Increased demand sees Magtec appoint UK MD

Andrew Gilligan

Sheffield-based Magtec has appointed Andrew Gilligan as UK MD following increased global demand for the electric vehicle manufacturer’s products.
Commenting on his new appointment Gilligan said: “I am delighted to be appointed as MD of Magtec at a critical and exciting time for our business and the industry. We are witnessing an uncompromising swing from fossil fuel-powered drive systems to electric.”
Gilligan has a lot of experience within the automotive sector having started his career at Rolls-Royce, working within control systems, transmissions and commercial areas for 10 years. 
He then went on to become general manager within David Brown Santasalo, developing gear system solutions for global defence, oil and gas, rail and industrial markets.
Magtec has been working on a series of projects such as the trials of electric refuse collection vehicles within London and Sheffield, as well as producing the UK’s first electric 7.5-tonne commercial vehicles.
Gilligan added: “This is an exciting time to grow this technology business into a global player.”
Founder and owner of the companyMarcus Jenkins concluded, “We are delighted to welcome Andrew to the team. He will play an important leadership role as Magtec moves from small production batches to large production volumes.” 

Paperwork breaches uncovered in waste spot checks

Environment Agency

The Environment Agency (EA) has reminded waste drivers that they must carry with them the correct paperwork after spot checks in Hertfordshire uncovered a series of breaches.

The checks took place in Borehamwood with environment officers joined by the police, DVSA and council officers.

It said 90% of the vehicles it stopped had to be reminded of the law on carrying waste.

The EA said it pulled over 33 van and HGV drivers and asked them to show they were carrying the right documents, while vehicle inspections were also carried out.

Half a dozen drivers had missing or incomplete paperwork and will now be subject to an EA investigation, while follow-up letters will be sent to another 23 as a general reminder to register if they want to transport waste.

Any lorry or van moving waste for commercial reasons must be registered by law to ensure it is disposed of correctly, or else be subject to further action by the agency.

Hannah Wooldridge, EA senior technical officer said: “The results from our latest checks on lorries and vans in Hertfordshire prove the worth of finding out if drivers and operators are working within the law when carrying waste on board.

DVSA traffic enforcement manager Mick Cheeseman said: “There’s no excuse for driving with mechanical defects or with an overweight or insecure load.”