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Decision details

Future Fleet Management Policy

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Decision Made

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Purpose of report: To consider a fleet replacement strategy which will include the next generation of waste vehicles for the city.

The Executive will be asked to approve the Fleet Replacement Strategy.


This item has been deferred to the 19 March 2020 Executive meeting to enable further detailed analysis of options taking into consideration the recent budget proposals.


Resolved:  (i)      That the adoption of the draft Vehicle Management Policy at Annex A to the report be noted.


Reason:     The policy will formalise the current working practice and strengthen the work to minimise the size of the fleet actually required to deliver council services


                   (ii)      That Option 3 be approved and the transition be commenced to an electric fleet for all vehicles under 3.5 tonnes as part of a four-year programme, by extending the operational life of some existing vehicles, with this to be incorporated into the Fleet Management Policy.


Reason:     The transition to an electric fleet will reduce the environmental impact of the council’s operations, and taking a phased approach to this will ensure service quality is maintained.


                   (iii)     That officers be asked to continue to explore the options for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes to move away from fossil fuels.


Reason:     The alternative fuel technology is evolving rapidly and will be able to support a wide range of tasks undertaken by the council’s vehicles; the green technology for heavier vehicles is still emerging, but wherever viable the greenest possible option will be recommended.


                   (iv)    That an allocation of £50k be requested from the One Planet Council capital budget to fund further development and design work to upgrade Hazel Court to operate an electric fleet.


Reason:     Hazel Court Depot will be key in the delivery towards an electric fleet, and this upgrade needs to be progressed prior to the final business case.


Report author: Bill Manby

Publication date: 19/03/2020

Date of decision: 19/03/2020

Decided at meeting: 19/03/2020 - Executive

Effective from: 24/03/2020

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