The first high-visibility MercedesBenz Econic to be specified for ‘muckaway’ duties has entered service with Essex-based contractor S Walsh & Sons.
The 8x4 Econic 3235 ENA model, supplied by S&B Commercials, has a single front-steer axle, double-drive bogie and rear-steer axle. This configuration gives it a tighter turning circle and makes it more manoeuvrable than a conventional 32-tonne eight-wheeler.
The low-entry Econic chassis offers safety advantages such as a panoramic windscreen, glazed kerbside door and low seating position, as well as a full complement of cameras.
S Walsh senior transport manager Nathan Hopgood said: “The Econic offers a 19-tonne payload, which is competitive. More importantly, it represents a major step forward in terms of safety.
“For the guy at the wheel, a shift in this vehicle would be less stressful than one in a conventional eight-wheeler.”