Ferns Group keeps with Loadmaster as it brings in two Econics

Ferns Group Econic truck


Surfacing and aggregates company Ferns Group has put into service two Mercedes-Benz Econic trucks, both featuring a steering rear axle behind the double drive bogie.

The new chassis marks a departure for the Maidstone-based company but it has stayed loyal to Loadmaster, specifying the tipper body it has run for years.

“There’s nothing to touch it for strength, durability and reliability,” explained James Gupwell, Ferns Group transport director.

“Yes, it’s a premium product at a premium price, but its long term value and exceptionally low ownership costs more than make up for that front end expense.” 

Operated by subsidiary company Ferns Surfacing from its north London Wembley depot, the two Econics will be used on urban tipper grab work.

Hauliers face increase as new financial standing levels are confirmed

Financial standing

The office of the traffic commissioner (TC) has confirmed the new financial standing levels for hauliers that will take effect for from the beginning of 2019.

Standard national and international licence applicants will be required to demonstrate £8,000 (previously £7,950) for the first vehicle and £4,450 (previously £4,400) for each additional vehicle they request to be authorised.

Operators making variation applications will be required to demonstrate financial standing for their existing fleet and any additional authorisation against the new levels.

Any applicant or licence holder appearing at a public inquiry before a TC after 1 January 2019, where evidence of financial standing is requested, will be required to satisfy the new levels.

There will be currently no change to the rates of finance, which must be available to support a restricted licence or application - £3,100 for the first vehicle and £1,700 for each additional authorised vehicle.

The senior TC’s statutory guidance document on finance will be amended to reflect the new rates.