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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.

Committed to cut out carbon

Cenex Project Development Manager Andrew Whittles previously worked in Local Government and brought with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise, thus forging strong working relationships between Cenex and several local authorities in the UK.

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.

Fleet management

Relatively new technology like this includes: vehicle inventory management systems, vehicle servicing scheduling systems, scheduling VI systems for the inspection & testing for commercial vehicles and fuel usage and control.

Fleet management software from RAC Software Solutions

Whether you're running and maintaining a fleet of just road vehicles or a combination of vehicles, plant and equipment, new fleet software is now available to help improve efficiency, explains George Webb

Fuel monitoring and security

Fuel theft is an almighty headache for council fleet managers, but how prevalent a crime it is nationally across the haulage sector is probably impossible to pin down. LAPV knows because we've tried, laments Mike Gerber

Gritty, gritty, bang, bang!

Funnily enough, winter maintenance in the UK remains a ‘hot' issue, reports Ann-Marie Knegt. Unlike several of our continental counterparts we can never count on long cold winters - but when the cold strikes the grit hits the fan!

Grounds maintenance - getting down to grassroots!

If there is one common theme in the world of local authority grass cutters it's variety, from the smooth fairway of the local municipal golf course and those tricky roadside verges to the wilderness of local authority waste ground, reports Alison Campbell.

Honda Accord – good for a large estate

Honda's Accord is a big car and in estate form or tourer is suitable for local authority usage, explains David Stokes.

Intelligent spreading - winter maintenance with a twist

What was once a case of dumping sand on the road is now a high-tech business. Ann-Marie Knegt reports on the latest winter maintenance vehicle technology.

IOG SALTEX Preview 2004

LAPV's Aidan Turnbull takes a close look at a few of the top companies and their products appearing at this year's IOG SALTEX show - the largest grounds-care event in Europe - held at the Windsor Racecourse, Berkshire.

Iveco Daily 35C12D HPI Crew Cab Tipper

Looking for a safe and comfortable means of transporting the workforce? Then put a seven-seat Iveco Daily 35C12D crew cab tipper on your shortlist, writes Geoff Ashcroft.

CIWM Annual Exhibition 2005

The CIWM Annual Conference & Exhibition is the world's largest annual event dedicated to waste management. The Exhibition is the established showcase for the waste management industry, attracting over 370 companies from the UK and overseas.

Bin weighing and lifting

Substantial funding to local authorities from ‘The National Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund', via DEFRA, has enabled the introduction of extensive recycling regimes without financially crippling the local authorities concerned, reports Alan MacLachlan.

Breaking new ground – compact dumpers & mini-excavators

There seems to be no let up in the continued popularity of mini excavators and site dumpers. Used individually or as a matched pair, such equipment has become an essential and practical tool for anyone that would have previously reached for the wheelbarrow and spade.

The Citroen C2 Van

Our regular vehicle correspondent David Stokes recently roadtested the new Citroen C2 - ‘a wonderful and award-winning van'. Here is his report.

Arriva's Green Commitment

Protecting the environment is everyone's responsibility, and is something that is an integral part of the culture of one of the most well-established and well-respected rental companies in the UK.

40% and rising at Colchester!

Not only does it save amazing amounts of money but the accolade - ‘leading the way forward towards excellence in waste management' - was recently bestowed on Colchester by no less a body than the Audit Commission. With these kinds of plaudits you really do begin to wonder what's going on here?</

The new sweeping evolution

After three years of reviewing customer feedback and re-examining every component of the truck-mounted range, Johnston Sweepers has now launched its new intelligent sweeping evolution, the V Range, writes Ann-Marie Knegt.

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