Safety was at the top of its agenda when the Wembley-based Carey
Group ordered its first seven Mercedes-Benz trucks.
A multi-disciplined provider of construction and resource management
services operating throughout the UK and Ireland, the Carey Group has
held Gold standard acceditation from the Freight Operator Recognition
Scheme (FORS) since 2013.
The new eight-wheeler Arocs with ClassicSpace M-Cabs are powered by
fuel-efficient, 10.7-litre straight-six engines, which produce 290 kW
(394 hp) and drive through smooth and efficient Mercedes PowerShift 3
automated transmissions. Their bodywork is by Abba Commercials, of St
Helens – five are steel tippers and assigned to general site muckaway
duties, while the remaining two are hook-loaders which carry bins with
capacities of up to 12 cubic yards.
Established in 1969, the Carey Group now has a turnover of more than
£400 million. The company’s portfolio of services includes asbestos
removal, demolition, civil engineering, dry lining and house building,
as well as resource management. The Arocs are being operated by its PJ
Carey Plant Hire (Oval) division, which runs 30 trucks, ranging from
7.5 tonners to 80-tonne tractor units for special movements, that work
in and around the capital.
Greater Safety is one of the three pillars of Mercedes-Benz Trucks’
RoadEfficiency Strategy. PJ Carey Plant & Fleet Director Gary
Condon confirmed: “Intercounty have worked closely with ourselves and
with the bodybuilder to develop a specification that reflects our
commitment to the protection of vulnerable road users. It’s been very
much a three-way partnership.
“We’ve done a lot of work on behavioural driving and this has
confirmed that comfort is an important component when it comes to
safety. The ergonomics of the Arocs cab are very good, while these are
also our first tippers with auto transmissions – unlike a traditional
manual ’box, Mercedes PowerShift lets the truck do the work and leaves
the driver free to concentrate fully on what’s going on around him.”
The Arocs are equipped with a full complement of recordable cameras
supplied and fitted by Exeros Technologies. These provide 360-degree
coverage around the vehicle.
Other safety features include proximity side sensors which issue
flashing visual as well as audible warnings, and side protection
between the two sets of axles, to prevent cyclists being dragged under
the wheels. The Arocs are also fitted with truck-specific satellite
Maximised Use is another RoadEfficiency pillar and Mr Condon
continued: “We’ll be monitoring the Arocs closely because with the
Dealer’s support we’re certainly hoping to achieve increased
utilisation compared to our established vehicles.”
The supplying Mercedes-Benz dealer, Intercounty has also delivered a
programme of driver familiarisation at the point of delivery, and
subsequent training. Mr Condon added: “We’ve done everything we can to
make these trucks as safe and efficient as possible.”