The transport sector is fully regulated and requires special documentation depending on the type of goods being transported, the type of vehicle or whether the destination is national or international.

At Andamur we understand the huge responsibility that drivers take on when transporting heavy or dangerous goods. For this reason, we want to help all members of the sector to become familiar with the necessary documentation that truck drivers must always carry with them.

Regarding the truck’s documentation, these vehicles must comply with a special regime and demonstrate that they are in optimal conditions to be on the road. These are the licenses required:

  • Vehicle registration. It must always be in the truck and, of course, must be valid.
  • Roadworthiness certificate. This is the document that identifies a vehicle and its owner. It certifies that the vehicle complies with the necessary technical standards to drive on the road.
  • Vehicle insurance. Since you can never drive without insurance, you must be able to prove at all times that you are up to date with your payments.
  • Transport authorisation. Allows carriers to operate on behalf of others.
  • Vehicle inspection document: like all vehicles, trucks must also prove they have passed inspection.
  • Maintenance record where all the maintenance operations done on the truck are logged.
  • Tachograph inspection certificate.
  • Thermograph inspection certificate (ATP in the case of transporting perishable goods at regulated temperatures).

The truck driver’s documentation is just as important. The driver of the vehicle must be able to identify him or herself and demonstrate that they have the capacity to transport their goods. To do so, they must carry:

  • Valid driving license. The driver must be in possession of the appropriate license according to the type of vehicle they drive, taking into account its dimensions and weight.
  • ID card or passport. The driver must carry with them their identifying documentation.
  • Certificate of Professional Aptitude. Compulsory training that must be obtained by all truck or bus drivers who have obtained their heavy vehicle driving license, such as class C or D.
  • Log book. This is the record that collects the data about the vehicle’s journey (kilometres travelled, speed, time, breaks, rest periods, etc.) for the current day and the previous 28 days.
  • Training certificate/special authorisation. If dangerous goods are being transported, proof must be presented confirming that the driver has the necessary training to transport this type of goods.

Depending on the goods being transported, different types of documentation are required:

  • Waybill. This is the credential that informs of the goods being transported and the quantity of said goods.
  • Instructions for the driver: This is an instruction manual that indicates how to act with respect to the transported load.

Complying with regulations is essential in order to not commit any violations and avoid sanctions, as well as the partial or total confiscation of the goods. Therefore, it is best for professional drivers to check that they have all the necessary documentation before each trip.

Technology, as in all areas of society, has become a fundamental aspect of modern trucks. It makes day-to-day life easier, and provides us countless benefits and comforts. The same is true of the transport sector, and the trucks that it entails. We will now analyse how these vehicles, and everything related to them (safety, design, performance, etc.), have been adapted to the various technological advances that have been developed to date.

Whilst there are few notable changes in the exterior of the vehicles, which continue to be designed in their original style, we will focus on the new elements of the interior of the trucks related to the use of technology.

Technological advances in safety

At Andamur we are committed to safety, and we must always be aware that behind these vehicles and their cargo, are people. It is therefore essential that the drivers can carry out their work in the optimum conditions. The advances that technology has brought about are remarkable:

  • Evolution of braking systems. Due to the enormous inertia generated by a truck due to its volume and weight, its braking system must be of the highest possible quality. This is currently the safety element with the greatest R&D+i investment .
  • Traction control. In construction trucks, for example, front-wheel drive can be automatically activated when the rear wheels lose traction on loose or soft ground. This results in greater ease of driving.
  • Steering assist. Steering of a truck is impossible without power steering. It requires a system that increases the manoeuvring force exerted by the driver. Today, completely electric steering systems and electro-hydraulic combined systems exist. However, the classic hydraulic steering system is still the most widely used.
  • Incorporation of automated changes with almost perfect electronic management adjustments ensures that the truck knows at all times the gear ratio that it should engage for optimal functioning. This is monitored using sensors that track the load situation in the truck or the orography of the road. This advance also reduces fuel consumption and increases driving comfort.
  • GPS-led cruise control. The widespread incorporation of this system to vehicles has revolutionised the transport sector. The truck reads the orography of the road in advance to adapt its speed at all times, ensuring that fuel is not wasted under any circumstances.
  • Thanks to the engine covers and the carpeting of cabins, the trucks of today are near silent. This has divided opinions among drivers, as some miss the traditional engine sound of their vehicles.

The latest

According to specialised magazine ‘Solo Camión’, the latest technological advances that have been incorporated into trucks can be divided into two categories ‘related to driving assistance’ and ‘infotainment’.

The key improvement that has been achieved in terms of driving assistance is with regards to lighting, specifically LED and xenon headlights, leaving behind the old halogen style lamps. Other developments include the use of radars for involuntary lane changes or approaching vehicles that are increasingly becoming standard on trucks – a real asset for driver safety.

In terms of infotainment, all manufacturers have updated the new versions of their trucks with increasingly modern interiors over recent years, incorporating elements such as digital interior screens or digital rear-view mirrors with exterior cameras.

In summary, there is a situation of constant technological evolution in all aspects related to safety, and although the changes may not be immediately noticeable, especially on the outside of vehicles, professional drivers do indeed perceive all these improvements and comforts in their daily life.

When embarking on a route, many factors must be taken into account to ensure a problem-free trip in the greatest possible safety.

One of the most common causes of accidents in cargo transport is the load coming loose due to improper securing. This can also lead to damage to the material being transported, or to the environment.

Tips for properly securing cargo

Andamur want to help avoid this type of incident to ensure that hauliers’ journeys are as safe as possible.

That’s why we propose a series of tips and recommendations from the Carrier Academy (AT) for safe cargo transportation.

  • Secure all loads. It may seem to be common sense, but this is not always true. Any object that we move must be properly secured. Whilst there may be no risk of slipping, it is recommended to use a top lashing for every 4 tons of cargo, to ensure that the load does not swing.
  • Fastenings and climate conditions. The methods used to secure loads must be appropriate for the different weather conditions that may occur on the journey: cold, heat, rain, snow, wind…
  • Types of fastening. There are different techniques and methods to secure goods: locking, direct lashing, top lashing, spring lashing… The system will be chosen based on the load being transported and the different forces to which they are subjected during the journey.
  • Group loads. In some cases, it is advisable to bundle certain loads and attach the bundle as a batch, rather than individually.
  • Spread the load when necessary. It is important that the load is distributed in accordance with the maximum authorised axle loads.
  • Take extreme precautions. It is important to consider safety aspects while driving: that the load does not interfere with driving, that it does not pose a risk to anyone or anything, that it does not compromise the stability of the vehicle… In addition, the loads cannot hide the devices lighting, mandatory signs, or manual warnings for drivers.
  • Label cargo. It is essential that the load is correctly marked.
  • Respect the weight and dimensions of the load. When the load is placed in the vehicle, it must not exceed the maximum authorised dimensions (not exceeding the length, width, and height of the vehicle) or the maximum weights.

Andamur are committed to the safety of all hauliers because #WeCareForWhatMatters. Following these recommendations will minimise the possibility of accidents due to problems with the load. To the road – take care!

 

  • Andamur and Endesa X Way have once again chosen a strategic location in Spain for this installation: the Andalucian highway (A-IV), one of the six radial highways in Spain, part of the European Route E-5, and the main route between the centre and the south of the country. The new EV charging station is located in our Andamur Guarromán Service Area, at km. 288, between Bailén and Guarromán (Jaén).
  • In the charging area, there are 8 electrified spaces with 350 kW ultra-fast chargers, allowing the battery needed to travel 100km to be charged in an estimated time of between just 3 and 10 minutes.
  • This new charging area is the second ultra-fast charging hub that we have installed together (we inaugurated La Junquera in February) and the fourth installation in total that Endesa X Way has carried out in our Service Areas.
  • For Andamur, this partnership with Endesa X Way represents an important advance in our strategy based on offering our customers multi-energy service areas, responding to the demand for new energy solutions for sustainable mobility.
  • As part of its charging infrastructure development plan, Endesa X Way has already deployed over 3,000 charging points in Spain for all technologies.

 

Together with   Endesa X Way, Endesa’s new electric mobility business line, and Andamur,  we have today inaugurated a new area for ultra-fast charging with 1.4 TW of total power across 4 chargers of 350 kW each, the maximum power that currently exists in the electric transport sector. The Service Area chosen for this new EV charging station once again has a  strategic location in Spain: the Andalucian highway (A-IV), one of the six radial highways in Spain, part of the European Route E-5, and the main route between the centre and the south of the country. The new charging station is located specifically in the Andamur Guarromán Service Area, at km. 288 of the A-IV, between the municipalities of Bailén and Guarromán (Jaén), right at the Despeñaperros pass.

 

The opening ceremony was attended by Alberto Rubio, Mayor of Guarromán; Luis Miguel Carmona Ruiz, minister for Employment and Business of ​​Jaén Provincial Council; Miguel Ángel López, CEO of Andamur; Antonio Alcaraz, director of international expansion and business development at Andamur; Elena Bernárdez, CEO of Endesa X Way; and Manuel Muñoz, director of public electric mobility infrastructure at Endesa X.

 

In this regard, Alberto Rubio, mayor of Guarromán stated that “the implementation of this charging station in Andamur Guarromán reinforces the importance of this location on the Spanish logistics map”. Likewise, “Puerta de Andalucía and specifically Guarromán are the main crossing points of the main routes at a national level. Our equidistance between Madrid and the south of Spain makes this an interesting location for transport and service companies and this inauguration, together with the previous ones in which Andamur has been a pioneer, confirm this”.

 

Luis Miguel Carmona, minister for Employment and Business at Jaén Provincial Council commented that “we are at the headquarters of Andamur, a company that provides an important fuel service, and today we are here to implement new electric charging at a super-fast level. This is about ensuring that any user with an electric vehicle can refuel almost as quickly as a regular fuelled car, as we know it today”.

 

He also explained that “Andamur, and also Endesa X Way, are firmly committed to this cause, and with significant co-financing from the European Union they can carry out projects to implement this important innovation here in the province of Jaén . This is just the second to be implemented in the whole of Spain, and these two companies know that this is a strategic location, so it is a service that can be offered with a guarantee. So on behalf of Jaén Provincial Council, we congratulate and applaud these two companies. We are clear that when synergies are created between public and private institutions, something positive is always generated; opportunities, wealth, a new service implemented in our province and, of course, employment.” .

 

Elena Bernárdez, General Manager of Endesa X Way, Endesa’s new exclusive electric mobility division, commented that “we continue to work to make electric mobility easier for all users, implementing charging infrastructure so that customers can charge where they want, not just where they can. And of course they want to charge in cities, wherever they go on a daily basis; car parks, shopping centres, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, but also when travelling on the road. So we are championing ultra-fast charging that allows users to be confident to make long-distance journeys. This new installation in Guarromán is another example of how we adapt our activity to the needs of each location and we are delighted with our partnership with Andamur in this regard”.

 

Miguel Ángel López, CEO of Andamur stated that, “with the installation of this 350kW Endesa X Way ultra-fast charging hub, we have met a new milestone which reinforces our vision. Located in Guarromán, a strategic road transport area in Andalusia, it complements the facilities that we already have in our Service Areas in La Junquera, San Román and Pamplona. Our company’s commitment to innovation and the environment is one of the pillars that our strategy has been based on in recent years. In addition, we contribute to making the electric vehicle customer experience in our Service Areas increasingly similar to that of a conventional vehicle. At Andamur, we are specialised in haulage and heavy vehicles, and our agreement with Endesa X Way is based on promoting our commitment to sustainable mobility in our Service Areas, also offering the best facilities to electric vehicle users.

 

This new charging hub will allow up to 8 vehicles to be charged simultaneously thanks to its 4 ultra-fast technology stations (350 kW). Each station has two connectors (two hoses) that meet the CCS Combo European charging standard. The power of these facilities allows the battery needed to travel 100km to be recharged in an estimated time of between just 3 and 10 minutes, depending on the charging power of the electric vehicle and the percentage of battery remaining at the time of recharging. Any electric vehicle that uses this type of charger will be able to use the new facilities, however the characteristics of the particular car will determine the power and the charging speed, at which they can be used.

 

The facility installed in Andamur Guarromán is the second ultra-fast charging hub that we have installed together (we inaugurated Andamur La Junquera in February) and the fourth installation in total that Endesa X Way has carried out in our Service Areas, of a total of five initially planned. Two more are planned based on the agreement that both companies signed in 2019. Along with Guarromán and La Junquera, the other Andamur Service Areas where we have charging infrastructure are Andamur San Román (Álava) and Andamur Pamplona in Transport City (Navarra).

 

How to use the chargers?

 

The reservation, use, and payment of the service can be managed quickly and easily through the Endesa X Juicepass app. Users simply have to download the app on their mobile in order to manage the charging of their electric vehicle directly from their phone (payment, bookings up to 15 minutes in advance, etc.), also accessing rates adapted to all users, with monthly charging tariffs and pay-per-use tags, to pay only for what they use

 

The app is available on iOs and Android and the user can register directly from their Facebook or Google account, or with an email address. In addition, by registering, users can enjoy preferential  rates for top-ups thanks to the existing top-up rates; and can create their own account with preferences and payment methods, which will assist future top-ups. The registration process to use the app is optional, and users can also choose to use it without registration, paying directly with their card through the app.

 

Charging throughout Spain

 

The Endesa X Way charging network has almost 3,000 public access charging points located in cities, rural areas, and motorways. All main motorways are now covered, with over 400 charging points already in operation, thanks to agreements such as the one signed with Andamur. The goal of Endesa X Way is to continue installing chargers at all powers, a plan that considers all customer usage habits and charging powers. In addition to ultra-fast and fast charging, Endesa X Way is investing in installations in hospitals, hotels, car parks, cinemas, restaurants, and shopping centres, where average length of stay is over two hours. The development of electric mobility is one of the fundamental pillars in Endesa’s strategic plan, presented to the market at the end of last year.

 

Andamur and sustainable mobility

 

Our commitment to the environment and sustainable mobility is clear. We work to offer our customers the energy that they need, both now and in the future. Traditional fuel, NGV, and Electricity are options that our customers can now in some of our multi-energy Service Areas. We are the first company in the sector to obtain the Carbon Footprint Verification. We are committed to Green Hydrogen in our search for new forms of alternative energy, being founding members of AHMUR, the Sectorial Association of Green Hydrogen for the Region of Murcia.

 

On international routes through Europe, many aspects must be taken into account so that your fleet can travel safely. Transport companies carry out important organisation and management work to organise the routes of their workers. In addition, they must take many other aspects into account such as the service stations in the place they are travelling to, VAT recovery, tolls, fuel cards…

One of our commitments is to accompany the carrier on their routes through Europe. For this reason, years ago we embarked on an internationalisation process that is still currently underway.

When starting this process, we noticed that many of our customers were travelling to Austria as their destination, since this country is home to the sixth largest capital in the European Union. Likewise, it is a hub and an obligatory point of passage on routes that connect with eastern countries, which is why we began our work to associate our network of service areas with the best located Austrian stations.

Service Station Network in Austria

In Austria we have 15 partner stations operated by international companies such as IDS, Diesel24 or Tankpool24. In addition, they are distributed along the main roads in the country so that their locations naturally coincide with the routes of many carriers.

Of these 15 stations, all but one are open 24 hours a day and one of them (Sinabelkirchen Tankstelle HLD Untergroöau 180 – Untergroßau – Steiermark) has a car park.

Border stations

In addition to our station network in Austria, at Andamur we also have service areas on the Spanish border for all those carriers who are going to embark on their route to Austria.

Tolls in Austria

In Austria, all motorways and expressways have tolls. However, not all of them have toll stations with barriers where payment is made. In order for professional carriers to drive on Austrian roads with no issues, an electronic toll device is required that verifies they are up to date with payments.

Electronic toll devices are the allies of professional drivers and transport companies as they allow fleets to travel faster and more comfortably.

At Andamur we have two toll devices available in Austria for our customers’ trips: ServiBOX and Interoperable EU.

  • ServiBOX is an easy and intuitive satellite device available in Austria and 11 other European countries (Spain, Portugal, France, Belgian Tunnel, Belgium, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany). Countries can be activated or deactivated at no additional cost and it is available in 14 languages. ServiBOX simplifies international transport procedures and guarantees maximum security and control over your fleet thanks to the KMASTER fleet management and control system.
  • Interoperable EU is an easy-to-install radiofrequency device available in 7 European countries (Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Poland, Austria and the Belgian tunnel).

VAT recovery

If you are a company or a self-employed driver with consumption in European countries where you are not a registered tax payer, Andamur manages the recovery of the VAT paid for products and services related to your activity such as fuel, tolls, hotels, taxis, repairs, ferries, fairs…

The amount of the refunds will vary depending on the country and the type of consumption.

Andamur ProEurope

The Andamur ProEurope card allows you to refuel at more than 700 service stations in 9 European countries with a single card. It can be used at service stations in Austria.

The card is free and has no minimum consumption requirements or fees. In addition, it has the following advantages for freight transport companies:

  • Flexible conditions thanks to the two forms of payment (credit payment by bank transfer or by online top-up through your Private Area, Andamur Connect, in the most immediate, convenient and secure way)
  • Security limits set by default and the card is immediately blocked if required, in addition to automatically activated anti-fraud alerts in order to secure your journeys throughout Europe
  • The only anti-fraud system on the market, airCODE.  A system that secures all payments related to fuel supply as we encrypt all end-to-end transactions during refuelling.

At Andamur we are committed to the safety of our customers. That’s why we work hard every day so that fleets can complete their routes with the highest levels of safety.

 

We are aware of the importance of planning out each route and knowing as much as possible about each country before embarking on a trip. At Andamur, we work day in and day out to provide this information about Europe and offer transport companies the services they need to simplify these processes. At Andamur #EveryTripMatters.

 

Issues may arise on a haulier’s journey. The quality of modern tyres means that a blowout or a puncture is a rare event. However, they can happen, for various reasons.

Andamur tells you why blowouts and punctures occur and how to solve these situations to ensure the maximum possible safety for everyone.

Why it happens

Th tyres are the only elements of the vehicle that have direct contact with the road. For this reason, they can suffer a puncture or a blowout.

Punctures are caused by a gradual loss of air and are more common. Blowouts are rare and more dangerous, caused by a sudden loss of air. The causes for both incidents are very similar:

  • Impact with an object, such as glass, a curb, a stone, a nail, a screw, etc.
  • Poor tyre maintenance
  • Excess load
  • Pressure or inflation below recommended levels
  • Tyres with hardened rubber due to age
  • Poor road condition
  • Excessive tyre wear
  • Extreme heat

Tips and how to act

If you ever suffer a blowout on the road, it is important to follow these tips to ensure that the incident does not escalate.

  • Keep calm. Although it can be a nerve-wracking situation, it is important to stay calm so as not to worsen the situation.
  • Control the direction of the vehicle by holding the steering wheel tightly, to avoid drifting.
  • Park and signal the vehicle.

Having followed these general recommendations, the specialist magazine Truck offers the following tips when it comes to parking, signalling, and repair, following a blowout or puncture.

  • Parking and signalling
  • It is important to try to park the truck in a safe place. If this is not possible, stop as soon as is possible without creating a dangerous situation.
  • As with any other road accident, turn on the hazard lights and place the warning triangle to signal the vehicle. It is essential to wear a high-visibility vest before getting out of the truck.
  • Call for help. It is important to call 112, breakdown services, and emergency services to come to the scene and restrict the area for greater safety.
  • Notify the garage or breakdown service that will carry out the repairs.
  • Repair

If you decide to change the tyre, you must follow these steps:

  • Immobilise the vehicle
  • Apply the chocks
  • Check that the parking brake is activated
  • Raise the vehicle. Important! Do not lift using drive shaft or suspension components.
  • You can put a sheet or wood between the jack and the road and place a stand under the support point to distribute the weight
  • Check the temperature of the rim and tyre. If it is too hot, allow them time to cool down
  • Deflate the wheel completely and remove the tyre once the rim has cooled
  • Check the condition of the spare tyre before putting it on
  • If it is in a good condition, put the spare tyre on
  • Raise the jack, remove the stand, lower the jack and suspension, then remove the chocks
  • Finish tightening the nuts

Once you have finished, remove the remains of material that have remained in the repair area, as long as it is not dangerous to do so.

 

Andamur know the problems that can occur on the road, and we care about the well-being of hauliers. Following these tips on how to act in the event of a blowout or puncture will be beneficial for you and for other drivers. #WeCareForWhatMatters

Refuelling and contributing to the improvement of the environment is possible! At Andamur we are committed to this idea, so we are celebrating Environment Day with the “A tree for a tank” campaign. For each vehicle refuelled in our Station Network on Sunday 5th June, we will plant a new tree in the Andamur Forest. This action is part of our CSR Plan #CareForWhatMatters, one of the focuses of which is to ensure the protection of the environment. Protecting the environment is everyone’s business; and the benefits of the Andamur Forest demonstrate that every step we take counts.

 

At Andamur we want to continue doing our bit to ensure the best future for our planet and making our contribution to achieving the sustainable development goals, in particular SDG 13 ‘Climate Action’ and 15 ‘Life on Land’. The trees will be planted at the end of this year and into the beginning of 2023, coinciding with the regular annual planting that the Andamur team has now been carrying out for several years. We will also be adding new locations.

 

We want to improve the relationship with our stakeholders wherever we operate, so we will be extending the Andamur Forest to all the provinces where our service areas are located: Gerona, Jaén, and Navarra.

 

In these new plantation areas, the Andamur team from the closest Service Areas such as Andamur La Junquera and Andamur La Junquera-Llers (Gerona), Andamur Guarromán (Jaén), Andamur Pamplona (Navarra,) and Andamur San Román (Álava) will play an important role in helping with the plantation, as has been the case with our colleagues from Andamur El Limite (Almería), and Andamur Lorca (Murcia), together with the colleagues from our headquarters in the Lorca district of Zarzadilla de Totana.

 

This primeval Andamur Forest has been developed over the last 5 years by the Bosqueo2 Association on the Alagüeces estate, located in the Lorca district of Zarzadilla de Totana in Murcia. Over this time, the Andamur team have planted a total of 1,250 trees of native species, playing an exemplary role by sponsoring the trees to discover the enormous value that they provide to the environment we inhabit. Specifically, this forest:

 

  • Will absorb 50 tons of CO2 per year in the medium term to offset emissions and to improve our carbon footprint.
  • Will combat the desertification of the area thanks to the planting of tree and shrub species that will protect and generate soil.
  • Benefits the biodiversity of the environment due to the variety of species planted.
  • Increases the presence of fauna, through the planting of valuable species such as wild olive, buckthorn, blackthorn, and lentisk.
  • Promotes greater availability of food for wildlife.
  • Generates seeds that can spread naturally and expand their presence in the immediate environment.
  • Provides more resistance and regeneration capacity in future episodes of drought, pests, or fires.

 

The Andamur forest is prepared to face the climate change that threatens us, and the reforestation has been carried out with stringent rigor and monitoring. Anti-wildlife protection and emergency irrigation has been installed, and the species have been carefully chosen, in order to introduce the greatest number of trees in a complex semi-arid environment where drought is common.

 

Contributing to the care, balance, and respect for the environment makes us the best version of ourselves, so at Andamur we have also decided to involve our clients in the project, helping them to contribute to the reduction and compensation of CO2.

 

To continue to promote environmental good practice, we remind you of our “Environmental best practice manual”, where we help you to save on water, electricity, and fuel… actions that benefit both the planet and your pocket. Together we will improve the environment!

 

 

The months of April and May have been very productive in terms of events.

We kicked things off in April by attending and participating in the Sustainable Mobility Assembly. For Andamur, sustainable mobility is now a reality thanks to our commitment to multi-energy. Our colleague, Antonio Alcaraz, Head of International Expansion and Business Development, attended the round table “Bringing the mobility of the future closer to the present” from which we have drawn an important conclusion: “The coordinated action of all the stakeholders in the sustainable mobility chain is key for a real and effective transition”.

Next up was the Business Meeting ‘Andamur: outstanding company in the Region of Murcia’ , held on 4th May in our headquarters, attended by several guests from companies and institutions in the industry. An event in which we teamed up with Élite Murcia and Murcia Diario. The purpose of this session was to give an overview of how our business works, to explain our strategic vision and our management system first hand. During the day, which was accompanied by a lovely breakfast and a guided tour of the facilities, we got the chance to take part in two round tables where we could exchange opinions and thoughts on the industry as well as the company’s success factors.

On  the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th May, we headed to Alicante to present at the 18th National Congress of Transport Entrepreneurs, which took place in the Auditorium of the Provincial Council of Alicante ADDA. An event that brought together the primary companies in the transport and logistics industry in Spain to analyse the most important challenges facing the industry’s companies and self-employed workers.

Also on 4th May, we were present at the awards ceremony of the II Edition of the EMS International Mobility Awards, held in Madrid.

On 19th May, we attended the General Assembly of Froet, framed in a key date for the Federation, its 40th anniversary. Afterwards, we enjoyed an awards Gala for the Murcian transport industry.

That same day, we attended the 10th Anniversary of Cadena de Suministro. An event that looked back over the last 10 years of the industry and held the First Edition of the 10 Awards for Excellence in Logistics and Transport.

Today, 26th May, kicks off our participation at the XLV General Assembly of ASTIC held in beautiful Santander. As well as the Assembly, this edition will have a full programme of events at the emblematic Palacio de La Magdalena.

What’s more, today we have also participated in the Transport and Logistics Forum of the Region of Murcia, organized by Élite Murcia. A debate on the industry and the strategies in place to continue its journey towards consolidation as a key piece in the logistic transport along the Mediterranean route that flows through the Spanish Levante.

Keeping abreast of new trends and strategies in the industry, as well as accompanying our clients in their concerns and challenges, is key to improving and growing as a company.

When buying a lorry, it’s important to take into account a few different things: whether it’ll be a new or second-hand lorry, what is going to be transported, what it must have before deciding which one to go for…

At Andamur, we help you to take this significant step in your career so that you can choose the option that best suits your needs.

New or second hand lorry?

When it comes to buying a lorry, as with any vehicle, there are several options; new lorries and second hand lorries that could be a good opportunity and adapt to what you are looking for.

If you opt for a new lorry, go to a dealership and let the professionals guide you in choosing the right vehicle. There are plenty of options, it’s just a matter of finding the perfect lorry for you and your needs.

However, if you prefer a second-hand one, the first thing to keep in mind is that, when talking about ‘second-hand’, we have to differentiate between second-hand vehicles and used vehicles.

Used lorries are pre-owned vehicles that have had only one owner and have a mileage of less than 15,000 km. They’re usually very well maintained and in perfect condition in most cases.

Although it is common to use the term ‘second hand’ to refer to all vehicles that are not brand new; when we talk about second hand lorries we’re referring to all those that are not purchased at a dealership; the seller is a private individual and the lorry has more mileage and is older than semi-new vehicles. These vehicles have to be checked and inspected more thoroughly to detect possible faults and breakdowns.

If you have difficulty choosing the right lorry and you don’t know whether to buy a new, second-hand or used lorry, it’s important to consider the following questions posed by the Hauler Academy:

  • What type of goods will I be transporting? Transporting cargo that requires refrigeration is not the same as transporting cargo that does not. This conditions the choice of the type of lorry.
  • How heavy is the load I am going to transport? If you’re going to transport a very heavy load, you must ensure that the lorry you want to buy will support that weight.
  • What routes is the lorry going to travel? This is important to know if you need a 2-point or 4-point drive.
  • How many kilometers will the lorry travel each year? A key fact when it comes to choosing whether to buy a lorry with a diesel engine, alternative fuels or eco-fuels.

If, after asking yourself these questions you still have doubts as to the type of lorry to go for, Andamur will explain some of the advantages and disadvantages of new lorries and second-hand and used lorries.

New lorries

  • Advantages: longer life, guaranteed good performance, state-of-the-art equipment and longer warranty.
  • Disadvantages: more expensive, less cost-effective insurance and higher depreciation once on the road.

Second-hand and used lorries

  • Advantages: lower cost, cheaper insurance, reduced taxes and immediate availability.
  • Disadvantages: higher maintenance and more prone to breakdowns.

Tips for buying a second hand lorry

If you’ve already decided to go for a second-hand (or used) lorry, here are some tips to keep in mind when choosing one.

  • Take into account the age of the lorry
  • Check the mileage
  • Inspect the lorry thoroughly inside and out: look for any noticeable faults or leaks, examine the condition of the bodywork and interior, check the brakes and steering.…
  • Test the vehicle. If out on the road, all the better.
  • Get good professional advice
  • Don’t be hasty. Compare different lorries before you take the plunge and buy one.

 

Whichever option you go for, good luck! At Andamur, we’d like to accompany you and help you on each journey because, as you well know, #EveryJourneyMatters

 

 


At Andamur, we are committed to promoting healthy living and sports. That is why we take actions that are focused on caring for drivers and for our customers, such as offering quality healthy food in the restaurants of our Service Areas, making sport available to our customers by providing facilities such as the gym in the Andamur La Junquera Service Area, and offering tips for exercising in the cab of the truck.

Supporting local sport is essential to demonstrate our commitment to health. For this reason, Andamur is sponsoring 6 local sports teams close to each of our service areas this year.

  • Andamur La Junquera: U.E La Jonquera
  • Andamur Lorca: C.B. Lumbreras LUA
  • Andamur El Límite: Huércal Overa C.F
  • Andamur Guarromán: Íberos Rugby Linares
  • Andamur Pamplona: CD Ibararte
  • Andamur San Román: Agurain Kirol Elkartea S.D Salvatierra

In addition to the 6 sports teams, we also sponsor 3 sporting events held in Lorca and Llers:

  • Peña Rubia Trail Lorca
  • Media Maratón Lorca
  • Carrera BTT LLERS, Gerona

Our commitment to the community and healthy living

Through these actions, Andamur supports the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3, on Good Health and Well-being, – ‘To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’.

In addition, we are committed to society and every day we aim to build a healthier world. This action is part of our CSR Plan #WeTakeCareOfWhatMatters, where we demonstrate our social commitment.