idverde is constantly reviewing vehicle and machine logistics within its operations to ensure the safe and efficient movement of staff and machinery across contract sites. It also ensures we are in a position to take advantage of new technology which reduces environmental impact whilst ensuring compliance with ever changing legislation.
Efficient vehicle routing and utilisation is high on our agenda so we have teamed up with Motrak as the supplier for our vehicle and machine telematics; real-time information on vehicle positioning along with driver performance is monitored and used as part of our risk reduction programme by identifying drivers whose driving practices need to be improved. This includes the use of camera systems linked to the tracker which record any events in and around the vehicle and which are used to great effect when defending insurance claims.
With diesel still the fuel of choice for light commercial vehicles all new purchases are fitted with the cleanest Euro 6 engines but where specifications allow, electric vehicles are utilised to undertake general horticultural duties and litter collection in parks, town centres or where there are several sites within the range of the vehicle’s battery limits. As a business we see the adoption of alternative, cleaner power sources as a key priority to our business in the coming years, especially within major conurbations, where we are also looking at alternative power sources and fuel types for industrial equipment.
As a business we work with manufacturers and are constantly evaluating alternative power sources and in particular electric and diesel/electric hybrid technology for vehicles up to 3500kg. This is also the case with company car drivers who are encouraged to opt for the cleanest variants available from approved manufacturers.
To minimise our environmental impact and address some of the restrictions younger drivers face with driving licences and trailer towing, we have invested in a fleet of custom built machinery transporters which can move a team of three operators, a ride-on mower and associated back-up machinery within the 3500kg limit of the vehicle. Whilst trailers are still required to move heavier machinery, these are specified with tilt beds and rear ramps to provide operational flexibility and reduce unnecessary lifting for those using them.
Working with a specialist fabricator, we have developed a lightweight tipper to reduce the need for large vehicles for operations such as litter collection, line marking and general maintenance operations. Strong relationships with manufacturers and suppliers is key to getting the correctly specified vehicle for the work to be done within legislative constraints.