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.

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.

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