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Optare Solo electric bus a hit with Big Lemon

An Optare Solo electric bus has been given the thumbs-up after spending a month on trial with Brighton-based operator Big Lemon. 

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SMT completes acquisition of Volvo Construction Equipment dealership

Volvo Construction Equipment has completed the sale of its Volvo Construction Equipment GB dealership to long-term distribution partner SMT Holdings SA (SMT).

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Midlothian fits Sentinel camera systems to new sweepers

Two new road sweepers have been fitted with Sentinel Systems’ four-camera systems for Midlothian Council.

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Northern Ireland Waste Expo returns to Belfast

The Northern Ireland Waste Expo returns to Titanic Belfast on Thursday 9 November 2017

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Spillard to unveil new safety systems at RWM

Spillard will be unveiling its new Optronics HD range of safety systems, including the Optronics Foresight system at the RWM exhibition (stand 5S70-T75).

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First Doosan DX180LC-5 HT high track excavator goes to Scottish forestry

The world’s first Doosan Dash-5 DX180LC-5 HT 18.5 tonne High Track Crawler Excavator has been bought by JD Cox, based at Dunkeld in Perth and Kinross in Scotland.

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Multifleet awarded Go Ultra Low Company status

The Go Ultra Low Company status has been awarded to Warwickshire-based Multifleet Vehicle Management.

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Spedian graphic panels adopted by Newark & Sherwood DC

The fleet of refuse collection vehicles at Newark & Sherwood District Council will be promoting a range of council campaigns, covering actions from fly-tipping to recycling, through graphic messages on their sides.

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Slough Borough Council chooses SHB Hire fleet solution

A five-year contract for the supply of standard and specialist vehicles has been awarded by Slough Borough Council to national vehicle hire and management company SHB Hire.

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Terrain Aeration develops Terralift for compact and waterlogged ground

A new system for providing drainage for compact or waterlogged ground has been developed by Terrain Aeration.

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Essential Fleet buys r2c Online fleet management software

Specialist fleet management provider Essential Fleet Services (EFS) has adopted r2c Online’s digital platform for fleet and workshop management.

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Stansted cleans up with Scania and Schmidt

A new Scania/Schmidt combination sweeper has been added by London Stansted Airport to its airside sweeping and scrubbing fleet.

Daimler starts eCanter production

Daimler has started production of FUSO eCanter in Europe – the world’s first series all-electric light-duty truck – at the FUSO plant in Tramagal, Portugal.

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Licence plan will encourage switch to electric and gas vans

Proposed changes to driver licencing rules will make it easier for van drivers and operators to switch to electric vans.

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Cenex takes control of official UK database of electric vehicle charge points

Cenex has been appointed to maintain and develop the National Chargepoint Registry (NCR) – the official UK database of electric vehicle chargepoints – by the UK government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

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WEX Europe Services launches fast VAT recovery system

A VAT recovery system that could lead to reimbursements in just two weeks from receipt of their invoice, has been launched by WEX Europe Services, owner of the Esso Card.

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Highways England inspires the next generation of transport pros

The next generation of transport professionals has been lined up by Highways England which hosted its first school open day at its Regional Operations Centre (ROC) at Avonmouth.

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IWJS turns to Vacu-Lug for tyre management

Waste water management specialist Industrial Water Jetting Systems (IWJS) has appointed Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres to provide a comprehensive tyre management service for its UK vehicle fleet.

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Rocket Rentals orders 29 new Kubota excavators

Rocket Rentals has bought 29 new excavators from Chepstow Construction Equipment to bring its Kubota fleet to more than 70 machines.

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Chevin to support DVSA's new Earned Recognition scheme

The number of roadside vehicle checks by DVSA is to be reduced by expanding the scope of existing software developed by Chevin Fleet Solutions.

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Sentinel produces LED bike warning sign

Vehicle safety specialists Sentinel Systems have added a new warning bike sign to their Bike Hotspot system to help reduce the number of accidents involving cyclists and commercial vehicles.

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Jointline buys three Somerford road-marking vehicles

Three new road marking vehicles have been bought by Jointline from Somerford Equipment.

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Facelift Access Hire adds 10 Dingli vertical masts to fleet

Access hire specialist Facelift has bought ten new Dingli self-propelled vertical masts. They are all the battery-powered AMWP 11.5-8100 model which has been designed for internal use and is suitable for narrow areas such as warehouses.

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Essential Fleet Services acquires Go Plant

Specialist vehicle contract hire business Essential Fleet Services Limited has acquired industry peer Go Plant Limited for an undisclosed sum, to create one of the UK’s largest providers of specialist and commercial vehicles.

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Behr Hella Service gets exclusive European sales role for Sanden

Behr Hella Service has become the exclusive sales partner for Sanden in the Independent European Aftermarket.

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McCarthy Marland buys Doosan excavators and loader

Waste and recycling company McCarthy Marland has bought two new Doosan excavators and a wheel loader for the company’s materials recycling facility (MRF) in Bristol.

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RWM 2017 introduces visitor trails

Visitor discovery trails are being introduced to RWM 2017 which takes place from 12 to 14 September at the NEC Birmingham and boasts a host of new and revamped features.

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Consultants predict CV aftermarket growth and competition

The share of four to seven-year-old coomercial vehicles (CVs) on our roads is forecast to rise from 17% in 2016 to 21% in 2025, opening up opportunities for CV aftermarket products and services, according to business consultancy Frost & Sullivan.

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FORS Professional launches collision management training

FORS Professional training has launched two one-day courses for FORS accredited operators looking for collision management training

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Serco trials Reaclear reversing aid

Serco is equipping three vehicles with Reaclear, the reversing aid designed developed by Innovative Safety Systems Ltd (ISS), to put the device through its paces.

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Spelthorne gets new fleet from SFS

A new fleet of 17 refuse collection vehicles and sweepers has been delivered to Spelthorne Borough Council by Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS).

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Pay-by-weight a success for Norse Waste Solutions

Since installing bin-weighing equipment to its fleet of trade waste refuse vehicles operating across Norfolk, Norse Waste Solutions has streamlined its operations and saved money by identifying ‘heavy throw’ customers.

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Isotrak acquires VeriLocation

The telematics and fleet management provider Isotrak has acquired UK fleet management technology business VeriLocation.

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RVS awarded ISO 9001

Refuse vehicle services provider RVS has been awarded ISO 9001:2015 quality management certification.

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Dawsonrentals Sweepers orders 46 IVECO Eurocargos

IVECO has won an order for 46 new 15-tonne Eurocargos from Dawsonrentals Sweepers. 

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Cappellotto and NTM-GB form partnership

Italian vacuum tanker and jetter specialist Cappellotto has formed a partnership with Kidderminster-based RCV manufacturer NTM-GB Ltd to provide sales and aftercare for Capellotto products in the UK and Ireland.

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Truckman launches hardtops for new Hilux models

Truckman, the manufacturer and distributor of hardtops and 4x4 accessories, has expanded its Utility hardtop range with British-built models for the new generation Toyota Hilux Double Cab and Extra Cab.

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National Refuse Championships declared a huge success

Hundreds of people turned out at Weston-super-Mare seafront on 10 June to watch crews from across the UK compete in the National Refuse Championships and raise money for charity. 

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Freight in the City Expo 2017 set for third year

Freight in the City Expo 2017 will return for the third successive year on 7 November.

Chargemaster sponsorship for LCV2017

Chargemaster will be the charge point sponsor of the 10th annual Low Carbon Vehicle Event Cenex LCV2017 at Millbrook on 6–7 September.

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Sentinel Systems provides safety kit to Wastesavers

Recycling service provider Wastesavers has used Sentinel Systems to improve the safety of its recycling vehicles in Newport, South Wales.

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Ground protection mats launched by Outriggerpads

Outriggerpads has launched a heavy duty ground protection mat aimed at the plant hire, events and construction industries.

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Kinshofer launches NOX-Tiltrotator Series 3

Excavator attachment specialist Kinshofer has launched the NOX-Tiltrotator Series 3 at the largest working construction equipment exhibition, Plantworx 2017.

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Brigade launches Backsense Networking Radar

An integrated radar to reduce blind spots on large plant and construction machinery has been launched by Brigade.

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Reaclear set for production after trials

The new Reaclear reversing device from Innovative Safety Solutions (ISS) is ready to go into full production after successful trials carried out by Bournemouth Council. 

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Nature reserve opts for Polaris Ranger

The Sculthorpe Moor Community and Nature Reserve in Norfolk has chosen a Polaris Ranger 6x6 off-road utility vehicle to tackle its challenging combination of marshy ground, scrub and woodland and lack of roads.

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RVS shows off RCV design at school

RVS commercial director Paul Brown demonstrated different aspects of RCV design to pupils at Rednock Secondary School as part of a careers days focused on science, technology, electronics and maths subjects. 

Westminster Waste orders third Enviroweigh system

Westminster Waste has ordered its third RCV equipped with bin-weighing equipment to enhance its pay-by-weight service. In future bin-weighing technology will be part of the standard specification for all new vehicles on the company’s fleet.

Kubota announces new distributor

Mitchell Powersystems is to distribute Kubota Engines’ complete range of oil and water-cooled diesel and dual fuel engines in two new UK territories following the strengthening of the strategic partnership between the two companies.

Picture of a visitor looking at a sweeper exhibited at the RWM show

Changes for Handling and Logistics zone at RWM 2017

Exhibitors in the Handling and Logistics zone at RWM 2017 are set to benefit from a bigger, better and more collaborative event. 

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