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New fleet for improved waste collections

South Tyneside Council should benefit from more reliable bin collections following its investment in a fleet of 26-tonne Mercedes-Benz Econic refuse trucks.

The 16 Econic 2630 chassis were supplied by dealer Bell Truck and Van, then fitted with waste compactors and bin lifting equipment by specialist municipal bodybuilder Farid Hillend Engineering.

The 6x2 chassis are powered by Euro VI, 220kW (299hp) 7.7-litre engines paired with six-speed Allison automatic transmissions, and have rear-steer axles for optimum manoeuvrability.

Farid fitted either PowerLink single-compartment or TwinTrak split bodies. The trucks’ Terberg lifters, meanwhile, are electrically powered – these are quieter in operation as well as saving fuel compared with lifters powered by the truck’s diesel engine.

The low-entry Econic’s deep, panoramic windscreen allows drivers to make eye contact with vulnerable road users. A survey conducted in November by Mercedes-Benz Trucks to coincide with Road Safety Week revealed that 88% of motorcyclists and 82% of cyclists said they need to see a driver’s face in order to feel safe on the road.

The Econic comes with active brake assist emergency braking technology as standard.

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