The Eagle has landed in Lincolnshire

Authorities in Lincolnshire have come together for the first time to jointly procure refuse collection vehicles in association with members of the York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership. They have selected Dennis Eagle as the main supplier for refuse collection fleets as part of a contract that runs until April 2017.


£5m fund to retrofit local buses announced

Local transport minister Norman Baker has invited local authorities and passenger transport executives to bid for a share of £5m to reduce pollution from local buses.


New sweepers help make the City cleaner and greener

The Square Mile is about to get even cleaner and greener as Johnson C400 sweepers roll into the City of London in June.On average the £120,000 C400s use 3.9 litres per hour less fuel compared with the regular 7.5 ton chassis-mounted sweepers, which means - based on 40 hours per week - the C400 could reduce annual CO2 emissions in the City by 21 tons per vehicle.


Levenseat waste and recycling business enters next phase with purchase of first Doosan DX380LC-3 Stage IIIB Excavator in the UK

Levenseat Ltd, a waste management and materials recycling business, based at by Forth near Lanark in Scotland, has purchased the first new Doosan DX380LC-3 39 tonne Stage IIIB compliant crawler excavator in the UK waste and recycling industry. The DX380LC-3 excavator was supplied, together with a new Doosan DL200 wheel loader, by Coatbridge-based Scotia Plant Ltd, the authorised Doosan and Bobcat dealer for the central belt of Scotland.


May Gurney strengthens partnerships in Lincolnshire

May Gurney, through its fleet and passenger services division has successfully secured a £3.3m contract with ‘Procurement Lincolnshire' to provide three of the County's districts with a comprehensive fleet management service, focusing on the service and maintenance of essential frontline operational vehicles.


LAPV March 2013 has been published

To read LAPV March 2013 click on the cover.


Devon's Deeres deal with winter weather

South West Highways and Devon County Council were equipped to keep the county moving during this winter's severe weather, after an investment of almost £1 million by SWH in a fleet of 12 new John Deere 6R Series tractors and six front loaders plus ancillary equipment, supplied by dealer Masons Kings of Chudleigh.


Epping Forest add 32t Farid RCVs in repeat order

Epping Forest District, located in the west of of Essex and neighbouring the north east Greater London Region, covers an area of just over 130 square miles and serves a population of 124,700.


Isuzu Truck (UK) Limited sold to Isuzu Motors Limited, Japan

Nikki King OBE and CEO of Isuzu Truck (UK) Limited, announced today a deal with Isuzu Motors Limited Japan, in which one of the largest truck manufacturers in the world has acquired the total shareholding in Isuzu Truck (UK) Limited for an undisclosed sum.


Farid European Group purchases Heil Europe

Farid European Group, a supplier of RCV and Tanker producers, has purchased the Heil Europe Business of Environmental Solutions Group. The company is aiming to further solidify its position in Europe through this acquisition, by Farid European Group's subsidiary Farid UK. The company has also announced that it will increase the product range and strengthen the service offered to customers.


Volvo Trucks delivers maneuverable street sweeping solution to UBU Environmental.

‘The excellent manoeuvrability of the company's fleet of 98 Volvo sweepers has helped our family owned firm's drivers out of many a tight spot when working around street furniture and parked vehicles,' said UBU Environmental company director Eddie Murphy.


Avon Fire and Rescue Service is adopting a green fleet in order to become more environmentally friendly

Two electric cars are the latest tools being used by Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) in a bid to become greener and cleaner.The service set a target of reducing its carbon footprint by 30 per cent over a five year period.


Scarab takes on Epoke winter maintenance range

Scarab has announced its co-operation with Epoke from Denmark and is taking on the UK sales and support of the range of Epoke winter maintenance equipment from January 2013.


The Quattro Group complete acquisition of MAP Plant's sweeper division

The Quattro Group has announced the acquisition of the sweeper division of MAP Plant.The acquisition took place on 30thNovember and affects all areas of the organisation that are connected with the supply of sweeper plant.The acquisition offers the Quattro Group the opportunity to continue to provide a sustainable and committed delivery to all customers.


What we will be covering in LAPV March 2013

We are still looking for contributions in editorial and advertising for the next issue of LAPV. For advertising, please contact: Adrian Bradnam ata.bradnam@hgluk.comTel:0207 973 4646.Copy deadline: February 20, 2013.


LAPV December 2012 has been published!

In this issue we cover the following subjects: new intelligent street sweepers; self registration rates are going up; re-manufacturing offers a second life for RCVs; vehicle test; fleet management systems streamline workshops; Bexley Borough Council invests in winter equipment; Greek waste contractor offers efficiency savings; Cork Council uses a new online tendering tool; PlantworX and Managing Congestion – The Green Approach. Plus much more.


JCB releases its half millionth backhoe loader from the production line

JCB marked the production of its half millionth backhoe loader – the machine that made the company famous around the world.


Gulliver's invest in Farid RCVs for fleet replacements.

Gulliver's Truck Hire, a nationwide company with its head office in Bristol, has recently been investing heavily in the latest RCV equipment for the contract hire and spot rental vehicle fleets. The company has a full range of 7.5 tonne to 26 tonne refuse collection vehicles with a choice of chassis and various bin lift options, including 70/30 split, automatic split and trade bar lifts.


Alderney chooses mini compaction refuse vehicle

Alderney the third largest and most northerly island of the Channel Isles has recently taken delivery of a new Farid Minimatic 7.5t GVW refuse and recycling collection vehicle.


East Riding of Yorkshire Council improves operations with a new tracking system

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is looking to boost the performance of more than 600 specialist vehicles used for waste management, street cleaning and highway maintenance with an innovative tracking system. The local authority has chosen Ctrack to develop and implement the solution that will help better control and utilise these mobile assets and their operators in order to reduce fleet operating costs.


Braintree District Council takes on fuel efficient RCVs and reduces environmental impact of its operations

A fleet of six ‘cleaner and greener'refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) have taken to the roads in the Braintree District.Braintree District Council has leased six modern RCVs from Riverside Truck Rental to replace its eight older vehicles. The Dennis Eagle trucks have fuel-efficient engines and electric bin lifts and are more environmentally friendly than before. Riverside Truck Rental will maintain the vehicles throughout a seven-year contract.


JCB Wastemaster wheeled loaders have taken up active duty at Norse Environmental Waste Services

Pioneering waste recycling company Norse Environmental Waste Services (NEWS), a division of the Norwich-base Norse Group, has developed a state-of-the-art in-vessel composting facility near Marsham, Norfolk. The site is fed by two JCB 436HT Wastemaster wheeled loaders, supplied and supported by local dealer Watling JCB.


Hospice welcomes new minibus

A Worcestershire hospice will be able to provide top-of-the range mobility transport for patients thanks to Stanford Coachworks.


Taylor launches UK-wide bin refurbishing service for local authorities

The UK's largest manufacturer of four-wheeled galvanised steel bins, Taylor, has taken courtesy services to the next level following the launch of its latest offering – a Courtesy Bin Service.


JCB wins major engine contract from Johnston Sweepers

JCB has won a landmark deal to supply engines to a leading manufacturer of street cleansing equipment. The agreement - initially worth almost £3 million a year – has been secured with Johnston Sweepers, which supplies its equipment to the public sector, contractors, the rental market and airports through a network of 200 global dealers.


Plymouth City Council chooses Dennis RCVs

Plymouth City Council has recently ordered 10 new RCVs from Dennis Eagle, seven of which are rear steer vehicles that will be used within the inner city area. Due to being rear steer, the vehicles have improved mobility, making it easier for operators to access the narrow inner city streets. They also have a greater payload capability, which reduces the amount of journeys the vehicles have to make to be emptied.


Taylor secures first local authority waste contract on Kray twins burial ground

The UK's largest steel waste container manufacturer, Taylor, has secured its first rental contract with a local authority and paved the way for councils looking to reduce their capital expenditure on waste management services.


Hambleton and Richmondshire procure together for total fleet management

Hambleton and Richmondshire District Councils have awarded the contract to provide waste and recycling vehicles to Specialist Fleet Services.The councils have started a new initiative in working together to procure refuse trucks.


Government hybrid van subsidy now open to housing associations

Housing Associations can now buy low carbon hybrid light commercial vehicles (LCVs) for the same price as a standard diesel vehicle, thanks to a Government initiative.


CMS Supatrak receives Green Apple environmental Award for the implementation of fuel saving technology

Telematics and driver behaviour specialist CMS SupaTrak has been recognised for its contribution towards environmental best practice, having been awarded a Green Apple Award for its work with Kier Services.


Pretty in pink in St Helier

The Parish of St Helier in Jersey is now a brighter place since purchasing a new Dennis Eagle Olympus OL10 refuse collection vehicle and painting it pink. Purchased in conjunction with Jersey's Public Health department, the new vehicle will be operating five days a week, collecting cardboard for recycling before switching to collect commercial refuse.


Geesinknorba appoints new UK Business Director

Geesinknorba, one of Europe's leading refuse collection vehicle manufacturers, has appointed Mr Bob Billington to lead its UK operation as UK Business Director.


Amazone expands its transport fleet

With an ever-increasing workload of new machinery deliveries plus all the field demonstrations and shows to cope with, the existing fleet of one artic lorry with crane backed up by a 4m light lorry and trailer was proving insufficient when it comes to offering the level of service demanded by both the dealer network and end customers alike. Plus with kit getting bigger, the light lorry is increasingly being able to be used for less and less pieces of machinery.


SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden assists Transport for London in investigating the effectiveness of bus fire suppression systems

Transport for London (TfL) has commissioned SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden (SP) to study theeffectiveness of bus fire suppression systems. There is currently a lack of information concerning the performance of bus fire suppression systems in real bus fires that have occurred in the TfL fleet. The proposed study will review all recent fire incidents in TfL buses with installed suppression systems. The results of this review will be reported back to TfL to help provide recommendations concerning updated system specification.


Johnston Sweepers proposes to invest £11M in new production infrastructure

Johnston Sweepers seeks to exploit economies of scale within in the UK by looking at combining the three UK manufacturing sites operated by the company into a single site in Dorking, Surrey. The envisaged investment amounts to GBP 11 million in infrastructure and new production technologies.


South Staffordshire Council and Biffa initiate safe driving campaign to increase safety for recycling staff

An increase in dangerous driving has prompted the launch of an awareness campaign backed by South Staffordshire Council, municipal contractor Biffa, and local police. The initiative, which starts on 1st June, asks local drivers to be patient, tolerant and safe when they encounter bin men and their vehicles out collecting refuse and recycling in the area.


New mower designed with local authorities in mind

Ransomes Jacobsen has launched the Ransomes Meteor, a new ride-on triple-type mower based on the principle of a flail with the cutting footprint of a cylinder mower. The Meteor maintains the robustness and versatility of a rotary mower while providing a more acceptable finish, especially in wet and heavy grass growth. The mower has been specifically designed for local authority use in areas such as: parks; verges; central reservations; municipal sports fields; and community areas.


£25 million investment in West Sussex recycling complete

Recycling and waste firm Viridor has announced the completion of a £25 million investment in West Sussex recycling.
The revamped East Grinstead recycling site is the final project in a seven year programme to deliver a network of modern recycling facilities across the county.


Faun Zoeller launches new inner-city RCVs

FAUN Zoeller (UK), a waste management systems manufacturer, is unveiling two new refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) to the UK market – the Narrowpress and the Mini Selectapress.


Continental Landscapes acquires new mowing equipment to supports its new Leeds City Council contract

Continental Landscapes, a national grounds maintenance contractor based at Weston-on-the-Green in Oxfordshire has taken delivery of a fleet of Ransomes Jacobsen commercial mowing equipment from their long-time dealer PA Turney Ltd, to support their newly-won contract for Leeds City Council.


Kier integrates dust free sweepers into its environmental services fleet

Kier's environmental services business is to be one of the first in the country to roll out a fleet of dust-free road sweepers after a successful pilot with a number of local authorities.


Rotherham MBC takes on Multihog for highways maintenance duties

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has taken delivery of a Multihog multi-purpose utility vehicle for highway maintenance duties to keep the region's road network safe and in good condition. The vehicle was supplied by TransLinc, May Gurney's specialist fleet services business.


National van accreditation scheme rolls out 100 fleets and 100,000 vehicles

Van Excellence, the national accreditation scheme for van operators, has enrolled its 100th operator and the scheme has grown to cover 100,000 vehicles.


Geoff Rigg to leave Geesinknorba

Geoff Rigg, the UK and Ireland Business Director for Geesinknorba, will be leaving the company in the spring to pursue other business interests.


City of London introduces time bandings for bagged waste

From 1 April 2012, the City of London Corporation will introduce a time banding system for both residential and commercial bagged waste collections across the City. The scheme is designed to clear the City's streets of obstructions and improve hygiene as more tourists visit the City during the Olympic year.


New tool kit for low carbon bus scheme implementation

A new guide aiming to help and encourage local authorities to integrate more low carbon buses has become available for downloading.


Underground waste management system reduces vehicle movements

The UK's only underground vacuum waste management system, Envac, has handled 500 tonnes of waste, reduced waste collection vehicle movements by 90 per cent and helped increase the London Borough of Brent's recycling levels by 50 per cent since it became operational four years ago.


Cornwall Council hands out £14 million vehicle contract

Contract hire and fleet management company Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) is celebrating winning potentially the UK's largest-ever municipal vehicle hire contract, to provide vehicles for Cory Environmental's new contract with Cornwall Council for waste and recycling collections, beach and street cleansing.


Hybrid electric refuse vehicles keep London clean during Olympics

The City of London will be a cleaner and greener place in 2012 as six new hybrid electric waste collection vehicles hit the streets of the Square Mile. The six vehicles joined the City of London Corporation's recycling and waste management operation in December and will play a significant part in the City's role in managing waste and street cleansing during the 2012 Olympics.


More Liebherr Materials Handlers for Ward Recycling

Family-owned independent metal and waste management company, Ward Recycling, recently added a further three Liebherr machines to their modern fleet of specialist materials handlers. Two A 924 C and one A 934 C wheeled long-reach industrial rehandlers are hard at work at Ward's recycling plants at Ilkeston between Derby and Nottingham and Woodville near Burton-on-Trent.


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