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Mercedes-Benz Trucks enthusiastic over acquisition of Sparshatts dealership

Ownership of Sparshatts Truck & Van – the Kent-based Mercedes-Benz dealers – has been transferred for an undisclosed sum.

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Oxford Direct Services sets £10.4m target over next four years

Oxford Direct Services – the commercial division of Oxford City Council – plans to deliver £10.4m in value back to the council over the next four years which can be put towards council services.

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FCS buys pay-by-weight RVS refuse truck

Surrey-based FCS Cleaning has taken delivery of a new refuse collection vehicle (RCV), complete with a weights-and-measures-approved bin-weighing system.

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National Refuse Championships 2018 set to double in size

From major vehicle manufacturers to local authorities and regional waste operators, big names from the waste management sector are getting behind this year’s National Refuse Championships (NRC) at Weston-super-Mare beachfront on 15 and 16 June.

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New SMC MBX 850 aims to bridge sport-utility gap

A new high-powered ATV – the SMC MBX 850 – has been launched with one eye on users in the work and utility sector.

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ABB powered electric bus gets trial in Kent

Volvo’s fully electric single deck bus – the right hand drive 7900e – has started a trial in Dartford, Kent following outings in Manchester city centre and at Heathrow Airport.

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All-electric Alke truck boosts Bristol Waste Company's street cleaning operation

Street cleaning teams in Bristol are improving productivity after investing in an all-electric truck.

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eVolt installs latest rapid chargers in Scottish Euro Garages

eVolt UK, the nationwide supplier of electrical vehicle (EV) charging points, has installed the latest versions of its new rapid charging units at two Euro Garages sites in Scotland which will join the growing ChargePlace Scotland network.

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Biffa installs second CDEnviro road sweepings recycling system

Biffa Waste Services has introduced an advanced recycling system from CDEnviro at its Meece landfill site, near Stone in Staffordshire, to treat and recover aggregates from road sweepings.

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First FUSO eCanters delivered to UK

The world’s first all-electric light-duty truck in series production – the FUSO eCanter – has been delivered to its first UK customers by Daimler Trucks.

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Isuzu Truck launches new Grafter Green 3.5 tonne truck range

Isuzu Truck UK has launched a new line of 2018 Grafter 3.5 tonne rigid trucks called the Grafter Green range.

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Southampton launches 30 free EV chargers in city centre

Thirty new electric vehicle charging points have gone live in five of Southampton City Council’s multi-storey car parks (MSCP).

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Swansea orders 38 new Dennis RCVs

Swansea Council has placed its largest ever order for refuse collection vehicles (RCV) – 38 new Dennis Eagle trucks – as part of a £6 million investment.

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Labcraft to take new vehicle lighting systems to CV Show

LED lighting designers and manufacturers Labcraft will present two new lighting solutions for commercial vehicles at this year’s CV show which it says will raise the bar for safety and illumination in the vehicle work place.

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Novadata offers compliance advice at the CV Show

Transport training, tachograph analysis and a range of specially developed transport compliance products are all represented at Novadata Transport Training’s stand at the CV Show in April.

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Cartwright Conversions builds bariatric ambulance for hospital

Doncaster based Cartwright Conversions has designed and built a bariatric ambulance for Bristol’s Southmead Hospital.

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D&S Plant Services buys Trime UK's new X-Splash Wash Bay

Sustainable lighting tower manufacturer Trime UK has designed and built a line of equipment cleaning systems operating from recycled water.

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Market confusion as best new diesels clean as petrol, say analysts

The best new diesel cars are as clean as petrol – while others ten times over legal limit – according to new data from Emissions Analytics’ EQUA Index,

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Reaclear officially launched by ISS

Reaclear, from Innovative Safety Systems, aims to eliminate reversing accidents. Steve Banner attended the launch at Duncefold Park Racetrack in February to see the system in action.

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Sign up for Future Fleet Live!

After the huge success of Future Fleet Forum 2018, LAPV has teamed up with Fire & Rescue magazine to launch Future Fleet Live, two unique driving experience and demo days to take place at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire on 27-28 June 2018.

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New Leeds service centre for Dennis Eagle

Refuse collection vehicle manufacturer Dennis Eagle has announced the relocation of its Leeds Service Centre to a new, larger centre at Gildersome Spur, providing customers in the region with more convenient access to a wide range of services.

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Aston Barclay network prepares to expand LCV operation

The Aston Barclay network is expanding its interests in light commercial vehicles. 

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Schmidt set to launch fully electric Swingo 200+ sweeper

The first fully-electric sweeper is being launched by Schmidt, part of the ASH Group. The zero emission machine is the e-version of its best-selling Swingo 200+ sweeper and will make its debut at IFAT 2018 in May.

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National campaign launched to combat construction air pollution

A national campaign has been launched to tackle air pollution after a survey by the Considerate Constructors Scheme highlighted the need.

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Merc eActros set for road tests with customers

The eActros – the electric truck from Mercedes-Benz Trucks – is set to be tested on the roads with selected operators.

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Carrbridge gamekeeper wins Polaris ATV

Carrbridge gamekeeper Ewan Archer has taken delivery of a brand new Polaris Sportsman 570 – won in the 2017 Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) raffle.

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Mercedes-Benz launches Actros1 ‘ultimate driver’s truck’

Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK has unveiled a drivers’ special model of its heavy-duty truck the Actros which is full of optional technology, comfort and visual enhancements.

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ERM Advanced Telematics to expand products and services

International automotive technology provider ERM Advanced Telematics is to expand its range of products and services to vehicle manufacturers and importers over the coming year.

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Dennis Eagle Olympus RCV gets upgrade

Dennis Eagle’s Olympus refuse collection vehicle has been upgraded to improve operational performance.

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Aylesbury Vale uses Spedian graphics to recruit RCV crews

Graphic panels on the sides of refuse collection vehicles are helping Aylesbury Vale District Council get a range of messages across to local residents – including advertising vacancies in its recycling and waste collection team.

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Thanet DC first council to buy electric mowers

In a local authority first, Thanet District Council is introducing six new electric lawn-mowers to its open spaces fleet.

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Outriggerpads creates new spreader plate calculator for IPAF

Spreader plate and crane mat specialist Outriggerpads has created a new calculator to help users accurately choose the right pads for each job.

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Chevin launches FleetWave Forms mobile app

A new data collection app, FleetWave Forms, has been unveiled by Chevin Fleet Solutions offering code-free customisation for more than just fleet.

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Isuzu is the choice for Riverside Truck Rental at 7.5t

Riverside Truck Rental has added 16 Isuzu Forward N75.190 rigids into its spot rental fleet as part of a major fleet investment programme, making Isuzu now the favoured choice for Riverside in the 7.5 tonne GVW category.

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Versalift launches E6 pick-up mounted platform

A new pick-up vehicle-mounted platform with a Euro 6 engine has been launched by Versalift who have redesigned the LAT135-H E6.

Picture of Robert Millar (left) of dealership PA Turney and Nathan Walker (right) of Ransomes delivering the mowers to Tom Dew of Continental Landscapes

Continental Landscapes buys 33 Ransomes mowers

Grounds maintenance specialist Continental Landscapes has bought 33 mowers from Ransomes including two Parkway three-cylinder mowers, 28 HR300 rotary mowers with Müthing decks, two MP493 rotary mowers and one MP495 cylinder mower.

Zircotec focuses R&D on exhaust temperature reduction

Heat management specialist Zircotec says it has launched research and development programmes to help commercial vehicle manufacturers deal with the increased exhaust temperatures needed for higher emissions standards.

Picture of the new Optare Low Carbon Solo in the livery of Shiel Buses

Optare Low Carbon Solo for Shiel Buses

The Scottish Highlands-based bus and coach hire business Shiel Buses has added a 9.2m Optare Solo to its fleet.

Graphic logo of the FORS Security and counter terrorism training scheme

FORS launches Security and Counter Terrorism training

A security and counter terrorism training resource has been launched by FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme.

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Toyota I Site learns from 50,000 smart trucks at CeMAT 2018

Toyota will be sharing its approach to lean logistics at CeMAT 2018 with the theme of Think: Like:Toyota.

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RoadHawk dash cams now available in new Trakm8 package

Online vehicle tracking specialists Trakm8 is offering a RoadHawk dash cam as part of its Trakm8 Prime Protect package.

Picture of he new RCV being delivered to AE Burgess and Sons in Leicestershire

AE Burgess & Sons buys new RCV from RVS’s RediTruck

Leicestershire-based waste management provider AE Burgess & Sons has bought a new 26 tonne Mercedes Econic Dennis Olympus refuse collection vehicle from Refuse Vehicle Solutions’ RediTruck division.

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Public consultation starts on development of Bristol’s EV chargepoint network

A public consultation has being launched to assess Bristol’s existing chargepoint network for electric vehicles.

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Angus fits vehicle cameras to protect public and prevent bogus claims

Cameras and reversing radar systems have been fitted to waste, recycling and cleansing vehicles by Angus Council to protect the public and guard against bogus insurance claims.

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Eminox upgrades 400 buses for London LEBZs

More than 400 buses have been upgraded to meet the requirements of the new Low Emission Bus Zones (LEBZ) in London by Lincolnshire-based emissions reduction specialists Eminox.

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Aylesbury Vale women’s team to defend National Refuse Champions title

The reigning National Refuse Champions – Aylesbury Vale District Council – is preparing not one but two teams to defend its 2017 title including an all-female team of loaders and drivers preparing to take on all-comers.

Picture of two men emptying a commercial bin into a bin lorry fitted with a VWS pay-by-weight system

VWS to self-verify pay-by-weight systems

Reading-based Vehicle Weighing Solutions (VWS) has been approved by the National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO) to verify its own bin weighing and underbody weighing equipment for pay-by-weight services.

Picture of the new Stertil Koni, two-post vehicle lift hoisting a removals van in the air

Stepney Brothers buys Stertil Koni two-post lift

A Stertil Koni two-post hydraulic vehicle lift has been bought by Stepney Brothers for use in its recently extended workshops.

Picture of a man cutting a tall hedge with the ECHO HCA-265ES HD hedge cutter

New ECHO hedge cutter aims for better safety and efficiency

A new articulating hedge cutter – the ECHO HCA-265ES HD – has been launched to improve efficiency and safety when cutting high hedges.

Picture of Aylesbury Vale District Council's transport manager David Clark

Aylesbury Vale buys 17 Merc Econics with FAUN Zoeller bodies and lifts

A new fleet of 17 Mercedes-Benz refuse trucks has been bought by Aylesbury Vale District Council in Buckinghamshire.

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