This investment marks the start of a drive to become more environmentally conscious and invest in vehicles which look to help Rochford District Council become zero emissions by 2030.

Rochford District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, Cllr Dave Sperring, said: ‘The new state-of-the-art fleet will be a real asset to our waste collection services, helping us become a more green and efficient service for our residents. It is great to be in a partnership with a company that’s helping us achieve our goals.’

The new fleet has also been fully equipped with state-of-the-art safety, monitoring, and telemetry technology and software from the UK fleet technology company, Fleetclear.

The vehicles have been fitted with RXLite Live DVR camera recording systems, Reverse Radar, the Cyclear™ cyclist safety warning system, the IDClear anti-roll away and theft prevention system, and LED Caution Worker boards. The recorded footage, and tracking and telemetry data is consolidated onto the Fleetclear Connect web-based software platform.

Mike Crowther, national key account manager, Fleetclear: ‘We are delighted to be working with Rochford Norse. We have a long-standing relationship, and the equipment we have fitted to the new fleet will ensure that the vehicles are always safe, operationally efficient, and compliant.

‘Our new Fleetclear Connect system connects all the information and data in one place, clearly showing every vehicle and driver’s performance throughout every operation.’