Moriarty Haulage has taken delivery of its first 15 Mercedes-Benz Econic mixers, one of which has been specially adapted to reduce noise levels.
The Purfleet-based operator is a contractor to the likes of Cemex and Hanson and holds a FORS Gold accreditation, alongside CLOCS Champion status.
The company’s fleet includes five Mercedes-Benz Arocs eight-wheelers, which have been providing reliable service since 2015.
However, as its first low-entry vehicles of any make, the Econics represent an entirely new departure.
Acquired with competitive funding support from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Moriarty Haulage’s latest 8x4/4 chassis were supplied by Sparshatts Truck & Van.
The Dealer is now inspecting and maintaining these vehicles under eight-year Complete Service Contracts, at its workshops in Dartford and Sittingbourne.
Like most of Moriarty Haulage’s trucks, the Econics are working in London. As 3235 L models, they are powered by fuel-efficient, 7.7-litre six-cylinder engines which transmit their 260 kW (354 hp) outputs to the road via six-speed Allison automatic gearboxes.
Denis Moriarty said: “The order went to Mercedes-Benz because the Econic chassis comes strongly recommended by several of our own customers, and because our experience with the Arocs has been entirely positive.
“I include in this, the service we’ve received from Sparshatts Truck & Van. The Dealer has worked closely with McPhee and supported us on the ‘quieter body’ project, while also carrying out a very good programme of driver handovers.
"All in all, Sales Executive Ben Williams and his colleagues have done a first-class job, and I couldn’t speak more highly of them.”
John Moriarty said: “Driving is a high-pressure job these days, especially in central London, and several members of our team have commented on how the Econic’s excellent visibility and low seating position gives them more confidence at the wheel.
"The fact that visibility is greatly increased should also help in reducing our incident rate and ultimately enhance protection for vulnerable road users”.