North Northamptonshire Council has awarded a 7-year contract to Specialist Fleet Services (SFS) for providing and maintaining circa 45 vehicles.
The contract commenced on 1 April, and some new vehicles – 10 x 26 tonne Dennis Eagle refuse vehicles fitted with Terberg bin lifts – have already been delivered in time for the start date. The remaining vehicles, due for delivery in September/October, including 17 x 3.5-tonne Ford caged tippers and a proportion of electric vehicles, the details of which are yet to be announced.
Dedicated technical teams will maintain the new fleet from SFS’ depots in Kettering and Wellingborough.
SFS has been working with the unitary authority since its formation in 2021 when existing customers Kettering and Corby Borough Councils merged with Wellingborough and East Northants Councils to become North Northamptonshire Council.
Cllr Graham Lawman, North Northamptonshire Council’s Executive Member for Highways, Travel and Assets, said: ‘We are very pleased to be updating our fleet at North Northamptonshire Council with SFS, especially as we have been able to move to some electric vehicles, where possible. These new vehicles and the service backup will allow us to continue serving our customers throughout the area and provide residents with an excellent waste and recycling service.’
Bob Sweetland, Managing Director, SFS, said: ‘Winning this contract is great news, and we are delighted to be North Northamptonshire Council’s fleet partner. We look forward to continuing to deliver an effective, value-for-money fleet replacement, maintenance, and management service to the authority.’