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December 1, 2009updated 12 Apr 2017 4:29pm

Low-emission zone good news for TransLinc

Specialist local authority fleet provider TransLinc has an order to supply the London Borough of Hounslow (Hounslow) with five and seven-year contract agreements for eight LCV tippers based on Ford Transit chassis, plus nine Mercedes 515CDi Treka minibuses, six Iveco Plug Door minibuses, an Iveco Utranazz Mixer, four Iveco Thomson 7.5-tonne Tippers and two 18-tonne Iveco Thomson Tippers.

By Verdict Staff

TransLinc/London Borough of Hounslow

Details of the deal: Specialist local authority fleet provider TransLinc has an order to supply the London Borough of Hounslow (Hounslow) with five and seven-year contract agreements for eight LCV tippers based on Ford Transit chassis, plus nine Mercedes 515CDi Treka minibuses, six Iveco Plug Door minibuses, an Iveco Utranazz Mixer, four Iveco Thomson 7.5-tonne Tippers and two 18-tonne Iveco Thomson Tippers.

Maintenance for the vehicles, which are being supplied by TransLinc under five and seven-year contract agreements, will be carried out by Hounslow in its in-house workshops.

Value: £1.7 million (€1.9 million).

Why now: Hounslow was looking for new Euro IV and Euro V-compliant vehicles to replace its existing minibuses and HGVs, to help the authority meet new regulations concerning London’s Low Emission Zone, which is due to come into force in 2012.

According to Richard Albon, a contract manager at TransLinc, who led the deal, the delivery of this batch of vehicles demonstrates TransLinc’s commitment to sourcing vehicles tailored to its customers needs.

Wendy Cheesewright, operational support officer at Hounslow, added: “The new vehicles will replace older ones on long term hire, and will help us to cut our overall fleet emissions, while being more cost-effective to run.”

Background: Despite the recession, the topic of ‘green’ vehicles has not left the public sector agenda. The issue, according to Lee Coulson, marketing and sales manager at TransLinc, is bridging this with a cost-efficient solution.

“There is a cost-saving associated with being a greener organisation,” Coulson said. “But with a price premium on electric vehicles, many local authorities often choose cleaner diesel vehicles instead.”

With the latest batch of vehicles delivered, TransLinc expects to finish delivering all of the 38 vehicles to Hounslow before the end of this month.

Behind the people involved: The Hounslow deal was led by Richard Albon, a long-time employee of TransLinc, and was supported by the TransLinc team.

Albon joined Lincolnshire County Council in 1980 as an apprentice. Since Lincolnshire County Council externalised its transport function in 1998, into what has now become TransLinc, Albon has held a number of positions, rising from craftsman, to chargehand, foreman, sales consultant, regional sales manager, and finally contract manager for London and the South.

Albon’s key clients now include borough and district councils in Bournemouth, Hackney, Lambeth, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Reading, Windsor and Maidenhead, and Slough.

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