Blacktown City Council has become the latest local government area to add Dennis Eagle garbage trucks to its waste management fleet taking delivery of seven of the dual control side-loading trucks, each sporting eye-catching paint schemes.
Blacktown’s Dennis Eagles follow a large order for Sydney’s Northern Beaches Council in 2019.
The seven trucks, which will start work immediately, feature striking paint schemes that align with leading charities including Australian Red Cross, Wheelchair Sports NSW/ACT, Mission Australia, NSW Meals on Wheels, RUOK, and the Better Foundation.
The new purchase takes Blacktown City Council’s total fleet of Dennis Eagles to 18.
Dennis Eagle and other brands including Isuzu, Volvo and Mercedes Benz have been selling an increasing number off waste trucks into the market at the expense of Iveco, which has long dominated the sector with its Australian developed Acco. However the phasing out of the old Acco and the arrival of a new one based on Iveco’s Euro developed Stralis, has proved to be too heavy for many operators losing Iveco many sales in recent months.
Blacktown’s Dennis Eagles 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.
“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, fleet sales manager, Penske Australia.
“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.
“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, and more, 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 Mayor 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.
“Penske’s trucks and bodies have proven extremely reliable, and our drivers are very happy with the Dennis Eagle – Superior Pak combination.
“We look forward to receiving a further seven new Dennis Eagle Euro 6 – Superior Pak combinations in early 2021.”