Drivers must carry out technical and mechanical checks on their trucks before setting off. For them, and for the company, this is a crucial step, although still too often omitted… What are the benefits of pre-trip inspection? What elements must be checked and how can we optimise the process?
Solutrans, the international show for road and urban transport solutions, will open its doors for four days starting 21 November 2017. This year the show is focusing on the future of the sector and the effects of new technology.
Anti-pollution stickers: what are the obligations for transporters?
More than 250 European towns and cities have already implemented measures to restrict access to their centers, using various procedures. This is an update on these measures, since France has just implemented CRIT’Air, a mandatory sticker, subject to a fine for non-display, which distinguishes vehicles according to their pollution level. Who is affected? What steps should be taken by a fleet manager? Here are the answers to the questions asked.
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…?
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.
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.