idverde is constantly reviewing vehicle and machine logistics within our 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. We are currently trialling the use of camera systems linked to tracker to record any events in and around the vehicle.

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 of up to 1500kg 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 work with manufacturers 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 several 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 transport 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 strain for those using them.

Working with vehicle manufacturers and specialist fabricators, 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 constaints.