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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.

Hydrogen buses coming to Birmingham next Spring

05/10/2020

Birmingham City Council has purchased 20 new hydrogen double decker buses as part of their Clean Air Hydrogen Bus Pilot.

TMC launches service to support EV deployment

05/10/2020

TMC have launched TMC-e, a data-led service that takes the uncertainty out of going electric and provides tools to help businesses successfully deploy and manage electric vehicles.

Elavation places £1m Hinowa spider order with APS

05/10/2020

Access hire specialist Elavation Platforms has placed an order with Access Platform Sales for Hinowa spider platforms worth over £1m.

Palatine becomes majority shareholder of NRG Fleet Services

01/10/2020

Palatine Private Equity has acquired a majority shareholding in NRG Fleet Services Ltd, a provider of specialist services to the commercial vehicle sector.

Council adds ‘eye-catching’ whale to RCVs to encourage recycling

01/10/2020

Copeland Borough Council has put an eye-catching image of a whale on the side of three of the council’s refuse vehicles as part of a campaign to encourage recycling.

Huntingdonshire council adopts fingerprint-based drug testing for drivers

01/10/2020

Huntingdonshire District Council is using fingerprint-based drug testing on its drivers and on candidates applying for a position that would involve driving.

Data shows increased level of fleet contract extensions during pandemic

30/09/2020

New data compiled by epyx has shown the increased level of contract extensions made on company cars and vans during the coronavirus crisis.

Ford launches ‘toughest Transit ever’

30/09/2020

Ford has launched its new 5.0-tonne Transit derivative which it describes as its ‘toughest Transit ever’.

Teesside mayor announces UK’s first hydrogen transport centre

30/09/2020

Teesside is set to become the site of the UK’s first hydrogen transport centre, the Tees Valley mayor has announced.

Khan announces new scrappage scheme

29/09/2020

A new scrappage scheme targeting some of the most polluting vehicles has been launched in London in advance of the tighter Low Emission Zone (LEZ) standards.

Covid-19 and Brexit uncertainty ‘unnerving’ for vehicle remarketing sector

28/09/2020

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit are making planning beyond the short term almost impossible in the remarketing sector, according to the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA).

Rambo & friends help RVS improve workshop efficiency

28/09/2020

Following extensive expansion of its premises during the past two years, Refuse Vehicle Solutions has invested in brand-new heavy-duty equipment to carry out a range of specialist vehicle repairs and inspections in-house.

Pandemic impacted public perception of EVs, report reveals

24/09/2020

The improvements in city air quality during lockdown appear to have had an impact on public perception and sales of electric vehicles (EV), according to a new report.

Councils opt for bespoke Volvo L110H for waste recycling centre

24/09/2020

A Bespoke Volvo L110H loading shovel takes charge at Nuffield Road Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Lookers Leasing partner with Trakm8 to enhance product offering

23/09/2020

Lookers Leasing, part of Lookers Plc vehicle dealer group, has announced a new partnership with Trakm8.

Dennis Eagle diesel RCVs delivered to ‘Green City’ Southampton

23/09/2020

Nine new Dennis Eagle refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) with significantly reduced emissions have been delivered to Southampton City Council in line with the goals of its Green City Charter.

Tesco joins call for 100% zero-emission car sales by 2030

22/09/2020

Momentum for the UK to ditch fossil fuel cars and vans is growing as Tesco joins a group of now 27 big corporates publicly calling on the UK Government to target 100% zero emission car and van sales from 2030.

Fleets face issues created by ‘home working, home charging’ model

22/09/2020

Fleets need to work on issues arising from an emerging ‘home working, home charging’ model being created by the rise of electric vehicles and the effects of the coronavirus crisis, says FleetCheck.

Verizon Connect ranked No. 1 in innovation for fleet management systems

21/09/2020

Verizon Connect has been ranked No. 1 in innovation for fleet management systems globally, according to the Commercial Telematics Vendors Competitive Ranking report from analyst firm ABI Research.

Hitachi announces intelligent fleet decarbonisation solutions

21/09/2020

Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions (HCVS) and Hitachi Europe Ltd. have signed a three-year deal to collaborate on new net-zero solutions for fleet owners.

Fire service called to ‘large-scale’ fire at recycling plant

18/09/2020

Fire and rescue services in Shropshire spent the day tackling a large-scale fire at a landfill site in Telford.

Police forces crackdown on professional drivers

16/09/2020

Police forces across the UK are out in force this week targeting those who drive for work as part of Project Edward, the nationwide road safety campaign.

SFS hosts socially distanced Low Carbon Emissions Vehicles event

16/09/2020

A socially distanced Low Carbon Emissions Vehicle demonstration event hosted by Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) last month provided a unique opportunity to present the latest fleet technologies to council representatives.

Council deploys Videalert electric mobile enforcement vehicle

15/09/2020

Bath and North East Somerset Council is extending its Videalert CCTV enforcement platform by deploying a new electric mobile enforcement vehicle (MEV).

Government announces life sentences for ‘killer drivers’

14/09/2020

The Government has announced that legislation to introduce life sentences for drivers who kill somebody will be introduced to Parliament next year.

New problem-solving factsheets for FORS fleets launched

14/09/2020

A new series of problem-solving factsheets for companies taking part in the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) has been launched by FleetCheck.

Highways England to invest £9m in EV ‘try before you buy’ scheme

09/09/2020

Highways England has announced that it is investing over £9m in a local government electric vehicle (EV) ‘try before you buy’ scheme as part of World EV day.

Appreciation campaign for waste crews launched in Kent

09/09/2020

A new campaign has been launched to show appreciation for waste, recycling and street cleaning teams across Kent.

Aberdeen City Council opt for Wheely-Safe to protect their HGV fleet

07/09/2020

Aberdeen City Council is fitting the latest generation Wheely-Safe intelligent Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) across its entire HGV fleet.

ULEMCo and Glasgow council to undertake ‘largest single deployment’ of hydrogen vehicles

07/09/2020

Glasgow City Council and ULEMCo has commenced the largest single deployment of hydrogen dual fuel vehicles in the company’s history.

Over 500 new chargers per day needed to achieve zero emission car market

07/09/2020

A new survey has revealed that despite the billions that have been invested in the development of electric vehicles (EVs), UK buyers are still reluctant to buy them and hundreds more charge points are needed.

Council chiefs announce net zero innovation programme

02/09/2020

Councils and universities can apply for a new Net Zero Innovation Programme to address climate challenges at a local level, the Local Government Association (LGA) and UCL announce today.

RHA promotes careers in logistics ahead of National Lorry Week campaign

01/09/2020

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has announced the launch of this year’s National Lorry Week campaign.

Exol adds four Scania trucks to its ‘ever-growing’ fleet

01/09/2020

Exol Lubricants have added a further four Scania trucks to its fleet in order to better meet ongoing customer demand.

Council chiefs urge courier services to swap vans for cargo bikes

27/08/2020

Delivery companies should consider switching to cargo bike schemes where possible to cut carbon emissions, improve air quality and reduce congestion, local authority leaders say.

Smarter Grid Solutions zero carbon energy management platform goes live in Thames Valley

26/08/2020

The first phase of a project being delivered by Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS), the Glasgow-based energy software specialist, and involving technology giants O2 and Siemens, has gone live.

Teletrac Navman releases ‘next generation’ TN360

25/08/2020

Teletrac Navman yesterday announced the release of its next generation solution TN360.

New A25Gs for Ken Pink Plant Hire

25/08/2020

Ken Pink Plant Hire Ltd of Staverton, Gloucestershire, has purchased two more Volvo A25G articulated haulers for its multi-faceted plant hire fleet.

telent reappoints TMC to manage their mileage capture and audit

25/08/2020

telent, a leading technology company providing solutions and services for mission-critical communication networks in the UK and Ireland, have reappointed TMC to manage their mileage capture and audit.

RVS and EMOSS join forces to re-power electric refuse vehicles

19/08/2020

Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS) has signed an exclusive deal with Dutch electric powertrain developers EMOSS to repower refuse vehicles in the UK with an electric powertrain.

LEVC more than doubles its service and maintenance network

19/08/2020

LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) has significantly grown its authorised service and maintenance network by signing a partnership with one of the UK’s largest end-to-end fleet management companies, Rivus Fleet Solutions.

New Multihog ‘transforms’ council’s street services

18/08/2020

Derby City Council’s new Multihog machine has helped to transform the Streetpride division’s way of repairing roads and other related services using just one vehicle.

HGV market experiences ‘sharp decrease’

18/08/2020

The UK’s heavy goods vehicle (HGV) market shrank by -73.4% in the second quarter of the financial year, new data reveals.

Operators at risk from Direct Vision Standard ‘confusion’

17/08/2020

The confusion surrounding Transport for London’s Direct Vision Standard (DVS) legislation is putting operators at risk, claims a leading road safety expert.

Britishvolt appoints new Project Director for Britain’s first battery gigaplant

13/08/2020

Battery technology specialists Britishvolt has announced the appointment of Ray Macera as Project Director for the construction and implementation of Britain’s first battery gigaplant.

Access Hire Nationwide adds 25 new Versalift platforms to its fleet

12/08/2020

Access Hire Nationwide is growing its specialist vehicle mounted access fleet with the addition of 25 VTL135-F platforms mounted on the 3.5 tonne Iveco Daily 35S.

New scheme to recycle rechargeable lithium-ion batteries launched

12/08/2020

The recycling and sustainability company, First Mile, has introduced a new scheme to recycle rechargeable lithium-ion batteries (LIB), commonly found in electric scooters, bikes, cars and vans.

Number of public charging devices increases five-fold, Government reveals

11/08/2020

The number of public charging devices has increased five-fold over the last half a decade, according to the latest Government figures.

East Suffolk Council introduces six ‘carbon-emission free vehicles’ to fleet

11/08/2020

East Suffolk Council is taking steps to reduce its carbon emissions by introducing six new electric vehicles to its fleet run by partners, East Suffolk Norse.

FORS launches new tachograph analysis software

11/08/2020

FORS has announced it is launching new tachograph analysis software designed to help ensure accurate and streamlined driver and vehicle data reporting.

Applications for the Design in the Public Sector programme now open

11/08/2020

Local authorities in England are now able to apply to take part in the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Design in the Public Sector programme to learn more about transport decarbonisation.

BMW launches ‘world-first’ eDrive Zones in the UK

10/08/2020

BMW has launched a new digital service that automates the process of switching to electric-only power when a BMW plug-in hybrid vehicle enters a low emission zone in London and Birmingham.

Birmingham council to roll out rapid charging network for electric vehicles

10/08/2020

Birmingham City Council has announced it will start the roll-out of 100% renewable energy electric vehicle charge points across the city from Autumn 2020.

Mercedes-Benz Vans lends its support as London Ambulance chiefs take action to contain pandemic

10/08/2020

Mercedes-Benz loaned seven of its vans to the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust to help support the trust during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Investment company announces £50m agreement to buy over 100 EV charging stations

06/08/2020

SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust plc (SEEIT) has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Electric Vehicle Network Limited (EVN) to acquire 112 rapid and ultra-fast EV charging stations across the UK for £50m.

LCV registrations on the rise after months of double-digit decline

06/08/2020

UK light commercial vehicle (LCV) registrations grow by 7.1% in July following four months of double-digit declines, new figures reveal.

FORS launches training package to tackle driver fatigue

04/08/2020

The accreditation scheme FORS has launched a new training package designed to help fleet managers better manage driver fatigue.

UK ranked ninth on ‘autonomous vehicle readiness’ index

03/08/2020

The UK has been ranked ninth out of 30 countries in a study which assesses ‘autonomous vehicle readiness’.

New call for London’s fleets to turn engines off when parked

03/08/2020

A London-wide campaign has been launched today encouraging businesses to tackle air pollution caused by idling engines.

Biffa cuts £200,000 per year from transmission servicing costs

30/07/2020

Biffa’s UK fleet cuts £200,000 per year from transmission servicing costs with Allison Transmission’s help.

BVRLA warns against ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to fleet decarbonisation

30/07/2020

Setting a single date for ending the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles would be a mistake, the BVRLA has said.

Taunton confirmed as site for DC Share project trial

30/07/2020

Taunton, Somerset, has been confirmed as the site for a trial of new DC technology which could help deliver an estimated 217,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargers in urban spaces.

VALE Engineering launches new website

29/07/2020

VALE Engineering Ltd, the UK manufacturer of professional weed control, turf care and winter maintenance equipment, has launched a new website combining all the company’s brands for the very first time.

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