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Biffa makes acquisitions including Weir Waste Services

Waste management company Biffa has acquired Weir Waste Services Limited (WWS) for a consideration plus debt taken on of £16.2m, and is also acquiring three other waste management businesses.

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VWS goes to RWM with the message 'bin weighing pays for itself'

VWS will be showing off its integrated bin-weighing and software management system at the RWM show, with the message to potential customers that ‘it pays for itself’.

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APS to demonstrate Hinowa products at APF 2018

Access Platform Sales (APS) will be demonstrating a wide range of powered access platforms and tracked mini dumpers at this year’s APF show.

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Rochford Garden Machinery acquired by Al-Ko Gardentech

Rochford Garden Machinery has been acquired by German manufacturer Al-Ko Gardentech and will continue with all divisions, staff and product lines remaining unchanged.

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Whitbread Wanderbus opts for Orion bus replacement

The community-run Whitbread Wanderbus scheme has taken delivery of a new Mellor Orion bus.

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GMB highlights refuse worker dangers as fatalities increase

Deaths among refuse workers have shot up 50%, says the GMB Union, after at least 12 people died in the waste sector in 2017 – an increase from eight the year before.

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Murphy Plant buys 45 Trime LED lighting towers

Murphy Plant has bought 45 X-ECO LED lighting towers from Trime UK to renew and upgrade its hire fleet of lighting machinery.

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TruckForce buys 69 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans

Truck tyre supplier and breakdown specialist TruckForce has bought 69 new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans.

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Hinowa adds water lines to two tracked booms

Hinowa has updated two of its tracked booms to improve productivity for cleaning and maintenance contractors.

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Kent CC uses QRoutes to boost transport efficiency

Kent County Council has transformed its Special Educational Needs transport services by using QRoutes specialist software designed to plan vehicle routes.

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Gaskells fits ISS safety kit to fleet

Liverpool-based waste management company, Gaskells, is equipping its refuse trucks, skip lorries and vans with the latest five-camera CCTV equipment with hard disk recording and cyclist sensor safety technology to create a super-safe fleet.

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Trash Gordon and his pals hit to streets in Thurrock

Trash Gordon, Binnie Jones, Mission Bin Possible and Mr Dumpy McDumphead are just four of the names children in Thurrock have come up with after being invited to name the new fleet Dennis Eagle RCVs by the local council.

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Fraikin lands Suez Group contact in Central-West France

Fraikin has won a contract with the Suez Group in Central West France for the global outsourcing of the vehicle fleet used in its waste recycling and recovery business.

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Go Plant acquires road sweeper hire specialists Smallwoods

Specialist vehicle hire company Go Plant has acquired Yorkshire-based road sweeper firm Smallwoods as part of its plans for expansion across the UK.

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Nortech introduces Transit Ultimate long-range RFID reader

Access control specialist Nortech has introduced a long-range reader which enables automatic vehicle identification at distances of up to 10m and speeds of up to 125mph.

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Mercedes-Benz Vans cyclists raise more than £20k for charity

More than 100 cyclists braved scorching sunshine to pedal 62 miles from Manchester to Blackpool in the Mercedes-Benz Vans challenge to raise more than £20,000 for charity.

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New Novadata course helps drivers understand O Licence

Transport training company Novadata has introduced a new drivers’ CPC course – Drivers’ Understanding of an Operator’s Licence.

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FleetCheck to provide FORS fleet management system – FORS FMS

FleetCheck has been chosen to provide the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) members with a fleet management software system, FORS FMS.

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Major Equipment upgrades for Swift Roller Mowers

Major Equipment has announced a series of upgrades to their tractor-mounted Swift Roller Mowers.

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Nottingham gets 12 RCVs with Terberg lifts

Twelve new refuse collection vehicles have been delivered to Nottingham City Council as part of a framework agreement between Terberg Matec UK and Nottinghamshire Vehicle Procurement Consortium.

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Jaama updates MyVehicle App

Fleet software provider Jaama has announced updates to its smartphone MyVehicle App.

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eVolt to provide EV charging units for Cambridge

Cambridge has chosen eVolt UK to supply electric vehicle (EV) charging points across the city for its Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Taxi project, which aims to increase the number of EV taxis used in the historic city.

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EarthSense fits air quality sensors to Oxfordshire buses

Air quality specialist EarthSense is working with Oxfordshire County Council and connected vehicle company Tantalum to gain a better understanding of the impact of road traffic on air quality.

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Chevin offers new data analysis consultancy service

A new global consultancy service has been launched by Chevin Fleet Solutions to help business evaluate processes and fleet management practices.

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Why Rhino Products has forged a relationship with Chester Zoo

Commercial vehicle accessory manufacturer Rhino Products is to partner Chester Zoo.

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Ariens restructures to help international business

Lawn mower and snow blower manufacturer Ariens has restructured its business with the aim of putting more focus on its international market.

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Worcester turns to Spedian graphics in seagulls campaign

The battle with nuisance seagulls in Worcester is being spearheaded by Worcester Council with the help of Spedian reusable vehicle graphics.

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CountyClean buys BORA mini unit for restricted access sites

CountyClean Group has bought a new generation BORA hydro cleaning combination mini unit from French company Rivard.

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Two new RVS workshops open in Devon and London

Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS) has opened two new workshops at Devon Contract Waste (DCW) in Exeter and at the Heathrow depot of Simply Waste Solutions (SWS).

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FORS Members’ Conference 2018 will feature V5 Standard launch

Ten-years of evolving best practice will be the theme of the The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Members’ Conference 2018, coinciding with the launch of version 5 of the FORS Standard.

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r2c improves Earned Recognition software

Fleet and workshop software provider r2c Online has updated its Earned Recognition software to make it easier for fleets to meet DVSA requirements.

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Birmingham leads way in ULEV take up

Birmingham had the highest number of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) licenced at the end of Q4 2017 – a total of 12,247 ULEVs.

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Rossetts Commercials has new leader for Mercedes-Benz Vans

Richard Wheeler has joined Rossetts Commercials, the Mercedes-Benz Vans Dealer for Surrey, Sussex and parts of Hampshire, as Dealer Principal.

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Sentinel Systems acquired by John Little

Commercial vehicle safety specialist Sentinel Systems has been acquired by a private investor, John Little.

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Surrey Hire appoints Kubota sole excavator supplier

Independent tool and plant hire company Surrey Hire & Sales has appointed Kubota as its sole supplier of excavator machinery.

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National Refuse Championships raises £20k for The Alzheimer’s Society

The donkeys moved over at Weston-super-Mare’s beachfront last weekend as bin men and women from all across the UK competed in the National Refuse Championships (NRC) and raised more than £20k for The Alzheimer’s Society.

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Picture of St Helen's Council crews scrumming down with two of their new vehicles at St Helen's Rugby League Club

Dennis Eagle chassis a first for St Helen’s

Six new Dennis Eagle refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) bought by St Helens Council will have Dennis Eagle chassis – a first for the local authority.

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Polaris produces its millionth Ranger ATV

Polaris has celebrated rolling the one millionth Ranger ATV off the production line – two decades after the utility vehicle was introduced.

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Revolve Technologies works with Ford for hybrid ECU supply

Ford has appointed Essex-based Revolve Technologies as its sole European Quality Calibration Modifier (QCM), giving the company unique access to its engine technical information. 

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Drivers and crews help Eastleigh choose Dennis RCVs over rivals

Eastleigh Borough Council has ordered seven new Dennis Eagle Olympus Duos refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) for collecting food waste, residual waste and dry mixed recycling collections.

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IRTE accreditation to cover new transport technologies

The Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) is gathering its irtec expert working group to discuss the integration of new technologies into its accreditation.

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QRoutes helps Sheffield with SEN school transport plans

Sheffield City Council has used QRoutes’ cloud-based software to work out the most efficient school transport routes for its Special Educational Needs (SEN) children.

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RVS installs Sentinel Systems cameras and safety signs on 20 vehicles

Vehicle safety specialists Sentinel Systems has fitted rear, forward and side-scan cameras and an LED cyclist warning sign to more than 20 vehicles for RVS.

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Scamblers appointed Polaris dealers

East Anglian turfcare and grounds maintenance specialists Scamblers has been appointed as an authorised Polaris dealer.

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Repurposed trucks used to create New York’s anti-terrorist blocker fleet

Anti-terrorist tactics in New York City has led to the conversion of five old municipal trucks into mobile blocker units which can be deployed to halt vehicle attacks, such as those in Nice, Berlin and New York City itself.

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Hitachi Capital appoints SVA as a remarketing partner

Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions has appointed Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA) as its latest car and van remarketing partner.

Picture of Johnston Sweepers' new C202 compact sweeper cleaning an urban street

Johnston Sweepers unveils HVO-enabled C202 compact sweeper

Johnston Sweepers has launched the C202 compact sweeper which has the ability to run on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel.

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Cenex to help drive electric taxis take-up by Lancashire LAs and operators

A free event bringing together local authorities and taxi operators to encourage the uptake of low emission taxis in Lancashire and to develop a strategy across the area is being held by Lancaster City Council and Cenex.

Allison Transmission appoints two new partners

Allison Transmission has appointed Driveline Technology, in Willenhall, and HL Smith Transmissions, in Wolverhampton, as network partners.

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