The largest region in mainland France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, is considering a tax on foreign trucks. Wouldn’t this measure, which has already been implemented in certain European countries, represent a step towards the breakup of a common space…?
Telematics – enabler of development and desirability?
Like the majority of private companies in the sector, some regions are gradually realising the benefit of using telematics in road transport. This is the case in Ohio, where its governor, John Kasich, wants to develop a “Knowledge Belt” to replace the former “Manufacturing Belt” that has now become obsolete.
The conditions of use of military, public service and firefighting vehicles require equipment that combines safety and reliability. The Michelin X® FORCE™ ZL tyre meets these extreme conditions of use.
Following the election of Donald Trump and the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote in 2016, other political dates looming in 2017 could lead to increased protectionism, which would affect the road transport sector…
To produce clean, renewable energy, the teams at Colas came up with the idea of covering the road with solar panels. The Wattway solar road project is currently being tested in France before it goes on the market two years from now.
The specialist hauliers who move abnormal loads, need abnormal vehicles. Daimler trucks are among the specialist manufacturers. Ian Norwell reports from Alsace. They are a specialised breed, and so the number of trucks available for heavy haulage operators is not vast. In the past, beefier versions of existing trucks were pressed into service, and many compromises had to be made. For Mercedes-Benz, the advent of their Titan in 1996 brought a new level of truck tailored for the function.
Alternative fuels have their pros and cons. Fleet operators across Europe who just aren’t interested might soon change their tune if we had another oil crisis. So, maybe worth a look then? Ian Norwell drives Iveco’s new Stralis tractor, and there’s a natural gas-powered version too, straight from the factory.
Electric commercial vehicles have a place in the industry, but not at heavier weights. At least, that was the popular view, until Daimler unveiled their full-electric 26 tonne rigid chassis. Ian Norwell reports from the company’s Stuttgart headquarters and test track.