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Iveco comes to Hendricks Lovell.

New Stralis fleet for Hendricks Lovell

Published:  17 January, 2012

HAYES: 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 order includes three Stralis AD260S31Y/PS 6x4 rigids and one Stralis AD260S45Y/PS 6x4 rigid that will operate with a drawbar trailer.

All four vehicles are 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.

It marks the first new vehicle deliveries of the year to a division of Grafton Merchanting and follows orders last year for 96 Dailys, 42 Eurocargos and 81 Stralis units.

Phil Alexander, head of transport, Grafton, says: "The Stralis forms the backbone of our heavy truck fleet. The rear-steering axle makes these particular models ideally suited to work within the M25."

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

Both of the models supplied feature Euro-5 engines certified to meet the Enhanced Environmentally friendly Vehicle (EEV) level.

Iveco is currently the only UK truck manufacturer to offer EEV engines as standard. The Stralis AD is popular with builder's merchants and construction companies as it is built specifically for short-haul transportation, whilst still allowing the driver to enjoy the same comfortable air-suspended seat as in the flagship Active Space (AS) range, said Iveco.