A Northern Ireland council has just spent over £1 million on rubbish – or rather we should say, new trucks to collect rubbish.
Derry City and Strabane District Council, which covers most of the northwest of Northern Ireland, has brought in a shiny new fleet of state-of-the-art refuse collection vehicles at a cost of £1.2 million.
The eight new vehicles, which can shift up to 11 tonnes of refuse at any one time, will serve around 58,000 homes in the council area and will take care of a quarter of the region’s entire refuse fleet collection. They are expected to serve well into the next decade.
These latest arrivals increase the council’s fleet of refuse vehicles to 35.
Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, commented: “This is further evidence of the council’s ongoing commitment to investing in essential services whilst optimising the safety and welfare of drivers, crew members and the general public.”
The new refuse collection vehicles come with the latest safety features and green engine technologies, the council’s head of environmental services Conor Canning added.
“A key priority for us is to ensure the vehicles are fit for intended purpose whilst protecting the health and wellbeing of our drivers, crew and the general public,” he went on to say.
One such safety feature is AutoTStop – a device that allows crew members to bring the vehicle to a controlled halt by activating a dash-mounted button if the driver becomes incapacitated.
The function was introduced to vehicles of this type following Glasgow’s tragic bin lorry incident, which killed six people and injured 15 others just before Christmas in 2014.
“These are large vehicles and we want to ensure that other road users are safe too,” added Mr Canning.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, concluded by saying: “We commend Derry City and Strabane District Council on its carefully considered fleet decision.”