Truck body manufacturer Dennis Eagle’s chief engineer has called for greater support from Government for carbon reduction technology in refuse collection vehicles (RCV).
Barry Lindsay said that the Government could be doing more to assist heavy duty vehicles and RCVs. Lindsay cited a recent Department for Transport report entitled Review of Low Carbon Technologies for Heavy Goods Vehicles which identified 24% of UK road emissions stemming from heavy duty vehicles (HDV).
Lindsay said: “A lot of support is being given to buses and transport and so on, there’s been little support so far to heavy duty vehicles.”
“I’ve sat in a few meetings with the Department for Transport and had discussions with these organisations, and what I see is that the RCV sector has been missed, but a lot of the technology we’re talking about is really relevant for freight haulage operations.”
Such technology included hydraulic break energy recovery systems, regenerative breaking, dual fuel engines.
“For me, the challenge is to say that it’s a significant industry. These vehicles operate in urban environments, if it’s right to develop greener technology for buses, it’s got to be right to develop greener technology for refuse collection vehicles. A lot of focus in HDV is on some of the ‘low hanging fruit’ – and I accept that’s a positive move for the industry to make a good contribution to reductions, it’d be nice to see a bit more effort put in.”
Lindsay added: “On the scale of things we’re not a big company on the scale of Jaguar Landrover or JCB, nevertheless we take some responsibility in leading the industry strategy with regards to producing low carbon technology in a variety of vehicles.”