Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS) will be launching its range of brand new refuse trucks, part of the company’s Reditruck offering. The vehicle, a Mercedes Antos with Dennis Eagle Olympus body and Beta 2 bin lift, signifies the beginning of a new era and a raft of new services from the company known for producing quality used and remanufactured refuse vehicles.
Spencer Law, managing director, RVS said: “Increasingly our customers are coming back to us for after sales support to help them manage their fleets more cost efficiently for the long term. In response, we have restructured our business to provide ‘Whole Lifecycle’ management of refuse vehicles, to optimise their operational longevity through all life stages from new to quality used to remanufactured. This way we can help our customers achieve nearly zero downtime.”
He added: “Our finance packages offer flexible options such as a take back option after four years when we can either replace the vehicle with new or give the vehicle a mid-life value added overhaul so it will deliver another four to five years of service.”
In addition to Reditruck and product support, RVS is offering customers the option to ‘try before you buy’ on any of its vehicles - new, quality used or remanufactured. If purchased, RVS will refund the rental charge.
RVS is joined on the stand by Effenco Hybrid Solutions of Montreal, Canada, for which RVS is the first distributor of Effenco’s engine stop start technology outside north America.
Vehicle Weighing Solutions (VWS) is launching its new VWS PurGo software designed exclusively for waste and recycling operators at this year’s RWM.
As previously reported in MRW, VWS joined forces with a software design company and created VWS Software Solutions with the aim of bringing a simplified software solution to the market place. VWS PurGo is based around streamlining processes from sales through to operations such as route scheduling, admin, billing and reporting. It works in harmony with many bin-weighing systems and enables waste and recycling companies to monitor precisely what they are collecting and from whom, and charge accordingly.
Kent-based Equinox Recycling recently switched its systems over to VWS PurGo. Andy Gibbons, managing director, said: “For the first time ever we are doing our invoicing in-house instead of employing another company to do it. We can monitor each customer’s load much more effectively, and therefore charge accordingly, and keep better track of direct debits, which is helping us to sustain a more profitable business.”
VWS PurGo uses technology such as in-cab PDAs to schedule work and capture data. As well as integrating well with back office systems and accounting packages, it can link on-board systems such as bin- weighing, CCTV systems, telematics/CANbus and has a web-portal and smartphone app for billing and reporting. Customers pay a monthly subscription for the use of the software, which includes the support service, should they need it.
Fleet and transport operators visiting the show can also see the Apollo range of in-motion and static axle weighbridges from VWS which help customers to ensure vehicle weights don’t exceed legal requirements.
Contract hire and fleet management experts Specialist Fleet Services (SFS) and refuse vehicle hire and maintenance company Collett Transport Services (CTS), part of SFS, will co-exhibit at RWM.
SFS reports its contract with Hambleton District Council was recently renewed for another 10 years, with an option to extend for 10 years. This involves the provision of fleet for the authority’s street cleansing division, including waste and recycling, and is the third time in succession that Hambleton has chosen SFS as its vehicle partner.
Meanwhile, Gloucestershire-based CTS has diversified into sweeper hire following the purchase of four Johnston Sweepers. It has also continued to invest in new vehicles as part of its ongoing fleet renewal programme, including the addition of four 2015 plate Euro 6 RCV’s from Dennis Eagle.
Five Arrows Vehicle Finance (FAVF), an asset finance company focused on the lease and hire purchase of commercial vehicles, is a newcomer to RWM.
It will be on hand to discuss its flexible funding packages and competitive terms to companies wishing to purchase new assets or maximise the value of existing assets.
The company was set up in August 2014 by contract hire and fleet management company SFS, a member of the Rothschild Group.
FAVF, already established in the vehicle recovery sector, is now expanding into new sectors, primarily waste and recycling, haulage, bus and coach, plant and self-drive hire. Recently the company announced its collaboration with Johnston Sweepers to offer sweeper operators beneficial pricing, flexible packages and competitive terms when purchasing a Johnston Sweeper.
Greg Viviers, sales director, FAVF said: “We have an in-depth understanding of specialist equipment and vehicle assets and we work hard to make sure we get the best deals for our customers. Our aim is to partner with companies to help them grow and maximise their assets.”