Devon-based Brooking Hire operates a fleet of 14 truck-mounted vacuum sweepers – all of which are based on Volvo chassis – but their recently-delivered new Volvo FH16-based flagship, supplied by Justin Fisher, Sales Director at Stuarts Truck and Bus, is one of the highest-specification sweeper vehicles in Europe.
One of the most unusual vehicles of the year, here’s some of the press release about this supersweeper: “Twelve of the Brooking Hire fleet are two-axle Volvo FMs with Johnston VT801 equipment, but two are special Johnston-Beam units designed to give a ‘back-to-black’ surface finish. However, the Totnes-based operation’s latest acquisition, fitted with the Johnston-Beam S14000 sweeper body, is based on the Volvo FH16 6×2 rear-steer chassis. This 650hp unit features front and rear high-pressure spray bars, dual / simultaneous sweep and a rear suction bar with V-jets operating at 400bar to give that ‘back-to-black’ finish. Full hydrostatic drive is engaged when sweeping and the truck’s water tank capacity is 9300 litres.”
In the December issue of Truck & Driver, on sale now, new Editor Dougie Rankine spends a week on the road in Volvo’s latest rear-steer tag-axle tractor unit. With a fully-loaded Globetrotter XL cab and 540hp on tap, it’s safe to say he was incredibly impressed with the outfit. BUT NOT THE MANY, MANY ROAD CLOSURES…. Dear Highways England, if it wasn’t too difficult and wasn’t going to inconvenience you **too** much could you consider maybe leaving just one major motorway open at night? Cheers – every night shift driver in the country.
The British Truck Racing Association Championship (BTRAC) will be broadcast on Amazon Prime Video in the near future, thanks to a new deal, it has been announced.
Digitex TV has launched a tie-up which will see content broadcast on the platform, following the end of broadcasting with its previous broadcaster.
The first programmes to feature on the platform include multiple episodes of the Pickup Truck Racing Championship and Legends Cars National Championship with MRF Tyres. The BTRAC will follow in the near future.
Barry Welch, owner of Digitex TV, said: “These are exciting times for the industry and we have always been keen to embrace change in a positive way for our clients.
“The way we all watch visual content has changed greatly over the last few years. We recognised this a while back with the introduction of our free-to-view on-demand web based channel.
“It’s an exciting step therefore to extend this with Prime Video which enables easy access on a premium platform at any time via Smart TV.
“Prime Video has set extremely high standards for production and compliance, which makes the move a prestigious one for us and our partners. It also offers a truly global window to our customers, their branding partners and of course our audience.”
A truck driver has died in a crash on the M40, and another has been injured after a three-truck collision on the M40 between junctions 15 and 16 in Warwickshire.
The crash occurred on the northbound stretch of the road at 4am. The road was closed in both directions for 13 hours.
This incident happened just an hour after a truck had caught fire on the opposite side of the carriageway. In that incident, nobody was hurt.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found two lorries that were on fire. A third lorry was just in front of them.
“Unfortunately, the driver of one lorry died at the scene.
“The driver of a second lorry, a man in his 60s, was treated at the scene for a medical condition and was taken to Warwick hospital.
“The third driver was uninjured.”
Group Commander Neil McElvenny from Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service said: “We were called to a large goods vehicle fire involving pallets on the southbound carriageway just after 2.40 this morning. Crews were quickly in attendance to deal with the fire. While at the incident, a call came in to inform us of a second incident on the northbound carriageway involving three lorries, two of which caught fire. Due to the severity of the incident, all lanes were closed whilst the emergency services dealt with the scene.”
A claim by a West Midlands-based Councillor that HGV drivers seem to be “racing each other” on motorways has been dismissed by the Road Haulage Association (RHA).
Conservative Solihull councillor Diana Holl-Allen MBE said in a recent meeting of the Transport Delivery Committee of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) that HGV drivers were a ‘nuisance’.
Speaking in a debate about platooning, and how it could ease congestion in the Midlands, Cllr Holl-Allen said: “We’ve got to stop them [HGV drivers]. They seem to enjoy doing this, every now and again. Whether they get tired, I don’t know, but lots of them are racing each other.
“And frankly they’re a dire nuisance and a danger. I know we’ve got lots more lanes now and that’s happening all the way through, that’s got to be a good thing.
“But we have got to have the courage of our convictions and say, yes, the HGVs must get out of the way. I think they’re only supposed to go about 60 [mph] anyway.”
But Rod McKenzie, the RHA’s managing director of policy and public affairs, dismissed the councillor’s claim: “Far from ‘racing’ each other, UK lorries are limited to 56mph. Many trucks from supermarkets are kept to slower speeds in order to reduce fuel use, and therefore emissions.
“What is being described as racing is more likely one HGV overtaking another in lane two of a motorway. One vehicle may be travelling at 50mph so the second vehicle can overtake only slowly because it is speed limited. This can be frustrating for other drivers but it’s certainly not racing. Lorry drivers don’t do joyriding.”