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SFS joins new HGV and Specialist Vehicles Framework

21/04/2021

Local authority vehicle partner Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) has been awarded a place on a new specialist vehicles procurement framework launched by The Procurement Partnership (TPPL) and the North Easter Procurement Organisation (NEPO) earlier this year.

Crowdfunding platform launches offer to roll out EV chargers in Greater Manchester

19/04/2021

Crowdfunding platform Abundance Investment Ltd has launched an offer to fund the roll out of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure throughout the Greater Manchester area.

Dundee gets Scotland’s first eCollects and orders more

16/04/2021

After taking delivery of the first two eCollects in Scotland earlier this year, Dundee City Council has ordered four more of the eRCVs.

Essex-based waste management company invests in 15 new Hyva skiploaders

16/04/2021

Essex-based skip hire and recycling company Dunmow Waste Management has invested in 15 new Hyva skiploaders.

Biffa fits 17 MAS food and glass RCVs with c-trace weighing system

16/04/2021

c-trace’s dynamic weighing system is now helping Biffa provide accurate weights of glass and food waste collected from pub and restaurant chains and supermarkets across the UK.

Gary Bineker and Bindiana Jones clean up the streets of Charnwood

15/04/2021

The young people of Charnwood in Leicestershire have named one of their refuse collection vehicles after local footballing hero Gary Lineker.

Two councils to offer kerbside recycling for coffee pods

15/04/2021

Households across the UK can now recycle their coffee pods thanks to a new recycling programme, which includes kerbside collections from two local authorities.

Clean air zones save lives and boost local economies

15/04/2021

Clean air zones (CAZs) will save lives and inject millions into local economies, an analysis of eight major cities in the UK has revealed.

UK's largest fleet of electric waste vehicles rolled out in Manchester

14/04/2021

Manchester City Council and Biffa have together launched 27 brand-new zero emissions refuse collection vehicles as part of the local authority’s effort to tackle air pollution.

Liberty Charge to install charging points across Waltham Forest

13/04/2021

Liberty Charge, the joint venture created by Liberty Global and Zouk Capital to rollout on-street electric vehicle charging points in the UK, has today announced the successful completion of its first UK installation in the London borough of Waltham Forest.

Doncaster Council continues its drive to support a fleet of electric vehicles

08/04/2021

Plans for a new 20 space car park to support the council’s 100% electric vehicles have been approved at Planning Committee.

RVS announced as key UK dealer for AJK Skip and Hook Loader systems

08/04/2021

Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS) continues to expand its services with the announcement that it has become a key UK dealer for AJK Skip and Hook Loader systems.

ISS expands sales force in South East

08/04/2021

Vehicle safety technology company Innovative Safety Systems Ltd (ISS) is expanding its presence in the South East with the appointment of a new sales manager.

Licence Check launches SMS E-Approval

08/04/2021

Driver and risk management specialist Licence Check has launched a new text message-based method of driver authorisation in its DAVIS driver and vehicle risk platform.

Environmental services company fined over £1m after worker fatally crushed

07/04/2021

An environmental management services company has been fined after a worker was fatally injured by a reversing vehicle.

Fleets drive growth in new car registrations

06/04/2021

Fleets are the main driving force behind an increase in new car registrations, the latest data reveals.

Westminster showcases upcycled electric refuse collection vehicle

01/04/2021

Westminster City Council and Veolia have showcased one of their upcycled electric refuse collection vehicles at the ‘SMMT Electrified 2021’ parade in central London.

Cardiff Council focuses on safety with order of Mercedes impact protection vehicles

01/04/2021

The city council has ordered two new Mercedes-Benz Econic impact protection vehicles to help improve the safety of its highways team.

Over two thirds of cars and LCVs could be replaced by EVs, study reveals

30/03/2021

More than two thirds of cars and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) currently being used commercially in the UK could be replaced by electric models, new research reveals.

BVRLA announces collaboration with leading data providers

30/03/2021

The British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association (BVRLA) is working with some of the fleet sector’s leading research and data providers as it rolls out a comprehensive market insight programme to support fleets.

Minister announces £30m to boost battery and hydrogen technology

30/03/2021

The Government has announced over £30m of investment in battery technology, the electric vehicle supply chain and hydrogen vehicles.

Meritor consortium awarded £15.9m to develop UK’s low carbon capability

26/03/2021

Meritor today announced that it is the recipient of the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s (APC) Core Competition Program in the UK to partially fund the design and development of Meritor’s 17Xe™ electric powertrain system for heavy-duty electric trucks and buses equipped with a single drive axle.

Coventry gets go-ahead for all-electric buses

24/03/2021

Coventry is set to become the UK’s first All Electric Bus City after the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) backed the project.

UK on track to miss targets for toxic pollution

22/03/2021

The UK is on track to miss the 2020 and 2030 legal targets for toxic pollution, according to Government data.

Government announces £54m to create next generation electric trucks

22/03/2021

The Government has announced that £54m of funding will be made available to create the next generation of electric trucks and hydrogen-powered buses.

Waltham Forest unveils new electric waste and cleansing fleet

17/03/2021

The London Borough of Waltham Forest (LBWF) has unveiled its new fleet of electric waste and recycling collection, street cleansing and grounds maintenance vehicles.

Government unveils hydrogen transport hub ‘masterplan’

17/03/2021

The Government has unveiled the official ‘masterplan’ for the UK’s first-ever hydrogen transport hub.

County council approves Oxford’s Zero Emission Zone pilot

17/03/2021

Oxford’s proposed Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) pilot has been formally approved by Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet for launch in August.

Veolia trials innovative electric tricycles in Westminster

15/03/2021

The resource management company Veolia, in partnership with Westminster City Council, is trialling two electric pedal tricycles specially designed for on-street waste collection.

Mercedes-Benz broadens scope of Special Trucks operation

15/03/2021

Econic customers stand to benefit as Mercedes-Benz broadens the scope of its Special Trucks operation.

ISS invests in new software division

15/03/2021

Vehicle safety technology company Innovative Safety Systems Ltd (ISS) has invested in the creation of a new software division – FleetClear – to deliver an all-in-one fleetwide, vehicle safety and fleet management solution.

Bath's Clean Air Zone goes live

15/03/2021

The UK’s first charging clean air zone (CAZ) outside of London has been launched in Bath today.

Over half of fleet drivers experience mental health decline, study finds

11/03/2021

Over half of fleet drivers have experienced decline in mental health this winter, new research has revealed.

Waste services experience continued ‘disruption’ due to COVID-19

10/03/2021

Local authority waste services across the country are continuing to feel the impacts of COVID-19, a new survey has revealed.

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.

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