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Sasol equips ethylene oxide transports with aJour ATEX telematics

Munich (23.08.2017) — asto Telematics GmbH has received another major contract to equip freight wagons. All new tankers and tank containers for ethylene oxide transports from Sasol Germany GmbH will be equipped — the stock wagons will be retrofitted in the revision cycle. Sasol in Germany is part of the chemicals' division of Sasol Limited. The South African company is an integrated energy and chemicals group and one of the world's largest manufacturers of synthetic fuels. Sasol's freight wagons operating in the German and European rail network will be equipped with the new aJou ...

23.08.2017

The Bowers Sisters: The Youngest Female Lorry Drivers

In the male-dominated transport industry it's great to come across a good news story on some of the UK's talented female lorry drivers. For any ladies and young people out there with aspirations to make it big in the world of lorry driving, it doesn't get much more inspirational than the story of Holly and Kate Bowers. The two sisters have become the third generation of their family to gain their HGV driving credentials and, at just 20 and 22 respectively, the girls are also the youngest women to do so. A Family Affair Being female was no obstacle to the Bowers girls' ...

22.08.2017

Summer Seminars with the RHA

If you hold a role in the management sector of the transport industry, ensuring your drivers are well trained and compliant with legislation and industry standards is vitally important. With the need for HGV drivers to undergo regular training sessions every few years to maintain their license, knowing what courses are available will help to ensure every driver's credentials are up-to-date. Courses with the RHA The RHA (Road Haulage Association) runs an intensive programme of courses throughout the year, suitable for drivers who take on regular haulage jobs. During the summer, two o ...

22.08.2017

Radio on the Road: The Best Shows for Driving

Anyone who drives knows the importance of staying alert while in control of a vehicle. But for those who drive HGVs for a living (particularly long haul), the need to be on top form at all times is imperative. One of the best ways of keeping concentration is by having company in the cab of your lorry – and, if that's not possible, your next best friend is the radio! With a new wall of sound blaring out of every digit on the dial it's hard to find a show that can keep you interested. But we've done the research for you, so pump up the volume and let's get started! Dese ...

22.08.2017

Lorry Drivers and Cute Fluffy Kittens

As the Internet so often reminds us, there's really nothing better than a cute, funny or frankly bizarre cat story to make us laugh, well up or simply wonder if we made the right choice when we chose a dog as the honorary furry member of the family. Now, contrary to the traditional tough image of his profession, one kind-hearted haulier from North Wales has become the latest to fall under the spell of a little moggie magic. The Shoebox Kitten When lorry driver Paul Gibbons came across a wet, bedraggled kitten, cruelly abandoned in a shoebox in a landfill site, it wasn't in a go ...

22.08.2017

Hauling in the Pink

Pink is a colour usually reserved for little girls' bedrooms and feminine fashionistas. At the very least it's certainly not normally associated with the tough talking world of truck driving. But one young lady and her brand new hot pink Volvo FM tipper truck are putting an end to the stereotypes and turning heads all over the UK – all in a very good cause. Trucking in the Pink April Forder, who has a haulage contract to transport gravel and sand for the production of asphalt for AR & PA Transport in East Anglia, hit upon the idea for the striking hot pink wrap for her vehi ...

22.08.2017

4 Great Gifts for Lorry Drivers

If you've got a friend or loved one who makes a living as a lorry driver, chances are you'll understand just a fraction of what life on the road is like. They're often away from home for extended periods of time doing long distance haulage jobs, so anything that makes them feel a little more cosy and comfortable in the cabin is always well received. If you're looking for a practical, thoughtful gift for a hardworking truck driver, we've got a few suggestions straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak. An Electric Blanket For the most part, drivers ten ...

22.08.2017

University Tackles Industry Recruitment Issue

In another positive move for the logistics and delivery work sector, Aston University has announced that from this September onwards it will be running a full NOVUS degree in logistics and supply chain management. The degree will be an extension of the NOVUS Light course already run at Aston University, which is in the top 100 universities providing supply chain courses in the world, according to SCM World University 100 Report. Why Aston University The university is well placed to offer the degree as it already runs an acclaimed MSc programme in supply chain management, which is joi ...

22.08.2017

Summer Safety Tips for Livestock Hauliers

Carrying out delivery work in the summer heat can be challenging enough, but when you are carrying livestock it becomes even more necessary to ensure that you take precautions to keep your vehicle and your load as cool as possible. Here are my tips for keeping your load healthy when undertaking delivery work during the hottest periods of the season. Before You Load Before you load your vehicle make sure that the environment is suitable for the transportation of animals in the heat. Things to check include: • Make sure that all animals will have access to water during the journey • ...

22.08.2017

Technology and the Courier Driver

From smart phones to GPS tracking systems, technology is revolutionising the way courier work is carried out. But just because the big delivery companies can afford the very latest software, it doesn’t mean the average independent courier needs to be left behind. By utilising the technology you already have (your smart phone can be your most useful business tool) you can offer the same, if not greater, level of service than the industry’s major players. Make the Most of Your Smart Phone Today’s smart phones can be loaded with apps which will not only plan the quickest, most fuel effic ...

16.08.2017

Clean, Green Reforms Open Up Opportunities for Drivers

There has been some good news for self employed van drivers making a living from courier jobs, with the Government’s recent announcement on reforms to the licensing rules. In an attempt to reduce emissions to zero by 2050, but in recognition of the important role vans and couriers play in the economy, the Government has said it will increase the size of vans covered by the B-category licence from 3,500kg to 4,250kg. The category B licence is the same standard licence that covers drivers of cars, making it easy for individuals to set up a business as a self employed van driver undertakin ...

16.08.2017

The Tallest Available 300' Aerial Bucket Truck in NYC is For Rent at Alpha Platforms

Alpha Platforms has introduced a New 300 Foot Bucket Truck for New York City. The Company offers aerial lifts services in New York City and beyond. The launch of the new foot bucket is aimed at improving their service delivery. Experts [Alpha Platforms](http://www.alphaplatforms.com/our-equipment/truck-mounts/) are highly experienced, and the introduction of the new boom lift will make it possible for them to satisfy many customers in many industries such as construction workers, window cleaners, and furniture hoisting. The launch of the bucket truck with up to 300 foot long makes it possible ...

16.08.2017

Safety Tips for Novice HGV Drivers

Manoeuvring a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) is very different to commuting in your family car. I don’t doubt that you’re a competent driver, but if you’ve recently joined the haulage industry or are considering becoming a forwarder, you might benefit from these HGV driving tips. Safety is key when you get behind the wheel and there’s always room for improvement. Getting into the Truck To avoid falling while exiting your vehicle, remember to maintain a 3-point contact. You should have either two feet and one hand or both hands and one foot touching the vehicle. Warning Lights Warning li ...

15.08.2017

Newbie Knowledge: Understanding Lorry Types and Weights

Considering a career in the transport industry? As a driver, you’ll be expected to get behind the wheel of different vehicles, so it’s essential to understand the various lorry weights and types. Get your head around it all with this short and sweet guide. Different Lorry Types Lorries are divided into two main categories: Light Good Vehicles (LGVs) and Heavy Good Vehicles (HGVs). They’re then subcategorized by weight and number of axles. • LGVs Weighing 3.5 tonnes, these lorries have 2 axles and no rear side windows. • HGV: Smaller 2-axle lorries Identified by their two axles, ...

15.08.2017

The Latest Gadget in Telematics: Street Angel

As I’m sure you know, road safety is fundamental to the haulage industry. It’s the responsibility of haulage companies and freight forwarders to maintain the competency of their drivers and ensure their well-being, while also providing their clients with an efficient service that guarantees the safe delivery of goods. After all, how else are you going to earn their trust and get more haulage contracts? You’ll agree that achieving these goals depends largely on the safety of your Heavy Good Vehicles (HGVs) throughout their journey. Well, as it turns out, the company Camera Telematics thinks ...

15.08.2017

Belle Vue Coach Hire Comes to Liverpool

Ever-popular Belle Vue Coach Hire has announced an expansion of its market leading and award winning coach hire services now available for clients in Liverpool who need reliable, convenient and affordable transportation for their private or corporate excursions, parties and events. Belle Vue [Coach Hire Liverpool](http://coachhireliverpool.org/coach-hire/) is an acclaimed and award-winning business with extensive experience offering a bespoke coach hire management service that caters to any group travel requirements with a modern fleet of over 70 vehicles and hundreds of approved suppliers op ...

11.08.2017

Belle Vue Coach Hire Comes to Birmingham

Ever-popular Belle Vue Coach Hire has announced an expansion of its market leading and award winning coach hire services now available for clients in Birmingham who need reliable, convenient and affordable transportation for their private or corporate excursions, parties and events. Belle Vue [Coach Hire Birmingham](http://coachhire-birmingham.com/coach-hire-in-birmingham/) is an acclaimed and award winning business with extensive experience offering a bespoke coach hire management service that caters to any group travel requirements with a modern fleet of over 70 vehicles and hundreds of app ...

11.08.2017

What Can Courier Exchange Do for Me? Ask Dortudor Dot Com

After retiring, Mike Tutor wanted a change and – in answer to a local advertisement for courier jobs – began a second career. We look at the journey he has taken in this new venture and why he credits Courier Exchange with playing an important role in the success of his business. Humble Beginnings Mike’s start in courier jobs came when he responded to an advert in a local newspaper searching for drivers. Mike joined the company and worked for them for a year, a period in which he learnt the essentials of the industry. The company advised him on what van to buy and gave him all the knowl ...

08.08.2017

Grow Your Courier Business Without Buying New Vehicles

Many small business owners will be familiar with the desire to grow their business without having to commit to the serious expense and responsibility of new staff and equipment. Today I’m looking at sub-contracting as a solution; how it can enable a business to grow, complete more courier jobs and increase profit. Go2Day’s Story Today, Go2Day Ltd has a fleet of three 3.5 tonne curtain-siders with tail lifts and assists with an eight-vehicle fleet for the recycling company Ecosystems. However, when Andy Littlewood began it was with a rented long-wheel based transit van in 2005. He ke ...

08.08.2017


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