Tipper haulier opts for Mercedes-Benz Econic

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Tipper Haulier Mick George has commissioned the first Mercedes-Benz Econic construction vehicles for operation outside London.

The new trucks will spend much of their time working in and around Cambridge which has been described as the UK’s ‘city of cycling’.

The Mercedes-Benz Econic combines a panoramic windscreen and full-height glazed passenger door with a low seating position that allows the driver to make direct eye contact with cyclists and pedestrians at junctions and in traffic.

According to Mercedes-Benz, this means the low-entry chassis offers significant safety advantages in a university city where, it has been estimated, one in five journeys is made by bike, many of them by students.

A supplier to the construction industry in East Anglia and the East Midlands, Huntingdon-based Mick George operates quarries, landfill sites and waste transfer stations, and provides bulk excavation and earthmoving, aggregate supply and waste management services.

The company's new construction vehicles are being supplied by Orwell Truck & Van, and will be inspected and serviced under Mercedes-Benz repair and maintenance contracts at the East Anglia Dealer’s recently-opened branch in Newmarket.

The order comprises five 18-tonne Econic 1830s with Hyva skip-loader bodies and five 32-tonne Econic 3235 ENAs with alloy tipping bodies by Wilcox. The eight-wheelers, which offer a payload of 20,450 kg, have single front steer axles, double-drive bogies and rear-steer axles. This configuration is said to give the vehicle an impressively tight turning circle, and makes it significantly more manoeuvrable than a standard 8x4 construction truck, a major advantage for operation in tight streets.

Orwell has also supplied Mick George with a pair of 18-tonne Mercedes-Benz Arocs 1824s with Multilift skip-loading equipment, and is currently processing orders for three more Econics with Heil refuse bodies, an 18-tonne 1830 and two 26-tonne 6x2 2630s.

Like all of Mick George’s trucks, its new Econics and Arocs are fitted with an additional safety armoury comprising five cameras, nearside proximity scan systems, left and right turn audible alarms and additional warning markings.

Mick George has a number of partnerships in Cambridgeshire, including a five-year waste collection and disposal agreement signed recently with the University of Cambridge.

The haulier's transport manager Joe Gossage said: “Low-entry, high-visibility vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz Econic will play an important part of our road transport operations future. Having made such a significant investment in these vehicles, we hope they will prove viable for future procurement decisions and can be rolled out to some of the other areas in which we operate.”

Mick George’s are the first Econic construction vehicles to enter service outside the capital.

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