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The latest news on industry, contracts won, and new product developments.

10 Clifford Comments

Phil Clifford on the realities for local authorities when adopting the latest technologies.

16 Platooning

A two-year project into platooning trucks on UK roads will investigate the potential impact of the practice and whether it can benefit the country’s economy and road system.

22 Electra is coming

A new battery-powered RCV will make its debut a Future Fleet Forum.

12 A sweep ahead

24 Future Fleet Forum preview

Features 38 Grounds care


Transmission systems


EV procurement




Terrorism prevention



Legislation, cost, and environmental concerns are three of the key factors currently driving the future direction of the sweeper industry.

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LAPV reviews the highlights of the exhibition that will run alongside the conference at Future Fleet Forum on 24-25 January 2018 in the Guildhall in London.

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Maidstone Council in Kent has kept on top of the increased demands of Mote Park’s 1.6 million annual with the help of a Kubota RTV-X900 utility vehicle.

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Cover: Hako Local Authority Plant & Vehicles

December 2017



Safety specifications for large vehicles are once again up for debate following the introduction of the Mayor of London’s new Direct Vision Standard.

Vehicle stabilisation

Prevent vehicle rollover and reduce the risk of damage to equipment and personnel with a new digital vehicle stabilisation device.


Emissions control


The value of sludge

Make it happen, make it Streets ahead in outdoor cleaning

Hako supply a range of professional street cleansing Citymaster sweepers which have been engineered specifically with the cleaning of streets and pavements in mind.

Direct Vision Standard

Balfour Beatty has retrofitted diesel particulate filters to existing machines to comply with the London Non-Road Mobile Machinery Low Emission Zone requirements.

Vehicle technology can provide a ‘double indemnity’ against risks by building on the recommendations of CLOCS. The UK electric vehicle market is growing at an exponential rate with profound implications for public sector purchasing. How compliance management solutions can streamline fleet operations. What can councils do to protect public sector vehicles from use by terrorists? The core initiatives of FORS and its synergies with safety campaigns.

Sludge management privatisation could see this waste product become a valuable resource.

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