COUNCILS SPEND THEIR BUDGETS
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4AVING been tempted by the hardware on display at Leyland's operator seminar in irch, the Site Equipment
.monstration in April and the Institute Waste Management's exhibition in le, many local authority plant magus and fleet engineers were, it !ms, waiting for this year's Local ithority Plant and Vehicle show before committing their 1986/87 budgets.
More than 1209, visitors attended last week's show which was held at Cranfield to catch a glimpse of the latest equipment for municipal operators. There was even a small delegation from China among them.
The weather favoured the brave, especially those taking the opportunity to test drive the Scania demonstrators fitted with computer-aided gear shifting. Indeed, the vehicles were hardly still.
The Electric Vehicle Association, too, held a special separate display within the main arena for municipal operators interested in the benefits of battery traction.
The show certainly provided a platform for the industry to do business. This was amply demonstrated by one plant exhibitor who borrowed a lowplatform pick-up from across the arena to shift his equipment. He discovered that he liked it so much that he decided to buy one.