Louise Woodward, Programme Administrative Officer for Cenex, comments on the roll-out of a national charging infrastructure for electric and hybrid vehicles.
In today's era of landfill charges and LATs reporting, the weighbridge is at the heart of a waste organisation's data collection. Downtime can bring an operation to a halt - with direct repercussions for both cash flow and adherence to legislation - making an effective preventative maintenance programme vital, says John Coughlan of Avery Weigh-Tronix.
Vehicle outsourcing can help LAs focus on core services, writes David Hunt, Managing Director, Ryder Ltd.
David Wilford of No Going Back Productions, a specialist in noise measurement for waste collection and recycling services, discusses noise risks for recycling operatives, and how to overcome these.
Harrow Council's new waste and recycling service is used as a benchmark by other Local Authorities. It has won a number of awards and is set to deliver £3.2m in savings over the next 10 years. However none of this would have been possible without its high quality source of addressing, Harrow's Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG).
Ann-Marie Knegt visited Widnes to speak to Sid Sadique and Russell Markstein from Riverside Truck Rental,who believe that applying business models from private industry to Local Authority fleet management is the only sensible way forward. However, in order to succeed, major culture change is required.
Clare Summers points out that using efficient lighting and beacon systems can actually reduce downtime on waste management and street cleansing vehicles.
Louise Murphy visited several Swedish waste operators to see how they turn their waste into a valuable resource. NTM's Quatro system makes ipossible to recycle a staggering 90% of all materials, with only 10% being sent to the incinerator.This vehicle is now also available in the UK.
Lucy Phillips of TRL reports on IRWIN, a project which aims to use an improved local winter index to assess present and future needs for winter maintenance.
The tools and equipment carried in the rear of any local authority maintenance vehicle should be properly secured and organised, both for health and safety reasons but also for greater operational efficiency, explains Kevin Woodward, managing director of the Vehicle Enhancement Division of Bott.
Rising costs, shrinking budgets and the pressure for constant improvement in quality and service makes it a tough time to run a fleet. But it's not all doom and gloom says Simon Cassidy, Sales Director of Xcess-A-Bus.
Rugged in-vehicle computers with built-in telematics from Mobexx are powering Waste Collector from Bartec Systems. This efficiency-boosting system is used by local authorities throughout the UK to provide a direct real-time link between waste collection / street scene crews and their offices via the in-cab Mentor Ranger PC.
Both local authorities and their stakeholders can benefit from significant service improvements when telematics are installed including more efficient use of resources and instant access to real-time information.
At times of budget restraint and shifting highways authority priorities just how important is it to maintain and control roadside verges? In Cumbria it is considered not just a safety matter, but an integral element in the policy to increase tourism and help the economy, writes Tony Richards.
In these times of budgetary pressures local authorities are looking at all options to save costs, and the opportunity to dispose of defleeted vehicles and plant for a reduced outlay is obviously going to be attractive. Or is it, best practice is about achieving the highest net value for the asset, which means looking at not only the costs of remarketing but also at the prices achieved from the sale.
SFS managing director, Bob Sweetland, provides some insight into the question of buy or hire. He says the private and public sectors can work together to continue to deliver efficient, high quality front-line services despite diminishing budgets.
Fuel is the most significant on cost for alltransport operators. As the business grows,so does the fuel bill and its potential toimpact on profitability.If there is space for a storage tank on thepremises, then there will be a case forpurchasing bulk supplies, comments Stephen Hannan from Merridale.
Rob Kerridge of Sector Treasury Services explains how new accounting treatment of leasing and hire arrangements may point the way to more cost effective ways of structuring these contracts.
Julian Athawes, MD of Halomec, introduces a new integrated weighing and inventory reporting system for salt loading, that could give councils an extra edge in planning and managing their winter service.
Norman Thoday, Dennis Eagle's MD, explains the background to the new strategic alliance with BAE Systems which has been set up to develop hybrid technology and bring to market a serious alternative for his customers.
Cumbria Waste Management Ltd has taken delivery of the first Volvo L110G to be sold in Great Britain as part of a significant investment which includes the completion of their brand new materials recycling facility on the outskirts of Workington.
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.
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.
Since its inception in 1979, Scarab Sweepers has been through considerable changes. So what can we expect now that the French family- owned Fayat Group is taking a majority shareholding in the Kent-based sweeper manufacturer?
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