Fire brand • Fire Trucks went into receivership as Commercial
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Motor went to press. The company produces the Marlin fire tender (see profile on page 50) and Barracuda airfield fire crash vehicles using sub-contractors including Northern Countries and Reynolds Boughton. Its design, sales, marketing and administrative headquarters are centred at Mitcheldean in Gloucestershire. Fire Trucks employs 13 staff, has an annual turnover of £2.5 million and has forward orders of £1.5 million. receiver Cork Gully says Fire Trucks continues to trade.
Top weight trial • A prototype version of Renault's new top-weight tractive unit, is currently undergoing road trials in the UK. The new Renaultdeveloped cab looks like the futuristic Virages concept — truck unveiled by Renault four years ago. Few details are known, although Commercial Motor understands it is powered by a V10 Mack engine producing 373kW.
Due for a charge • The Road Haualge Association has noted that the government wants to introduce due diligence as a defence for owners of vehicles involved in flytipping. Now it is imperative the policy is extended to overloading offences, says the RHA.
Brussels sprouts • Foden's first Belgian dealership is CDB of Brussels. The company has taken delivery of its first Foden 4000 series and will provide parts and service back-up.