Hope invests Euro4.55m in new Mercedes-Benz truck fleet


Updated Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:21:12 GMT

UK: Hope Construction Materials is bolstering its 300-strong concrete mixer fleet with 36 new Mercedes-Benz trucks. The new Arocs 3236 8x4 B11 4-axle mixer trucks, each equipped with a McPhee mixer system, are Euro 6 compliant, built to the latest diesel engine emission legislation from the European Commission.

The vehicles feature a string of active safety measures, including a vulnerable road user package, as well as a lane control system, collision-avoidance and smart system which warns the driver if pedestrians or cyclists are too close to the vehicle. The system, which was developed by Cycle Safety Shield using Mobileye technology, works to mitigate the risk of collisions and road departure. The Cycle Safety Solution warns drivers when a cyclist or pedestrian is within danger zones, such as the nearside blind spot area. All of the trucks are fitted with TomTom satnavs, allowing the driver to consistently take the most efficient route and for customers to be informed of the exact location of their order at any given point.

"The purchase represents a significant commitment by Hope to providing our drivers with the best possible vehicles," said Mike Cowell, COO at Hope Construction Materials. "They are the most advanced trucks on British roads and will benefit our drivers, customers and other road users."

"This is the first fleet of 8x4 Euro VI Arocs mixers to enter service in the UK and Hope has demonstrated how both safety and sustainability work hand in hand," said James Colbourne, Head of Strategic Accounts (Trucks) at Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd.