Truck and Track Autumn 2023

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Truck and Track Autumn 2023 4 BUSINESS NEWS TruckEast has celebrated the achievements of its TE Fleet Depot Supervisor who has successfully completed his apprentice loyalty scheme, earning himself a large lump sum bonus. Ben Daniels began working at TruckEast as an apprentice Scania technician in 2013. After graduating with two industryrecognised qualifications in 2016, he continued to develop his skills as an HGV technician, including achieving his class 1 licence and training as a breakdown technician. In 2021, after spending time within the workshop office, Ben stepped into the role he has today, Depot Supervisor at TE Fleet Corby. TruckEast’s current loyalty scheme was introduced with the aspiration to attract the best young talent into the business and, most importantly, retain them. It rewards hard work and loyalty and begins the first month an apprentice technician joins the business. Each month, a payment is made into a savings account over ten years; at the end of which they receive a payout. Marking the first payment under the new scheme, Ben celebrated amongst his team with a presentation from the Directors, lunch and a Scania-themed cake. Group Aftersales Director, Martyn Clipston comments; “We’re delighted with the progress Ben has made within TruckEast, developing into his current role as Depot Supervisor at TE Fleet Corby. Our apprenticeship programme has had some real success stories over the years and Ben’s is a great example. With this years’ intake we will have 40 apprentices currently across the business; an investment that continues our longterm strategy to grow our own technicians and also drive the ability to promote from within. We focus on continual training and development for all our staff, and I am very proud of how far Ben has come in the first 10 years of what I hope is a long career with TruckEast.” “I can’t recommend TruckEast’s Scania Apprenticeship scheme enough. It is the best out there - you’re working for a main dealer business with family values. As well as the qualifications, I’ve learnt some great life skills, have a fantastic team around me and the loyalty scheme, well that’s the icing on the cake. It makes all the hard work even more rewarding,” adds Ben. Ben plans to spend his well-deserved bonus on home improvements and a holiday. Loyalty pays off for TruckEast apprentice scheme Ben Daniels at TE Fleet Corby workshop Above (left to right): TruckEast Group Aftersales Director Martyn Clipston, Ben Daniels - Depot Supervisor (TE Fleet), TruckEast Managing Director Harley Coulson

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Truck and Track Autumn 2023 6 BUSINESS NEWS VBG, the market leading manufacturer of vehicle couplings and underrun systems, recently completed its move into a brand-new purpose-built facility. The new site is conveniently located just two miles from its previous location and benefits from having improved links to the major road networks of the M6 and M62. The new facility boasts three times the space enabling the company to improve its stockholding even further and expand its range covering Chassis Plates and Underrun systems. In addition, VBG has created a training centre with a real-size chassis unit providing the opportunity to showcase its product, whilst also providing a practical place to train users on fitment, service, and maintenance guidelines. The team has also been busy with its mobile training vehicle which has recently been refurbished and can be used at clients’ own workshop/premises. This flexible approach enables the VBG-accredited training programme to assist engineers, technicians and users with a clear understanding and competence of the VBG products. In addition to the improved warehouse capability and training centre, the offices also present a modern and bright feel which aids the employees’ working environment. The company also holds working meetings/seminars for both internal and external clients with a conference room which can hold upwards of 12/16 delegates. The business continues to evolve and is looking forward to the next chapter from its new UK base… VBG expands into new premises

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Truck and Track Autumn 2023 8 BUSINESS NEWS TRUCK & TRAILER SOLUTIONS WELCOME TOALLPORTS GROUP With fleet investment and future-proofing its business top of HPL’s (Humber Ports Logistics) agenda, the company is delighted to have taken delivery of the first six out of an order of 25 13-litre Volvo FH 460 XL trucks. Purchased through Crossroads Truck & Bus Ltd, the new trucks are the embodiment of comfort, reliability, and flexibility. Commenting on the investment, HPL’s director, Jamie Benton, says: “Bringing together style and substance, our decision to invest significantly in the FH 460s was based on the vehicle’s reputation for driver safety and wellbeing, dependability and, of course, offering good value for money.” The arrival of the first instalment of the order sees HPL’s existing fleet boosted to 75, split evenly between the company’s Immingham and Hull depots. The other 19 trucks are due for delivery, staggered over the next three months. Jamie continues: “Perfect for use on short, medium and longhaul routes, the new trucks go above and beyond when it comes to driver comfort; whilst also importantly ticking all the boxes to meet our sustainability and fuel consumption goals. “And the outstanding service received from Crossroads Truck & Bus makes our decision to sign on the dotted line and undertake such a significant investment much easier. We know their team has our back; their ongoing support is just a phone call away.” Crossroads Truck & Bus Area Sales Manager Adam North adds: “We have a special business relationship with HPL, and I would like to thank them once again for their confidence in Crossroads Volvo and the latest 13Ltr FH 460 I-Save engine. We’ve been working with Jamie and the team for over ten years. With attention to detail and first-class customer service rooted in the DNA that runs through both companies, we understand what HPL expects from its truck provider, and we consistently pull out all the stops to ensure that what we deliver fully meets the original brief.” HPL Progresses Fleet Investment Programme First Six of 25 New Volvo FH 460 Trucks Arrive at Immingham bp launched its new digital payments solution for fleets - bp InTruck Connect - in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK. The bp InTruck Connect app is designed to make fleet managers’ lives easier. The app automatically provides accurate information on fuel purchases, mileage and other data to fleet managers, reducing the risk of discrepancies and removing the need for drivers to enter mileage themselves. It also connects bp fuel cards with truck data, which enhances fuelling security by identifying any fuel volume discrepancies by analyzing fuel dispensed via pump vs fuel that went into the truck tank. Based on successful trials with leading OEMs such as Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK, the app is easy to install in trucks’ existing infotainment systems, and does not require any additional, expensive hardware. It’s also very flexible, with fleet managers able to decide at any time how many vehicles they want to register for the app, and they can reduce or increase that number whenever they need to. bp InTruck Connect also makes life easier for drivers. When they need to refuel their truck, they simply confirm the fuelling site through the app, unlock the pump and refuel. They don’t need to leave their vehicle unattended at any point, and the app logs the transaction and pays for the fuel itself. bp InTruck Connect brings greater security and transparency to the refuelling process for fleet managers and drivers. Alexandru Eftimiu, VP Fleet Europe at bp, commented: “We are providing innovative, digital-first ‎solutions to make our customers’ lives easier. bp InTruck Connect simplifies the refuelling process and makes it efficient and easy for both drivers and managers, saving time and giving them greater clarity over their fuel purchases.” Mercedes-Benz Trucks Sales Director Stuart Jeggo added: “The bp InTruck Connect App will make a genuine contribution to reducing time and hassle for busy drivers and fleet managers – but it’s just one of many ways operators can make use of the systems already installed in their Mercedes-Benz trucks, to streamline many of the day-to-day processes involved in keeping their businesses working efficiently.” bp InTruck Connect digital payments solution launched with leading truck OEMs Adrian Brabazon, Head of UK Fleet Solutions at bp, and Stuart Jeggo, Mercedes-Benz Trucks Sales Director, at the Road Transport Expo Autumn 2023 Truck and Track 9 BUSINESS NEWS Banbury-based bread makers Fine Lady Bakeries has chosen Tiger Trailers to build eight double deck articulated trailers, citing innovation and a fast turnaround time as key factors influencing their decision. Fine Lady Bakeries’ new Tiger Trailers, painted in their unique ‘Straw Yellow’ scheme, boast a three-quarter-length moving deck rated to ten tonnes, operated by the manufacturer’s proven four-ram hydraulic system, offering enhanced strength, reliability, and an increased load capability. The trailers will predominantly serve Fine Lady Bakeries’ main sites in Banbury and Manchester, from where a selection of unbranded bread products is loaded in bread baskets, and transported to supermarkets, wholesalers, and other customers up and down the UK. Fine Lady Bakeries’ Logistics Manager, Adam Robson, says: “For the ordering of our new trailer fleet additions, we sought to identify a manufacturer that would be able to deliver on time, in full, and meet our specific operational requirements. It was clear from discussions with Tiger Trailers that they would be able to meet our timescales and custom requirements, and we were also encouraged by their complementary services and work in the community. We’re very pleased with our new doubledecker trailers from Tiger and look forward to fostering a strong relationship with Darren, Tom, and the team going forwards.” Tiger has fitted recessed hinges into the rear frame of the new trailers, along with strengthened pillar lowers, and rubber cones fitted to each door and side panel, to reduce the potential for damage. In the interior, load fastening is provided by way of specially designed netting held in place by vertical e-tracks. A full-width gate is installed at the neck area, and the lifting deck is operated either by a wanderlead, or a control button console. To improve user safety further, a range of alarms, lights, and warnings have been fitted. Technical Sales Manager at Tiger Trailers, Thomas Stott, says: “It’s been a pleasure to welcome Fine Lady Bakeries on board as a new customer. After our visits to their sites, followed by their visit to Tiger to sign off the 3D model that our design and engineering team produced, it’s fantastic to see this established bakery’s new double deck trailers in the flesh on the road. Huge thanks to Adam and his colleagues – it’s been brilliant to work with them, and we look forward to supporting and continuing to work with the Fine Lady team over the coming months and years.” Part of the Heygate Group, Fine Lady Bakeries is a longstanding manufacturer of bread products, which are supplied to leading wholesalers, supermarkets, and the sandwich industry. Founded in Banbury, Oxfordshire, Fine Lady Bakeries opened a second tailor-made bakery in Manchester in 2010. Tiger Trailers, based in Cheshire, is one of the UK’s top-five trailer-makers. Soon to celebrate its 10-year anniversary, Tiger manufactures an entire range for road transport providers, from fixed and moving double decks, temperature-controlled trailers and curtainsiders, to swap-body demountables and specialist vehicles such as flatbeds. The company supports its customers through three divisions: Tiger Finance, Tiger Parts, and Tiger Rentals. Tiger’s ESG and CSR initiatives also extend its reach into the industry and wider society. Environmental initiatives include EV chargers for staff and visitors, solar panels on its factory roof, and a tree planted for each product sold. CSR initiatives include the Tiger Safety Team delivering its ‘STOP, LOOK, BE SEEN’ road safety programme into schools, and working closely with organisations and charities including The Prince’s Trust, Women in Transport, and Cheshire Community Foundation. Eight moving double deck Tiger Trailers join Fine Lady Bakeries’ fleet

Truck and Track Autumn 2023 10 BUSINESS NEWS A family-run logistics company in Swansea is gearing up for significant growth after joining the Pallet-Track network. Hall Brothers Distribution, which also operates out of Goodwick, Pembrokeshire, is forecasting a significant increase in pallet volumes as a result of its network membership, increasing from 50-70 pallets per day to 100+ pallets per day. Rory Hall and his brother, Callum, are third-generation logistics specialists, who started Hall Brothers Distribution in 2018 with two lorries. Five years later, they now operate 33 lorries and turnover is set to skyrocket thanks to their new Pallet-Track membership. Improving service quality, transparency and efficiency were the main drivers behind the company’s decision to join. However, it has also enabled its catchment area to more than double, resulting in new business leads. Since joining the network, Hall Brothers has already seen an uplift in customers, with Pallet-Track’s tracking technology a key feature in helping it attract and gain new business. Rory Hall, director, said: “Pallet-Track’s reputation and member care is unrivalled in the pallet network industry and is a great improvement on others we have tried. “Before launching Hall Brothers Distribution in 2018, myself and my father previously were one of the founding members of Pallet-Track. “Ever since then, we have had our sights set on becoming a member with our own company and putting Pallet-Track on the map in the West Wales region.” With its new business wins growing, the logistics company is now in the process of attaining its IOS 9001 and the BRCGS (British Retail Consortium Global Standards), an independent food safety accreditation. Caroline Green, chief executive of Pallet-Track, said: “We congratulate Hall Brothers Distribution on its latest business wins, and are happy to hear how Pallet-Track has played a part in achieving this success. “The firm’s steady growth since 2018, and the team’s ambitious drive makes them the ideal member for our expanding network.” For more information about Pallet-Track, call 0870 385 0055 or visit West Wales logistics company joins Pallet-Track Hall Brothers Distribution Ltd has gone all in with its new pallet network membership The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has welcomed reports that Cambridge City Council will scrap plans for a congestion charge in the city. The congestion Charge would have seen HGVs and coaches facing £50 charges to enter the city. Reports of the proposed charge being scrapped come after the RHA has campaigned for the proposal to be dropped. Chris Ashley, RHA Policy Lead, Environment & Vehicles, said: “These reports are welcome in light of cost-of-living challenges – a rethink of the approach is needed. “We all want better air quality and less congestion, but we must find ways which avoid causing financial problems for communities and businesses. “We’re committed to working with public authorities to put in place workable solutions that clean up our environment. This should include greater investment in the infrastructure needed to power zero emission commercial vehicles and, from central government, tax breaks such as a fuel duty rebate linked to emissions reduction.” Last month, the RHA urged policy makers to learn lessons from the London ULEZ and clean air zones and better support the transition to cleaner fuels. Mr Ashley said policies like ULEZ did not allow a second-hand market of affordable, compliant vehicles to develop. “We need to learn these lessons as we continue the journey to net zero. We must think differently – there are other ways to improve air quality. Crucially, the rules must be attainable for everyone – we have to make it easier for people and businesses to move away from fossil fuels.” The RHA recently launched its ‘Net Zero Forum’ bringing together members and stakeholders to produce a regular roadmap that can guide action on the road to net zero. RHA welcomes reports that Cambridge Congestion Charge Plans will be dropped TRUCK & TRAILER SOLUTIONS WELCOME TOALLPORTS GROUP

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Truck and Track Autumn 2023 12 BUSINESS NEWS Using the best quality oil, with the correct specification has always been a priority for commercial vehicle technicians, but with constant engine hardware adaptions, making the right choice can feel daunting. Now, a brand-new video series with truck mechanic, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) expert and TV presenter, Guy Martin alongside Morris Lubricants, shows how the right oil can improve fuel efficiency and avoid breakdowns, whilst also providing an insight into the design of future, alternative commercial vehicle power options. Guy, who has worked on HGVs for more than 25 years, discusses how oils and lubricants are evolving to meet the forever-changing requirements of new engine designs, with Morris Lubricants’ Technology Manager, Adrian Hill. It is vital for any commercial vehicle to use the correct engine oil to meet the appropriate manufacturer specifications for engines that comply with current emissions standards. As well as exploring the role of oils in improving engine performance, the video series looks at the adoption of new technologies that might be found in the trucks of the future. In the first episode, Morris Lubricants reviews how oil formulations and engine designs have evolved to ensure current emissions’ compliance, including the function of aftertreatment devices such as diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and AdBlue Catalysts. The second episode focuses on how the move towards Euro VII will see a further reduction in exhaust emissions with aftertreatment devices becoming even more efficient. The new engines will also be designed to run on thinner oils to further promote fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 output. Guy Martin explores the future of oil in commercial vehicles with Morris Lubricants Guy and Ade discuss the importance of using the correct oil in the driveline Morris Lubricants’ brand ambassador Guy Martin filming with the company’s Technology Manager Adrian Hill Autumn 2023 Truck and Track 13 BUSINESS NEWS Did you know? Morris Lubricants supplies more than just engine oils! HEAVY DUTY DIESEL ENGINE OILS COOLANTS HYDRAULIC OILS GREASES CLEANING PRODUCTS MAINTENANCE SPRAYS GEAR & TRANSMISSION OILS SPILL GRANULES OIL TESTING BRAKE FLUIDS HYGIENE & HAND CARE PRODUCTS WORKSHOP OILS DEIONISED WATER SCREEN WASH 01743 232 200 | /morrislubricants | /morris-lubricants | ADBLUE® / DEF POWER STEERING FLUID Fleet managers, commercial vehicle mechanics and workshop technicians will start to see an increase in demand for this new generation of thinner engine oils. In many instances, oil film thickness has been reduced to passenger car engine oil levels, but for use in commercial vehicles with payloads that clearly far exceed an average road vehicle. Of key interest to the sector is episode three, which considers future alternatives for commercial vehicle power options. In this episode, Guy and Adrian discuss the possibilities - from electrification to hybrid vehicles to hydrogen internal combustion engines or fuel cells. Adrian Hill, Technology Manager at Morris Lubricants adds: “There is a lot of interest from the commercial vehicle sector in what the future holds for diesel internal combustion engines. The drive towards cleaner and more fuel-efficient technologies is set to continue at pace, so episode three looks at the key factors required for the successful implementation of any potential innovation; the available technology, usable infrastructure and affordable price parity. “These all have to be considered when evaluating the design of future alternative commercial vehicle power options. Guy was keen to discuss these in depth, especially the potential tradeoffs between electrification and payload, due to battery size.” The final episode reviews the vehicle driveline, dedicated to taking power from the engine to the wheels, and how choice of design can contribute to the reduction of emissions. Adrian Hill concludes: “In creating these series of videos with Guy for the commercial vehicle workshop sector, we wanted to provide viewers with insight into how the correct choice of oils and lubricants is of vital importance. Moreover, we wanted to offer some insight into the potential future landscape for commercial vehicle power technologies. “The modern heavy duty diesel engine is complex and is still evolving. These new engine architectures, power technologies and fuelling strategies produce real world emission reductions, but they will only achieve this if they are used with new generation engine oils, which are as critical as any other component. “Having Guy’s input as a skilled commercial vehicle mechanic, who is witnessing these rapidly evolving engine technologies firsthand has helped provide practical insight into the challenges that commercial vehicle technicians are facing.” The video series has been launched on Morris Lubricants website, YouTube channel and other social media channels. Guy Martin topping up engine oil

Truck and Track Autumn 2023 14 BUSINESS NEWS Workshop equipment experts Totalkare have introduced their expanded range of tyre changers for both Heavy Duty and Light Commercial Vehicles. This helps the established business to maintain their industry leading position and continue to provide everything that a commercial vehicle workshop might need for changing, repairing and inspecting tyres across the full breadth of commercial vehicles on the road. With a varied range of products across both the heavy duty and light commercial range, Totalkare showcase the specifications and limitations of each changer. They also offer expert advice and service to ensure that each workshop purchases the most appropriate equipment for their service offering. Bringing tyre changing in house can benefit workshops of all sizes, allowing both financial and time savings without the reliance of outsourcing. With specifications available to cover all types of tyre and wheel servicing facility, from entry level machines through to fully automatic setups, Totalkare pride themselves on offering the full range of products to allow support for all sizes of garages no matter what sort of commercial vehicles they might service. As workshops see the costs of maintenance and repair for dated machinery continue to rise, investment in the latest and safest equipment ensures they are able to provide continuous service. This increased business efficiency is key to ensure preparation for any job that might roll through the workshop doors, and Totalkare are continuing to monitor the marketplace and expand their offering to best support the hard workers in this core industry. Offering a selection of market leading tyre changers, Totalkare’s range includes uniquely designed 4 roller systems capable of dismounting and mounting a tyre in only 30 seconds, as well as super duty truck tyre changers where the operating dimensions of the clamping unit and head-tool carriage allows operation on a wide range of wheels. Whether the work requires lever type hydraulic distributors or pneumatically tilting columns for peak rigidity to prevent rim damage, they have the right product for the job. The product range comprises: NAV101 - This commercial tyre changer is capable of dismounting and mounting a tyre in only 30 seconds thanks to its unique design featuring adjustable arm positioning, a 4-roller system and bead breakers supported by two separately controlled arms. Karacter - This automatic leverless tyre changer is ideal for cars and light commercial tyres. It works for wheel diameters up to 46” and rim diameters from 10” - 24”, with max width 15”. NAV26HW - For workshop or roadside use, this mobile tyre changer uses hydraulic clamping and up/down movement with a standard roller for tube tyres. HP641 - This is a light commercial automatic tyre changer with double-acting bead breaker cylinder, designed to work on even low-profile and large-sized steel or alloy rims. HP643 - With an extra-wide, heavy-duty frame this light commercial tyre changer is designed for high output garages, working on any wheel up to a maximum width of 15”. NAV11 - This heavy duty truck tyre changer provides the ability to service a wide range of wheels, including super-single, thanks to the operating dimensions of the clamping unit and head-tool carriage. Totalkare will be demonstrating its NAV11 tyre changer at the Recovery Tow Show at Telford International Centre on 20-21 September 2023 alongside its market-leading mobile column lifts, vehicle pit, mobile and in-ground brake testers and more workshop equipment. Totalkare Launch Expanded Range of Tyre Changers HP643 Karacter NAV26HW HP641 NAV11 NAV101


Truck and Track Autumn 2023 16 BUSINESS NEWS Having taken delivery of one of the first Volvo 4x2 FM Electric/540kwh trucks to arrive in the UK as part of a twoweek trial last month, Humber Ports Logistics Ltd (HPL) is excited to review the performance of this zero-exhaust gases, low noise level, and agile new generation truck. With the Immingham-based trial organised as a result of the decadeold and positive partnership enjoyed between HPL and Crossroads Truck and Bus Ltd, the objective of the concentrated demonstration period has been for HPL to gain all relevant data in a ‘real world’ environment. Jamie Benton, HPL Director, explains: “Providing an opportunity to test the FM E-truck’s ability to deal with the broadest possible spread of destinations, payloads and cargo mixes that complement the truck’s driving range of up to 300km/180 miles, the majority of jobs undertaken during the test period have focused on regional assignments, allowing us to complete full round-trips servicing some of HPL’s largest retail clients.” Jamie continues: “With the test period over, our task is to evaluate the cost position, including analytics, potential CO2 emission savings, and driver feedback, the latter of which has been extremely positive from our side, as well as our Associated British Port (ABP) partners, who have been nothing but supportive of our net zero targets. “Whilst fully appreciating that the purchase of this truck/s will be a significant investment, along with operational rustication due to weight capacity and range, we still feel that the truck is a genuine solution and is available today in real-world operations. “The main obstacle we face as early adopters of this technology is the infrastructure needed to operate the trucks cost-effectively, and the required investment level is substantial. There needs to be more support from Government and local authorities across the UK for a viable electric charging infrastructure to support businesses like us who have made a conscious decision to reduce our carbon footprint.” With Volvo Trucks, the market leader of European heavy electric trucks, Crossroads Truck and Bus Area Sales Manager Adam North is motivated to collaborate with HPL in the drive for a more sustainable future. He says: “Our relationship has been thriving for over ten years, making them the perfect candidates to undertake the collaborative e-truck trial. Not only does HPL understand how Volvo operates but, like us, they understand that investment is required to achieve ambitious net zero plans. “We’re also delighted to learn that HPL’s other strategic partners are supportive of their endeavours, and we are hoping that when all the data is analysed, the figures stand up to make the e-trucks a viable investment and a significant element of HPL’s sustainability action plan.” Simon Bird, Director of ABP, comments: “We welcome HPL’s trial of electric vehicles. It sits comfortably alongside ABP’s recent trial of a hydrogen vehicle in our container terminal and our rollout of electric forklifts and vehicles for our marine pilots. It is great to see further steps being taken to help green our supply chains as we all move towards a Net Zero economy.” And HPL’s Jamie Benton concludes: “There’s a lot of number crunching and information analysis to complete before any firm decisions are made, but it has been an exciting opportunity to be one of the first container hauliers in the UK to trial an electric truck. And the only way to get the project over the line is with commitment from all our stakeholders. But once armed with a firm zero carbon solution, the conversations we plan to have with our customers will be based on fact rather than assumptions and wishing thinking.” Humber Ports Logistics’ ambitious Net Zero targets see first UK demo of Volvo FM E-Truck

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Truck and Track Autumn 2023 18 TACHOGRAPH ANALYSIS Nijman Zeetank has slashed its driver debrief administration time with TruTac’s software and apps. The paperless systems have proved invaluable to the firm, which often has drivers out in the field for long periods. The company runs a tramping fleet comprising 50 articulated trucks and 100 trailers across two sites and its drivers can be on the road for several weeks. The UK operation specialises in the transport of products for the glass and bulk liquids industries. “We’re an international haulier, so our drivers can be away for at least a week,” says operations manager Steve Clarke. “Typically, they’ll start on a Sunday or a Monday and then we won’t see them until the weekend – but they could be away for two or three weeks at a time.” Steve explains that the integrated nature of TruTac’s software systems and the visual style of the app has made it much simpler to tackle issues such as infringement debriefs. “We used to have to wait for a driver to complete a trip before debriefing a tachograph issue but now we can speak to the drivers and complete the debriefs quicker, which helps to prevent some of the minor issues reoccurring.” “Our drivers have the TruControl app, so their tachograph information is fed back to them. They can see information about their drivers’ hours, and that helps us to reduce infringements by giving them more information. It’s also presented in a way that’s engaging – it’s not just a sheet of numbers, it’s graphic – so they can see where they’re up to, including daily, weekly, and fortnightly driving totals, and as soon as the information is received from a tachograph download we know it is accurate. “The fact that we can send infringement debriefs straight through to the driver, who can then acknowledge them, has reduced our admin considerably. Trying to catch drivers and conduct debriefs in-person is incredibly difficult, whereas now, we can call them up when it’s safe and legal to do so, discuss it with them and sign it off, and they can countersign that infringement debrief at the same time. It’s a really good system.” Nijman Zeetank is a longstanding TruTac customer and has been using the TruAnalysis tachograph management system for 15 years. It has since added TruControl, TruChecks, TruLicence, TruFleet, and TruWorkshop, and has been instrumental in shaping the products and services offered by the fleet management software specialist. “TruTac have been in touch with us quite a lot for feedback,” says Steve. “They’ve gathered the information, discussed it with some of their other customers and implemented quite a lot of changes off the back of the responses we’ve provided. A lot of their products are customer-led. “They’ve obviously followed the DVSA guidelines because when you open the workshop module and look at things like the vehicle checks, you can see they’ve taken a lot from there but then they’ve made some enhancements that have made the apps more relevant to our business, which has certainly been positive for us.” According to TruTac, its one-stop shop of software products for fleet management and compliance control are used by over 5700 operators. TruTac make driver debriefs easy for Nijman Zeetank’s tramping fleet Autumn 2023 Truck and Track 19 TACHOGRAPH ANALYSIS TruTac, part of the Microlise Group, are rising to the challenges being met by fast-evolving EV fleets in the commercial transport and PSV sectors. Managing Director Jemma James is committed to sustainability and outlines how the company’s product suite of data-driven compliance and asset management technology is being used to provide environmentally friendly solutions for electric-powered vehicle fleets. Positioning TruTac as compliance leaders for the ‘Greenification’ of fleets and assets, the fleet management and compliance software designers are establishing themselves as the ‘go to’ experts for HGV, PSV and LCV transport. According to TruTac, much of the work has already been done within the company’s existing software, enabling them to provide specific solutions for green fleet management and compliance. For example, within TruFleet, the maintenance and scheduling module, TruTac have added electric and alternative fuel icons. TruFleet also contains customisable icons and cells which can easily be used for the maintenance and management of schedules for alternative fuelled vehicles. These have different maintenance requirements and safety checks, compared to standard combustion engine vehicles. They also require a different approach to training and driver H&S notices. “We already capture CO2 emissions in vehicle data via our existing DVLA API,” comments Jemma James, “along with fully accurate mileage data, via the tacho. In fact, the combination of TruFleet and TruChecks already covers a lot of the elements for green compliance and sustainable fleet management.” Bespoke solutions Another example lies within TruChecks, whereby specific customisable templates cover the variety of different checks that need to be made on alternative-fuel vehicles. These include the ability to add documents and guidance regarding driver training, including how to charge or re-fuel, along with any additional or specific checks that may be needed. “The solutions we provide aren’t just for vehicles”, continues Jemma, “we have many customers using them for various assets within an operation, such as electric FLT’s, gas-powered tools or hydrogen back-up power sources… the list is endless.” In fact, says TruTac, anything requiring checks and maintenance which should be reported or audited can be logged, with a customisable template added through the system. Compliance Control From the compliance perspective, TruTac can provide comprehensive pre-drive checks; record and audit maintenance; vehicle usage and monitoring of any specific needs via the templates - such as battery top ups and charging equipment. Regarding safety, say TruTac, the system prescribes what to do in the event of fire or accident. Additionally, full training is provided and H&S documents with guidance notes are sent out to drivers via the driver APP, for sign-off with confirmation of receipt within TruTac’s new TruDocuments premium module. Moving their electrification technology forward, TruTac see their product suite evolving to meet the changing needs of the logistics industry, while helping to manage all alternative fuelled vehicles and assets. To this end, TruTac understands the challenges brought by alternative fuels and are working with various industry experts to recognise the relevant procedures and risks, both on site and on the road, which need to be considered when compared to conventional combustion engines. Looking ahead Future TruTac developments include focussed asset management controls for electric and other alternative fuels; tighter cost control; comprehensive reports; detailed auditing and complete alternative fleet management. To assist in managing the data and analytics, TruTac envisage more third-party integrations via API’s to deliver better big data management and resource visibility / efficiency (both for drivers and vehicles). Moreover, TruTac is placing greater emphasis on sustainability and how the company’s products can better support operators in achieving their Greenification objectives. Further examples include optimised route planning and on-route charging, to support maximum battery life. “In summary,” concludes Jemma James “we are dedicated to the continuous development of our Greenification technology, with the aim of delivering cost savings and sustainability for all types of EV fleet, while of course, maintaining optimum compliance control.” TruTac introduce sustainable solutions for EV fleets

Truck and Track Autumn 2023 20 TACHOGRAPH ANALYSIS TruTac compliance and fleet management software has helped a swathe of commercial vehicle fleets facing Traffic Commissioner public inquiries due to its clarity, ease of use, and scalability. AS Miles Consulting, which specialises in assisting operators with compliance and other complex aspects of road transport, frequently uses TruTac products to support its clients. Helping companies facing a public inquiry – action ordered by traffic commissioners to obtain information about HGV, LGV and PSV operators – is among its specialities and the software is an enormous asset, according to managing director, Andrew Miles. “One of our clients is a plant hire and machinery specialist with seven vehicles,” says Andrew. “They had a bad public inquiry about 12 months ago so we started them off with TruAnalysis. It went well, so we built it to include recording their maintenance requirements and planning with TruFleet, and the TruChecks walkaround app.” “They’ve run them for about nine months now, and their follow-up visit with the DVSA lasted less than 30 minutes. The inspectors said, ‘this is lovely; no further action needed,’ because of the level of visibility the software provides. Not only that, but they’ve also attained FORS Bronze.” TruAnalysis makes tachograph management, driver debriefing and accurate compliance reporting quick and easy, say TruTac. While automated email reporting, configurable dashboards, and simple divisions management provide complete control over drivers’ hours. TruFleet is the company’s intelligent fleet management system, which delivers seamless planning and co-ordination of vehicle maintenance and compliance in real-time, and TruChecks is the firm’s daily driver walkaround driver checking app and backoffice compliance reporting system. In addition, TruFleet now has an extra chargeable Workshop module that allows a workshop to create their own bespoke templates for inspections and servicing, maintenance, and then upload these directly to TruFleet when completed. The mechanic can log in on a table, phone or PC and electronically complete an inspection repair or maintenance sheet. The TruFleet calendar entries informs the mechanic of what work is required and which vehicle or trailer. This is a great feature for companies that have their own VMU’s or local independent workshop. As Andrew explains, the ease and clarity of TruTac’s systems, along with its customer support, are what make them so applicable to AS Miles’ operators. “When we get a client, they can be on all sorts of systems. Some of them have graphics that look like they’ve come off a Nintendo from the 1980s, and one we saw a few months ago looked like Ceefax pages. We recently worked with an environmental business running a mixture of 7.5 up to 26-tonne vehicles, which was in front of the traffic commissioner, and the company had no idea what was happening because of the product they’d been sold. They didn’t know how to use it, they didn’t know what it did, and they had no support. “We put TruAnalysis in, spent a little bit of time setting it up and showing them how to use it, then they went into the public inquiry. They were able to demonstrate that things weren’t as bad as the DVSA suspected.” Andrew further explains that they’d run reports, downloaded all the information from the vehicles, and put together a package that allowed the defence barrister and the traffic commissioner to have a view of the true state of the company, and to make decisions based on reality, not just guessing. “We happen to think TruTac have the best products out there, they’re very straightforward to use, and one of the things we’ve always liked is that the customer support is, I think, ahead of everybody else in the field.” To learn more about TruTac products and how they can improve compliance and save time, contact TruTac on 024 7669 0000 or email TruTac eases public inquiries for AS Miles’ Consulting clients Andrew Miles

TruTac is ER-accredited For peace of mind and complete compliance control of your fleet, call us today! 024 7669 0000 Complete Compliance Control Part of the Microlise group We are talking 30% Less Vehicle Downtime and Workshop Administration! TruFleet switches seamlessly between tachograph analysis, daily checks and maintenance calendars. We save all round and I have a 360-degree view of drivers and vehicles for planning, compliance and management. Like all TruTac compliance control software, it makes it hard to put a foot wrong. Shane Benton. Benton’s Haulage. THE QUEEN’S AWARDS FOR ENTERPRISE: INNOVATION 2020

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