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Demand for 16-tonners from rental business

Riverside Truck Rental has taken delivery of the first Iveco refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) to join its 2,000-strong fleet, with the delivery of six 16-tonne Eurocargos into its national spot hire operation.

The trucks have been mounted with bodies built by Geesink Norba.

Key to securing the deal was the vehicle’s projected low total cost of ownership, as well as the suitability of the Eurocargo’s compact chassis for urban environments and narrow rural lanes.

Supplied by Avonmouth-based dealer Aquila Truck Centres, the new arrivals are perfectly suited to the low-speed and stop/start nature of waste collection work, with each truck benefiting from an Allison five-speed automatic transmission.

The Eurocargo is the only Euro VI medium-range vehicle to meet emissions standards with a single anti-emission system – Iveco’s patented HI-SCR technology – which utilises the passive regeneration of the diesel particulate filter (DPF).

This requires neither driver involvement nor downtime from forced regeneration, meaning that productivity is increased for both the driver and operator. HI-SCR also eliminates any requirement for customers to operate the vehicle at motorway speeds to clean out the DPF.

Chris Snelson, fleet and asset director at Riverside, said: “The Eurocargo gives us the flexibility to offer a smaller and more compact vehicle, which can outmanoeuvre a standard 26-tonne RCV built on traditional three-axle chassis.

“Early feedback from customers have been really positive. They clearly recognise the benefits of HI-SCR and there is strong demand for vehicles of this size in the market.”

Powered by a Tector 7 engine, the Eurocargo can produce up to 250hp between 2,050 and 2,500 rev/min and 850Nm of torque between 1,250 and 2,050 rev/min. Each vehicle is fitted with an air-suspended driver’s seat and a hydraulic pack to power the body.

Riverside Truck Rental is based in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, and operates from 22 depots across the country.

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