Making way for more signposts

To keep up with the demand for council signs, the City of Charles Sturt in South Australia has upgraded its signpost transport vehicle for an Isuzu NLR 200 truck after a competitive tender process.

The innovative body design has an increased capacity to hold larger and more signs than the NLR 200's predecessor, a one-tonne utility. The council maintenance signs carried by the truck are for both permanent and temporary use and also include special event banners.

The final body design took over a month to build, however it was worth the wait says Team Leader Fleet Services, David Raper.

“The design is perfect for our needs; the cab chassis and body meet the council's specific criteria for occupational health and safety standards and reigned supreme over four other truck competitors during the tender,” David said. “The selection process for the vehicle upgrade spanned over a three month period which included a request for tender and an evaluation panel of five members that reviewed truck specifications and requirements against council needs.

“During the body building process, we decided to add a few extra features like a raised platform with racks to hold the signs, a covered floor for the poles, washing facilities, pull drawers as well as two large toolboxes on each side of the truck.”

Popular for being close to the beach, the City of Charles Sturt is situated west of the Central Business District of Adelaide, South Australia, and extends to the coast with a population of approximately 105,000.

The compact design of the truck allows for easy maneuvering around the metropolitan areas of the City of Charles Sturt to pick up and deliver council signs. David says that the NLR 200, which drives 15,000 to 20,000 kilometres a year, is very comfortable to sit in and easy to use. “This model in particular encompasses the council's ergonomic standards, passed all risk assessment tests and is very spacious inside.”

The truck body design also won second place in the Local Government Association Workers Compensation Scheme – Occupational Health and Safety – best practice merit Award in 2011. This award recognises and encourages innovation and best practice across local government. Winning the $5,000 prize, the Council has put the money towards new initiatives.

Following a tender process David says that in addition to the Council's fleet of 40 trucks, they plan to purchase a further seven Isuzu vehicles – three FRR 600 wood-chipper trucks and four NNR 200 crew cabs as mower trucks.

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