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Rain Starts Play at Thruxton
13June, 2017

Over the weekend of 3rd and 4th June, Team Oliver Racing attended the Thruxton race circuit, the high-speed Hampshire venue that hosted the 3rd round of the British Truck Racing Championship. Stuart. Michael and the team were set and fully expecting to have an all round action weekend among the 28 truck entry. 

To find out how they performed, click HERE

ADDITIONAL SCANDLINES DEPARTURES WITH THE M/V KRONPRINS FREDERIK ON THE PUTTGARDEN-RODBY ROUTE
04May, 2017

After completion of extensive reconstruction work carried out to the vessel and the ports Rødby and especially Puttgarden, the m/v Kronprins Frederik were put into service on the Puttgarden-Rødby route.

A challenge remains the difficult manoeuvring in the narrow port of Puttgarden with particular wind regime. With additional departures exclusively for lorries the ferry is strengthening the freight capacity on weekdays with high freight volumes.

The M/V Kronprins Frederik will also be available as a replacement ferry during yard stays on both Puttgarden-Rødby as well as Rostock-Gedser, and thus improve the quality of the schedule and the freight capacity.

 

NEW Eurotunnel Freight Shuttles
02May, 2017

Eurotunnel inaugurates 3 new Truck Shuttles to meet traffic growth. Watch the video here

Mixed Results for Albatec in Euro RX Opener in Barcelona
03April, 2017

 

Albatec Racing launched its bid for Euro RX honours in Spain at the weekend with the opening round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship in Barcelona. After the four qualifying races, a place in the semi-finals was assured for 2015 champion Tommy Rustad, who then steered his HTB Racing Peugeot 208 RX Supercar to 4th place. Both Jere Kalliokoski and Philippe Maloigne narrowly missed progressing; Jere just 3 points away from qualifying on his Euro RX debut. Philippe suffered front end damage and a puncture in Q3, which severely hampered his lap times and dropped him out of contention.

Click HERE for full report and comments from the drivers. 

First of the 2017 Season for Stuart Oliver...
28March, 2017

Last weekend 25th 26th March at Brands Hatch was the date and venue for the opening round of the 2017 BTRC (British Truck Racing Championship). 

Many teams arrived in the paddock on Friday to show for the first time their new race machines following the winter break. It was with no doubt that Stuart’s new racing truck was the greatest unexpected change and surprise. As always during winter breaks several trucks change hands but it is not very often the trucks identity changes in such a way as that of the TOR (Team Oliver Racing) VOLVO. 

Race OneStuart made his trademark flying start and ultimately dominated the whole race from flag to flag comfortably taking the first race win of the season. Michael who started in the middle of the pack managed to hold his own among stiff competition and crossed the finish line in 8th place.

Race Two:The reverse-grid start came into play, very quickly both TOR trucks made headway up through the field, Michael was locked in a lap after lap battle trying to hold onto 3rd position, unfortunately in the closing stage of the race he was overhauled on the exit of Clearway’s demoting him down from a podium position to cross the finish line in a very respectable 4th place. Stuart had a hard-fought race managing to cross the finish line close behind Michael in 5th place.

Race Three: By mid-race Stuart was through into 2nd place unfortunately the leader had pulled out a significant lead that Stuart managed to greatly reduce before taking the chequered flag in 2nd place. Michael held on to a strong mid-field position until the final lap of the race when unfortunately, the engine in Michael’s truck suffered terminal engine damage that brought his race and weekend to a sudden end.

Race Four: Michael’s truck was out of action, Stuart again started the race from the back row of the grid, he made no delay in working forward up through the pack, spending the later part of the race in a six-truck nose to tail battle with all crossing the finish line within three seconds with Stuart in 4th place.

Post-race when the race result points were calculated it transpired that Stuart had come out on top and he left Brands Hatch leading the championship.

Stuart was delighted with the performance of his newly modified VOLVO race truck and said the performance and subsequent weekend results were far beyond expectation. Michael was very happy with his own performance, unfortunately a terminal engine problem brought his race weekend to an earlier than expected end.

The team now have a few weeks before the next BTRC round at Pembrey on 22nd & 23rd April to implement additional performance enhancing modifications to Stuart’s truck and to do some serious engine re-build work to Michael’s truck. 

Motis Partner with Sameday Courier Network
06March, 2017

It is with great pleasure that Motis can announce its partnership with Sameday Courier Network (SDCN).

SDCN is committed to bringing its members more and providing benefits on essential services & products. As an SDCN member not only do you have access to the UK's fastest growing transport trading platform but considerable savings can be made with its partners.

As Europe’s largest freight ferry provider, Motis offer reservations for ferries across 500+ routes. With extremely competitive rates, experienced staff and 24 hours 7 days a week access to our booking service, we are able to assist with all your freight ferry needs. Now as an SDCN member, Motis can bring you further reductions on your ferry crossings!

Already a Motis customer? then get in touch to recieve 15% discount on your first years membership on samedaycouriernetwork.com

Just fill in this APPLICATION FORM and return.

For more details please contact us.

Team Oliver Racing Delighted with Championship Results
15November, 2016

  

Stuart and all at Team Oliver Racing are delighted with the overall championship results. It was recognised early in the year Stuart’s own BTRC campaign was going to be challenging, within what was a field of very good equipment, teams and drivers. “Finishing runner up behind the team that won the 2014 and 2015 FIA European Truck Race Championship, I am more than happy with”, said Stuart.

Shane started the season with an all new race machine and has not disappointed, with several successful trips across into Europe to participate in the FIA season as well as his strong challenge in the BTRC, he has managed to secure a well-deserved BTRC 5th place overall.

Michael “the new kid on the block”, with no previous race experience, started his race career by going straight into Class A of the BTRC. With an open mind in the team at the start of the season, Michael has excelled massively beyond expectations and performed well beyond what would be expected in his first year. To the extent he managed to secure 8th place overall in the BTRC.

Team Oliver Racing would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have worked with, supported and sponsored the team throughout the season and we look forward to bigger and better things in 2017.

Albatec Racing British and European Championship Results
03October, 2016

    

James Grint rounded out 2016 with 6th place in a thrilling British Rallycross Grand Prix at Croft. The Dumfries team and Kimpton racer, aboard his Peugeot 208 RX Supercar, preceded that with 11th place in the British Rallycross Championship.

Tommy Rustad scored a sensational 1st win with Albatec Racing in the final round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship in Latvia. The Norwegian powered his HTB Racing Peugeot 208 RX Supercar to victory, despite a late spin for the outgoing champion. Frenchman Jérôme Grosset-Janin brought his similar Poujoulat-backed two-litre, 16v motor home in 4th, to retain his vice-champion crown for the Dumfries team.

Information for Hauliers Regarding Illegal Immigrants
12September, 2016

As most hauliers will know, the situation regarding Illegal immigrants attempting to smuggle themselves to the UK is getting more problematic by the day.  Therefore, please see below some guides from the UK Border Force on how hauliers can prevent this and how they can ultimately avoid fines in the event that they are caught with illegal immigrants on board.

Civil Penalty Code of Practice

Drivers Illegal Check List

10 Steps to Avoid a Civil Penalty

Civil Penalty Accreditation Scheme

Civil Penalty Accreditation Scheme Applicatoin Form

Driver Security Procedures

Changes & Improvements with Port of Dover Freight Allocation Lanes
24March, 2016

Please note changes & improvements with Freight allocation lanes at the port of Dover, Eastern Docks (for P&O & DFDS), see below.

New Dover Truck Park Facilities Proving Very Popular!
04March, 2016

Big Congratulations to the driver who won £980 on one of our Gaming Machines at our Dover Truck Park! All our new facilities are proving very popular – next time your coming through Dover why don’t you come and check them out!  smile emoticon

**URGENT INFORMATION: ROSSLARE - CHERBOURG ROUTE**
03March, 2016

As you will no doubt be aware, the level of illegal immigrants attempting to enter Southern Ireland and the UK via French Ports is increasing, a situation which is expected to increase further given recent events at the Port of Calais.

Stena Line has an ongoing commitment to its customers to constantly keep port security measures under review. In response to this, the company has been working closely with officials from the Port of Cherbourg to deploy additional security resources in a bid to tighten security.

 

Stena would like to inform all customers that with IMMEDIATE EFFECT all freight units arriving at check–in should have intact seals in place. Vehicles which arrive without door seals or with damaged door seals will inevitably be subject to additional security checks which will result in delays and the possibility of non-shipment.

 

Stena Line would be grateful if you could inform your drivers of this requirement so they can provide the best possible level of service during the current situation.

 

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter and if you have any specific queries around this requirement please do not hesitate to contact us.

***Belgian Toll Introduction***
18January, 2016

As you are no doubt aware, from 1st April 2016, the EUROVIGNETTE will no longer be valid in Belgium, from this point a new Toll will be applied for all vehicles Exceeding 3.5 tonnes and will be based on a Per KM charge.  The registration process is now Open and Motis is here to ensure that you receive the required equipment in a timely manner and you receive clear concise pricing to ensure you receive the simplest and most cost effective method of paying for the toll.

To Register for the Belgium Tolls, please click here and complete the form. Existing customers can contact our Tolls department OR your Account Manager (if you have not been contacted already) and they will help with the process based on existing fleet requirements.

If you have already registered for the Belgium Tolls then you can still benefit from our service and competitive conditions.  You can pay Motis to ensure you receive the best service levels at the most cost effective pricing.

With Motis We can ensure you Receive:-

·         Clear, Concise and Transparent invoicing

·         No hidden commissions

·         Online Facilities to give full transparency

·         Industry Leading Customer Support

·         Finally, the most competitive conditions in the market.

·         Managed Toll Box Handover at key geographic locations included in the Service to ensure minimum disruption.

If you are already a Toll user of the French / Spanish Road Tolls you have 2 options.  1 is to order and Additional Box specifically for the Belgium Road Tolls, a deposit of €135.00 Will be required per box.  The 2nd Option is to replace your existing Road Toll box (France and Spain) with a Duel Purpose box, there will be no charge for this box other than the normal monthly rental fee.  Motis will be able to manage both systems BUT of course we recommend that the 2nd is the most efficient in terms of cost and simplicity.

 

Motis will ensure that the Transition to the new Road Tax system will be as seamless and cost effective as possible, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

For more information and answers to your questions, go to our Belgian Tolls page.

BELGIUM/FRANCE BORDER CONTROLS
20November, 2015

Following the recent attacks in Paris, which killed at least 129 people, border police and Customs are now checking all vehicles crossing the Belgian border. Traffic is restricted to one lane only.

Systematic controls are being conducted on the four highways linking France to Belgium: A22 at Rekkem, A27 at Baisieux, A2 at Thivencelles and A16 at Bray-Dunes.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has announced an extraordinary meeting of the EU Council on Friday 20 November 2015 in order to discuss, among other things, the “reinforcement of controls at external borders”.

UK Border Agency - How to avoid a fine in the event a haulier is caught with an illegal immigrant on board
09July, 2015

All road hauliers (including drivers) travelling to the United Kingdom must operate an ‘’effective system’’ to prevent the carriage of clandestine entrants.

If you do not have an effective system or do not operate the system properly, then you will receive a penalty of up to £2,000 per clandestine entrant carried.

For more information on this please follow the below link.

https://www.gov.uk/secure-your-vehicle-to-help-stop-illegal-immigration

Motis Sponsored Jerome Grosset-Jarmin wins latest round of FIA European Rallycross
18May, 2015

Circuit Jules Tacheny, Mettet (Belgium) — Sunday 17 May 2015; Albatec Racing took victory in the opening round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy (Euro RX) at the Circuit Jules Tacheny, Mettet today.
 
Frenchman Jérôme Grosset-Janin starting from the front row, powered his two-litre 16v Peugeot 208 RX to a solid victory, to take the lead in the points tables. The result marks a milestone for the Dumfries team, which now leads both Euro RX and British RX, following Andy Scott’s two wins and second place in the opening three rounds.
 
Former French champion Jérôme, on his debut competition with the team, had been on the pace all weekend, and set himself up with pole position for his semi final, which he comfortably won from the lights. Earning a front row start for the six-lap Final, the former rally man didn’t have an easy run, suffering a heavy hit at the start, which caused damage to his Poujoulat-backed car. Despite that, Jerome drove a perfect and controlled race to score an emotional victory in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
 
On the back of a strong performance in his debut Supercar race at Pembrey last weekend, Briton James Grint again impressed with his performance aboard the second Albatec Peugeot 208. After a solid day yesterday, the Hertfordshire driver suffered a puncture in his opening heat this morning, and despite another gutsy drive in the second, he finished just outside the crucial top 12 qualifiers.
 
Both Jérôme and James will return to race action in the second round of Euro RX, at the Estering, Germany over the weekend of 19-21 June, while the team heads straight to Lydden Hill, Kent for next weekend’s round four of World RX, the Motorsport News World RX of Great Britain, where David Binks returns to the team alongside Team Principal Andy. 
 
Andy Scott, Albatec Racing Team Principal:
 
“Fantastic! We’ve invested a lot of time and hard work in rallycross over many years and to win our first European championship race as a team is an unbelievable feeling and goes part way to paying us back all the hard work that the team has done to reach what I hope will be the first of many wins. I’ve got to shake myself a bit for it to sink in that we’re now leading both the British and European championships, it really is a dream come true.
 
“Jérôme has been really quick all weekend, but it’s not been without issues. We’ve had some incidents, we’ve had damage to repair, but it’s testament to the way everyone has worked together to overcome those problems that we’ve been able to deliver a car for Jerome to win the Final. James too has had a great weekend, he’s kept his nose clean, he probably would have reach the semis apart from the puncture he suffered in heat two, and I think it’s a great start to what I hope will be a long career for James.”
 
Jérôme Grosset-Janin, Albatec Racing driver #74:
 
“The final was crazy. I had a really good start I felt, and then was hit very hard from behind. The car has been good all weekend, we’ve had good pace all day, and I’m very happy for the team. They gave me a lot of confidence and all the work we did over the winter months with their technical team has given me the best start to the season.
 
“Now for the team to be leading both the British and European Championships is a good indication of all the hard work they have done during the winter months and the start of the season, so I look forward to continuing that during the year.”
 
James Grint, Albatec Racing driver #27:
 
“I think we’ve got some positive things to take away from the weekend, the heats didn’t go quite to plan, but the overall times weren’t too bad. It’s all been a learning curve but I think we’re going in the right direction.
 
“It’s a great result for Albatec to be leading the British and European championships I think it’s amazing, I’m definitely in the right place, with all the right people behind me to push it forward. My set-up is developing, and I’m sure that there’s more to come, I’m really happy to be a part of it.”
 

 

Dover Truck Wash - Now Opened
08May, 2015

The Truck Wash at Motis FSA in Dover is Now Opened. The current prices are: Truck & Trailer 28.00 Truck & Drawbar 28.00 Tractor Unit Only - 17.00 Trailer Only - 22.00 Rigid - 20.00 Box Van - 15.00 Panel Van - 10.00 Passenger Coach - 22.00 Trailer Interior - 18.00 Tyre Shine - 1.50 per tyre All prices Excludes VAT