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.

Johnston Sweepers switch tyres to lower operating costs

A new Continental RV20 tyre is to be fitted to Johnston's C200 compact range of sweepers. The switch is designed to reduce whole life tyre costs while also giving exceptional performance and operator comfort.

Nottingham selects battery-powered buses

As part of a £1.7million project which includes a £760,000 contribution from the Government's Green Bus Fund, Nottingham City Council has placed an order with Optare for eight of it Solo EV battery-powered buses.

Cumbria Waste expands its Multilift trailer fleet

Cumbria Waste Management has acquired two 13 tonne Multilifts with drawbar trailers from specialist equipment supplier, Londonderry Garage.

Thurrock increase vehicle camera surveillance

Thurrock Council has decided to retrofit two additional cameras to each of its 22 strong fleet of RCVs following a successful trial of a four-camera DVR system.

Council tip charges would raise awareness of the real cost of waste disposal

Charging the public to use local Council tips would be a positive move, says Jason Mohr, founder of AnyJunk, the country's largest on demand rubbish clearance company. Mr Mohr says that charging would raise awareness of the high cost of disposing of waste responsibly and discourage people from using cowboy clearance companies.

New smartphone and tablet holder mounting solution hits the UK

Ram Mount UK introduces the RAM X-Grip Spring Loaded Universal Smartphone and Sat-Nav Holder the new RAM X-Grip II Universal Spring Loaded Tablet Holder.

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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