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Avery Weigh-Tronix celebrates 200th birthday party

Industrial weighing manufacturers Avery Weigh-Tronix has celebrated 200th birthday party with a Best of British themed bash for employees.


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Why RVS invests in process, procedures and people

Good workshop management isn’t just about costs and savings. Spencer Law, MD of Refuse Vehicle Solutions, told LAPV how to create and maintain an efficient workshop and a happy, productive workforce.


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Johnston Sweepers offers alternative fuel range

Three alternative fuel choices are now available to customers of Johnston Sweepers as part of the company’s programme of research into new environmentally-friendly fuel technologies.


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Why Greenwich was judged most sustainable at Future Fleet Forum

The Royal Borough of Greenwich bagged the top environmental award at LAPV’s Future Fleet Forum awards. Here's why.


Future Fleet Forum 2018: introduction by Alex Williams, Transport for London

The Mayor of London is passionate about supporting a growing city but he wants the cleanest, safest vehicles on the roads, smarter fleet operations, and protection for industrial land – that was the message from Alex Williams, director of city planning at Transport for London, who opened Future Fleet Forum by outlining Mayor Sadiq Khan’s priorities for London’s transport sector.


Future Fleet Forum 2018: The future of New York City's fleet, by Keith Kerman, City of New York

New York City already operates the largest municipal fleet in the world – precisely 30,457 vehicles at the time of Future Fleet Forum – and the largest alternative fuels fleet. Now it is vying for a new title – the fleet of the future.


Future Fleet Forum 2018: Biofuels and a zero carbon fleet, by Norman Harding

Delegates were promised a ‘warts and all’ insight into fleet management by Norman Harding, from the London Borough of Hackney, as he addressed the borough’s work with biofuels and electric vehicle technology in its aspiration to create a zero carbon fleet.


Future Fleet Forum 2018: Vision zero, by Professor Claes Tingvall, AF Consulting

'Stop focusing on individual road users and start changing behaviour at a cultural level to improve road safety,' said Professor Claes Tingvall, former head of traffic safety at the Swedish Traffic Administration, who discussed the development of Vision Zero in Sweden in the 1990s.


Future Fleet Forum 2018: Urban air pollution from road transport, by Dr Gary Fuller, King's College London

It is estimated that particle pollution is responsible for 29,000 early deaths in the UK each year, of which around 3,500 are in London, said Dr Gary Fuller, air pollution scientist at King’s College London. Pollution shortens the lives of all Londoners by 16-18 months on average. Like many European cities, London does indeed have an air quality crisis.


Future Fleet Forum 2018: Creating an innovation culture, by Richard Atkinson, CILT

The first email was sent in 1970. Today, there are more than two billion emails sent each day. The pace of change in the modern world is now so fast that innovation within organisations is essential, said Richard Atkinson, director of marketing and communications at CILT. His presentation focused on how to unlock the innovation culture within an organisation and harness the creativity of employees.


Future Fleet Forum 2018: The effect of Brexit on fleet management procurement, by Professor Christopher Bovis, University of Hull

The UK currently has one of the best procurement systems in the world, according to Christopher Bovis, professor of international and European business law at the University of Hull. His presentation focused on the potential disruption to this system from Brexit, and why negotiations for access to the customs union and single market will be so important.


Future Fleet Forum 2018: Large-scale advanced-propulsion systems by Michael G Britt, MG Britt Consulting

‘No one is going to go broke going green,’ said Mike Britt, who worked at UPS for 31 years before setting up a consulting business last year, in his presentation on advanced-propulsion systems. But if manufacturers are going to make a profit from sustainable vehicles they need economies of scale, so there need to be changes on the demand side. 


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Nine things to know and stay forklift legal

If you oversee fork lift operations you’ll be familiar with the term Thorough Examination but what does it actually mean? Not knowing could come at a heavy cost, according to CFTS, the body that established a UK standard for the Thorough Examination of fork lift trucks.


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Pioneers in platooning

A two-year study into the impact platooning trucks is likely to have in the UK will assess whether it can benefit the country’s economy and road system, including its effects on safety, fuel efficiency, and congestion. Lotte Debell reports.


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A push for electric trucks

Come along to Future Fleet Forum 2018 to see the new fully-electric 26-ton refuse collection vehicle from Electra, the new EV venture formed by NRG Fleet Services. NRG’s Sid Sadique and Russell Markstein tell LAPV about the significance of this new launch.


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EP Barrus marks its 100-year anniversary

EP Barrus Ltd marked its 100th birthday on September 18th, 2017. You may not be familiar with the name Barrus, but you will be familiar with the brands in its portfolio: Mercury outboard engines; Quicksilver leisure and fishing boats; John Deere and Yanmar marine and industrial engines, Cub Cadet garden machinery; WOLF-Garten and Wilkinson Sword garden tools … to name but a few.


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How a stolen Bomag Roller was tracked to a Transit van

Criminals are still targeting smaller construction plant for theft but equipment tracking specialist AMI Group is continuing to recover stolen machines, as highlighted by the company’s latest recovery where a stolen Bomag BW120 roller was found in a transit van.


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When an FA Cup hero Matt Rhead returned to his old factory ...

Former JCB digger maker-turned FA Cup hero Matt Rhead was given a rousing reception when he retraced his footsteps on the production line where he worked for almost a decade.


Top five telematics myths shot down by survey

Only 5% of telematics users had any grumbles about the technology, according to a nationwide survey by Crewe-based Radius Payment Solutions


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Ransomes Jacobsen marks 185 years of mower history

This year, it will be 185 years since Ransomes produced the first model of Edwin Budding’s patented lawnmower design at a factory in Ipswich and the rest is history. 


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Oil sampling can save money for off-roaders

Sampling oil correctly and regularly can highlight potential problems in off-road vehicles before they become serious, says a technical expert from a leading lubricant manufacturer.


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Fleets face cost increase through new air conditioning gas regs

Fleet operators face increasing costs as a result of changes in vehicle air conditioning gas regulations from January 1, 2017, according to fleet supply chain management company Fleet Assist.


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Are your vehicles cleaned up and ready for winter?

Spare a thought for the 15 maintenance engineers at Britannia Washing Systems who have been working around the clock to get vehicle washing systems in service for customers.


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Big pick-up speed warning for fleets

Big pick-ups run by public sector fleets could inadvertently be breaking the law, says vehicle leasing and fleet management company Arval.


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Merc pickup crosses utility and lifestyle

The new Mercedes Concept X-CLASS, from Mercedes-Benz Vans, is a pickup designed to combine the best of two worlds: as a utility vehicle but also as an urban lifestyle vehicle.


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VWS joins Trading Standards for rigorous testing

On-board weighing specialists Vehicle Weighing Solutions Ltd (VWS) is working with Derbyshire Trading Standards to ensure robust testing procedures are in place.


Top 10 weird items found in London rubbish

What have the Pope, a life-sized rubber doll and a nude painting of Albert Einstein got in common?


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Protecting components from engine hot spots

Modern engine design has resulted in higher operating temperatures. Meirion Buck, senior design & technical manager for Harnessflex, explains why conduit and fittings that support high temperature wiring and connectors that are vital in the drive for greater engine efficiency and performance.


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Platooning: on a road near you soon?

With the British government recently announcing plans for a trial of truck platooning, Jemma Dempsey investigated the practicalities of the system and the challenges of turning the idea into reality


Mobility technology could cut emissions but creates challenges too

The combination of connectivity, automation and shared vehicle ownership and use has the potential to make car travel greener and cheaper, cutting energy use and helping accelerate the introduction of low carbon vehicles. However, these energy and carbon benefits are by no means guaranteed and will require strategic policy interventions to make them work, according to the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) at the University of Leeds.


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Geesinknorba and Daf Trucks launch narrow-track RCV with NRG

Picture this: It's rush-hour on a cold, wet Monday morning. The heavy traffic is moving slowly through town. Queues of grim-faced commuters are growing longer at every junction. To avoid the rain, parents are driving their kids to school today – and they're going to be late. It adds to the congestion and tension. Everyone's in a hurry but they're going nowhere fast.</


Kent-to-Ghent: £40k of aching limbs

The Kent to Ghent bike ride took place from 12-14 May 2016. A team of keen 34 cyclists and support vans set off from the Southern Municipal Exhibition in East Mallling, Kent, with the final destination Ghent. The journey took place over three days and 150 miles. LAPV Editor Ann-Marie Knegt took part in this epic event.


Vehicle test: Holder C 370

Celia Norton, from Holder UK, says their multi-purpose vehicles are Masters of all trades - not Jacks. Steve Banner put them to the test in Germany.


Let it snow ... and freeze and frost

Dutch company Jewel sees winter as its route into the UK transport arena with a maintenance package that also has applications in other markets, such as with the emergency, street scene and waste services, reports Ann-Marie Knegt.


Cycle safety solution or stop-gap?

McGee Construction wanted to make its fleet of HGVs safer for those on two wheels so it turned to a group of design students – many of whom are cyclists. Jemma Dempsey met those involved in the latest innovative cycle-safety product which is already patent-registered.


EU procurement rules clarified

Consternation and uncertainty are the hallmarks of the EU Procurement rules as far as suppliers and buyers in municipal fleet management sector are soncerned, writes Phil Williams, director at specialist consultancy Procurement Partners


Project Pictogram: changing the way we drive

Hampshire Fire and rescue service has launched a new road safety project that will nudge drivers into safer behaviour. Councils and contractors alike have started using this low cost solution on their own fleets, reports LAPV.


Industry Q&A: Dennis Eagle's Richard Taylor on RCV trends and developments

Richard Taylor, sales and marketing director for Dennis Eagle shares his views in this Q&A on how he sees the RCV market developing over the next year.Questions by Tony Richards.


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