Birmingham City Council implement EV charging network

APT Technologies, a producer of electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions, has installed a range of multiple EV charging points across Birmingham to make low emission vehicles a more feasible option for city motorists.


New pivot data tool summarises fleet information

A new pivot data tool that allows fleets to quickly summarise almost any information is the key enhancement to the latest major revision of Chevin's FleetWave web-based fleet management software solution.


BYD ebuses enter service in London

Two pure electric BYD ebuses were handed over to Transport for London today in a ceremony involving the Mayor of London's Environment spokesman, operator Go-Ahead and BYD. The buses will operate on two central London routes, number 507 and 521, the first in the UK capital to be serviced by fully electric, emissions-free buses.


LAPV December 2013 has been published

LAPV December 2013 has been published, click here or on the cover to read the latest issue.


Editorial contributions required for LAPV March 2014

In LAPV March 2014 we are featuring a range of subjects for which we would like your editorial participation. Please get in touch with the editor,am.knegt@hgluk.com, to discuss your contribution. For organisations that wish to advertise, please contact Jason Pidgeon (j.pidgeon@hgluk.com) 02079734645.


Take part in the next LAPV round table debate on procurement practice in the UK

LAPV recently organised an industry round table discussion, in which leading manufacturers and suppliers to the local government fleet management sector took part. After speaking to a range of people at key trade events about the current state of the industry, we had noticed that the most manufacturers were facing the same challenges.
LAPV took action and on a hot day in August we discussed the issues faced in 2013.This resulted in a highly animated discussion which revealed several key insights.


New snow blowers for John Deere lawn tractors

John Deere has introduced two new snow blower attachments for its X300 and X500 Select Series lawn tractors, in time for this year's winter season.


Wigan Council improves highways drainage with Yotta DCL bespoke gulley surveys

Wigan Council has awarded Yotta DCL a contract to undertake gulley silt level surveys following a recent asset inventory survey performed by the company. The highways technology and surveying company has completed the first of an anticipated three surveys across 1040km of Wigan council's highway network, collecting detailed gulley data for 58,000 gullies in just 10 weeks.


Commercial vehicle sales figure grow according to National Franchised Dealers Association

“The confidence in economic upturn for businesses buying commercial vehicles in September brings welcoming news to the truck and van sector”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association which represents commercial vehicle and franchised car retailers across the UK, commenting on the SMMT's van and truck registration figures.


Rotherham Council wins award with help from Multihog

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and their Multihog have gained national recognition in delivering best practice at the Association for Public Service Excellence's annual awards ceremony in Liverpool.


First Nilfisk City Ranger 3500 in UK making a clean sweep in Hull

In May this year, Hull City Council (HCC) took delivery of the first Nilfisk City Ranger 3500 compact sweeper in the UK.


Refuse Vehicle Solution continues driving challenge at RWM

The RVS RCV Driving Challenge is already reaping rewards for RVS' official charity - Cancer Research UK - with the participants at this year's PAWRS show raising £942 for the charity and the next heat planned for the RWM show in September.


Riverside Truck Rental adds first ever Farid Minimatic on Hybrid Canter chassis in UK to its fleet

Riverside Truck Rental has implemented the first ever Farid Minimatic on Hybrid Canter chassis in the UK in its fleet. The company has been dedicated to supplying vehicles and plant on long term contract hire to private sector companies, central and local government since 1996 and boasts a fleet of waste handling trucks, large plant, commercial vehicles, cars, heavy plant and other modes of equipment of more than 1,500 vehicles. Having run a number of Heil Farid vehicles for some time, Riverside chose to work with the company again for its first ever ‘eco' vehicle.


Blue light vehicle workshops are becoming ‘key cost battleground' for fleet managers

Workshops are becoming the main area where blue light fleets are working to cope with the reduced budgets prompted by Government austerity measures.


UK public sector has most expensive procurement process in EU

The UK public sector's procurement process is the most expensive in the European Union, according to new research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).


Cost effective ATV hits the market

Quadzilla Quads has introduced the Terrain 500 4x4, a powerful and tough 500cc utility specification machine aimed squarely at the agricultural and land management market sectors, where the retail price of just £3500 plus VAT will prove attractive to those who believe that utility ATV prices have spiralled out of control.


South Gloucestershire Council selects Civica Tranman for improved fleet management

South Gloucestershire Council has chosen Tranman to help transform the way they work, to manage their fleet of 400 vehicles. The agreement will see South Gloucestershire use Civica's fleet management solution Tranman, to improve efficiencies, reduce administration and reduce costs.


Buy UK built vehicles, councils told

Public sector organisations must increase efforts to purchase UK built vehicles and support the manufacturing industry, according to a trade union.


Islington Council invests in hybrid van technology and will create fuel savings of £48.000

Islington Council has purchased a further 29 hybrid vans that will lower its greenhouse gas emissions and fuel bills.


Multihog expands its hire fleet

Multihog UK has made a significant step into the hire market with the addition of several MH90 machines into the hire fleet.


Collett Transport Services takes on food waste truck from Heil Farid

With perhaps more spot rental food waste collection vehicles with compaction than any other hire company Collett Transport Services (CTS), an independent company which specialises in municipal vehicles, has again chosen Heil Farid to supply its latest new vehicle.


West Suffolk Trade Waste has launched a new fleet in order to get the ‘job done'

Newmarket's racing stables are being visited by new RCVs from the West Suffolk Trade Waste fleet. Resplendent in new livery the vehicles have white cabs and brilliant orange bodies bearing the words' Job done'.


National plant and equipment hire company now owns largest Gator fleet in Europe

Leading national plant and equipment hire company Morris Leslie Group, based in Perthshire and with nine depots throughout the UK, has recently expanded its hire fleet with the addition of 50 new John Deere HPX Gator 4x4 utility vehicles, ordered from Oxfordshire based dealer Farol Ltd.


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

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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.


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