Hope invests £3.6m in Mercedes-Benz trucks


HOPE Construction Materials has added 36 new Mercedes-Benz trucks to its concrete mixer fleet.

The Arocs 3236 8×4 B11 4-axle mixer trucks, each equipped with a McPhee mixer system, represents a huge investment by the firm and demonstrates its confidence in UK construction.

The trucks 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, developed by Cycle Safety Shield, using Mobileye technology, works to mitigate the risk of collisions and road departure. Building on the technology of Mobileye, 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 satnav allowing the driver to consistently take the most efficient route and for customers to be informed exactly where their concrete is at any given point.

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

James Colbourne, Head of Strategic Accounts – Trucks, Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd, said, “This is the first fleet of 8×4 Euro VI Arocs mixers to enter service in the UK and Hope has demonstrated how both safety and sustainability work hand in hand. With a full five year Contract Hire and Maintenance package the vehicles will be maintained through the 24-hour nationwide dealer network.”