Heavy goods vehicle (HGV) registrations fell -22.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2020, with 9,193 units registered, according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) figures. Fluctuations in the sector’s naturally long fleet renewal cycle, together with lockdown measures introduced partway through March affected HGV registrations, rounding off the first three months of the year down some 2,666 units.
DTM (Direct Tyre Management) has launched a new website that enables users to book tyre assistance from any location at any time. According to the company, DTM specialises in delivering flexible and compliant tyre management solutions, tailored to your fleet.
Goodyear has entered three-year tyre partnership with Maxi Haulage Ltd. As part of this deal, Maxi Haulage will be supplied with premium tyres from the KMAX GEN-2 range, and be supported by TruckForce, under the Goodyear Total Mobility offering.
A pioneering project on how connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) and their associated infrastructure can develop real-time responsiveness to cybersecurity threats, has highlighted the ‘urgent need’ for a national road transport cybersecurity programme in order for the UK to safely support CAV adoption across the transport network.
Continental AG has just launched a microsite containing information about the latest CO₂ emissions regulations for heavy goods vehicles and the VECTO (Vehicle Energy Consumption Calculation Tool) simulation tool.
In April 2020 many European countries reached the peak of new infections resulting from the coronavirus, something that is likely to lead to a massive fall in trailer production in the second and third quarters of 2020, according to analysts Clear. During April many trailer manufacturers closed their business in April in order to comply with government recommendations on social distancing but also because there was little or no business to be done. Now manufacturers are having to consider how they can resume production to at least meet the low level of demand that will exist in Q2 2020.
In order to honour those who are continuing to keep the country moving during lockdown, Goodyear has launched its ‘Highway Heroes’ scheme in the UK. From the delivery drivers keeping supermarkets stocked to the haulage companies transporting vital supplies, the purpose of the initiative is to shine a light on those who are continuing to go the extra mile within the logistics industry.
Last week, Michelin issued special guidance for firms parking fleets of lorries for extended periods during the COVID-19 pandemic, and today the company offers similar guidance for cars and vans that have been taken off the road. Brian Porteous, Michelin’s technical manager – Car, Van, 4×4 and Government Contracts, has detailed steps to follow before laying up vehicles, along with advice on periodic inspections and preparing assets to re-enter service.
When Zenises Group chairman Harjeev Kandhari bought Lincolnshire-based retreader Vaculug in July 2018, some questioned the logic of buying a British manufacturing business while the country was on the brink of Brexit. However, shortly afterwards he told Tyres & Accessories that the circumstances only added to the opportunity and that he had plans to invest in the business via its staff, products and production lines. 18 months on, before the Coronavirus outbreak, T&A asked Kandhari how the transition has progressed and what the company is doing to celebrate its 10th anniversary. In short, the Vaculug transition is said to be going “absolutely wonderfully”, with a new MD appointed from within the ranks of Zenises, a number of other new personnel as well as new products and a developing van tyre business.
TBC Brands, one of the largest distributors of private brand tyres in North America, is offering an enhanced Sailun Advantage truck tyre warranty. According to the company, the new warranty programme is a “game-changing” combination of outstanding quality, competitive pricing, expansive product selection, enhanced warranties and multiple retreads.
In the USA, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced that it will extend the full capabilities of its Commercial Total Solution to carriers of all sizes in Convoy’s Digital Freight Network, in a statement on 9 April 2020. According to the company, Convoy is the first online discount programme Goodyear has offered through its commercial e-commerce platform GoodyearTruckTires.com.