Staffordshire Moorlands Community see brand new community minibus on the roads

27th September saw a Staffordshire charity's community transport service receive a boost with a new custom-built minibus from conversion and mobility specialists Stanford Coachworks.

Alphabet electric vehicle trial suggest a role for “EV ambassadors” within fleets

Fleets need to create internal electric vehicle “knowledge centres” to aid drivers to understand their benefits and limitations, suggests an in-depth pilot study by Alphabet.

Collective optimisation of front-line services

Adur and Worthing Borough Councils have pooled resources to make waste and street-scene more efficient and more customer responsive.

Multitasking vehicles

Local authorities are in the front line when pressure mounts on available budgets and resources. Not only do they have to be seen to be constantly improving services, but they have less cash to do so, writes Mark Hopkins of Mercedes-Benz Unimog UK.

Gamma lifts expectations at PFB!

“Good reputation, a versatile product, and excellent customer support,” is how Paul Knibbs, National Sales Manager for PFB Self Drive plc, describes the basis of his decision to order eight ‘Gamma' bin-lifters from Zoeller Waste Systems for the latest additions to his fleet of refuse collection vehicles.

A heavy load?

In every issue a top spokesperson from within the industry or a Local Authority voices his opinion on issues that concern their field of work. LAPV invited Roger Taylor from Volvo Construction to comment on the infrastructure at waste processing facilities.

Access everywhere

Daisy Foster considers changes to the Working at Height regulations which have ensured that employers are now legally compelled to provide full training for any workers who use powered access equipment.

SALTEX 2007 – Get grounded!

Daisy Foster presents a pick of the best at the upcoming IOG Saltex exhibition, held at Windsor Racecourse from September 4th until the 6th of September.

A matter of quality

Many people will know Bunce Ashbury from its range of Epoke winter maintenance equipment. Few, however, will know the company also distributes several ranges of high quality grounds care equipment which will be on show at SALTEX. LAPV talks to Andrew Bunce.

Procuring the best

Alan MacLachlan takes a look at some of the upsand- downs of special purpose vehicle procurement with a little help from a well-known expert…

Plant solutions

Hydraulic breaker from Bobcat

Proximity principle

LAs dealing with construction sites find that there is a greater need than ever to recycle building waste as close as possible to where the aggregate was originally created, due to the increasing severity of regulations, reports Marcus Clay.

Nilfisk-Advance demonstrates two new sweepers at CIWM

Keeping streets and other paved areas clean and litter free is an ongoing challenge for Local Authorities and contract cleaners alike. At CIWM, Nilfisk-Advance will demonstrate two fast and highly mobile solutions from its innovative RS road sweeper range for public and private sector applications. On display will be the compact RS 501 and top-of-the-range RS 1300, both designed to make outdoor cleaning not just easier but more productive and cost-effective, whether on footpath, car park, shopping mall or city street.

Bradford chooses Faun Variopress

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council has chosen a Faun Variopress on a Mercedes Benz Econic chassis as a fleet of 13 replacement vehicles for 2007. The Council's fleet exists of over 50 refuse collection vehicles covering 141 square miles collecting the waste and recyclables from 200,000 domestic properties.

Schmidt merges with AEBI

AEBI and Schmidt Groups announced that both companies would merge in order to give rise to a new consortium on the world market.

Dumfries and Galloway get high-tech vehicle workshop

Dumfries and Galloway Council and Contract hire Service Provider Fraikin have entered a new era of cooperation, say council officials. The council's Combined Services division is operating from a brand-new vehicle maintenance facility in conjunction with Fraikin.The department's fleet encompasses over 700 items of plant and equipment. Fraikin is currently responsible for managing around 300 of these, ranging from street sweepers and grounds maintenance vehicle through to 26-tonne refuse collection and recycling trucks.

New strategy on waste in the UK

It's show season again. Everyone comes out of their offices and heads off to places such as the Commercial Vehicle Show, CIWM and Saltex to see the latest developments in vehicle and grounds equipment technology.

Ratcliff introduces training courses

Amongst the wealth of new products launched at the Commercial Vehicle show back in April, UK Tail Lift specialists Ratcliff Palfinger also launched new training courses for end-users.

Weighing Up Your Options Ratcliff

The possible tagging of refuse bins with the view to introducing 'charge-by-weight' schemes in the long term is generating much a discussion. There are several companies who offer these systems, including Red Forge Ltd, based in Redditch.

Getting on top of Health & Safety

Qi Van Systems, the Midlands based vehicle racking and storage specialist has relaunched its G2000 Ladder Rack unit with improved specification and a lower price with a view to aiding health & safety.

Tevo can rack it

Tevo designs and manufactures a comprehensive range of invehicle storage and workshop systems for mobile operations.

Johnston Road Sweeper Compact 50 - streets ahead!

A road sweeper is always a welcome sight in one's neighbourhood and driving one is - undeservedly - one of society's less respected jobs. An hour trying to get to grips with one of Johnston's smaller sweepers showed me that they are not an easily operated piece of plant - reports David Stokes.

The JCB Mini CX

Can JCB create a new local authority market in the UK with its Mini CX? The firm reckons so, Geoff Ashcroft reports.

ABRO Fleet Services - providing ‘Best Value' for local authorities

ABRO Fleet Services, formerly the Army Base Repair Organisation, became a trading company in its own right in April 2002 and since then has been targeting public sector customers with a range of services based on its core competences, fleet maintenance.

What a Load of Rubbish!

The introduction of the wheelie bin over the traditional noisy metal dustbin or the later easily torn black plastic bag by cats, dogs and foxes was a definite advance. David Stokes explains what it's all about.

New leaf blower from Stocks Sweepers

At the request of Darren Martin, Fleet manager at Powys Council, Stocks Sweepers has developed an all new leaf blower system to deal with the Council's serious leaf removal problem, called Tempest.

State-of-the-art sweeping

Johnston Sweepers recently launched a brand new range of sweepers at the Britannia Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool. Clients and distributors of the company came from all over Britain and Europe to see the new C201 range in action, and the new compact sweeper didn't disappoint, reports Ann-Marie Knegt.

Isuzu Truck MD's TV performance leads to massive new order

The appearance of Isuzu Truck's managing director Nikki King on the Channel 4 ‘Undercover Boss' programme coincided with Somerset company Walton Civil Engineering reviewing its new vehicle acquisition policy.

Targeted investment results in efficiency savings

By using a JCB Teletruk telescopic lift truck instead of a traditional counterbalance forklift, specialist recycler WasteCare is saving 40 minutes on unloading each trailer at its Leeds headquarters, and this has resulted in a substantial increase in site capacity.

Another breed of cat

Bobcats are adaptable creatures at home in widely diverse and challenging habitats. So if you're going to name your company after them, and you're in the business of producing compact mobile equipment for construction, landscaping, agriculture, grounds maintenance, utility, industrial and mining applications, your kit has got plenty to live up to, writes Mike Gerber.

Largest hybrid fleet in Scotland for North Ayrshire Council

North Ayrshire Council has purchased a fleet of seven new eco-friendly vans, making it the proud owner of the largest hybrid van fleet in Scotland. The Council has purchased the award-winning Hybrid Transit vans from Ashwoods Automotive.

Charging up for a green future

Myles Barker,Technical Specialist for Cenex, looks at some of the findings from the involvement in, Government-funded trials,such as the Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Programme (LCVPP) and Plugged-in Places (PiP) Scheme.

Effective stock control with the RDS Loadmaster series

Effective stock control has never been so important given the challenges businesses face in the current economic climate. To help make the most efficient use of product, time and machinery, RDS Technology is launching its Loadmaster iX range of on-board weighing systems for medium to large wheeled loaders.

Financial alternatives for weighbridge funding

Investment in capital equipment such as a weighbridge system is tough in the current economic climate. Chris McAllister, product manager at Avery Weigh-Tronix, outlines some alternative financial options.

Budget cuts put pressure on vehicle workshops

Generally, the way to maximise efficiency is to invest in new technology and equipment. In the case of the wide range of services provided by local authorities, this often translates into regular renewal of vehicle fleets. But Government cutbacks are resulting in changes to traditional working practices, writes Tony Richards.

No compromising on winter maintenance practice

Croatian manufacturer, Rasco has appointed Pelican Engineering as sales and servicing partner for England, Scotland and Wales. Ivan Fanicevic, CEO of Rasco, points out that with a top manufacturing facility and an established dealer network, winter maintenance equipment need not cost the earth.

A new benchmark in bin weighing

Geesinknorba has developed a system that handles different combinations of bins and RFID chips and weighs very accurately without pausing the lifting cycle down. The company believes it has set a new technological benchmark,which will have universal appeal.

Robust tablet computer mounting solution from Ram Mount

Sporting a patented non-slip design with both shock & vibration dampening, RAM Mount is proving to be an essential system for any mobile electronics application.

The importance of driver training courses

What steps can operators of commercial vehicles take to protect their investment and manage their costs? Stephen Ellis, Head of Training for thre Road Haulage Association, points out that driver training can deliver great savings in any operation.

New hybrid RCV reaches UK shores

NTM's Hybrid KGLS-2B is a specialist recycling vehicle that collects two fractions of waste at once, and it is heading to our shores to make its debut at RWM in Birmingham.

Campey Turf Care Systems lauches new equipment at Saltex

The Vredo Turf Fix will renovate diverse fine turf surfaces from bowling greens to less accessible areas such as around bunkers, water features, bridges, gardens or even war graves, all to professional sports pitch standards. The 0.85m width lightweight unit only requires a low hp output for power and is designed to be hitched onto/towed by a professional grass mower. The Vredo double disc system is still a feature of the Turf Fix.

New triple reel mower covers all areas

Fulfilling grass cutting requirements in the extensive parks and open spaces of two Yorkshire cities while working to increasingly tight operating budgets, is the challenge for their respective local authorities and contractors. In both Sheffield and Bradford, John Deere's new 8400 Commercial triple reel mower is shouldering the workload – and has proved highly successful.

LAPV'll Fix It

In the spirit of the great Jimmy Saville, LAPV decided to make several little–and big–boys very happy. Joshua Malone (3) was treated by NTM-GB and Wiltshire Council to a ride in a brand new RCV. Mercedes-Benz Unimog presented Jose Sanchez de Muniain (5) with a limited edition Unimog U400 from Technical Lego.

New vehicle solution keeps Havant BC's plant on the go

Paul Stanley's grounds maintenance team at Havant Borough Council traditionally used panel vans with 16ft trailers to transport mowers to and from site. Paul recognised that the vans weren't used to their optimum. So he approached KFS Special vehicles, and together they came up with a solution that delivered tangible efficiency savings, reports Ann-Marie Knegt.

Case study: a different league of second-hand vehicles

Swindon Commercial Services (SCS) is a wholly owned company of Swindon Borough Council and is responsible for the waste collection, recycling, grounds and housing maintenance and fleet services within the local authority area. SCS operates a fleet of 16 RCVs and, in the past, if there was any shortfall in capacity due to a vehicle being off road for example, they would hire a replacement vehicle. In order to continue to focus on efficiencies, in September this year when an older vehicle was due for replacement, SCS decided to look at the possibility of purchasing a secondhand vehicle.

As good as new

An increasing number of local authorities are choosing to use a remanufactured refuse fleet, because a remanufactured vehicle can cost as little as 20% of the price of a new RCV, and has the same same operational life time.

Sorting it out at the kerb

This year's RWM – held at the NEC in Birmingham – saw the launch of an unusual new vehicle that is set to revolutionise recycling practice in the UK and Ireland, writes Ann-Marie Knegt.

A hog is not just for Christmas

Cambridgeshire County Council recently opened a new guided Busway which has been designed to relieve congestion problems. However, the dedicated winter maintenance equipment was too large to effectively treat the adjacent track. A solution was found in a multifunctional vehicle that can operate all year round.

Anticipating driver behaviour

There's a lot more to cutting fleet costs than simply checking fuel consumption. Preventing accidents and reducing service and maintenance costs also play a big role. One solution is to make drivers aware of their own prowess behind the wheel. A new system that relays accountibility about driving behaviour directly on to the person behind the wheel is now set to hit the UK.

Dennis Eagle stays true to its British identity

Dennis Eagle traditionally used to send its newly built RCVs from its manufacturing facility in Warwick to the paintshop in Aldridge near Birmingham. This meant the vehicles had to be driven there to be painted, and then be driven back to Warwick.

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