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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OCP in Lithuania is up to 4 times more expensive than before. Carriers want to start their own insurance company

OCP in Lithuania is up to 4 times more expensive than before. Carriers want to start their own insurance company

Lithuanian carriers are outraged by the amount of the OCP contribution payments which are even 4 times more expensive than before. Transport companies want to take the matter into their own hands and leave the Insurance Companies out in the cold. If they succeed neighbouring countries may follow suit. New carrier's liability insurance costs which recently became more expensive by up to 400% cause great confusion in the Lithuanian transport sector. According to experts of the Linava transport association the outrageous actions of the Insurance...

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An interesting novelty for supply chain connects all participants in the supply chain in a single system

An interesting novelty for supply chain connects all participants in the supply chain in a single system

RIO is a tool that will allow the participants in a supply chain (sender, freight forwarder, transport company, loading company, customer, driver and recipient) to be connected in a single information system. The solution is being released on the market.   Individual entities in transport industry use different systems for managing loads and vehicles. It may be difficult to use data in such situations. It will change now. Participants of the supply chain –sender, freight forwarder, transport company, loading company,customer, driver and recipient...

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Germany: The 45-hour cabin break ban will most likely be made effective within two weeks

Germany: The 45-hour cabin break ban will most likely be made effective within two weeks

On Friday, March 31, the Bundesrat confirmed a law change according to which the 45-hour weekly rest in the vehicle cabin will be penalised. The regulation will come into force within two weeks. The fine for each hour of rest in the vehicle remain unchanged – from EUR 60 for drivers and EUR 180 for company owner. According to a union of employers Transport i Logistyka Polska [Polish Transport and Logistics] and German industry website verkehrsrundschau.de, the law will most likely come into force in Germany the day after the amendment is published...

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The growth of the e-commerce industry motivates logistics operators to choose electric vehicles

The growth of the e-commerce industry motivates logistics operators to choose electric vehicles

Spanish researchers estimate that in 10 years the majority of urban distribution will be done by electric, hybrid or other eco-friendly means of transport. According to cadenadesuministro.es, a Spanish transport website, the domestic market of logistics operators is trying to meet the demands of e-commerce industry.  Spain is the 4th European country in terms of the number of purchases via the Internet. The operators should be prepared. The challenge of Spanish logisticians is big as cities such as Madrid or Barcelona introduce restrictions...

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Logistics in Formula 1 – a few facts which will surprise you

Logistics in Formula 1 – a few facts which will surprise you

When viewers turn on their TVs on Saturday and start watching the most famous race in the world, they do not consider the fact that such an event is really a huge logistical undertaking. So there it is – a bunch of facts showing what this event means to logisticians. Driving in a truck, sleeping in a bus Such events are an utter exodus. When Grand Prix takes place in Europe, every two weeks FIA (International Automobile Federation) and FOM (Formula One Group) have to hire about 450 road trains for transporting equipment of the teams. When...

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