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A-Plant gets FORS Champion status

One of the UK’s largest plant, tool and equipment hire companies, A-Plant, has taken on a new role with the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme by becoming a FORS Champion.

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Industry partners launch live compliance system Get Connected

Three leading vehicle and driver compliance specialists have launched a joint initiative that gives real-time visibility of all compliance issues on a single dashboard.

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Doosan launches new DX10Z mini-excavator

A new zero tail swing (ZTS) mini-excavator – the DX10Z– has been launched by Doosan.

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Forth Resource Management buys Volvo loading shovels

A new 12 tonne Volvo L90H loading shovel with a 3.0m³ quick attachment mounted Hi-Tip bucket and top clamp has been bought by Forth Resource Management (FRM) for its Todhills composting site on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

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Simon Richard appointed as agents for Woods rotary cutters

Hawick-based Simon Richard has been appointed as UK Agents for the Woods rotary cutter range.

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Somerford Equipment to show off new multi-purpose vehicle at CV show

Road marking vehicle specialist Somerford Equipment, is making its debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC, Birmingham from 25-27 April 2017. The company is the first manufacturer of this kind of vehicle and equipment to appear at this event.

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Merc to offer world’s first heavy-duty electric truck this year

The world’s first heavy-duty electric truck – the Urban eTruck – will be delivered by Mercedes-Benz Trucks to the first customers this year.

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Volvo loading shovel bought by William Tracey

A new Volvo L90H loading shovel has been delivered to William Tracey to handle waste wood at the company’s Linwood recycling facility in Glasgow.

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RWM 2017 will bring related events closer together

The RWM 2017 exhibition will be held from 12-14 September at the NEC in Birmingham in a combined format with related energy, and water events.

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Fuel Card Services claims CO2 saving milestone

A green initiative has helped protect around 260 acres of Peruvian rainforest which locks up as much as one million tonnes of CO2 in trees, says Fuel Card Services.

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Edinburgh fits more Sentinel Systems safety kit

Vehicle safety specialist Sentinel Systems has installed safety cameras, recording devices and cycle awareness systems onto the City of Edinburgh Council vehicles.

South Staffs to sell ad space on RCVs

A new revenue stream is being adopted by South Staffordshire District Council – selling advertising space on its refuse trucks.

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Chepstow Plant International expands fleet and staff

Family-run Chepstow Plant International has acquired a 100-strong fleet of Volvo machinery and taken on new staff with the support of a multi-million pound asset finance facility from HSBC.

Clocs prepares for 2017 exhibition

The sixth Construction Logistics and Community Safety (Clocs) exhibition will be held at ExCeL in London on Tuesday 14 March 2017.

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DPD fits Stertil Koni vehicle lifts at ‘superhub’

Parcel delivery group DPD has installed four Stertil Koni four-post vehicle lifts at its £100m sortation and distribution centre at Logix Park in Hinckley.

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Freeway Fleet Systems launches fleet maintenance analytics software

Cost analysis software allowing operators to analyse the productivity and efficiency of the fleet, depot, staff and suppliers, has been launched by Freeway Fleet Systems.

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Brigade offers finance scheme or safety equipment

Brigade Electronics has launched a finance scheme to help fleet operators struggling with the economic burden of vehicle safety devices required for site specifications and tenders.

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Chorley chooses Spedian vehicle graphics for council campaigns

Chorley Council is encouraging people to keep streets clean and visit the town’s attractions by using Spedian reusable vehicle graphics.

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Safer driving guide launched by Licence Bureau

A guide to safer driving has been launched by Licence Bureau, with the charity Brake, to highlight typical driver distractions.

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Ulemco wins Government funding for hydrogen fuel trial

Ulemco has been awarded £1.3 million Government funding to trial a range of commercial vehicles with hydrogen dual-fuel technology.

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The National Refuse Championships return for charity

Fun and fundraising will be the order of the day when the National Refuse Championships returns after a gap of 22 years.

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CTS buys two Dennis Eagle RCVs

Municipal vehicle hire company Collett Transport Services (CTS) has bought two new DAF CF 6x2 rear-steer RCVs with Dennis Eagle trade waste bodies.

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Andrea Leadsom MP vsits new CTS depot

Gloucestershire-based municipal vehicle hire company Collett Transport Services’ (CTS) has come to the attention of Government minister Andrea Leadsom who visited its new depot in Brackley in her South Northamptonshire consituency. 

The Recycling Partnership buys two Reditrucks

Crawley-based commercial waste and recycling company The Recycling Partnership has bought two new refuse collection vehicles from Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS).

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Rochdale fits Schmidt’s Autologic system for smart gritters

Gritters at Rochdale Borough Council have been better prepared than ever to tackle ice, sleet and snow this winter after the council became the first in Greater Manchester to adopt Schmidt’s Autologic system, the very latest in automatic gritting technology.

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Long-service awards for Stertil staff

A group of 14 employees has achieved 300 years working for Stertil UK. Managing director, Martin Paynter, presented long service awards to them at the company’s headquarters in Northampton, recognising their hard work, loyalty and commitment.

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Vredestein tyres move into UK fleet market

Tyre manufacturer Apollo Vredestein plans to move into the UK fleet tyre market this year with its Vredestein brand.

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BTE Plant Sales extends Kubota partnership into West Midlands

BTE Plant Sales has strengthened its relationship with Kubota, with the dealer now selling the manufacturer’s machines in the West Midlands, expanding beyond its existing territories of Lancashire, Leicestershire and South Yorkshire.

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GAP Hire Solutions buys truck cranes from Penny Hydraulics

Lifting equipment manufacturer Penny Hydraulics has been selected to supply truck cranes to GAP Hire Solutions.

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Kubota to unveil mini-excavator at EHS 2017

Compact construction equipment specialist Kubota will be unveiling its new KX mini-excavator at this year’s Executive Hire Show (EHS 2017) at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.

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Eight van-mounted platforms bought by Access Hire Nationwide

Eight van-mounted platforms have been bought by vehicle mounted hire company Access Hire Nationwide from Versalift UK.

£20m low-emissions freight development winners announced

Beneficiaries of a £20 million programme to help cut emissions by freight transport vehicles have been announced by the Government.

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Newcastle opts for Somerford screed vehicle

A new screed vehicle for road marking has been bought by Newcastle City Council from Somerford Equipment.

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Sentinel Systems gets FORS accreditation

Sentinel Systems has become a FORS accredited supplier for its full range of advanced vehicle camera and sensor systems.

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Gap snaps up Trime X ECO Lighting Towers

The Gap Group says it has bought 130 new X ECO Lighting Towers from Trime that had been ordered by Hewden before it went into administration in November 2016.

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Chambers fits VWS integrated weighing equipment and software

Surrey-based Chambers Waste Management has fitted its 40-vehicle fleet with integrated weighing equipment and software to streamline its operations.

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Greenline Environmental buys first RCV

Essex-based commercial waste services company Greenline Environmental Ltd has just purchased its first collection vehicle (RCV) marking a new phase in the company’s growth.

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Hire-A-Lite buys 20 new Merc Sprinters

East Anglian van hire specialist Hire-A-Lite has bought 20 new Mercedes-Benz vans.

Norwich road closures warning as transport projects set to start

Two major Transport for Norwich projects are set to start in early January leading to road closures.

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Gaskells gets integrated weighing system from VWS

The owner of the largest commercial recycling facility in Liverpool – Gaskells – has invested in an integrated bin-weighing and software system to track and record the weight of every collection providing complete transparency for its customers.

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CTS buys and redesigns five new service vans

Municipal vehicle hire company Collett Transport Services (CTS) has purchased five new engineer service vans to replenish the current fleet and strengthen its workshop and field repairs provision.

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John Deere firsts for apprentice training

The first female and the forestry technician have been registered in the latest intake for John Deere’s apprenticeship scheme.

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Walsall gets seasonal recycling message across

A special seasonal recycling message fitted to the side of its 15 refuse collection vehicles is helping Walsall Council get into the festive spirit.

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New spare parts catalogue covers Merc Actros

Commercial vehicle spares supplier DT Spare Parts is expanding its product range for heavy vehicles from Mercedes-Benz. 

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Toyota launches new BT Reflex reach trucks

A range of three new reach trucks will be launched in to the UK market in the new year by Toyota Material Handling UK.

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GAP Group reports best year for Kubota orders

Independent equipment hirer the GAP Group says it will have taken more than 900 machines from Kubota by the end of this year, ranging in size from 0.8 to 8.0 tonnes. 

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Wood-based diesel successfully trialled in Finnish buses

Finnish forest industry company UPM says it has successfully tested wood-based diesel fuel both in laboratory conditions and in traffic.

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John Deere adds Cesar to Gator range

All John Deere XUV & HPX Gator utility vehicles sold in the UK and Ireland will now be factory-fitted with the Cesar security marking and registration scheme.

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Presona introduces new baler for recyclers

Baler manufacturer Presona has added a new model to its range, aimed at recycling, waste management and logistics applications.

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Mercedes scoops van awrds

Mercedes-Benz was named Van Fleet Manufacturer of the Year at the Commercial Fleet Awards last week.

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