The move brings the temporary works specialist’s fleet up to current Euro 6 emission standards, which the firm said is ‘critical’ as the construction sector looks to minimise pollutant emissions and improve air quality.
As well as delivering a noticeably improved fuel economy and reduced emissions, the new vehicles also offer a range of safety enhancements and technological features.
This investment marks the continuation of a five-year relationship and contract between Mabey Hire and Mercedes Benz.
Martin Binns, transport manager at Mabey Hire, said, “We’ve been upgrading our fleet and developing our use of safety systems hand in hand with Mercedes-Benz for the past five years. Safety is our number one priority. We want our trucks to be as safe as possible, not just for our drivers but for all other road users too.
“We also take our environmental responsibilities as a company very seriously. As well as taking steps to reduce our carbon output at our offices and depots across the UK, it’s just as important that we deliver this same approach to sustainability on the road. The new additions mark a significant investment by Mabey Hire into ensuring that we continue to uphold the three ESG principles of Environment, Social and Governance.”
The four Mercedes-Benz Actros 2535 rigids were delivered to Mabey Hire by dealer Northside Truck & Van. Their 2.3-metre wide ClassicSpace M-cabs feature 320 mm engine tunnels which allow the floor, and therefore the driver’s seat, to be set lower and contribute to the vehicles’ four-star Direct Vision Standard rating.
They also feature Active Break Assist 5 autonomous braking, lane keeping assist, and stability control assist. MirrorCam cameras, fitted in place of traditional mirrors, increase forward as well as rearward visibility by removing the large blind spot.
The new lorries form part of Mabey Hire’s wider commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, with plans to further reduce its scope one direct emissions by moving towards a hybrid and electric car fleet. Mabey Hire is also in the process of reviewing its fleet of forklifts, encompassing electric and biofuels possibilities.