Scania Crowns their 2015 Young European Truck Driver Champion

Young European Truck Driver Hope TechnicalThe Scania Young European Truck Driver (YETD) Championship has always held a special place in our hearts, in fact we used to sponsor the annual event in partnership with Commercial Motor magazine and the Road Haulage Association. Another year means another event, and whilst we aren’t sponsoring the championship this time round, we’re keen to share news of the latest young hopefuls competing for the crown and the driver that subsequently took the title for 2015.

 

More about the YETD Championship

Competition is tough when it comes to being crowned Europe’s best truck driver, and with more than 20,000 individuals taking part this year, narrowing the candidates down to the final 26 was a difficult task. Held in the headquarters of the Scania Group, a leading automotive industry manufacturer of commercial vehicles, thousands flocked to Södertälje, Sweden, to see the 2015 finalists in action earlier this year and enjoy a range of exciting activities including performances from Cirkus Cirkör, seminars on bus and truck building, fun park attractions and on-site exhibitions.

The championship itself is the largest competition for drivers of heavy vehicles around the world, and to date more than 100,000 drivers and wannabe champions have competed to take the title. The 2015 event was the seventh edition of the competition, and as with the years before, the contest aims to recognise and celebrate the skilful young drivers currently taking the sector by storm with their passion for good operating economy, improved traffic safety and reduced environmental impact.

And the winner is…

With competition more fierce than ever, some 26 finalists competed for the coveted titles and the bevy of amazing prizes. The winner of this year’s competition was set to receive 100,000 euros towards the purchase of a new Scania truck along with one year’s free vehicle insurance. For second place, the runner-up would receive a VIP 24 hour racing experience for two at Le Mans, with flight tickets, accommodation, helicopter tour and VIP access all included. Third prize was a hot air balloon tour of Münsterland in Germany as part of a weekend for two.

This year’s competition saw Lars Søndergård from Denmark crowned Young European Truck Driver Champion. The UK had its own champion though, with Lancashire based Chris Brooker-Carey announced as Scania’s Young UK Truck Driver of 2015, a title that saw him secure his place in the final but unfortunately just miss out on the coveted prize.

What are the Pros and Cons of Using Cheap Tyres on Commercial Vehicles?

Cheap tyres on commercial vehiclesWhen it comes to your commercial vehicle’s tyres putting safety first is vital, but like tyre replacement on private cars, the debate about whether cheap used tyres or the more expensive, new alternatives are better still rages on. Read on to discover the pros and cons of using cheap tyres on commercial vehicles, and decide whether you are for or against for yourself!

Get the best possible price

Whether you are in charge of a full fleet or just a selection of commercial vehicles, budget will be at the forefront of any decision you make regarding maintenance. Used tyres are cheaper than buying new, and whilst the condition of unused can’t be rivalled, in many circumstances a used set provides a great alternative freeing up funds for extras, such as wheel alignment and balancing, to improve performance further.

Uneven wear that isn’t always visible

Assessing the condition of used tyres is only something that can be done by a qualified professional, and without this, you risk purchasing a tyre set that is cheap but also of poor condition. Uneven wear is particularly common when purchasing used tyres, and in many cases, damage can be difficult to spot without help from expert eyes.

If your budget simply doesn’t stretch to a new set of tyres, buy used tyres with caution, keeping an eye out for wear on the inside and outside grooves of the tyre, known professionally as ‘scalloping’.

Save money and the planet

Opting for cheaper, used tyres instead of shiny new ones is not only more economical, it’s also more environmentally friendly. Buying used over new prevents waste and ensures landfills across the country aren’t filled to the brim with used tyres that are in a perfectly usable condition.

Beware of previous patchwork

When tyres become damaged, patching offers a cost effective and convenient solution. Whilst tyres affected by low tread depth, run flat damage, secondary damage, ageing, bead damage or previous faulty repairs should be replaced not repaired, those buying used always run the risk of encountering previous patches. As well as buying from a reliable supplier, make sure you check tyres thoroughly for previous patches, bubbles and thin spots to prevent second-hand damage costing you in the future.

Whilst choosing used or new tyres for a commercial vehicle replacement is entirely up to you, educating yourself on spotting wear will ensure you can find cheap tyres without compromising on safety.

What Will the Reduction of Vehicle Testing Facilities Mean for My Business?

Vehicle Testing StationFor commercial vehicle fleet operators, the need to run a tight ship can mean the difference between success and failure, regardless of the type of cargo that you transport. Van safety is particularly important, however, with the reduction of vehicle testing facilities, many fleet operators may have questions about what the closures will mean for their wider organisation.

Here we take a closer look at why van safety matters and what you can do to ensure safe practice continues regardless of test facility closures.

How testing is changing

The annual test for lorries, buses and trailers, similar to the MOT test, is changing. Whilst the number of testing facilities is being reduced, in a quest for a more flexible and efficient service Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) assessors are improving the service they provide to remaining authorised testing facilities (ATFs).

The importance of van safety

With more than 3.2 million vans on the roads in the UK, for the organisations operating fleets and the businesses enlisting them for assistance, safety should be high on their list of priorities. A recent survey by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed that poorly maintained vans are actually costing the UK economy millions of pounds each and every year, and of the 10,800 vans stopped at the roadside annually 85% are overloaded, 54% have major mechanical faults and shockingly 50% fail their class 7 MOT.

What can I do to promote safety?

Whilst the closure of many VOSA testing facilities for vans above 3.5 tonnes across the UK is worrying for fleet operators who have until now relied on them to ensure their vans are correctly maintained, there are a variety of steps that can be taken to take matters into your own hands.

Completed on a daily basis, the simple checks detailed below could help you avoid the penalties and prohibitions that go hand-in-hand with vans that are not roadworthy.

  • Understand the van’s maximum payload to ensure overloading can be prevented
  • Check the vehicle’s brakes and steering, paying particular attention to the parking brake when the van is stationary and fully loaded
  • Examine the tread depth, inflation and condition of your van’s tyres
  • Make sure all lights, indicators, washers and wipers are fully operational
  • Ensure all mirrors are correctly aligned and secured
  • Top up your van’s brake fluid, engine coolant, engine oil, power steering fluid and windscreen washer fluid
  • Make sure all bodywork and doors are fully secure
  • Utilise specialist van and commercial vehicle safety equipment such the Hope Safe T Bar under run bars, safety steps in the Hope Safe T Step range and the Hope Tool lift system.

Alongside the daily maintenance checks mentioned above, booking an annual test at an ATF is vital.

 

Hope Technical Developments at CVS 2015

CVS15 LOGOHope will be exhibiting at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC Birmingham from April 14th to 16th.  We will have a stand and would be delighted to see you there, so if you are planing to visit the show please drop by stand 5H108 and say hello.  We can discuss your commercial vehicle safety requirements and show you how the range of Hope products can work for you.

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Regulation 58 Rear Underrun Bumpers

REAR UNDERRUN PROTECTIVE DEVICES (RUPDS) Regulation 58 Comes in on the 29th October 2012 Most HGV Truck and Trailers will be required to fit a type approved RUPD Hope Technical Developments have available both Fixed and swing back RUPD available from stock. We also have our own in house RUPD test cell for type approval of your bespoke RUPD; please contact us to find out more details of how we can help you with your RUPD requirements. Hope has over 24 years experience in designing and build RUPD with our first approval being granted in 1988.

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professional powder coating

Having set up our own pre-treatment and powder coating facility in Littlehampton last year to guarantee the very best quality finish to all our products, we are now pleased to be able to offer our various professional powder coating services to you. For further information please get in touch.