Dennis Eagle charity awareness trucks unveiled by council

Growing Dennis Eagle fleet unveiled as part of council charity awareness campaign.

A Sydney council has added seven new brightly painted Dennis Eagle commercial vehicles to its refuse collection fleet.

Penske Australia delivered the dual control side-loading Dennis Eagle refuse collection vehicles to Blacktown City Council as part of an ongoing charity awareness campaign.

The striking paint schemes on the vehicles are aligned with several charities including Australian Red Cross, Wheelchair Sports NSW/ACT, Mission Australia, NSW Meals on Wheels, RUOK, and the Better Foundation.

Taking Blacktown City Council’s total fleet of Dennis Eagles to 18 units, the trucks boast fully integrated safety features such as single low-step entry, tall and wide door openings, true flat floors, large glass areas for maximum visibility, well-positioned grab handles, and a high visibility mirror package.

A further seven Euro 6 Dennis Eagle trucks with Superior Pak combinations will be delivered in early 2021.

“Penske Australia’s fleet team and our local Sydney dealership worked closely with Blacktown City Council to deliver these units precisely specified to the requirements of the council,” said Kevin Copelin Penske Australia Fleet Sales Manager.

“Clearly you can see why Dennis Eagle’s Elite 2 chassis gets a five-star direct vision standard (DVS) rating, as recognised by Transport for London, for its offering of a full panoramic unencumbered view ensuring the best visibility and protection of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists,” he said.

“In addition to innovative safety features, the trucks are powered by the well-proven Cummins and Allison Transmission drivetrain, and fully supported by Penske’s dealership.

“With 11 units already in service for Blacktown City Council, these seven units take Blacktown’s fleet to 18 and we are confident that this fleet of Dennis Eagles will continue to grow.”

The Dennis Eagle trucks feature modern ergonomic interiors with comfort attributes including fully adjustable ISRI 6860 seats, steering columns to accommodate all drivers, fridges, storage space, all designed to keep operators performing at their optimum in the demanding residential refuse collection application.

Mayor of Blacktown City, Tony Bleasdale OAM, said the waste trucks doubled as an important communication channel with local residents.

“Blacktown City Council’s charity awareness campaign has been a key feature on all our new waste trucks from Penske, right from the delivery of our first Dennis Eagle refuse collection vehicle in 2017,” said Bleasdale.

“The rainbow fleet is a bright, positive, and unique way of communicating each individual charity’s message to the residents and visitors of Blacktown City,” he said.

“Penske’s trucks and bodies have proven extremely reliable, and our drivers are very happy with the Dennis Eagle – Superior Pak combination.”

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