TAMS have proudly unveiled their new fllet of street sweepers:
“Every year ACT street sweepers cover a distance of about 17,000 kilometres of local roads, or about the distance from Canberra to London, and we hope these new sweepers will allow us to provide an even greater coverage. We could see as much as 2,000 km more a year with the new vehicles as they are more fuel efficient and require less maintenance.
“One major improvement with the new sweeper is the reduction in noise levels. While the previous sweepers produced an acceptable level of noise to allow for service in commercial areas from 4 pm to midnight, the new sweepers are quiet enough for use in residential areas during this same period.
“The sweepers meet the EURO V emission standard, reducing the vehicles’ environmental footprint, and they also have a number of cost saving features.
“The sweepers have an upgraded gear box and use suction sweeping to clean roads. These features reduce wear and tear, in turn reducing maintenance costs. The sweepers have an increased hopper size, meaning they need to take fewer trips to depots to unload, saving more fuel and further reducing their environmental impact,” Mr Gill said.
The new equipment will cost $90,000 a year to run, which should save $2,500 in running costs.