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Trucks for capital driving

LondonWaste, which is wholly owned and contracted by the North London Waste Authority, is running a new fleet of Mercedes- Benz eight-wheelers.

Fitted with Hyva hook-loading equipment, its seven Arocs 3240Ks are based at the Edmonton EcoPark, which serves a network of household reuse and recycling centres.

Each vehicle collects and delivers up to 15 tonnes of materials, including cardboard, wood, hardcore, plastics, paper and green waste, as well as furniture and other items for recycling or reuse.

The 32-tonners arrived via the Heathrow branch of Mercedes- Benz dealer Rygor, which took back seven previous vehicles in part-exchange.

The Arocs are powered by 290kW (394hp) straight-six engines, driving through Mercedes PowerShift automated transmissions, and are inspected and serviced under repair and maintenance contracts.

Julian Appleby, head of operations at LondonWaste said: “These low-emission, Euro VI vehicles are playing a vital role in moving materials to the right places in order to increase their value and usability.”

The dealer had supplied a demonstration unit during the tender, which the operator trialled for a fortnight before placing its first order.

Appleby said: “The trial allowed the team to get fully involved in the decision-making process, and the driver feedback has been entirely positive. Serving the capital, we work in some tight spaces so access is essential to our efficient operation.

“Compared with our previous trucks, these Mercedes-Benz vehicles offer a vast improvement in terms of manoeuvrability and control. They provide a secure and smooth drive, while seating is much better, as is the design of the dashboard, which wraps around the driver.”

LondonWaste added blind spot warning sensors and its usual camera safety systems, which record from both sides as well as the front and rear. The automated gearbox enables the driver to keep both hands on the steering wheel, and an engine brake feature slows the vehicle on descents.

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