Vehicle lift helps to improve efficiency

When considering equipment to support its new purpose-built workshop, Brian Robinson Machinery decided to purchase a Stertil Koni heavy duty, surface-mounted Skylift in preference to an excavated inspection pit.

Addressing the HGV technician shortage with a bespoke training initiative

Venson Automotive Solutions is bridging the skills gap in the fleet and automotive sector with an ‘Upskilling Programme’, an initiative that nurtures a new generation of HGV Technicians.

Hinkley and Bosworth promotes recycling via its RCVs

 Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council is promoting recycling initiatives and bulky waste collections via messaging on its RCVs

Technology for improved service

Acumen, the provider of industrial site services and waste management solutions, has deployed the latest mobile workforce technology to streamline and expand its business.

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Why Barry’s Skip Hire chose a Mercedes-Benz Arocs hookloader

Barry’s Skip Hire has a new Mercedes-Benz eight-wheeled hookloader with a point to prove.

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Equinox Recycling says pay-by-weight behind business boom

Kent-based Equinox Recycling has noticed a significant impact on its revenue since installing its entire fleet of waste collection vehicles with bin-weighing systems, all of which have been fully weights and measures certified for Pay-by-Weight services. Every collection is weighed to within 1kg and customers are charged according to what they dispose of.

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Recycling firm First Mile buys 20 Isuzu Forwards in three years

After acquiring its first ever Isuzu vehicle three years ago, London based recycling company First Mile now has more than 20 in its fleet of 62 vehicles, all based on the Isuzu Forward 7.5 tonne rigid chassis cab.

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Chepstow Plant International buys 99 new Volvos

Chepstow Plant International has signed a deal with SMT GB for the supply of 99 machines for its mineral, aggregates and earthmoving fleet.

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How John Clarke wins 85% of jobs with mini digger and Engcon tiltrotator

A new EC02 tiltrotator package supplied to John Clarke Mini Digger Hire by Engcon is credited with helping the company win 85% of jobs they quote for.

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Thomas Sherriff takes in GKB Machines in Scottish Borders

The Groundcare Division of Thomas Sherriff has become an official GKB Machines dealer.

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Why William Hamilton & Sons invested in a Volvo L150H loading shovel

William Hamilton & Sons has bought a Volvo L150H loading shovel to work on a new contract handling residual waste for South Lanarkshire Council and Viridor.

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THC Landscapes buys new Reform Metrac H4X

North-east England-based THC Landscapes has bought a replacement hydrostatic drive Reform Metrac H4X mower.

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Why GK Hire chose more Kubota machines

Dublin-based plant hire firm GK Hire has just bought 13 more Kubota mini-excavators to bolster its fleet and meet increasing demand from the construction market in Ireland.

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Volvo’s L45H loading shovel a hit with HM & BP Parry

After nine months using the Volvo’s L45H loading shovel, North Wales recycling company owner Harry Parry says he’s delighted with it.

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Cameron Forecourt builds new refuelling facility for Aggregate Industries

Aggregate Industries, based in Bardon Hill, Leicestershire, needed to make improvements to fuel supply facilities at its Bardon Hill quarry. They chose Cameron Forecourt for the job.

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Stertil Koni Skylift chosen by East Riding

The success of two existing Stertil Koni vehicle lifts was a major factor in ordering a SKY 250 Skylift for the vehicle washbay in Beverley, says East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

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Why GAP Hire Solutions chooses Kubota excavators

GAP Hire Solutions bought more than 100 new Kubota KX027-4 excavators in 2017. 

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Dorset Waste Partnership uses Spedian to help residents sort recycling

Helping people remember what rubbish goes into which wheelie bin or recycling box is a challenge for local authorities trying to increase recycling rates and divert waste from costly treatment or landfill.

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Shorts Group adds fourth short radius ECR235 to its fleet

Berkshire-based Shorts Group has added a fourth Volvo ECR235 excavator to its growing machinery fleet.

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Reservoir groundwork specialist opts for Shibaura slope mower

Taunton-based contractors Ecology Works had pretty compelling reasons for adding a Shibaura SG280 Slope Mower to their fleet, as owner Drew Harris explained.

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How Whale Tankers uses apprenticeship scheme to invest in the future

Whale Tankers has long-running apprenticeship scheme through which young people can learn through a combination of hands-on training and academic study.

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Toyota to provide forklift trucks to NHS Wales

Forklift and warehouse trucks for NHS Wales will be supplied by Toyota Material Handling UK which has been chosen as a partner for materials handling equipment by the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP.

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Why outsourcing fleet maintenance works for Devon Contract Waste

Outsourcing the maintenance of its refuse collection vehicle fleet has paid off, says Exeter-based waste management company Devon Contract Waste (DCW).

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Hyva UK reports a good 2016 and sees more of the same in 2017

Despite the economic and political uncertainties, 2016 was a good year reports Hyva UK, with the truck market remaining strong.

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Eurovia buys Merc Actros and King low-loader with safety in mind

Infrastructure services firm Eurovia has bought a new Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor unit with a King low-loader semi-trailer.

TD Bowles sticks to Mercedes-Benz vans

Time is money for plant operators so when one calls to raise the alarm over a broken down digger or excavator, specialist repairer TD Bowles needs to know its engineer’s van will get him to the scene as quickly as possible.

Contract maintenance booms for Marshall Fleet Solutions

For the first time in the history of Marshall Fleet Solutions, the Cambridge based company now has more than 12,000 assets running on full repair and maintenance contracts with customers, representing an increase of almost 200% in its contracts work over the past three years.

South Gloucestershire and Suez choose Romaquip

In the world of resource management the four R’s of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover take centre stage. In South Gloucestershire, where Suez Recycling and Recovery UK and South Gloucestershire Council have been working together for 17 years to collect and manage household waste, changes are on the horizon.

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10 years of Stertil Koni wireless mobile column lifts

Since introducing its range of wireless mobile column lifts in 2006, Stertil Koni has been a key player in the servicing and maintenance of commercial and public service vehicles.

Fair and accurate charging key to success for Devon Contract Waste

Exeter-based waste management company Devon Contract Waste (DCW) says it can now bill its customers more fairly and consistently after installing the Enviroweigh bin weighing system from Vehicle Weighing Solutions (VWS) onto its fleet.

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Reform Metracs boost Pennine Environmental Solutions

David Paisley proprietor of nationwide contracting company Pennine Environmental Solutions says he attributes the growth of his business to the acquisition, almost four years ago, of his 59hp, 4 cylinder, diesel powered, hydrostatic drive Reform Metrac H5X.

Aebi Schmidt's Swingo compact sweeper

Aebi Schmidt's Swingo compact sweeper is celebrating its 40th birthday. Since first being introduced back in the 1970s, the machine has won many accolades and Swingos are constantly in action all over the world on city streets, airports and military bases. LAPV talked to Aebi Schmidt's new MD Richard Bryant and international key account manager Mike Moore about the Swingo's development.

Rearclear, by Innovative Safety Systems (ISS)

Refuse collection vehicle drivers always use a reversing assistant when their vehicle has to back up – local authorities and their sub-contractors insist on it as they are determined to avoid reversing accidents. The reversing assistant carefully guides the driver backwards, ensuring the vehicle doesn't hit anything or anyone. That, at least, is the theory, writes Steve Banner.

Update on RVS fleet services

RVS has launched another service and now offers a hire fleet made up of both new and used vehicles. This includes a range of 15 tonne and 26 tonne RCVs, hook-loaders, top-loaders and front-end-loaders, all available for short and long-term projects. LAPV reports.

R&W Civil Engineering: smarter with road waste

Maximising productivity is paramount for any operator of expensive vehicles or plant. So when Hampshire-based R&W Civil Engineering found that it had to send road gully cleaning lorries on a daily 180-mile round trip to discharge at an accredited facility, it clearly had to find an alternative solution, reports LAPV.

Johnston Sweepers: the year ahead

It's an exciting time at Johnston Sweepers: apart from the launch of new products, the company has undergone a major reorganisation, with its Swiss parent company Bucher Industries bringing its three sweeper divisions under one roof, reports Jemma Dempsey.

JCB's Wastemaster range

Whether you operate one or more waste and recycling sites, managing the influx of material efficiently and economically are two of the biggest challenges. Chris Cox, JCB's general manager for the waste and recycling sector, explains how the right machine can help improve operations and safety. Dan Roberts reports.

Alf Kitching chooses Bell Equipment ADT

Civil engineering excavation company Alf Kitching has bought a Bell Equipment articulated dump truck (ADT) to help meet the demands of an increasing workload.

Ten things local authorities should know about fleet finance

No two local authorities are the same. Even neighbouring councils can operate their fleets in vastly different ways and are influenced by their budget, policy towards outsourcing and the type of vehicles they operate, writes Suzanne Phillips, national fleet consultant at Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions.

A vehicle for every season – Max Holder is entering the UK market

Fleet managers in local authorities in the UK are having to become more efficient so that they can do more jobs with less equipment. Multi-functional vehicles are consequently more popular than ever. However, with more work being squeezed out of the kit, this puts a greater onus on quality. German manufacturer Max Holder is entering the uk market and aims to deliver a new benchmark in multi-use vehicles, writes Ann-Marie Knegt.

Choked up between the environment and austerity

PREVIEW OF LAPV DECEMBER:After the introduction of the Euro VI legislation, compact sweepers were declassified as specialist off-road vehicles. This has opened up the market and given councils greater choice because the off-road Stage IIIb engine does not require an expensive exhaust emissions system and is consequently cheaper. So does this compromise the environment? Jemma Dempsey reports.

Dynamic steering improves muscular and skeletal problems for commercial drivers.

More than half of truck drivers in Europe have problems with back, neck and shoulder pain, according to a study by Volvo Trucks. New Volvo Dynamic Steering makes it possible to control a truck with minimal effort – and reduces the risk of injury for the driver.

Resourceful with road waste

Local authorities are now capable of ‘cleaning up' in the cost reduction stakes when it comes to road sweepings and gulley waste by not just focusing on the cost effective machinery used to collect that material, but by looking at the bigger and more sustainable picture of recycling that material into a high value product, writes Mark Jennings Projects Manager for recycling firm CDEnviro.

Competitive dialogue opens new avenues for Councils in Essex

Three Essex Councils have taken an innovative approach to the management of their fleet and workshops, which has resulted in tangible efficiency savings and increased delivery of service to the public. Colchester Borough Council, Braintree District Council and Basildon Borough Council were the first local authorities in the UK to think out of the box and step away from the conventional tendering process for their fleet management requirements, and were able to select the best delivery of service via competitive dialogue, reports Ann-Marie Knegt.

Keeping green, staying clean

Fleet managers in enlightened councils are ‘going green', but must weigh up conflicting opinion from informed circles when trying to pick the best fuels for the purpose, reports Mike Gerber

LandRover 110in Defender Crew Cab Pickup

Why does a company with three ranges of luxury 4X4s worry about making its farmers' hack into a luxury 4X4? It's like dressing your granny in fishnets! says David Stokes.

CIWM – Waste is a global resource

Waste and resource management officials from all over the UK and Ireland will be heading for the sunny shores of Paignton again, to visit the CIWM conference and exhibition from the 12th -15th June, 2007.

Visibility for all

In every issue a top spokesperson from within the industry or a Local Authority voices his opinion on issues that concern LA work. LAPV invited David Timms, marketing manager for Britax PMG, to comment on the importance of safe electrical equipment in vehicles.

So what's new?

LAPV looks at some prime examples of access platforms, maintenance platforms and HGV tail lifts.

Engineers keep resources on track with Masternaut

Westshield, the civil engineering and building contractor for several Highway Authorities, has begun using a sophisticated vehicle telematics service from Masternaut that gives up-to-the-minute information on the location of its vehicles via the web. The Masternaut system is designed to reduce thefts, cut insurance costs and boost productivity – it allows Westshield to monitor the movements of hundreds of vehicles and items of plant, comments Robert Peel, spokesperson for Masternaut.

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