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Industry welcomes Budget support for autonomous and electric vehicles

The Chancellor’s support for autonomous and electric vehicles announced in the Budget has been welcomed by many in the automotive industry.


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Electric-bodied RCV cuts emissions in Lewisham market

Market shoppers and traders in the bustling south-east London borough of Lewisham are being spared diesel fumes after the introduction of a second refuse collection vehicle (RCV) with a Geesinknorba plug-in electric body on a Mercedes-Benz Econic chassis.


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APEX Zero-turn mower introduced by Ariens

A new zero-turn mower has been introduced to the UK, designed and built by the family-owned Ariens company.


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Flintec redevelops load cell to produce RC3D

Flintec’s RC3 compression load cell has been redesigned to provide customers with a modern alternative. 


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Volvo Penta launches new five and 13 litre Stage V engines

Two new engines with complementary after-treatment systems have been launched by Volvo Penta at the international agricultural machinery trade fair Agritechnica in Germany.


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RTS Waste equips fleet beyond FORS standard

RTS Waste’s entire fleet of 40 vehicles is being fitted with safety equipment taking it beyond the FORS standard with the help of Brigade Electronics.


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Cycle Heroes back SN Dogs charity

Stray and needy dogs in the Swindon area are among the beneficiaries of the 300km Cycle Heroes 2017 trek from Ghent in Belgium to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.


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Cenex conducts EV charge point study in Wrexham

Transport and energy consultancy Cenex has been appointed by rural development agency Cadwyn Clwyd and Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC) to conduct a feasibility study on installing electric charging points across the county.


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Gardens stars strip off for Perennial Naked Gardeners Calendar 2018

A group of gardeners have stripped off to star in a naked calendar to raise money for Perennial, the charity helping those in horticulture.


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HERE and Mitsubishi Electric team up for autonomous cars

HERE Technologies and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO) have announced a collaborative deal in the autonomous vehicles market.


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Fife Council driver named the best in UK

The UK’s best light commercial vehicle (LCV) and car driver has been announced as Fife Council employee Keith Smith at the inaugural TomTom Telematics Driver of the Year Awards.


MOVE_UK research helps bring autonomous vehicles closer to reality

Fully autonomous vehicles are one step closer to arriving on the UK’s streets with the help of Research in the Royal Borough of Greenwich with the MOVE_UK consortium.


Electric and automated vehicles in line for Government boost

Motorway service stations and large petrol retailers will be required to install chargepoints for electric cars under plans announced by Transport Minister John Hayes.


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Chevin updates FleetWave user interface

Chevin Fleet Solutions has updated the user interface of its fleet, driver and maintenance management system FleetWave.


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Alcohol safety specialist partners Renault Trucks to prevent drink-driving

Alcohol safety and training specialist AlcoDigital has joined Renault Trucks to showcase and offer alcohol safety devices for their latest range of LCV Master business fleet vehicles.


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Study backs shared-vehicle benefit findings

Replacing private car travel in urban places with shared vehicles would end congestion, cut CO2 emissions and free public space, according to a study by the International Transport Forum.


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Carbon calculator tool aims to measure retread benefits

Independent tyre retreader Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres has introduced a carbon counting tool which, they claim enables their fleet customers to measure the environmental benefits of using Vacu-Lug retread tyres in comparison to all-new tyres. 


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GKB Drainmaster bought to rescue waterlogged pitches

Worcestershire-based Phil Day Sports has added a GKB Machines Drainmaster to its fleet of sports ground construction and maintenance equipment.


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TRL develops blind spot simulator for designers and investigators

A blind spot simulator rig which uses virtual reality to improve the design of truck cabs and road lay-outs and help accident investigators, has been developed by TRL, the centre of innovation in transport and mobility.


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TRIP report identifies key research areas for clean transport

A new report from the Transport Research Innovation Portal (TRIP) points the way forward for the deployment of clean transport in Europe.


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Charity cycle stars ride 300km from Ghent to Amsterdam

The waste management industry’s 2017 charity cycle ride saw 23 cyclists successfully ride 300km in three days from Ghent to Amsterdam with the aim of raising more than last year’s £50,000.


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Fleet Assist wins new contracts

Fleet supply chain management specialist Fleet Assist has won significant new contracts in the vehicle leasing and rental sector.


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BCGA video highlights hydrogen powered vehicles

A national trade body - British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) - has produced a video setting out the value of ultra-low emission hydrogen powered vehicles for UK roads.


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DAVIS launches drivers’ psychometric assessment software

New drivers’ psychometric assessment software designed to help manage occupational road risk has been launched by DAVIS.


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Pitchmark to launch Hybrid line marker

A new approach to pitch-marking incorporating spray markers, will be launched by Pitchmark at the Saltex show at the NEC, Birmingham on November 1 and 2.


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Inverclyde fits Sentinel camera systems to RCVs

Eleven refuse collection vehicles from Inverclyde Council have been fitted with 360-degree cameras from Sentinel Systems to improve the safety of both drivers and pedestrians.


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ALAM lecturers get agricultural machinery update from Kubota

Lecturers in the agricultural machinery sector chose Kubota UK to host their annual conference, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest machinery and technology offered by the manufacturer.


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Ransomes to launch two new mowers at NEC

Commercial mowing specialist Ransomes will be showcasing two new mowers – the TR320 triplex cylinder mower and the HM600 wide area mower – at the Saltex show in November.


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Murphy Plant buys 30 EasyCabin welfare units

Plant hire company Murphy Plant has expanded its rental fleet with an investment in 30 eco mobile welfare units from the Luton-based manufacturer AJC Trailers.


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TruckSmart training programme launched by FORS Professional

FORS Professional has launched TruckSmart which is part of a series of publications developed by Transport for London (TfL). The toolkit includes guidance for managers, training for drivers and is supported by an eLearning module.


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Amazone Groundcare to launch multi-purpose spreaders at Saltex 2017

A new series of multi-purpose spreaders from Amazone Groundcare will be launched at the Saltex 2017, offering application of winter salt, granular fertiliser, sand and top-dressing materials.


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John Deere launches new lawn tractor at Saltex 2017

A new diesel lawn tractor is being launched by John Deere at Saltex 2017. The X940 Series is aimed at amenity turf and commercial customers who require a powerful workhorse which can carry out a variety of tasks all year round.


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Specialist hire company selects IVECO Daily for road repair role

Six IVECO Daily 7.2-tonne chassis cabs have been bought and fitted with an asphalt mixing machine for emergency road repairs by ND Brown.


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John Deere improves wide area mower

A new out-front rotary mower – the Series III version of the 1600 Turbo WAM – is being launched by John Deere at the Saltex 2017 show at the NEC, Birmingham in November.


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Kevin Richardson to address FORS Members’ Conference

Kevin Richardson, chief executive of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), will deliver a keynote address at the second FORS members’ conference, looking at the social obligations placed on fleets and the ethical, moral and commercial values organisations must consider for the good of all stakeholders.


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London bus operator buys four Stertil Koni vehicle lifts

Four sets of wireless, mobile, column Stertil Koni vehicle lifts have been bought by Abellio London for one of its newly-extended bus workshops.


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New John Deere Gator utility vehicle at Saltex 2017

John Deere will be introducing the restyled Gator XUV 865M utility vehicle with the company’s quietest ever cab at the Saltex 2017 show at the NEC in Birmingham, in November.


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Bolton Council gets recycling message across with Spedian graphics system

Bolton Council has invested in the Spedian graphics system to help remind residents how to use their beige and burgundy recycling bins.


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Middlesbrough acts to prevent terrorist vehicle theft

Middlesbrough Council has taken steps to ensure its fleet of refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) are kept firmly under the control of designated council staff and can’t be used as weapons by terrorists.


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Help offered to transport start-ups

Start-up businesses offering innovative solutions to transport challenges such as congestion, overcrowding, emissions and road safety, are being encouraged to apply for a new accelerator programme.


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FORS reaches out to SMEs with Brake and Ambit roundtable

Educating SMEs on how they can maintain and enforce fleet safety policy will be the subject of a roundtable event, hosted by Brake and Ambit with the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).


ULEMCo converts DAF truck for Hydrogen dual-fuel

ULEMCo has converted a commercial waste vehicle to use hydrogen fuel. The conversion, enabling the vehicle to use both hydrogen and diesel fuel, was for Grundon Waste Management.


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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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