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Hambleton accommodates new homes with greener waste and recycling fleet

04/03/2021

Local population growth, increased recycling quantities and extensive new residential developments have led Hambleton District Council to expand its refuse and recycling collection fleet with vehicles part-powered by electricity to reduce carbon emissions.

Veolia launches new report that advances safety for vehicle crews

04/03/2021

Providing as much fresh air as possible and keeping vehicles well ventilated is key to protecting vehicle-based operatives providing waste collection services during the pandemic, a new report has found.

City Corporation to become first UK authority to run fully electric refuse truck fleet

04/03/2021

The City of London Corporation will become the first UK governing body to run a full fleet of electric refuse collection vehicles following recent successful trials of the new technology.

e-One scores 10 out of 10 in SUEZ demonstration

04/03/2021

Crews at SUEZ’s Bridgwater depot, parts of its contract with Somerset Waste Partnership, scored the e-One electric refuse vehicle a unanimous 10 out of 10 during a recent three-day trial.

Biffa selects EPIC Media Group to fit livery on over 300 vehicles

02/03/2021

Waste management specialist, Biffa, has selected EPIC Media Group to supply and fit vehicle livery on over 300 vehicles servicing Cornwall Council’s Waste and Recycling Collection, Street and Public Open Space Cleansing Services Contract.

Urbaser commercial division expands with new waste and recycling contracts

02/03/2021

Urbaser Ltd Commercial Services (ULCS) is expanding its portfolio with the addition of new local authority trade waste collection services, which include Eden District, and the management of Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) located across Northamptonshire and Central Bedfordshire.

Nottingham residents name city’s two new electric bin lorries

01/03/2021

Nottingham residents have named their city’s two new electric bin lorries in a public poll.

DVS goes into force across London

01/03/2021

The new lorry safety scheme known as Direct Vision Standard (DVS) went into force across London today as part of the effort to reduce the number of accidents involving heavy vehicles.

FORS to reduce annual subscription fee

24/02/2021

FORS has announced that it will reduce its annual subscription fee for new and existing members from 1st March in a move designed to assist fleet operators during the pandemic.

EV consumer association launches public charging survey

24/02/2021

EVA England has launched a drivers’ survey to improve confidence in the electric vehicle public charging experience.

Versalift appoints new service manager

23/02/2021

Versalift UK, the vehicle-mounted platform company, has appointed Derek Murdoch as service manager to oversee all service and aftersales activities.

Caerphilly replaces over 300 vehicles

23/02/2021

Caerphilly County Borough Council (CCBC) has taken delivery of 315 new vehicles since Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) won a seven-year fleet replacement contract with the authority in 2017.

Carlisle City Council uses electric van to combat ‘enviro-crimes’

22/02/2021

Carlisle City Council is using a new electric van to drive forward an eco-friendly way to combat littering and other enviro-crimes.

AFP launches EV transition training course

18/02/2021

A new training course designed to help businesses transition to electric vehicles has been launched by the Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP).

Southampton City Council selects eSwingos to help meet green objectives

16/02/2021

Southampton City Council has taken delivery of the first of four all-electric eSwingo compact sweepers from Aebi Schmidt UK to help meet its environmental objectives under its Green City Plan 2030.

BCP Council to trial Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil-fuelled waste collections

11/02/2021

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council’s waste collections could soon be run on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) following an agreement with Crown Oil to trial this environmentally friendly fuel in two of its refuse vehicles.

Cotswold DC takes delivery of first hybrid vehicle

09/02/2021

Cotswold District Council has taken delivery of its first hybrid vehicle as part of its commitment to use 100% clean energy by 2030.

Councils cut number of gritting days by 29% over two years, research shows

09/02/2021

The number of days councils spent gritting roads fell by 29% between 2017/18 and 2019/20, according to new research.

New thermo detection system to protect employees during pandemic launched

08/02/2021

Vision Techniques launches thermo detection and facial recognition system to protect employees and the public during the pandemic.

£500m public sector procurement system opens to sustainable vehicle suppliers

08/02/2021

YPO, one of the UK’s largest public sector buying organisations, has announced that it will launch a new dynamic purchasing system (DPS) to enable the public sector to purchase alternative fuel vehicles on a larger scale than ever before.

Hinowa purchases win access rental firm new customers

03/02/2021

Powered access hire company Vertikal UK has bought its first two Hinowa tracked spider platforms from Access Platform Sales.

Allstar adds 110 new chargepoints to EV network

03/02/2021

Allstar Business Solutions has added 110 new chargepoints to its electric vehicle (EV) network through its new partnership with Gronn Kontakt.

UK needs to install EV chargepoints ‘five times faster’ than current rate, think tanks says

02/02/2021

The UK needs to install public electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints five times faster than the current rate at an estimated cost of between £5bn and £10bn by 2030, a think tank has said.

Councils urged to bid for extended electric vehicle chargepoints funding

02/02/2021

Local authorities are being urged to apply for a share of £20m funding to help increase the number of on-street electric vehicle chargepoints.

Go Plant Fleet rolls out Jaama Key2 system to manage CV business

02/02/2021

Go Plant Fleet Services has rolled out Jaama’s Key2 fleet management system to administer its 3,100 commercial and specialist vehicles, and 600 items of plant.

Fleets need to be aware of impact of pandemic on mental health, software specialist says

28/01/2021

Fleets need to be aware of the growing impact of the pandemic on mental health and any subsequent safety risks to drivers, FleetCheck is warning.

RVS becomes UK distributor for MOL VDK refuse vehicles

27/01/2021

Gloucestershire-based Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS) has purchased the business of Kent-based HE Municipal Engineering Services and is now the exclusive supplier of MOL VDK refuse vehicles in the UK.

Councils join forces with electricity network operator to end EV charging blackspots

26/01/2021

Five local authorities are joining forces with the UK’s biggest electricity network operator in a bid to end electric vehicle (EV) charging blackspots.

Redbridge Council lead the charge on greener travel with new EV fleet

25/01/2021

Redbridge Council has purchased 12 new electric vehicles which will be charged by the newly created rapid electric vehicle charging bays at the council’s Ley Street Depot.

Budget must provide certainty to boost confidence, says BVRLA

21/01/2021

The British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association (BVRLA) has written to HM Treasury ahead of the Spring Budget to outline what the Chancellor must do for the vehicle rental, leasing and fleet sectors to support recovery in the wake of the pandemic.

RVS ranked highest for electric refuse vehicle conversion on new HGV framework

21/01/2021

Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS) has been awarded a place on a new HGV and Specialist Vehicle Procurement and Contract Hire Framework 2020 (LOT 2 and LOT 5) for the provision of electric vehicle drivetrain conversion systems, ranking highest in this category for electric refuse vehicle conversion.

Councils plan to install 35 on-street EV chargers each by 2025

20/01/2021

Councils are planning on installing just 35 on-street electric vehicle chargers each by 2025 on average, an investigation has revealed.

Direct Vision Standard ‘allow list’ provides HGV operators with 90-day grace period

20/01/2021

Fleets who start the process of becoming compliant with the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) before 1 March but who are yet to receive a safety permit will be put on an ‘allow list’ allowing 90-days before they incur any penalty.

FIAG publishes guide to rolling out post-COVID fleet strategies

20/01/2021

The Fleet Industry Advisory Group (FIAG) has published a new guide to help companies roll out a post-COVID-19 fleet strategy amid safety and compliance concerns.

ISS protects against cyber attacks

19/01/2021

Vehicle safety technology company Innovative Safety Systems Ltd (ISS) has been awarded Cyber Essentials certification.

Brigade Electronics launches new vehicle turning indicator alarm

19/01/2021

Provider of vehicle safety systems Brigade Electronics has launched a new indicator warning alarm to alert vulnerable road users when a vehicle is turning.

Urbaser expands UK portfolio with six new contracts

14/01/2021

Environmental services company Urbaser Ltd has announced that it is acquiring six waste management contracts from Amey, with a portfolio value of over £30m per annum.

Electric refuse vehicles to help Stroud District Council become carbon neutral

14/01/2021

Stroud District Council’s (SDC) waste partner Ubico has trialled the e-One electric refuse vehicle from Gloucestershire-based supplier Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS).

JCB PotholePro delivers rapid permanent repair solution

13/01/2021

JCB has developed a single-machine pothole repair solution to fix potholes permanently.

Lewisham Council introduces new fleet of low pollution recycling trucks

12/01/2021

Lewisham Council have introduced a new fleet of recycling trucks which have a 50% reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOX) pollution.

Coventry and Oxford prepare to run UK’s first all-electric bus services

07/01/2021

Coventry and Oxford are set to receive up to £50m to help them become the first parts of the UK to run all-electric bus services, the transport secretary has announced.

Venson passes van excellence scheme sixth year in a row

05/01/2021

Venson Automotive Solutions has passed the requirements for the Logistics UK Van Excellence scheme, making it the sixth consecutive year it has been awarded the accreditation.

Tesla revealed as UK’s top ranking electric vehicle network

05/01/2021

Tesla has retained its top spot as the country’s most appreciated EV charging provider, according to a new survey.

Webfleet Solutions announces data link with BMW and Mini

04/01/2021

The telematics provider Webfleet Solutions has announced it is expanding its OEM.connect programme by utilising BMW and Mini CarData.

Electric bin lorries take to the streets in Nottingham

23/12/2020

Two new electric bin lorries have started operating in Nottingham in a world first, the city council has announced.

North Warwickshire Borough Council welcomes three new Mercedes-Benz Econics

17/12/2020

Municipal vehicle specialist CP Davidson & Sons (CPD) has delivered its first Mercedes-Benz Econics to North Warwickshire Borough Council.

Van manufacturers urged to fit more collision avoidance technology

17/12/2020

Euro NCAP and Thatcham Research are urging van manufacturers to fit more collision avoidance technology to their vehicles as standard after tests for a new Commercial Van Safety Rating revealed alarming results.

Whitepaper published to drive electrification

17/12/2020

The driver training provider DriveTech has launched a new whitepaper to help fleets transition to electrification.

Siemens Mobility partners with Aberdeen City Council to launch first dual-fuel van

17/12/2020

Siemens Mobility has launched its first dual-fuel field-services van in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, introducing hydrogen to its road vehicle fleet.

Council successfully trials electric bin lorries

14/12/2020

Coventry City Council is hoping to add electric bin lorries to its fleet following a successful trial of the vehicles.

Council adds custom-made electric vans to its fleet

11/12/2020

East Devon District Council is leasing seven custom-made electric vans to help reduce its carbon footprint.

Senior appointment at refuse vehicle hire company

09/12/2020

Gloucestershire-based municipal vehicle hire company CTS Hire has appointed Steven Dunne as sales manager to enhance the company’s growth and development across the UK.

London DVS’ ‘hidden deadline’ puts HGV operators at risk

08/12/2020

Fleet managers have been warned that there is a ‘hidden deadline’ to applying for Transport for London’s (TfL) Direct Vision Standard (DVS) permit.

Yorwaste enhances vehicle safety and protects drivers with ‘in-cab’ cameras

08/12/2020

The North Yorkshire commercial waste management company, Yorwaste, has fitted live camera recording systems to its fleet of vehicles to enhance safety and mitigate false insurance claims.

New academy providing training to council waste teams launched

07/12/2020

Re-Gen Waste, working in partnership with CIWM, has launched a support initiative to provide effective learning and development opportunities to individuals working in local authorities.

Worcester City Council adds safety feature to new Schmidt sweepers

02/12/2020

Worcester City Council has fitted new safety features to three new Schmidt sweepers that it has added to its municipal fleet to increase driver safety and boost productivity.

Launch’s PRO 5 speeds up diagnosis process

02/12/2020

Technicians can diagnose issues and faults on a wide number of vehicles efficiently and easily, thanks to a new high-end professional diagnostic tool entering the market.

Islington first London borough to use purpose-built fully electric RCV

01/12/2020

Islington has become the first borough in London to use an innovative new purpose-built fully electric refuse collection truck.

Ealing Council-owned company orders 32 Econic refuse collection vehicles

01/12/2020

A recently launched trading company owned by Ealing Council has ordered a new fleet of Mercedes-Benz trucks to collect waste and recyclables in the West London borough.

Enterprise Software selects new route optimisation partner

30/11/2020

Leading transport management solutions provider Enterprise Software has appointed a new route optimisation partner.

Gateshead council welcomes ‘futuristic’ electric bus fleet

30/11/2020

The North East’s first carbon-neutral fully electric bus fleet is being introduced onto the streets of Gateshead, the local authority has announced.

Telford & Wrekin Council buy six new electric vans

30/11/2020

Telford & Wrekin Council has made a further step on its journey to become carbon neutral by 2030 this week as six new electric vehicles join its fleet.

FORS reminds drivers of safety advice for ‘busy winter season’

30/11/2020

The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is encouraging van drivers to ensure safe and efficient driving is at the forefront of their minds, as the seasonal boom in eCommerce makes roads busier.

Spending Review: Fleet welcomes EV investment

26/11/2020

The fleet and leasing industry welcomed the Chancellor’s commitment to zero emission road transport in yesterday’s Spending Review.

Boston chooses SFS as ‘most cost-effective’ for maintenance

26/11/2020

Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) has been awarded a seven-year vehicle maintenance contract by Boston Borough Council which will include a brand-new workshop for the authority.

NRG and Hills Waste Solutions announce £10m waste treatment hub

24/11/2020

NRG Fleet Services and Hills Waste Solutions have opened up a high-tech workshop and servicing facility in Calne, Wiltshire.

Councils urged to ensure routes to COVID-19 test centres kept open over winter

23/11/2020

The Government has called upon local?authorities?across?the country?to ensure key transport routes to COVID-19 test centres are kept open this winter.

PM outlines 10 point plan for green revolution

18/11/2020

The prime minister has outlined a 10 point plan for a 'green industrial revolution' including bringing forward a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2030.

Ford fleet management tool now with 'multi-make functionality'

17/11/2020

Ford has extended the functionality of its Ford Telematics fleet management tool to include data on vehicles from other manufacturers.

Data sharing between fleets and councils important for EV uptake, study says

16/11/2020

A new study has called for enhanced data sharing between fleets and local authorities in order to ensure the uptake of electric vehicles becomes a widespread reality.

Hounslow council welcome UK’s first autonomous road delivery vehicle trial

11/11/2020

Hounslow is to be the first location in the UK to trial autonomous electric delivery vehicles on its roads.

Brightmile and DriveTech agree new partnership

10/11/2020

The no-hardware telematics company Brightmile have agreed a new partnership with the AA-owned DriveTech to help improve fleet safety.

Edinburgh council buys all-electric sweeper

10/11/2020

A new, all-electric vehicle has joined the City of Edinburgh Council’s fleet of street sweepers.

Northumberland council makes ‘green fleet promise’ to replace diesel vans

09/11/2020

Northumberland County Council has begun replacing its fleet of small diesel vans with electric vehicles as part of an effort to future proof its fleet.

FCC Environment launches 2021/2023 graduate programme

09/11/2020

FCC Environment, one of the UK’s leading recycling and waste management companies, has launched a new UK-wide graduate programme as it looks to attract and retain the managers of the future.

REMONDIS UK gets first FEL with c-trace dynamic weighing system

09/11/2020

The first REMONDIS UK FEL waste collection vehicle fitted with c-trace’s dynamic weighing system has been delivered to the company’s site at Doncaster.

Torbay Council enhances waste and recycling fleet with live camera systems

05/11/2020

Torbay Council is equipping its waste and recycling collection vehicles with the latest live camera recording systems to enhance the safety of residents and crews.

Scottish councils ‘outstrip’ English counterparts when it comes to EV funding

05/11/2020

Local authorities in Scotland and Wales are receiving much more funding per capita to spend on electric vehicle charging than councils in England, a new report has revealed.

SP Energy Networks to run ‘major trial’ of electric vehicle charging solution

04/11/2020

SP Energy Networks is seeking participants to take part in a major trial of an electric vehicle (EV) charging solution across Cheshire, Merseyside, North Shropshire, and North and Mid-Wales.

Cambridgeshire councils take delivery of first all-electric bin lorry

03/11/2020

Two local authorities in Cambridgeshire have taken delivery of their first all-electric bin lorry as part of their drive to go green.

LEVC announces start of production for new electric van

03/11/2020

LEVC has announced the start of production for its new electric van, VN5, which is manufactured in the company’s production plant in Ansty, Coventry, the UK’s only dedicated electric vehicle factory.

Multevo’s ‘Count Vacula’ sweeper lights up Halloween launch

02/11/2020

Multevo marked their UK launch of a new multi-purpose suction sweeper vehicle with a Halloween-themed charity video.

UK's first trial of wireless electric van charging to start next year

28/10/2020

The UK's first wireless charging hub for light commercial vehicles will be installed in Edinburgh in early 2021.

Lewisham Council upgrades refuse fleet with 24 Mercedes-Benz Econics

27/10/2020

Lewisham Council has upgraded its refuse fleet with 24 Mercedes-Benz Econics increasing its fleet to 39 vehicles.

Test Valley council buys three Dennis Eagle RCVs with electric bin lifts

26/10/2020

Test Valley Borough Council has purchased three refuse collection vehicles from Dennis Eagle as it continues its drive to become carbon-neutral.

Oxford trial of autonomous vehicles to begin this week

22/10/2020

A live trial of six autonomous Ford Mondeo vehicles is set to begin this week in Oxford.

Teletrac Navman launches new AI tool to help switch to electric vehicles

21/10/2020

Teletrac Navman has launched a new web-based tool to help fleet operators switch to electric vehicles.

Holyrood funding brings zero emission vehicles to council fleet

20/10/2020

Aberdeenshire Council has taken delivery of five new electric vehicles and two hydrogen vehicles.

Tool to help ‘green your fleet’ launched

20/10/2020

Justdiggit and Webfleet Solutions have launched Green Your Fleet, a new tool that helps fleet customers to make a positive climate impact.

Poll reveals public support for re-use shops at household waste recycling centres

20/10/2020

A poll has revealed that the public are keen to buy a wide variety of quality, second-hand items from their local household waste recycling centres (HWRCs).

ISS announces senior appointment to lead new software division

20/10/2020

Vehicle safety technology specialists, Innovative Safety Systems Ltd (ISS), have announced the appointment of David Gladding as commercial director of their new Fleetclear division.

e-One electric refuse vehicle sells out on day one

15/10/2020

Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS) has sold the first e-One converted electric refuse truck and has been inundated with orders since launching its new electric repowering solution at a special two-day event this month.

IMER Access launch new tracked boom

13/10/2020

IMER Access, Italy-based manufacturer of tracked booms and specialist high quality scissor lifts, have launched an all new addition to their IM-R ‘spider’ range.

Allison Transmission launches newly-formulated automatic transmission fluid

13/10/2020

Allison Transmission, the largest global manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty fully automatic transmissions, has announced a new formulation of its transmission fluid.

First-ever zero emission bus fleet in West Yorkshire unveiled

13/10/2020

The first-ever zero emission bus fleet in West Yorkshire has been unveiled in Leeds.

Aberdeen welcomes world’s first hydrogen-powered double decker

12/10/2020

The world’s first hydrogen-powered double-decker bus was revealed last Thursday in Aberdeen which showcases the city as a trailblazer in hydrogen technologies.

London waste company upgrades fleet to help improve air quality

12/10/2020

The waste management company Brewsters Waste is upgrading its fleet of refuse vehicles to help reduce air pollution in the capital and meet new low emissions regulations.

Water Jetting Association marks its 40th anniversary

08/10/2020

The Water Jetting Association is marking its 40th anniversary by inviting more contractors and service users to join its drive to promote water jetting excellence across all industrial sectors.

Worcestershire council braces for winter with six new Mercedes-Benz Arocs gritters from Rygor

08/10/2020

Worcestershire County Council is gearing up for winter with six new Mercedes-Benz Arocs gritters from Rygor.

By 2025 fleet will be registering 400,000 EVs each year, says BVRLA

06/10/2020

Over the next five years the vehicle rental, leasing and fleet industry will be registering 400,000 battery electric cars and vans each year, according to the BVRLA.

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