Travis Perkins Hire has bought a TowerLight wash rack for its Melton Mowbray branch. The self-contained washing system is designed to clean plant and machinery while protecting the environment from contaminates commonly found on construction equipment.

The machine uses recycled water, which means users do not need to apply for a discharge licence.

Steve Ryan, Travis Perkins Hire Midlands operations manager, said the versatility and portability of the wash rack "make it ideally suited for many of the branches under my control. Should I decide to expand or relocate branches I can remove and re-site the Wash Rack with the minimum of disruption".

Paul Hay, managing director of TowerLight (UK), said the rack had been designed to help rental companies meet environmental and health and safety legislation: "Currently, the only option they have is to install a permanent tank, which invariably involves some sort of ground excavation.

"This can be bureaucratic and expensive and some firms may find it difficult to obtain planning permission. Therefore the Wash Rack is a more efficient, effective and cost saving way to overcome the problems that our rental customers face when cleaning plant."