless steel products for meat factories bought an Isuzu N-Series 3.5 tonne truck specified with a Jimmy Kelly built dropside steel body.

Dark Diamond Scania glitters over Ben Bulben

ProAdjust to Ford Kuga Commercials


ord Motors has supplied eight Ford Kuga Commercials to ProAdjust, one of Ireland’s leading insurance loss adjusters. ProAdjust, in business since 2004 and headquartered at the Centrepoint Business Park in Dublin 12 investigates claims on behalf of leading insurance fi rms. The Ford Kugas were chosen for their ruggedness according to Mitch Wallis, ProAdjust Operations Manager who said, “Some of our guys can run up more than 40,000 km in a year over every kind of road you can imagine: motorways, mountain roads and small boreens, so our teams need a tough, reliable 4x4 that helps them get the job done. The Kuga Commercial has certainly impressed our guys.”




any hauliers that served the construction industry during its peak years had to quickly diversify or lose business. That was the situation that David Williamson of DW Transport Sligo was faced with in 2008. He purchased his fi rst Scania tractor unit, an R-series 480 6x2 Topline from Cawley Commercials Ltd. (Sligo) and entered the National and International transport sector. With ongoing growth in business David returned to Cawleys to buy a unique Scania R620 V8 Dark Diamond special edition, the fi rst of its kind in Ireland. David is pictured with Kevin Lennon (left), Sales Executive at Cawley Commercials.

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Zetros joins extended Mercedes-Benz Special Vehicles Family

Zetros’ frontal design is based on the GL & G Series models from Mercedes-Benz utility vehicles


eet Zetros, the new bigger brother to the Unimog, the MercedesBenz all-terrain utility vehicle. First seen two years ago at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover as a prototype military vehicle, the Zetros now in full production caters for many areas of application such as construction, surface mining, fi re-fighting services, disaster relief and peace missions. Winter service operations also come under its broad brief. Wherever extreme all-terrain requirements call and high payloads are required, let the all-wheel drive 3 seater Mercedes-Benz Zetros excel. Launched to the International Truck of the Year Jury at the Mercedes-Benz Special Vehicles Ötigheim test site, Mr. Yaris Pursun, Head of Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks explained that the Zetros joins the Unimog and Econic Entry and exit is from access steps placed behind the front axle

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(in this division of the company) as a highly mobile, conventionally designed all-purpose truck embellished with Mercedes-Benz qualities. Its bigger dimensions offer higher payloads than the Unimog while keeping the overall centre of gravity low. The latter achieved due to its cab-behind-engine design – unique to heavy goods vehicles of today. Both Scania and Volvo no longer build bonneted trucks for the European market. Due to the broadness of its application field, the question was asked whether this was a true global product. His reply was ‘yes’, with the exception of the USA where its engine emission requirements differ and also the fact that Mercedes-Benz’s sister brand in the Daimler family Freightliner looks after military contracts there. In speaking with Martin Klein, who is Head of Sales & Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Special

Trucks the company has tendered for 4 separate military contracts around the World, which could result in the supply of over 1,000 Zetros within the next year. So far over 100 units have been sold, mostly to private or civilian customers. Mentioning military contracts, a concept precourser to the Zetros code named MB2000 was presented to the UK’s Ministry of Defence over 5 years ago during its tendering process for the supply of vehicles, a contract subsequently won by Merc’s German rivals MAN. What the Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks Division design team has done here is use the technology and expertise gained from the Unimog and its Axol/Actros construction vehicle range. The cab apart from the bonnet is Unimog sourced while the interior is taken from the Axor and ladder chassis frame from the Actros. Driveline used is the Group’s 7.2 litre in-line six-cylinder OM926 LA engine that produces 326 hp and a maximum torque of 1300 Nm between 1200 and 1600 rpm. Depending on the market, it can be supplied in Euro 3, Euro 4 and Euro 5 emission control formats. Transmission choice includes a 9 speed manual or 6 speed Allison automatic. Zetros is fitted with three manual differential locks as standard, which the driver can easily engage from a rotary switch on the dash. Th is switch also indicates the appropriate sequence in which the locks should be engaged when heading into different terrain. According to Martin Klein the other benefits of the bonneted design is superior crash safety, while its longer wheelbase provides better off-road handling. Another advantage is easy access to the engine area as the bonnet just lift s forward for instant inspection. Lack of engine tunnel provides more storage space. One of the options available is a tyre pressure control system to each large diameter single wheel. Compared with the largest truck tyre (@ 13 R22.5) the 14.00 R20 tyres on the Zetros enhances the vehicle’s overall


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ground clearance. Similar to its Unimog brother, Zetros can wade in water depths of up to 1.2 metres without fear. While at the Ötigheim facility we were given a demonstration of the capabilities of the Zetros from steep climbs to deep water crossings. Gradients of up to 80% were tackled with ease as was the control expressed on the descents. Then it was our turn! Driving around the multipotholed proving ground at pace did knock us around a bit, which was to be expected. But what did surprise us is its relative refi nement on the more level surfaces. The 4 over 4 pattern to the 9 speed manual gearbox had to be treated with a slower movement than standard systems used in normal road-going trucks. Depending on the gradient and terrain the mechanical differential locks on the front and rear axles and in the transfer gearbox can all be engaged manually by the driver at the fl ick of a switch. When off-road, the standard-fitted inter-axle locks and transverse lock stop individual wheels from spinning and provide traction even over rough terrain. As

a utility, an adequate number of storage spots is provided - up to 1400 litres, but as you can imagine everything needs to be secure in this cab including the driver and passengers. Engine power was in plentiful supply too while the large steering did transmit the ‘grippy’ feeling from below. With a few more modifications expect

to see the Zetros compete in the Dakar Rally. If not, it may act as a service or back-up vehicle to competing teams. Whatever the work or whatever the terrain, Mercedes-Benz is now in a position to conquer all, thanks to the arrival of the Zetros.

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63rd International Motor Sho


irst held as a stand alone trade show in 1992, this year’s ‘IAA Commercial Vehicles’ took place for the ninth time in Hanover and has now developed into the World’s leading International Trade Fair for mobility, transport and logistics. Under the headline ‘Commercial vehicles: efficient, flexible, future-proof’ transported the guiding principle behind the 2010 IAA according to Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), the event organisers. “First, modern commercial vehicles operate with exemplary efficiency; in the last three decades their fuel consumption has gone down by around 30 per cent. Second, commercial vehicles are flexible because, from small vans to truck tractors in long-distance haulage, to buses, they offer excellent solutions to the most varied tasks in freight transport and passenger services. And third, commercial vehicles are future-proof because they meet all the requirements placed on modern transportation regarding speed, versatility and climate-compatibility, and will continue to do so in the future.”

Over the next few pages, Fleet's Jarlath Sweeney, Sean Murtagh and Rob Van Dieten report from the event held at the Hanover Exhibition Centre. ACEA


European commercial vehicle manufacturers are cautiously optimistic with regard to production and sales in 2010 and 2011. “We will see better sales and earnings this year than in 2009. The recovery in demand that we saw in Asia and South America at the end of last year is now becoming more and more visible also in Europe," said Leif Johansson, Chairman of the Commercial Vehicle Board of ACEA and President and CEO of Volvo Group, speaking at the ACEA Press Conference.

Among the growing number of Chinese brands interested in sales expansion into European markets, is truck manufacturer CAMC. According to its website it has developed ‘technolog ica l cooperation relationships’ with Fuso and Isuzu. With 2,000 employees, CAMC has a production capacity of 30,000 heavyduty trucks per year. Pictured here is the HO8 Series, which bears design similarities to MAN (front) and Scania (side). Apparently it was styled by Bertone in Italy. Hino & Cummins engines from 325-400 hp are used.

“In Europe, recovery from the deep crisis levels 2009 is slow, but the upturn seems relatively broad based. Still, demand for commercial vehicles is closely linked to economic growth,” he added.


IVECO A depiction of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian man was featured on Iveco’s stand but it did not distract from the World premier of the new Stralis. Its exhibition area was broken into 3 sections: urban, medium and long distance and offroad and all areas featured products under the theme ‘Driving Innovation to Reality’. Iveco’s continuous investment in China was also demonstrated with the Leoncino, a medium range truck which will be sold in markets outside the EU.

VDL A new coach with a familiar name, the new VDL Futura received its World premier here at the IAA Expo. Featuring the new brand logo from the Dutch manufacturer, the Futura meets all the specific requirements of the International touring coach market. The basic models are 2-axle high deck coaches with lengths of 12.2 and 12.9 metres with the 3-axle versions stretching to 14.8 metres. Another proud product on display was the Bus of the Year 2011 title winning Citea City Bus. 18


Nine new models over the next three years are in store from Nissan as the Japanese automaker aims to become a global player in the LCV sector. At Hanover, visitors were treated to the 7-seat passenger version of the IVOY Award winning NV200 called the Evalia. The platform for its electric version of same was also displayed. Other NV200 versions showcased were the refrigerated box van and a wheelchair accessible model together with the arrival of a more powerful variant of the 1.5 dCi that has 110 bhp. Pictured is the new NV400 based on the Renault Master.

VOLKSWAGEN The new generation Caddy Van and a twodoor Single Cab version of the Amarok Pick-up. Both were revealed to invited press the evening before the doors of the IA A opened to the World’s media. Visually, the new generation model Caddy is refreshed to fit in better with the family look of the Transporter and aforementioned Amarok. As per the award winning Amarok Double Cab, the Single Cab version features the same drivetrain but of course offers superior load space.


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Celebrating its 46th anniversary this year at the 63rd IAA CV Show in Hanover, BMC launched 3 brand new products with the 6x4 Low Entry Cab, Professional 8x4 and Professional 4x2 Tractorunit keeping visitors interested in the Turkish manufacturer which produces over 22,000 vehicles per annum from buses and coaches to light and heavy commercials. Cummins Euro 5 engines ranging from 285 hp to 440 hp powers the new truck models mated to Allison and ZF transmissions.

A fresh start for DAF Trucks with new Managing Director, Harrie Schippers making his first official appearance in his new role. DAF – a World of Applications, was the working theme on this occasion, which highlighted the flexibility and adaptability of the DAF Truck range in co-operation with leading specialist suppliers. Mr. Schippers announced that the 12 tonne LF45 hybrid truck will enter production at the end of this year. A special version of the XF105 Super Saver Cab: the Blue Edition was also there.

DAIMLER Mercedes-Benz

MAN For the first time MAN, NEOPLAN and Volkswagen – the three powerful brands in the commercial vehicle industry all came together under the one roof. Owned by MAN SE, the three marques formed an impressive rearguard to one of the Show highlights – the Concept S – see cover story on Page 8. From vision to reality, the MAN TGX EfficientLine significantly reduces fuel consumption while the VW Constellation series for South American and African markets once again attracted much attention. MAN’s new aftersales programme Million-Mobility is its fi xed price guarantee for 1 million kilometres or eight years.

RENAULT TRUCKS Cutting fuel and energy consumption and promoting alternative engines were the main themes from Renault Trucks this time around. Under the banner of ‘Clean Tech’, its Optifuel Solutions is a comprehensive product and service offering which helps operators save fuel and reduce running costs. Renault Truck’s alternative fuel offering concentrates on the Maxity Electric & Premium Distribution HybrysTech, as displayed in CocaCola colours on its stand. On the other side of its business, an example of its Truck Racing success was on show too!





All around the arena where their Press Conference was held Scania exhibited products to represent all of its market segments from the R730 4x2 topline to the P310 6x2 rear steer – low entry refuse collector (as pictured). This rather specific vehicle has a gas engine based on the 9.3 litre diesel which has two torque ratings: 270 hp @ 1100 Nm and 305 hp @ 1250 Nm, both mated to an Allison 6-speed auto box. It is a four-seater and is branded under Scania’s new ‘ecolution’ label.

Green issues continue to be the theme at Volvo Truck. Debutants here were the Volvo FM run on methane gas and the Volvo FE Hybrid. Also for the first time Volvo Buses shared some space on its stand. In this section the new Volvo 7700 Hybrid was revealed. The more conventional customer took a big interest in the new Volvo FMX construction truck accompanied by the L180F wheel loader.

As expected, Daimler took up the largest amount of space and again visitors were in for a treat. It was as clear as black and white literally! The Actros Edition Black Liner and White Liner left a for many a truck driver present – but they will have to hurry as only 500 units of each will be sold. Every other commercial under its banner be it Mercedes-Benz or Fuso were present with both brands highlighting its alternative power sources.

Among the 65 vehicles displayed by Daimler was an example of one of its North American brands Freightliner. This Cascadia which uses SCR technology for EPAIO emission control is according to Adreas Renschlen, Daimler’s Truck Chief, “It is setting the benchmarks for fuel consumption and thus also for emissions”. Of all the speakers at the series of press conferences held the previous day, Mr. Renschlen was the most confident about the economic upswing.

Irish attendees will get a nice surprise to see an ESB liveried truck taking centre stage at the Fuso section in the Daimler Halls. It is one of 10 Fuso Cantex Eco-Hybrids purchased by our Semi-State earlier this year. On the previous day, Senan McGrath, Sustainability Manager, ESB featured in the testimonial video footage at the Daimler Press Conference attended by the World’s Commercial Vehicle media.






Renault owned Dacia, the Romanian manufactured budget brand had examples of its Logan Pick-up and Logan Express on show, the latter the commercial version of the Logan MPV. At 1.80 m long and 1.35 m wide the Logan Pick-up offers a payload of 725 kg. Its rear-opening panel can take up to 300 kg of payload. The Express has a load volume of 2.5 m3 and a similar payload weight. Dacia is entering the UK and Irish markets in 2012.

No less than 11 light commercials were exhibited by Fiat Professional, which represents the widest range of LCVs on sale by any manufacturer today. Taking centre stage was the Doblo Cargo with all its variation and power sources from conventional diesel to Natural Gas to full electric. One of its Scudo’s caught our eye fitted with Sortino Racking System and powered by a new 2.0 litre 165 MultiJet (Euro 5) diesel engine.

The new Transit Connect Electric spearheads Ford’s five-model electric vehicle launch plan over the next two years. With new partner Asure Dynamics and Johnson Controls-Saft, the Transit Connect Electric will go on sale initially in North America this year before venturing into EU markets during 2011. Using a system voltage range of between 260V and 380V torque levels continue from 158Nm to 235Nm. Payload is 520 kg with cargo volume unaffected by the Johnson batteries at 3.8 m3. Driving range is up to 130 km with charge duration of around 10 hours. Top speed is 120 kph. • See Test Report in next month’s edition of Fleet Transport.



The new Vito with new diesel engines and the E-Cell electric version took pride of place in Halls 14/15 occupied by its fellow brands under the Daimler banner. There was also a Sprinter van running on liquified petroleum gas and the Viano, which is the 7-seat passenger version of the Vito. And yes, the old reliable Vario 7.5 tonner was there that now is gained from Blue Tec engines featuring SCR exhaust emission control system. The Vito took third place in the International Van of the Year 2011.

Premieres a plenty at the Opel stand with extended Moravo family now includes chassis variants and a panel van crewcab. Keen eyed visitors will notice the specially branded Vivaro e-Concept, an all-electric van that has a distance range of 250 miles. Met with Chris Lacey, Executive Director, International Operations Opel CVs, who said that the prototype is being evaluated at the moment and from the reaction at the Show, full production is a possibility.

PEUGEOT Electric power was the name of the game at both the PSA-Peugeot & Citroen stands. Taking centre stage at Peugeot was a commercial version of the iOn electric car. The four door converted variant is purely a city delivery vehicle as it has only two seats and a flat cargo floor. Sortimo has devised special transport boxes for it too. The Original Partner has gone electric also with 42 kW available to cover a distance of 120 kms. Conversion is by French specialists Venturi. Sister brand Citroen had a similar version in the Berlingo First Electrique.



Kangoo Van ZE, Renault’s all-electric LCV was officially premiered at Hanover. But readers of Fleet will know that this zero emission panel van has already been seen and driven by the publication a few months back. Ireland of course will be first to the EU market with this alternative fuelled version. A broader ranged Master was also on show including the rear-wheel-drive version with the 3.5t/4.5t panel variant offering up to 22m3 head volume.

An invitation was extended to visit Stand C55 in Hall 13 by Sortimo to ‘dive into its theme Worlds’. Here its representatives were keen to demonstrate ‘innovative novelties for intelligent mobilities’, such as its L Boxx, its new CarMo systems, which basically is multifunctional equipment for estate cars. Sortimo’s economical in-vehicles equipment for small vans, the new Simpleco system was also highlighted.



VOLKSWAGEN Hanover being the hometown of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles there was nothing spared with no less than 5 innovations introduced with the new Caddy and Amarok Single Cab taking most of the limelight. The best selling Caddy gets a new 1.6 litre TDI engine that is said to beat all others when it comes to fuel economy. ESP will be standard on all models. New features include a fresh face and newly designed seats.





Road transport refrigeration specialists Carrier Transicold introduced its latest technological innovation, the Vector 1550 refrigeration unit for semi-trailers. With a 14,800 Watt cooling capacity, the Vector 1550 meets the challenge facing today’s refrigeration industry – low energy consumption. Cold chain safety can be assured across the board from long-distance or distribution refrigerated transport, either for fresh or frozen applications. Carrier cite this development as an important addition to the Vector family.

Flex-C Led, the new product from Chereau, a completely modular semi-trailer chassis rear end, that incorporates a practically unbreakable FILL LED light on a shielded, articulated stainless steel support arm was developed in collaboration with its customers. The French coachbuilder also specializes in off-road refrigeration transport. Military and Disaster Relief Agencies are among its biggest customers. International Trailers Ltd. is Chereau’s Irish agents.

Ecofridge, the manufacturer of eco-friendly, silent running truck and refrigeration systems announced expansion plans to its global operations with the formation as Cryofridge (trading as) ecoFridge Europe, as an authorised distributor. EcoFridge’s Liam Olliff explained to Fleet the merits of its cryogenic system, “ecoFridge is perfectly safe to operate, is far more temperature efficient than diesel, does not ‘top freeze’, slashes maintenance costs, is cheaper to run and eliminates carbon pollution. All the while of course, in complete silence.”




Bragging rights to the title of biggest European based manufacturer of transport refrigerated systems goes to Germany’s Frigoblock – as the other two big brands are American! Many of the press corps were pleased to meet Joe Grealy, Frigoblock’s newly appointed Business Development & Marketing Executive who recently moved from Thermo King. At the Show was its new refrigeration hybrid inverter system, which cuts CO2 and fuel consumption by 75%. The dual-temp operation also provides 30% greater refrigeration.

Innovations from Jost that will increase safety and efficiency in the fleet were provided at the IAA. Its latest sensor solutions for Jost and sister company Rockinger products were exhibited as were the mechanical and hydraulic steering systems from TRIDEC. Premiered was Lube-Tronic 5point, the fully auto lube system for its fi fth wheels. Basically the Jost stand had a comprehensive product range of the World’s leading manufacturer of vehicle connection components.

Krone Commercial Vehicles, the trailer division of the Krone family business launched an interesting new development – an energy efficient 38 tonne two-axle semi-trailer. Co-designed with MAN Trucks and Michelin tyres, 20% can be shaved off fuel bills and a similar figure in CO2 reduction per tonne/kilometre. For anyone that placed an order during the Show, they were entered in a FairCar raffle prize worth €6,000 which is its new 48 month warranty option.




Weight reduction was one of the main factors concentrated on by the trailer manufacturers at the IAA. In co-operation with brake manufacturer Haldex, SAF-Holland has designed a lighterweight trailer disc brake – that’s 12 kilometres per axle lighter. Its fi fth wheel system now carries 33 kilogrammes less weight. Another innovation introduced is a tyre pressure monitoring system adopted from similar installations in America. Recently a parts distribution deal was signed with Iveco.

Trailer manufacturers, in general suffered more than most during the recession and World brand leader Schmitz Cargobull was no exception. Under the theme ‘Successful Transport Solutions’ more payload and less fuel consumption, less weight and lasting safety as well as greater transport and loading comfort for both the freight and the drivers – were its new customer orientated developments. The X-Light trailer for example is 1200 kgs lighter than competing curtainsiders.

Galway based Thermo King launched three new market leading product solutions such as the V700 MAX DSR for truck and SLX whisper for trailer as well as additional models to add to the highly successful X-Series range for buses and coaches. Each product has been developed to meet an identified need within the marketplace to improve performance, reliability and enhanced efficiency.






Growth is taking off again according to Bernd Bohr, Bosch Chairman, “The upswing is also happening on the roads. More freight traffic, more commercial vehicles – we see that reflected in our technology business.” This includes the Truck Multimedia Navigation System which operates on 24 volts. The system can recognise the length, width or weight load for any particular vehicle. This means that the vehicle-specific criteria leads to taking corresponding truck specific routes.

EcoPia is Bridgestone’s new offering for trucks – tyres and retreads. Launched by Makio Ohashi, CEO and President of Bridgestone Europe said, “the new Ecopia truck tyre range, offers fleet customers comprehensive solutions for increased environmental responsibility and efficiency and reduced operating costs.” Bridgestone’s Total Fleet Management elements of new tyres, retreads and services were also exhibited which, of course, is supported by its network of dealers across the EU.

Following the launch of the Conti 3600 Fleet Services programme, Continental’s Commercial Vehicles Tyres Division has now expanded the project to 37 European countries (from 24 markets). Dr. Michael Korpiun, Head of European Fleet Sales and Marketing Director Commercial Vehicles Tyres Europe, presented this success achieved within 9 months and also relayed results from its pan-European study. ‘European Truck Customer 2010’ which investigated the expectations of fleet operators regarding better mobility guarantees. Continental Tyres is actually based in Hanover.



Two interesting developments from global engine manufacturer Cummins caught our eye. First was the new family of turbochargers for smaller diesel engines (see factory visit report on Page 66) from 2.0 – 5.0 litres. The other was the European debut of the EPA 2010 certified ISX 15 engine that runs successfully in North American heavyduty applications. At the Stand we met with Steve Nendick where he explained that Cummins' development of its Euro 6 engine is progressing well at its Darlington plant.

The Eminox SCRT system, a product specifically developed for buses, eliminates up to 80% of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and virtually all Particulate Matter (PM) Combining CRT (Continuously Regenerating Trap) with SCR technologies, the retrofit solution achieves mission standards equivalent to Euro 5. Eminox has also developed an ART – Active Regeneration Trap to meet the ever- increasing demands to reduce emissions from non-road mobile machinery.

HANKOOK ‘e-cube’ is Hankook’s newest generation of tyres for long haul purposes. A particularly low rolling resistance (energy) along with efficiency and reduced environmental pollution (environment) make up the 3 main elements of the e-cube (e3) radial tyre concept. The new range from the South Korean truck & bus tyre company comprises of tyres for steer and drive axles together with matching trailer tyres.



GOODYEAR DUNLOP Stand B22 in Hall 12 was the display area for Goodyear Dunlop. New on the stand was the Dunlop SP 244 trailer tyre range, new Multi Tread Dunlop range of retreads and a Goodyear prototype trailer tyre with a 10 tonne load capacity. The two main show premiers were the fuel saving Marathon LHT II trailer type and Duraseal versions of the Omnitrac and MSD II.



Exhibiting in Europe is a regular affair for American commercial vehicle suspension and lift-axle supplier but it was the first time that the company actually hosted a press briefing on the big Press Conference day held on the eve of the IAA Show. One of the announcements made was the agreement with Sinotruk (Hong Kong) whereby Hendrickson will design, develop and manufacture suspension system for us in heavy-duty trucks built by Sinotruk’s partner CNHTC. More information on www.

Savergreen is the new addition to the Michelin X Energy family. For long haul operations, Savergreen has managed to achieve 1.7 litre per 100 km reduction in fuel consumption compared to other major tyre brands. Already supplied to Daimler, Iveco, MAN, Scania, Renault Trucks and Volvo, these manufacturers are always looking at ways to reduce operating costs. Another benefit of Savergreen is that it falls in line with Michelin’s four lives policy – New, Regroove, Recap and Regroove again.





Among the main outdoor exhibitors surrounding the vast arena that is the IAA Exhibition Centre is Allison Transmissions. Its concentration on this occasion was innovation in Hybrid Propulsion Systems and further developments on its renowned automatic transmission systems. Apart from diesel-electric powertrains, the increasing interest in Natural Gas powered vehicles (CNG) has now come under its spotlight. Allison Transmission CNG technology boosts startability when combined with engines with a lower torque profi le.

Another regular American exhibitor is Arvin Meritor which serves truck, trailer and OE manufacturers with a wide range of components for over 100 years. LogixDrive is the industry’s fi rst intelligent axle system, which is enabled by electronic controls that senses temperatures, speed, braking and torque conditions to apply the correct amount of lubrication to the axle. Its MX series of front drive steer axles is now broader and can be used in 4x4/6x6 and 8x6 applications for construction and military type vehicles.

Out in the open-air exhibition grounds, material handling specialists such as Cargotex had plenty of room to showcase their wares. Hiab leader cranes, log lifts, multilift demountables, forklifts and tail-lift s were all on display as well as the Moffet Mounty, which celebrates 60 years in business. So the event had a unique Irish flair to it – any excuse to celebrate!



Best-in-class, industry-first technologies were the promotional tag-lines from leading component supplier DANA. It introduced the first one-piece, lightweight aluminium driveshaft developed for the truck market using DANA’s patented magnetic-pulse welding (MPW) process. A new gasket for LCVs that has an innovative sealing system and a new banjo-style beam axle design, offering reduced NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) performance, along with drivability and reliability was also premiered. Modification to its universal joint assembly and water-cooled charge air-coolers were also presented.

With 2009 sales of almost $12 billion Eaton is one of the World’s top automotive manufacturers and with 70,000 employees, it markets products to more than 150 countries. Those in the know about hybrid technology will be aware that Eaton is among the major suppliers to the likes of Daimler and PACCAR. Founded in 1911, Eaton is headquartered in the USA but has bases in Italy, China and Brazil and its business divisions include Hydraulics, Aerospace and Vehicle.

RATCLIFF/PALFINGER Sister Palfinger brands Ratcliff + MBB teamed up to display their separate ranges of tail-lift s. New from Ratcliff is the RTP50 Passenger Lift – said to be the most user-friendly under-floor lift on the market. It has a capacity of 350 kg and comes with four different platform sizes. Premiered on the Palfi nger side is the new 1000E eco-friendly Cantilever, which has no hydraulic components just innovative electrical cylinders instead. The battery recharges while lift ing.

WABCO Visiting media had the opportunity to tour WABCO’s own test track located north of the exhibition Centre. Five demonstrations of the company’s latest innovations presented indoors were available on trucks equipped with new technology. The keynote presentation by WABCO Chairman Jacques Astier mentioned its experience as a supplier in India, as well as the challenges and growth opportunities for the commercial vehicle industry in China

For over 40 years, Dutch company Groeneveld has been active in the development, production, marketing and sales of innovative products and services for efficiency and safety in transport, earthmoving and construction industries. Groeneveld’s Transport Efficiency division which specialises in automatic greasing systems, oil management and safety product exhibited in Hall 11 under the theme ‘Your efficiency is our Challenge,’ while GreenCat presented a full range of on-board computers, fleet, transport and supply chain management systems in Hall 4 under the ‘IT for the moving world’ theme.

ZF “In 2010, ZF has returned to profitability,” says CEO Hans-Georg Harten and to prove that the upturn is gaining ground, the German component supplier achieved an increase in sales by over 40% in the fi rst eight months of 2010 compared to 2009 figures. Growing demand for its products and services in China and the USA has been the most significant contributor. Diversification of its core business includes entering the telematics business as well as the wind energy market. ‘Innovation of Great Value’ was its IAA theme.



Argent Equipment on a roll!


ictured at the recent certification by the National Safety Authority of Ireland (NSAI) of the fi rst Stoneridge Tachograph Rolling Road at Argent Equipment, Dublin are: L/R Don Manley, Argent Equipment Ireland; John Calder, Sales Manager, Stoneridge Electronics UK; Rory Brennan, NSAI; Graeme Mays, Engineering Project Manager, Stoneridge Electronics UK and John Lynch, Technical Support, Stoneridge Electronics UK.

Palletforce & Redhead International trans-sport!


edhead International helped promote its recently enhanced daily service from Scotland to Ireland by transporting Rally Team Scotland’s Ford Fiesta R2 rally car to the recent Ulster Rally.

The rolling road will be used for Tachograph calibrations and speed limiter setting. Jim McGrath, Director of Argent Equipment said the investment will reduce the calibration time by more than 50%. The equipment will also be used by Renault Trucks Ireland workshop to carry out live test drives at up to 60 kms per hour resulting in much time saved on road tests. The NSAI’s Rory Brennan stated that he is delighted to see Testing Centres investing in new equipment to improve their work processes and is happy to certify the equipment for use in Ireland.

Maxol’s AdBlue tanker on a mission!


n order to supply the growing commercial vehicle parc that uses AdBlue for SCR – Selective Catalytic Reduction exhaust emission control systems, Maxol Lubricants has put a 30,000 litre tanker on the road.

Palletforce, the UK’s leading palletised distribution network, is the rally team’s main sponsor and Redhead International is a key Palletforce member in Ireland. Palletforce and Redhead recently introduced a new quarter pallet service and lower rates for Northern and Southern Ireland, plus additional next day coverage. Together they are one of the largest movers of palletised goods between the UK and Ireland, transporting several thousand pallets each month, and the Ulster Rally was a great opportunity for them to showcase their superior service. The Ulster Rally was a round of both the Irish Tarmac & British Rally Championship and Rally Team Scotland’s driver John MacCrone fi nished second in the Fiesta Sport Trophy category. Pictured are: Mark Cosgrove, Redhead International Director, and Rally Team Scotland’s Ford Fiesta R2 rally driver Steven Wilson.

Solely dedicated to GreenChem AdBlue deliveries, the tanker featuring the latest electronic metering and dry link dispensing system is transported around to all of Maxol’s Smart Systems by a Volvo FH12.420 6x2 tractor unit. It is operated by Maxol Lubricants’ own fully trained staff .

Volvo on Show


rish Commercial (Sales) customer Jimmy Kennedy started out with a planned three month conversion job in extending his old Volvo FH12 but the task took over a year to finish! The truck started life as an FH12 6x2 tractor unit powered by a 380 hp D12A engine. Now it’s a cross between a European Cab Over Engine Tractor Unit with the living area of an American bonnet truck. It could now be called a Mid-Atlantic Volvo! Look out for Jimmy’s extended Volvo FH12 at

shows around the Country.

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One-to-One Karen Langner, Kommunikation, Daimler Fleetboard, with Jarlath Sweeney

hich is fitted hand we have the hardware which in the trucks and on the otherr hand we are offering various technicall services. It helps the fleet manager to optimise umption, the fleet to reduce fuel consumption, nsure reduce wear and tear and to ensure ular maintenance is done at regular ved intervals. Already we have proved with different customers, who ave are saying that when they have integrated Fleetboard, they have saved about 15-20% fuel costss and maintenance costs and also fuel reduction. JS. So with the investment that they ment make, the return on that investment is very transparent. KL. Yes, and we say the whole hole port Fleetboard product for transport heir operators is integrated into their f leet very easily. Step by step, everybody gets to know whatt it is and the drivers aren’t afraid of it. We say it is really possible to get a return on investment before 1012 months, so in one year you’ll get your hard earned investment back. JS. So you have the soft ware in the truck which can be relayed back office, so you can analyse from driver to driver, from truck to truck.

JS. Can you just explain what Fleetboard is all about? How it improves day-to-day transport operations? KL. Fleetboard is a telematics solutions that is offered by Daimler Fleetboard, which is a subsidiary of Daimler Corporation and it can be fitted into all trucks of all makes and also in vans. The latter system is really new and we will bring it to the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show (in September). Th is telematics solution helps the transport operator to have a complete overview about the fleet, to get the fleet running efficiently every time and what can be done to improve the potential of the fleet. So on the one

KL. Yes, that’s true. On the one hand you have the hardware in the truck and on the other hand all the services, not only do you have time management about driver working hours and so on but logistics management for ensuring efficient logistic processes – full loads, routes, tracking systems and the driver can get electronic signatures from the customer and can scan the packages and so on. JS. It’s available to be fitted directly onto new Mercedes-Benz trucks but can it also be retrofitted on older trucks and on other brands?

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integrated into ot her soft ware systems but it cannot be integrated in other telematics systems. One doesn’t have the detailed data. The services are downloadable from the internet, access from everywhere around the world.

JS. You’re going to fit Fleetboard in light commercials now. Is it going to be still called Fleetboard? Is it going to be the same system for vans? KL. Yes, it’s going to be an ex-works fitt ing for the Sprinter. It’s basically the same system but we are focussing more on the CANBus electrical system in terms of vans because, as you know, in the van segment it’s not necessary having such a device. We are focussing mainly on the driver and the improvement of the driver performance and maintenance. JS. Can you restrict the speed of the van through your system? Currently in Germany there are moves to introduce a 120 kilometre per hour speed limit for vans. Can the soft ware in your system regulate or govern the speed of the van? KL. I don’t think we can measure it.

KL. We have to differentiate because on the one At the 63rd IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover, Andreas Renschler the Daimler Commercial Vehicle boss addressed the press about Fleetboard. “Our Fleetboard brand already offers smart telematics services that ensure trucks are becoming even more efficient. Should you wish, you always have a virtual controller, dispatch manager, and mechatronics expert on board your trucks. The only thing we will still gladly leave to our customers is driving.”

effective maintenance management tool for their entire fleets. It even takes assignment planning into account. As a result, as far as our customers are concerned, the initial investment for the Fleetboard system pays off after just one year. It’s therefore not surprising that our customers are now using more than 60,000 of these onboard units. That’s more than any other commercial vehicle manufacturer can claim.

“Other than that, Fleetboard can be used for an almost unlimited number of different applications. First, Fleetboard shows users how they can exploit further efficiency potential, thereby helping them cut fuel consumption by up to 15 percent. Second, Fleetboard enables users to plan effective routes so that empty runs can be kept to a minimum. Th ird, Fleetboard provides our customers with an FLEETTRANSPORT | OCT 10 25


Renault Trucks ‘Construction Days’ Event More ‘Opti’-ons than you can shake a Baguette at! be a problem, the Optidriver+ ‘Off-Road’ switch can be pressed. When activated the mode instantly widens the torque band and the ‘Automated Manual Transmission’ (AMT) will hold the gear for longer. Moreover, when negotiating very rough terrain, engine speed can be set by engaging a ‘throttle lock’ switch on the dash. Allowing the driver to steer without having to control the accelerator, while being bounced around over the rough bits. Available to drive on the day was a Premium Lander with an 8x2*6 configuration. Aimed directly at operators requiring increased manoeuvrability in urban or rural environments, the positively steered, lifting rear axle is hydraulically controlled, and tracks the second steer axle, providing not only an excellent turning circle, but also a weight saving of just under 500 kgs. Moreover, as the axle tracks the second steer the 8x2*6 can be reversed normally without the need to lock-up the rear wheels.


t can sometimes be hard to improve on a good thing, but the latest upgrades to the Renault Trucks Construction range are distinct improvements. Long held in high regard the ‘Renault Kerax’ has earned respect as one of the toughest no nonsense site vehicles available. Likewise, its stable mate the Premium Lander has won many admirers with its comfort and performance on road, twinned with a high level of off-road ability. Now Renault Trucks has upped their game with further developments of its ‘Opti’ series. Consistent good performances in its original target market, the long haul sector, has boosted sales of the ‘Optifuel’ system. Renault now extends ‘Optifuel’ to its Construction series. Many believed that developments in vehicle technology would not, and could not, realise the same benefits in construction vehicles, as those achieved in long distance transport. In construction work fuel consumption has always been a problem – and due to the nature of the work there was little could be done about it. Over the last two years with fuel prices rising and margins getting tighter, Renault Trucks has seen an increased level of interest from the construction industry in reducing fuel costs, and it believes Optifuel is the answer.

Optifuel Solutions merges three elements - the Optifuel Vehicle, the Driver Training, and the Optifuel Infomax Software. When all three elements are combined, independent testing by the German ‘TUV Sud’ standards agency, confirmed a fuel saving of 6.4% in road going applications. With this in mind the construction giant ‘Eurovia’, which operate two thousand trucks, put its drivers through an Optifuel driving programme. The drivers’ skills were improved and Eurovia has saved in excess of €1 million per annum from their fuel bill. Two engines units are available for Lander and Kerax. Lander gets the DXi7 and DXi11, while Kerax can avail of the same DXi11 or go larger with the DXi13. All meet the Euro-5 standard and offer eight power outputs from 270 hp through to 520 hp - with torque ratings from 1,010 Nm to 2,550 Nm respectively.

Another new tool in the ‘Opti’ toolbox is ‘Optitrack’. Optitrack is an intelligent method of changing a 4x2 to a 4x4, with the flick of a switch. Nothing radically new about that. However, what makes Optitrack different is that 4WD, is accomplished without the use of a transfer case and front differential. Employing a hydrostatic transmission system, a high-pressure hydraulic pump connected to the engine via the PTO, and linked to two hydraulic motors in the hubs acting directly onto the wheels. The change from 4x2 to 4x4 is instant and can be selected while moving; it then switches off automatically once 30 kph is reached. In addition

For the Euro-5 Kerax, Renault Trucks claims a 9% increase in power and a 14% increase in torque over the Euro-4 versions previously fitted, with the torque band moved lower to kick in from 950 rpm through to 1,400 rpm. If the driver believes traction could

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to its smooth operation and instant effectiveness the real bonus is the weight saving. The absence of a transfer case and by using a standard front axle provides a weight saving off 490 kgs over a regular 4x4 configuration. Confident in its product, Renault Trucks was keen that we test Optitrack pulling an empty trailer. In 4x2 mode, heading up a steep slope covered with loose stone and clay, we stopped the Lander half way up - and then tried to move off. All we got was a cloud of dust and some dramatic wheel spin. Once we engaged the Optitrack 4x4, which operates from 0 kph, the Lander moved away in a manner that could only be described as graceful. A further advantage of the ‘temporary 4x4’ over a standard 4x4 system is that when not in use there is no loss of power, since none of the components are permanently engaged which means there is no friction. Renault Trucks maintains this can realise a 10% saving on fuel. One small area of concern is that Optitrack is self-contained, and the hydraulic oil used is held in a reservoir located under the air filter housing – which seems quite low to the ground. When in use the system pumps the oil through a heat exchanger mounted on the chassis just behind the fuel tank - with a cooling fan mounted directly on the oil cooler itself. Although ground clearance is more than adequate at 250mm. For some applications the heat exchanger and reservoir appear somewhat exposed, especially to dust and debris thrown up by the wheels as the truck moves over rough terrain. If required no doubt the components could be moved to cater for extreme areas of operation. It is worth remembering that the system was designed in conjunction with ‘Poclain’, which knows something about heavy vehicle hydraulics in off-road conditions.

centralised 25 tonne, towing-pin, integrated into the three-piece steel bumper. Braking capabilities have also been reworked, giving the 6x4 enough stopping power to cater for a GVW of 100 Tonnes. The newly improved Optidriver+ AMT transmission can only increase the acceptance of two pedal driving. With faster shift times for site work, few at this stage can argue against the benefits. Currently in excess of 80% of Renault Trucks vehicles sold select the Optidriver+ AMT option. With Euro-4 Renault, readily admit that on occasion manual changing had an advantage over AMT depending on road conditions. Whereas with the Euro-5 engines, they recommend drivers use auto mode everywhere.

of mixed on/off-road transport, without losing any of its road going comforts or increasing costs. Kerax has been with us now since 1997 and Lander since 2003, worldwide they have served in some of the toughest areas of operation and acquitted themselves well. If they can handle mining operations in the Chilean Andes at 4,500 metres - site clearance in any part of Ireland should not pose too much of a problem. Now with improved versions of Optidriver+, Optifuel and Optitrack, available they should be with us for another few years yet.

Comfort levels and handling in both Kerax and Lander are superb even over the extreme sections of the test ground. Both tractor and rigid models feeling solid and willing to attack any section of difficult terrain. Being specifically designed as a construction vehicle has always been one of Kerax’s best qualities, and sets a benchmark for others to chase. The addition of Optitrack to the Premium Lander now allows it to venture further into the area

Also noted was some other small but important improvements such as the newly up-rated

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Volume 5, No. 3 Autumn 2010

Shipbuilding on the banks of the Liffey - a fascinating part of Dublin’s history


at Sweeney is an historian, a maritime journalist and photographer, but above all a long-standing enthusiast for all matters maritime. Mercier Press has recently published his ‘Liffey Ships & Shipbuilding’ a book which, in the opinion of this reviewer, should be essential reading not only for those interested in the sea and ships but also for anyone who seeks to understand the Irish economy and the way in which it functioned, particularly through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Th is is not just a Shipping ‘Anorak’ book, it is a serious economic and social history of Dublin.

in Dublin, not only carried out an extensive shipbuilding and repair business but also set up a munitions factory capable of making 2,000 eighteen pound shells a week with virtually all-

Though Sweeney’s main focus is on more recent times he opens with a description of the ship design and building exploits of Sir William Pett y, Cromwellian. Pett y designed and built in a yard near the present Wolfe Tone Quay a series of twin hulled catamarans and Pat describes how in July 1663 one of these raced the Holyhead to Howth Packet boat and reached the North County Dublin Harbour fi fteen hours ahead. Pett y’s catamaran design did not scale up well and the fast ship project came to an end until its revival three and a half centuries later. Moving to the nineteenth century and talking about the sett ing up of what was to become a major shipyard at Dublin’s North Wall, something that had only become physically possible following the completion of the South and North Bull Walls, which let the river flow scour out the channels to give a deep harbour. Sweeney observes, “In nineteenth-century Ireland most development was funded by cross-channel investors, as the conservative Irish preferred to put their money into property.” He goes on to describe the role of members of the Quaker Community in the development and management of this and other Dublin businesses, names that are familiar even now, including, Bewleys, Jacobs and Pims. During the First World War, the dockyard

her military demeanour as the fi rst Irish naval vessel the ‘Muirchu’. Pat Sweeney details almost all of the ships built at the various Yards alongside or close to the Liffey including Ocean Liners, Canal Barges, Naval Vessels, even ships that were built and then returned to CKD form for re-assembly at remote South American locations. He goes deeply into the social and labour aspects of shipbuilding in Dublin, the fact that wages were almost always higher than those at British and Belfast Yards and that strikes could go on for years. He describes the difficulties under which the yards operated during the 1940’s when all steel had to be sourced through British Government Departments, how, in post-War years this steel was priced well above that at which it was made available to British yards. Sweeney also writes vividly about the heroic efforts of all concerned to build up an Irish National Merchant Fleet so as to avoid the Free State’s citizens starving to death during the Second World War and how later, the new Irish Shipping Ltd., together with B + I Line had a number of vessels built at the Liffey Dockyard. It is curious that two of the least vessels built on the Liffey are now permanently moored within a couple of miles of the Liffey Dockyard. The Aran Islands tender ‘Naomh Eanna’ lying in the Grand Canal Basin, while Cork harbour transatlantic Liner tenders, the ‘Cill Airne’ at the North wall, close to the site of the original yard.

female labour. At that time another product of the Company, the one-time marine survey vessel ‘Helga’ and now ‘His Majesty’s Armed Yacht’ was achieving fame in the folklore of the 1916 rebellion and Sweeney goes to some length to disprove the most famous stories of her fi ring at the GPO. As he describes, she returned to her survey duties after the War but following the foundation of the new State she resumed

Pat Sweeney manages to combine the journalist’s ease of telling a story with the historian’s love for research in producing a book that should occupy a keystone position in the library of every person interested in this island Nation. ‘Liffey Ships & Shipbuilding’ by Pat Sweeney, published, 2010, by Mercier Press and available through Eason’s at €19.99




Ports Policy Review dominates Conference.


t the recent Irish Ports Association Conference held at Thomond Park, Limerick and hosted by Shannon Foynes Port Company, the planned core theme was ‘Ports policy for an export led recovery’. Speakers to that theme included Geraldine Knatz, CEO of the Port of Los Angeles who focussed on the environmental issues that are important in a 21st Century Port. However, the issue that dominated discussions both on the floor and informally was the recently released document from the Department of Transport, their ‘Ports policy review Consultation Document’. The Department had set an endOctober date for final receipt of responses to the document that had set out thirty questions to which it is seeking answers. The Conference included a workshop on the matters raised in the document and speakers included Tom O’Mahony, Secretary General of the Department of Transport; John Lynch, General Manager of Rosslare Europort and Eamonn Bradshaw, CEO of Galway Port. The Department of Transport document set out the main themes of the 2005 document, and accepting that subsequent boom and bust events both globally and in Ireland, had made the production of a new document a matter of some urgency. In describing the Development of the Irish Ports


sector the Department accepted that the policy of not grant aiding the sector had, in fact, been a success and that, at present and for the near future Port capacity was adequate. Th is view was not shared by all of the Port representatives. There was a general feeling that the ‘Landlord Port’ policy, under which each of the major Port Companies operated the essential infrastructure of the Port, and private companies competed with one another in operating services in those Ports, had worked well and was broadly in line with the European model. There was concern expressed that the Government might fall in with an EU driven policy that sought to pick ‘winners’ amongst Ports, allowing these chosen Ports to be aided in becoming specialist, rather than general cargo Ports. The work being undertaken by the IMDO (Irish Maritime Development Office), in conjunction with Sustainable Energy Ireland, on identifying suitable sites for servicing and perhaps building offshore power generation systems, was mentioned in this context. The Department’s document had discussed the subject of Foreshore Administration and appeared to agree with the commonly held view amongst the Ports that, while the whole area of Landside Planning had made significant progress during the period of the current document, the whole area of seaside planning under the Foreshore Acts had not kept pace with this and was in need of modernisation.

A new dimension since 2005 has been the Department of Transport’s attempts to tie together disparate Transport issues under their ‘Smarter Travel’ policy. Port Companies welcomed the fact that two of the thirty questions in the consultative Document related to Rail Freight as an environmentally responsible mode of moving freight into and out of Irish Ports. The Document had asked, “How could greater use of rail freight to and from our seaports be encouraged? What measures to encourage such usage could be introduced” and, “Should rail freight facilities be planned and developed at strategic ports i.e. ports handling large volumes of bulk and container traffic? If so, how should such facilities be realised?” The document also raised the issue of Coastwise shipping and its potential for development. The Policy review also raised issues of Port ownership, not only in the context of the advantages or not of private ownership of existing Ports and development of new ones by private companies, but also whether or not Rosslare Europort should be taken out of the CIE Group, and whether or not a policy of seeking to streamline activities by bringing adjacent ports under common management. The document had also broached the issue as to whether or not ‘all-island’ was the way to go in Ports Policy.



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Newsletter for Approved Driving Instructors

So Swedish. So Saab.The new 9-5

Fun & Fundraising on the Cannonball Run 2010!





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contents AUTUMN 2010 34 NEWS Mobile phone while driving usage surveyed • GoCar in Dublin • Ford update Mondeo • Save time and money on M50 • Make ESP mandatory • €27m wasted plus Junction Box: short snappy news bites 36 COVER Fundraising & Frolics on the Cannonball Run 37-38/47-48 DIRECTION/adi News: Green Car = Green Drivers • DIA Ireland established • Tom Tom awards best drivers • Report: Driver CPC – Health & Safety Module • Twin Test Drives: Mazda 2 & Mazda 3 49 LAUNCH PAD New Volvo S60 & Saab 9-5

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Mobile phone use while driving highlighted in survey


f 34,000 drivers at 45 locations around Ireland, 1964 were using a hand-held mobile phone while driving representing a ratio of over 1 in 20 (6%). The Road Safety Authority survey also revealed that two regions marked greater levels of mobile phone use than other areas surveyed – Cork City represented the highest levels of noncompliance (12%), twice the national average while 9% of drivers around Maynooth were noted. The lowest levels of phone use in this manner were Drogheda and Dundalk at 3% and Athlone with 2% breaking the rule. Mobile phone use while driving became a penalty point offence in September 2006. Since then, a total of 93,525 offences have been recorded up to 31st August 2010. It is now

the second highest penalty point offence in Ireland after speeding. Th is represents an increase of almost 16,000 in just 12 months since 31st August 2009. Following publication of the report, Mr. Noel Brett, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority, appealed to drivers to be aware of the risks associated with using a mobile phone while driving: “The results of this study are extremely worrying, particularly when we know that you are 4 times more likely to crash if you use a hand held mobile phone while driving. We also know that the results understate the true extent of the problem, as the study did not capture those texting while driving or those using a hands-free kit. In fact, research tells us that using a handsfree mobile phone is no safer than using a hand-held mobile phone while driving.

Audi repeats Award win Just like last year, a German jury of experts declared Audi the winner of the Automotive Lean Production Award. And for the fi rst time Audi won the Manufacturer category for its entire car production facility – that of the Audi A4, A5 and Q5 at the Ingolstadt site. Plant Manager Peter Kössler cited the ‘front loading concept and consideration of demographic trends’ impressed the jury.

GoCar gets green light in Dublin


aving operated successfully in Cork for over two years, GoCar the Car Sharing Scheme has now arrived in Dublin. Th is smarter travel option which offers a realistic alternative to car ownership has now entered service with two cars initially based on Pleasants Street, just off Camden Street. According to Mark Rafferty, GoCar Car Sharing Limited, the benefits of GoCar are threefold – 1) saves money: on fuel, insurance, parking and of course, the initial purchase of the vehicle 2) hassle free: no cleaning, maintenance, servicing or NCT worries 3)

environmentally friendly: potential to remove 8 – 10 vehicles off Irish roads, free up car parking spaces. Mark plans to introduce a number of vans into the vehicle pool, which will also include hybrid powered cars in due course. Integration with the electric car power charge points is also within his sights. Method of payment is simple, once registered with GoCar. ie, customers can book for anytime from €4.75 per hour and 33 cents per kilometre for the duration of one hour or as long as required.

Professional Driver Chooses Jaguar XJ The new Jaguar XJ has won the 2010 Car of the Year from Professional Driver magazine, rating it as the top car for chauffeurs and private hire drivers. “The new Jaguar XJ makes a statement that none of its rivals can match,” said Mark Bunsa, Editor. “The judges love the XJ’s looks, its beautiful and

To discover just how it operates, watch the two minute explanatory video on www.

Low emissions highlight New Mondeo range


he most significant development with the new Ford Mondeo range is that all of the manual transmission models have a CO 2 figure of just 139 g/km, placing the car within Band B €156 annual car tax rate. Another factor with the new model, which has been refreshed inside and out, is that the starting price for the diesel engined style 2.0 TDCi (115 PS) is below €26,000 (that is around €700 less than the entry level 1.8 litre (100 PS) TDCi from the previous model). Th ree power ratings on the 2.0 TDCi will be


available starting with the 115 PS joined by the 140 PS and 160 PS version. 3 trim levels too – Style, Zetec and Titanium. “We are delighted with the new revised Mondeo and are really excited about the great value proposition that the new line up will provide,” said Eddie Murphy, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland. “Th anks to its great driving quality, Mondeo has been a favourite with Irish motorists since its launch and we are sure this latest model will again prove hugely popular.”

distinctive interior and outstanding driving dynamics.”

Dora & SpongeBob voice TomTom Official voices of Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SpareParts are now available for users of TomTom devices. So now drivers and passengers can be treated to “We need to exit left ahead – Vamonos! We’re getting closer!” In addition to enjoying the character voices, drivers can begin every journey with their favourite cartoon character on their start-up screen.


SEAT scores again in Europa In its fi rst year, SEAT’s sponsorship of the UEFA Europe League quickly became the Spanish brand’s most successful sponsorship package. Now the successful partnership continues. A total of 526 million people followed 205 matches played in the fi rst season on their TV screens, while 4.4 million watched the games at the matches. The impact on SEAT was huge with the SEAT banner on the site generating 48 million hits.

Drogheda Motor Show

Save time and money by contacting eflow if incorrect penalty charge on M50 usage


rivers receiving incorrect penalty notices on the M50 are obliged to contact eFlow, the barrier-free tolling, immediately after the fi rst notice arrives. By the time the second notice comes through the letterbox the fee will have jumped from €6 to €85. Then and only then will video evidence be shown to prove the driver innocent or otherwise. On enquiring about this issue an eFlow spokesperson said that the video information could not be issued before then due to data information protection, therefore it is imperative that their office is contacted immediately after receiving the initial fine. “Calls up to their

offices can be made all year round, 7 days a week,” she said. “The second notice is issued two weeks following the fi rst notice, which should give ample time for the driver to prove their case,” she added. She did admit that the camera system is not 100% accurate as registration plates can be tampered with or have faded numbers. Tampering includes the placing of a securing bolt or screw in the middle of an 0, for example which may show up as an 8 in the camera footage. Therefore the obligation is on the driver to prove it is their car or not that’s recorded on screen.

Don’t wait for ESC to be mandatory


cLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, has called on fleet decisionmakers to buy or lease company cars fitted with life-saving electronic stability control (ESC) technology. 12 local franchise motor dealers have come together to exhibit at the first ever Drogheda Motor Show to be held from 5-7 November at the Drogheda Retail Park. Organised by Drogheda & District Chamber, the event sponsored by Permanent TSB Finance will feature over 100 new models over the weekend. Admission is free.

Škoda sponsors cycling Škoda Ireland is the national brand sponsor of Cycling Ireland, the governing body of cycling in Ireland. As part of the agreement Cycling Ireland will receive Škoda’s Octavia Combi (estate) vehicles that will support the organisation on the 2010/2011 cycling circuit. Pictured (Left to Right) celebrating the sponsorship deal are models Georgia Salpa and Pippa O'Connor with Raymond Leddy, Marketing Manager of Škoda Ireland and Geoff Liffey, Chief Executive of Cycling Ireland. Škoda is the official sponsor of the Tour de France.

The 2008 F1 World Champion made his call in a message delivered at the eSafety Challenge 2010, held at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire. A range of eSafety technologies is gradually being fitted to all new vehicles. ESC is the most prevalent, as it features in more than 60% of all new vehicles. However, uptake is still slow. Fleets are responsible for buying almost two-thirds of all new cars sold and the EU-backed road safety organisation say corporates must lead the uptake of ESC.

“Fleet purchasing is a great way to promote road safety and to only operate cars fitted with ESC, " stated Lewis. “There are affordability issues around ESC, which is why it is not yet fitted in all cars but where there is an option for fleets, I would endorse the decision to operate the car equipped with ESC.” A Department for Transport study concluded that vehicles equipped with ESC were 25% less likely to be involved in a fatal accident than those without it. The European Commission has decreed that all new vehicle types should be equipped with ESC from 2012, with all new vehicles being equipped by 2014. “When there is an option I would always choose a car with ESC. Don’t wait for ESC to be mandatory,” stressed Lewis.

€27 million wasted on fuel a year by Irish motorists


ichelin has revealed that a staggering €27 million is wasted by Irish motorists each year by merely driving with the wrong tyre pressures. The French tyre manufacturer has calculated that more than 58,000 tonnes of CO2 is being needlessly released into the atmosphere around Ireland. Driving with the wrong tyre pressures can put more stress on the vehicle’s steering and suspension components and cause it to burn extra fuel. It can also negatively affect the vehicle’s handling making it unstable and increasing the risk of accidents. Michelin is campaigning to make drivers aware that the wrong tyre

pressures can mean tyres wear out more quickly as well as increasing the car’s fuel consumption. With fuel prices still high it is now more important than ever that people set their tyres to the correct pressure. Peter Snelling added, “It is not only the nation’s purse which is suffering but the environment too. If motorists consume less fuel by having the correct tyre pressure then they produce less CO 2 emissions which is much better for the environment.” During September the Michelin Fill-Up With Air campaign toured Ireland offering free tyre checks to help improve safety and reduce vehicle CO2 emissions, while also helping motorists save cash. FLEETCAR | AUTUMN 2010 35


Stobart Ireland lends guiding hand on 2010 Cannonball Run


or any car enthusiast, witnessing examples of the World’s fi nest, on tour around Ireland, is a joy to behold. And all for a good cause. The 2010 Cannonball Run in aid of Barretstwon and sponsored by Stobart Ireland brought Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley cars to the convoy as well as rarities such as the Ford GT40 and a New York Police Car. Even General Lee’s Dodge Charger from the fi lm ‘Dukes of Hazard’ was there. It turned out to be the motoring and social event of the year. Many enthusiastic ‘Cannonballers’ added to the party theme by wearing a colourful array of fancy dress costumes from characters in the famous Cannonball movies such as Burt Reynolds, priests, nuns, Arabs etc. Starting off from City Centre Dublin, three action packed days took in some of Ireland’s most scenic routes stopping off at tourist locations in Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Tipperary, Kerry and Cork. Spectators lined the streets along the route to welcome the participants as 160 or so cars approached their stop-off points.

Alan Bannon, Chairman of Cannonball Ireland was delighted with the high participation numbers and the welcome received at each location along the route. He paid special tribute to the various sponsors and the Gardai for their generous support and assistance. At one of the stop-off points at Ashford Castle, Fleet Car met up with Sean Brogan, Managing Director, Stobart Ireland and asked him how his company got involved. “From our own point of view we really want to be involved with charities that really mean something and we felt that Barretstown was a great fit for us and subsequently we had the opportunity to be the sponsor of the Cannonball, so we jumped at it. It was a fantastic opportunity.” With regard to the establishment of Stobart Ireland, Sean said, “We’re focussed on delivering what the customer wants. We’ve been very successful in Ireland having set up just over 2 years ago and we’ve got some huge growth plans now, I’m very excited about the


future and things are looking very good for us.” Stobart Ireland has subsequently been awarded Tesco Ireland’s transport contract. Using their expertise in the logistics business Stobart Ireland’s involvement was more than sponsorship. “What we’ve tried to do is to provide them with as much as we can in order to keep the running costs down. We’ve been able to use our own equipment, to bring over the Teletubby, and the media buses for example. Just from the organisers point of view they didn’t have to be spending money on it.”

About Barretstown Barretstown was founded by Hollywood actor Paul Newman in 1994 after the success of his Hole In The Wall Camps in the USA. Barretstown located at Barretstown Castle in County Kildare has grown from serving 124 children in a marquee in 1994 to over 12,000 children and their families from 23 European countries. The site has grown to offer a fi rst-class facility for seriously ill children with an excellent medical centre and a unique therapeutic programme backed by the medical community. All of the children and families have come to Barretstown free of charge. The families don’t pay a cent. Everything, including accommodation, food, medical assistance and round-trip airfares are provided. Barretstown has to raise over €4.5 million each year to fund its programme, 90% of this money comes from companies and individual donations from Ireland and abroad.

Text: Jarlath Sweeney -

NEWS Newsletter for Approved Driving Instructors

Greener Drivers before Greener Cars Simon Elstow, IAM Drive & Survive Head of Training explains: “Companies no doubt consider green credentials when buying new company cars, but they may not realise how much more efficiently their employees could be driving them. “Simple techniques such as advanced anticipation, intelligent route planning and speed control can increase your fuel economy by 50 per cent, as well as gett ing you from A to B a lot quicker.”


ith companies beginning to renew their fleets, IAM Drive & Survive calls for fleet managers and business drivers to invest in eco-driver training to improve their efficiency.

DIA Ireland Established


n association has been established for Approved Driving Instructors. Called DIA Ireland – Driving Instructors Association Ireland to give it its full title, recently held its second meeting in Portlaoise to fi rm up on its constitution and the general structure of the organisation. Other items on the agenda included the formation of a mission statement, logo design and the sett ing up of an official website for both the public and members alike. Discussion was on how the association will operate and aims liaise with the Government, the Road Safety Authority, the Garda Siochana and the media. It is also envisaged that DIA Ireland appoints Regional Officers to liaise with ADI’s locally. One of the proposals was to have one DIA Ireland officer per County with four for Dublin, three for Cork, two for Limerick and two for Galway. Currently the Northern Ireland Driver Instructors Association is assisting with the initial start-up offering advice and administration services. Membership to DIA Ireland is €30.00 More information from Kevin Plunkett at Genesis Driving School – 30 FLEETCAR | Summer 2010

“Ecolution, our fuel-saving driver training course, has increased the MPG of one company’s fleet by nearly 30 per cent: a huge saving in terms of fuel bills. Efficient driving also means reduced wear and tear on the car and a better resale value,

and less frequent car replacement which is an eco-burden in itself.” Employers and individuals, mindful of their CSR and environmental responsibilities, are increasingly seeing their car as a catalyst for green change. A forthcoming IAM report Motoring Facts 2010 has found that companies are opting for more fuel efficient vehicles, with twice as many new diesel company cars as private cars being registered every year. Mr. Elstow continued: “While companies are looking into providing greener vehicles for their fleet, we advise them to do the job properly and look at how improving their business drivers’ skills could also save them money and reduce their CO 2 emissions.”

TomTom monitors van safety at the MPG Marathon 2010


omTom Business Solutions division crowned John Kerswill and Ian McKean as the winners of the Van Safety Award at this year’s MPG Marathon. The duo scooped the award after a near-flawless display of driving over two day, the 400-mile event near Stratfordupon-Avon. Each of this year’s eight MPG Marathon van entries were fitted with the TomTom LINK 300 tracking box which not only provided accurate mileage data but also recorded harsh braking and steering inputs as ‘driver events’. John (driver) and Ian (navigator) drove a Fiat Doblo Cargo and impressively recorded just one minor driving event over the entire two-day’s drive. John and Ian’s smooth and controlled driving style also allowed them to achieve an impressive 58.9mpg, 24.9% above official manufacturer’s f ig ures. T he award, endorsed by Roadsafe and Britian’s Department for Tra nspor t ’s Van Best Practice initiative, sought to recognise both efficient and safe driving in the light commercial vehicle category.

Business Solutions division, said: “Safe driving and reducing fuel consumption go hand-in-hand and the TomTom Van Safety Award encourages drivers, and in the real world fleet managers, to evaluate existing driving styles and make improvements. It is well documented that using telematics systems, in tandem with driver training can produce better fuel results, which ultimately leads to safer roads, while reducing fuel costs.” Pictured from left: Ian McKean (navigator), John Kerswill (driver), Caroline Scurr; Director Driving for Better Business (a Government backed programme delivered by RoadSafe), Rob Anderson; Technical Manager Van Best Practice and Irvin Gray; Marketing Manager, TomTom UK & Ireland.

Irvin G r ay, Marketing Manager at To m To m ’s Text & Photo: DIRECTION Gerry Murphy | AUTUMN - gerrym@fl 2010 37


Driver CPC – Health & Safety for the Professional Driver


o have a tutor with practical experience is a big advantage when attending a class, lecture or such like. That was the situation with John Connell, CPC Wise, who delivered the Health & Safety for the Professional Driver module for the Driver CPC course at the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris the weekend before the September 10th deadline. Th is module deals with the awareness of the importance of physical and mental ability. Within this section the merits of healthy eating and the different types of nutrients required as well as the sources of same were looked at, while the critical effects that fatigue and stress has on the driver was also discussed. Section 2 deals with the ability to prevent physical risks. Ergonomic issues associated with driving, manual handling, personal protection and pain relief exercises were explored. Th is is where John Connell came to the fore in addressing the class on these subjects. John was not reluctant to disclose that he worked as a coalman and in oil distribution over the years and now specialises in Manual Handling training as well as a Course Director for other transport related issues. It was with Section 2 that John started fi rst. Around the room was a good mix of drivers from the road transport and public transport sectors. Some worked in timber haulage, others in construction while the bus drivers concentrated mostly on local runs. John began with some general housekeeping regarding the venue and then explained to the class why exactly they were there! “The EU Directive 2003/59/EC Driver CPC confirms and expands the existing knowledge and skills of each driver, ensuring professional drivers continue to be safe, courteous and fuel-efficient



from a road sharing prospective,” he explained. He highlighted the significant differences between the Transport Manager CPC and the Driver CPC, which still causes confusion as the latter primarily deals with the driver’s everyday lives with a focus on road safety and thereby reducing accidents. Ergonomics is much talked about in the car industry, but what does it mean? According to John (who asked us to underline the terminology in the manual provided), “Ergonomics is the science of fitting the job to the worker and adapting the work environment to the needs of humans.” For the professional driver, the design and the driver’s use of the driving position is the crucial ergonomic factor. “However,” said John, “drivers may also be exposed to other risk factors for lower back pain such as poor posture while driving and manual handling while loading and unloading goods.” In explaining the basic principles of ergonomics, John asked members of the class to read out various paragraphs, which was a good idea in relation to interest retention. “There is no sympathy for anyone that suffers from back pain,” stated John, “but it is preventable. By simply having the seat adjusted to your size and weight and the steering column in the best position for you is a good start.” He also said that by taking your wallet or

other bulky items out of our back pocket could prevent back trouble. For the self-assessment of knowledge, questionnaires at the end of these chapters, the class was divided into groups of three where the response was discussed and then followed up with John to ensure the right answer was written in. The importance of the correct method of entering and exiting the vehicle and load area was also discussed before moving onto the manual loading section (D). In outlining his expertise in this area, John cited that the main concern with manual handling activity is the increased risk of injury due to wear and tear on the back, especially on the lumbar inter-vertebral discs. Alarming figures were revealed such as 80% of us will hurt our backs during our lifetime and that 33% of time off work is due to injuries associated with manual handling. “And it’s not always associated with heavy items,” stressed John. “It can happen be merely tripping, twisting or falling.” He described how the skeleton works using a vertebrae column model emphasising that the correct posture is paramount. “In making a successful life John introduced an easy to remember term TILE – Task, Individual, Load and Environment, which he uses all the time in his manual handling classes. He then went on to demonstrate the correct method of lift ing, carrying and putt ing a box down. “It does not have to be even loaded,” he emphasized. Accidents in the workplace amount to approximately 1,000 non-fatal injuries in the road transport industry. Of the 306 workplace fatalities recorded since 2003, 33 of these deaths involved drivers and mobile plant operators. Only the agriculture and construction sectors have higher fatality rates. Both the employers and employees obligations in relation to safety in the workplace in transport have become more to the fore by the Road Safety Authority and the Health & Safety Authority. From using the recommended personal protective equipment that’s regularly checked to


• Irish Haulier of the Year • Irish Truck of the Year Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield, County Meath - Monday 4 October 2010.

Irish Haulier of the Year Finalists AES – Advanced Environmental Solutions

BOC Gases Ireland

Livery of the Year

Own Account Transport Operator of the Year

AES is delighted to have been nominated in the ‘Livery’ category of the Fleet Transport Awards. Based in Naas, AES sees this as an endorsement of its professional and innovative approach to resource recovery, where it endeavours to bring that little bit extra to the table when dealing with its customers.

BOC Gases is Ireland’s leading supplier of industrial, medical and special gases and has been operating here for over 65 years. BOC has a diverse range of customers (food & beverages, pharmaceutical, medical, fabrication, electronics, engineering etc.) which use gases, chemicals, equipment and services to manufacture, package and deliver the food, material goods and healthcare products and services essential to modern life. In addition medical products manufactured and supplied by BOC include a range of life supporting and life enhancing medical and special gases, which are used daily for all ages in various applications e.g. operations, life support, first aid, patient recuperation etc. and also supply innovative equipment designed to contribute to faster patient recovery and a better quality of life for homecare patients.

Its livery is a reflection of its ‘new contract with nature’, where it operates in an environmentally responsible manner, while offering value and service to all of its customers, from households to the largest commercial facilities in the Country. In 2007 AES was acquired by Bord na Móna.

Tony Boylan Transport Ltd

J C Breen & Co Ltd

Regional Transport Operator of the Year

Regional Transport Operator of the Year – Pallet Network Member of the Year

Established in 2001 by Tony Boylan, who started with one vehicle and has now grown to 5 trucks and 11 tank carrier trailers which are all covered by ADR regulations.

J C Breen & Co Ltd established 25 years ago, now operates a fleet of 36 vehicles on the road, including 7 refrigerated rigid trucks.

Tony Boylan Transport Ltd is a family run company which now employs 10 full time staff. Its main core of business is the transport of Liquid Goods from Dublin Port, carrying all types of products from food grade products all the way up to hazardous goods. "We would like to thank all our customers for their loyal support over the last number of years and look forward to working with them in the future," said Tony.

Breen’s show ‘total commitment to customer care’. “We provide a complete logistics service to our customers, including storage, container stripping and pick and pack facilities,” said John Breen, M.D. J C Breen’s believes in a professional image, with uniformed, professionally trained drivers and a clean modern fleet. Breen Transport deliver next day, nationwide, and is a founder member of the ONCE pallet network. “Our commitment is to deliver your freight next day where you want them – when you want - anywhere in Ireland,” added John.

AWARDS David Byrne Transport

Celtic Linen

Regional Transport Operator of the Year

Own Account Operator of the Year – Livery of the Year – Environment Award – Safety Award

David Byrne Transport finds itself once again on the shortlist for ‘Regional Transport Operator of the Year 2011’ having won the category in 2009. The business continues to adapt to an ever changing and competitive market place and recently invested heavily in specialised refrigerated demount equipment to offer their main client a fully integrated daily distribution service from Dublin following closure of the Munster RDC.

Since it was established as a small domestic laundry in 1926 by the Scallan family, Celtic Linen has grown to become one of the leading service providers in the Linen Rental business. Operating from a state-of-the-art facility in Wexford, the company can process approximately 1 million pieces of linen a week and supplies laundry rental services and product sales to three major industry sectors nationwide Healthcare, Hospitality and Work-wear.

The heart of any business is the staff within it and part of the reason the business has been able to adapt to the changing environment has been due to the willingness and flexibility of its people to work harder and accept change. This result has been reached by all 32 people currently working in the business.

Celtic has also an extensive product range available to customers through its Product Sales Division, products such as textiles, janitorial paper and rags. Every function in each of its three plants is documented for full traceability and measurability, deliverability and accountability are all part of the service.

Coldcut Logistics

Derry Bros Shipping

Livery of the Year Business partners, James McGovern and Derek McGreal who together have over 30 years experience set up Coldcut Logistics to provide a premier logistics service which is dependable and reliable within the frozen chilled and ambient food markets. “The core strength of Coldcut Logistics is that we have gained a loyal and extensive customer base by exceeding our customers expectations which we attribute to three key things we consistently provide; Quality Service 24/7, Flexibility and Communication. Coldcut Logistics strive to expand and improve its services by collaborating with its business partners to assess their changing needs in an increasingly competitive market, explains James McGovern.

Livery of the Year If you are in the business of haulage or transport then you should really be talking to Derry Bros Shipping about your ferry bookings. The team at Derry’s take the strain out of your travel arrangements and provide 24/7 support when it comes to ferry crossings. Derry Bros Shipping is one of the leading shipping agents in Ireland. The team are highly skilled and very knowledgeable when it comes to shipping. They ship from Dublin, Rosslare, Belfast, Larne, Warrenpoint and Cork to virtually every Port in the UK and Europe. They take driver accompanied trucks, unaccompanied trailers, horseboxes and heavy haulage. Derry Bros also takes care of landbridge bookings.

Dixon International Transport International Haulier of the Year

Dipetane International Environment Award “We are the inventors, manufacturers and distributors of Dipetane Fuel treatment, a 100% Irish fuel technology product which contains ZERO additives, it is a pure 100% hydrocarbon product,” stated Drew McDowell. “Dipetane cuts your fuel bills by at least 10%. See our web site and click on “Watch our customer video” to see Ireland’s leading companies experience using Dipetane over a twenty year period.” Dipetane has increased the truck engine life by 40% in Coca Cola’s trucks measured over a twenty year period and Dipetane reduces smoke and greenhouse gases by 50% and 25% respectively. Dipetane burns the carbon that all standard fuels including additives cannot burn.



Dixon International Transport is one of the leading logistics and refrigerated distribution companies based in the North East of Ireland. The Ashbourne Company provides a competitive haulage service to destinations throughout Europe and the UK. It also has a central European base located in Olen Belgium where it operates as Dixon International BVBA. With more than 70 employees, Dixon International Transport is a young dynamic company. Drivers are highly skilled and competent and are fully aware of the importance of customer service. All our drivers are ADR trained for carriage of dangerous goods. The company has an impressive fleet of 55 trucks & 85 trailers which all have tracking devices fitted. Having invested in a modern high spec fleet with a variety of trucks and trailers Dixon International can ensure all its customer requirements can be accurately matched.

AWARDS Duff y Express Freight Ltd


Pallet Network Member of the Year

Owner/Driver Haulier of the Year – Environment Award

Duff y Express Freight Ltd, (DEF) formed in March 1980, has been offering a next day distribution service to County Donegal for more than 30 years, delivering on behalf of a wide range of longstanding customers including many of Ireland’s household names.

From one truck in 2004 to ten vehicles and 27 trailers in 2010, Elsatrans has established itself as a progressive, focused, dependable transport company. “We pride ourselves in providing a professional, reliable, 24/7 transport service ensuring that all our clients JIT deadlines are met day and night. Clients from Retail, Manufacturing, Food Services, FMCG and Logistics sectors choose Elsatrans to provide their transport requirements.

On any given day DEF trunks 15 artic loads from Dublin using a combination of Double Deck trailers, Fridges and Tautliners and thanks to the dedication of its staff deliver all consignments next day to Multiples, Retailers, Hospitals, Factories, Businesses and Private homes. “We hope to continue meeting the service requirements of our customers for many years to come, by always doing it right the first time,” stated John Duff y, M.D., Duff y Express Freight Ltd.

By changing our fleet every two years we ensure that our performance is unrivalled, carbon emissions are reduced year on year, and we have one of the most environmentally friendly transport fleets in the Country,” explained Aaron McAleenan, M.D., Elsatrans.

Failte Couriers

Noel Flanagan Refrigeration Ltd

National Haulier of the Year Failte Couriers has 25 years experience of transport and logistics in the Dublin area and is a member of The Pallet Network Ireland. Failte Couriers is a family run business and offers the most reliable delivery services in Ireland for palletised freight and parcel consignments. Enjoying a loyal customer base over the years, Rathcooled based Failte Couriers continues to grow and is predicting a successful future. Same day courier transport and 24 hours nationwide distribution are among its specialities, as well as offering storage and warehouse facilities at its Greenogue Business Park site. UK & European import and export services are also offered.

JMC Van Trans

Owner/Driver Haulier of the Year Noel Flanagan Refrigeration Ltd’s fleet operates nationwide on a 7 day week basis from its regional hubs. “We have a wealth of knowledge in the food/manufacturing sector from dealing with perishable foods, meats, poultry, chilled and frozen, in which we realise the importance of delivering on time,” explained Deirdre Flanagan, M.D. “This attention to customer satisfaction is part of the reason behind our success at the Haulier of the Year awards where we have been winners for the past two years. The development of our Longford depot has allowed us to expand our range to cover ambient and refrigerated storage and distribution services.”

National Haulier of the Year JMC Van Trans has been the leading player in the Irish distribution market since 1990, providing Dublin same-day courier and Nationwide nextday Pallet/Parcel deliveries for over 800 customers. JMC Van Trans has established a strong reputation for performance, providing a competitive, efficient and flexible product range along with innovative bespoke logistical solutions for customers. With the constant focus on customer satisfaction and quality of service, JMC Van Trans is continually investing in its network infrastructure which includes 14 strategically located depots across Ireland. This year JMC Van Trans has successfully launched a new UK service with Palletline, the leading UK pallet network, giving customers access to UK and European markets.


AWARDS Johnston Mooney & O’Brien

Johnston Logistics

Own Account Transport Operator of the Year

National Haulier of the Year – Innovation Award –Safety Award

Johnston Mooney & O’Brien, an Irish owned company, has been synonymous with the best in baking tasty breads and morning goods for more than 171 years in Ireland. Today in every corner of the Country Johnston Mooney & O’Brien is trusted for freshness, taste, quality and service. Needless to say Johnston Mooney & O’Brien has undergone many changes since 1835. It believes in the importance of tradition and heritage. Craftmanship and variety is also very important and that is why J. M. O’Brien has a range of breads to suit every need. “Our goal is to ensure that our values are relevant for people in the 21st century. For us, baking isn’t just a business, it’s our passion," stressed Andy Slane. The company operates from two bakeries in Ireland, one is a dedicated bun and morning goods bakery and the other is a dedicated bread bakery, both plants are based on the northside of Dublin and distribute to 32 counties of Ireland 364 days a year.

Johnston Logistics is the innovative logistics solutions provider in the pharmaceutical, chemical and industrial sectors. Services offered include Inventor y Management, Irish Dist r ibut ion a nd International Imports & Exports. “We provide cutting edge IT-based logistics solutions and our IT platform gives us the flexibility to interface seamlessly with our clients’ systems,” stated Niall Hickey, Operations Manager. "The solutions we offer provide an efficient, robust, end-to-end supply chain which give clients a competitive edge in their target marketplace. Key to our service offering is our strong safety ethos, which gives clients a guaranteed compliant supply chain, which meets and exceeds all regulatory requirements. Our unique offering gives Irish companies a global network and global companies an Irish network.”

McGuinness Forwarding Ltd International Haulier of the Year Frank McGuinness started the company in 1991, with the idea of providing specialist transport to the music industry. One of its first tours was with one truck around Europe for the Irish group, the Hothouse Flowers. “We have since developed into a company capable of handling tours and shows of any size for some of the biggest names in the business. We supply all the services necessary for any tour throughout Europe. Whether they are oneoff special events, festivals, arenas or exhibitions. We are experienced in the relevant areas. is constantly being renewed, we will renew our full fleet of trucks to Euro 5 engines giving the lowest NOx emissions, to reduce our impact on the environment,” stated Frank McGuinness, M.D., McGuinness Forwarding.

Roche Logistics Group National Haulier of the Year With more than twenty-five years logistics experience, Roche Group prides itself on being one of Ireland’s leading logistics providers. Adopting a customer-focused approach has enabled it to become the preferred logistics business partner for many blue chip client companies. This approach allows them to offer a customised service provision so as to exceed customers’ expectations. Its commitment to investing in the latest logistics technologies has automated each customer’s supply chain procedures. Some of the services provided are:• Worldwide Airfreight • Worldwide Sea Freight • 3 PL • National Distribution • Daily service to/from UK • Pallet distribution nationwide • Carton delivery service • Roll on/Roll off • Project Cargo


O’Leary International International Haulier of the Year O’Leary International, a substantial privately owned Irish transport and shipping company, operates from a purpose built logistics hub in New Ross, County Wexford. O’Leary’s provides Irish and European business with temperature-controlled and ambient (incl. ADR), FTL and LTL solutions. Its sector base includes waste, consumer manufacturing, retail, chemicals, pharmaceutical, fruit & vegetable, meat & dairy, textiles & clothing, and information technology. Their contractual footprint encompasses Ireland, UK and Continental Europe, with an extended global freight management capability. Its business is further enhanced through Celtic Link, the company’s sister shipping company. O’Leary’s self contained 24-hour manned operation provides a multi-lingual service, a distinct advantage in today’s international operating environment and its extensive fleet utilizes state-of-the-art web-based track and trace and temperature monitoring technology. “Delivering your promise,” is O’Leary’s motto.


• Irish Haulier of the Year • Irish Truck of the Year Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield, County Meath - Monday 4 October 2010.

Fleet Transport Magazine would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the Awards Sponsors for their continued support. Castrol Official Sponsor – Irish Haulier of the Year Castrol is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading specialist provider of Lubricant Solutions. Although most people know Castrol best for its expertise in developing lubricants for cars and bikes, it also produces lubricants that directly affect our daily lives in other, less noticeable ways such as in gas and electricity production, transport industries, construction and earth moving vehicles, refrigeration, metalworking and plastics, not forgett ing lubricants for the marine sector and for industry in general. Thermo King Official Sponsor – International Haulier of the Year Thermo King Corp., a business of American company Ingersoll Rand the world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and energy efficient environments, was founded in 1938 and manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. The company operates 10 manufacturing facilities (including one in Galway) and 17 parts distribution centers worldwide. Sales and service is provided by a global dealer network of 865 independently owned companies in 75 countries. For more information, access the Thermo King web site at www. MAN Truck & Bus Official Sponsor - Owner/Driver Haulier of the Year MAN Importers Ireland Limited, a member of the OHM Group, is the exclusive distributor of MAN Commercial Vehicles in Ireland. Since its establishment in 1994, MII has strived to develop a reputation for providing customers with high quality trucks supported by fi rst class back up service. The business is located in state-of-the-art premises on the M50 motorway, at Oak Road Business Park, Nangor Road, Dublin 12. Th is facility offers best in class sales, parts and service. With its superior nationwide dealer network, it has enabled MII to deliver its customers the highest level of service and spare parts for MAN trucks and buses.

Volvo Official Sponsor – National Haulier of the Year For over 40 years, Volvo Trucks has been one of the leading UK and Irish truck suppliers through an impressive network of 82 wholly-owned or independent distributor/dealerships offering the full range of Volvo’s products and services. The company offers the full portfolio of Volvo vehicles ranging from the FL and FE urban-to-regional workhorses to the flexible FM range, the all-new FMX construction range, the long-haul award-winning FH range and its flagship FH16 - all available with a range of cabs, trims and horsepower ratings. Maintaining its impressive green credentials, the company has recently announced plans for greener DME and hybrid vehicles, both under development in Sweden.

Mercedes-Benz Official Sponsor – Own Account Transport Operator of the Year The history of Mercedes-Benz in Ireland and the contribution which the marque has made towards the social, commercial and economic life of the country is one which can be traced back to 1955, the year in which Motor Distributors Limited was appointed to import and distribute Mercedes-Benz vehicles into Ireland. And so it was that the fi rst Mercedes-Benz cars were imported into Ireland. The cars were assembled at what is now the headquarters of Mercedes-Benz at Naas Road, Dublin and sold through a network of authorised main sales and service dealers athat had been appointed across the country for that purpose. The next major milestone in the expansion of the franchise occurred in 1967 when the Mercedes-Benz range of commercial vehicles was introduced and in 1996 MDL opened its own dealership named MUTEC on the Naas Road premises. Th is dealership caters for Sales, Service and Parts for the entire Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle range. Today the MercedesBenz Sales network comprises of 21 car dealers, 18 van dealers and heavy commercial sales dealers throughout the Republic of Ireland. FLEETTRANSPORT AWARDS 2011 5

AWARDS SPONSOR PROFILES Nightline Official Sponsor – Regional Transport Operator of the Year

Teleroute Official Sponsor – Livery of the Year

Founded in 1992, Nightline has since grown to become the largest independent Irish-owned delivery company, transporting up to 35,000 items per day. “We offer a range of general and specialised services, backed by innovative market-leading systems and technology. As well as guaranteed next day delivery across the island of Ireland, we offer a fast reliable service to and from the UK, Europe and the rest of the world through specially selected partners. Our success is based on an unshakable commitment to quality and innovation in our services and to excellence in the way we care for our customers,” stated John Tuohy, Managing Director, Nightline.

Founded in 1985, Teleroute is the creator of the original and popular online freight and vehicle exchange, and is now a dedicated supplier of innovative electronic solutions for customers in the transport and logistics market, Teleroute’s aim is to optimize your efficiency and profitability. With over 25 years experience, the company is committed to building on its international reputation. With over 200,000 freight and vehicle offers every day, Teleroute connects 70,000 users from certified transport companies across Europe. They use Teleroute to do more business, enhance their planning and improve their margins.

Reynolds Logistics Official Sponsor – Innovation Award Reynolds Logistics provide logistical and transport solutions in a specialist market, and works with many customers involved in the manufacture or distribution of oil products, hazardous goods and bulk liquids. Headquartered in Dublin Reynold’s operates a fleet of approximately 150 vehicles with 110 of these based in Ireland as have a total staff of approximately 250 people. “Our vehicles operate from 15 strategic locations throughout Ireland and UK, said Andrew Reynolds, Managing Director.

Michelin Official Sponsor – Environment Award Michelin is a major supplier of commercial vehicle tyres to the Irish road haulage industry, with a full range of products including tyres designed specifically for long distance trunking, regional operation, urban distribution and off-road tipper work, ensuring Michelin has a tyre solution to suit all possible applications. To take full advantage of the high quality of Michelin’s casings, local tyre dealers work with customers to regroove and retread the tyre as part of Michelin’s Four Lives policy. This is only possible because Michelin puts so much emphasis on the construction of its tyre casings, with each tyre built to cover many thousands of kilometres throughout its long lifetime.

Reynolds Logistics has twice been awarded Irish Haulier of the Year (2008 + 2010) in 2009 it took the Silver Medal at the European Transport Company of the Year awards. Goodyear Dunlop Official Sponsor – Safety Award Castle Mechanical Handling Official Sponsor – Pallet Network Member of the Year Castle Mechanical Handling, formed in 1973 serves the Irish materials handling industry. It is national distributors for Doosan forklift trucks and Rocla warehousing equipment. Over the years Castle has continued to adopt its policy of service, while growing into a group employing almost 50 people throughout the Country. Its nationwide service network is located in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Donegal, Monaghan and Offaly. Castle Mechanical Handling is headquartered at Damastown Industrial Park, Dublin 15 and can be contacted on 01-8694711 or by email: sales@

Iveco Official Sponsor – Transport Manager of the Year Full range commercial vehicle manufacturer Iveco is supported in Ireland by Truck Dealers International, which together offer fleets a strong line-up including the popular EcoDaily, Eurocargo, Trakker and Stralis models. Almost every new diesel-powered Iveco truck sold in Ireland benefits from an engine meeting the Enhanced Environmentally friendly Vehicle standard, making them even cleaner than Euro 5 regulations demand. Operators can also choose from a wide range of low carbon alternatives including electric, natural gas and hybrid power options. Topping the range is Iveco’s flagship Stralis AS Super3 heavy truck, purpose-built for long-haul domestic and international haulage. It features one of the most spacious two-person high roof luxury cabs on the market. 6 FLEETTRANSPORT AWARDS 2011

Goodyear Dunlop is a worldwide tyre manufacturer producing high performance tyres for a vast range of vehicles and machinery. The world’s first tyre was manufactured in Dublin by Dunlop in 1889. In 1999 Goodyear and Dunlop joined forces to create a strong, dominant partnership. Innovation, safety and technology is at the heart of the company and is the only tyre manufacturer to own two premium and two mid range brands. The company has pioneered a range of truck tyres from their core brands, Goodyear, Dunlop, Fulda and Sava. This vast choice of tyres provide increased performance in rolling resistance, fuel economy and mileage with the Goodyear Max Technology Range being the most up to date on the market. Goodyear employs approximately 71,000 people and manufactures its products in more than 60 facilities in 25 countries around the world.

Health & Safety Authority Official Sponsor – Technician of the Year Managing Vehicle Risks - Protecting Your Business The Health & Safety Authority works with business to foster best safety practice so that work-related risks are managed to ensure the protection of people and survival of business. In the Logistics & Transport sector, the Health & Safety Authority aim to influence a sustainable reduction in the numbers of people killed and injured as a result of incidents involving vehicles being used for work. “We are raising awareness of the hazards that you face in your everyday work and helping you to take action to protect yourselves from harm, said Deirdre Sinnott, Head of Transport Safety Unit, HSA. Hazards associated with vehicle movement, loading & unloading, maintenance & repair activities need to be effectively managed. For more information on how to enhance your safety visit the HSA website

AWARDS SPONSOR PROFILES Mike Murphy Insurance Services Official Sponsor – Services to the Industry Mike Murphy set up his brokerage on Dawson Street in 1973 with 3 staff; the company has grown to a staff of circa 70 employees to date and is now one of Irelands largest Insurance Brokerages, operating out of our Head Office in Sandyford in Dublin. “With over 35 years of experience on insuring single vehicles, fleets and haulage risks we specialise in finding the right product to meet your business needs at the competitive price. We aim to provide a corporate and Professional and personal insurance service by searching the market for you," stated Mike Murphy, M.D. We specialize in haulage, occupations and trades which enables us to offer the most competitive prices in certain areas of business. We guarantee to get you the best quotations in the market, the widest scope of cover and to provide you with the best customer service in Ireland. We can offer you immediate cover online and we are standing by with telephone support 5 days a week from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and Saturdays 10am to 2pm.

Fuelwise Official Sponsor – Irish Truck of the Year & – Truck Innovation Award Fuelwise fuel cards offer road transport operators a simple solution which allows you to reduce and then keep control of your fuel expenses. Established in 1989, with offices in Galway and Coleraine, Fuelwise provides its services to 850 refuelling locations in Ireland and over 900 in the UK. All clients have a dedicated account manager and are notified of any prices changes by either text message or email. With credit terms to suit you (subject to status) Fuelwise really is the wise choice for your business. For more information please call 1890 702800 or go

ESB ecars – Leading the Charge Official Sponsor – Green Commercial Award

Krone Trailers Official Sponsor – Trailer Innovation

ESB ecars is leading the charge in rolling out electric car charging infrastructure to support the arrival of mainstream electric cars in Ireland, paving the way for emission free transport and a greener future.

Over the past fi ft y years, annual sales of the Krone group increased from €8.5 million to currently about 870 million euros. Today, the company is a market leader in Germany and Europe, both in agricultural machinery and commercial trailers.

The Irish government has a target of having electric vehicles to account for 10% of all cars by 2020. The fi rst step is to have 2000 electric vehicles on the road by the end of 2011 and ESB is implementing an extensive network of charging points in homes public areas and service stations nationwide to support this target. As well as rolling out the infrastructure ESB ecars’ role is to educate and inform the general public about ecars and encourage business to take a leadership role by buying commercial electric cars as part of their fleet.

Krone is one of the biggest employers in the north German Emsland region, home of the headquarters, the agricultural machinery factory, which employs 1,000 people, as well as of Agricultural Trade and Services, employing 200, and the commercial trailer factory at Werlte, which gives employment to nearly 520 people. In addition to its own direct workforce, the company also provides employment for 1,000 people at regional suppliers working exclusively for Krone.

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Road Safety Authority (RSA) Associate Sponsor The aim of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is to save lives and prevent injuries by reducing the number and severity of collisions on the road. The RSA works closely with many stakeholders including, the Transport industry, towards the achievement of this aim. In the case of commercial vehicles and drivers, its objective is to ensure that operators and drivers can and do meet their obligation to use and operate commercial vehicles safely. It is working to achieve this through enforcement at the roadside and premises as well as through awareness and education. The RSA has published a range of guides for operators and drivers on drivers hours, tachographs, licensed haulage and Driver CPC which are available on our website In 2010 we also published a guide to keeping commercial vehicles roadworthy. The guide offers advice on simple preventative measures which have significant potential benefits for both road safety and road transport businesses. The Guide is available on the RSA website or by contacting the RSA at (091) 872600.

Scania Finance Ireland Ltd Associate Sponsor Scania Finance Ireland Ltd is a wholly owned fi nance subsidiary of Scania AB, the world’s premium truck, bus and coach manufacturer. Scania Finance provides a wide range of financing solutions for customers looking to acquire Scania trucks, buses and coaches. We offer a flexible range of finance solutions including contract hire, operating lease, finance lease and hire purchase; all of which may be tailored to suit our customers’ requirements, helping them to optimize their cashflow. Scania Finance operates in 46 countries around the world from 16 different operational bases and provides finance solutions to commercial vehicle operators and Scania dealers. For more information contact: Willie Day, Country Manager, Scania Finance Ireland Ltd., Tel: 087 6366284. Email:


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AWARDS Sligo Haulage & Distribution Ltd

Stobart (Ireland) Ltd

Regional Transport Operator of the Year

National Haulier of the Year – Livery of the Year – Safety Award

Sl igo Hau lage & Dist r ibut ion Ltd . is a transportation, distribution and secure warehousing company, based in a 24,000 sq ft warehouse in Tubbercurry, County Sligo. Sligo Haulage & Distribution offers a variety of transport services from next day delivery to specially arranged out of hours deliveries. We have a large fleet of vehicles, which distribute throughout the North West. The company was formed 12 years ago, by Managing Director Stephen Mullen.

Stobart Ireland is a leading transport and logistics company. According to Sean B ro g a n , Stoba r t Ireland’s M.D., their business covers a broad spectrum. “Our employees, our systems and our vehicles combine to deliver for our clients in the FMCG, grocery, retail, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. Headquartered at Dublin Port, from where we have an office, warehousing and cross-docking facilities, our vehicles also operate from Distribution Centres in Dublin, Cork and the wider regions. We currently employ over 200 people, led by an expert Irish management team.”

He is a hands-on manager ensuring that clients’ service requirements are continuously met, and with his 28 years experience in the industry his customers are assured an outstanding service.

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“Our capabilities in the UK and across Europe, where we join with our colleagues in the wider Stobart Group, enable us to offer our Irish clients access to these vital markets. We also draw on the Group’s full road haulage fleet and storage network as well as our highly successful rail freight and aviation operations," added Sean.

Transland Group Pallet Network Member of the Year

Innovation Award TomTom’s Business Solutions division is the fastest growing telematics company in Europe, selling its solutions in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the Benelux Countries, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Denmark, South Africa and the US. Its connected navigation and vehicle tracking solutions are helping in excess of 120,000 to maximize efficiency and improve profit margins. TomTom’s solutions deliver real cost savings to business, as well as maximizing profitability, increasing productivity, boosting customer service, complying with legislation and helping to reduce the carbon footprint by monitoring the behaviour of your drivers. TomTom continues to invest and innovate in operational excellence, product development and customer satisfaction and providing smart affordable solutions for today’s fleet manager.

Transland Group is one of Ireland’s leading transport and logistics companies. The County Kildare company specialises in the UK-Ireland-UK market, having built on its position as the leading distributor of magazines on this route. In 2002 Transland began to diversify into the palletised freight market, and now offers an excellent pallet distribution service within Ireland through its membership of PalletXpress, and a consistently reliable UK and European import / export service through Palletways, the UK’s largest palletwork. ISO accredited since 2000, Transland has offices in Ireland (Naas) and the UK (Birkenhead), and is a member of the IIFA, BIFA and CILT.

Tuckmill Transport Ltd Regional Transport Operator of the Year

Tranzaura Innovation Award All the team at Tranzaura were delighted to be shortlisted in the innovation category for the Fleet Transport Awards. “Our vision is to extend our position as a provider of the most advanced and effective planning and optimisation systems within the industry. Our Route Planner and Fleet Planner systems are highly configurable and can therefore be used by virtually all types of companies with transportation and distribution requirements,” said Mike Price, M.D., Transaura. “In terms of the industry as a whole, we now feel that there is a greater focus on efficiency and, from our point of view the use of technology. Our clients have started to see both the short and long terms benefits of the solutions we provide. Return on investment is vital and is a major cornerstone of our sales process,” he added.

Brendan Morgan has been running his own transport business in the Wexford area since 1995. Today Tuckmill Transport operates from a 10,000 sq ft warehouse in Enniscorthy, County Wexford and has a fleet of 10 vehicles comprising Tractor Units, Rigid Trucks and Courier Vans. Tuckmill provides a variety of services for its broad customer base including Sameday, Next Day Nationwide, Full and Part Loads, UK and European Import and Export services for palletised cargo and parcels. From its old Dublin Road facility it also offers storage, de-vanning and pick and pack. Tuckmill is one of the founding members of the The Pallet Network (TPN) covering Wexford and South Wicklow since 2004 and as part of this network has ISO9001 Accreditation.



Technician of the Year Colm Carbury – Bus Eireann

Derek Daly – Westward Scania

Paul Murphy - Irish Commercials Sales LTD

Colm was born in K ilcock Count y Kildare in 1989. His early education was at Scoil Uriada and Scoil Dara in Kilcock. After finishing his second level education he sought employment in the transport industry in order to fulfi l a lifetime ambition to work on vehicles. In 2006 he was employed by CIE at its Broadstone Depot in Dublin. Work entailed working on all aspects of the provincial bus fleet of Bus Eireann. Initial off the job training was with AnCo in its Tallag Training Centre. While attending college he was successful in obtaining his National Craft Certificate and a full Technological Certificate. In 2009 he was a candidate in the National Skills Competition where he obtained 3rd place overall and won the Scania prize for Diagnostics.

Westward Scania in Strokestown is delighted that Derek Daly has been shortlisted for the Fleet Transport Awards Technician of the Year 2011. Derek is a fully qualified technician with five year’s Scania experience and is also qualified to carry out VTN vehicle testing, ADR testing and Type Approval tests at our Vehicle Testing Station. Dereks experience ensures that he is one of our premier diagnostic technicians, and working together with his colleagues in Westward’s Retail workshop he can ensure a quick turnaround for your Scania Truck, Coach or Marine & Industrial engine. Derek is a valued member of the Westward Team and the Directors, Management and Staff wish him the best of luck on 4 October.

Paul commenced work w it h John Mullen Auto Electrical in October 19 91 a nd attended DIT Bolton Street one day a week for three years completing his motor mechanic course and passing both junior and senior trade exams. He spent a good part of his career here completing twelve years service most of which was on 24hour breakdown assistance. In July 2003 Paul commenced work with his present employer Irish Commercial (Sales) Ltd, Naas and has continued to develop his career having completed and passed many Volvo training courses. He has also performed as workshop supervisor on a number of occasions.

Transport Manager of the Year Tom Hevey (JMC Van Trans)

Damien Prendergast (Keelings Logistics)

Richard Shakespeare – (Masterlink Logistics)

Having joined JMC Van Trans in 1995 as a Courier Operations Controller Tom's responsibilities grew as the business entered the Next-Day Nationwide Pallet market in 1997. Today, JMC Van Trans is Ireland’s largest overnight pallet distributor and as National Operations Manager he leads a team of 30 together with a fleet of 128 vehicles and activities within 14 depots nationwide.

Born into a transport family, Damien has lived and breathed all things transport from an early age. The Wexford native has worked his way up from van driver to Transport Clerk for a number of companies to his present position as Transport & Logistics Manager at Keelings. Energetic, committed and highly adaptable to change, Damien has completed numerous courses related to his industry but also fi nds time for his young family and sporting pursuits such as squash and martial arts.

Among the 9 Masterlink depots spread around the Country, the Eastern region, which stretches into Northern Ireland is the busiest. All of this responsibility comes under the brief of Richard Shakespeare, Transport Manager. His duties include the overall management of the region with a fleet of 53 vehicles. He considers the main areas of importance of having a strong geographical knowledge of the City and its environs in order to execute correct and effective route planning and also to have a concise knowledge of any legislation and guidelines as set out by the Department of Transport.

He brings to the task strong management skills, is customer focused, delivers premium service levels and as a management graduate delivers them within budget. Tom has taken a leadership position in introducing the company to new products and revenue streams contributing to the success of the business in recent years.



His responsibility at Keelings extends to arranging airfreight and seafreight loads from all around the World and is accountable for the rates paid to hauliers and shipping lines. Damien was also instrumental in sett ing up an in-house Customers Clearance Department.

Vehicle usage/oil usage is also under his responsibility by which he monitors through vehicular tracking systems.


Fleet Transport Irish Truck of the Year 2011 BMC Professional Narrow Cab Turkish manufacturer BMC has found a niche in the Waste Management sector with its Professional Narrow Cab low entry three-axle truck. As with the other models in BMC truck and bus ranges, leading component suppliers provide the vital driveline parts such as Cummins (SCR engines), Allison (automatic transmissions), Meritor (axles), Hendrickson (suspensions) and Michelin (tyres). Mentioning buses, BMC has married parts from its City Bus range (mostly the frontal section) to provide the low entry/exit while the rear end comes from its 26 tonne chassis. Cummins' new generation 285 bhp Euro 5 ISB 6.7 litre turbocharged SCR diesel engine propels this vehicle, which weighs in at 7.6 tonnes unladen. Allison's 5 speed automatic takes care of the gearing with front discs and rear drums controlling the braking. The ABS and an engine exhaust brake fitted also help. The cabin itself provides industrial seating for a driver and 3 crew members, together with storage space for boots, bags etc. Rear cab coat hooks for wet weather gear comes with a drip tray. Holden Plant Rentals purchased the fi rst ‘Narrow Cab’ BMC Professional Low Entry last year.

DAF LF Series

Scania R-series

Now more stylish inside and out, the DAF LF Series is now more att ractive than its International Truck of the Year Award winning predecessor from 2002. With its modern and spacious cab design, low chassis weight for the highest payloads in its class, tight turning circle for ‘maximum’ manoeuvrability, easy cab access and car-like driving characteristics, the latest DAF LF Series is an ideal partner for city and regional distribution. More powerful engines, optional AS-Tronic automated transmission are now also part of the package. Power ratings stretch from 140 to 285 hp using SCR aftertreatment technology.

As we all appreciate, Scania is a world leader when it comes to truck technology. Already the Swedish manufacturer is working on developing Euro 6 prototype engines in preparation for its mandatory introduction in 3 years time. Meanwhile the latest generation R-series is with us and due to be joined by a broad selection of V8 engines (including the range topping 730 hp) early 2011.

The re-styled exterior includes new mirror design, which provides a larger field of vision for extra safety while the comfortable and functional interior uses the available space to the maximum. One of DAF’s main objectives in the design of the LF was that its controls should be intuitive. And they are right! With a good selection of cabs, engines, drive lines and axles, there’s a DAF LF Series truck that meets all distribution transport operators needs. Made at Leyland in England, DAF uses world-class manufacturing standards, that’s right first time, every time.

External and internal modifications made to the new R-series include a new look grille and headlamp cluster while the revised dashboard has a new switchboard layout and storage bins. The steering wheel has additional remote functions while the sleeping area is roomier as the bottom bunk slides out. One of the most significant developments with the drivetrain is the introduction of a two-pedal Opticruise automated transmission. Then there is the Scania Driver Support System, which provides real time information to the driver with hints and instant feedback to refine their individual driving style. The new R-series is powered by a broad range of 12 and 13 litre 6 cylinder (mainly EGR) diesel engines along with a selection of V8’s that used SCR exhaust emission control system. According to Westward Scania, “Thousands of EGR Scanias are now running all over Europe, and our customers report no loss in performance or increased maintenance costs.”

Volvo FM

Volvo FMX

As the Volvo FM11’s reign as Irish Truck of the Year 2010 comes to an end, its successor the all-new FM series launched earlier this year is in with a chance of making it two-in-a-row. It’s up against stiff opposition, none more so than from its newly developed sister product for construction, the FMX. So the Swedish manufacturer has two bites of this prestigious ‘cherry’!

Fresh thinking from Volvo Truck brought about the creation of a dedicated selection of multi-axle rigids and tractor-units for the construction industry. In separating itself from the FM series on which it is based the new FMX range has become more affi liated to the Volvo Construction (VC) division as its design and colour schemes are akin to VCs dump trucks, diggers and other plant equipment. FMX has got a more rugged appearance – SUV like, as its engine skid plate mock bull-bar and redesigned light structure making it unique within the Volvo truck family. Interestingly, also built-in to the lower front section is a tow bolt that’s permitted to pull up to 25 tonnes!

Volvo Truck enthusiasts will instantly recognise that the FM has got a fresh face bringing it in-line with the flagship FH range in terms of style and sophistication. The new headlight cluster incorporates fog lights, day-time running lights and cornering lights. As before, the FM series covers from mid-weight distribution rigids to heavy-haul tractor units. Its generous range of drivelines, ratios and chassis allows the customer to choose the perfect combination for their specific transport needs. With the help of the dealer salesperson, of course! Cab range includes Day, Sleeper, Low Sleeper, Globetrotter, Globetrotter LXL (on FM11) as well as a 6-seat Fire Engine Crew Cab. The engine line-up starts with 4 power outputs from the award winning D11C engine (from 330-450 hp) family. The D13C as in the 13 litre block, begins at 380 hp and stretches to 500 hp. All are Euro 5 compatible using SCR emission control. 3 variants from the D11C comply with EEV Certification.

With several chassis heights, axle and suspension configuration, the FMX’s robustness will not be questioned. Its driveline consists of various power units within the groups 11 litre and 13 litre Euro 5 and EEV engines mated to 9 and 14 speed manual gearboxes or the renowned I-Shift automated transmission. For certain applications the Powertronic option remains. Horsepower options extend from 330, 370, 410 and 450 for the 11 litre D11C engine with the D13C producing power outputs of 380, 420, 460 and 500 hp. Torque curves extend from 1600 Nm for the D11C330 to 2500 Nm with the D13500. Although the construction industry is suffering from the depths of our recession, Volvo aims to be on top with the FMX when the turnaround comes. FLEETTRANSPORT AWARDS 2011 11


Natural Gas (CNG)


HYBRID (Diesel/Electric)

Green Commercial of the Year 2011 Mitsubishi Fuso Canter Eco-Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz Atego Blue Tec Hybrid

Fleet Transport readers may recall our first drive in the Mitsubishi Fuso Canter Eco-Hybrid from this time last year. That run undertaken in Stuttgart, Germany was in the EU specified Canter Hybrid that’s currently on fleet trials in London’s Low Emission Zone. Now, thanks to Government intervention, full Japanese spec Canter Hybrids have made their way to Ireland. The ESB put in an order for 10 such 6.5 tonne diesel/electric trucks with the first batch going into service about now. The Canter Eco-Hybrid is jointly powered by 3.0 litre DOHC 16 valve (inter-cooled turbo) diesel and a 35 kW electric motor to produce numerous environmental and operational benefits.

Based on the standard Mercedes-Benz Atego the Blue Tec Hybrid model which recently joined this popular distribution truck family, drives just like its similar 12 tonne siblings. The Hybrid has also benefited from the same cosmetic changes made recently to the Atego. Like the Mitsubishi Fuso Canter Eco-Hybrid, the Mercedes Hybrid uses the parallel system – integrating the 4.8 litre 218 hp 4 cylinder diesel Euro 5 engine with a water cooled 44 kW electric motor that are mated to a 6 speed Telligent Automated transmission.

Compared to the British Parcel Force Canter Hybrid driven in Germany, the parallel hybrid (diesel + electric motors running in tandem when required) version driven here for this analysis, worked more efficiently with the transition from electric to diesel from start less noticeable.

The Mercedes-Benz engineering department headed up by Dr. Karl Deppen for this project estimate that with certain applications fuel savings of up to 15% can be achieved. Its other advantages include less emissions, lower noise and reduced driver fatigue. Then there are the positive public relations benefits for the proud owners/investors. It could make the difference between contracts won and lost. Lithium-ion batteries placed alongside the chassis rails are lighter and provide longer distance runs than Nickel Metal Hydride used in earlier diesel/electric hybrids. Overall, payload is reduced by only 350 kg. Another feature worth a mention is the installation of a Stop/Start function and the Hybrid Roll function, the latter featuring a free-wheeling system that regenerates energy.

Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL

Iveco EcoDaily Electric

In developing the electricity powered version of the Vito panel van, MercedesBenz made one significant change to its running gear – the Vito E-CELL has front-wheel-drive. It will, however, be manufactured in the same plant as its rear-wheel-drive diesel engined counterpart in Northern Spain. Electric vehicles (EVs) are propelled by an electric motor and powered by rechargeable batteries. Electric motors have several advantages over diesel engines such as more energy efficient, more eco-friendly and perform better. Electric motors convert 75% of the chemical energy from the batteries to power the wheels. Diesel engines by contrast only convert 30% of the energy stored in the fuel. EVs emit no tailpipe pollutants, although the power plant producing the electricity may emit them. Electricity produced from nuclear/ hydro-solar or wind generated power plants is emission free. Electric motors provide a quiet, smooth operation and stronger acceleration and require less maintenance than diesels.

Both chassis/cab and panel van 3.5 tonne and 6.2 tonne versions of the New Iveco EcoDaily now come with zero emission electric power. Iveco itself, has researched and developed this technology (and has been doing so for decades) rather than outsourcing conversion like some other manufacturers which means less warranty complications plus the back-up of a broad dealer network.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are estimated to be reduced by 15% with Nitrogen Oxide down by 41% and PMs – Particulate Matter lessened by 46%. Recyclable materials are used in the cabin while reduced maintenance costs and lower noise emissions enhance its day-to-day operation compared to the 6.5 tonne Canter.

The downside? EVs can only cover on average 120 kms before recharging and a full battery charge can take 6-8 hours. Battery packs are expensive and heavy. With the Vito, Mercedes-Benz engineers have placed the Lithium-ion battery packs each side of the chassis frame. With a voltage of 360 volts the total capacity of the batteries is 36 kW, of which 32 kW are available to power the vehicle. Top speed is 80 kp/h.

The EcoDaily Electric benefits from pure electric traction using a three-phase motor controlled through a DC/AC inverter to provide effortless driving and range-extending regenerative braking (in a similar way to the Formula 1 KERS system). Power comes from advanced NaNiCl2 battery technology, which can be fully recharged in eight hours from any normal 32-amp 415-V three-phase socket. The power output is 30kW continuous (60kW peak) for 3.5 tonne models and 40kW continuous (80kW peak) for 5.2 tonne models, which is sufficient to pull away on gradients of up to 16 per cent when fully laden. Real-life trials have shown the vehicles to have an effective range of up to 130km, depending on the number of batteries specified and the vehicle’s application. Top speed is 80kp/h. All drive components and batteries are housed either in the engine compartment or within the chassis side rails, ensuring there is no compromise in load space.

Iveco EcoDaily Natural Power

Mercedes-Benz Econic NGT

Natural Gas is soon to become a serious road transport fuel option, particularly if its run on Biomethane generated from vegetable and animal waste matter. Take the latest Iveco EcoDaily Natural Power, it can be fueled with this highly eco-friendly substance or the standard compressed Natural Gas as what is supplied by an Bord Gáis into domestic and industrial applications around Ireland. And with the substantial supply coming from the Corrib pipeline soon a dedicated infrastructure, the environmental and economic efficiencies of Natural Gas Power is well worth considering.

Sightings of the Mercedes-Benz Econic are becoming more common as the low cab multi-seater two and three axle utility trucks are increasingly used in specialist sectors such as waste collection, fire services and airport refuelling. New markets are beginning to open for the Econic with the development of a tractor-unit version showing potential. And as the Econic finds itself working predominantly in the urban environment, the option of further reducing its carbon footprint through Natural Gas Power indicates further sales growth opportunities.

In fact, Iveco is the leading supplier of CNG powered commercials ranging from the EcoDaily through to the Stralis 26 tonner via the Eurocargo distribution rigid.

The Econic NGT as it is called transforms the standard 6.9 litre in-line 6 cylinder 280 hp diesel engine to use CNG – Compressed Natural Gas. Peak torque of 1100 Nm is generated @ 1300 rpm but more silently than its diesel counterpart. “CNG is viewed as a safer fuel than petrol as if the tanks were ruptured the gas would disperse quickly to the atmosphere as its far lighter than air,” stated Ailbe Burke, Lecturer in Transport Engineering in Limerick’s Institute of Technology. “The added benefits of a quieter engine along with a new version Allison automatic gearbox makes the Econic an attractive proposition,” he added. “Its unique low floor concept with low-entry cab will, however, be a deciding factor for many operators.”

Today’s Natural Gas vehicle technology already meets the proposed Euro 6 engine emission standards, which comes into effect in 2013. The Iveco EcoDaily Natural Power range uses the same 3.0 litre engine, which is capable of producing up to 130 hp between 2,730 and 3,500 rpm and up to 350 Nm of torque between 1500 and 2730 rpm. Each version offers a range of up to 380 km per tankfull. 12




often but when we do, it’s quite a lot,” added Ultan. It indicates the seriousness that still remains with us.

vehicle parking arrangements, vehicle inspection and maintenance to training and supervision are just some of the issues covered here together with loading and unloading procedures. As accidents are prevalent in the bus & coach industry, more time was taken up to cover safe working practices, as more humans are involved here. John recommended the purchase of the official DSA Guidebooks on Driving Buses & Coaches/Goods Vehicles as good reference material. John’s son Ultan came in to deliver the second session, appropriately enough after the lunch break as it deals mainly with healthy and balanced eating. B.V.M. are three letters to embed into your minds – Balance, Variety and Moderation. A balanced diet ensures you get all the nutrients necessary from a variety of foods while moderation lets you eat all foods! “The more colour you have on the plate, the better it is for you,” suggested Ultan. He told us about an amusing video he once saw of an American truck driver who managed to scoff 2 large donuts and a litre of milk while talking about his healthy eating practices! As drivers spend most of their day relatively inactive between drops, how they eat and exercise determines their long-term health condition. “Healthy eating can lower your risk for disease,” said Ultan. “Healthy eating also may reduce the risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes, the latter a growing risk among drivers. A selection of exercise tips are included in this chapter but for a more comprehensive regime, see Session 2 – Section C on Physical Fitness which suggests a set of 10 essential stretches that could be done during a rest break, on the way to the car park, while on the phone or any time you can fi nd 2 minutes. The serious issue of the effects of alcohol on driving ability came up next. “One in three drive under the influence of alcohol and 25% of all road fatalities in Europe are alcohol related. As the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in the driver increases, the crash rates also rises,” says Ultan. “Compared to a sober driver, the crash rate of a driver with a BAC of 0.8 g/L is 2.7.” Regulations in Ireland will see the further reduction of BAC limits for professional drivers and new licence holders. Among the figures and graphs featured in the manual, the fact that Ireland is among the highest when it comes to alcohol consumption is alarming. “On average, we don’t drink very

More focus than ever must now be paid to drugs or other substances likely to affect driver behaviours. Many drugs including prescription drugs (which must be checked from a fitness to drive point of view) remain in the body for up to 72 hours. Even everyday cold or flu remedies can cause drowsiness. “Some operators concerned about drug abuse amongst staff, have introduced random drug testing for their drivers,” stated Ultan. Drivers who fail such tests face instant dismissal. He went onto highlight the main ‘banned substances’ whilst driving such as diet pills, sleeping pills, tranquillisers and stimulants. He mentioned the strict drug test programmes in the US and Australia to eliminate the activity and that the relative authorities in Ireland will have a similar programme in operation. A question and answer session followed which drew good interaction from the mature students that attended.

say they are often stressed, angry or excited when behind the wheel which has an impact on road safety. Described as ‘The Spice of Life or the Kiss of Death’, stress affects 40 million workers in 15 EU Member States, which contributes to a host of human suffering, disease and death. Before gett ing into the recommended reduction methods, each ‘student’ had to do a self-assessment to ascertain their current stress level. Reminders on the driver’s basic work/rest cycles were then covered before rounding off with a summary of the module session. Although basic in content, this full day module was made all the more interesting by John Connell’s life long experiences and the inclusion of numerous anecdotes such as the fi rst motor vehicle fatality, the advent of seat belts and the safe methods of manual handling as practised during his days as a coal delivery man. His pleasant and easy style of delivery was also appreciated by us all.

Th is subject led to driver fatigue and the high risks involved. The symptoms and causes, effects of fatigue and stress (in Section D) is an everyday threat to the safety of a professional driver and other road users. Extreme tiredness or weariness resulting from physical or mental activity 40,000 undertake Driver CPC to date will bring on driver fatigue even though As the deadline approached for truck drivers to undertake Driver CPC modern day vehicles training, over 40,000 licenced drivers have completed their course to are less demanding to maintain their entitlement to drive for a living. Last year the periodic drive. Road and traffic training course began for bus drivers in order to take in the required conditions require 6 modules over 5 years. The whole process is ongoing after that, full concentration at continuously evolving as the road and passenger transport changes. all times. The RSA Failure to have the signed Driver CPC Certificate to prove attendance continue to promote at a designated course can lead to fi nes of up to €5,000 for the transport that drivers take some operator and €2,000 for the actual driver. exercise or a 15 minute nap after 2 hours behind Under the Directive 2003/59/EC, new entrants to the profession are the wheel and Ultan required to pass an advanced test, which examines not only the person’s endorsed this measure driving skills but also the knowledge that the person has regarding the as well as dispelling the industry he/she is about to join. So, new drivers along with current common prevention truck/bus drivers must undertake 35 hours of training (with each course methods such as opening being at least 7 hours in duration) over 5 successive years. the window, turning up In the lead-up to the September 10 th deadline, the Governing body, the the radio etc. Road Safety Authority received many queries from drivers who failed With stress disturbing to complete their training on time. In these exceptional circumstances sleep patterns the subject the RSA is advising drivers to complete their training as soon as possible of driver fatigue led but must notify the RSA in writing as to the reasons for the delay, along into this other growing with their contact details, driver licence and PPS numbers. Check out health issue. In a recent the RSA website for more details and a comprehensive list survey 78% of drivers of Driver CPC training providers.

Text & Photos: Jarlath Sweeney –



Mazda2 & Mazda3 make their mark on Family Car sectors


he economic downturn has given the small and medium family car sectors a fresh lease of life, with many customers opting to downsize from larger vehicles to save on both purchase and running costs. Mazda Motors is well placed to capitalize in both segments with the fresh faced 3 which arrived in Ireland just under a year ago, while the smaller 2 is about to receive a midlife facelift to be unveiled at this month’s Paris Motor Show. The appeal of the C-Segment Mazda3 has been broadened, at least for the Irish market, by the introduction of a four-door saloon model. Indeed it has proved to be a significant success for the Japanese manufacturer, only the Toyota Corolla saloon outselling it for much of this year. Indeed unlike many smaller cars, which often look as if the saloon version is an afterthought to the hatchback version, the four-door Mazda3 is arguably a betterproportioned car than its five door rival. In the current environment diesel is king, and therefore it's not surprising that the most popular engine variant in the Mazda3 line-up is the 1.6 diesel offering. And quite frankly it’s an engine that is very well matched to this car, offering plenty of performance from its 110 bhp to satisfy all but the most demanding of speed merchants. Combine



this with excellent fuel economy – Mazda quote 4.5 l/100 km, we managed a very creditable 5.2 l/100 km over mixed driving conditions – as well as the fact that with CO2 emissions of just 119 g/ km the Mazda3 falls into Tax Band A, and it’s easy to see the appeal of this unit. Sharing a platform with the Ford Focus, the Mazda3 is also very much a driver’s car, sharing the Ford’s pin-sharp handling and responsiveness. The suspension takes bumps and undulating surfaces in its stride, and the steering is nicely weighted to give the right amount of feedback to the driver without being overly light or heavy. The interior too has been significantly improved compared to the old model, with good quality plastics now used throughout, and an ergonomically pleasing fascia layout. The forthcoming facelift to the Mazda2 will see the B segment challenger receive an upgraded Euro V powertrain line-up, an automatic version, and an upgraded chassis as well as detail changes including a new front end and an upgraded interior. For this size of car, petrol engines continue to remain popular. Mazda offers a 1.3 litre version with two power outputs of 75 and 86 bhp, strangely

enough with identical CO2 outputs of 125 g/km putt ing them into Tax Band B. Also offered is an 86 bhp 1.4 diesel in Tax Band A. When it was launched the current version of the Mazda2 was one of the fi rst cars to reverse the trend of increasingly heavy models, weighing in 100 kgs lighter than its predecessor. In a small car, that’s not an insignificant amount, and with the more powerful of the two petrol engines as fitted to our test car, the Mazda2 feels surprisingly peppy and willing. Unlike a lot of small cars you feel you can execute an overtaking manoeuvre without putt ing your life at risk. The weight reduction also makes itself felt when it comes to handling – it’s good fun to chuck into corners, although over poorer surfaces, the Mazda2 can feel a bit unsett led on occasions. In five door version, the Mazda2 will comfortably seat four adults. A boot volume of 250 litres won’t carry the kitchen sink, but is generous enough for most everyday tasks. In two of the most competitive market segments, Mazda’s 2 and 3 are certainly worthy of serious consideration. Prices for the Mazda2 start from €14,535 up to €15,930, while the Mazda 3 ranges from €20,495 to €24,995.

Text & Photos: Cathal Doyle –


New Volvo S60 goes head - to head against German rivals


he new S60 saloon, which has just gone on sale in Ireland, looks set to provide Volvo with its strongest challenger yet to the established German manufacturers in the premium family car class. To be followed later by the estate V60 model, the S60 follows current design trends with a coupé like appearance. Volvo says that the new car is the most sporting Volvo ever built, with a newly developed Dynamic chassis and 10% faster steering gear ratio.

At launch two five cylinder diesel engines are offered, a 2-litre D3 version with 163 bhp, and a 2.4 litre D5 with 205 bhp. Matched with manual gearboxes both engines fall into Tax Band B with 139 g/km of CO2 emissions, and into Bands C and D respectively when combined with an auto gearbox.

Naturally being a Volvo, safety features are very much to the fore w ith the focus fi rmly on accident prevention. City Safety, first seen on the XC60, is standard fitment on all X60 models. At speeds of up to 30 k m/h it automatically brakes the car if the vehicle in front stops suddenly. Volvo also offers a new Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake system that can detect if the vehicle is in danger of colliding with a pedestrian and brake accordingly. Another option is a Driver Support Pack that features technology including Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), adaptive cruise control with Distance Alert and Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Driver Alert Control (DAC).

A Tax Band A 1.6 litre DRIVe diesel engine is set to join the model line-up in the coming months as will an all-new 1.6 litre GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) petrol engine.

Four levels of trim are offered, S, ES, SE and SE Lux. Prices start from €32,250 for the S model with D3 engine up to €45,050 for the D5 SE Lux.

Saab Faces bright new future with new 9-5


ike its Swedish rival Volvo, Saab is facing into a future under new ownership, following its aquisition by Dutch sports car company Spyker at the start of this year. The new 9-5, which has just arrived on Irish shores, is the first new model to be launched since then, but can trace its roots fi rmly back to former owners GM, sharing its Epsilon II platform with, among others, Opel’s Insignia. We’ll have to wait for the next generation 9-3 due in 2012 for the fi rst all-new model under Spyker ownership. With its future now secured, Saab’s priority will be to woo back traditional customers to the brand

with its latest executive offering. Production of the new car, as well as the various 9-3 models has been moved back to Saab’s manufacturing facility in Trollhatten in Sweden, with an estate version of the 9-5 joining the line-up next year. Available at launch with a 2 litre TiD turbo-diesel engine producing 160 bhp, in manual form this engine produces 139 g/km of CO2 putt ing it in Tax Band B. A 190 bhp twin-turbo diesel will follow shortly after, while there will also be 1.6 litre turbo petrol, 2 litre BioPower and a 2.8 V6 petrol versions added to the range later.

Text & Photos: Cathal Doyle –

Two model specifications, Linear and Vector, will be available at launch. The Linear has 17” alloys, cruise control and dual-zone climate control as standard, while Vector models add Bluetooth, front and rear park assist, leather upholstery and heated front seats. Saab says that prices for the new 9-5 compare favourably compared to rivals such as the Audi A6 and BMW 520D. Prices start at €36,500 for the 2 litre 160 bhp Linear with manual gearbox with an extra €3,000 for the Vector. With automatic tranmissions, prices for the Linear and Vector are €39,300 and €42,300 respectively.



Paris Motorshow 2010 – 2/17

Global car manufacturers were present and numerous World premieres awaited visitors.

Mazda Mazda focused on low fuel consumption and reduced emissions with 3 new model introductions. It’s lightweight Mazda2 has been upgraded inside and out while the Mazda5 gets a new 1.6 litre diesel as does the Mazda3. Th is unit offers 6% more power, 12% more torque and 15% reduction in emissions (CO2). A new lighter 6-speed gearbox is fitted too.

Ford Ford’s focus on the Paris Show was literally the Focus! It had the global reveal of the new high performance 250 PS Focus ST (set for launch in 2012) and the fi rst public showing of the new C-Max and Mondeo ranges. The ‘blue-oval’s’ continuous effort in reducing CO2 emissions was demonstrated through its expanding Ecometic Technologies and electric vehicles. Through the company’s ONE Ford strategy the ready for production Ford Focus family is Ford’s fi rst truly global product development. Alan Mulally, Ford’s President and CEO and Stephen Odell, newly appointed Chairman & CEO, Ford of Europe addressed the press corps.

Chevrolet The new Cruise 5-door hatch was just one of 4 World premiers from Chevrolet at the Show. The Cruise saloon has made a big impact on the touring car race scene both in the World Series and British Championships. Upgraded Aveo and Captiva models were also on display as was the new Orlando, its fi rst real stab at the European family MPV segment.

Opel Although in concept form the 3-door Astra GTC points the way for the next generation 3-door sports hatch from Opel. It features a four-cylinder, 2.0 litre turbo direct injection petrol engine with Start/Stop technology, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. As per the Insignia’s signature blade affect on the side panels, the Astra GTC has even more curves all round. 50


Renault When the current Laguna was introduced the press and customers alike criticised its look as bland and un-French like. They had litt le to berate the drivetrain however. Now for Model Year 2011, the new Laguna has a more assertive front end. More agile and dynamic it will also feature Euro 5 compatible engines with the dCi 110 emitt ing 10 g/km less than before.

Cadillac Famed US brand Cadillac is making a fresh start in the European market. It presented a full range of Model Year 2011 vehicles including the CTS Coupe, CTS Sport Wgon, CTS-V Sedan, SRX Crossover and also the Escalade Hybrid. “All these vehicles can be ordered through our newly established retailer network of fully authorised dealers in Europe,” stated Hans Peter Ryser, Cadillac spokesman.


October – Porte de Versailles

Toyota Toyota’s presentation at Paris included the Hybrid Synergy Drive Gallery, an interactive exhibition, which charted the Japanese company’s drive towards sustainable mobility through its development of Hybrid Synergy Drive for us in plug-in hybrids, electric vehicles and fuel cell hybrid vehicles. Mentioning plug-ins, the Prius Plug-in will now be ready for global sale in 2012.

Honda The number of hybrid cars is continuing to increase and Honda demonstrated its commitment to this petrol/electric technology with the revealing of the Jazz Hybrid. Using the parallel system, its 1.3 litre i-VTEC engine is combined with a CVT auto box and an electric motor sandwiched between. Revised lights, new front grille and re-styled bumpers as well as modification to the interior differentiate it from the current model.

Peugeot Nissan Townpod is the new name for the Nissan zero emissions concept that was launched to the World at the event. Only a passing interest was made to the LEAF electric car as we have it in Ireland already. The biggest news however, was centred towards the new Micra which surprisingly is not bigger than its predecessor but has a new 3 cylinder 1.2 litre petrol engine that has a low emission level of 115 g/km and fuel return of 5L/100km.

Family car users will appreciate the smooth curves of the new 508 saloon and SW estate which made its public debut at its homeland show. It is built on the SA Group’s Platform 3 in Rennes in France for the EU market and interestingly in China next year for Asian markets. As well as more efficient engines, Peugeot’s new e-HDi Stop/Start system will be available as will Hybrid 4 technology, which will provide 200 bhp, all-wheel-drive and emissions of just 99g/km CO 2.

Fiat Group

Mercedes-Benz Details of the new CLS coupé from Mercedes-Benz were released prior to its World premier in Paris. Since its fi rst introduction into the marketplace back in 2003 over 170,000 units have been sold. The new model continues on the sleek appearance of its predecessor but now also takes on the look of the new SLS AMG with its wide grille set forward from the headlights. Sharing its limelight was an interesting display marking the 125 years of the automobile. Text: Rob Van Dieten –

Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Abarth, Fiat and Chrysler marques were the mainstream brands represented by the Fiat Auto Group in Paris. Deemed the safest compact car in the World according to Euro NCAP, the Alfa Guilietta has added a new 140 bhp 2.0 JTDM and a 170 bhp 1.4 multi air turbo petrol with AGF TCT auto box to the family. Lancia returned to Paris with special versions of the Delta, Ypsilion and the Musa but joined on this occasion by some Chrysler vehicles. Abarth has increased its range by introducing additional kits for the new 500C and Punto Evo models while Fiat had nothing majorly new except for changes to the Qubo and some new engines. FLEETCAR | AUTUMN 10



Punto Evo gets Fiat dancin’!


eatured as a three minute ‘Prommercial’ advert on Channel 4 the Fiat Punto Evo music video got feet tapping to the latest single from dance act Faithless. The move set to transform both music and automotive marketing is a sure fi ne bet to become one of the biggest music productions of the year as the ‘Feeling Good’ video plot follows the exploits of a young man and woman, whose incredible dance moves are directly affected by the movements of small dells hanging from the rear view mirrors of two Fiat Punto Evos. Th is is not the fi rst occasion that Fiat has used a top group to provide their wears as ‘Middle of the Road’ performed Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum to advertise the new Fiat 127 in 1971.

Dr. Carl Benz Car Museum


ear Mannheim is Ladenburg, which, in 1908 witnessed the fi rst C. Benz Söhne automobile leave the production line from what was originally conceived as an engine assembly plant. Today the facility is a fitt ing memorial to the main architect behind the project – Karl Benz. Lovingly restored and renovated to its original splendour, the Dr. Carl Benz Car Museum has star exhibits such as the last two C. Benz Söhne vehicles built in Ladenburg and many other classic vehicles from the Benz and MercedesBenz brands. There is also a wealth of historic documents and exhibits, which help to gain further knowledge on Karl Benz.

BTCC Touring Car NGTC prototype


his is an advanced artist’s impression of the BTCC’s Tou r i n g C a r NGTC prototype. Based on the current Toyota Avensis model, it is being built by GPR Motorsport and will soon be testing ahead of its public track debut at the Dunlop-backed series’ Final Day fi xture at Brands Hatch (9-10 October).

“NGTC is the BTCC’s new formula of touring car that will be eligible to run in the series from next year. Although the Avensis - for which the base vehicles were generated by Toyota UK – teams are free to choose the car/engine they wish to build and develop to the new regulation from 2011,” stated BTCC Series Director, Alan Gow.

Lancia Delta 4WD/Integrale by Graham Robson – ISBN 978-1-845842-58-1


he sight of the Lancia Delta Integrale in Martini Racing livery on the cover of Veloce Publishings ‘Rally Giants’ book is enough to invoke excitement in motorsport enthusiasts from the late 80’s and early 90’s. Many to this day mourn the loss of the Fiat Group owned brand’s withdrawal from the World Rally Championship in 1993. However, according to the books writer Graham Robson, Lancia never had any intention of using the Delta HF 4WD (launched in 1986) for rallying but from the very beginning it was a winner. From humble beginnings as a Giugiaro styled 5-door front-wheel-drive hatchback from 1979, the Delta family later spawned the HF (High Fidelity) and the S4, the formidable Group B competition car. Following the ‘killingoff ’ (as Graham describes it) of the Group B



rally category, Lancia luckily had a workable replacement to the awe-inspiring S4 in the shape of the HF 4WD and looked to rally preparation specialists Abarth for inspiration. Despite some initial design and mechanical hurdles a credible and rally winning Group A machine was created. While all this investment and development was going on additional finance was directed towards attracting top notch drivers such as Markku Alen, Didier Auriol, Miki Biasion and Juha Kankkunen, and of course Carlos Sainz. Between 1987 and 1992 the Group A Delta scored 45 wins, won 6 World Championships for makes and two driver’s titles each for Biasion and Kankkunen. As a proud owner of two Lancia Prisma models (the saloon versions of the Delta) in the midto-late 80’s it was good to re-kindle the many memories that the famous Italian brand achieved at that time with this 128 page book that’s packed with over 100 photographs that for me was one of the most gracious yet explosive rally cars that ever competed in the World Rally scene.

Text & Photos: Jarlath Sweeney –

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ConRo Shipping – A New Option to Europe


oll On Roll Off (RoRo) shipping has traditionally been seen as a means of transporting road based freight vehicles predominately to the UK market, and then optionally onwards via landbridge through the UK to the Continent. Although there have been direct Continental RoRo services between Ireland and France for many years the scope for these services to carry freight has been limited, as during summer months these services are timetabled to cater to the passenger market. However, recently there has been a change to this traditional understanding of the RoRo market from Ireland, with the introduction of the ConRo model to the Irish marketplace. ConRo shipping, or containerised roll on roll off, to give it its full title, takes shipping containers double stacked on cassettes, which are then block stowed on a specially designed ConRo ship using a tugmaster and translifter system. By using a RoRo method of loading and unloading it means that turnaround times in port can be greatly reduced compared to LoLo alternatives. For example a ConRo ship can be fully discharged and fully reloaded and back out to sea within 6 hours, whereas a LoLo feeder vessel of similar capacity would take approximately double this length of time. Th is means that a ConRo ship can spend more of its time at sea and thus spending a greater proportion of its time on revenue earning activity.

A ConRo ship, although designed to be able to carry containers is not tied to this one type of cargo. As it is basically a RoRo ship it means that it can also carry traditional RoRo cargoes of accompanied and unaccompanied road freight units, as well as project cargoes, out of gauge cargoes and trade cars. A ConRo operation can therefore tap into multiple revenue streams in order to fi ll its ships, thus allowing for a greater flexibility in catering to a much wider customer base. This offers greater protection from deflated demand in one market segment by allowing extra cargo to be sought

By Ronán Loughman and Richard Butler

from other market segments to compensate, and thus allow for the continued profitable operation of the ship. Due to the size of the ConRo ships, in excess of 200m, which are now servicing the Irish market, it means that they can compete both in terms of cost

and volumes carried with LoLo feeder services operating from Ireland to the continent. The ConRo routes operating from Ireland are from Dublin Port to Zeebrugge and Rotterdam, at a twice weekly frequency. These services offer for the fi rst time a direct RoRo link between Ireland

and the core European BeNeLux market. This has opened up for the fi rst time a new alternative for importers and exporters with regards to a direct shipping option between Ireland and Continental

Europe, as no longer is LoLo the only option if you want to ship direct via sea transport. The current ConRo ships which service Ireland have a capacity of in excess of 800 TEU, this means that they are comparable to the current generation of LoLo feeder ships which serve the Irish market. As ConRo ships have shorter transit time, as well as a faster turnaround time in port, it means that they can offer an att ractive option for importers and exporters. Couple this with the fact that the price differential between ConRo and LoLo is very small it means that the introduction of ConRo shipping has heralded a new level of competition within the intra-European trade market. For importers and exporters who rely on onward deep-sea shipping connections with the large global shipping lines, the ConRo option is not likely to have much of an impact due to the inter-feeder relationships between the large shipping lines and feeder LoLo shipping lines. However, from an intra-European trade perspective ConRo shipping offers the prospect of introducing new shipment options and renewed competition to the marketplace. All of this has meant that ConRo shipping has brought a new form of shipping to the direct Ireland – Continental shipping marketplace, which is a welcome development for the facilitation of continued trade growth to and from Ireland. * Ronán Loughman and Richard Butler are graduates of the BSc (Hons) in Transport Operations and Technology from DIT and have presently completed their Masters studies in Supply Chain Management at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School where they jointly completed their Masters dissertation analysing recent trends in RoRo shipping between Ireland and Continental Europe, which was conducted under the sponsorship of Dublin Port Company.

2009 - Bad year for Irish Ports - 2010 looks better


he Central Statistics Office has published a very comprehensive set of figures and analysis of Irish Port throughput in 2009. They show that Irish Ports handled 42 million tonnes of goods in 2009 compared with 51 million tonnes in 2008, a decrease of 18%.

Import volumes decreased by 19.5% and exports by a smaller 14.5%. The biggest fall was in general breakbulk cargoes, particularly those related to the building industry, while Ro-Ro traffic dropped by 9.5%, containers by 15.6% and liquid bulk, mainly fuel, by 9.1%.

The number of ships calling to Irish Ports dropped by 10% on the 2008 figure, coming in at 13,223, with 55% of them (7247) calling to Dublin. The average cargo per vessel calling at that Port was just under 20,000 tonnes, significantly higher than any other Port.




‘The World’ comes to the Dublin Horse Show


she sailed to Scotland before heading back across the Atlantic to the US and Caribbean before spending Christmas in Antarctica.

While the vessel was in Dublin, the owners Residensea Ltd. took the opportunity to show off apartments which ranged in price from $500,000 to $13.2 million to potential buyers. The service charges are quoted at over $28,000 a month. This is in addition to food and other day-today costs.

In his final public statement before his retirement Dublin Port CEO, Enda Connellan welcomed ‘The World’ saying that “our location, in the heart of Dublin City is ideal for tourists to venture into our capital. Cruise Line Executives want their guests to enjoy the destinations chosen and a high spend by each guest is a good indication of an enjoyed experience.” ‘The World’ and the other 87 cruise vessels that will call at Dublin during 2010 will also provide a substantial boost for the coach tour industry.

uilt in 2002, but still the Planet’s largest Apartment Ship ‘The World’ spent four days in Dublin affording many of the 300 residents and a similar number of staff aboard the opportunity to attend the Dublin Horse Show and to tour further afield.

The ship’s itinerary is agreed on an annual basis by the residents and from Dublin

‘The World’ in Dublin overlooked by The Point Big Wheel

Energy efficient ship calls to Dublin


most apparent being the four 27 metre high deck mounted cylinders which are based on wind turbine technology and rotate in the wind to act like sails.

‘E-Ship I’ has a number of power sources, the

Enercon Wind Farms in Ireland will be serviced by the company’s Tralee based operation, Enercon Wind Farm Services Ireland under a twelve year maintenance contract.

he 130 metre long specialist cargo vessel designed for carriage of wind-turbines is becoming a regular visitor to Dublin Port. ‘E-Ship I’ is owned by Enercon which has supplied 25% of the wind turbines installed in Ireland to date, while globally it has supplied over 30,000 such units.

PORT PORTALS Seatruck has added the 65 trailer capacity ‘Arrow’ to service the recently opened Larne – Heysham link. This will allow the company to offer twice daily sailings in each direction with matching ships. The three ship Warrenpoint – Heysham and the Dublin - Liverpool services run as normal. The EU has cleared the DFDS Lines takeover of Norfolkline Ferry operations and re-naming and re-painting of vessels on the Liverpool and Heysham routes have been completed. Thus, for example, the ‘Dublin Viking’ running between Dublin and Birkenhead has been re-fitted and now carries the name ‘Dublin Seaways’.

While DFDS and Stena have begun to extend their marketing operations on some North Sea services, there are no plans for any Irish Sea co-operation. DFDS Seaways has also announced the termination of the Ro-pax vessel ‘Scottish Viking’s’ – a sister ship of Celtic Link’s ‘Norman Voyager’ -operation running from Rosyth to Zeebrugge and its replacement by a two freight only vessel operation. LD Lines, with joint venture partner, Grimaldi Lines commenced operation on 8 September of a three-times weekly ferry service between Nantes in North-West France and Gijon on Spain’s North coast. The Line has taken the ‘Norman Bridge’ off

its Dover – Boulogne service to cover the route. This joint venture is subsidised by the French and Spanish Governments to the tune of €30 million, while there will also be a subvention from the EU ‘Marco Polo’ fund of a further €4 million for three years. A couple of weeks into the operation Grimaldi Lines withdrew from the service having expressed doubts about the long term viability of the service and the vessel chosen to operate it. Charterers, KiwiRail are considering running rail tracks through the vehicle deck of Irish Ferries’ owned ‘Isle of Inisfree’. She operates between New Zealand’s North and South islands as the ‘Kaitaki’ However, the present charter runs out in three years and, to justify the expense involved in vessel and terminal modification the New Zealand Company would have to purchase the vessel. Fruit Distributor, Fyffes is now running a weekly service from the Caribbean to Waterford Port. The cargo, mainly bananas is fully containerised using reefer boxes.


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Ask the Expert Q. Sometimes the steps into and out of my cab are slippy, or I may have something slippy on the soles of my boots. It has always seemed to me to be safer to jump down from the cab. My employer has told me that I must stop jumping down. Is he right to do this? A. A substantial number of accidents are caused by jumping down from a cab. Sometimes the effect is immediate when, for example, a driver sprains an ankle. Sometimes the effect is cumulative when the constant shock affects either the knees, ankles, or hips. In a recent case in the UK a driver jumped down onto pieces of a broken pallet and broke his leg. In that case the employer was fi ned under the

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Health and Safety legislation for failing to ensure the safety of the driver both by failing to ensure that the floor spaces were kept clean, and by failing to give the driver adequate training on entering and leaving the cab. As a driver you will know that many drivers jump down from their cabs. However that may be, it is a dangerous thing to do and your employer is right. Q. I had a puncture when I was a long way from my base. My employer told me to make sure that the new tyre had an ‘E’ mark. When the tyre fitter arrived he was quite angry because I wanted the ‘E’ mark and said that it wasn’t necessary. I didn’t want to go back to my employer so I


insisted on a tyre with the right mark which I got. What is this ‘E’ mark, and should I have insisted on it? A. The EU introduced the ‘E’ mark check on the 10 April 2010. The ‘E’ mark confi rms that the tyre is made to a European safety standard designed, amongst other things, to minimise the likelihood of separation between the body of the tyre and the tread; the primary cause of a ‘blow out’. The confi rmation of the ‘E’ mark will now form part of a roadside check. Your employer was exactly right to insist that the new tyre had the ‘E’ mark.

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FARES PLEASE – BYGONE CALL OF THE BUS CONDUCTOR handing up or taking down the luggage. Th is was placed so that the items travelling the longest distance were placed towards the front and when loading was complete the whole lot was covered by a tarpaulin. Th is had to be securely tied down and dealing with a flapping cover on a wet night at a dark and windy crossroads was an expereience not to be savoured. Passengers often brought their bicycles so as not to have a long walk home when they alighted from the bus in a rural area and bikes were not the easiest thing to load or take down.

There are two conductors in the group with Arch Bedford in 1934


rom time to time, children and young adults visiting the Transport Museum look in puzzlement at the older frontengined buses in which the driver was separated from the lower saloon by a substantial bulkhead. They ask how fares could be paid to a driver so isolated from the passengers and are surprised to learn that there was a two person crew, the conductor being the one in direct contact with the passengers. From the mid-1960s, the number of conductors declined steadily and they are now history. Like so many other employees once prominent but long redundant in every branch of transport, they remind this writer of a passage from the Book of Eccliasticus: “and there are some, of whom there is no memorial; who are perished, as if they were never born....but.....whose deeds have not failed.” Responsible for fare collection, time-keeping and passenger safety, bus and tram conductors were around from when these vehicles fi rst operated

in the nineteenth century. On urban routes, they dealt rapidly and efficiently with the great numbers of people who travelled at peak hours, and took pride in the speed with which they could collect fares. They were also adept at keeping their balance in a swaying bus, fi lling in waybills while on the move: on most journeys, ticket numbers had to be recorded at each terminus and usually at some intermediate point. On trams, the conductor was also responsible for the trolley rope, reversing the pole at each terminus and being ready to change the overhead line or restore the trolley in the event of a dewirement. Apart from collecting fares, a conductor on a long-distance or rural bus performed several duties very different from those of his urban counterpart. Th is started at the terminus, where suitcases and other large items were placed on the roof luggage rack, reached by a ladder at the rear of the vehicle. While porters were usually available at termini in large towns, in all other instances the conductor went aloft , the driver

Roof racks and ladders are well shown on 1951 GNR Gardner 390 and 1953 Leyland Tiger P347 58


Parcels were carried by bus and the conductor had to remember what was on board and where to stop for the consignee who would often have prior notice of an imminent delivery – “I’ll send it on the bus” was a regular promise from a family member or friend. A special set of shelves to the rear of the passenger door, which was near the back on most vehicles accommodated these, and bundles of newspapers for delivery to shops along the route. The bus would speed past many of these shops with the conductor standing on the bus entrance steps propelling the bundle of papers through the open door of the shop with amazing skill. But whatever about the various duties just described, it was in unique interpersonal encounters that the country bus conductor really came into his own – and in the era I have in mind women had not yet taken up employment on the buses. At the starting terminus, time elapsed before departure and with other duties fi nished, the conductor began to collect the fares. He had a quiet conversation with each passenger and having issued the appropriate ticket or tickets from a large rack, ensured that any individual going into an area for the fi rst time knew exactly where to turn on alighting from the bus. Th is was customer care at its best. Most conductors worked on the same route for years and knew all the regulars; they were invariably from local families and understood fully the needs of their neighbours and friends. Most longer routes had a morning departure

The museum's 1966 Leyland Leopard C231 was among CIE's first country buses without roof racks

TIMES PAST from the outlying terminus with a layover in the destination town, enabling the conductor to transact some business for a neighbour before the afternoon or evening return journey Also, many a youngster going to a city or large town for the fi rst time was entrusted to the care of the conductor, who saw that his charge got safely to journey’s end. Readers who might wonder at what has just been described should bear in mind that in the golden age of the country bus conductor, which lasted from the 1920s to the 1960s, this was a sadly underdeveloped country. People had very litt le money, there were very few cars and telephones were a rarity. It was against this background that the crews on long-distance and local rural routes worked and the acts of kindness they performed were legion. One instance was related by a retired CIE manager who told of a day several years ago when he became worried by the arrival in his office of a solicitor who was looking for the names and addresses of the driver and conductor working a specific route. It turned out that among the regular travellers was a highly respected individual who had become very infi rm in recent times. Unknown to anybody except the locals, the bus made a short diversion morning and evening to collect this man at his door and bring him home in the evening. He had now died and remembered the busmen in his will. While concerned by an irregular diversion, the manager was delighted to hear about what his crew had done. The period of which I write was before the introduction of express non-stop buses, when short fare stages were still the norm on services as long as Dublin to Cork. There are, I am quite sure, many unrecorded instances of kindness and community spirit performed by the generation of busmen, especially conductors, whose inexorable disappearance began about fi ft y years ago. The introduction of buses with front entrances opposite the driver and underfloor luggage compartments instead of roof racks marked a turning point not recognised at the time.

Conductor with local youngsters on Gladiator AEC IR 1281

Conductor sorts bicycles on well-laden GSR Leyland Tiger No. No. 259 during World War Two

There are in photographic collections countless images of anonymous tram and bus drivers and conductors. There are also pictures of lorry drivers, soldiers, fi remen and a host of other people standing in front of vehicles that were on our streets up to a hundred years or more ago and some of which have survived into preservation. Sadly, these men are mostly unidentified and I often wonder exactly who they were and hope that their families have fared well over the years. Sometimes, as happened recently in the case of a group picture taken nearly ninety years ago, somebody turns up a copy of the picture with the names written up. There is in such cases great satisfaction in restoring the names of those whose efforts and sacrifices contributed so much to national, social and economic progress.

19 6 4 L e y l a n d Leopard E170 was the last CIE bus built with a roof rack

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Lies, damn lies and statistics!


ince way back I have always been fascinated by statistics and what can be done with them. I think that it started when I read the story about Garret Fitzgerald when he was a young Economist working at Aer Lingus and used to attend International Air Transport Authority meetings as part of the airline’s team. The particular occasion was during the time of the Cold War and one of the big issues exercising the minds of the Americans and others was that they did not have a clue what size was the fleet of the Russian Aeroflot Airline. I guess that the interest was not simply motivated by possible competition, and that concerns were the airline would seek to operate outside the Iron Curtain, but much more on trying to figure the capability of the Russians to airlift significant numbers of military along with supplies to some rather 'Warmer War' destination. The Heavy Squad of Intelligence, spying and such like were brought in to find out these elusive figures but really, they got nowhere. Then along came our Garret, later to become Taoiseach, with his estimate. He had got hold of the whole suite of timetable books issued by Aeroflot and figured out how many aircraft of the appropriate type would be needed to fly those routes making a number of assumptions based on his own airline experience, and out of that came up with his figures. Many years later, as normality returned to International relations, the folk from Aeroflot confi rmed that his figures were prett y close. Calculating your opponent’s ability to wage war based on statistics might be a lot less fun than doing so based on spying, but it is a lot safer and cheaper. At the time of reading this story I also discovered that the same Aer Lingus employee was the man responsible for the airline introducing a series of StarFlights and DawnFlights in the late 1960’s with London to Dublin for £4/10s in the middle of the night, but a great way to get home with the bag of laundry! He had come to the conclusion that it was better to have aircraft flying almost 24 hours a day and earning something rather than having them sitt ing round – and you thought Michael O’Leary was an 'original'. All of this came to mind when I recently went to the Irish Transport Research Network (ITRN) Conference at UCD. I had earlier met Dr. Aoife Aherne at the School of Engineering, who now chairs the Network and we talked about the need for real original and clearly thought out research in the whole area of Transport Service provision. Since getting involved more recently in a number projects with research content, I have been very disappointed by the lack of original thought in all transport matters. There seems to be a tendency for Government and other Bodies to commission research from within a small pool of consultants who simply re-state the same material in a different way, depending on what the organisation commissioning the research wishes to prove. Yet, within the Universities and Institutes of Technology there is a significant number of Undergraduates, Graduates, Lecturers and other Text: Howard Knott –

academics from a wide range of backgrounds and areas of expertise and interest waiting to be used on projects, be they the mega ones such as strategic appraisals of the Country’s road and rail networks or the smaller ones such as how to design a cradle system that will enable logs to be brought from forest to Board Mill efficiently, and at low cost.

From where I'm sitting - Howard Knott

Up to the establishment of the ITRN there does not seem to have been a conduit through which all of this research resource could be brought out of academia and into the real world. The papers delivered over the two days gave me hope that we might, at last, be on to something. However, there is a fly in the ointment. Of the forty or so Papers delivered, I doubt that the word 'freight' got more than a cursory mention. I fi nd it quite scary that it seems that, in official and academic minds 'Transport' = the transport of people. It does not embrace the movement of goods. However, all is not lost. When looking at the material on display I came across a copy of the just published, Central Statistics Office Publication, its “Road Freight Transport Survey 2009”. I fl icked through it, not easy going, but, if you are serious about trying to understand what is happening in the freight transport industry in Ireland, then this is the real stuff. Some of the commentary is frightening. They start: - “In 2009, Irish re g i s tered good s vehicles transported a total of 148 million tonnes of goods by road.” Th is represents a 40% decrease on 2008, probably not a major surprise, but it is also 9% less than the 1999 figure. The 2009 distances were a bit longer but one table shows, that over 87,000 vehicles accomplished the 2009 figure of 12.6 million laden journeys, while in 1999 only 56,000 vehicles achieved over 14 million journeys. Road Planners would be interested to see that, in 2009, 40% of total goods carried went less than 25 kms and only 16% of goods was transported over 151 kms. The figures also showed that the carryings of haulier owned vehicles dropped less between 2008 and 2009 than did those for ‘Own Account’ carriers and this was particularly

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n the context of the transport industry it is inevitable that the topic of maintenance will continue to att ract comment. The industry is moving towards a position in which the responsibility of an individual driver is effectively the same as that of his/her employer, and perhaps the most important aspect of that responsibility is the condition of the vehicle. A successful maintenance regime depends upon a clear determination to keep vehicles in the best possible condition. In the fi rst instance, therefore, the vehicle should be maintained in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations. In the event of any doubt about the required actions to maintain the vehicle, or the correct intervals between inspections, the operator should always ask the manufacturer for defi nitive advice, and that advice should always be in writing. Equally once the advice has been given it should be followed. The driver must have the daily responsibility for checking the condition of the tyres, but the driver must be supported by the employer. Ideally the tyres will be inspected by someone from the company’s regular tyre supplier on a regular basis, perhaps at a weekend when the vehicles are at the base. Such inspections should always be supported by a written report. In the event of criminal proceedings following a roadside check, or an allegation that an accident was caused by tyre failure, evidence of regular and effective tyre inspections may make a great deal of difference to the result for both the driver and the company. Every operator should have a system of periodic maintenance which may depend on the use to which the vehicle is put and on the anticipated mileage. Keeping the records will not be a problem; the issue will be the quality of the work that is being carried out. Th is issue of the quality of the work is particularly important when the maintenance work is contracted out. At the very least the operator should ensure that written records of the work that has been done are provided, either when the vehicle is returned or as soon as possible afterwards. As with the records of tyre inspections, a complete set of records showing the work that has been done may be critical evidence in the event of any query about vehicle safety. It is impossible to overstate the importance of checking the quality of the work that is being done. In some companies it is the practice to get a third party, maybe a consulting engineer, to periodically inspect completed work before the vehicle goes out. Certainly, in the event of a need to prove that a company’s systems are good, some evidence of checking will be expected. Arguably the cornerstone of any good maintenance regime is the quality of the training given to the drivers taken with their understanding of the nature of their own responsibility. The suggestion that a driver should be trained to carry out the required daily walk round check has not only irritated many ‘experienced’ drivers, but has been greeted with cynicism by many operators. In reality a programmed walk round the vehicle before the driver starts his/her days work can not only prevent damage to the vehicle but also, and perhaps more importantly, it can avoid faults being found in the event of a check by an enforcement officer. Any training given to drivers should be recorded in writing. It may be a good idea for an employer to issue certificates confi rming that the driver has attended a training course. The ability to show that drivers receive extensive training must improve the profi le of the employer. As concern about road safety, and the condition of vehicles using the roads increases, so does the pressure on operators to put safe vehicles and safe drivers on the roads. One might hope that all transport operators will have that intention, but that intention needs to be demonstrated by documentary proof.

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Attention all Bus owners and operators As part of ongoing developments to enhance the safety of children travelling on buses some important changes to the roadworthiness testing of a bus fitted with safety belts are being implemented. From 29 October, 2010 when presenting your bus for a roadworthiness test you will be required to produce certification which verifies that the safety belts fitted to your bus meet a minimum standard. If you do not present such documentation, your bus will not pass the roadworthiness test. The RSA has written to all bus operators and owners to advise of the upcoming changes and to provide information on the safety belt verification process. Full details are available on The RSA has also setup a help line to assist bus owners and operators with any queries on these changes and on the upcoming safety belt requirements for the organised transport of children. The help line number is 096-25043 and it is open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Alternatively enquiries can be emailed to or posted to: Vehicle Standards Section, Road Safety Authority, Moy Valley Business Park, Primrose Hill, Ballina, Co Mayo. If you are affected by these changes and you have not received a letter from the RSA or have further queries please contact us without delay. Údarás Um Shábháilteacht Ar Bhóithre Road Safety Authority


Cost Effective Maintenance Scheduling premises) you must have a clear policy for maintenance, all work must be documented and records held and a simple system must be in place so that all units and trailers are within the DOE test. Your accounts must show per unit the maintenance cost and tyre cost so that rogue units/drivers can be clearly identified. If your units are returning poor mpg, is it a maintenance issue? A difference of 1 mpg due to injector malfunction costs €10,000 per annum! Are you sure you are gett ing all items covered under warranty? Are you seeking full policy warranty (after full warranty has passed there is still an avenue if circumstances allow to look for some costs from a dealer)? Are there cost effective third party garages that have all the diagnostic equipment/ expertise and flexibility without huge overheads that will offer fast, reliable service?


ll transport companies must continue to examine in detail all aspects associated with the business and in order to survive have reduced costs where possible and addressed any issues relating to productivity. Maintenance costs on vehicles and trailers are seen by some as discretionary, whereby service and tyre replacement can be extended with a corresponding cost saving. Th is article states that a comprehensive and planned approach to fleet maintenance not only saves money, it cuts down on break-downs and service failure and also allows a business to operate a safe and compliant fleet, an issue that will close a fi rm long before the banks or revenue would. Transport firms should look at type and application of tyres, e.g. long haul on motorway with light loads and no/litt le possibility of tyre damage means that if fi rms choose premium brands bought as competitively as possible, they offer long term low cost per kilometre and the added bonus of low down-time and good fuel economy.

Applications on trailers that are litt le used or prone to damage require a cheaper tyre that is more robust. Many yards have unused trailers and operators are now swapping/ changing tyres to extend life and reduce short term cost. Drivers and operators have a key role to play in reducing tyre cost, by ensuring tyre pressures are correct along with careful driving. In relation to vehicle servicing, again a planned and costed approach saves money. A well maintained truck is more fuel efficient, more Text: Donal Demspey –

Planned servicing in the long term saves money, allows a reliable service to be offered and ultimately is the only safe and long term manner to operate a transport firm. Hard work by a transport owner is not gett ing out the tools yourself but gett ing best service/best value for money by knowing the service issue, knowing the market and creating the best cost advantage you can, be it either contract hire (if no technical expertise), in-house or third party maintenance.

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ummins Turbo Technologies is the recognised market-leading designer and manufacturer of turbochargers for the medium-heavy duty diesel engines market and has a reputation for producing innovative and dependable solutions through partnering with customers. Many will recognise its Holset brand, which is well known in the industry having developed an enviable reputation in pursuit of improved engine efficiencies and emissions reduction in on and off-highway, marine and power generation applications worldwide.

Over the years Cummins Turbo Technologies manufactured fixed and variable geometry, wastegate, two-stage and Turbocompounding as its major products to the market. Indeed, it has expertise in many different applications including heavy, medium and light duty truck markets and commercial vehicle, bus, train, marine, construction, industrial, mining, agriculture and power generation. Cummins Turbo Technologies launched a new range of turbochargers specifically designed for diesel engines from 2 to 5 litre capacity at IAA Hanover last month. As the World’s largest independent maker of diesel engines and related products, its Holset brand has been synonymous with turbocharging and aerodynamic excellence for over 50 years. In that time the name has earned a reputation for improved engine efficiencies, durability and emissions reduction. This new range of turbochargers has been developed in response to the increasing focus on fuel economy and engine down-sizing of Cummins Turbo Technologies’ existing customers and to meet the needs of the global diesel engine market worldwide. Holset Engineering, founded in Huddersfield, UK in 1952 was bought by Cummins Inc. in 1973, and changed its name to Cummins Turbo Technologies in 2006. On a recent visit to the Huddersfield technical headquarters where they engineered and launched the fi rst straight vane variable geometry turbocharger in the 1990’s we watched the complete manufacturing and testing of the new products which debuted at the Hanover Commercial Vehicle Show. Huddersfield continues to be the technical headquarters of the global operation with other technical centres located in Columbus, Indiana (also the site of Cummins’ World HQ ), Pune, India and Wuxi, China, to support customer partnerships and deliver cost effective, engineering solutions to local markets. The new range of small turbochargers has been developed by an international team including engineers in the UK, China and India. The new 66


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Demands on small turbocharged diesel engines are constantly increasing to meet ever tightening emissions legislation and reduced fuel consumption. Cummins Turbo Technologies is well placed to deliver to these requirements optimising reliability and robust engineering with reduced component size and weight. The Cummins Turbo Technologies VG turbocharger for 2 – 5 litre diesel engines features a unique sliding wall design. Th is sliding wall enables the turbocharger to be used in ways that offer additional benefits to the total vehicle system. The turbocharger can be used to raise the temperature significantly in the exhaust system at engine idle, thereby regenerating the diesel particulate fi lter without the need for additional dosing systems. Additionally this design facilitates engine braking which can also be used to increase the life of the vehicle braking system and help to prolong the interval between servicing. Jim Lyons, Cummins VP and President of Cummins Turbo Technologies commented on the development; “Our wide variety of technical solutions have been successfully developed in close partnership with some of the world’s leading engine and vehicle manufacturers ensuring that the products are tailored to meet customers’ specific requirements. Text: Gerry Murphy –


Ford Transit Econetic


ord has extended its fuel saving Econetic programme to its commercial vehicle range. Starting with the Transit with the Fiesta Van soon to follow, the main focus with Econetic is to reduce fuel consumption and subsequently the user’s carbon footprint. What Ford brings to the Transit Econetic is a down tuned 2.2 litre diesel Euro 5 engine that has a 189 g/km CO2 average and a speed limit control set at 110 kp/h. The result – an average 7.2 L/100 kms or almost 40 mpg. It is possible that a full tank could reach 1,000 kms between fi lls. That’s some achievement. The downside – none other than the limitations of the set speed.

TDCi is nippy and nimble. For the driver to gain the most mpg, the ratios on the 6 speed box have been shortened, so through the green arrows on the dash the indication is to change up as soon as possible. Good low end torque however reduces the amount of gear changes. A well padded driver’s seat ensures maximum comfort and the twin mirrors on each side enhances rear vision near and far. The absence of air-con was noted during our week on board, particularly as temperatures pushed into the mid-20s, as was data from the trip recorder. In order to gain the most out of the system, information other than ‘kilometres to empty’ is required.

As we know the Irish Republic has a high percentage of regional roads compared to dualcarriageway/motorway – almost 12,000 kms are classed as ‘R’ class roads. For drivers of this version of the Transit, the 110 kp/h limiter does not pose a problem as the 100 kp/h speed limit is the maximum speed allowed. But for motorway driving where up to 120 kp/h is permitted this lessened setting in my opinion is dangerous. The main difficulty arises when it comes to overtaking. Moving to the outside lane to overtake HGVs or PSVs has to be measured carefully in order to undertake the manoeuvre safely and without holding up following traffic that are on 120 kp/h and beyond. The option of extending the max speed to 120 kp/h would certainly take the added and unnecessary stress out of the situation. Not to mention the travel time lost – around 15 minutes on a 225 kms journey. For van drivers working to the clock the benefit of the extra mpg is soon lost in time and income.

Peak power is achieved at 3,500 rpm while maximum torque levels of 300 Nm are achieved between 1800-2000 rm. It was stuck at 2000 rpm at the 110 kp/h, regulated speed on this version. To prevent potential manipulation of the limiter unit, it has been hardcoded. Barry Gale, Chief Engineer Commercial Vehicles Ford of Europe explains, “It’s a known fact that driving speed has a crucial influence on the vehicle’s aerodynamic drag and consequently its 'Real World' fuel economy. We know that the majority of our customers are willing and able to self-regulate their speed to a reasonable point in order to save fuel and have a more relaxed drive. The Transit Econetic speed limiter helps our customers to achieve this.” On the six speed Durashift transmission which has been modified for this unit, Barry adds, “The ‘shorter’ gearing in fi rst gear allows for improved pull away performance, while the ‘longer’ gearing in top gear provides improved highway fuel economy (around ten per cent better vs. the Combined NEDC figures), with reduced engine revs for a range of vehicle speeds and loads for the standard Transit configuration.”

But as I said for drivers operating around our regional roads, the Transit Econetic is well worth considering. Th is front-wheel drive, short-wheel base standard roof FT280 model behaves like any other Transit. The 115 bhp 2.2 litre Duratorq

“We appreciate that our commercial vehicle customers have a clear interest in saving fuel

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and lowering their cost of ownership. At the same time, environmental friendliness is also growing in importance for them, and with the new Transit Econetic they can now have both: low cost of ownership meets sustainability,” concluded Barry. While I appreciate what Ford is doing here, and the results are to be seen – yes, we did get near the 7.2 L/100 kms factory figure – a rethink is needed on the speed limiter for Irish conditions. Most routes out of the Capital are motorways now and the loss of 10 kp/h leaves the driver at a distinct disadvantage. I’m not advocating speeding van drivers here, just highlighting the need to keep up with the average speed that’s out there on our two lane highways. The Ford Transit 280S Econetic 2.2 TDCi 115 PS 6 speed is priced at €21,590. FLEETTRANSPORT | OCT 10



Mercedes-Benz undertakes comprehensive revamp of Vito van

New verses old!


ngoing communication with customers during the research and development process on the next generation MercedesBenz Vito Van led to prioritising the driveline, in terms of reducing fuel consumption and emissions while enhancing performance. That’s according to Thomas Wirth, Manager, Product Management Vito/Viano at Mercedes-Benz during an interview while attending the launch of the new Vito/Viano family of vans and passenger cars in Hamburg last month. A new chassis and suspension layout has enhanced driveability while changes to the exterior and interior brings them more in line with the current Mercedes-Benz look. Let’s start there with the Vito’s new frontal design. The two-bar radiator grille and new headlamps with provision for DRLs – Daytime Running Lights, sharpen things up, as does the modification to the rear light cluster in the Viano. The new features inside the Vito all boil down to extra comfort and higher build quality. New switchgear, fully adjustable seating, new fibres and colours and remote-controls on the steering (taken from the C-Class) are just some of the upgrades on offer. While none of these upgrades are pulsating, everything about the driveline will strike an impressive cord. A new generation of 2.2 litre 4 cylinder Euro 5 diesel engines power the new Vito/Viano range. Hundreds and thousands of these units have already proven their worth in the Sprinter van and Mercedes-Benz passenger cars such as the C-class. As you will see by the accompanying chart, fuel consumption and exhaust emissions have been cut by up to 15% (on average) while a broader gear ratio spread on the newly developed 6-speed manual gearbox result in impressive throttle response and smooth running. Maximum torque is available from very low engine speeds and over a broad rev range. For those looking for more power there is the V6 Vito 122 CDI which not only boasts 10% more power @ 224 hp but with reduced fuel consumption 68


and lower emissions. Blue Efficiency versions are also to be included in the Vito/Viano line up, offering even more economical benefits all round. The scope of the package includes Stop/ Start function, battery management system, gear-shift indicator etc. resulting in 0.2 – 0.3 L/100km lower consumption. As mentioned earlier, driving dynamics have been improved all round. Vito/Viano remain rear-wheel-drive in the main (although the E-CELL electric Vito is front-wheel-drive) but changes to the undercarriage have been dramatic to say the least, to lead the way in handling and ride comfort. While the Vito’s front axle continues to be based on independent wheel suspension with spring struts, Mercedes-Benz has carried out a complete redesign of the axle’s fi ner points of detail. The host of new elements cover suspension springs and spring retainers, supporting bearings and suspension strut towers, transverse links including bearings, anti-roll bar and bearings. The modified axle sett ing ensures improved response. A similar situation applies to the driver rear axle. Here the Vito engineers have completely reconfigured the springs, auxiliary springs and shock absorbers and designed new bearings for the shock absorbers. The new bearings for the control arms have been designed with a special emphasis on comfort, with separated functions for longitudinal and lateral forces on the front axle. The anti-roll bar and its bearings are also new developments. These major improvements provide for extremely precise, predictable and safe handling together with outstanding comfort across all variants. Such all-round quality can only be topped by the fitting of rear air suspension (standard on the Viano and Viano Marco Polo Campervan), which is available to order.

Available in three different lengths and two roof heights, payload has increased by 100 kg (mainly due to the chassis modifications) so the GVWs are 2.8 tonne, 3.05 tonne and 3.2 tonnes. Disc brakes with EBD – Electronic Brake Force Distribution as well as ESP are provided, as is TSA – Trailer Stabilisation Assist. The Vito 4x4 also benefits from these chassis changes in addition to the fitt ing of a 3-point bearing on the front axle transmission and new gearing for the differential to provide even smoother running. The busy city of Hamburg was chosen as the launch pad for the new Vito and Viano range. From the Kaispeicher building along the River Elbe where huge container ships trundled along every few minutes, the test drives began and fi nished there. Our fi rst trip in the (LWB Panel) Vito 113 CDI brought us through the city streets and laid the foundation for a surprisingly pleasant drive. As mentioned earlier, the Vito’s new face will not excite much but one has to get into the driver’s seat to appreciate all that was done to transform the product to a much higher level. The same experience and more was had on driving the LWB Viano 2.2 CDI with the 5-speed auto box as the air bag fitted to the rear suspension added to the superb overall drive.

LAUNCH PAD 11 Engine Line-up Vito 110 CDI Power: Torque: Fuel consumption: CO2 emissions:

95hp @ 3800 rpm 250 Nm @ 1200 – 2400 rpm 7.7 L/100 km – Blue Efficiency 7.4L/100km 203 g/km – Blue Efficiency 195 g/km

Vito 113 CDI Power: Torque: Fuel consumption: CO2 emissions:

136 hp @ 3800 rpm 310 Nm @ 1400 – 2600 rpm 7.4 L/100 km – Blue Efficiency 6.9L/100km 195 g/km – Blue Efficiency 182 g/km

Vito 116 CDI Power: Torque: Fuel consumption: CO2 emissions:

163 hp @ 3800 rpm 360 Nm @ 1600 – 2400 rpm 7.4L/100km – Blue Efficiency 6.9L/100km 195 g/km – Blue Efficiency 182 g/km

All based on standard roof, rear-wheel-drive with manual transmission. Transmission:

6-speed manual 5-speed automatic

Vito 122 CDI Power: Torque: Fuel consumption: CO2 emissions:

224 hp @ 3800 rpm 440 Nm @ 144 – 2800 rpm 8.6L/100km – Blue Efficiency 8.4L/100km 226 g/km – Blue Efficiency 221 g/km

Mercedes-Benz Vito – Spec Check

Mercedes-Benz Viano Marco Polo : Explore the World! As before, the new Mercedes-Benz Viano Marco Polo campervan is based on the long wheelbase Viano again featuring a front-opening pop-up roof. With the closed roof its overall height of 1960mm. The new generation of the compact Viano Marco Polo recreational vehicle and camper van also benefits from a number of new features. The established layout incorporating a generously sized kitchenette and cupboard unit on the left-hand side in the direction of travel with practical roller shutters has been retained, along with the unique movable seating system featuring electrically adjustable individual seats and electropneumatically inflatable side bolsters. New surface fi nishes and trims lend the living area in the Viano Marco Polo a quality feel and appearance. Described by Mercedes-Benz as ‘a yacht on wheels’, thankfully the similarity ends there as at the new Marco Polo handles just as good as its Viano counterpart.

3 different body lengths – 2 roof heights • SWB – Length 4763 mm/wheelbase 3200 mm • LWB – Length 5008 mm/wheelbase 3200 mm • XLWB – Length 5238 mm/wheelbase 3430 mm

Mercedes-Benz Viano - Premium MPV Classed as a luxury people carrier the new Viano 7 seater gains even more enhancements in the Mercedes-Benz €280m LCV/MPV product renewal programme. Generally, the Viano has the same running gear and size variants as its sister Vito with the exception of the 2.0 litre CDI. As expected, the interior gets a serious makeover with new colours, fabric lined door panels and new overhead light cluster added to the latest range. Compared to the Vito, there’s more chrome to be seen and as expected higher levels of driver and passenger comfort. ‘Travelling in style’ is the motto here and everything about it epitomises that theme.

Viano – details in brief • •

3 body lengths as per Vito Pop up roof option

Engine variants: CDI 2.0 (136 hp) – CO 2 190 g/km CDI 2.2 (163 hp) – CO 2 190 g/km CDI 3.0 (224 hp) – CO 2 223 g/km CDI 3.5 (petrol) – CO 2 279 g/km 6-speed manual/5-speed auto transmission Marco Polo Campervan included in range

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ermersheim Germany, reported to be located in the centre of Europe was the location chosen by Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles to host a Distribution Symposium. Situated just a few minutes away from its Wörth production plant, the massive warehouse built in the Southern Palatinate region where the event was held also happens to be the Mercedes-Benz Logistics Centre. Attended by European transport journalists, the Conference was mediated by Stefan Schulze-Hausmann, a presenter of transport and science programmes on German TV. He introduced the keynote speaker Sylvia Diederichsmeren, Head of Future Markets & Customers at Daimler AG. Words like conurbations and futurology were mentioned more than once but when she got down to it, the face of urban living is changing and as a consequence so too is urban transportation particularly distribution.

The Changing Face of Distribution Transport

She began by explaining (to the converted) what distribution transport is all about – or her interpretation of it. “Distribution transport is often the pre-or on-carriage part of a long haul transport operation starting from a central depot – the so called Final Mile. Distribution transportation primarily serves the consumption needs of the people who live in conurbations.” Let’s explain what that last word means; an extended urban area, consisting of several towns merging– so there! The regular supply to retail outlets from food and drink retailers to clothing and pharmacy stockists together with the increase in internet shopping that requires home deliveries were cited by Sylvia as the main day-to-day operations of urban distribution providers. Another area which is growing due to customer demand, is chilled food and drinks as well as frozen foods which is specialised due to its nature of application. Surprisingly refuse collection or postal deliveries do not form part of this equation according to Sylvia. “Due to the types of goods and sizes of consignments involved, all classes of vehicles participate in distribution transport – from cars, vans to tractor-units with semi-trailers.” Th is in itself poses a problem and she sees a number of challenges ahead. As increasing numbers of people are moving to urban areas, small and medium-sized towns on the outskirts of cities are growing, while at the same time City Authorities are promoting Inner-City regeneration. UNO forecasts that the global population will rise to over 60% of the World’s total population by 2030 and will reach around 70% in 2050. Wonder if these figures are recession proof? But as the old saying goes ‘there is no poverty under the blankets.' Time will tell! 'Creeping mobility,' already a reality in many towns and cities today will continue to increase. As a result exhaust emissions and noise pollutions will become more in focus in towns and cities with the aim of improving the quality of life. But what can the Authorities do apart from introducing more Environmental Zones as already in place in London, Stockholm, Bologne and Berlin for example? Weight-Class Regulation, Appointed 70


Delivery Times and certain ‘No-Go Areas’ for heavy traffic, were mentioned by Sylvia as town’s and City Authorities take on a leading role in

climate protection in the future. “Towns will compete for the title of ‘Greenest Town’ and Best Practice projects will be exchanged,” she


forecasts. But in reality, towns and cities will be unable to fully exclude truck traffic. For instance if a 40 tonne truck were to be replaced by smaller vehicles to supply a supermarket, around 17 vans would be required. There will be a greater emphasis, for sure, on reducing CO2 emissions in urban traffic from here on and this will lead to vehicle manufacturers developing products with low to zero emissions, such as diesel-electric hybrids to full electric power. But with a 12-tonne hybrid averaging €45,000 more expensive than the conventional diesel powered equivalent, fi nancial incentives must be offered to transport companies that have to comply with this regulation. Already some of the larger transport and logistics companies are heading in this eco-friendly manner. DHL for example has set a target to reduce emissions from its own vehicles and its subcontractors by 30% between 2007 and 2020. Along with TNT Express, FedEx and also Coca-Cola, field trials with hybrids and electric vehicles are ongoing across Europe. The ESB has a policy as we know in running a fleet of vehicles powered by the energy source it generates, hence the purchase of electric/hybrid vehicles from Allied, Smith and Fuso. She concluded by saying that, “the changing underlying conditions in the towns and cities will have a major impact on distribution

transportation and truck customers operating in this field in the future.” Being in charge of the World’s largest warehouse of its kind in the automotive sector (that boasts a storage area of over one million square metres), Matt hias Jene, General Manager, Germersheim Global Logistics Centre (GLC) was asked by Fleet how he and his team continue to reduce the facilitys carbon footprint. “Some 325 truckloads leave the GLC each day,” he said. “As we don’t run any trucks ourselves we insist that our transport contractors run to Euro 5 specification. Some are EEV compatible and a few run diesel/electric hybrids where the situation allows. Maximum load utilization is another factor we look at closely which can reduce the amount of trucks needed.” He admitted that not all of the trucks operating in and out of the site once known as the Insel Green (Green Island) which stretches along the River Rhine, wear the ‘triple-pointedstar’ logo as some transporters or speditions as these companies are called in Germany have a liking to the other National brand, MAN. Mentioning the river, Matt hias also added that some shipments are made using the waterway en route to the shipping company. To highlight the enormity of the logistical operation here, GLC is responsible for supplying the commercial vehicle and car parts and accessories for Mercedes-Benz, Maybach, Smart

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and Mitsubishi Fuso to all over the World as well as Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge vehicles outside of North America. For Mercedes-Benz more than 90% of all required parts from the entire range are available for customers within 24 hours. In operation for some 20 years, GLC supplies to more than 1,400 customers in more than 200 countries. Almost 400,000 parts alone are stocked for Mercedes-Benz – all available immediately – 150,000 of these catering for its commercial vehicle division. While on a walk-about of this huge facility, it was naturally enough a hive of activity – radio controlled forklifts, automatically guided vehicles and roller conveyors ensure a continuous flow of parts in and out. GLC works with around 3,000 suppliers as goods-in deliveries average around 360 truckloads. Keeping up with this enormous logistical operation are 2,900 employees that dispatch over 13,000 delivery items for commercial vehicles alone. Not only are current vehicles kept supplied with spares but GLC also store items for models many years after production ceases – for up to 15 years or more. Logistics is just too small a word for what goes on here: where parts supply has no boundaries.




Truck Brakes Part V


n this months issue we will look at the various valves fitted to the air brake circuits of a commercial vehicle. The seven main valves are; 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Four way circuit protection valve Foot brake valve Park brake valve Load sensing valve Relay valve Quick release valve Trailer control valve

The fi rst valve we encounter after the wet tank is the 4-way protection valve. The purpose of this valve is to split the air coming from the compressor four ways and supplying each circuit consecutively in the following sequence; 1. 2. 3. 4.

Supply primary brake circuit Supply secondary brake circuit Supply ancillary systems including air suspension Supply park brake circuit

By supplying the hand brake circuit last will mean that all air brake and ancillary systems are operational before the park brake can be released. If one of the circuits fail or is ruptured the other three will be isolated so as to allow the driver to bring the vehicle to a stop in a safe manner. In order to understand how each valve works we need to know some industry standard termination used, which is common to most European truck manufacturers. (0) = intake or suction port you will only fi nd this on the compressor. Any port beginning with the number (1) Inlet, this is the port on a valve which is supplied with air and there are variations on this where you get 11 fi rst Inlet 12 second inlet 13 third inlet and 14 fourth inlet means there is more than one air supply to the valve. The 1 representing inlet and the next number represents which order the valve is supplied. You will fi nd these numbers on valves like the footbrake and trailer control. Any port beginning with the number (2) Outlet, this is the port on a valve which delivers air i.e. to a brake chamber, and like the inlet there are variations on this such as 21fi rst outlet, 22 second outlet, 23 third outlet, 24 fourth outlet, again the 2 represents delivery and the next number represents the order in which the air is delivered. The next number is (3) this represents the exhaust port in a valve where air after serving its purpose is exhausted to the atmosphere. Next is (4) this number represents a connection to a valve which is a remote signal, in other words air supplied in port 4 will only activate the valve allowing air connected to port 1 to do the work. The most common valves with this arrangement are Relay and Load Sensing valves. (5) Th is port is used by truck manufacturers i.e. it would be unique to that truck brand and not seen in other brands. (6) Th is represents an electrical connection usually 72 FLEETTRANSPORT | OCT 10

seen in ABS/EBS braking systems, again there maybe more than one electrical connection and you would see the following connections 61, 62, 63, 64 these would all mean they are electrical connections where 61 and 62 could be ABS wheel sensor signals and 63 and 64 could be solenoid valve power signals. (7) Th is represents the connection of the antifreeze device to the air system but these devices are for the most part replaced by the air dryer. (8) Th is represents a lubricating oil connection to an air system device i.e. the compressor. (9) Th is represents again the connection of the cooling system to an air device again the compressor head is the most common in this instance. So here they are again as a quick reference; 0. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

= intake suction = supply = delivery = exhaust = remote control signal = specific to truck manufacturer = electrical connection to valves = antifreeze unit = lubricating oil connection = coolant connection

Figure 1 shows a photograph of a four circuit protection valve. There are other configurations but this is the most common type. Each cone on top of the valve has a spring inside which the tension is set by the manufacturer. Each cone will have a port beside it which is connected to one of the four circuits protected. The larger

by closing the supply to the damaged circuits by spring pressure. Also within the valve there are check valves. Th is stops the air from any of the good circuits leaking back through the valve and out the faulty line. As these valves are very often fitted next to the wet tank, if there is a lot of moisture in the air the valves will become faulty over time by the build up of corrosion and the swelling of port seals. In winter time if there is moisture in the valve it can freeze and some or all of the ports won’t open and the driver is unable to build up air to release the brakes. Th is was a very common breakdown until the introduction of air dryers. The most common repair method was applying a gentle heat to the valve or tapping the valve to shake the springs to unsett le the ice so the ports could open.

Tension springs Check valves Figure 2 WABCO

Information supplied by; port to the side is port 1 the main supply into the valve. Figure 1 WABCO Figure 2 represents a schematic drawing of figure 1. There are five numbers shown in the diagram (1) main inlet, (21) outlet primary brake circuit, (22) outlet secondary brake circuit, (23) ancillary air systems e.g drivers air seat (24) park brake circuit. Th is is a common set up where all air systems are fully charged before the park brake valve can be released. The tension springs highlighted in figure 2 show how the valve can distribute the air to the different circuits. The spring tension is set so the weakest spring will open fi rst (21) to (24) where the tension is the strongest to overcome. The main purpose of the valve is to isolate viable circuits from a circuit that is faulty or has been damaged. Th is is done

Department of Mechanical & Automobile Engineering, Limerick Institute of Technology, Moylish, Limerick.

Text: Ailbe Burke

THE WINNERS! N ew 3 8 t o n n e Tr u c k / Tr a i l e r c o n c e p t f ro m

Krone, MAN & Michelin


Scania tests spoiler that cuts truck fuel consumption by 2%


s featured in Fleet Transport recently, Scania has begun practical tests of a rear air deflector known as a boat-tail, which can reduce fuel consumption by up to 2 percent, which in turn corresponds to an annual saving of 1,200 litres of fuel and 3 tonnes of CO2 emissions for a truck running 200,000 km a year. The boat-tail is mounted on a normal three-axle semi-trailer for European long-haulage. The length of the vehicle combination increases by 30 cm, which is equivalent to the extra length permitted for a taillift or other loading equipment according to the European Union’s Directive 97/27 EC. “The tests are limited to Sweden and Denmark while we await final word on how road and traffic authorities in the Netherlands and Germany view our interpretation and application of the EU directive,” explains Anders Gustavsson, Managing Director of the Scania Transport Laboratory (Scania Transportlaboratorium AB). Fuel savings of 2 per cent not only reduce the transport industry’s costs but also lead to large environmental gains.

A recently introduced EU proposal would amend the current Directive 97/27 EC to allow trailers to be equipped with a rear air deflector that lengthens the vehicle combination by 30 cm. “Th is is a solution that does not encroach on cargo space and can also be retrofitted on existing trailers. In light of this, I hope that European trailer manufacturers will find it of interest to begin developing an integrated boat-tail. It involves a very simple technical solution that could quickly help reduce transport costs and environmental impact,” Mr Gustavsson concludes. The Scania Transport Laboratory is a wholly owned subsidiary of Scania that tests and evaluates vehicle characteristics and performance in commercial road haulage. Its tasks also include training and coaching its drivers in economical and safe driving techniques. The company accounts for a small portion of the goods haulage to Scania’s European production and assembly units. Its fleet consists of 20 tractor units and about 70 semi-trailers.

“For the Transport Laboratory, trucks which run 360,000 km per year and consume an average of 26 litres of fuel per 100 km, it represents an annual saving of almost 1,900 litres of diesel and 5 tonnes of CO2 emissions – per truck. This kind of aerodynamic improvement is positive for industry profitability as well as the environment, and is equivalent to the results of several years of engine and chassis development work,” Mr Gustavsson said.

Fiat Professional website for vehicle converters


new website, designed to give technical and practical assistance to conversion companies choosing Fiat Professional as their base vehicle, has just been launched.

Called Fiat Professional Converters, the website ( plans to provide a host of useful information for motorhome manufacturers, including technical specifications and drawings. Photography, advice on best practices and up-to-date news from the motorhome, caravan and leisure industries will be added to the site later. Fiat Professional chassis are among the most popular in the world – the Ducato is the most widely used frame on the motorhome market – so Fiat Professional, the commercial vehicle arm of Fiat Group Automobiles SpA, has translated the conversion manuals for its vehicles into five languages, making it easier for converters working in a large number of different countries, to consult the information. Once the site is fully developed, it’s planned that a section will display images of completed conversion projects, and companies are being encouraged to provide their own pictures and technical descriptions of conversions they have carried out, for others to study. “We know that it’s important for Fiat Professional to have the best possible relationship with the converters who transform our light commercial vehicle (LCV) range,” says Paul Godden, Brand Manager, Fiat Professional. “So it’s necessary to give them all the relevant information to enable them to work in the most professional way possible. The new site will provide this.” 74


Scania’s manual for emergency services now online Meanwhile, Scania has developed a product information manual that makes it easier for emergency service staff to safely and efficiently rescue people in case of vehicle accidents. The manual was produced in collaboration with emergency service organisations. It contains a presentation of the structures and systems in a Scania truck, as well as instructions on how emergency service staff can rescue the driver and passengers without exposing such people or themselves to unnecessary risks. “Its purpose is to provide knowledge of Scania’s vehicles so that the emergency services can use their methods optimally,” explains Bengt Edlund, a Process Engineer at Scania who helped produce the information material. The manual is designed to be used in preparatory training. It is available in 17 different languages and can be downloaded as a PDF from www.

Montracon improves curtainsider safety


ontracon has moved to further improve safety and turnaround times for curtainsider operators, especially those involved in pallet distribution, where all on foot are banned from the unloading/loading floor - at network hubs, for example. Recently revealed, the latest addition to Montracon’s curtainsider range features a pair of rear-mounted full height ‘gate’ frames with ‘curtain tracked’ top rails. One gate is hinged at each corner pillar. They are simply swung out from their stowed position - across the back panel, and locked in line with the trailer sides to effectively extend the curtain track behind the trailer, allowing the curtain to be drawn clear of the deck(s). Drawing of the curtains can be completed in the marshalling area prior to entering the loading/unloading floor, leaving all pallets fully visible for unloading by a forklift. It also obviates the need to move the drawn curtain during unloading to provide forklift access to the pallet(s), otherwise tucked behind it and sometimes missed! Once reloaded the trailer is simply driven back to the marshalling area for the driver to redraw the curtains and swing/ secure the gate frames against the back of the trailer for normal running. Speaking of the new addition, Montracon Sales and Marketing Director Paul Mead said, "It’s a win for safety and efficiency: once the curtain is drawn back in the marshalling yard, there is no need for the driver to alight from his vehicle until its back in the yard. Time on the unloading/loading floor is trimmed and, as the curtain pulls back clear of the trailer, the chance of any pallets being mistakenly left on board and returned to base must be almost zero."


Lighter, quieter & more powerful - new Thermo King V700 MAX DSR


hermo King’s new V700 MAX DSR refrigeration unit for trucks is lighter and quieter than most self-powered units. It displays much improved environmental credentials, as it is powered by the vehicle’s engine instead of a separate diesel engine. In addition, the unit contains an additional semi-hermetic compressor to provide stand-by operation while connected to the power supply. The new unit focuses on improved performance and functionality and incorporates a microprocessor controller, which provides better accuracy and performance in temperature control.

ambient temperatures. These new operational improvements are compounded by less weight, less noise emission and less total ownership and maintenance costs. The unit is also much easier to set up in the vehicle, greatly reducing installation costs and time. To better match customer needs the unit is available in a wider selection of product

The V700 MAX DSR has one of the best cooling and heating capacity available on the market, along with a reduced pull-down time at high

versions and voltages (for 12 and 24 VDC vehicles; for 3ph 50Hz and 60Hz AC power sources) than previous models in the V700 line. Driven by an engineering team in Barcelona, product development paid special attention to reusing standard components already available in existing units of Thermo King’s Vehicle Powered Truck product range and parts used in truck and trailer units. “Th is new product range development has been a very interesting Value Analysis/Value Engineering exercise, since we really focused on what is important for our customers,” said Miguel A. Ferrer, Design Engineer and V700 MAX DSR Series Project Leader.

Edbro cylinders power tipper trucks to victory in tests


he market leading credentials of Edbro’s ram and tank assemblies have been independently confirmed yet again. The company’s cylinders featured on no fewer than four of the six vehicles in this year’s annual truck tipper tests, including the highest scoring MAN chassis.

enable speedier turnaround times at a site. The CX14 was officially launched at Tip-Ex 2010, and features a special one-piece construction that maximises cylinder strength at the top of

Edbro cylinders have become the products of choice of leading truck operators, with their low weight, high strength design providing the means to increase both payloads and profits. Edbro’s newly launched CX14 cylinder assembly offers a weight saving of 60kg over the company’s previous generation CX15 – itself up to 165kg lighter than competitors’ products – and a total kit saving of 230kg, without any compromises on lifting capacity, reliability or safety. Any weight savings that can be made quickly add up to a significant extra payload-per-day capacity and a large increase in profitability over the lifetime of the chassis. Edbro calculates that a tipper using the CX14 cylinder assembly could boost profits by more than €10,000 over the chassis lifetime. And this is without factoring in the faster tipping speeds that the CX14 can deliver, which

perfect solution for free-flowing loads up to 22 tonnes. Its innovative design features, combined with the highest quality materials and a unique 3-piece sealing system, provide a true ‘fit and forget’ cylinder, reliably supported by the industry’s largest network of service back-up for complete peace of mind. The final results placed the MAN TGS 35.400 with an Edbro CX15 front end in fi rst place with a total of 89 points from a possible 100 over a range of four main test criteria. In joint third place with 85 points on the subjective test carried out by industry professionals both on-road and in a quarry were the DAF CF85.410 and the SCANIA P-series 360. The IVECO Trakker AD340T36K also scored well with 81 points, featuring Edbro CX15 lift ing gear.

each extended stage to resist side loads induced by the body during tipping. It also provides maximum cylinder stiffness at full extension. The integrated tank design means significantly reduced installation height and fast, simple fitt ing. With its reduced weight, increased lift capacity and faster tipping speeds, the CX14 offers the

Peter Smith, Sales & Marketing Director at Edbro commented at the trials, "We are really pleased with the results, doubly so since we have launched an improved product since the trucks were specified for the test earlier this year. Edbro is regarded as the industry standard. The benefits are also being felt by customers overseas as our export sales are increasing at an impressive rate.”

Mr. Tayto & Squealing Pig throw shapes!


odywork with a difference is one way to describe Universal Graphic’s treatment of Mr. Tayto Volkswagen Caddy Van and the World Cup theme 3D message on the exterior of the Squealing Pig Bar in Monaghan.

Amp Visual came up with the concept so Universal Graphics took the project in hand to create the special effects that included moulding and sculpting Mr. Tayto’s head. The other Universal Graphics creation came to light in its home town Monaghan when the Squealing Pig wanted to make a statement after the 2010 World Cup shoot-out with France. The 3D image of French player Th ierry Henry being thrown out of the pub along with a 6ft

football created a huge impact for the popular corner house pub.

Simon Murray, Universal Graphics, Martin Kelly, Manager, Squealing Pig and Glenn Mahony, Universal Graphics showcase the 3D French theme attached to the exterior of the Squealing Pig in Monaghan highlighting most Irish people’s feeling towards Thierry Henry. FLEETTRAILER&BODYBUILDER | OCT 10




he 2011 round of the bi-ennial Trailer Innovation Award att racted 92 entrants – its highest level since the competition was established. In all, 7 category prizes were presented at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover, Germany. Ireland’s interest was with the Dennison/Kelly Sliding Boggie Skip Loader Trailer that won the Fleet Transport Trailer Innovation Award last year. As you will see from the accompanying table Thermo King’s Cryogenic Trailer multi-

temp refrigeration unit came second overall in the Environment Class. Jörg Montag, speaker of the jury (which also includes Fleet Transport’s Jarlath Sweeney) admitted that it took a good deal of work to evaluate 92 innovations. “In some categories it was quite clear, in others it was close,” he said.

Category Body Krone


Energy efficient refrigerated semi-trailer

Van Eck


Trailer for air cargo



Swingliner refrigerated semi-trailer

Schmitz Gotha


Tandem central axle trailer with dynamic axle load balancing



Trailer Axles



Luft federung system

Category Chassis

Category Components Flexible multi level loading system



Container Quick Lock


Semi-automatic Twist-loc

SF innovative Systems


Mat system for bulk vehicles



2City tractor-trailer combination

Schmitz Gotha


Rear tipping semi trailer, weight optimised



Fastback Trailer



Trailer control Module Safe Parking



Pneumatic central locking

Allsafe Jungfalk


Self-acting load restraint system for courier vehicles



Recyclable insulated bodies

Thermo King


Cryogenic Trailer multi-temp refrigeration unit



Temperature controlled long cargo channel truck-to-trailer



Intelligent Trailer + Zero Accident Programm



Manufacturer independent Telematics Platform

Cargobull Telematics


Trailer Connect

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Category Safety

Category Environment

Category Smart Trailer




Krone ramps up trailer production


s 2010 marks a special year for the Krone family, the German agricultural machinery and trailer manufacturer is coming out of the recession stronger than ever. In addressing the press prior to the build-up of the 75th birthday celebrations of his father Bernard Krone, his son and heir to the throne, Bernard stated that the Krone trailer division has overcome “the most difficult and challenging period in our 50 year history.” As a result the Group as a whole will incur a loss in the balance sheet for the first time ever despite the success of its Agri business in the Global market. “Adjustments had to be made over the last 18 months or so,” said Bernard. “Thank fully, demand for trailers is increasing again,” he

continued. “At its lowest, production was at 20 units per day in contrast to a maximum 220 unit output in peak times. Now we are gett ing closer

to 50% capacity and re-employing production staff on an ongoing basis.” He mentioned his personal satisfaction with the 30% increase in sales volume in the UK since sett ing up a wholly-owned trailer subsidiary, Krone UK in the last two years. “We are strong and are coming out of the crisis strengthened," he said – "You can count on Krone,” he quipped. “High customer satisfaction, leading edge technology, superior quality are to the fore with all Krone products and will continue that way,” he concluded. In introducing the latest Big X forage harvester to the agri-press, reference was made to their new common-rail engines supplied by MAN, which deliver higher power optanes (up to 1031 hp from the 16 litre block) at greater economy through two modes Eco Power and X-Power.

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Krone passes the baton Dr. Bernard Krone hands company leadership to son Bernard


t a gala performance by ‘Circus Krone’ at Lingen Dr. Bernard Krone handed over the leadership of the Krone group to his son Bernard. “After spending nearly five decades of active work in the company, the time has come for me to pass leadership to the fourth generation. I am very pleased that my son Bernard is now going to map out the route for our company to follow in the future. Naturally, I will be available at any time should he seek my advice,” said Dr. Krone. After receiving the keys to the family business, Bernard Krone (33) emphasized that he would

continue leading the company according to the trusted Krone philosophy, which is “to maintain honest relations with our staff-members, customers and partners, to provide superior products and to excel by exemplary innovative power. These are the skills and qualities that have been adhered to for decades and made Krone the company it is today – a market leader in agricultural machinery and commercial trailers. Together with our trusted executive officers, the Advisory Board and our dedicated staff members, we will continue to strengthen the position of Krone group and conquer new markets in the years to come.” The 2,400 guests gave both the outgoing and the incoming company owner standing ovations that lasted several minutes.

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Over the past fi ft y years, annual sales of the Krone group increased from 8.5 million Euros to currently about 870 million Euros. Today, the company is a market leader in Germany and Europe, both in agricultural machinery and commercial trailers. Krone is one of the biggest employers in the North German Emsland region, home of the headquarters. The agricultural machinery factory, which employs 1,000 people as well as Agricultural Trade and Services, employing 200, the commercial trailer factory at Werlte, gives employment to nearly 520 people. In addition to its own direct workforce, the company also provides employment for 1,000 people at regional suppliers working exclusively for Krone.




New Joloda Hydraroll Pneumatic Roller Track (PRT) system


alled Trailerloda, the new low-profile, stand-alone system from Joloda Hydraroll can be quickly and easily installed into a standard trailer – either new or in-service. Most importantly, it offers airfreight operators added options to buy, hire, contract or operate standard box trailers, curtainsiders or reefers, as an alternative to long lead time, high cost, bespoke-build units – or to respond to seasonal peaks or sudden demand. Trailerloda can be installed into an existing unit without the need for any modification of the chassis or flooring. Typical installation time is twelve hours – based on two fitters working together for six hours. This is a 75% reduction on the traditional, integrated ‘in-build’ installation time, which normally takes two men up to four days. Removal time for the new system is similarly shortened – to approximately eight hours, based on two fitters working together for four hours.

The total weight of the new system for a 13.6 metre trailer is approximately 1435kg – compared to a typical weight of an existing trailer floor, (approximately) 1935kg. This contrasts with the weight of a conventionally installed PRT in-floor system of 1775kg. Therefore, payload penalty between the two is marginal – and also, there is no price penalty between the in-build kit and the cost of the new Trailerloda system. Trailerloda is designed for self-assembly and simply clips together with flexible plastic joints. A typical standard 13.6 metre system is built in four sections, each 2438mm wide and mounted directly onto the trailer floor. All four sections incorporate five lanes of roller track, three sections at 3.2 metres long and one at 3.7 metres. Trailerloda utilises Hydraroll MK21 roller track – still the preferred standard in the airfreight industry, not least because of its twin roller design. The MK21 track also provides greater manoeuvrability of ULD’s inside the trailer and it is easier to drive fork trucks, or move pallet trucks and cages, due to smaller apertures in the top plate. The smaller apertures also help to prevent debris falling through into the underfloor area – and the enclosed channel design also protects the airbags from potential damage. Th is feature actually reduces maintenance compared with a traditional roller track installation.

Trailerloda utilises a 2” diameter and 2” long roller. Load capacity is 550kg/metre of track, making load capacity for an installed Trailerloda floor assembly 2750kg/metre. An added safety feature is that the top plates of the track are coated with polyurethane, to give a non-slip surface for the ULD once the rollers are down. Between the roller tracks, special aluminium floor plates clip together with a plastic extrusion – and then clip into the main channels of the roller tracks with galvanised steel wedges. The floor section is then bolted or screwed down to the existing floor of the trailer through aluminium angles which slide into the floor planks. An end stop assembly, manufactured from a steel channel with a heavy steel base, is bolted to the door end of the trailer. The end stop assembly has built-in flip-up pallet stops and heavy duty impact rollers. The roller tracks are piped up from one side to the other, through a Quick Exhaust Valve (QEV) and then the pipes are led down one side of the section to the next. The air pipes from all four sections are then routed through the floor of the vehicle to a Hydraroll air control box, which is connected to a single Pressure Protection Valve (PPV) air receiver from the trailer’s suspension.

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JMC VanTrans lifts with Jungheinrich


ublin based JMC VanTrans, one of Ireland’s largest pallet distribution specialists recently took delivery of a mixed fleet of Jungheinrich’s new LPG Hydrostatic forklift trucks. The primary reason for purchasing the 2.0 tonne and 2.5 tonne gas powered trucks is that the Jungheinrich products use 20% less fuel than conventional rivals and also the superb back-up provided by Jungheinrich Ireland.

also expanded into the UK market in collaboration with their new service provider Palletline. Th is opens up a new market to an already successful operation collecting to and from the UK daily. “Irish exports continue to grow, despite the difficult economic climate,” added Garrett Thornton, Managing Director for JMC VanTrans. “By joining Palletline, we have successfully expanded our reach for our customers, providing

“I believe the new fleet of Jungheinrich hydrostatic trucks will deliver substantial fuel savings over the 5 year life cycle. That coupled with the latest technology and after sales service were the main factors why we chose Jungheinrich,” said Garret Murphy, Chairman of JMC VanTrans.

them with a gateway to the UK and into Europe working through an organisation they know and trust.” According to Ronan Leonard, Sales Manager at Jungheinrich Lift Trucks Ltd who conducted the deal, the cost-effective benefits of the LPG Hydrostatic forklifts are numerous. “We have already delivered over 40 of these units into Ireland and the customers are achieving 15-20% fuel savings over their life cycle. Tyre wear is also reduced substantially and fleet customers are starting to realise the life cycle cost savings often far outweigh the short term benefits offered by cheaper rivals.” Pictured at the handover are l-r Garret Murphy, Chairman JMC; Barry Doyle, Area Manager JAG; Tom Hevey, Operations Manager, JMC and Ronan Leonard, National Sales Manager JAG.

Finalists in the Fleet Transport Awards – Irish Haulier of the Year 2011, JMC VanTrans which celebrated 20 years in business this year currently operate a network of 14 depots nationwide and has

TRACKER Leads Police To Stolen Plant Vehicles


hieves were thwarted when Police in Chorley, Staffordshire recovered £300,000 worth of plant machinery, thanks to TRACKER, the stolen vehicle recovery company. Police on the trail of a stolen vehicle, used its fitted TRACKER device to follow the signal to a remote farm, which led to the discovery of a haul of machinery and resulted in the arrest of three people.

as well as an assortment of smaller items such as generators. “TR ACKER is the only stolen vehicle recovery provider working with all 52 police forces in the UK and once again this partnership has proved a thorn in the criminal’s side,” explains Stuart Chapman, Police Relationship Manager for TRACKER. “By working together with police, we are sending a clear message to thieves, as well as helping to return stolen vehicles to their rightful owners.”

Large items of plant were found on the farm, including JCB diggers, Caterpillar vehicles, road rollers and forklift trucks,

Allison-equipped Econic completes over 360,000 km


1999 Econic has enjoyed a second lease of life in Düsseldorf, Germany clocking over 360,000 km on a stop-start duty cycle. While emptying over 275,000 recycling paper banks it has demonstrated the highest level of reliability. At the beginning of 2007, AWISTA, the company responsible for waste management and city cleaning in Düsseldorf, decided to take over a used MercedesBenz Econic 2628 6x2/4 for the collection of recycling paper ‘igloos’ in the city. As an early adopter of the Econic, AWISTA knew the craneequipped truck would be more than capable of good performance, but its reliability has surpassed even their expectations. The Econic is fitted as standard with an Allison 3000 Series fully automatic transmission using an adaptive electronic control system to provide optimal performance for the duty cycle. A total of 1,100 paper banks are located in the Düsseldorf area and are emptied three times a week. Typically, a vehicle empties around 150 so called ‘paper-igloos’ 80


Bert Schröer, Workshop Supervisor of AWISTA. “Normally we double-shift crane trucks for five or six years. But this Econic is running for double that time, for around ten years and ten months. During the whole time we haven’t had to make any repairs on the Allison fully automatic transmission. We simply follow routine maintenance intervals for the chassis with a general or safety inspection every six months in the workshop.” The vehicle and its transmission is also providing a worthy cost benefit as Schröer explains, “During the same time a vehicle with a manual transmission would have needed at least four new clutches, costing €4,500 each.” per shift, but with double shifts and working on Saturdays, the older Econic in question collects 300, explaining the remarkable 363,000 km completed in just three years. During this time it has emptied approximately 275,000 paper banks and collected around 55,000 tons of paper. According to the operators, an Allison transmission and good maintenance are behind the reliability. “The vehicle is delivering exceptional returns,” says

SPEC CHECK 1999 Mercedes-Benz ECONIC 2628 LL 6x2/4 Engine performance: 210 kW (286 PS) Gross vehicle weight: 26 tonne Mileage (as at Sept. 2010): 363.105 km Operating hours (as at Sept. 2010): 23.280 Transmission: Allison MD 3060 Maximum input torque gross: 1261 Nm Maximum input power gross: 243 kW (330 PS)


Terberg DTS (UK) signs distribution agreement for ACTIW LoadPlate loading system for England and Ireland


erberg DTS (UK) and Actiw Oy have signed a distribution agreement for the ACTIW LoadPlate loading system in England and Ireland. LoadPlate is a unique loading system for standard cargo space such as sea containers and trailers. Its trailer loading system has been tested and an automated reference environment will be constructed later in the autumn in Pieksämäki, Finland. Signing of the agreement opens a new area for LoadPlate; so far tens of LoadPlate units have been delivered to customers in other European countries.

products we offer.” Mr. Couper adds that Terberg DTS (UK) has identified that its manufacturing and distribution customers in the UK and Ireland have huge potential with the product being offered. “We look forward to developing concepts and solutions which will in time bring

Alisdair Couper, Managing Director of Terberg DTS (UK), speaks positively about the signing: “Th is is a unique opportunity to be in at the grass routes of an exciting new product, because we operate in multiple sectors where the product will operate well alongside other

huge cost savings to the end used, improve safety of goods in transit and open up a new window of options for the shipping market in goods that previously could not be containerized.” “Logistics in general has been under strong development during the last two decades, but loading and unloading are still made by rather conventional and ineffective methods,” stated Actiw Oy’s Managing Director, Reijo Viinonen. He also pointed out that their product is a step forward to boost these processes and that it is an advantage to get good partners such as Terberg DTS to bring such new methods on the market. “The system’s operation principle is simple, but unique, and it provides benefits such as, for instance, the possibility to use DCs instead of OTs, which gives remarkable savings," Mr. Viinonen added.

Aisle-Master & Combilift Fliegl Trailers seek premieres at IMHX 2010 Irish agent


isle-Master continues to be the only articulated forklift manufacturer to offer AC technology as standard on all its electric models. Having recently transferred production to Monaghan and increased its sales-force in the UK, Aisle-Master will exhibit a wide range of AC electric and LPG powered models at this year’s IMHX 2010, the Materials Handling Exhibition to be held at the NEC Birmingham from 16-19 November.


Affi liated company Combilift , the manufacturer of customised 4-way handling equipment is planning to have two exhibition areas – one for product displays and the other for hospitality. From there, show visitors can witness a riverdance of sorts as various demonstrations of the Combi-CB will be performed by a team of skilled drivers to highlight their manoeuvrability. As well as the Combi-CB, other exhibits include the original Combilift – the 4 tonne C4000 plus examples from its heavy-duty range.

Established in 1975 by Josef Fliegl Senior in Kastl, Germany, the Fliegl Group now consists of 9 separate companies covering agriculture, construction and engineering sectors. Fleigl Trailers manufacture all types of trailers, semi-trailers and low loaders for the logistics and heavy haulage segments of the road transport industry.

erman headquartered Fliegl Trailers, part of the giant Fliegl Group is seeking an Irish agent for its broad range of semitrailers. According to Martin Fliegl who met up with Fleet Trailer & Body Builder at the IAA Show in Hanover said his company is keen to re-establish a representation in Ireland following the closure of its previous agent almost two years ago.

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Hauliers – Friends of the Earth


y interest was immediately aroused when Andrew Tinkler the boss of one of the UK and Ireland’s biggest transport companies the Stobart Group, called for a tax on empty running (empty trucks) in the interest of the environment. What was he driving at was the big question? The answer came a short time later from our own Central Statistics Office (CSO) when it published the 2009 Road Freight Transport Study. The CSO had not carried out this survey at the wish of our own Government so that they could understand the Road Transport Industry but rather on the command of the EU. It is an extremely interesting and valuable report for the licenced Road Transport industry which highlights both the environmental and national competitiveness worth of the industry to Ireland. The fuel efficiency of the industry when compared with both the own account sector and 'White Van Man' so beloved of Dublin City Council is extraordinary.

There now exists the clear evidence that hauliers are the most efficient users of fuel when moving goods Key statistics from the survey are that the 'Hire and Reward' sector (licenced hauliers) carried out 71% of all activity in tonnes/kilometers, 60% by weight and 53% of all kilometers travelled with 20% of the national fleet, and this figure includes all our exports by road. These are extraordinarily impressive efficiency statistics by any standard for a sector that survives almost unnoticed by Government. We are doing 71% of the nations goods movements with 20% of the national fleet, with support what could we achieve? The corollary of this is that 80% of the national fleet are empty for at least 50% of their journeys, what a waste. I have often wondered why there is no national outcry when diesel fuel goes up by 6 cent in the last Budget and a further 2 cent for the biofuel obligation. The reason now is clear, fuel costs are not an issue for the own account sector as they just pass them onto the consumer via the shop shelf. Repeatedly the only voices to be heard on truck fuel price increases are those of the IRHA. Why? Is it because we are the most efficient users of fuel in the land and the only ones directly concerned with its cost? Our customers kick us when we look for an increase as fuel represents an average of 82


30% of our operating costs, whereas to the own account sector it is miniscule and they simply pass it on, but at what cost to the environment and national competitiveness? To quote from the survey when mentioning the hire and reward sector “Given that these vehicles account for only 20% of fleet size , it is clear that they are used more intensively than those vehicles used mainly for own account transport”. My hope is that the IRHA will engage an economist to extrapolate the key information and to use it as a platform on which to base their argument for support for the industry. It contains empirical evidence that the most effective way for this country to move its goods from a competitive, environmental and congestion point of view is by a licenced haulier. The report should (but won’t) become mandatory reading for the Ministers of Transport and Environment, City and County Managers, the National Competitiveness Council, Intertrade Ireland and most especially the National Transport Authority, the latt er incidentally being the much heralded 'Be all and End all' of transport policy. In its ‘Objectives and Functions’ does not mention the word ‘Freight’ once. Why am I not surprised? Because it won’t be read. The IRHA needs to engage all of these bodies in dialogue as to their views of the report. An example of where the IRHA should use the report is that it tells us that 61% of the national f leet is in the 2 to 5 tonne weight category and only carries 5% of total weight, 4% in tonnes/kilometers and accounts for 26% of all kilometers travelled. That can only be called g ross i nef f icienc y and environmental degradation of the highest order, yet these vehicles are praised to the hilt by such as Dublin City Council and are seen as a knee jerk emotive response to the issue of large trucks in our cities. All this rather than sitt ing down with service providers and coming up with real policies that require real leadership. There now exists the clear evidence that hauliers are the most efficient users of fuel

when moving goods both in Ireland and to and from it. A disproportionate amount of environmental damage is done by those that run the nations empty trucks, yet the haulier carries the greatest penalty, that does not make environmental nor competitive sense. The words ‘environment’ and ‘competitive’ are to my mind as a practicing 'Friend of the Earth' completely synchronous. Imagine the environmental benefits accruing to the state if hauliers were to be given a competitive advantage if they used Irish Rape Seed Oil, 70% of the nations goods moved with a positive gain carbon footprint? As a member of the haulage industry I know that there are many in the trade that despite the survey are not professional operators in any sense of the word. The IRHA has campaigned for many years with litt le or no success to get these people off the road. Th is survey's results should be used to build an understanding with the Government of the benefits a supported industry can bring to the nation. We have got this far on our own, with support we can truly be the ‘Friends of the Earth’ when moving this nations produce!

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