LAPV'll Fix It

Published:  06 February, 2012

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.

Wiltshire Council and NTM GB

Wiltshire Council and NTM-GB are now holders of the world record of having the youngest RCV driver ever. Wiltshire Council recently added to its fleet eight brand new NTM 12 tonne K-standard RCVs, with a bar lift, mounted on a Daf LF45 chassis for the new fortnightly kerbside collection of cardboard and plastic bottles. Joshua is mad about everything on wheels, and especially keen on bin lorries and sweepers. According to our circulation records he is definitely LAPV's youngest reader.

Thanks to Ian McKinnon from Wiltshire Council and Martin Jones, area sales manager for NTM-GB, Joshua had the day of his life when he was allowed to operate the bin lift of the RCV. Ian even took Joshua on a collection round and let him “drive” the truck in the depot, after which the little boy was presented with his own refuse lorry.

Mercedes-Benz Unimog

Christmas started early in the Sanchez de Muniain household this year with the arrival of a Mercedes-Benz Unimog Lego set, kindly received as a result of the 60th year anniversary celebrations of the world-renowned company. Little Jose (5) couldn't believe his luck when he saw the size of the box, an extraordinary gift of Lego heaven that has had the side-effect of drastically increasing the boy's expectation levels for when the real big day arrives on December 25.

To say the build was challenging would be an understatement, but luckily the construction team could rely on the expertise of Lío the Labrador (5 months) and Mrs Sanchez de Muniain (21 years old at the last count). Special technical help was secured through Anthony Cho (11), whose experience proved crucial during the really fiddly bits.

Little Jose was especially useful in finding “lost” pieces, and by the end of the process had been trained to render Lego urban search and rescue (from the dog) assistance by means of a simple whistle.

The build took three weeks of blood, sweat and tears, with sessions taking place at any time between 6am and 10.30pm, such was the dedication of the Mercedes- Benz/Sanchez de Muniain team.

Related Articles

  • 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.

  • Perth and Kinross Council takes on Rotopress refuse collection vehicles 

    Faun Zoeller – a waste management systems manufacturer – has delivered five new Rotopress refuse collection vehicles (RCV) to Perth and Kinross Council.The investment in the Rotopress technology has been made by the Scottish authority to make its garden and food waste collection rounds more efficient.<

  • 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.

  • LAPV December 2012 has been published! 

    In this issue we cover the following subjects: new intelligent street sweepers; self registration rates are going up; re-manufacturing offers a second life for RCVs; vehicle test; fleet management systems streamline workshops; Bexley Borough Council invests in winter equipment; Greek waste contractor offers efficiency savings; Cork Council uses a new online tendering tool; PlantworX and Managing Congestion – The Green Approach. Plus much more.

  • So what's new? 

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

Sign Up

For the latest news and updates from LAPV.






Linkedin

LAPV (Local Authority Plant and Vehicles) is the only UK information source purely dedicated to local authority vehicles and affiliated plant equipment. Appearing four times a year, it offers well-researched technical articles on the latest equipment/technology as well as in-depth interviews with key industry professionals. More...

Facebook

Twitter


All content © Hemming Information Services 2017

Sitemap