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A SUPPLEMENT OF CMME
I was back in the UK in January to catch the birth of my first son and first daughter (both healthy and early, I’m happy to report!) and spent many hours on the road travelling to and from hospital as my wife and they recuperated. January is a notoriously dif-ficult time to be on the road as the weather is generally wet, cold or snowy (but mostly wet) making driving at times very difficult. While I’m always disappointed by the level of driving in the Middle East, it should be worth mentioning that I saw the aftermath of several accidents involving heavy vehicles during my stay. Most of which occurred during some big rain storms that hit the country in the middle of the month. It made me realise that you can have all the experience and technology at your disposal but accidents will happen. The lack of any major news of deaths relating involving trucks made me also realise where we need to be heading in this region. This month’s edition is packed with new trucks and a special look at road-building technology that promise a future of greater safety for drivers. But while you can give all the driver training you want and, yes, you can put them in the most advanced trucks, you also need to instill awareness of other drivers on the road. When things go wrong – and they will – we must ensure that a driver is minimising the impact of his error or a truck’s fault on other road-users.
BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN
02 / BUDGET BUSTERS
A guide to the best trucks money can buy on a budget in the Middle East.
06 / A RANGE ROLLING OUT
Truck & Fleet ME is back on Yas Marina Circuit to watch Volvo’s new range roll-out.
10 / AFTER THE FOG
Your monthly guide to what’s going on in the global and local truck and ﬂeet markets.
12 / WORTHY OF THE NAME
Meet ALE, Abu Dhabi’s big and heavy transportation specialists.
18 / SMART ROADS
What can we expect from the next generation of intelligent road networks?
ATVS SPECIAL LOOK
22 / SERIOUS TOYS
The little vehicles with a big future in providing security and emergency support.
24 / FORMULA TONNE
TATA looks to its own Formula One race to develop new technology.