Fuso Canters enter into recycling operations in Sefton

Nine Fuso Canter trucks have been introduced in Sefton, Merseyside for the picking up of recyclable materials.The 7.5-tonners are operated by PD Logistics on behalf of Palm Recycling, which purchased them after securing a five-year contract from Sefton Borough Council. They provide a weekly kerbside collection service of recyclable materials to 124,000 households.


London Commercial Fleet Project is set to save councils millions of pounds

London boroughs are set to save millions on their commercial vehicle fleet bills thanks to an innovative new project which was launched on Monday, the 20thof February.


Perth and Kinross Council takes on Rotopress refuse collection vehicles

Faun Zoeller – a waste management systems manufacturer – has delivered five new Rotopress refuse collection vehicles (RCV) to Perth and Kinross Council.The investment in the Rotopress technology has been made by the Scottish authority to make its garden and food waste collection rounds more efficient.


Epping Forest and North Devon Council take delivery of new refuse collection vehicles

Farid UK has supplied refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) to a number of local authorities nationally including Epping Forest and North Devon.Whilst Epping Forest has purchased Farid RCVs for the first time, North Devon returned to Farid because of the vitual trouble free operation over the years. The Council cited: low cost of ownership, optimum vehicle uptime and superb reliability as the main reasons for the repeat business.


A new generation large wheel loader from Doosan

Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment is launching the DL450-3 model, the first in the company's new generation large wheel loaders. Powered by a Scania SCR diesel engine meeting the Stage IIIB EU emissions regulations, the new DL450-3 large wheel loader combines high engine power output with new ZF transmissions and several other features to minimise fuel consumption and provide exceptional performance, ease of handling, serviceability, durability and significantly enhanced operator comfort.


New Isuzu truck dealers in Yorkshire and the South West

Truck manufacturer Isuzu Truck (UK) Ltd is continuing to develop its dealer coverage within the UK. It has recently appointed two new parts and service dealers, one based in Leeds, Yorkshire, with the second at Exeter in the South West.


Win an Ipad with Turfco

Celebrating 50 years of topdressing, Turfco, the Minnesota-based manufacturer and inventor of the first mechanised topdresser, has launched a campaign which offers the chance to win one of six Apple I-Pads and at the end of the year, a Turfco topdresser. Turfco is marketed across Europe by Ransomes Jacobsen, a Textron company.


First buses roll out of new Optare Sherburn assembly plant

The first buses have begun rolling out of Optare's new state-of-the-art bus assembly plant at Sherburn-in-Elmet, Yorkshire.


There is an app for AnyJunk.

Britain's largest on-demand rubbish clearance company, AnyJunk, has launched an iPhone app which makes disposing of all sorts of trash as simple as a few taps on a mobile screen.


DAF Euroway opens VOSAapproved testing site

Following its move to a new and more spacious dealership location in High Wycombe earlier this year, Euroway will now be opening its VOSA approved Authorised Testing Facility (ATF) at the same site with effect from September 2011.


Manchester City FC donates accessible minibus to hospice

St. Ann's Hospice in Manchester has received a brand new Renault Master Wheelchair Accessible Minibus, to aid its management of around 3,000 patients, relatives and carers in and around the Greater Manchester area.


Brighton and Hove City Council recognised for promoting the use of EVs

Brighton & Hove City Council has won a national award for its work to promote the use of electric vehicles.


Submit your application for the Fleet Hero Awards

Local authorities now have the opportunity to submit their green fleet initiatives for the Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero Awards. The awards celebrate public and private organisations that are successfully reducing fuel bills and lowering carbon footprints through fleet travel and transport policies.


Leeds Council's biomethane powered RCVs reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Powering RCVs using biomethane can deliver both greatly reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and cost savings for local authorities.


Prepared for a cold winter

Birmingham-based building maintenance firm Drewmark Building Services has purchased an Alke ATX280E all-electric truck that can be fitted with a gritter and snow plough, as part of its contract to maintain the facilities of a leading utility company. With long range forecasts already predicting that this year's winter will be even worse than the last three.


South Hams District Council improves trade waste collections

A small team at South Hams District Council uses Bartec System's Waste Collector Trade! to reduce administration time for invoicing and to better service commercial customers. A key criteria was compatibility with the Council's inhouse Civica financial system, to facilitate automated pricing and billing. Bartec won the tender due to its dedicated focus upon project management, working alongside the Council.


New guide to social enterprise for local authorities

A new guide to the increasingly important topic of social enterprise has been published for professionals working in local government. It explains how social enterprises can help meet local authorities' strategic objectives, and gives practical advice about how to engage, procure and commission from social enterprises.


Central London gets GPS guided spreaders to clear the way

As the winter finally shows signs of setting in, one London council is fully prepared with the latest possible technology to ensure that cold weather does not halt business and tourism in the capital and will ensure residents can get around safely.


DAF introduces new lightweight double-drive bogie DAF introduces new lightweight double-drive bogie

DAF is introducing a new air-suspended single reduction double-drive bogie, which has been specially developed for heavy duty applications requiring additional traction that dont involve the most arduous off-road driving.


Smart dye kit finally cracks age-old false positive problem for UV leak detection

A new fluorescent dye from Spectroline is being hailed as a solution to a problem that has long prevented engineers on hydraulic and oil systems enjoying the benefits of ultraviolet (UV) leak detection.


Britain's oldest digger driver (92) refuses to retire

Evergreen handyman George Evans has become Britain's oldest digger driver after investing in a brand new JCB excavator – at the grand old age of 92. Having already built his own house single-handedly, The WWII veteran is taking his non-stop DIY exploits to a new level by landscaping his back garden in Frankley, Birmingham, and bought a JCB 8008 micro excavator to carry out the work.


Mapping technology improves street cleansing operations at the Isle of Wight

Environmental services company Urbaser is using computerised mapping technology to coordinate street cleaning services on the Isle of Wight. Isle of Wight Council appointed Urbaser as its street cleaningcontractor and as part of this selection process the Council identified the use of a geographic information system (GIS) as an essential component for delivering the service.


Honda introduces snowblowers to the UK

Honda UK has added a range of snowblowers to its product range. There are six different models to choose from and all of them feature an easy start in temperatures as low as -26oC; are heavy duty augers; have a joy-stick controlled shute; and feature a dead man's switch.


Geesinknorba appoints Irish dealership

Irish Commercials, a Volvo Truck dealership in Naas, County Kildare and Oranmore in Galway, has been appointed to become Geesinknorba's Irish agent. The company will be trading as Geesinknorba Ireland Ltd, and will offer a full sales and aftermarket service from December1 2011.


Edinburgh City and Bridgnorth adopt new snow shovel

Edinburgh City Council and Bridgnorth City Council have taken on a new snow clearing solution for high streets, schools, shopping centres, airports, hospitals, supermarket car parks, and other public areas.


Fleet management system sees considerable upgrade

Chevin Fleet Solutions has launched Fleetwave 2, the new version of its online fleet management system. Fleetwave 2 has been improved, with features such as a graphically-based drill down report and KPIs, enhanced speed, and a sleeker user interface.


Not just a boy's toy!

McConnel has launched Robocut, a new remote control mower specially designed to help local authorities tackle tough terrain, enhance operator safety and dramatically boost productivity.


Volvo Construction Equipment receives award for outstanding health and safety practice

Volvo Construction Equipment Division has bagged a Gold Award at the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2011.


Allet Buffalo Mower joins Top Gear on a trading mission to India

An Allett pedestrian cylinder mower has featured in the BBC's Top Gear motoring show as one of a number of uniquely-British products selected to accompany the three presenters on an unofficial trade mission to India.


Rotherham MBC takes on six new purple Volvo RCVs

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) has taken delivery of six new Volvo FE Low Entry Cab (LEC) trucks for their domestic kerbside collection fleet.


Dampneys invests in weighing technology

Dampney's Agri Environmental, based just outside of Bournemouth and with sites across the West Country is the waste sewage contractor for Wessex Water.


JCB launches new utility vehicle

The new the JCB WORKMAX 800 D – offers 600 kg (1323 lb) maximum payload.


Two new coupling systems launched at CV Show

Fontaine, a manufacturer of both pressed steel and cast fifth wheels is showing two patented coupling systems at this year's CV Show which are designed to guard against vehicle and trailer misalignment.


TfL trials emissions filters technology

Johnson Matthey, a producer of catalytic systems for emission control in light and heavy duty vehicles, is supplying its CRT filter technology and PIO-CAN filter monitor to the tractor currently being used in a dust suppressant trial.


New UTV for wet conditions

The first electric utility vehicle to combine 4x4 off-road performance and road-legal driving is now available.


New importer for Cayvol in UK and Ireland

Specialist trailer and equipment builder, Oldbury UK has taken over the role of UK and Ireland importer for Cayvol, the Spanish-based manufacturer of hydraulic chain- and hook-loaders.


St Helens Council adopts dual role concept

St Helens Council has taken on two new dual role DAF vehicles, which can grit in winter and empty gullies when conditions return to normal.


Super suction vehicle for environmental company

A Sussex environmental services company has welcomed a new combination-unit tanker with super suction power to its fleet of specialist vehicles.


Londonderry Garage wins £1.5M contract for Scarab sweepers

Londonderry Garage, supplier of specialist vehicles and equipment, has won four contracts involving a total of 18 Scarab sweepers worth some £1.5 million.


Colas takes on seven Iveco tippers for Portsmouth CC

The new Iveco ECODAILY 7 tonne tippers will be working on a major Private Finance Initiative with Portsmouth City Council, where they will be used to support the maintenance and management of the City's highways infrastructure in a contract that lasts 29 years.


Xcess A Bus takes on 50th Volkswagen van

Xcess A Bus, one of the UK's accessible minibuses providers, has taken delivery of its 50th Volkswagen van as part of its latest deal with the Greenhous Volkswagen Van Centre.


Brigade introduces radar detection for mobile plant

Brigade Electronics has launched a new pulsed radar system that features close-in corner blind spot detection.


New storage system from Bott at the CV Show

Bott will be launching a new storage system for in-vehicle use at the CV Show this year from its stand 5G60. Bott Vario was developed over three years, and can be installed in any type of vehicle for any type of sector.


Freeway helps control running costs in Sutton

The London Borough of Sutton is cutting the cost of maintaining its 136 strong vehicle fleet using advanced fleet management software for controlling the cost of spare parts for the Council's municipal vehicles.


Automatic scheduling solution for Wokingham BC

Wokingham Borough Council has gone live with an automatic scheduling solution from Trapeze called NOVUS.


Deep Drill solves Bridgend's water logging problems

When Bridgend Bowling Club found their green was holding water and becoming at times very slow and occasionally unplayable, they brought in Terrain Aeration. However, there were fears that deep drilling with the Terralift operating system would damage underground services which were known to run beneath the green.


SmartGauge keeps it simple

Merlin Equipment has introduced a simple battery monitor which shows voltage and capacity remaining.


FAUN Zoeller supply Keith North Norfolk fleet

Kier North Norfolk Fleet, which is responsible for the delivery of key North Norfolk District Council services including waste and recycling collections, street cleansing, and grounds maintenance, has taken deliver of Mercedes, FAUN and Otto equipment under a major contract, which includes the provision of a full repair and maintenance provision supplied by FAUN Zoeller.


How to breathe new life into your fatigued minibus

Stanford Coachworks has developed a Vehicle Improvement Programme (VIP) which can be used to improve vehicles rather than simply replace them.


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