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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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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.

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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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First all-electric RCV starts City of London trial

The UK’s first fully-electric refuse collection vehicle (RCV) has started a two-month trial in the City of London.

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Econ recruits 20 new staff after Beast from the East

North Yorkshire manufacturer Econ is taking on 20 new staff to cope with increased demand for its winter maintenance and road repair vehicles after last winter’s extreme weather conditions.

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New EV charging scheme for Barbican residents

Residents in London’s Barbican who use an electric vehicle (EV) now have access to 30 permanent charging points across the Grade II-listed estate.

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Kubota to show new KX030-4 mini-excavator at Hillhead

Kubota UK will be showing its range of compact construction equipment at this year’s Hillhead show, including mini-excavators, wheeled loaders and tracked dumpers.

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New York to install 100 EV fast-charging stations

One hundred fast-charging stations for electric vehicles will be installed by New York City next year, marking the first time the technology will be available for the authority’s vehicles.

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Simply Waste staff compete for selection for National Refuse Championships

Employees at independent waste management company Simply Waste Solutions (SWS), have been competing to win a place in one of the company’s two teams taking part in this year’s National Refuse Championships.

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Cenex appoints Dennis Hayter as chairman

Transport and energy specialist Cenex has appointed Dennis Hayter as chairman.

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Grundon fits Labcraft Banksman system to fleet for safer working

Waste management operator Grundon has fitted a new lighting system to its vehicle fleet for improved visibility during night time work.

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Pivot Power plans National Grid linked EV charging network

Pivot Power has unveiled plans to build a 2GW network of grid-scale batteries and rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the UK.

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Hartlepool chooses Bigbelly to slam the door on nuisance seagulls

Hartlepool is aiming to kill two birds with one stone by replacing open bins with 15 Bigbelly smart stations in a bid to tackle nuisance seagulls while improving bin emptying efficiency.

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Lanes buys first low-entry hi-vis drains vehicle

The first specialist drainage tanker with the new low-entry, high-visibility lorry cab developed by Scania has been brought to the UK by Lanes Group plc.

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eVolt installs electric vehicle charging hub in Dundee

eVolt UK has installed the latest versions of its electric vehicle rapid charging units to help Dundee City Council promote electric taxi use.

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Nidec ASI launches Ultra Fast Charger – 15mins for 500km travel

Nidec ASI has launched a new electric vehicle charging system – the Ultra Fast Charger (UFC) – which it says will radically speed up the recharging of batteries.

Picture of model trucks fitted with Brigade Electronics' Backsense Network-Radar

Brigade to show new radar network at Hillhead

Brigade Electronics returns to the Hillhead show this year with Backsense – a budget sensing system designed for machines – and the new Backsense Network-radar aimed at OEMs.

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Frank Key unlocks the X-Splash Wash Bay

Frank Key Tool Hire has taken delivery of its first X-Splash Wash Bay which is designed with the reduction of environmental impact in mind.

Picture of an artist's impression of Rhino Products' new factory in Deeside

Rhino Products to expand with new factory in Deeside

Commercial vehicle accessory manufacturer Rhino Products is to build an 87,250sqft factory in Deeside, North Wales.

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Ctrack joins FleetCheck partner programme

FleetCheck has expanded its partner programme with a new agreement with fleet telematics specialist Ctrack.

Picture of PVS founder and managing director Marcus Puddy (left) with Paul Tregale and Imma Matcham

Puddy Vehicle Solutions launches asset finance brokerage

A new finance brokerage aimed at commercial vehicle and specialist vehicle fleets, plant and machinery has been launched by Puddy Vehicle Solutions (PVS).

Picture of Tony Nicholson, of CTS Hire, handing keys of a vehicle to Caroline Roffey, of Hinckley & Bosworth BC, with CTS's workshop manager Ricky Stretch and two of the temporary bin lorries in the background

CTS Hire supports new recycling service at Hinckley & Bosworth BC

Gloucestershire-based hire firm CTS Hire is providing eight brand new recycling vehicles to Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council to support its new in-house recycling service which was launched in April 2018.

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Urbaser rolls out new service in North and East Herts

Waste contractor Urbaser has begun a new waste collection and street cleansing contract for North and East Hertfordshire.

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Dennis Eagle unveils eCollect electric vehicle at IFAT

Dennis Eagle has unveiled the new eCollect electric vehicle at the IFAT trade show in Munich. The vehicle is set to go into production in late 2019.

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Asset Alliance builds 3.5 tonne Urban Crash Cushion

Asset Alliance has built a 3.5 tonne Urban Crash Cushion demonstrator, designed to offer increased protection to roadworkers on slower carriageways.

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Barnet buys Glutton street cleansing fleet

A new fleet of new environmentally-friendly, mechanised street cleansing machines has been bought by Barnet Council.

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SteerSafe produces added sound to protect vulnerable road users from EV danger

Electric vehicles without low-speed sound added could be silent killers says SteerSafe.

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NYC to use 99% renewable diesel to cut greenhouse gas emissions

New York City is to use renewable diesel to power large vehicles in its fleet. Renewable diesel is made almost exclusively of plants and animal fats, with just 1% of its contents derived from petroleum.

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Triscan Group acquires Timeplan Fuel Solutions

The Triscan Group, who are one of the UK’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of fuel management systems, has acquired Timeplan Fuel Solutions Ltd. Timeplan has been providing fuel management solutions since 1978.

Picture of Councillor Debbie Mason with the new vehicle and crew members Mick Morley, Ryan Curzon and Scott Chewings

Rushclffe BC choses Reaclear and Cyclear for new RCV

Rushcliffe Borough Council has bought a new 26t Dennis Elite vehicle fitted with the Cyclear Cyclist Safety Warning Device and the Reaclear reverse manoeuvre safety system, both from Innovative Safety Systems (ISS).

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ABS opts for new Whale tanker

A new 18 tonne VacuumWhale tanker has been specified and built for Reading-based company A Better Service (ABS).

Picture of the back of a truck fitted with Sentinel Systems' Auto-Braking radar

Sentinel Systems’ updated Auto-Braking radar at APSE

Commercial vehicle safety specialists Sentinel Systems will be showing off the latest version of its Auto-Braking radar system at this year’s APSE Fleet, Waste and Grounds Seminar in Aviemore.

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PHVC gets first Iveco Daily Line Hi-Matic minibus and orders 20 more

Minibus supplier PHVC has taken delivery of the UK’s first right-hand drive, factory-built Iveco Daily Line Hi-Matic minibus.

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