The vehicles – comprising 150 Berlingo vans, 40 Dispatch vans, 20 Relay vans and 40 Relay cage-bodied tippers – replace an existing fleet of Citroën LCVs and will be used by departments including the Housing Division, Waste Services, Street Cleaning and Maintenance and the Parks Division.
“We chose the Citroën brand for our current and previous fleets because Citroën supports us in our use of sustainable biofuels from waste,” said Norman Harding, corporate fleet manager at Hackney Council. “We have a long history of operating sustainable biofuels from waste, predominantly in our HGV vehicles, but Citroën will warrant the use of 30% (B30) biofuel providing it meets the EN14214 quality standard, which our fuel does.”
As well as supporting the council’s biofuels strategy, the vehicles – which will be run for a minimum of five years – were chosen for their capacity, payload and value.
All of the new vans are equipped with load area ply lining with optional equipment including beacon bars, roof racks, pipe carriers and ‘Chapter 8’-compliant’ high visibility rear chevron markings, depending on the vehicle’s usage. In addition some tippers are fitted with beacons, tool boxes and tail lifts.