Ringway chooses Volvo with low-entry cab

Ringway has added three new Volvo FE 6x2 rigid trucks to its expansive fleet, with low-entry cabs to improve the safety of vulnerable road users, cyclists and pedestrians, as well as providing a better working environment for its drivers.

The highway maintenance specialist will use the 26-tonne crane-equipped tippers on a variety of contracts in urban areas across England.

Chris Forrest, fleet & plant operations manager, Ringway says: “The reason we opted for Volvo again for this latest order was really down to the low-entry cabs available on the FE tipper grabs. They needed to be Direct Vision Standard compliant for working in London, and as a company we are always looking for ways to improve the safety of our fleet – wherever we work. The cabs on the new FEs help our drivers have better visibility of vulnerable road users. They are also better for the drivers themselves as the cab is lower, so it’s easier and safer for them to get in and out.”

The three FE rigids are powered by Volvo’s D8K engine producing 345bhp and a peak torque figure of 1,400 Nm.

Built on a 3,900mm wheelbase and featuring I-Shift automated transmissions, the trucks will be in operation five days a week and are equipped with Thompson tipper bodies and Palfinger Epsilon grab cranes.

Forrest says: “Each vehicle does slightly different work on different projects, it could be laying curbs, reinstating pavements or carrying out general road repairs. But they’ll all be working in busy built-up areas so it’s about improving community safety with the low-entry cabs and improving air quality with the Euro VI Step D engines.”

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