London waste firm opts for urban skip-loader with remote control technology

Waste and recycling firm Powerday has taken delivery of a Euro-6 Daf LF 250 FA skip-loader chassis specified to be a “vision of the urban vehicle of the future”.

Equipment comprises a Hyva skip-loader body operated via wireless remote control technology, a four-camera ‘live streaming’ monitoring system, and filled-in side-underrun protection; all safety features which Powerday believes may one day be a standard requirement for inner city commercial vehicles.

Harlesden-based Powerday is a gold member of the Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (Fors) and a Clocs champion, and said fleet safety and compliance is a key driver for its next-generation of vehicles.

“Daf is fully committed to what we want to achieve,” said transport manager Bill Cox, “and, together with Hyva, we have brought to fruition a vehicle that is not only Euro-6 compliant, the first on our fleet, but a truck that fits our vision of the urban vehicle of the future.”

He added that the wireless remote control that operates the skip loading equipment is a breakthrough in safer loading and unloading. “It gives the driver all-round vision of the operation instead of just one view from the side of the vehicle, thus ensuring a far safer proposition for both driver and bystanders.”

Powerday’s recycling plant in Old Oak Sidings in north-west London can accommodate three 90ft barges at peak times, each carrying up to 80 tonnes of waste. Located next to Willesden junction, Powerday is able to rail-freight materials throughout the UK – equivalent to 70 truck-loads of material for a single rail-freight journey.