Stralis tuck fleet ensures LEZ compliance for Hendricks Lovell 19 January 2012

Hayes-based builders merchant Hendricks Lovell has taken delivery of four new Iveco Stralis Active Day rigids.

The 26-tonners replace older vehicles in the fleet and will ensure the company can continue to enter the London Low Emission Zone without financial penalty.

The vehicles comprise three Stralis AD260S31Y/PS 6x4 rigids and one Stralis AD260S45Y/PS 6x4 rigid, which will operate with a drawbar trailer.

All four rigids have been mounted with a remote control Palfinger PK14001EH crane, with a JSC grab, and feature a steering rear axle, to aid manoeuvrability when operating on construction sites and in restricted urban areas.

The delivery is the first of the year to a division of Grafton Merchanting GB, the fourth largest builders merchant in the UK, and follows total orders for Iveco in 2011, which included 96 Dailys, 42 Eurocargos and 81 Stralis trucks.

"The Stralis forms the backbone of our heavy truck fleet," comments Phil Alexander, head of transport at Grafton Merchanting GB.

"It's the perfect 26-tonne rigid for delivering loads that can range from bricks and blocks to timber and jumbo bags of aggregate. The rear-steering axle makes these particular models ideally suited to work within the M25," he adds.

Both of the models supplied feature Euro-5 beating FPT Industrial engines, each certified to meet the EEV (enhanced environmentally friendly vehicle) voluntary emissions standard, which serves as a stepping stone between Euro 5 and Euro 6 – with diesel particulates cut from 0.03 to 0.02g/kWh.

The trucks will be in operation six days a week, making deliveries to building sites and private residences throughout Greater London and the Home Counties. They each operate with a single driver and are expected to make up to 15 drops per day.

John Challen

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