MJ Hughes takes Arocs with MirrorCam 11 April 2022

South Yorkshire-based structural steel specialist MJ Hughes has added an 8x2 Arocs to its fleet. The vehicle will spend much of its time in London, where the manufacturer’s alternative to conventional mirrors is recognised by Transport for London’s Direct Vision Standard scheme.

Supplied by Northside Truck & Van, the vehicle has a ClassicSpace L-cab sleeper for which Auto Electrics Group, of Bradford, fitted a full complement of cameras that provide 360o visibility.

Its ‘cheese wedge’ beavertail plant body is the work of Sterling, of Stokesley, North Yorkshire.

As a 3245 variant the truck is powered by a 12.8-litre in-line six-cylinder engine that produces 444bhp. Thanks to the single drive axle it is significantly more fuel-efficient than an 8x4 32-tonner. The fact that the rear axle can be lifted when the vehicle is running light also allows the operator to save on tyre wear; even when deployed the axle’s turning function reduces scrub as well as enhancing manoeuvrability.

MJ Hughes has been serving the general construction and rail sectors from its headquarters in Maltby, near Rotherham, since it was established in 2002.

Plant & transport manager Chris Hall reported: “Our vehicles can spend as much time on rough sites as they do on the road, so the extra ground clearance you get with the Arocs is a big advantage. It offers a good body and payload allowance, and as a purpose-designed construction chassis is ideally suited to our work.”

In line with its established policy, MJ Hughes will rely on the workshop team at Northside Truck & Van’s branch in Balby Carr, Doncaster, to inspect and maintain its new Arocs under a Mercedes-Benz complete service contract for the next two years. Thereafter, it will switch to in-house maintenance.

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