The UK’s Hope Construction Materials has expanded its 300-strong concrete mixer fleet with the acquisition of 36 new Mercedes-Benz trucks.
The state-of-the-art vehicles are Arocs 3236 8x4 B11 4-axle mixer trucks, featuring a McPhee mixer system. The trucks are Euro 6 compliant, designed according to the latest diesel engine emission legislation from the European Commission. In addition, they are all fitted with TomTom satnav to enable Hope’s drivers to take the most efficient route and to allow customers to be informed of exactly where their concrete is.
The investment is in line with Hope Construction Materials’ focus on enhancing safety across all aspects of its operations. The trucks include the following safety features:
- Vulnerable road user package.
- A lane control system.
- A collision avoidance and smart system, developed by Cycle Safety Shield and using Mobileye technology, that warns the driver if a pedestrian or cyclist is too close to the vehicle.
“The purchase represents a significant commitment by Hope to providing our drivers with the best possible vehicles. They are the most advanced trucks on British roads and will benefit our drivers, customers and other road users,” said Mike Cowell, Chief Operating Officer at Hope Construction Materials. “The purchase represents a significant investment by the firm and reaffirms our desire to set new standards in the UK construction industry.”
Driver Paul Gillespie, who took delivery of his new truck this week, stated: “It’s great to be driving perhaps the most advance vehicle of its kind in the country and I look forward to making many Hope concrete deliveries across Britain in my new truck. The vehicle is environmentally friendly, efficient and equipped with a range of safety features with the technical specifications are second to none, offering great peace of mind for all my journeys.”
“Partnering Hope Construction Materials with their latest fleet of Euro VI vehicles has been an extremely positive experience. Hope requires vehicles that are safe, environmentally friendly, economical and robust and the new Arocs delivers all of this and more,” added James Colbourne, Head of Strategic Accounts – Trucks, Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd. “This is the first fleet of 8x4 Euro VI Arocs mixers to enter service in the UK and Hope has demonstrated how both safety and sustainability work hand in hand. With a full five year Contract Hire and Maintenance package the vehicles will be maintained through the 24-hour nationwide dealer network.”
Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham
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