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Coronavirus: No clean air zones until 2021

The introduction of clean air zones (CAZs) is to be delayed until the Government overcomes the COVID…

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Vauxhall Insignia facelift: prices, specs and CO2

Vauxhall has started accepting orders for the new Insignia, which features a refreshed design and im…

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SMH Fleet Solutions keeps essential fleets moving during Coronavirus pandemic

SMH Fleet Solutions has introduced social distancing in its workshops so it can keep essential fleet…

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New Eco Sand Skimmer Arrives at Langham Water Treatment

The arrival of a new Puma 2400 Eco Sand Skimmer at Langham Water Treatment Works last month is the last of five to be delivered. These machines have been delivered over the last couple of years to Production sites in the South – 3 in Essex and 2 in Suffolk. This very specialised bit of plant is built in Germany by USG, using a JCB 300T skid loader as a…

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VLS Achieves New Health & Safety Standard

Towards the end of last year, VLS received formal confirmation of certification to the new ISO 45001 standard which has replaced OHSAS 18001. The standard was developed by a committee of occupational health and safety experts and helps organisations improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions. For many years, VLS’ Integrated Management system (IMS) has included accreditation to international standards ISO 9001 quality, ISO 14001 environmental…

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NGN Achieve Fourth Year of Van Excellence Recognition

Northern Gas Networks has been successfully recognised for a fourth year as a Van Excellence accredited operator. The certification comes after once again demonstrating the high operational standards required by the Freight Transport Association. VLS Contract Manager, Chris McFadden, explains; “The FTA’s auditor carried out a thorough inspection of both VLS and NGN systems and we are delighted to have once again supported NGN in their successful re-accreditation. All areas…

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VLS Achieves Cyber Security Standard

VLS has retained its Cyber Essentials Plus certification, recently passing its Stage 2 assessment and adding to the ISO 27001 standard for information security which was achieved last year. Having the certification puts VLS in a stronger position when bidding for external contracts with local authorities and heavily regulated utility companies. The UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy aims to make the UK a safer place to conduct business online…

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Four of our most memorable specialist vehicles of 2018

Investments in our customers’ fleet replacement programmes saw the delivery of some innovative and specialist new vehicles in 2018 including four particularly memorable arrivals. Sand skimmers: Two Puma sand skimmers arrived in March joining the filter beds fleet at Essex & Suffolk Water. The vehicles feature laser levelling technology and interchangeable heads for skimming and levelling. Digger Derrick: The first of its kind ever commissioned, this digger derrick is articulated…

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