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Enbridge hearing cancelled

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 After three days of public hearings in Toronto, the final day of hearings on Enbridge’s proposal to reverse the flow of Line 9 was cancelled today due to security concerns.The pipeline runs between southern Ontario and Montreal, and the postponement comes amid a large rally against the project in Toronto this afternoon.Kelda Yuen was there and filed this report.

UN envoy on Syria shocked and appalled by indiscriminate rocket attack on

“Those who argue that this is meant to relieve the siege of eastern Aleppo should be reminded that nothing justifies the use of disproportionate and indiscriminate weapons, including heavy ones, on civilian areas and it could amount to war crimes,” Mr. de Mistura said in a statement issued by his office. Attributing credible reports from the ground, the statement noted that scores of civilians in western Aleppo had been killed, including several children, and hundreds wounded due to “relentless and indiscriminate” attacks from armed opposition groups. Further in the statement, the Special Envoy reiterated UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s condemnation of recent attacks on schools, as well as the use of heavy airpower on civilian areas in Aleppo. “The civilians of both sides of Aleppo have suffered enough due to futile but lethal attempts of subduing the city of Aleppo,” he said, adding: “They now need and deserve a stable ceasefire covering this ancient city of Syria.” read more

Transport News Brief – Monday 24 September 2007

New wet-weather tyre from Michelin Michelin says it new XFN2+ steer axle tyre, at 315/80 R22.5 gives 10% more grip than its predecessor. The firm says a new, patented tread pattern gives 10% more grip when cornering on wet or snow-covered roads and 5% better braking. It will also deliver up to 15% better mileage and will soon be available in Michelin Remix. More from James Keeler on +44 (0)2 083 991 184 or jk@garnett-keeler.com Fair Guide scam surfaces again “We think that Fair Guide or Construct Data Verlag AG is again targeting past and future CV Show exhibitors,” said CV Show press officer Robin Dickeson. “They appear to offer an ‘update’ and a booking form that will probably be headed ‘Exhibitors Directory for Fairs and Exhibitions.’ We believe this is deliberately misleading and could be interpreted as endorsed by the CV Show organisers. But of course, Fair Guide has absolutely no connection with the CV Show organisation.” The outfit invites firms to sign and return a form that commits them to a three-year, €1,171 a year entry into an online directory. The CV Show organisers strongly advise against returning any form or e-mail from Fair Guide or Construct Data Verlag AG. “The UK Association of Exhibition Organisers goes one further on its website at www.aeo.org.uk and recommends any firm that feels it has been misled by Fair Guide in connection with any exhibition should simply refuse to pay.” More from Robin Dickeson +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Fleet finds nitrogen saves fuel and tyres FleetOwner in the US reports that a big private fleet, the Drexan Corporation using 70 tractors and 117 trailers saved 110,000 gallons of diesel by filling truck and trailer tyres with nitrogen rather than air. The fleet ran a nine-month, double-blind test, clocking up 6.1 million miles. This showed that the nitrogen inflation programme improved fuel efficiency by 3.1% and extended tyre tread life by More from www.fleetowner.com More digitach training from Siemens Siemens VDO says demand for its digital and analogue tachograph training courses is growing steadily, as is demand for its one-day Drivers Hours Law course. The basic tacho training course lasts one day, with a more detailed, three-day version with an optional fourth day available to add a City & Guilds training course. Prices vary from £350.00 +VAT to £1,500. The firm says it has trained more than 100 fleet managers in two years More from Lisa McCauley on +44 (0)1 213 261 162 or lisa.mccauley@siemens.com Navistar to issue delayed financial figures Transport Topics in the US reports that the Navistar International Corporation will issue ‘restated’ financial results for 2005 – 2005 as well as third quarter 2007 ‘fiscal operational metrics’ on 25 October. The firm’s two-year delay in posting results led to its delisting from the New York Stock Exchange in February this year. More from www.ttnews.com Telescopic container trailer saves fuel The Ray Smith Group says its new, telescopic trailer, called the Ecoslider, can help container hauliers save fuel. The length of the trailer can be adjusted to cut the gap between tractor and the container it carries. Shortening the trailer can cut this gap by over 800mm, cutting aerodynamic drag, and by moving the load centre of gravity forward, bringing stability benefits too. There is a further gain through a re-design of the trailer neck, which cuts the trailer height by two inches, bringing a small but welcome reduction in frontal area. More from John Dickson-Simpson on +44 (0)2 077 270 253 or jds@transportpressservices.com And finally New Scientist’s Feedback page reports that the pacing for some artificial chamois-leather cloths bought by reader Julian Ravest claimed that the material “Soaks up water like a magnet!” More from www.newscientist.comClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Bus and Light Rail data published The UK Department for Transport has just published data from the Office of National Statistics on Light Rail and bus passenger satisfaction, on bus reliability, fleet ages and ridership. More from www.dft.gov.uk More Midlums for the AA Renault Trucks says the AA will put 56 more Midlum 10 and 12 tonne trucks on the road before the end of October as it expands its 300 strong fleet. All the new trucks have crew cabs. “We got a very good finance deal from Renault Trucks South and have built a good relationship with them over the years,” said Gary Evans for the AA. “We added 45 new Midlums last year and are pleased to add more this year.” More from Penny Randall on +44 (0)1 582 479 619 or penny.randall@renault-trucks.com Intelligent communications to deliver safer, cleaner and smarter vehicles Viviane Reding, EU commissioner for information, society and media wants to speed up the EU’s intelligent vehicle initiative. She presented new ideas at a recent event at Versailles; these encourage the uptake of accident avoidance kit like electronic stability control. She also said that the Commission plans to announce more low CO2 ideas aimed at both vehicles and infrastructure. These are due in 2008. More from Esther Martin-Ortega on +44 (0)2 073 449 264 or emartin-ortega@smmt.co.uk More government cash for low carbon vehicle research The UK’s Technology Strategy Board and the Department for Transport are to spend up to £20m to help firms fund research into low carbon vehicles. More from Esther Martin-Ortega on +44 (0)2 073 449 264 or emartin-ortega@smmt.co.uk Commission wants more hydrogen The EC aims to announce plans to regulate hydrogen-powered vehicles at the European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Review event in October. The aim is to define common construction rules to ensure safety, a smoothly working market and more environmentally friendly transport. More from Esther Martin-Ortega on +44 (0)2 073 449 264 or emartin-ortega@smmt.co.uk Euro 5 RPCs available now The SMMT has told its members that the Department for Transport will accept early applications for Euro 5 Reduced Pollution Certificates. Though the Euro 5 RPC scheme doesn’t come into force until 1 October, operators can apply to Vosa now. Certificates issued between 26 and 30 September will carry a 1 October date. But you can’t get tax discs with an RPC discount before 1 October. The scheme has been set up to encourage operators to run even cleaner trucks by giving a tax break to those who specify Euro 5 trucks ahead of the date that the next emission level becomes a legal requirement. The scale of the tax break depends on the vehicle’s weight category and lasts for the life of the vehicle. More from Steve Franklin on +44 (0)2 073 441 639 or sfranklin@smmt.co.uk Van of the Year at the Rai The 2008 International Year Award will be presented at the Rai truck show, in Amsterdam next month. The Citroën/Fiat/Peugeot Sevel van, the LDV Maxus, the Nissan Cabstar, Renault Kangoo and Volkswagen Caddy Maxi vans are all on the shortlist. The award jury includes van journalists from 19 European countries and they will announce the winner during the show’s opening ceremony on Thursday 25 October. The public are allowed in the next day and then through to Sunday 3 November. The show, put on every two years in the centre of Amsterdam, has over 300 exhibitors covering vans, trucks, trailers, specialist vehicles, part, accessories, telematics and related kit. Tickets cost between €12.50 and €18.00 depending on when you go and if you buy them in advance. The show’s website is www.roadtransportshow.com and gives lots more info. More from Marieke Leenhouts on +31 (0)20 549 1212 or m.leenhouts@rai.nl Transport News Brief Week 39, Monday 24 September 2007 Fuel price hike worries hauliers The Road Haulage Association says UK hauliers face a ‘winter of discontent’ with the news that storms in the Gulf of Mexico have halted oil production in the region. As a result, crude oil had traded at a record high, nearly $82 a barrel, by the end of last week. In the UK, PetrolPrices.com quoted a national average of £0.971 a litre. (For our US readers, that’s about $7.42 a US gallon and compares to last weeks’ average of $2.963 a gallon from the US Energy Administration.) The RHA says the news will mean an inevitable fuel price rise and so wants the UK government to hold off its planned two pence a litre fuel duty hike, planned for October. “There can now be no argument that this increase is completely unjustifiable,” said Roger King, RHA boss. More from Kate Gibbs on +44 (0)1 932 838 917 or kate.gibbs@rha.net UK road pricing on the cardsRuth Kelly, UK transport secretary has dropped what seem to be hints about the government’s thinking on road pricing. In a live webchat on the Downing Street website, Kelly said the government is ‘actively’ thinking about how to deal with congestion problems in the future. She also referred to the Eddington Report, which concluded that the UK needs some from of demand management to avoid huge spending on new roads. More from Esther Martin-Ortega on +44 (0)2 073 449 264 or emartin-ortega@smmt.co.uk More Solos for King James King Coaches of Kirkcowan just took four more Optare Solo minibuses. Three are 27 seat models and one is a 23 seater. The new buses join two bought earlier in 35 strong fleet. Aftermarket support on the first two Solos won Optare the orders for the latest batch. More from David Rowlands on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or drowlands@automotivepr.com read more