Safety was at the top of the agenda when Wembley-based Carey Group ordered its first seven Mercedes-Benz trucks. The 8x4 Arocs 3240s were supplied by dealer Intercounty Truck & Van.
The trucks have ClassicSpace M-Cabs, and are powered by fuel-efficient, 10.7-litre straight-six engines, which produce 290kW (394hp) and drive through smooth Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated transmissions.
Their bodywork is by Abba Commercials of St Helens: five are steel tippers assigned to muckaway duties, and the other two are hook-loaders which carry bins with capacities of up to 12cu yards.
PJ Carey plant and fleet director Gary Condon said: “We’ve done a lot of work on behavioural driving, which has confirmed that comfort is an important component when it comes to safety. The ergonomics of the Arocs cab are very good.
“These are our first tippers with auto transmission – the Mercedes PowerShift lets the truck do the work and leaves the driver free to concentrate fully on what is going on around him.”
The Arocs are equipped with recordable cameras supplied and fitted by Exeros Technologies which provide 360° coverage around the vehicle.
Other safety features include proximity side sensors that issue flashing visual as well as audible warnings, and side protection between the two sets of axles, to prevent cyclists being dragged under the wheels.