Mercedes-Benz Marshall Truck & Van and ASA Scaffolding have collaborated to put one of the scaffolding industry’s first low-entry 26-tonne Econics into service; a 272hp 6x2 2627L with a rear lift axle and a PowerShift automated manual transmission.
Operating within the heart of the capital, the Econic was chosen because of its five-star Direct Vision safety rating by TfL, thanks to its deep panoramic windscreen, and a full-height, glazed folding side-door.
ASA opted to fit the Mercedes with the marque’s Blind Spot Camera System (BSCS) and Sideguard Assist (SA), both of which complement the standard-fit Active Brake Assist 4. Wiltshire’s Spectra Specialist Engineering supplied the bespoke split dropside body.
BSCS uses a 7in monitor, blind spot cameras mounted to the rear view mirrors, as well as front facing and reversing cameras. Mercedes claims this makes the driver more aware of vulnerable road users.
SA consists of two radar sensors mounted on the passenger side which support the driver with left turns or lane changing. Optical and acoustic warnings alert the driver if hazards are detected when manoeuvring or driving, like cyclists or pedestrians.
MD of ASA Scaffolding, Lee Tolan, explained why it went for the Econic: “We’d heard and read a lot of positive reports about the safety benefits that the Econic offers. Thanks to its wraparound screen and glazed side door, the view is fantastic, which is beneficial in the middle of the city.”
The Econic works alongside ASA’s other Mercedes trucks, including a 26-tonne Arocs and a 7.5-tonne FUSO Canter. It has been purchased with a three-year, or 160,000km, warranty, with support from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.
Tolan concluded: “It isn’t enough to operate in a safe and responsible manner, you have to be seen to be doing so. I’d like to think that this new truck is going to help us win more business from established and prospective customers.”