City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council has chosen a Faun Variopress on a Mercedes Benz Econic chassis as a fleet of 13 replacement vehicles for 2007. The Council's fleet exists of over 50 refuse collection vehicles covering 141 square miles collecting the waste and recyclables from 200,000 domestic properties.
Following a joint procurement strategy, rigorous testing and after sales commitments a Faun Variopress Mercedes Econic was chosen as the most suitable vehicle for Council needs Leeds City Council and Scarborough Borough Council joined with Bradford in 2006 in order to create a joint vehicle procurement strategy. The joint strategy enabled a reviewed tender process that it hoped would bring efficiency savings to all three Councils.
The 13 replacement vehicles are part of the ongoing vehicle replacement programme. The tender is offered annually to meet Bradford's refuse collection needs. The Councils procurement team has a dedicated officer for vehicle fleet, Simon Worth, the Regulations and Systems Support Officer who provides technical support to the waste management team. “Through the joint vehicle procurement strategy we have created a robust tender process to procure vehicles which will provide an efficient, effective refuse collection service.”