Cemex has put two Mercedes-Benz Econic tippers on to the road, timed in part to coincide with Bike Week 2017 (10-18 June).
The low-entry cab trucks join a London fleet of 33, and will move aggregates from quarries and wharves to ready-mix concrete plants and customers’ construction sites.
David Hart, UK supply chain director at Cemex, said: “We’re delighted to be expanding the number of low-entry cab vehicles in our fleet.
“This type of vehicle is perfect for the urban environment with its busy roads, hence why our three low trucks [all Econics] are based in Greater London.
“However, in more rural conditions the driving position and height above the road of a standard HGV often enables the driver to see the traffic much further ahead and anticipate any problems.”
Cemex said it would like to add more low-cab models to its fleet, subject to the work undertaken.
Hart added: ““Due to the design of the low-cab truck, it requires the road and access surfaces to be relatively level and in reasonable condition, not always easy on construction sites.
“We therefore, need the whole supply chain and the industry to be committed to enabling this type of vehicle to become the norm in the construction industry.”
Last year Cemex placed an order for 47 low-entry Volvo FMs for use by sub-contractors.