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SMS announce its accreditation by FTA as a Van Excellence Operator

SMS Plc
Van Excellence is a scheme designed by some of the best van operators in the UK, facilitated and managed by FTA to recognise excellence and improve operational standards. The scheme provides organisations with the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to safer, more efficient and sustainable van fleets. Our recognition as a Van Excellence Operator provides the highest confidence...

EVs provide a nationwide battery storage resource which can feed electricity back into the grid during times of peak demand

Electric Nation V2GTrial
Electric vehicles (EVs) are often seen as a problem in relation to increasing demand on electricity networks, but distribution network operator Western Power Distribution (WPD) instead sees EVs as a solution, and is demonstrating why this is the case through its Electric Nation Vehicle to Grid (V2G) project. In partnership with CrowdCharge, WPD’s Electric Nation project is recruiting...

Eric Wright Group expands electric fleet

Eric Wright
As part of its ongoing low carbon commitment, the Eric Wright Group has expanded its workforce fleet with the purchase of a number of fully electric vehicles (EVs). The Bamber-bridge based company this week took delivery of ten fully electric Kia e-Niro cars from Bolton Kia – Europe’s No.1 Kia Dealer, and five Model...

South Central Ambulance Service takes delivery of 40 Dacia Dusters

South Central Ambulance Service
Those in need of urgent medical assistance in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire may well find that it is a Dacia Duster coming to their aid after the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) took delivery of 40 for use by its Community First Responders. Funded by South Central Ambulance Charity (SCAC), which supports SCAS by...

First Choice Homes Oldham new ‘cleaner’ fleet supports local economy

Operational-Manager-Property-Care-Pat-Godfrey-and-Facilities-and-Transport-Manager-Steve-Taylor
Pictured: Operational Manager Property Care, Pat Godfrey and Facilities and Transport Manager,Steve-Taylor First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO) is celebrating the arrival of brand new ‘environmentally friendlier’ vans provided by its vehicle partner, Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS).  The first set of new vehicles, which arrived at the housing association headquarters on Wednesday 22 July, have ‘Ad Blue’ technology to...

Driving in the New Normal: A Guide to Employee Safety and Wellbeing 

Drive Iq
Driver well-being specialist Drive iQ has published a new white paper: Driving in the New   Normal: A Guide to Employee Safety and Wellbeing  The guide outlines five key changes to employee mobility and sets out some recommendations to help employers to adapt to the ‘new normal’.  Richard Hill at Drive iQ said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has...

Kirklees Council invests in vehicle safety technology

Kirklees Council invests in vehicle safety technology
Kirklees Council is equipping its new waste and recycling fleet with the latest vehicle safety technology. The 21 new vehicles are being fitted with camera recording systems, reverse radar and the Cyclear cyclist warning system from UK vehicle safety technology company Innovative Safety Systems Ltd (ISS). Darren Fletcher, Fleet Manager, Transport Services, Kirklees Council: “Our fleet has an excellent...

Payload and agility lead Optivo back to Sparshatt Truck & Van for new FUSO Canter crew cab

Optivo Canter
Fast-growing housing provider Optivo has commissioned a second FUSO Canter, which is now being used to clear void properties in Kent of bulky waste items such as furniture, household appliances and flooring, as well as garden refuse. Chosen for its market-leading carrying capacity and manoeuvrability, the 7.5-tonner arrived via the Sittingbourne headquarters of Sparshatt Truck & Van. Sparshatt is...

New environmentally friendly recycling trucks hit the road

MId Devon
A new fleet of multi-coloured trucks have been hitting the streets of Mid Devon this July to help improve the efficiency of the council’s recycling operation and reduce its impact on the environment. Mid Devon District Council’s fleet of recycling vehicles, which were scheduled to be replaced in 2020, have started to be delivered from the manufacturers. The...

Oxford is to trial its first all-electric refuse collection vehicle

ODS, the City Council’s wholly owned company, is to trial an all-electric refuse collection vehicle on the streets of Oxford, as part of the Oxford’s journey to zero carbon and ambition to reduce air pollution to the very lowest levels. The trial is taking place from Tuesday 21 July – Thursday 23 July, and will allow ODS to...