Manchester City Council brings weed spraying back in house

After 18 years of outsourcing the highway weed spraying, Manchester City Council last year decidedto bring the weed spraying programme in house along with seven other local authorities.Spraying in-house allows councils to respond quickly to their residents, they can pick the bestweather conditions to spray in and target specific areas when required. In addition to this they canmake substantial savings.


Optare launches new Solo bus

Optare has announced the end of production of its original Solo design after some 14 years. The original model is being retired in favour of the new look Solo SR for both UK and exports markets.


Zero Carbon Futures is set to deliver a growth in low carbon vehicle production

Gateshead College has established a new company; Zero Carbon Futures, to deliver a range of local and national programmes all geared up to advance the region as a European leader in the production of low carbon vehicles. This follows the College's £6.2m Regional Growth Fund bid to create 5,000 jobs over the next decade, including 1,500 apprenticeships in the low carbon vehicle sector.


Nissan's battery-powered zero-emission version of award-winning NV200 to undergo FedEx Express trials

A prototype zero-emission all-electric delivery vehicle is ready to start extensive real-world testing on the streets of London. FedEx Express and Nissan are collaborating over a two month period to evaluate how the NV200 electric vehicle (EV) prototype copes with the rigours of daily duties in the capital.


John Deere announces changes in dealer network

A number of changes have been made to the John Deere turf dealer network as part of the company's Dealer of Tomorrow initiative. In the south-east of England, Godfreys is set to acquire Golf & Turf Equipment; in the Midlands, Chris Tallis Farm Machinery has joined forces with Parks & Grounds Machinery; and in the east of England, Adamsons has taken over responsibility for Lincolnshire from the Burdens Group.


R2C online cuts £70k from an annual workshop bill

Iveco reports encouraging results across its UK dealer network after five years development of “Advisor' – an electronic workshop management system.Provided by FDTEK and based on the ‘R2C Online' management compliance system, the Advisor programme was developed with Iveco as a means of stream-lining workshop procedures while cutting administration, improving efficiency and reducing costs.


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