Month: April 2021

Michelin CrossClimate tyre range is expanded

first_imgCrossClimate tyre range is now suitable for small PCVs, says MichelinMichelin has extended its acclaimed CrossClimate tyre range into the small PCV market.The new Agilis CrossClimate is a summer tyre with full winter capability. It boasts safety in all weathers, high mileage capability, robustness, damage resistance and long-lasting performance, which equates to a low TCO.The tyre is 3PMSF certified and it also performs well on muddy and grassy surfaces, making it a year-round casing.Says Jonathan Layton, Head of Fleet in the UK and Ireland: “The Agilis CrossClimate solves the problem of wintry conditions and it also eradicates the expense of buying different sets of summer and winter tyres.”Inspired by the CrossClimate+ car tyre range, the new fitment’s V-shaped tread blocks’ bi-directional self-locking sipes provide cutting edges that bite into snow. That characteristic also delivers exceptional life, lasting up to 35% longer than the average lifespan of premium competitors.It has been subject to winter testing in the Alps and in Finland.www.michelin.comlast_img read more

Stagecoach X10 turns one

first_imgStagecoach Yorkshire has celebrated the first anniversary of the X10 Stagecoach Express route between Barnsley and Leeds.The service, launched on 28 October 2017, runs seven days a week from Barnsley to Leeds.The coaches offer passengers comfortable seats, charging points and free on-board wi-fi.Matt Davies, MD at Stagecoach Yorkshire, says: “We are really pleased to see how loved the X10 Stagecoach Express service is, and how it’s been embraced by the people of Barnsley and our dedicated team of drivers.”last_img

Iris Sensing’s improved passenger counting sensor attracts interest

first_imgInterest was high as Iris Sensing demonstrated its new Irma 6 passenger counting sensor at the show.Sales Manager, Mark Hendry, says: “I set my goal at 20 leads and we’re up to 30 and there are some very good contacts in there.”Automatic passenger counting allows operators to understand where passengers get on and off their vehicles and how many passengers they’re carrying.Mr Hendry says: “We use a time-of-flight infra-red sensor which records a shape and then it checks that the shape matches what the algorithm says it should do, if it does then it’s counted and if it doesn’t its not.“It allows them to make the passenger experience better by understanding passenger operation and how passengers use their services so when they make changes, they can see whether it has improved the passenger experience or not.”The new sensor has increased in size from 500 pixels to 76,000 pixels and can now see different shapes such as children, wheelchairs and bicyles.The scanner is simple to install using just two screws with a twist lock,and only one sensor per door is required. It works independently of ambient light and has active light sources with VCSEL technology.It works independently of ambient light and has active light sources with VCSEL technology.last_img read more

RV manufacturers speak to legislature about state sales taxes

first_img Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Jeremy Burba, a sales manager at Camping World RV Sales in North Little Rock, Ark., walks past new motor homes parked at the dealershipTuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Recreational vehicle shipments from manufacturers to dealers are expected to increase by nearly 4 percent in 2015, (AP Photo/Danny Johnston) Representatives from the RV industry spoke with Indiana lawmakers on Tuesday, addressing a Senate committee about Indiana sales taxes.Eighty percent of all RVs are made in Indiana, but dealers are said to be losing business to retailers in neighboring states that don’t have to collect state sales taxes.The committee is considering the testimony on the RV Sales Tax Bill and will consider amendments and a potential vote later this month. Twitter RV manufacturers speak to legislature about state sales taxes WhatsApp Facebook Facebook By Tommie Lee – February 19, 2020 1 295 Google+ IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Twitter Previous articleMore retail and medical space coming to GrangerNext articleWabash Valley Corrections Officer arrested Tommie Leelast_img read more

23 April Consumer Council

first_imgCONSUMER Affairs Commissioner Emma Bonino received support from ministers for her plans to turn the spotlight away from regular goods and services and on to financial services. Banks and building societies have so far escaped a barrage of regulation from Brussels, but with fears mounting that consumers are duped too often when acquiring expensive loans, that looks set to change. Although the Italian Commissioner has promised alight-handed approach, she has nonetheless pledged to focus her work on banks, a scrutiny which the financial sector will not welcome. Ministers also agreed that public facilities – such as telecommunications, water, the information society and the quality of food – should be monitored more closely.COMMISSION plans to allow consumers swift and easy access to justice were discussed by ministers, but no decision was made. The proposal, which would allow certain registered organisations such as consumer groups or trade unions to go to court on behalf of individuals, causes some problems for the UK, where individuals must fight their own battles. The access to justice plans would also introduce a single EU-wide small claims system, along the lines of those in operation in the UK and Ireland, which would allow citizens to fight legal battles without incurring huge costs.MINISTERS refused to introduce a labelling system for meat products which would assure customers that the steak or roast they are thinking of buying comes from a ‘mad-cow-free-zone’. France and Austria called for a regionally-based labelling system to be brought in, but their colleagues said such a system would break up the single market. Bonino described the labelling plan as “not a tremendous idea”.last_img read more

EU to outline contingency shipping plan

first_imgCompetition Commissioner Karel Van Miert will outline his contingency plans to prolong the aid limits of the Seventh Shipbuilding Directive at a meeting of EU industry ministers next week (20 May).This will only happen if the US fails to ratify an accord to ban shipbuilding subsidies between the EU, the US, Japan, South Korea and Norway reached in December 1994 under the auspices of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.The EU, together with South Korea and Norway, formally ratified the agreement on11 December last year, but it will not enter force until all signatories have done the same. While the US has promised to ratify by 15 June, EU officials are becoming pessimistic. “If nothing happens, why should we be the victims of the Americans with their Jones Act?” asked a Commission official.During the OECD negotiations, the Commission was keen to limit the scope of special legislation protecting domestic US shipping. This infamous ‘Jones Act’ ensures that only boats built in US shipyards and flying a American flag can ply trade between one US port and another.In general, the agreement commits signatories to eliminating direct and indirect subsidies granted specifically to the industry, including the operating aid currently allowed under the seventh directive for an amount up to 9% of the value of a contract.Some forms of aid – including selective spending on basic or applied research – can continue, but price-fixing, the rigging of bids and predatory practices will all be banned.Apart from completing the ratification procedure, the EU has also adopted legislation on injurious pricing and a framework for state aids due to come into force hand-in-hand with the agreement.The sector is still highly politically sensitive in several member states, meaning a prolongation of the seventh directive would not be difficult to achieve in the event that the Americans delay ratification. Rising world market share for the Japanese, Koreans and Americans have caused the EU to fall back from 24% in 1980 to well below 20% today.While European shipbuilders can still compete in the production of ‘value-added’ vessels such as dedicated container ships, gas and chemicals tankers, third countries have taken over the business in bulk production. At the same time, the western European workforce has collapsed from 462,000 in 1975 to only 80,000 last year.last_img read more

Catch a Commissioner on camera

first_img“My favourite Commissioner is … because…”How to score: You get ten points for each Commissioner you see. (Take a snapshot with the date as proof and preferably a local landmark or eyesore in the background to confirm the location.) In addition, you get 20 points for any Commissioner in Bermuda shorts and sandals,30 points if they are on a Lilo in the sea, 40 points for a Commissioner with an ice-cream and a T-shirt, 50 points for a Commissioner singing Viva Espagne or other regional equivalent, 60 points for a Commissioner in a “Kiss-me-quick” hat, 75 points for a topless Commissioner (either sex) and 100 points for two Commissioners together (either sex).To help you track them down, here are a few clues about where they are and what they might be up to… Anyone can take part, except Cabinet staff and Commission spokespeople. Sorry about that.All the rest of you have to do is keep a beady eye out for sightings of our 20 European leaders as they frolic around Europe this summer.Use this handy scorecard to notch up your total, and then send it to European Voice where the highest scorer will be the winner! In case of a tie, please also complete the following sentence in no more than 50 words:last_img read more

New battle over EU expansion

first_imgDenmark and Sweden are expected to propose formally this week that ‘screening’ should begin next year with all 11 candidates, but possibly with a guarantee that fast-track negotiations with the front runners would begin in early 1999.Screening would involve combing through the 70,000-page EU acquis to establish exactly where candidates stand before cut-and-thrust talks begin.But the Commission is expected to oppose the idea strongly, claiming that its limited resources will make it difficult enough to screen even six candidates. Union governments who favour a clear early differentiation between the applicants will also argue that the idea is misconceived as the less advanced countries would need to be screened again in a few years, when the EU acquis could look very different.last_img read more

Poland pushes for speedy Union repeal of dairy imports ban

first_imgThe Commission acted after repeatedly warning that Poland’s project proposals were not good enough.Poland is the first country to have its aid cut under new Commission rules which stress that projects must “tackle priorities set out in the Accession Partnership”, the blueprint for transition countries’ membership preparations.Polish sources claimed they had met a 15 May deadline for proposals, and were surprised at the decision. But integration committee head Ryszard Czarnecki said: “This should be a lesson that projects coming out of Poland should be scrutinised more carefully, so that we avoid such situations when much larger funds are made available.” “The dairy dispute is the biggest bone of contention between us, so it would be as well to settle it now so that we can concentrate on the more pressing issues which will dominate relations between us over the next few years,” said Krawczyk.However, the Commission insists it cannot lift the ban until it has carried out another round of inspections, and says none of its veterinary inspectors will be available until 10 June at the earliest. Given that it will then have to evaluate their report, it is likely that the embargo will still be in force when Fischler and Janiszewski meet.Under the latest Polish proposal, dairy products destined for export to the EU would be strictly segregated from those for domestic consumption.Five of the country’s 40 licensed dairy plants would only produce export-certified goods, under stricter than usual hygiene controls, on certain days of the week.Commission officials say this would be enough to guarantee the safety of Polish dairy produce. Imports were suspended last December after EU health inspectors found poor hygiene standards in two of Poland’s four export-certified plants, prompting protests from Warsaw officials who argued it was unfair to suspend all imports because of negative inspection results in two plants.Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek has sacked junior minister Slawomir Zawadzki after the Commission announced a 34-million-ecu cut in the country’s 212-million-ecu Phare technical assistance aid this year. The call comes after Union officials indicated late last week that they could accept a new export certification scheme put forward by Poland.“The import ban has had a highly negative impact on our agricultural trade with the EU,” said Polish agriculture attaché Andrzej Krawczyk. “We welcome the Commission’s acceptance of our new scheme, but it must now cut through the usual red tape and allow exports to resume as soon as possible.”Warsaw is pushing the Commission to reopen the EU market to Polish exports ahead of an 18 June meeting between Farm Commissioner Franz Fischler and Polish Agriculture Minister Jacek Janiszewski.last_img read more


first_imgUS TRADE Representative Robert Zoellick urged the EU to wait and see what impact the steel import curbs would have before “premature” retaliation. EU trade chief Pascal Lamy says the Union could be allowed to retaliate unilaterally if the US offers inadequate compensation.ENERGY Commissioner Loyola de Palacio said failure to open up Europe’s energy markets at the Barcelona summit would hit the EU’s “credibility”. She said leaders could overcome French reluctance by agreeing a compromise which would see only non-domestic energy markets being liberalised in the first place. However, she said they must also agree that domestic markets would be open in the future.ACCOUNTING figures from American plane-maker Boeing show that US export tax breaks, which have been outlawed by the WTO, saved it more than 240 million euro last year. The WTO is expected to rule next month on retaliation the European Union can take over the illegal tax breaks given to firms via offshore subsidiaries.last_img read more