When BBC1 decided to film a ‘fake’ dumping of plastic into the sea for its new series ‘War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita’ they asked Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS) to provide a fleet of 5 refuse vehicles to do the job.
The trucks feature in the opening sequence of episode one, which was aired on Monday 10 June and shows a convoy of refuse vehicles, filled with plastic, driving to Whitmore Bay, Barry Island. The vehicles then appear to dump their loads straight into sea, whilst presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall explains that this is happening globally every minute.
DriverMetrics has launched a guide to Maximising the Safety Benefits of Telematics. Freely
available, the guide enables fleet managers and others involved in using telematics
technologies, such as telematics over the past decade, the road safety casualty
figures remain stagnant. At DriverMetrics, our ongoing research and work with customers
has enabled us to develop a methodology to maximise the benefits from telematics and
we wanted to share this with our customers and the wider fleet community.”
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An unusual spectacle took place on Saturday 15 June at Weston-super-Mare seafront as hundreds of bin men and women from all across the UK competed in the third annual National Refuse Championships (NRC), to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society.
Thousands of people gathered along the Beach Lawns to watch 26 teams compete in gruelling races against the clock - repeatedly loading wheelie bins with bags of sand then pulling or pushing them, whilst running, to an awaiting refuse truck and emptying them before the vehicles raced to the finish line. Teams who took part included Biffa Sussex, Grundon, Bristol Waste Company, Oxford Direct Services, Faun Zoeller, Smiths Waste Management, Cartwrights, Amey, Pirtek, Imperial Commercials, Cawleys, and Devon Contract Waste.
Roads Minister Michael Ellis on the 24th June, announced that all government-funded home chargepoints installed in the future must be ‘smart’.
From 1 July 2019, all chargepoints backed by the government Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme must have the ability to be remotely accessed and capable of receiving, interpreting and reacting to a signal.
(SMMT) International Automotive Summit will focus on how the key areas of transformation are affecting the industry.
With the automotive industry facing a technological revolution, this year’s Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) International Automotive Summit on the 25th June, will focus on how the key areas of transformation are affecting the industry.
From re-engineering to electrification, Dr. George Gillespie OBE – Executive Vice President of HORIBA Automotive Test Systems, Executive Chairman for HORIBA MIRA and SMMT President – explores the top trends driving the global automotive industry in 2019, ahead of the biggest event in the UK’s automotive industry calendar.
Councils investigate the potential of electric power for 26-tonne RCVs for zero-emission collections
Two councils are investigating when electric technology will be ready to power their fleet of refuse collection vehicles that collect around eight million bins in South Cambridgeshire villages and Cambridge City each year.
The Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service – a partnership between South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council – got behind the wheel of an electric bin lorry on National Clean Air Day (Thursday 20 June), a day of action to encourage people and organisations to take steps to improve air quality and health.
Long-standing PEUGEOT customer Guide Dogs, which provide guide dogs and a wide range of services for people with sight loss, has begun a programme of replacing the charity’s vehicles used to transport its dogs. A key element of the replacement programme is to ensure that by 2022, all cars used to transport dogs and handlers will be replaced by specially-adapted, multi-purpose PEUGEOT vans, which are able to perform multiple roles and offer increased capacity for carrying dogs. The PEUGEOT vans include Expert and Expert Crew Van conversions, which will be joined by around 40 all-new PEUGEOT Partner Crew Vans later this year.
Ford has found a clever way of reusing millions of plastic bottles. Each EcoSport SUV that the company produces is fitted with carpets made using 470 single-use plastic drink bottles.
And since Ford launched the EcoSport globally in 2012, it has provided a new lease of life for more than 650 million 500-millilitre bottles, weighing an estimated 8,262 metric tons and that – if laid end to end – would stretch more than twice around the world.
Since first using recycled plastic in Mondeo more than 20 years ago, Ford now recycles 1.2 billion bottles globally per year.
“Consumers have a hugely increased awareness of the harm that simply discarding plastic can do – but we have long been on a mission to increase the proportion of recycled and renewable materials that are used in every new car we make,” said Tony Weatherhead, materials engineer, Ford Motor Company.
Turning plastic into car carpets first involves shredding both the bottles and their caps into tiny flakes. These are then heated to 260°C and melted down before being formed in to fibres the width of a single human hair. Those fibres are spun into a yarn by twisting multiple fibres together – and it is this material that is woven into carpets.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched a new Volkswagen Caddy conversion, ready for life on patrol as a police dog van.
The specialist canine unit will further help support the vital work of police dogs following the passing of “Finn’s Law”. The Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill gives the animals greater protection on patrol and is named after police dog Finn, who sustained serious injuries while on service and shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent this year as part of the campaign.
The new Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles conversion features a removable dog kennel with adjustable temperature controls and a complete “blue light” conversion featuring lights, siren and livery.
ŠKODA has been chosen by out of hours GP service Medvivo, to help its clinicians reach NHS patients in the South West.
ŠKODA’s SUV line-up will support the GP service, which is commissioned to deliver primary medical services outside normal working hours to those in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire. The load space of Karoq and Kodiaq and the vehicles’ reliability were a vital requirement in order to safely carry the clinicians’ medical equipment and passengers comfortably across the vast counties.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has revealed a new prisoner transport van for police forces based on the Volkswagen Transporter.
The van features a full width rear prison cell with space for two prisoners, designed to ensure safe transport for occupants. The rear also features seating for an officer to accompany prisoners on journeys and a double latch security system to prevent the rear doors from being opened from the inside.
Vauxhall has supplied Clarion Response, part of Clarion Housing Group with a fleet of 290 new vans. Clarion Response delivers repairs and maintenance to 90,000 Clarion Housing homes across the country. Clarion Housing is the largest housing association in the country.
The organisation will use Combo Cargo and British-built Vivaro models as mobile workshops for maintenance engineers around the UK. Clarion Response will also welcome the all-new Vivaro in the coming months after awarding Vauxhall a deal for sole supply of vans for the next four years.
An innovative smartphone app that ensures vehicle owners photograph the correct
areas of vehicle accident damage for vehicle engineers to remotely assess, is helping
deliver high levels of successful outcomes for insurers and their customers with success
rates as high as 63%.
TEC Reports Group’s Image Assist allows vehicle owners to photograph accident damage using easy to follow on-screen instructions, and ensure that the correct areas are photographed.
These images giving TEC Reports Group’s vehicle engineers the accident damage detail they need to make an assessment. Images are automatically uploaded to TEC Reports Group’s Claim Flow3 digital claims management platform where they are stored with all other relevant information.
Leading waste management company, Biffa, has chosen to equip the vehicles bound for its latest flagship contract wins in East Sussex and Waverley, with live camera systems, in line with the company’s commitment to health and safety.
David Maidman, Business Director, Biffa said: “The health and safety of our workforce, and the proper management of our vehicles, is of the utmost importance to us. The workplace is becoming increasingly challenging with more traffic and greater demands on drivers and collection crews. Installing these live cameras will provide additional reassurance and security for our staff, and the public.”
Innovation continues to drive the mobile workforce into the futureBy Derek Bryan, Vice President, EMEA, Verizon Connect
In a hyper competitive market, enterprises across every sector are looking for any advantage to get ahead of the competition and meet customers’ expectations. Innovation has become central to success, particularly for enterprises that rely on a mobile workforce.
JCT600 VLS has supplied specially adapted Ford Focus estate vehicles to Silverstone racing circuit.
The new estate models, which made their debut at the C1 24 Hour Challenge, will be used as their medical response vehicles and have specialist medical refrigeration boxes installed as well as light bars and sirens fitted.