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first_imgNew requirements for PCV drivers about diabetes self-monitoring slip ‘under the radar’Stricter rules for self-monitoring diabetes by holders of PCV and LGV driving licences have come into force – but the change has not been publicised by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).Up to now, the rules have stated that a professional driver on the sulphonylurea or the glinide group of tablets must check their blood glucose levels with a finger prick test at least twice a day and at times relevant to driving.But when the diabetes expert doctors met at DVLA in March they changed the rules in the interests of road safety.They now require people on these tablets to do a finger prick test to check their sugar level “no more than two hours before the start of the first journey and every two hours while driving.”The change – which has not been published inside the medical profession or to affected drivers/operators – is not even mentioned in the list of changes made to the DVLA’s guidebook on the subject Assessing Fitness to Drive, although its content (page 64) has changed.Says Dr Phil Thornley of Cotswold Medicals: “This change has been kept very quiet. Your doctor or diabetes nurse probably won’t have heard about the new rules yet.”Surprisingly, the DVLA has not updated the D4 medical form to keep it up to date with the new rules.Writing in routeONE, Dr Thornley adds: “It is inconvenient for a lot of PCV drivers to have to pull over every two hours to do the test but fortunately there are now new medicines that don’t run the risk of causing a low blood sugar level.“Go to your doctor and ask if he can change you onto a different medication that doesn’t require finger prick testing.”Cotswold Medicals – an acknowledged expert in its field – is a specialist providing good-value PCV/LGV medicals across the UK from 65 centres and it gives £5 to charity for each medical.Since it started 20 years ago, it has carried out 250,000 medicals and given £1m to charity.Details from www.driversmedicals.comlast_img read more

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‘Ground-breaking’ zero-emission Orion E debuts

first_imgTwo-year development period culminates at CV Show as full low-floor battery mini stars on Eberspächer stand; Production is ‘ready to go’. says Mellor Coachcraft Managing Director John RandersonMellor Coachcraft’s Orion E zero-emission 16-seat minibus made its debut at the CV Show in April, and Managing Director John Randerson says that the Rochdale manufacturer is “ready to go” for orders of production vehicles.“To release a 16-seat low-floor minibus that is completely emission-free is ground-breaking. That configuration is not available on any other model and we have spent two years working with our partners Eberspächer and Emoss to develop it.”The prototype Orion E was built on a Fiat Ducato chassis supplied with a Euro 5 diesel engine. The factory driveline was removed by Mellor and replaced with an electric motor and power pack.Subsequent Orion Es will be built on the Euro 6 Ducato, and include its updated styling. They will be certified under the European Whole Vehicle Type Approval scheme.“This type of vehicle comes into its own in urban environments and we have already seen that the government intends to take a tough line on air quality,” says Mr Randerson.“The Orion E’s internal layout is configurable to the operator’s needs and it will be at home on both social needs and stage carriage work.”Mellor remains tight-lipped on the Orion E’s unladen weight; there is a weight penalty over a diesel Orion, but Mr Randerson points out that the Orion E “is easily light enough to carry 16 passengers.” Its additional weight is all made up of battery mass.From a cosmetic viewpoint the Orion E is almost identical to its diesel-fuelled sister. “The only difference is that the Orion E has no exhaust pipe and it has two small battery boxes internally at the rear. There is no intrusion of the electric driveline into the saloon.”Mr Randerson also says that the electric driveline in the Orion E is suitable for transplant to other members of Mellor’s range.“I favour continual product evolution and addition of further zero-emission vehicles will happen when we see a demand from our customers for them. I continually challenge our engineering team to make the products better, and it is doing that.”Meanwhile, Mr Randerson has confirmed plans to increase capacity at Mellor’s Miall Street base. It is in the process of increasing space there which in the long term could allow production of 500 minibuses per annum. Currently, it maxes out at 300.“We have the right products, but we must also think about how we fulfil customer demand,” he says. “The business recognises that as it grows, capacity will be constrained. I want to retain a centre of excellence at Rochdale and so we are in the process of expanding our premises there.”www.mellor-coachcraft.co.uklast_img read more

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Three brand new products from Phoenix Seating

first_imgPhoenix’s new products included a heated seat among some othersPhoenix Seating launched three new products at Coach & Bus UK.All Buckled Up is a simple concept that shows the driver via a phone or tablet whether passengers have their seatbelts fastened.It has a clear user interface and it utilises a small unit in each seat to generate a signal, meaning that no wiring within the vehicle is required.Phoenix also displayed a heated seat. Available across the Blenheim, Blenheim High Back, Hydra and Sirius ranges, it uses heat pads in the squab and lower back cushions.The heating option has come about following customer requests, and it is compatible with a variety of base vehicles. Two levels of heat can be generated and an in-built thermostat is fitted, preventing injury to passengers.Finally, a seat with heavy-duty water barrier material in the sides and beneath the fabric was displayed. This, says Phoenix, is particularly suitable for minibuses used to carry children and it is entirely water resistant and can be cleaned very easily.The all-age three-point seatbelt buckle – a simple retrofit to existing Phoenix seats – was also on show.www.phoenixseating.comlast_img read more

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Digraph goes Posh with its latest factor branch

first_imgPeterborough is latest location for a Digraph commercial motor factorThe latest branch of commercial vehicle factor Digraph has opened in Peterborough.It has an extensive range of parts, including braking and filtration components from major manufacturers, along with 10 members of staff and four delivery vans to allow off-the-shelf deliveries to be made to operators in the area.“We are building our new branches around the best team players in key locations throughout the UK, and we are working hard to develop new partnerships with leading OEMs to reduce customers’ downtime,” says CEO Sukhbir Kapoor.www.digraph.co.uklast_img read more

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Treka boosts production capacity with new plant

first_imgVan conversions set to be undertaken at parent Woodall Nicholson’s premises at WesthoughtonTreka Van minibus conversion work to be undertaken at WesthoughtonTreka has announced a significant increase in production capacity, which it says will allow it to fulfil increasingly large fleet orders while still meeting the needs of buyers who require smaller volumes.On 13 February it began conversion of Treka Van minibuses, based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, at a site in Westhoughton, Lancashire owned by parent company Woodall Nicholson.“The initial rate of production at Westhoughton will be two vehicles per week but that will rise quickly to four,” says MD Morgan Clissett.Additionally, Treka’s Brighouse plant will soon see major investment and reorganisation to grow capacity. By mid-2019 it is planned that Treka’s overall production will be 11 vehicles per week.Staff at Westhoughton were recruited at the start of the year. They have undergone training at Brighouse in the meantime to ensure that the quality of work at the new facility is to a high standard from the start, adds Mr Clissett.“We have eight new recruits there and one of our existing members of staff is on hand to oversee production. Conversions undertaken at Westhoughton will be of the same high quality as those from Brighouse. Neither myself nor Woodall Nicholson would have agreed to the new facility if we were not certain of that.”He says that a smooth transition to operating a second production facility has been made possible by Woodall Nicholson’s commitment to the Treka business. Strong demand for 2019 left little alternative to upping production.In particular, an order for 103 minibuses – a mix of coachbuilt models and conversions – is being fulfilled for Harrow Council, and while Treka remains buoyant in its traditional local authority market, it has also recently completed a number of deals with major rental companies.To guarantee supply of Sprinters, a 300-strong order for both chassis cowls and vans was placed at the end of 2018. All will be in the UK by the end of March. Treka expects to deliver 450 minibuses in 2019, up significantly from its 2018 total of 312.Contributing to that will be a a new product. Full details are awaited, but it will debut at the CV Show, to be held at the NEC Birmingham between 30 April-2 May. “Some of our capacity for growth is based on the potential for this vehicle,” says Mr Clissett. “It will take us into a new sector and I am sure that it will be of interest to many of our existing customers as well as new ones.”last_img read more

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TruTac helps Coatham move to Earned Recognition

first_imgTeesside operator Coatham Coaches says its ambition to become part of the DVSA Earned Recognition (ER) scheme is close to being realised thanks to TruTac.Over two years ago, Coatham installed CPT Tacho Analysis, powered by TruTac’s compliance control software.It has allowed better record analysis, reduced administration and greater professionalism among drivers, says MD Mark Hodgson.“The main reason we moved to TruTac was the excellent CPT Tacho Analysis product,” he explains. “As far as we could see, it was the best way to improve all-round monitoring and two-way consultation regarding all aspects of driver duties and standards.“Moreover, the TruTac system is fully approved by and compatible with Earned Recognition – a direction in which the business is heading.”Coatham found the transition to TruTac a simple one, he adds. CPT Tacho Analysis is cloud-based. Through real-time access, users can view concise compliance data on any connected device. Vehicle and driver card downloads are unlimited with no hidden charges.“That makes life easy when it comes to accessing data,” adds Mark. “Whether it be for DVSA or routine operational requirements, it enables true compliance control.”www.trutac.co.uklast_img read more

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Calls for transitional COVID-19 bus funding grow

first_imgThe Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) has called on governments to deliver rapid sustained funding to the bus industry as it faces ongoing COVID-19 social distancing measures that will massively reduce capacity.Chief Executive Graham Vidler says that the support should be flexible enough to react to short-term alterations to service provision as social distancing is either relaxed or tightened.Mr Vidler’s comments followed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s address on Sunday 10 May. Mr Johnson urges that public transport is “avoided at all costs”. Cycling, driving or walking should be the favoured means of travel, he adds.“We must, and we will, maintain social distancing, and capacity will therefore be reduced,” continues Mr Johnson. Operators will be following what he describes as “COVID-secure standards.” Detailed guidance on social distancing on public transport will be issued shortly.Bus industry wants interim COVID-19 fundingSince the first suggestions that movement restrictions in England were to be eased while COVID-19 social distancing remains in place, the bus industry has reacted with growing concern about both how it would safely carry all passengers, and what funding support would be forthcoming to prevent services from losing money under such circumstances.Adds Mr Vidler: “Bus operators will now be working with government and local authorities on a joint strategy to provide a more comprehensive network that will allow people to get back to work safely.“Lower capacity combined with extensive home working will mean greatly reduced revenue. Sustained investment from government will be required to ensure that the costs of an expanded network can be delivered until passenger numbers return to normal levels.”Stagecoach Chief Executive Martin Griffiths earlier called for an investment and operational plan to be created jointly by government and the industry for the period during and beyond coronavirus COVID-19. In the short term, it would involve funding for operators while passenger numbers build. Steps to rebuild customer confidence and spread peak demand would also be included.A report released by Transport Focus on Thursday 7 May showed that 62% of passengers will not feel safe using public transport unless social distancing measures are in place.Trio of UK manufacturers also seek supportMeanwhile, a joint letter sent to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps by Alexander Dennis, Optare and Wrightbus has called on the government to support for the UK’s bus building industry, The Telegraph has reported.The three manufacturers have suggested that a bus scrappage scheme, grants and the financing of leasing packages would assist the sector.They have asked for money promised before the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is brought forward. That will allow operators to continue to buy vehicles after some orders for 2020 delivery were cancelled.last_img read more

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85-year-old woman killed in crash at Jefferson & 26th Street identified

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest By Jon Zimney – May 25, 2019 0 322 (Photo supplied/ABC 57) An 85-year-old woman was killed in a two-car crash in South Bend.The collision happened around 2:45, Thursday afternoon, at Jefferson and 26th Street.Investigators say a 90-year-old man and his wife were traveling on Jefferson and turning left on to 26th Street when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a 57-year-old woman. The man’s wife, Patricia Sandilands, died,The elderly man was taken to Memorial Hospital and is said to be in the intensive care unit.The woman driving the other car was not hurt. Facebook Google+ Pinterest Twitter Facebook Google+ Previous articleFormer Benton Harbor priest among 5 charged with sex crimes in MichiganNext articleCass County Sheriff’s Deputy dragged during suspect pursuit Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. IndianaLocalNews Twitter WhatsApp 85-year-old woman killed in crash at Jefferson & 26th Street identifiedlast_img read more

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New Kosciusko wheel tax being considered

first_img Google+ New Kosciusko wheel tax being considered Previous articleFriday morning semi crashes tangle traffic around IndianaNext articleMan gets 60 years for the murder of Tysonia Crawford Tommie Lee Facebook Google+ By Tommie Lee – June 14, 2019 2 274 WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Twitter Facebook IndianaLocalSouth Bend Market If it’s approved, vehicles in Kosciusko County could be subjected to a new tax to help with a $400,000 shortfall for road upkeep.The Wheel Tax Committee is proposing an increase from 25%-35% for most vehicles, and 60% for semis, beginning in 2020.WSBT reports the tax bump is in response to the increase in material and labor costs involved in fixing the roads.The County Council held a public meeting recently to get community input, and another meeting to address the possible increase will be held on July 11. Pinterestlast_img read more

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Authorities: Man upset about vaping cracked brother’s skull

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Facebook Authorities: Man upset about vaping cracked brother’s skull WhatsApp (Photo supplied/LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office) LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a man struck his 15-year-old brother in the head in northwestern Indiana because he was upset about the teen vaping indoors, causing a skull fracture that led to his death.The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that a recording of a hearing in the involuntary manslaughter case against 21-year-old Tyler Kiger detailed the circumstances of the June 7 dispute involving Michael Kiger. It happened in rural LaPorte County at their great-grandmother’s home.Records don’t yet list a defense lawyer, but their father has said Tyler Kiger didn’t intend to harm his brother.LaPorte County sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Adam Hannon says Michael Kiger called 911 and told the dispatcher he had head pain after his brother hit him. He was pronounced dead June 8 at a home in LaPorte. Google+ Pinterest Previous articleBomb threat prompts evacuation of Cass County CourthouseNext articleSouthwest Michigan man convicted in 2 killings gets 2nd life sentence Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebook By Jon Zimney – June 22, 2019 0 334 Google+last_img read more

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