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The City of Banyule in the northeastern suburbs of Melbourne has added to its fleet of hardworking compactors, with two new Iveco ACCO 6x4 trucks equipped with Bucher Municipal side loaders.
The trucks are assigned to residential refuse collection duties and were selected following a tender process and input from Council employees including drivers, mechanics and Fleet Services Engineer, David Walczak, who is largely responsible for overseeing the purchase and maintenance of the City of Banyule’s fleet.
“Our fleet of side loader compactors are exclusively based on the ACCO platform, for this demanding start and stop application we’ve found them to be very good,” Walczac said.
The ACCOs reportedly feature an American driveline, ABS and traction control and improved visibility with three quarter side window.
Banyule Council's own team undertakes maintenance on all vehicles in-house, Walczak said.
“The ACCOs are easy to work on and maintain and there is a wide availability of spare parts for them that we can access without delay, this adds to the trucks’ low whole of life cost,” Walczak said.
ACCO models are manufactured at Iveco’s Dandenong, Melbourne facility using 85 per cent local content, and when combined with the locally-built Bucher Municipal compactor body.
“Aside from supporting Australian jobs and local manufacturing, there are other benefits in having locally-built trucks,” Walczak said.
“The local support is great – both Iveco and Bucher have extensive local engineering divisions so I can have questions answered promptly and there’s also the convenience of being able to make final adjustments to the specification during the build process."