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SFS supports Hambleton District Council’s carbon reduction

Specialist Fleet Services (SFS) have supported Hambleton District Council’s push to reduce their carbon emissions by supplying them with refuse and recycling vehicles part-powered by electricity.

SFS have supplied Hambleton District Council with 26t Dennis Eagle Twinpack refuse trucks which are fitted with electric triple bin lifts. These operate more efficiently compared to hydraulic lifts, using less diesel whilst operating more quietly to minimise noise pollution.

The delivery of the six trucks sees the local authority replace and expand its existing fleet of five vehicles following local population growth, increased recycling quantities and extensive new residential developments.

The upgrade is the latest as part of a 10-year contract hire agreement awarded in 2015.  SFS first became Hambleton District Council’s vehicle partner in 2007 and since then the authority has renewed its contract with SFS on three consecutive occasions.

Sue Seddon, Technical Support Manager at Hambleton, said: “Our relationship with SFS is excellent. They are approachable at every level and understood our organisation very quickly. Nothing is ever a problem. Because they do their job so well it means we can concentrate on the job in hand and collect waste and recycling without having to worry about our Operators licence, or when vehicles need servicing, repairs and MOTs. 

"They help us maximise the efficiency of our fleet and workshop operations, so vehicle downtime is minimised; and assist us in future proofing our fleet by incorporating low emissions technologies to meet carbon reduction targets.”

Established in 1992, SFS has a successful track record in delivering fleet and workshop management solutions to local authorities and the private sector and runs a network of workshops across the UK as well as operating its own municipal vehicle hire division, CTS Hire. 

Bob Sweetland, Managing Director, SFS: “It’s great to hear that Hambleton are very happy with our services. We have enjoyed building a long-lasting relationship that is performing really well. As with all our customers we invest as much time and resources as required to gain an  in-depth understanding of their operations so that we can exceed their needs and add value wherever possible.”