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Go Plant acquires road sweeper hire specialists Smallwoods

Specialist vehicle hire company Go Plant has acquired Yorkshire-based road sweeper firm Smallwoods as part of its plans for expansion across the UK.


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Fraikin lands Suez Group contact in Central-West France

Fraikin has won a contract with the Suez Group in Central West France for the global outsourcing of the vehicle fleet used in its waste recycling and recovery business.


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Nortech introduces Transit Ultimate long-range RFID reader

Access control specialist Nortech has introduced a long-range reader which enables automatic vehicle identification at distances of up to 10m and speeds of up to 125mph.


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Mercedes-Benz Vans cyclists raise more than £20k for charity

More than 100 cyclists braved scorching sunshine to pedal 62 miles from Manchester to Blackpool in the Mercedes-Benz Vans challenge to raise more than £20,000 for charity.


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New Novadata course helps drivers understand O Licence

Transport training company Novadata has introduced a new drivers’ CPC course – Drivers’ Understanding of an Operator’s Licence.


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Major Equipment upgrades for Swift Roller Mowers

Major Equipment has announced a series of upgrades to their tractor-mounted Swift Roller Mowers.


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FleetCheck to provide FORS fleet management system – FORS FMS

FleetCheck has been chosen to provide the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) members with a fleet management software system, FORS FMS.


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eVolt to provide EV charging units for Cambridge

Cambridge has chosen eVolt UK to supply electric vehicle (EV) charging points across the city for its Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Taxi project, which aims to increase the number of EV taxis used in the historic city.


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EarthSense fits air quality sensors to Oxfordshire buses

Air quality specialist EarthSense is working with Oxfordshire County Council and connected vehicle company Tantalum to gain a better understanding of the impact of road traffic on air quality.


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Nottingham gets 12 RCVs with Terberg lifts

Twelve new refuse collection vehicles have been delivered to Nottingham City Council as part of a framework agreement between Terberg Matec UK and Nottinghamshire Vehicle Procurement Consortium.


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Jaama updates MyVehicle App

Fleet software provider Jaama has announced updates to its smartphone MyVehicle App.


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Two new RVS workshops open in Devon and London

Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS) has opened two new workshops at Devon Contract Waste (DCW) in Exeter and at the Heathrow depot of Simply Waste Solutions (SWS).


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FORS Members’ Conference 2018 will feature V5 Standard launch

Ten-years of evolving best practice will be the theme of the The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Members’ Conference 2018, coinciding with the launch of version 5 of the FORS Standard.


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Why Rhino Products has forged a relationship with Chester Zoo

Commercial vehicle accessory manufacturer Rhino Products is to partner Chester Zoo.


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Chevin offers new data analysis consultancy service

A new global consultancy service has been launched by Chevin Fleet Solutions to help business evaluate processes and fleet management practices.


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Worcester turns to Spedian graphics in seagulls campaign

The battle with nuisance seagulls in Worcester is being spearheaded by Worcester Council with the help of Spedian reusable vehicle graphics.


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CountyClean buys BORA mini unit for restricted access sites

CountyClean Group has bought a new generation BORA hydro cleaning combination mini unit from French company Rivard.


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Ariens restructures to help international business

Lawn mower and snow blower manufacturer Ariens has restructured its business with the aim of putting more focus on its international market.


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Birmingham leads way in ULEV take up

Birmingham had the highest number of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) licenced at the end of Q4 2017 – a total of 12,247 ULEVs.


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Rossetts Commercials has new leader for Mercedes-Benz Vans

Richard Wheeler has joined Rossetts Commercials, the Mercedes-Benz Vans Dealer for Surrey, Sussex and parts of Hampshire, as Dealer Principal.


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r2c improves Earned Recognition software

Fleet and workshop software provider r2c Online has updated its Earned Recognition software to make it easier for fleets to meet DVSA requirements.


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Sentinel Systems acquired by John Little

Commercial vehicle safety specialist Sentinel Systems has been acquired by a private investor, John Little.


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National Refuse Championships raises £20k for The Alzheimer’s Society

The donkeys moved over at Weston-super-Mare’s beachfront last weekend as bin men and women from all across the UK competed in the National Refuse Championships (NRC) and raised more than £20k for The Alzheimer’s Society.


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Surrey Hire appoints Kubota sole excavator supplier

Independent tool and plant hire company Surrey Hire & Sales has appointed Kubota as its sole supplier of excavator machinery.


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Dennis Eagle chassis a first for St Helen’s

Six new Dennis Eagle refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) bought by St Helens Council will have Dennis Eagle chassis – a first for the local authority.


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Revolve Technologies works with Ford for hybrid ECU supply

Ford has appointed Essex-based Revolve Technologies as its sole European Quality Calibration Modifier (QCM), giving the company unique access to its engine technical information. 


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Polaris produces its millionth Ranger ATV

Polaris has celebrated rolling the one millionth Ranger ATV off the production line – two decades after the utility vehicle was introduced.


Picture of Dennis Eagle's Ben Hoadley handing the keys to the first vehicle to Eastleigh's waste services manager Andy Kendall

Drivers and crews help Eastleigh choose Dennis RCVs over rivals

Eastleigh Borough Council has ordered seven new Dennis Eagle Olympus Duos refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) for collecting food waste, residual waste and dry mixed recycling collections.


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IRTE accreditation to cover new transport technologies

The Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) is gathering its irtec expert working group to discuss the integration of new technologies into its accreditation.


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QRoutes helps Sheffield with SEN school transport plans

Sheffield City Council has used QRoutes’ cloud-based software to work out the most efficient school transport routes for its Special Educational Needs (SEN) children.


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RVS installs Sentinel Systems cameras and safety signs on 20 vehicles

Vehicle safety specialists Sentinel Systems has fitted rear, forward and side-scan cameras and an LED cyclist warning sign to more than 20 vehicles for RVS.


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Scamblers appointed Polaris dealers

East Anglian turfcare and grounds maintenance specialists Scamblers has been appointed as an authorised Polaris dealer.


Picture of Johnston Sweepers' new C202 compact sweeper cleaning an urban street

Johnston Sweepers unveils HVO-enabled C202 compact sweeper

Johnston Sweepers has launched the C202 compact sweeper which has the ability to run on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel.


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Cenex to help drive electric taxis take-up by Lancashire LAs and operators

A free event bringing together local authorities and taxi operators to encourage the uptake of low emission taxis in Lancashire and to develop a strategy across the area is being held by Lancaster City Council and Cenex.


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Repurposed trucks used to create New York’s anti-terrorist blocker fleet

Anti-terrorist tactics in New York City has led to the conversion of five old municipal trucks into mobile blocker units which can be deployed to halt vehicle attacks, such as those in Nice, Berlin and New York City itself.


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Hitachi Capital appoints SVA as a remarketing partner

Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions has appointed Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA) as its latest car and van remarketing partner.


Picture of the all-electric RCV outside the Guildhall in London

First all-electric RCV starts City of London trial

The UK’s first fully-electric refuse collection vehicle (RCV) has started a two-month trial in the City of London.


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Econ recruits 20 new staff after Beast from the East

North Yorkshire manufacturer Econ is taking on 20 new staff to cope with increased demand for its winter maintenance and road repair vehicles after last winter’s extreme weather conditions.


Picture of a resident plugging his electric vehicle in at one of the new EV charging points in the Barbican in London

New EV charging scheme for Barbican residents

Residents in London’s Barbican who use an electric vehicle (EV) now have access to 30 permanent charging points across the Grade II-listed estate.


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New York to install 100 EV fast-charging stations

One hundred fast-charging stations for electric vehicles will be installed by New York City next year, marking the first time the technology will be available for the authority’s vehicles.


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Simply Waste staff compete for selection for National Refuse Championships

Employees at independent waste management company Simply Waste Solutions (SWS), have been competing to win a place in one of the company’s two teams taking part in this year’s National Refuse Championships.


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Kubota to show new KX030-4 mini-excavator at Hillhead

Kubota UK will be showing its range of compact construction equipment at this year’s Hillhead show, including mini-excavators, wheeled loaders and tracked dumpers.


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Pivot Power plans National Grid linked EV charging network

Pivot Power has unveiled plans to build a 2GW network of grid-scale batteries and rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the UK.


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Cenex appoints Dennis Hayter as chairman

Transport and energy specialist Cenex has appointed Dennis Hayter as chairman.


Picture of a Grundon refuse collection vehicle with the new Banksman lighting system from Labcraft

Grundon fits Labcraft Banksman system to fleet for safer working

Waste management operator Grundon has fitted a new lighting system to its vehicle fleet for improved visibility during night time work.


Picture of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Tony Hanson (left) with Steven Parker (centre) of Egbert Taylor and Hartlepool’s cleansing unit team leader Garry Jones

Hartlepool chooses Bigbelly to slam the door on nuisance seagulls

Hartlepool is aiming to kill two birds with one stone by replacing open bins with 15 Bigbelly smart stations in a bid to tackle nuisance seagulls while improving bin emptying efficiency.


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eVolt installs electric vehicle charging hub in Dundee

eVolt UK has installed the latest versions of its electric vehicle rapid charging units to help Dundee City Council promote electric taxi use.


Picture of Lanes Groups' new tanker with the new Scania cab at the IFAT show

Lanes buys first low-entry hi-vis drains vehicle

The first specialist drainage tanker with the new low-entry, high-visibility lorry cab developed by Scania has been brought to the UK by Lanes Group plc.


Allison Transmission appoints two new partners

Allison Transmission has appointed Driveline Technology, in Willenhall, and HL Smith Transmissions, in Wolverhampton, as network partners.


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