Volvo trucks for Viridor’s London operations 09 August 2011
A Volvo narrow-track 16-tonne rigid, built to operate within some of London's most congested streets, has joined the expanding Viridor tipper fleet.
Working with both dealer M C Truck and Bus and Wilcox Commercial Vehicles, Viridor regional vehicle and plant engineer for the south east Paul Riley says he was able to design a bespoke vehicle ideal for the capital's narrow streets.
The FL 260 was specified with a six-speed Allison fully automatic gearbox enabling the driver to cope more easily with the stop-start traffic. Additionally, the overall 2.3m width allows access to otherwise inaccessible locations. Single tyres have also been fitted to the drive axle to reduce the width of the tipping truck.
"This vehicle will operate within a radius of five to 10 miles from our depot in Canning Town, East London, collecting waste food materials from shops and hotels. This is then taken to an anaerobic digester for treatment," explains Riley.
The Volvo FL narrow-track tipper is one of nine vehicles taken by Viridor, all of which will be operated from its site in East London.
Other models include FL and FE rigids fitted with mobile compacter bodywork.
Volvo Group UK Ltd
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