O'Donovan Waste Disposal is taking delivery of the UK's first Mercedes Benz Econic 4x2 skip loader 1830L.
Originally designed for municipal waste work, the vehicle has since been made available to the construction sector.
The Econic delivers previously unseen safety features offering the driver an unparalleled view of vulnerable road users. The lorry has a wide field of vision with its deep panoramic windscreen, a fully glazed floor to ceiling ‘bus style’ nearside door and lowered driving position which puts the driver at eye level with both cyclists and pedestrians. The glazed door also provides direct visibility of the nearside blindspot, a particularly vulnerable position for cyclists.
In addition to the obvious safety benefits offered, O’Donovan has also had a range of additional CLOCS safety features fitted including, but not limited to: side scan system, side under run protection, left hand turn audible alarm and conspicuity markings.
“The whole purpose of CLOCS is about resolute steps and cultural change to reduce the road danger posed by construction industry vehicles,” said Jacqueline O’Donovan, Managing Director, O’Donovan Waste Disposal.
“As a progressive company known for bold decisions, we are keen to ensure we are making the best choices to help further protect vulnerable road users. We continue to make significant ongoing investments in our fleet and drivers to ensure that we are in the best possible position to do this.”