13 September 2011

Subtle City

There has been a nice subtle change to the livery of Plymouth City Council vans over the last year or so which I have been rather slow to catch up on. The days when I kept full fleet listing of all City Council fleet have long gone. For quite a few years I was the Editor of Council Vehicle News for the Fleet Data Society so I would have picked up the livery change straight away.

The council logo looks a lot better in the full green block rather than just a green logo on a white background. The new grey 'band' also helps make the logo stand out.

It always puzzled me that many councils seemed to almost hide their vehicle fleets, when you would have thought they would want to be seen out there, working for the City. Of course you then get the opposite effect of people complaining that the council operate too many vans and waste money by splashing their logos all over them. I guess the council cant really win!

Plymouth City Council WU10NNA Plymouth City Council WR10MHK
Of course you also get similar issues cropping up when a company changes its livery in some way. "Why waste money on painting the buses when it could be spent on putting on more buses". Funny how you never hear people telling Tesco to stop wasting money by plastering their name on their shops, when they could just make their products cheaper.

Elsewhere on the net

  • In 1992 there were only about 28 vehicles( Y-0808 to Y-0834 plus one unregistered) in Gozo. TGP Photos Unlimited
  • Nipped into Plymouth today to see what was going on in Plymouth as regards to the Cup, presuming to find Bretonside adorned with a motley collection of coaches carrying people on a trip to Plymouth to watch the cup. I was somewhat mistaken PTOTPA
  • The Y-Type seemed old before its time. In 1961-3, its double curvature windscreen *was* revolutionary but the product failed to keep up with design standards that saw significant changes later in the 1960s and in the 1970s. Omnibuses
  • Meanwhile a week today, in something of a comeback, W&D ups the ante against Yellow Buses yet again, along the lucrative cross-conurbation coastal corridor. Dorset Bus Blog
  • One or two blog commentators have been a little sniffy with fbb's crusade against bad publicity from Travel South Yorkshire. One suggested that fbb "had a grudge against TSY" and a subequent e-mail asked "Could you do any better?" Public Transport Experience
  • Interesting to note are the varied most used keywords that direct users to our blog: A Transport of Delight
  • Elsewhere, a reference to a Tornado means something very different. The following video shows how a goods train in the USA is affected as it passes through one of these destructive winds. A Transport of Delight
  • Hilltown Wood stream TGP Public


  1. they look ok but why the change in name City of Plymouth is much better and more up market than Plymouth City Council surely

  2. saw a couple of the Council's bin lorries recently and they look good, in the new style with large photos on the sides. Looks much better. Keep an eye open for them.


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