Vehicle news roundup (10/05/22)

With news on: Brighton considers electric fleet; Lichfield and Tamworth receive new RCV fleet; ISS rebrands to Fleetclear; and, Faun Zoeller gains silver status from Investors in People.

One of the five Twin Pack vehicles delivered to Lichfield and Tamworth Joint Waste Service

Brighton considers electric fleet

Brighton and Hove council will vote this week on plans to enter into a contract to procure four electric powered side-loading RCVs worth £2.4 million. 

Brighton’s waste team with Electra, at the unveiling of an electric RCV in 2021

The new vehicles have been manufactured by Terberg, who are partnering with a UK company,
Electra, “to develop an electric model which is now available to order”.

This would replace vehicles collecting waste from large communal bins across Brighton.

If agreed, the council has provisionally secured four production slots for electric powered side lifting vehicles: two to be delivered in autumn 2022 and two in 2023-24.

Each vehicle costs in the region of £580,000, but the council will be eligible for a low emission grant of £25,000.

Brighton’s existing fleet cost £325,000 per vehicle. It is estimated that the carbon saving arising from using four electric side lifting RCVs rather than diesel will reduce the council’s carbon emissions by 10.5 tonnes per anum.

Lichfield and Tamworth receive new RCV fleet

Lichfield district and Tamworth borough have seen a fleet of refuse vehicles arrive to collect paper and card separately from other dry mixed recyclables such as glass, tins, and plastic.

Five 26t Twin Pack refuse vehicles, designed to collect separate waste and recycling streams at the same time, have been delivered to Lichfield and Tamworth Joint Waste Service by Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS).

One of the five Twin Pack vehicles delivered to Lichfield and Tamworth Joint Waste Service

SFS was chosen in a tendering process in 2016 as the Service’s vehicle provider in a six-year contract hire agreement, with an option to extend for an additional six years.
Bob Sweetland, managing director at SFS said: “These vehicles will help to ensure the new collections are efficient as well as facilitate the Service’s commitment to improving recycling rates.”
As part of the contract SFS has already provided 22 replacement vehicles to replenish the Service’s refuse, recycling, and street cleansing fleet.

ISS rebrands to Fleetclear

Fleet solutions provider Innovative Safety Systems Ltd (ISS) is bringing together its technology and software services under one company brand – Fleetclear.

Established over a decade ago, the company has evolved into a fleet solution provider covering all aspects of vehicle and driver safety and compliance, including technology solutions.

L to R: Fleetclear’s CEO Gavin Thoday and chief finance officer Keith Palmer

Gavin Thoday, Fleetclear’s CEO said: “We will continue to develop innovative technology-based solutions, to address the challenges faced by fleet operators, in close collaboration with our trusted industry partners and customers.

“However, we are a data driven technology company focused on integrating systems to enhance and future proof fleets. The Fleetclear brand better reflects the full extent of our services.”
Fleetclear designs, manufactures, and installs its solutions to over 60% of local authorities in the UK.

The Fleetclear web-based software app enables fleet operators to have a clear picture of the performance of every vehicle and every driver, throughout every moment of operation, with integrated video.

Faun Zoeller gains silver status from Investors in People

FZUK Ltd has announced that it has been awarded the silver accreditation from the Investors in People scheme, which specialises in transforming business performance through people.

Silver status means principles, policies, and practices around supporting people are embedded in every corner of the organisation.

Simon Hyde, CEO of FZUK, said: “Our team is the heart of the business and are the key to every success that we achieve. It’s an honour to be awarded this for the first time, but it is also an opportunity to gain experience as it highlights areas, we should be proud of and like every area for improvement, helping to hold us accountable to our people and our values.”

Paul Devoy, CEO of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate FAUN-Zoeller UK. Silver is a fantastic achievement and something only 15% of the organisations we assess achieve.”

The assessment included a full culture audit and interviews with over 10 team members.

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