More Safety in London’s Construction Traffic
Tarmac, the largest British roadbuilding company, has ordered 25 new Mercedes-Benz Econic 3235 L concrete mixers and tippers for use on London construction sites. To comply with the company’s high safety standards, the number of transport companies and owners-operators who work for Tarmac on a contracting basis and are changing over to concrete mixer and dump trucks based on the 4-axle, 32 t, Mercedes-Benz Econic chassis is constantly increasing. As recently as June 2018, Tarmac received the “Tipper Safety Trophy” in the Tip-ex and Tank-ex Awards for the high standard of its tipper (dump truck) safety features.
The Mercedes-Benz Econic is particularly well-known for its safety in road traffic: Its design with the low position of the “DirectVision cab” ensures that the driver is at eye-level with pedestrians and cyclists, and can therefore make eye-contact at any time – a decisive safety feature. A good view of other road users is also assisted by generously sized windows – including a glazed folding door on the co-driver’s side.
Apart from ensuring good visibility of other road users, the low-floor cab scores with outstanding ease of entry. The low entry height reduces the risk of the driver sustaining injuries by slipping during frequent entry and exit in construction site operations. The benchmark highlights of the low-floor cab also include the high, wide-opening driver’s door, the large, panoramic glazed areas of the windscreen and side windows and the folding door on the co-driver’s side, which is glazed down to floor level.
The truck is offered in North America as the Freightliner EconicSD™ for the waste collection industry.
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