The driver's safety guide

The driver's safety guide

Big European Cities have to deal with a new form of terrorist attacks in which unsuspected trucks are being used. After Nice and Berlin it happened again in Stockholm. Not all situations can be avoided but some do. We have prepared some tips for driver that can prevent many tragedies. Last Friday in Stockholm a terrorist jumped into an open truck cabin the driver of which was busy unloading the goods. It seems that this tragedy could have been prevented. It's important to call on truck drivers to adhere to the following rules to avoid a situation...

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Lithuanian carrier protest: only prayers remain

Lithuanian carrier protest: only prayers remain

On Tuesday, Aprill 11, at the famous Church and St. Peter and Paul in Vilnius dozens of carriers gathered, protesting against the growing prices of OCP. Over the past few years insurance prises increased by up to 4 times for some companies. The main reason for the price increase is the lack of competition on the Lithuanian market. Transport companies have long been trying to solve this problem but to no avail. Insurance rates grow constantly: in a few years they increased by an average of 30 to 300% and in some cases by up to 400%. Insurance...

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About drivers' wives: "If your husband is a truck driver, good luck. If you are a truck driver, appreciate your wife."

About drivers' wives: "If your husband is a truck driver, good luck. If you are a truck driver, appreciate your wife."

A Spanish woman decided to speak to all those brave women who spend days and weeks waiting for their partner to return. She also has a few requests for drivers. Read what Maria Merino wants to tell you. "If your husband is a truck driver, good luck. If you are a truck driver, appreciate your wife." The wife of a driver is married to a man who is also married to his work, colleagues and truck. The drivers' wives make breakfast for them in the middle of the night to spend the next dozen days alone. They have to learn words they do not even understand....

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Robots and people in warehouses – is that safe?

Robots and people in warehouses – is that safe?

Robots in warehouses are becoming more and more common. Both the suppliers of forklifts and warehouse owners focus on the market of mobile autonomic machines. Technologically advanced sensors are designed to keep robots away from people and objects. But is that enough to be considered safe? Do employees know how to handle them? There is already a whole range of "robots" in warehouses. We can distinguish: Unmanned transport trolleys – the basic form of robotisation; these are trolleys for transporting inside warehouses without the driver. They...

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"Augmented reality" in warehouses will be standard in just three years

"Augmented reality" in warehouses will be standard in just three years

In about three years most of the warehouses will be using augmented reality – such a claim emerged during a debate regarding technology in logistics during the annual selection of the Dutch logistics manager of the year. Can augmented reality really revolutionise how warehouses operate? Augmented reality (AR) is a system which connects the real world with a computer-generated image, typically using a camera image on which real-time generated 3D graphics are superimposed. AR is still a relatively young technology which is dynamically growing and...

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Delaying the launch of the new engine models and illegal price-fixing software – European Commission has released a report on the cartel of truck manufacturers.

Delaying the launch of the new engine models and illegal price-fixing software – European Commission has released a report on the cartel of truck manufacturers.

Truck manufacturers have been using illegal software for fixing vehicle prices and year after year have been using the date of launching modern, environmentally-friendly engines to get rid of old models from their warehouses – informed the MKB – Claim, a Dutch agency which is preparing a class suit against the cartel of truck manufacturers. A few days ago, on the 6th of April this year, the European Commission released a report on the cartel of truck manufacturers: DAF, Iveco, MAN, Mercedes, Scania and Volvo/Renault.  This report is a kind of...

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Traffic restrictions in Spain

Traffic restrictions in Spain

13th, 14th and 17th of April are public holidays in many regions of Spain. Vehicles with DMC over 7.5 t will be subject to traffic ban. The restrictions were also made in Madrid. 13th and 14th of April – Maundy Thursday and Good Friday – are public holidays in Spain. Holy Monday (April 17), however is a public holiday only in Catalonia, Valencia, Navarre, Basque Country, the La Rioja autonomous community and Balearic Islands. During these days in the regions mentioned above there is a traffic ban for trucks with a maximum permissible mass of over...

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Germany: Only 4% of enterprises are "completely connected"

Germany: Only 4% of enterprises are "completely connected"

According to a recent study of the "Internet of Things in Industry and Logistics" trends carried out by PAC advisory company only 4% of the surveyed 150 leading companies from logistic and manufacturing industries in Germany have created a "fully integrated environment". Logisticians are better connected than manufacturing companies This is the era of the fourth industrial revolution ("industry 4.0") which is based on process automation and real-time processing and data exchange between all participants in the manufacturing and supply chain....

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Germany and the Netherlands: Domino will be delivering pizza using robots

Germany and the Netherlands: Domino will be delivering pizza using robots

The pizzeria will be delivering orders to its customers using robots. Starship, robot manufacturer, and a well-known pizzeria chain have begun collaborating on the Dominos Robotic Unit (DRU) project. They want to check the possibilities of delivering pizza using latest technologies. Starship robots will be tested in selected Domino pizzerias in Germany and the Netherlands. They will be delivering pizzas to customers' homes located up to 2 km from the pizzeria. The first city in which tests will be conducted is Hamburg. Photo: youtube.com/...

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Respect your driver – you may get a worse one

Respect your driver – you may get a worse one

Working in transport has never been easy. It is a constant stress, tension and lack of time. However, the market is changing, and with it approach to the employee. This is the opinion of the Latvian journalists of the LSM.lv website who call on the industry to change the treatment of its drivers. Everybody remembers how it was in the past.The boss was buying the car, handing it over to the driver and saying – drive. And the driver was driving. Today, at least in larger companies, bosses communicate with their drivers more than ever. They listen...

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