Quality Heating Services slashes fleet insurance claims costs by two thirds - Innovative Lightfoot technology also improves company’s fuel economy by 11.3%
Quality Heating Services, which specialises in gas fired central heating appliances, systems and controls in the social housing sector, has reported a dramatic 34% fall in at-fault claims and a 66% drop in claims costs following the installation of award-winning in-cab technology Lightfoot in its fleet of over 100 vans.
Next month on Saturday 15 June the waste management sector will once again descend upon Weston-super-Mare for the annual National Refuse Championships, sponsored by Imperial Commercials and DAF. The great news is that it’s not too late to enter a team for the races. There are still a few places left!
On the 7th May we were invited to attend an event at the London Stadium, organised by Ordnance Survey (OS) and Mobileye. Both organisations are working together to create the first detailed roadside infrastructure dataset of Britain for a new, accurate and customisable location information service.
To support the trials, Northumbrian Water Group has become the first utility company in the UK to join the project. The new service will deliver high-precision roadside asset location data to companies across multiple sectors.
Fleets of vans and cars fitted with camera-based mapping technology are set to capture a street-level (worms-eye) view of the nation’s road network. The level of detail recognised and classified include road markings, network boxes, traffic lights, road signs, lamp and telegraph posts, bollards, manhole covers, and drainage grates. The data is updated constantly as vehicles capture information on the roads they travel.
Initially tested in selected areas of the country, the trials included London, Manchester and the North East. The trials are already helping produce a dataset of Britain’s road network characteristics and street furniture at an unprecedented level of accuracy. The trials will lay the groundwork for new data and infrastructure asset monitoring services for customers across many markets, ranging from the energy and infrastructure sectors to emerging tech markets including Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) and 5G.
Clive Surman-Wells, Northumbrian Water Group Operations Solutions Manager, added: “We’re really excited and proud to be the first utility company to have the opportunity to try this new technology. There are so many benefits that have the potential to really change the game when it comes to helping manage our networks and keep our customers’ water flowing.”
Full feature in the next issue of Utility Fleet Magazine - out next month.
Treka Everyday is a 3.5t – 4.25t minibus available in both M1 and M2 configurations, and on a range of base vehicle platforms including Renault Master, Peugeot Boxer, Volkswagen Crafter, and Mercedes Sprinter. The vehicle has capacity for up to 14 seated passengers and up to four wheelchair positions. Wheelchair access is provided by either an underfloor or inboard passenger lift.
A study published by car maker Volkswagen finds that for the same model VW Golf operating on different powertrains, the electric vehicle performs better in terms of CO2 emissions than the ICE diesel model with which it is compared over the full life-cycle.
The UK’s leading facilities management and professional services company, Mitie, is charging ahead with plans to electrify 20% of its fleet of smaller vehicles by 2020, selecting Pod Point as its sole chargepoint supplier.
SSE part of the SSE Group, one of the UK's largest and fastest growing energy companies has taken delivery of a fleet of new Isuzu D-Max Pick-Ups. In total, 215 Isuzu D-Max Pick-ups have been ordered.
In response to the growth of bigger, heavier SUVs, 4x4s and electric vehicles on the UK’s roads, the RAC has unveiled the latest addition to its vehicle fleet – a custom-built Isuzu D-Max patrol van.
DrugWipe – not just THE police roadside deterrent, now scaling new heights as a deterrent to employee drug misuse!
Police have been using the D.Tec International Limited supplied DrugWipe 3S rapid roadside screener as a fast, effective means of detecting drug drivers at the roadside since the new drug drive law was introduced in March 2015. All 43 police forces across England & Wales now see the DrugWipe as a vital tool for deterring drug misuse amongst drivers and that includes the fleet / logistics sector.
Drax Group has created an end-to-end Electric Vehicle (EV) proposition for businesses that includes SES Water
Pictured left to right: Jonathan Kini Drax Retail CEO, Adam Hall Drax Group EV Lead, Henrietta Stock Energy and Carbon Manager at SES Water, Tom Kelly Wholesale Director at SES Water and Andy Davison Fleet Manager at SES Water. The two EV vehicles pictured are called ‘Usain Volt’ and ‘Emma Wattson’.
Leading B2B renewable electricity supplier Drax Group has created an end-to-end Electric Vehicle (EV) proposition, to make switching to EVs simple and easy for businesses.
Drax’s first EV customer, SES Water, has invested in 16 new charging points and is initially replacing 10 of its 120 strong fleet of diesel vans with electric vehicles. The switch will result in a carbon saving of 43 tonnes of CO2 per year and is another significant step forward in SES Water’s environmental commitments which last year saw the company switch to 100 per cent renewable electricity.
Three brand new, fully electric vehicles are joining the City of London Corporation’s fleet, bringing the organisation a step closer to realising its goal of being the first authority to run a fully zero-emission fleet.
Drivers will be able to earn cryptocurrency and make payments on the move using innovative connected car services being tested by Jaguar Land Rover.
Twelve Dennis Eagle refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) with Terberg lifts have been delivered to Veolia for its domestic waste and recycling collections for Telford & Wrekin Council.
The order is made of 11 Elite 6 chassis with Olympus 23 bodies and Terberg OmniDEL Electric bin lifts and an Olympus Mini RCV for collections from locations with restricted access, such as narrow country lanes. A further six vehicles were ordered at the same time for Veolia’s operation in Stafford.
A fleet of new bin lorries has taken to the streets after North Lanarkshire Council took delivery of 24 vehicles.
The Mercedes Benz Econic lorries meet the latest European standards for emissions and have a number of safety features, including an automatic emergency braking system and a four-way camera system to give the driver full visibility.
Industry-leading aftersales support and a premium quality brand image ensured that UW Home Services’ first vans wear Mercedes-Benz three-pointed stars.
The smart metering systems specialist has ordered 200 Vito 111 CDI Compacts from Dealer Midlands Truck & Van, for use by uniformed mobile engineers based nationwide.
UW Home Services was established in June 2018 to manage the roll-out of smart meters to customers of its parent company, Utility Warehouse Group. The Government wants energy suppliers to replace old-style gas and electricity meters, with new, electronic versions.
SEAT UK has launched its Fleet Commitment initiative, offering a series of ownership benefits for fleets and company car drivers.
The new scheme offers a wide-range of perks to boost convenience, reduce cost and deliver the highest levels of fleet aftersales service.
North Lanarkshire Council has taken delivery of two SsangYong Korando 4x4 vehicles, which will be predominantly utilised by its Justice Services Team to assist with a series of community projects, and to help home care workers to be able to travel more freely within the county.
North Lanarkshire’s Justice Services Team deliver effective assessment and management of offenders within the community. Prime objectives are to identify those offenders most at risk of harm either to themselves or are at risk of reoffending; and to establish whether a community-based management plan could support offenders to reduce the risk of harm, and the risk of reoffending.
The all-terrain, versatile SsangYong vehicles, delivered this month, have the capability to access remote and challenging areas that may have previously been more challenging to reach.
Jim Curtis, Placement Manager for Justice Services Community Payback Team, at North Lanarkshire Council, said: “Our Justice Services Team want to ensure that the local community is confident that they’re working hard to reduce the risk of harm to local people, that it’s addressing victim issues, and that it’s contributing to the rehabilitation of offenders. The level of assistance varies across the region however the Korando’s will allow us to reach and engage with harder to reach, rural communities and, in addition, will be an asset helping home care workers travel around in dubious weather conditions.”
David Wishart, Dealer Principal of Frasers of Falkirk, said: “Frasers were delighted to handover the Korando’s to North Lanarkshire Council this week. The new 4x4 vehicles will be of great assistance as they help with rural community engagement - we’re really pleased to see them deployed in our local area and doing such an important job.”
How to avoid a “brake” in your confidence -Traffic Commissioner Kevin Rooney reflects on the standards for regular brake testing
They’re there to make sure your vehicles are fit and serviceable at all times.
And the MOT standard is always met.
In fact, your regular inspections should be above that minimum standard.
Philip Hammond's comments today (April 9) from the House of Commons Despatch box hints at a future fuel duty rise: Mr Hammond said: