Hartlepool Borough Council has bought two new Mercedes-Benz Econic 2630L 6x2 refuse collection vehicles (RCV) fitted with compactor bodies from Hillend Engineering.
Both vehicles use the council’s favoured 299hp engines and six-speed Allison automatic gearboxes. They were supplied by Bell Truck and Van and the latest additions line up alongside the local authority’s 18 other Econics.
Hartlepool Borough Council’s waste and environmental services team leader, Helen Beaman, said: “Our Econics have proved over the years to be extremely reliable and cost-effective to operate. Build quality is first class, and the trucks are well-liked by the operatives who use them.”
Specified for maximum safety, the new units have Sideguard Assist, which uses two radar sensors on the passenger side to support the driver when making left turns or changing lanes. The box for Rearguard Assist was ticked too, which displays the distance between the vehicle and an object to the driver while they’re reversing.
Beaman added: “The low-entry flat-floored cab contributes to health and safety in being easy to access, exit and move across, while the visibility provided by the extensive glazing is certainly appreciated by our drivers.”
The Econics arrived with the manufacturer’s three-year and 160,000km warranty.