Read your copy of LAPV June 2016

In this latest issue you can read the full preview of the Future Fleet Forum and find out how you can attend this thought leading event at a discounted rate. We also cover the new narrow track RCV, which is set to change the industry. We explain how HGV platooning will affect fleet managers and talk about new safety innovations and much more…


LAPV March 2016 has been published

In this latest issue of LAPV we are providing clarification for EU procurement legislation for suppliers and buyers of municipal fleet equipment. We also discuss how Johnston Sweepers is going through and global boost, and a new project has been launched that ‘nudges' drivers into safer behaviour with the use of simple pictograms.


LAPV June 2015 has been published

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LAPV June 2015 has been published

Click on the cover to read LAPV June 2015.


LAPV March 2015 has been published

In this issue we are featuring the following topics: The latest news on industry, contracts won, and new product developments; Phil Clifford tackles holistic in-house workshop management; The LAPV Future Fleet Forum - the leading fleet management event of the year; Genuine sweeper parts; Profile: Colm McLister; Profile: Philippe Harding; Strategic expansion for NRG Fleet Services; Vehicle safety systems; Roadwaste recycling; Adjusting driver behaviour; Vehicle test: Citymaster 1600;Vehicle test: Can-Am Outlander; A new badge engineered site dumper and is refining a new pedestrian-controlled vibrating-roller breaker; and London Fire Brigade and Ghent Fire Brigade have entered an exciting new international fleet procurement initiative.


LAPV September 2014 has been published

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Ten things operators should know about the new EU Procurement Directive

Mark Robinson is Group Chief Executive of Scape, a local authority-controlled public sector procurement company. During the LAPV Fleet Procurement Forum (Edgbaston Cricket Ground, March 26, 2014) he delivered his presentation: 'Procurement for the public sector,Staying ahead of the game.'In this article – based on what he talked about on the day – he delivers an outline of the ten most important aspects of the new EU Procurement Directive.


The LAPV Fleet Procurement Forum

The LAPV Fleet Procurement Forum on March 26 attracted around 90 attendees from local authorities and from the supplier side. It was one of the first times that both sides of the coin met face to face to discuss the challenges that lie ahead and take steps towards a more holistic and transparent specialist fleet procurement process. Amongst several key findings, all speakers shared the same sentiment – for local authorities and suppliers to engage in richer commercial dialogue.Ann-Marie Knegt reports.


LAPV June 2014 has been published

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Setting industry benchmarks – report on the LAPV round table debate

After several in-depth discussions with suppliers and manufacturers in the municipal specialist vehicle sector at recent trade shows, LAPV organised an industry round table event – held at the end of August. Several leading companies took part in what resulted in an animated discussion that revealed essential insights, as well as highlighting key issues relevant to everyone active in public sector fleet management. Ann-Marie Knegt reports.


Set to sweep the market with new distributorships

Terberg Matec UK, known for its range of bin lifts and specialist recycling bodies, is upping the stakes in the municipal fleet market by launching new products at RWM that will add several new strings to its bow, writes Ann-Marie Knegt.


Sweeper test: Johnston C201

Excellent all-round vision is a key requirement for any road sweeper intended to work in congested urban spaces. The remarkably frugal C201 from Johnston Sweepers has this in abundance as was discovered during a recent test drive in Kent, writes Steve Banner.


Saints and spinners

The winter maintenance machinery market in the UK is set to become more competitive since Scarab swept up the opportunity for the distributorship of the Danish brand of Epoke spreaders. Ann-Marie Knegt visited Scarab's premises in Kent where she met the newly appointed sales manager for Epoke, John Saint.


A fully joined-up approach

Geesinknorba has been working with UK software specialists CMS Supatrak to try and steal an edge in the competitive RCV market. And with the launch of the Geesinknorba Eurovim Plus telematics and vehicle control system at the RWM Show this year, UK Business Director Bob Billington believes it has developed a market-leading system that offers new and significant savings for operators.


Adding value for fleets

In the information age those with the greatest knowledge are going to be the biggest, sometimes only, winners. Tony Richards looks at how computer-based fleet management systems are providing added value to customers, operators and fleet providers.


The return of the Longton Avia

Automotive journalist Steve Banner reviews the new Longton Avia along the highways around Stoke-on-Trent. The brand recently returned to market in the UK. Steve finds that the tipper is a no nonsense but versatile work horse, and now it has an established spare parts provider and a 45-strong dealer network to support the range.


Self-emptying litter bins reduce vehicle emissions for London councils

It has been five years since Envac's underground automated vacuum waste system was launched in the UK after it was designed into Wembley City's landmark sustainable regeneration scheme. Joakim Karlsson, Envac's Regional President for the North European Countries, explains how airflow is being used to reduce lorry miles and make modern day waste collection a sustainable proposition.


One size does not fit all – Should you outsource your street cleansing operations?

The management of street cleansing operations requires a fit-for-purpose solution. Tony Gordon spoke to a council that maintains its operations in-house and to a leading national environmental contractor.


Vehicle test – the new Mitsubishi Fuso Canter

With an eye on the needs of local authorities, fire brigades and construction companies, Fuso has expanded its 3.5-to-7.5-tonne Canter truck range with the addition of a high-ground-clearance 4x4 model. Steve Banner travelled to Germany to put the new range through its paces.


Parkland care is back on the green agenda

Green spaces do not create any direct revenue, but the public expects them to be well maintained at all times – even during a downturn. Tony Richards investigates how the horticultural departments within local authorities are coping with fleet and plant management under the increased monetary pressures.


Green machines at the seafront

Southend-on-Sea has committed to a greener future by purchasing an electric sweeper.


Johnston Sweepers makes investment in e-commerce

After consulting its customers on the availability of spare parts, Johnston Sweepers turned words into actions and invested £1.4 million in its spare parts department. The result is a brand new e-shop, which offers availability of spare parts 24/7.


Plastic is fantastic – polybody structured RCVs are growing in popularity with local authorities

NTM recently aquired LinkTip, whose Polybody was launched back in 2008 at the RWM exhibition. The product has grown in popularity year on year and it is now a key part of NTM LinkTip's business, used nationwide to collect mostly food waste by local authorities, contractors and private companies, including Guilford Borough Council, Denbighshire County Council, Kier and Biffa.


Fuel savers

As the UK moves beyond a throwaway society local authorities are having to make big strides in their waste management initiatives to ensure they keep up with the increase in recyclables, writes Nick Preston, commercial and marketing director of Faun Zoeller.


Dennis Eagle combines Olympus chassis with the Twin Pack refuse body

Dennis Eagle showcased the Olympus Twin Pack at RWM in 2011, where it gained considerable interest. In order to create a wider and more versatile range of products, the company has combined the Olympus chassis with the Twin Pack body to compliment the existing body range, with the current environmental issues and legislative drivers in mind.


The real weight of waste

It has been 25 years since Britain signed the Single European Act and adopted the continent's regulations on waste disposal and the environment. The result is that we are part of a revolution to ensure cleaner air and a more sustainable earth. Britain's waste weighing industry is at the forefront of the battle, reports Tony Richards.


The ultimate workhorse

Mercedes-Benz has launched a new contender for harsh terrain and heavy loads. The all-new Zetros combines the off-road capability of a Unimog with the load capacity of a heavy-duty truck.


Smart fuel management

Depot administrator Jayne Brown keeps a close watch over the fuel used by North Kesteven DC's fleet of RCVs with the help of a Merridale fuel monitoring system.


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