Norse invests £¾ million in new refuse fleet.
Norse subsidiary, GYBS has recently invested £780K in new refuse collection vehicles.
Ian Barnett, GYB Services General Manager said: “Great Yarmouth and Gorleston have a maze of very narrow residential streets, making access difficult for Refuse Collection Vehicles, a situation compounded by on-street parking. As half the GYBS refuse fleet was due for renewal due to ‘old age’, we took the opportunity to trial a number of designs and axle configurations before buying.”
GYBS had traditionally used Dennis Eagle P9 6x2 trucks (affectionately referred to by the crews as ‘bugs’). While these were, as Ian Barnett says, ‘fit-for-purpose’, the 5 tonnes payload was poor, resulting in several trips to tip each day.
One vehicle trialled successfully in these streets was the Dennis Eagle Olympus 16N Elite. A narrow bodied 6x2 RCV, fitted with a rear-steer axle which, “allows the truck to turn on a sixpence.”
The biggest advantage, however, was the 9.5 tonne payload which would cut running time to tip by half. Add to this the Euro 5 compliant, low emission Volvo engine and GYBS had a solution which not only added efficiency to the operation but also reduced carbon footprint.
Following the trial GYBS bought three 16N Elites for urban work and three Dennis Eagle Olympus 23Ws (standard RCV’s with the same low emissions) for rural work.
All vehicles came fitted with state-of-the-art operator safety systems including banksman radar, alarms and cameras. GYBS also took the opportunity to mix and match vehicle lifts (buying both Terberg and Otto lifts) so that they could compare efficiency and durability over the vehicle lifespan.