New guide to social enterprise for local authorities

A new guide to the increasingly important topic of social enterprise has been published for professionals working in local government. It explains how social enterprises can help meet local authorities' strategic objectives, and gives practical advice about how to engage, procure and commission from social enterprises.

Central London gets GPS guided spreaders to clear the way

As the winter finally shows signs of setting in, one London council is fully prepared with the latest possible technology to ensure that cold weather does not halt business and tourism in the capital and will ensure residents can get around safely.

DAF introduces new lightweight double-drive bogie DAF introduces new lightweight double-drive bogie

DAF is introducing a new air-suspended single reduction double-drive bogie, which has been specially developed for heavy duty applications requiring additional traction that don‚t involve the most arduous off-road driving.

Smart dye kit finally cracks age-old “false positive” problem for UV leak detection

A new fluorescent dye from Spectroline is being hailed as a solution to a problem that has long prevented engineers on hydraulic and oil systems enjoying the benefits of ultraviolet (UV) leak detection.

Britain's oldest digger driver (92) refuses to retire

Evergreen handyman George Evans has become Britain's oldest digger driver after investing in a brand new JCB excavator – at the grand old age of 92. Having already built his own house single-handedly, The WWII veteran is taking his non-stop DIY exploits to a new level by landscaping his back garden in Frankley, Birmingham, and bought a JCB 8008 micro excavator to carry out the work.

Mapping technology improves street cleansing operations at the Isle of Wight

Environmental services company Urbaser is using computerised mapping technology to coordinate street cleaning services on the Isle of Wight. Isle of Wight Council appointed Urbaser as its street cleaningcontractor and as part of this selection process the Council identified the use of a geographic information system (GIS) as an essential component for delivering the service.

Honda introduces snowblowers to the UK

Honda UK has added a range of snowblowers to its product range. There are six different models to choose from and all of them feature an easy start in temperatures as low as -26oC; are heavy duty augers; have a joy-stick controlled shute; and feature a dead man's switch.

Geesinknorba appoints Irish dealership

Irish Commercials, a Volvo Truck dealership in Naas, County Kildare and Oranmore in Galway, has been appointed to become Geesinknorba's Irish agent. The company will be trading as Geesinknorba Ireland Ltd, and will offer a full sales and aftermarket service from December1 2011.

Edinburgh City and Bridgnorth adopt new snow shovel

Edinburgh City Council and Bridgnorth City Council have taken on a new snow clearing solution for high streets, schools, shopping centres, airports, hospitals, supermarket car parks, and other public areas.

Fleet management system sees considerable upgrade

Chevin Fleet Solutions has launched Fleetwave 2, the new version of its online fleet management system. Fleetwave 2 has been improved, with features such as a graphically-based drill down report and KPIs, enhanced speed, and a sleeker user interface.

Not just a boy's toy!

McConnel has launched Robocut, a new remote control mower specially designed to help local authorities tackle tough terrain, enhance operator safety and dramatically boost productivity.

Volvo Construction Equipment receives award for outstanding health and safety practice

Volvo Construction Equipment Division has bagged a Gold Award at the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2011.

Optare enters small bus market with the Bonito

Optare announces today that it will be entering the small and accessible bus market this year with an all new Optare-badged model ˆ the Bonito. The vehicle, produced in the Netherlands by Plastisol to Optare‚s specification, will be sold directly by Optare‚s sales force and represents a growth opportunity for the company.

Allet Buffalo Mower joins Top Gear on a “trading” mission to India

An Allett pedestrian cylinder mower has featured in the BBC's Top Gear motoring show as one of a number of uniquely-British products selected to accompany the three presenters on an unofficial trade mission to India.

Rotherham MBC takes on six new purple Volvo RCVs

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) has taken delivery of six new Volvo FE Low Entry Cab (LEC) trucks for their domestic kerbside collection fleet.

Dampneys invests in weighing technology

Dampney's Agri Environmental, based just outside of Bournemouth and with sites across the West Country is the waste sewage contractor for Wessex Water.

JCB launches new utility vehicle

The new the JCB WORKMAX 800 D – offers 600 kg (1323 lb) maximum payload.

Two new coupling systems launched at CV Show

Fontaine, a manufacturer of both pressed steel and cast fifth wheels is showing two patented coupling systems at this year's CV Show which are designed to guard against vehicle and trailer misalignment.

TfL trials emissions filters technology

Johnson Matthey, a producer of catalytic systems for emission control in light and heavy duty vehicles, is supplying its CRT filter technology and PIO-CAN filter monitor to the tractor currently being used in a dust suppressant trial.

New UTV for wet conditions

The first electric utility vehicle to combine 4x4 off-road performance and road-legal driving is now available.

New importer for Cayvol in UK and Ireland

Specialist trailer and equipment builder, Oldbury UK has taken over the role of UK and Ireland importer for Cayvol, the Spanish-based manufacturer of hydraulic chain- and hook-loaders.

St Helens Council adopts dual role concept

St Helens Council has taken on two new dual role DAF vehicles, which can grit in winter and empty gullies when conditions return to normal.

Super suction vehicle for environmental company

A Sussex environmental services company has welcomed a new combination-unit tanker with super suction power to its fleet of specialist vehicles.

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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