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  EDITORIAL & DESIGN
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      EXCITING TIMES
A lmost16monthsafterthefirst lockdown due to the COVID-19
pandemic was announced in March 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the
end of social distancing rules on July 19. This signalled a return to something approaching normality for the population of England – the governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland were more circumspect but will follow later – although caution is still rightly advised in enclosed areas.
Another signifier that things are returning to normal is the return of live events, and the commercial vehicle sector is looking forward eagerly to the return of the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC in Birmingham, which opens its doors to the public on August 31.
After a COVID-enforced hiatus of two years – the 2020 event was cancelled just weeks before it was set to be held – the event is back and remains the biggest such show in the UK. As ever, there is a wide range of exhibitors at the event, including a first look at Ford’s E-Transit, as well as a host of innovative manufacturers. Also new this year is a live workshop theatre, where experts will talk about topical issues affecting the sector. Read our preview of the event on p14.
One part of the commercial vehicle sector that will especially welcome a return
of people to offices and shops is bus operators and manufacturers. Use of public transport plummeted last year when the lockdowns were imposed and those that could worked from home. This had the knock-on effect of many bus operators postponing planned updates or expansions of their fleets, meaning bus registrations in 2020 were the worst on record.
But there is optimism in the sector that there will be some form of bounce-back in sales as the economy opens up again, and new models have been launched this year by major manufacturers to capitalise on this. There is also change in the sector, as, in common with other parts of the commercial vehicle sector, there is a move to zero emission drivelines such as battery electric and hydrogen. Read more on the sector on p20.
Hopefully now the whole sector can look forward with optimism again and focus on innovation, rather than the pandemic.
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