Join TIP France at Solutrans 2017 Lyon

Take the time to visit Solutrans, the biennial trade fair for haulage and urban transport professionals, taking place at Lyon Eurexpo, France from 21 to 25 November 2017. This year’s edition promises to be record-breaking, ever more international and innovative!


The organisers expect all records to be broken relative to the 2015 edition of the show. There will be an increase in exhibitors to 900 with 50% more international brands represented. They will be exhibiting over an area of 75,000 sqm and presenting across all different aspects of the industry. These include industrial and light commercial vehicle (“LCV”) manufacturers and bodybuilders; trailer specialists; workshop equipment, tyres and after sales services suppliers.


Only the Eurovision song contest could be more international than Solutrans! In addition to exhibitors from host country France, the top 5 exhibiting countries are Italy, Germany, Belgium, United Kingdom and Turkey.

Sweden is the show’s featured country of honour, sending an official delegation to share its insights on the future of “autonomous and connected vehicles”.

LCV zone

According to the ACEA, France is the leading market for sales of new light commercial vehicles, with an 11.3% increase in sales in Q1 2016 (source: Argus Pro).  It is therefore only natural for there to be an LCV-dedicated zone at Solutrans.

Innovation and awards

The Lyon Métropole Chamber of Commerce and Industry is continuing the tradition that it established in 2001 by sponsoring the Solutrans Innovation Awards which recognises the most striking innovations that have improved the performance of a body–on-frame vehicle. In addition, Solutrans will be hosting the prize for the three internationally renowned awards: the International Truck of the Year; the International Van of the Year and the International Pick-up of the Year, whose winners will judged by an illustrious jury of editors from leading international commercial transport publications.

The future today

For a glimpse of the future, why not visit the new “start-up section”?  Among those appearing are which connects shippers and carriers in real-time including facilitating the booking process and which helps carriers and shippers manage their digital consignment notes, enabling carriers to bill instantly.

Alternatively, attend one of several discussion panels taking place on interesting themes including “cybersecurity and the Euro 6 norm,” “new engines and energy sources” and “client supplier relationships”.


On the Solutrans website you can download the Solutrans App that will guide you through the expo.


A Lyon welcome

Do not forget to visit Lyon, France’s second largest city, well-known for its gastronomy and plenty of good restaurants as well as its culture and history. Among the many highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage site are the Old Town of Vieux Lyon; the Place Bellecoeur, a great piazza and the Notre Dame de Fourvière,  a 19th century basilica, from which you get a wonderful view of the city.

John Graham-Hart in The Telegraph said “I think Lyon, more than any other city in France, embodies that illusive French “art of living” – the joyful synthesis of all that makes life worthwhile: food, wine, culture, friends and family – and it’s an art that the Lyonnais are very happy to share with even the most casual visitor.”

TIP France at Solutrans

TIP France would also be delighted to extend a warm welcome to you at Solutrans. Please drop by its stand in Hall 4, Aisle H, stand 177 to discuss your trailer rental and maintenance needs. This will also be a good opportunity for us to introduce you to our new rental vehicles including electric vehicles.


Tuesday 21 November: from 9 am to 6 pm

Wednesday 22 November: from 9 am to 6 pm

Thursday 23 November: from 9 am to 6 pm

Friday 24 November: from 9 am to 6 pm

Saturday 25 November: from 9 am to 6 pm


Visitors Access :

To Lyon : West Visitors Door

A43, Eurexpo exit

Boulevard de l’Europe

69686 Chassieu – France

Latitude : 45.743527 / Longitude : 4.971918


To Paris/Geneva : North Visitors Door

A46 (East Ring road) exit n°8 : Eurexpo Visitor

Rue Marius Berliet

69686 Chassieu – France

Latitude : 45.736366 / Longitude : 4.955674


To Chambery/Grenoble : South Visitors Door

A46 (East Ring road) exit n°10 : Eurexpo Visitors

Boulevard des Expositions

69686 Chassieu cedex France


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Can you rent a trailer with telematics?

Can you rent a trailer with telematics?

Trailers are changing rapidly; from simple lorries behind a truck into digital datacenters on wheels. Using telematics can give important real-time information to both the driver and the fleet manager about the progress of the journey. And, in case of an incident the telematics system can send alerts by e-mail or SMS text.

Telematics for trailers work with data sensors on the trailer which are connected to a modem. Using GPS and a mobile network, lots of data information from the trailer can be tracked and used to improve business performance and road safety.


Following your trailer across Europe and the Maghreb is just the basic feature of trailer telematics. You can add ‘geo-fences’ to the route from A to B; digital guidelines that are activated as soon as the trailer goes off-route. With the ongoing cargo-theft in Europe (Securing Industry), ‘geo-fencing’ helps you to stay alert when your trailer goes in a different direction than planned. In the situation of cargo theft, you can pinpoint the exact trailer location to local authorities.

To improve trailer and cargo security, you can have sensors installed on door locks that will send an alert as soon as they are opened at unscheduled moments. TIP Trailer Services’ experts can explain you about the advantages of telematics on your trailer.


Another feature in telematics is TPMS; a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System that continually measures if the tyres are under or above the recommended pressure. If there is a slow-leaking tyre, the driver and the fleet manager will be informed immediately when the pressure reaches an operator-defined alert level. A trailer with under inflated tyres is less easy to steer and will react slower if the driver must make an emergency stop. It is also affecting negatively fuel efficiency, an essential KPI for road freight operators.

Having telematics installed on your trailers is becoming the new standard; customers would like to know what the exact ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) of their cargo is. In the case of refrigerated transport as for food and medicines, clients might also ask for a detailed temperature report during transport, to reassure their customers that temperature was monitored and complies with their standards. With telematics, you can share detailed reports with your customers, in different media types, like PDF or Excel.

Web based telematics platform

When you need extra trailer capacity and you want to rent a trailer with telematics on board, TIP Trailer services can demonstrate you all options. Besides the equipment on the trailer, you will need access to a web-based platform to be able to see and track your trailer and its data in real-time. This will require training for your fleet managers, so they can read the data , understand the information and act accordingly. It is also possible to integrate trailer data into existing fleet management systems.

To set up a trailer with telematics, is part of our tailormade solutions. With a long-term trailer rental contract, often named as leasing contract, we can empower any trailer with telematics and install the best modular options to make your transport business more safe, more trustworthy and more effective.

Contact TIP to set up an appointment about trailers and telematics. We are happy to show you some examples and a demo.

Transport is becoming iTransport with more big data rolling in

Transport is becoming iTransport with more big data rolling in.

There can be no misunderstanding; the transportation and logistics industry is a disruptive industry. Things have never changed so fast as they have over the last five years in an industry that has always been marked as ‘conservative’. The explosive rise of Internet consumer sales has forced transport companies to change their internal processes, warehouse structures and times of delivery. The consumer dictates, using mobile phones to visit e-shops. Next day delivery from the UK to Germany? Yes, we can. And so, thanks to the Internet, the economic forecast for transport companies looks bright with extra demands for transportation. As a company, you can join the race, but only if you have the right equipment and the technical set-up.


Digital marketplace

The more unexpected demands you receive, the more trailers and drivers you need. The transport optimisation report by ECR Europe claimed earlier that 35 up to 50% of vehicle capacity is is substantially under-utilised. This business inefficiency can be improved if you use another Internet development; Freight Exchange platforms. On these digital marketplaces for transport, you can sign up and bid a price for cargo that fits the size and the route of your trailer. An empty trailer doesn’t make money for your company, but using data to connect the location of your trailer with the location of cargo does. At the end of a modern day, it’s all about flexibility and your ability to respond quickly. This is why IT (Information Technology) and Big Data is becoming essential to stay in the race; slowly changing your company from Transport to iTransport.



To make your part of the supply chain most efficient, you will need more data information. Data about your trailers, your drivers, your cargo and your partners. In 2016, a 3PL survey conducted by Cap Gemini, Penn State University and Penske Logistics found that “the effective use of big data will become a core competency of supply chain organisations.” With the use of data, transport companies can improve their tactical and operational decisions. (source FleetOwner) This is called DDDM: Data Driven Decision Making. If you know how to use data from various sources, you can create a competitive advantage, combining technology with your expertise to gather and analyse information. Make the right capacity match in real-time between available cargo and your trailers, and you can have more full trailers driving home, improving your profitability.


Fleet management, data and telematics

To become more competitive, you must gather all sorts of data. At first, you’ll need telematics on your trailers. According to a recent Frost & Sullivan 2017 report, the CV telematics market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 14,2 %. Countries as UK, France, Germany and the Benelux have telematics installed, covering almost 70% of the market. Southeast Europe with countries a Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and Croatia are new upcoming areas that will embrace telematics in the very near future. With telematics you can receive data about the performance of drivers and vehicles, track your trailer, traffic information and navigation and decrease paperwork by sending a digital proof of delivery.

To connect your trailer fleet data with available shipments that are waiting for your bid on a Freight Exchange platform, you will need a fleet management system. These data terminals are becoming increasingly important for transport and logistics companies, even for smaller transport companies. But how do you choose the right system? Contact TIP to discuss the future of your transport company and how to make the right choices, based upon user experience.


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Five smart ways to recruit extra workers in transport

Five smart ways to recruit extra workers in transport

Most statistics are confident about economic growth in transport and logistics. Of course, some margins stay small, but both profit and future look bright. According to CSI, the total Transport & Logistics Industry Gross Profit grew by 6.05 % in Q2 2017 while Revenue increased by 4.88 %. (source CSI Market)

However, with the growing flexible demand for extra transports, a new problem arises: how do you manage your growth? And do you have enough qualified people available?

Renting more assets is relatively easy; you could consider making use of the rental trailer fleet of TIP which is available in sixteen European countries. Still, having more trailers on the road will require additional chauffeurs to drive each trailer and its cargo to their destination.

If flexibility in transportation is becoming a constant factor, the next step would be finding extra workers for your company. When you’re ready to hire new people; you’ll first have to find them. Here are five smart ways to start recruiting.


Networking with a bonus

‘A friend of a friend is a friend’, that also counts for your well-performing staff. Your truck drivers, fleet manager or warehouse employees, they all know the drill, the atmosphere and what’s needed for the job. Ask your employees to find someone and reward them with a nice bonus like a dinner out for two. Or two tickets for a great match to watch.


Keep your website fresh and attractive

If the above networking step starts to work, the first thing people will do is visit your website. As we all know; you can only make ONE good first impression, so make sure your site does. Have the available job positions on your website and place a few testimonials of employees at different departments. Let them tell ‘Why did they choose to work for your company?’


Advertise with your assets

Local search is alway best. To hunt for that extra man or woman in your team, you could use the power of your wheels on the road. Place your Job ad on the side and the back of your own trailers with a direct telephone number in BIG numbers. Don’t forget to take pictures of this and send these to everybody in your organisation with the request to share with friends on social networks (see step 1)


Use Facebook

The biggest social network with two billion users is Facebook. For local searches, Facebook Ads are a cheap and effective way to promote your job offer. For 5 euro per day, you could reach an average of 5-8.000 people that match with the local demographics the job requires. If you don’t have a local Facebook Page, this might be a good excuse to open one.


Recruit on specialised websites

If you are situated in a remote area, a local newspaper ad can help to reach the locals. But today, online recruiting is most effective. Here are some interesting platforms that can help you find the right person.



Dutch recruitment agency, specialised in finding professional truck drivers, warehouse and production workers. Although the website’s focus is on The Netherlands, Dutch are often open to relocating.



Offers truck driver job openings in UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands. Free job posting web site for recruiters/ employers/ companies in EU countries.



Offers driver jobs inside Germany on different logistic Hub Locations. Work with transport companies from Ireland, UK, Holland, Belgium, Danmark, Germany, France, Austria, Italy who use Germany for freight transit or tipping destinations.


Fish4 Job

Paid job platform to advertise your job in the transport sector. European coverage, but mostly English.



Paid platform with focus on UK and Ireland, with more than 5.000 jobs available for HGV Class2, LGV2, FLT, 18 Tonne HGV, VNA truck drivers.



Paid platform with jobs around the world including European driver jobs. Almost all European countries have a local website with local job offerings.


Any other suggestions and links are welcome; do share your experience in hiring new people for transportation and post a comment at the end of this article.

The importance of a daily trailer inspection

The importance of a daily trailer inspection

Everybody wants to keep their commercial vehicles roadworthy and safe. That’s why the driver’s “walk around check” of their truck and trailer is crucial, according to the recommendations made by several European government road safety agencies.

For example, the Irish Road Safety Authority(RSA) and the UK’s DVSA offer useful guides to keeping commercial vehicles roadworthy and safe. (sources: RSA guide and DVSA guide). Following these daily trailer inspection recommendations makes excellent commercial sense because routine safety checks will lead to fewer unexpected breakdowns.

Drivers on the frontline of “vehicle issues detection”

A driver knows his or her vehicle well, so is therefore likely to be the first to recognise any problems as they arise, or anticipate potential problems. The RSA in Ireland recommends that drivers should carry out a daily inspection of their vehicles. They need to report any faults or potential problems to the individual in their company with designated responsibility for roadworthiness and safety, which is typically the fleet manager. If there are any issues, they must be repaired and the vehicle must be declared safe before allowing the driver to set out on their journey.


The driver’s objective is to identify easily-spotted defects through a visual check. The aim is for a daily trailer inspection not for drivers to conduct in-depth investigations of the mechanics of their vehicles, as this is clearly the job of qualified technicians. Nevertheless, there is a legal obligation in most EU countries for the driver to conduct vehicle inspections. For example, the UK’s DVSA states that “failure to comply can lead to a prohibition, a fixed penalty and penalty points on your licence”.

What to look for

There are many helpful one page checklists for a daily trailer inspection which show what drivers should be looking out for such as the DVSA’s “HGV Drivers’ Walk Around Check” which are available online.

A view from the truck

In the truck itself, there are items that can be checked from the driver’s seat including the mirrors and glass, steering, brakes, the horn, visibility through the windows, excessive engine exhaust smoke, windscreen wipers and washers, warning lamps as well as lights and indicators. Stepping outside, the driver can check the exterior of the vehicle for fuel and oil leaks, the state of the battery and coupling security amongst other items.

Around the trailer

On the trailer, drivers need to inspect the electrical connections, brake lines, number plates, markers, reflectors, tyres and wheel fixings, the security of the trailer body and wings, the suspension, electrical connections and the security of the load. (source RSA)

Wash regularly

TruckingInfo’s article entitled “9 Tips for Better Trailer Maintenance” is very helpful but the majority of their tips require more than just a visual check. That said, one of the tips “Wash your trailer regularly” seems particularly relevant, because the cleaner the trailer, the easier it is to spot any problems.

From trailer inspection to maintenance and repair

Once you and your drivers have identified any issues on your trailer(s), consider partnering with an expert such as TIP Trailer Services to whom you can outsource your maintenance and repairs. TIP is a highly experienced provider of trailer maintenance and repair programmes.

TIP’s maintenance programmes offer cost savings, flexibility and access to a large team of qualified technicians, trained in all the latest technologies, operating from a network of over 70 workshops across Europe and Canada.

To discuss outsourcing your trailer maintenance, please contact TIP to discover more about the wide range of services they can provide.


The fleet manager of the future

The fleet manager of the future

What are the roles and responsibilities of today’s truck and trailer fleet manager? Judging from job advertisements, the principal responsibilities are still choosing and maintaining a range of trucks and trailers to ensure that customer deliveries are made on time and according to budget.

Fleet manager’s responsibilities include:

  • Truck and trailer selection. Fleet managers have to decide which trucks and trailers to buy and sell, given their company’s delivery forecasts and budget. For some, this means full ownership of their fleet. Others choose to lease or rent trucks and trailers to meet fluctuating customer demand. Leasing or renting vehicles enables them to increase their load capacity at peak delivery times without the overheads of ownership and the risk of unutilised trailer assets when demand is low. Yet others opt for a blended solution of fully-owned and leased or rented trucks and trailers.
  • Fleet maintenance Keeping a fleet on the road round the clock to fulfil customer deliveries requires a scheduled maintenance and repair programme. Fleet managers in larger companies may have an in-house team of technicians to maintain the fleet in peak condition, minimise off-road time and limit unexpected repairs. Those with a smaller fleet often prefer to outsource this part of their operations to expert third party maintenance and repair providers.
  • Safety and roadworthiness By law, every fleet manager needs to check that his or her vehicles are roadworthy and safe. (source: Road Safety Ireland Guide). This involves, for example, taking every vehicle through official roadworthiness tests such as the Contrôle Technique in France or the German Hauptuntersuchung test.
  • Driver management Fleet managers need excellent communication and management skills to work with their drivers. Reliable, high-performing drivers can make a significant difference to the bottom-line. A fleet manager needs to equip drivers with all the tools and training necessary to optimise their company’s performance. Specialist training could include learning the latest telematics technology. A good relationship, where information is shared between fleet managers and drivers results in more effective deliveries, better route selection and preventative maintenance through drivers’ visual vehicle inspections. Poor driving can lead to issues such as speeding fines, accidents and greater fuel consumption.
  • Performance management  Margins are tight in the transport industry. Therefore, fleet managers can play a vital role in business success by minimising costs without jeopardising safety. At a micro level, for example, choosing the right fuel or tyres reduces cost significantly. Keeping a fleet running at optimal performance requires substantial management.

Fleet manager of the future

In large transport companies, fleet managers typically used to come from mechanical backgrounds. (source: With telematics, logistics software and other technologies becoming an increasingly integral part of the logistics business, industry experts forecast that the fleet managers of the future will come from technology backgrounds and have knowledge of analytics and IT. (source: In fact, the job of fleet manager is starting to look like an air-traffic control job with lots of pc screens and data coming in. Only in road logistics, all wheels stay on the ground.

Companies with smaller fleets may continue to operate without a full-time fleet manager. They may choose an employee to take ownership of a small number of the responsibilities that were outlined above and outsource the rest to outside companies.

Benefit from TIP Trailer Services

Whether you are running a large or small fleet of trailers, TIP is the ideal company to which you can outsourceparts of your fleet manager responsibilities. This enables you to focus on those aspects of your business where you add the most value.

TIP Trailer Services provides trailer leasing, rental, maintenance and repair as well as other value added solutions to transportation and logistics customers across Europe.It is a highly experienced provider of trailer maintenance and repair programmes. It offers cost savings, flexibility and access to a large team of well-qualified technicians trained in all the latest technologies operating from a network of over 70 workshops across Europe and Canada. TIP Trailer Services also runs a pan-European roadside assistance service. TIP can assist you with ensuring that your trailer fleet conforms to all roadworthiness and safety regulations.

To discuss a future partnership, please contact TIP to find out how it can help.

Finding your way through top 10 of the most congested cities

Finding your way through top 10 of the most congested cities

One of the challenges of economic growth is that, whilst it generates new business opportunities for road transport companies, it attracts more people and vehicles to cities. These factors contribute to greater congestion in some cities your trailer fleet may navigate to and also highlight the importance of keeping your trailers in top condition.

Congestion and effective route planning

Delivering to customers in congested towns is part of being a successful road transport company. Having prior knowledge of congestion levels in such towns can help your drivers to take the most efficient route-planning decisions.

Top 10 Europe’s most congested cities

INRIX, experts in connected car services and transportation analytics, researched 628 European cities for its INRIX 2016 Traffic Scorecard and found that Moscow is the most congested city in Europe. Drivers spent 91 hours in traffic congestion at peak hours and over 25% of their total drive time (including peak and non-peak hours) in congestion. London is the second most congested city in Europe with 73 hours (12.7% of total drive time in congestion), followed by Paris with 65 hours (11.4%), and Istanbul 59 hours (18.6%). Ranked no 5 is the Russian town of Krasnodar, where drivers spent 56 peak hours in congestion and 24.3% of their total driving time in congestion.

Russian cities dominated the top 10 with 5 entries including Moscow, Krasnodar, Saint Petersburg, Sochi and Nizhny Novgorod. Zurich and Munich were the other two members of the European top 10, placed in 6th and 9th positions respectively.

The results of another congestion survey conducted in 2016, by navigation company TomTom, over a smaller sample of 380 European cities, also featured Istanbul, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, London and Paris in its top 10 most congested European cities. However, it differed in some of its findings. According to TomTom, Bucharest in Romania is the most congested city in Europe including also Marseille, Rome, Brussels and Manchester in the top 10. [source: Business Insider]

Congestion and trailer maintenance

A combination of driving slowly or idling in heavy traffic through congested areas, and cruising at sensible speeds on the motorways exerts different pressures on your trailers. You also want to avoid unexpected trailer repairs, particularly in congested urban areas. These are among the many reasons to consider having trailer maintenance and repair programme in place.

TIP trailer maintenance services

Consider outsourcing the maintenance and repair management programme to reliable, well-qualified experts such as TIP Trailer Services.

TIP provides a regular scheduled trailer maintenance programme. This will help you anticipate technical issues, keep costs under control and ensure that all trailers are fit for the road in the summer and throughout all the other seasons. This also enables you to keep your trailers and trucks in prime condition without having the overheads of employing your own in-house technicians.

The services provided by TIP’s trailer maintenance programme include servicing, repair, regulatory compliance such as MOT, compulsory tests and periodic equipment tests.

The programme also covers tyre maintenance services and access to our Europe-wide roadside assistance services solution 24/7, 365 days per year. We can manage repairs through our fixed price damage repair process. TIP can also take responsibility for much of the non-core and time-consuming elements of your fleet administration.

Benefit from the TIP maintenance experience

TIP has been providing trailer maintenance services for over 45 years. TIP has a large pool of highly-qualified technicians available to carry out the maintenance of your trailers. They have experienced every aspect of trailer maintenance and repair and are well-equipped to handle every situation. Outsourcing your trailer maintenance and repairs offers you and your drivers peace of mind as they drive across the congested cities and/or the motorways of Europe.

If you don’t want to get stuck in the traffic jam with an unexpected breakdown, contact TIP for a trailermade maintenance contract.

TIP’s innovative charge into electric vehicles

TIP’s innovative charge into electric vehicles

To ensure that its customers have access to the best trailer and trucks to meet the urban logistics challenges of the future, TIP Trailer Services continues its tradition for innovation with research into electric vehicles. This includes a trial of electric vans by TIP in France.

Urban logistics of the future

Electric vehicles will be at the heart of the solutions for urban logistics issues that industry, politicians, town-planners and analysts are forecasting. The UN believes that by 2030 there will be 41 mega cities worldwide. A mega city is a metropolitan area with a population in excess of 10m people. These mega cities include Moscow, London, Paris and the Rhine-Ruhr area in Europe. [source: UN]

In a 2015 report, analysts Frost & Sullivan predicted that by 2025, 3 out of 5 people will be living in cities or mega cities. The mega cities, in particular, will require tailor-made logistics planning. With a significant increase in consumers purchasing online, the analysts expect there to be 500 million individual deliveries per day. This will necessitate a move towards building supply chains with warehouses and delivery spokes closer to city centres to cope with increased pressure on “last mile” deliveries as shipments in cities become more frequent. Logistics companies will introduce hybrid or fully electric vehicle fleets to respond to increasing environmental concerns and will benefit from economic incentives from governments to provide sustainable freight deliveries.

Reducing CO2 emissions

The rise in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the concerns about the potentially harmful effects of nitrogen oxide in diesel fuel and carbon monoxide poisoning resulting from defective exhaust emissions are major issues for Europe. Among several initiatives that the European Commission has launched to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is the FREVUE project. FREVUE supports the introduction of electric freight vehicles to demonstrate and evaluate innovative urban logistics solutions in eight of Europe’s largest cities including Amsterdam, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milan, Oslo, Rotterdam and Stockholm. It aims to achieve “essentially CO2 free city logistics in major urban centres by 2030” and argues that achieving this throughelectric vehicles (EVs) will simultaneously eliminate other harmful pollutants in city centres.

France: European electric vehicle pioneer

In 2016, France recorded the highest number of sales of 100% electric vehicles in Europe with 27,307 vehicles sold. [Source: Avere-France] France is also by far the largest market for electric vans in the EU and makes up nearly half the EU total. The success of electric van sales owes much to a French government-sponsored purchase incentive scheme, which French companies have embraced. [Source:]

TIP and eLCVs

With France pioneering the adoption of eLCVs, it was natural for TIP Trailer Services in France to conduct research into eLCVs. TIP discovered that electric vehicles are relatively simple mechanically with their motors consisting of less than 10 moving parts compared to a few thousand for combustion vehicles.

TIP evaluated the BD Auto, the only eLCV panel van currently available on the market. BD Auto is manufacturing electric LCV’s in the 3.5t-4.5t category, using a Ducato-platform from Fiat which delivers a maximum speed of 90 km/h. It promises a range of 200km per full battery charge, with the charge taking anything from 45 minutes to 8 hours depending on the power of the charging unit. The BD Auto eLCV panel van is available in 3.5 tonne or 4.25 tonne gross vehicle weight versions with a load volume of 11 ranging from 11m3 to 17 m3 with payloads of up to 1500 kg.

First TIP customer eLCV test

In March 2017, TIP Trailer Services tested the BD Auto eLCV over two weeks in Orléans, a town 111 km southwest of Paris, with DPD France, a long established customer. DPD drove an average of 40km per day in the city centre and was delighted with the test.

TIP view on eLCVs

As Mr. Didier Felice, Vice President Mediterranean Region at TIP Trailer Services, told Supply Chain magazine in March 2017: “Many of our clients have already expressed their interest for this type of vehicle. Indeed, the more demanding anti-pollution measures, the energy transition laws, the government initiatives in favour of sustainable logistics … are all factors which will force transporters to use environmentally-friendly vehicles. Parcel and express delivery companies are already preparing themselves. This is why, as a provider of commercial transport solutions, we need to have an offer that corresponds to this evolution in the market. We believe that our electric vehicle is a real alternative for driving freely in the city centre and making last-mile deliveries without constraints.”

TIP looks forward to providing its customer fleets with eLCVs available with different financing options including leasing and rental as well as a range of maintenance and repair programmes.

Are you ready for an eLCV from TIP?

To find out more about TIP and eLCVs, please contact your local TIP Trailer Services manager using this form.

Breakdown? TIP European Roadside Assistance is here to help!

Breakdown? TIP European Roadside Assistance is here to help!

Unexpected trailer breakdown occurs more often than we would like it to. Understandably, in a highly competitive market, few commercial transport companies share their data on breakdown frequency. However, roadside assistance for an unexpected breakdown is costly and time-consuming if you have not prepared for it. TIP Trailer Services combines multiple services and companies to create a unique network that delivers Pan European Roadside Assistance service.

TIP provides this service through its own network of workshops plus those of its preferred local partners in 16 countries across Europe round the clock and 365 days per year. This network consists of over 5,000 workshops including mobile service vans.

Top 5 causes of breakdown

Martijn Stokman, European Services Operations Leader at TIP Trailer Services is responsible for its European Roadside Assistance programme. In his experience, the Top 5 reasons customers, drivers and fleet managers call TIP European Roadside Assistance are:

  • Tyres
  • Brakes
  • Air supply and suspension
  • Reefer engines
  • Tail lifts

Why prepare?

It is costly to have an unexpected breakdown. A broken-down trailer stuck on the side of a road is vulnerable to accidents. A one-off invoice for emergency towing and repairs will be expensive. A delay in delivering your customer’s freight can cause practical issues if you are, for example, transporting perishable goods and reputational issues if you fail to meet your customer’s just in time delivery expectations. It is better and more cost-effective to join a roadside assistance programme as a preventative measure.

TIP Roadside Assistance

TIP offers a pan European breakdown service for your trailers 24/7, 365 days per year. TIP provides support in 18 languages and has roadside assistance contact numbers in 16 European countries including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Back on the road asap

With TIP European Road Assistance, you enjoy access to our extensive network of partners and technicians who will get your drivers back on the road as soon as possible. Our service is provided by our network of workshops or by mobile service vans.

In the UK, and illustrative of our approach more broadly across Europe, in addition to our workshops, we run a nationwide fleet of close to 100 Renault Master vans that are equipped and ready to respond to call-outs for roadside assistance. They carry an impressive selection of internal workshop equipment, power supplies and tools as well as spare parts to cover most occuring breakdown including curtainsider and minor bodywork repairs. These vehicles are kitted out with the technology to handle complex trailer check diagnostics such as trailer brake testing and electrical fault detecting.

Pan-European mobile service for trailers

Our technicians use these vans not only for emergency repairs but also for conducting regular servicing and maintenance on customer sites. TIP sends these vans out with one or two technicians to do maintenance and small repairs at customer sites so that TIP customers don’t lose time driving to TIP workshops.

The customer will constantly be informed about developments on breakdown repairs, a process that can also be monitored online through the TIP Roadside Portal.

Sign me up to TIP European Roadside Assistance now!

In order to benefit from the TIP European Roadside Assistance programme, the only thing you need to do is sign up! There is no subscription fee required. You only pay for the repairs and the call handling management when you make use of this service.

There are several ways in which fleet managers can access the European Roadside Assistance programme:

  1. You can register solely for a European Roadside Assistance contract, which enables you to be prepared for any breakdown.
  2. If you rent a trailer or tanker from TIP, European Roadside Assistance is always included.
  3. If you lease a trailer from TIP, you can choose different maintenance contracts including a European Roadside Assistance pack and choose the style of roadside assistance that you want, tailored to your specific needs in specific countries.

Peace of mind

Enjoy peace of mind with the TIP European Roadside Assistance programme! If you want to be prepared for the unexpected, contact TIP and sign up as a new customer.

More about TIP

Flexibility through trailer rental

Trailer rental is a powerful and flexible solution that enables truck fleet owners to take advantage of fluctuating demand. Trailer rental can give you access to the best trailers and latest trailer technology without the high investment costs and overheads of ownership.

Customers choosing to rent trailers through TIP Trailer Services can take advantage of preferential rental terms within lease contracts to take on more trailers or reduce the number as demand requires.

All types of trailers

TIP hires out trailers for every task including curtainsiders/tilt, moving/walking floor, flat, reefer, tanker, chemical, tipping powder, powder waste and many other types of trailers as well as trucks.

Trailer maintenance and repair – outsource them

As part of a trailer rental contract, TIP Trailer Services takes the weight off your shoulders by providing you with maintenance and repair management services. Whilst we look after the maintenance and repair of your rental trailers, we supply you with alternatives to ensure that your business continues to operate as usual.

Should one of the trailers in your rental fleet require roadside assistance on the way to Rotterdam, Frankfurt, Madrid or any other European destinations, you can count on our Europe-wide breakdown recovery service 24/7 365 days per year.

First major proposal EU on Heavy Duty Vehicles environmental impact


The European Union (EU) plans to regulate the environmental impact of Heavy Duty Vehicles (HDV) such as trucks, buses and coaches to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and improve fuel efficiency.


This initiative forms part of the EU’s commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement (COP21). The EU aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from its 1990 levels by 2030 and continue with the objective of an 80-95% reduction by 2050¹.

Why regulate HDVs?

The EU, through the European Commission (Commission, wants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from Heavy Duty Vehicles because they currently represent over 25% of road transport CO2 emissions. Unlike the US, China, Japan and Canada, Europe does not have fuel efficiency standards for rating Heavy Duty Vehicles nor systems to monitor their CO2 emissions.

EU road freight and hence HDV CO2 emissions have risen since 1990. EU executives estimate that CO2 truck emissions will remain at a similar level until 2050.

In 2015 the UK, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Belgium and, separately, Germany urged the Commission to propose binding C02 limits at a European level.

Key initiatives

The Commission’s ‘European Strategy for Low Emission Mobility’ in July 2016 and the 2017 Commission Work Programme REFIT Scoreboard address these issues. Legislation is proposed in three areas:

  1. Certifying CO2 emissions from HDV,
  2. Monitoring HDV fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to provide emissions and fuel consumption data for truck purchasers, and
  3. Setting fuel efficiency standards

Actions taken so far²

Until now, the Commission has not wanted to establish any legally-binding measures to reduce C02 emissions by Heavy Duty Vehicles. It has preferred a period of consultation with users, HDV industry groups such as the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (“ACEA”) whose members include Volvo, Iveco and Daimler and NGOs such as the International Council on Clean Transportation.

The issues have included debates between politicians, industry and environmental campaigners on the need for a legally binding emissions limit; whether a technology solution like cleaner fuels or electric vehicles could suffice; over current levels of HDV fuel efficiency and what they could become in the future.

The Commission is helping truck manufacturers develop the new Vehicle Energy Consumption Calculation Tool (VECTO) system to measure C02 emissions and fuel consumption from Heavy Duty Vehicles based on information including overall truck mass, tyre dimensions and engine type.

First major proposal

In April 2017, Reuters reported that the Commission will propose making cars, trucks, buses and vans pay higher road toll charges according to CO2 emitted. The ACEA said “It supported differentiating road charging according to C02 emissions as long as it promoted low emissions in real conditions of use and provided fair competition between types of vehicles.” However, the initiative is in its infancy as the full proposal will be published on 31 May 2017 and will require the approval of the European Parliament and member states.

Other possible solutions

In the long term, technology developments are expected to play a major role in reducing truck emissions. The Commission has been very pro-electric vehicles as they do not emit tailpipe exhaust. All the truck manufacturers are looking at developing electric and hybrid electric trucks. The Commission is also touting ‘intelligent road transport systems’ (ITS) that communicate between vehicles and road infrastructure. ITS technology enables drivers to obtain information on finding parking spots, the most effective travel routes and pay tolls. Adopting this technology could result in less traffic congestion and less C02 emissions.

Another technological avenue the Commission is exploring which could reduce CO2 emissions is truck platooning.

Binding EU HDV CO2 limiting legislation – still some way to go

Action needs to be taken for environmental, economic and political reasons to reduce CO2 emissions by Heavy Duty Vehicles. However, it will be some time before the Commission imposes legally binding measures.

FREVUE project

The rise in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the concerns about the potentially harmful effects of nitrogen oxide in diesel fuel and carbon monoxide poisoning resulting from defective exhaust emissions are major issues for Europe. Among several initiatives that the European Commission has launched to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is the FREVUE project. FREVUE supports the introduction of electric freight vehicles to demonstrate and evaluate innovative urban logistics solutions in eight of Europe’s largest cities including Amsterdam, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milan, Oslo, Rotterdam and Stockholm. It aims to achieve “essentially CO2 free city logistics in major urban centres by 2030” and argues that achieving this throughelectric vehicles (EVs) will simultaneously eliminate other harmful pollutants in city centres.

France: European electric vehicle pioneer

In 2016, France recorded the highest number of sales of 100% electric vehicles in Europe with 27,307 vehicles sold. [Source: Avere-France] France is also by far the largest market for electric vans in the EU and makes up nearly half the EU total. With France pioneering the adoption of eLCVs, it was natural for TIP Trailer Services in France to conduct research into eLCVs.

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¹Source: “Towards low-emission EU mobility” Briefing March 2017 by the European Parliament

²Source: – “What is the EU doing about truck CO2 emissions?”   Apr 7, 2016 (updated: Nov 21, 2016)