Picture of Paul Brown handing over the new truck to Jamey Fitzgibbons

FCS buys pay-by-weight RVS refuse truck

Published:  17 April, 2018

Surrey-based FCS Cleaning has taken delivery of a new refuse collection vehicle (RCV), complete with a weights-and-measures-approved bin-weighing system.

The new vehicle was bought from the RediTruck range of Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS). It is a Euro 6 Scania P320 with Dennis Olympus 23W body and is equipped with a Beta 2 Bin Lift and the Enviroweigh bin weighing system from VWS.

FCS says the new vehicle was bought to cope with an increase of 30% in sales since last year and continued growth in its waste and recycling services.

Jamey Fitzgibbon, FCS operations manager, said: ‘Our current vehicle is smaller and needs to be emptied multiple times. Also, the hopper isn’t as effective at compacting the waste. This new vehicle can take a much greater payload and will enable us to carry out more collections in one go so we can operate more efficiently.’

‘Previously, we have bought Quality Used vehicles from RVS and they are such a great company to work with that we wouldn’t go anywhere else. We’ve got a brand-new vehicle, fully equipped to the correct specification, much quicker than if we’d gone straight to the manufacturer.’

Paul Brown, commercial director of RVS, said: ‘Purchasing a refuse vehicle is a significant investment for a company, so when FCS said they were interested in buying a new vehicle we visited them and talked it through.

‘After listening to their requirements, we recommended a vehicle spec and suggested some ancillary equipment. We have great relationships with all the market leading vehicle technology providers so we can negotiate a good deal.’

Jamey added: ‘It’s not all about price, although RVS are very competitive; it’s about after sales support and they are great at that. I’m always on the phone asking for advice or information and they are very helpful. They organised the transport of the vehicle and meetings with equipment suppliers. They even arranged a tour of the Dennis Eagle factory.’

As well as purchasing new and Quality Used vehicles from RVS, FCS are arranging a body and bin lift maintenance package with RVS to keep its vehicles in optimum condition.

FCS is installing PurGo waste management software from VWS Software Solutions to the new vehicle, which will enable them to run an almost entirely paperless operation as well as collect weight and collection data. The driver has a PDA (tablet) to clock on, do vehicle checks, record weights and report/photograph any issues such as restricted access or a missing bin.

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