Free Freight in the City webinar: electrification of waste and recyling vehicles

Electrification of the waste and recycling sector is gaining momentum, as local authorities across the UK strive to reduce their carbon footprint and improve air quality.

Many have now plugged into the potential and practicality of electric refuse trucks, and this webinar will explore how they are performing in real-life waste cycles, as well as looking at the robust test cycles in place for emerging technology and grants being adapted to help operators make the switch on their fleets.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Andy Graves, Product Marketing Manager, Dennis Eagle
  • Matt Ralfe, Innovation & Change Manager, Nottingham City Council
  • Brian Robinson, Commercial Vehicle Emissions Consultant, Zemo Partnership

First, we'll be looking at the eCollect in action today in waste operations across the UK, explaining vehicle range, independent testing results, recharging options and full maintenance support available for operators looking to make the switch to electric.

You'll then learn about Nottingham City Council’s journey towards electrifying its transport operation and overcoming barriers such as funding, maintenance and charging infrastructure to now having one of the broadest fleets of EVs in the country.

Finally, we'll look at the range of robust testing taking place to enable alternative fuelled commercial vehicles to become eligible for plug-in grants, plus a look at some of the work Zemo Partnership has been undertaking to provide operators with clear guidance and support in transitioning to new technology.

You’ll also have the opportunity to engage directly with our speakers in an interactive Q & A session and find out whether electric would be a good fit for your operation.

The event is completely free to attend and takes place on Thursday 22 April at 10.30 am on Zoom. Simply register online to receive the webinar link.

  • Not enough hours in the day to attend live? We hope that you can join us on 22 April, BUT if you can’t, register anyway and we will send you the on-demand recording so you can watch at your leisure.

Openness about mistakes fails to save Northants haulier

The international licence of a Northampton haulier has been revoked after it failed to manage its maintenance effectively and created a road safety risk.

The appearance of Welland Autos Vehicle Movers (WAVM) at a Cambridge public inquiry was prompted by one of its vehicles attracting an immediate S-marked prohibition notice, after a traffic examiner found that six of six wheel nuts were loose. A subsequent investigation into the firm revealed that the haulier had no wheel nut or fixing torque log kept for any of its vehicles. It also found that there was no VOR system in place; no vehicle first use inspections; gaps in inspections and no effective maintenance contract in place. In response, David Argo, WAVM transport manager, told the DVSA he was working through the recommendations “and rectifying my mistakes”.

But in a written decision following the PI, TC Richard Turfitt said there were still gaps in inspections, an absence of record keeping and no evidence of brake tests.

The TC said: “It became clear that, even if the contractor had generated brake test print outs neither the director [Alan Pitkeathly] nor transport manager would have the knowledge to read them. On their own admission, neither of them is sufficiently up to date with current standards. Mr Argo was very frank in admitting that he had not moved quickly enough to address the concerns expressed by the DVSA examiners. By their own admission they have been too slow to react and they do not obviously possess the level of knowledge to achieve even the basic standards required under the operator’s licence.”

Turfitt added: “The failings still evident at the public inquiry result not from malintent but from being out of date and slow to respond. Mr Pitkeathly does not enjoy being the director and has, in any event, been content for Mr Argo to assume many of those responsibilities.”

As a result, the TC found that Argo had lost his repute and disqualified him from relying on his CPC until he attended a two-day refresher course. He said the openness displayed at the PI meant he would not disqualify the director, but he found that the operator had lost its repute and he revoked the licence.