O'Donovan adds Econics to create UK's largest direct vision skip-loader fleet

Hayley Tayler
March 12, 2018


O’Donovan Waste Disposal has added three more Mercedes-Benz Econic units, granting it what is believed to be the largest fleet of direct vision skip-loaders in the UK.

The North London waste management firm was the first UK operator to purchase an Econic 4×2 skip loader in 2016, and since then has boosted this number to six in total.

In addition, around one-third of the fleet is fitted with additional glazed panels on the nearside door to boost visibility of cyclists alongside the truck.

In total, 36 trucks on the 90-strong fleet already give the driver enhanced direct vision from the cab, with 17 more on order, 14 of which will be Econics.

O’Donovan’s fleet trucks also feature additional safety features such as camera systems and left-hand audible alarms to help detect and warn vulnerable road users in close proximity to the vehicle.


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Hayley Tayler

Hayley Tayler has worked across Road Transport Media’s portfolio of publications, including Commercial Motor and Motor Transport, since 2008 in a number of editorial roles from news reporter to urban editor. She now specialises in events and projects content for the business, including the Road Transport Expo and a series of industry research reports.

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