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Airport Fleet Management: Transpoco at the Inter Airport Europe Show 2019

by Eleonora Malacarne on Sep 3, 2019 9:01:00 AM

Airport Fleet Management: Transpoco at the Inter Airport Europe Show 2019

Who said intelligent fleet management is just for logistics, public transportation or couriers?
Transpoco's suite of SaaS tools can offer real benefits to GSE fleets, ground operations, support equipment and services. From cutting costs to assessing risks, from maintenance to compliance management, Transpoco will present all the latest innovations and updates targeting the aviation sector at the Inter Airport Europe Show 2019.

The international exhibition has this year reached its 22nd edition. The event, organised as its tagline claims, for Airport Equipment, Technology, Design & Services, is welcoming digital transformation in aviation and airport operations (so, who better than Transpoco to show how interconnected airports can work - efficiently and effortlessly?).

Manufacturers and suppliers of airport equipment will showcase their new, revolutionary products that will find different airport uses and applications, from technologies to predict passenger flow to digital service platforms for operators to access and analyse data across the airport and software solutions to enhance both safety and quality management.


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We are now just 5 weeks away from this important appointment: Transpoco will exhibit at the stand number 2262 in Hall C6 from October 8-11, 2019 - come talk to us if you wish to have smoother airport operations!

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Logistics Associate Apprenticeship extends its consortium to include CIT School

by Eleonora Malacarne on Aug 29, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Logistics Associate Apprenticeship extends its consortium including CIT School

The Logistics Associate Apprenticeship consortium is extending its network in the fields of Process, Energy and Transport Engineering with the inclusion of the  Department of Mechanical Electrical & Process Engineering in the Cork Institute of Technology, scheduled for 18th September 2019.

The Logistics Associate Apprenticeship, launched in 2018 by the Technological University Dublin, provides academic Education and practical training across the Freight, Logistics, Shipping and Distribution industries. Apprentices enter a contact of 2 years duration, where they will work with an employer and spend one day a week in the TU Dublin or Cork Institute of Technology for their academic studies. Completion of this programme leads to a Level 6 Award on the National Framework of Qualifications.

The apprenticeship programme was set up to have a long-term view of making the freight distribution and logistics sector more competitive for talent, highlighting the diverse and exciting career opportunities within the sector and attracting more diversity into the workforce.

According to Aidan Flynn, Chair of the Consortium and General Manager for the Freight Transport Association Ireland, “The Logistics Associate apprenticeship, to date has garnered great support from employers and this is vital to the future success of the programme. After all, without employers interest this blended learning opportunity will not be sustainable. The apprenticeship offers great opportunities to both employers in the freight distribution and logistics sector and employees, with upskilling opportunities for existing employees and attractive ones for new entrants who are looking for vibrant, challenging and rewarding careers.

Key Benefits of the Logistics Associate Apprenticeship for employers include upskilling, building a loyal staff, offering career progression opportunities and attracting new entrants into the industry with the opportunity, especially in the current shortage condition, to fill vacancies.

In the month of September 2019, over 80 new apprentices will start this programme in TUDublin Aungier Street and CIT. At a time when pressure is mounting within industry on operational costs, the threat of Brexit, and skills shortage, this positive story is one where collaboration and commitment can provide pro-active solutions that will help in the future of the sector.



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CPC compliant drivers’deadline of September 9th worries fleet professionals

by Eleonora Malacarne on Aug 27, 2019 9:01:00 AM

CPC compliant drivers’ deadline of September 9th worries fleet professionals

The CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) deadline is fast approaching for UK companies operating heavy and light goods vehicles, as their drivers have to complete their mandatory training and renew their CPC licences (drivers are obliged to do 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years). If the deadline is missed, employees will be unable to continue driving HGVs and LGVs legally from September 9th onward.  

According to an independent study carried out recently, after the deadline there will be a massive decrease of CPC compliant drivers, as over half (53%) of the operators and fleet professionals interviewed were worried about a possible reduction in fully CPC-trained drivers next month as a third of drivers still had the full 35 hours of mandatory training remaining.

According to Nick Caesari, CEO of Fleet Source, the independent organisation which carried out the study, “The majority of transport managers who responded to our survey—some 71%—said their contracted drivers had already completed their 35 hours, which is good news, but the deadline is fast looming for those drivers who still need to complete their training. The bigger picture is that there is a clear concern in the industry that there will be a shortfall in CPC-compliant drivers after 9 September.”

It is the drivers’ responsibility to complete the mandatory training but employers play a key role in checking that their drivers are compliant and, therefore, do share some of the responsibility.

The result is that the capacity of courses and trainers has decreased in recent months and consequently some suppliers have also increased their price as the deadline approaches.

Nick Caesari added that “It is vital that employers, drivers and training providers work together to ensure we minimise the risk of a shortfall in CPC-compliant drivers and create a contract-ready workforce to meet the growing client demand across our industry.”



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Electric Vehicles: there is now more EV charging stations than fuel stations in the UK

by Eleonora Malacarne on Aug 22, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Electric Vehicles there is now more EV charging stations than fuel stations in the UK

The number of charging stations designed for Electric Vehicles in the UK has now surpassed the number of fuel stations in the UK. Data shared by Fleet News few days ago confirm the presence of 9,300 EV charging locations in Britain and a total of 8,400 fuel stations.

The news comes around 100 years after Britan saw its first fuel station opening, in November 2019, at Aldermaston in Berkshire. Since then, the number of fuel stations has grown dramatically, then declined, and has now been officially overtaken by the one of the EV charging stations. 80% of UK fuel stations have closed since 1970, while EV charging locations have increased from just a few hundreds in 2011 to the current figure of 9,000.

The data shared have been made public related to a forecast made by car manufacturer Nissan back in 2016, through its Nissan Insider website, according to which public locations to charge electric cars in the UK would have overtaken petrol stations by the summer of 2020. At the end of 2015 it was estimated that there were 8,472 fuel stations in the UK, while the total figure was of 37,539 in 1970. Nissan predicted that the number of UK fuel stations would fall under 7,870.

The numbers shared confirm the commitment towards zero emissions and the introduction of the new Ultra-Low Emission Zone in April 2019 and the attempt to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. It seems now the next challenge will be keeping the pace with the growing presence of electric vehicles and the infrastructure needed to make them operational.



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Free van operators dedicated event by the FTA tomorrow in Belfast

by Eleonora Malacarne on Aug 20, 2019 9:03:00 AM

Free van operators dedicated event by the FTA tomorrow in Belfast

The FTA is hosting tomorrow a free event in Belfast with the title "Van Operations: Your responsibilities" under the project Van Excellence.

Van Excellence is a programme created by the FTA in the UK to support van operators of all sizes and industry sectors. At the heart of Van Excellence is the Van Excellence Code; a code of practice written by the FTA along with many of the UK’s best van operators to describe what we think good looks like when we’re operating vans.

The Van Excellence scheme is active in Ireland with the name of Van Safe, promoted by the FTAI: a scheme designed by some of the best van operators in Ireland; facilitated and managed by FTA Ireland to recognise excellence and improve operational standards. At its heart is the VanSafe Code which is a Code of Practice outlining 'what good looks like' in van operations.

Main speakers at the event will be Rosie Leech MBE from the Police Service of Northern Ireland who’ll be discussing the results of recent enforcement activities and how operators could improve and Mark Cartwright, Head of Vans from the Freight Transport Association.

The event is taking place tomorrow, Wednseday 21 August 2019, from 08:30 to 12:30 BST, at the following location:
26 Harbour Court
9 Heron Road, Sydenham Business Park

Registrations are open on Eventbrite at the URL



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Irish Truck of the Year 2020: 15 trucks contend for the throne

by Eleonora Malacarne on Aug 15, 2019 9:03:00 AM

Irish Truck of the Year 2020 15 trucks contend for the throne

Drivers and hauliers of Ireland are closely following the competition, sponsored by AIB, which will designate the Irish Truck of the Year 2020 for the 16th consecutive year.

Once again, 8 trucks from 7 leading brands – DAF, Iveco, MAN, Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Scania and Volvo are contending for the Irish Fleet Truck of the Year throne and for the Irish Construction Truck of the Year classification.

The contenders will go through a 2-day assessment process, with the winners deemed to have made the greatest contribution to road transport efficiency in terms of innovation, comfort, safety, drivability, fuel consumption and emissions reduction.

The winners of the two categories and the overall award will be announced and presented at the 13th annual Fleet Transport Awards Gala, which will take place at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin on the 10th October, 2019.

The nominees for the category Fleet Tractor-Unit of the Year are:

Renault Range T.480 4×2  
Renault Range D.430 Wide 4×2  
Mercedes-Benz Actros 1840 LS 4×2  
Volvo FH.500 6×2  
MAN TGX 26.500 6×2  
Scania R450 6×2  
Iveco Stralis AS440S46 6×2  
DAF XF.480 6×2 FTP  


The nominees for the category Construction Truck of the Year are:

Renault C/K.460 8×4  
Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3243K 8×4
Volvo FH.460 8×4 B-Ride
MAN TGS 35.420 8×4
Scania XT G450 8×4
Iveco Trakker AD.410 8×4
DAF CF.450 8×4



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Brake's Road Safety Week 2019 scheduled for November 18th to 24th

by Eleonora Malacarne on Aug 13, 2019 9:02:00 AM

Brakes Road Safety Week 2019 scheduled for November 18th to 24th

Brake's Road Safety Week 2019 has been scheduled for the days between November 18th and 24th, 2019, with registrations for employers opened at

The event, which has taken place for 22 years, is a great opportunity to promote life-saving messages and show commitment to road safety to employees and their families, customers, suppliers and local community.

The initiative, which this year has been particularly promoted by the Department for Transport, is encouraging  support to the Global Fleet Champions scheme, which aims to prevent crashes and reduce pollution caused by vehicles used for work purposes, but also wishes to animate employers to take the lead in promoting safe and healthy journeys through policies and procedures in place that maximise road safety, reducing risk.

Employers can reigster for a free action pack to help them promote road and driver safety, including advice, ideas and resources linked to the 2019 theme "Step up for Safe Streets", such as guidance sheets, facts sheets, infographics and interactive tools for both adults and children.

According to Brake's Community Engagement Manager, Dave Nichols, “With far too many people still being killed and seriously injured on our roads, this Road Safety Week we want everyone to “Step up for Safe Streets” and learn about, shout about and celebrate the amazing design-led solutions that can help us end this suffering and create a safe and healthy future for all."

Employers can really take the lead on safe and healthy journeys and help get these vital messages out to drivers, families and young people, making a big difference to their local community."

The first event is going to take place on September 10th: the webinar scheduled will host companies that have previously taken part in Road Safety Week, that will contribute with ideas on running successful activities and communication campaigns in organisations and communities dealing with road safety and vehicle management.


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EC road safety plan  2021 – 2030: the main points

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jul 30, 2019 9:00:00 AM

EC road safety plan  2021 – 2030 the main points

At the beginning of the summer, the European Commission made public some of the safety strategies that will be looked into for the decade 2021-2030. The main points of their road safety program have been outlined in a document called Road Safety Policy Framework, presented at the ETSC Road Safety Performance Index Conference in June.

Data collection is going to be the focus of the EC road safety plan for the decade 2012-2030. The EC has developed what looks like a comprehensive range of KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) to be measured for road safety, linked to outcome targets to be developed in collaboration with the member states.

The list of KPIs currently includes:

#1 - Speed: the idea is to collect with exactitude the percentage of vehicles travelling within the speed limit;

#2 - Safety belt: collecting the number of vehicle occupants using the safety belt or child restraint system in an appropriate way;

#3 - Protective equipment: percentage of riders and road users wearing a protective helmet;

#4 - Use of alcohol: percentage of drivers driving within the legal limit for blood alcohol content;

#5 - Distraction: number of drivers not using handheld devices;

#6 - Vehicle safety: percentage of new passenger cars with a Euro NCAP safety rating equal or above a predefined threshold;

#7 - Infrastructure: distance driven over roads with a safety rating above an agreed threshold;

#8 - Post-crash care: time passed in minutes and seconds between the emergency call following a collision and the arrival of the emergency services.

By collecting these data, the idea is to see how well are the EU countries performing in terms of reducing risks and increasing road safety.


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DfT’s new safety action plan to reduce the number of injured and killed on UK roads

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jul 25, 2019 9:05:00 AM

DfT’s new safety action plan to reduce the number of injured and killed on UK roads

The UK’s Department for Transport has recently presented its new action plan to reduce the number of people killed and injured on UK roads.

The actions target different categories of drivers: fleet drivers, end users, young and old drivers and children, and actually focus on the essentials of road safety:

#1 – Use of seat belts. According to the CDC, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45%, and cut the risk of serious injury by 50%. Seat belts prevent drivers and passengers from being ejected during a crash. People not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash. According to ETSC sources, despite wearing rates of 98.6% for British car drivers, 27% of those who died in cars on the roads in 2017 were not wearing a seatbelt. These and other interesting figures have been published in the recent report “Seat Belts: the forgotten road safety priority”.

The new safety action plan will launch an initiative to increase the use of seat belts. Under the driver safety action plan, failure to wear a seatbelt could result in penalty points as well as fines, under new plans to reduce the number of deaths on the UK’s roads. This is one of 74 actions being considered to improve road safety.

#2 – Drink driving. Other measures under consideration include the use of ‘alcolocks’—devices which measure the alcohol in a driver’s breath and stop a vehicle from starting if the level is too high. The DfT has apparently invested in the development of roadside breathalysers too, which once finished, will enable suspected drink drivers to be tested directly at the roadside, without having to go back to the police station.

#3 – Incident data reporting via app. Part of the two year program taking place to see what works best in terms of strategies and enforcements, so as to maximise road safety at all times, consists in identifying gaps or improvement opportunities. In order to make sure this won’t be an additional burden on local police forces, DfT has rolled out a new version of the Collision Reporting and Sharing software and provided a smartphone app for existing police mobile devices. The app enables officers to accurately report crash data and locations on site, rather than having to return to a police station to duplicate paperwork on a computer.

According to Minister Michael Ellis, “This review will not only highlight where police forces are doing good work, it will show what more can be done to improve road safety.”



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Van market figures: growth in June 2019

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jul 23, 2019 9:00:00 AM


The van market is currently experiencing an upsurge in the UK according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

According to the data shared by the SMMT this July, the first six months of 2019 have been particularly positive, with new registrations rising by 13.5% as well as the demand for smaller vans, which increased by 10.3%. Registrations of larger vans up to 3.5t rose by 22.2%.

But it wasn’t all upbeat for vehicle manufactures and sales: the registration of pickups and 4x4s fell by 0.7% and 21.8%, respectively.

The van/LCV market recorded a growth of 8.7% during the first six months of 2019, ahead of expectations according to the SMMT.  There were 15,722 more registrations this year in the same period, clocking up a total of 196,418 new vans.

The results published by the SMMT confirm that vans and LCVs play an extremely important role in the UK economy, especially in the urban areas; and there is no reason why these trends can’t continue in the same positive vein if a good Brexit deal can be thrashed out.

According to the SMMT sources, AFV (Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles) sales have increased dramatically—200% up on 2018 for the same month. The growing need for alternative fuelled vehicles in order to comply with emission targets whilst also providing great logistical performance and the ability to meet delivery targets seems to be the reason behind this incredible surge in sales. Getting cleaner and more fuel efficient vehicles is increasingly becoming a priority for all fleets.


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