MAN Plays it Safe

Safety Vehicle Hire & Lease has taken delivery of four new MAN TGM 18.240 rigids for its traffic management vehicle fleet. The new additions follow two identical acquisitions from MAN last year.

The ‘Impact Protection Vehicles’ feature crash-cushions, or ‘attenuators’, and light arrow matrix boards and bodywork supplied by King Highway Products. Traffic cones and sign-boards are carried on the trucks which are used for lane closure operations on the UK motorway network and the trucks provide safety protection to roadworks operators.

Safety Vehicle General Manager, James Richmond, says MAN’s TGM chassis is the logical choice for this application, “There are three excellent reasons for us to choose MAN,” he said, “one; quality. The MAN’s are built to last, and this impacts favourably on our second buying decision, residuals.

“Annual mileage is only around 20k, so, we keep our trucks for six or seven years. After this time, the MANs will have still retained considerable value.

“Thirdly,” he said, “AdBlue – it’s just not practical – not practical from an operational point of view, and certainly not a practical proposition for rental fleets. We have got to keep it simple for customers. MAN’s EGR technology is no nonsense, yet still very productive.”

Safety Vehicle Hire & Lease Ltd. is a leading supplier to the traffic management industry. The company operates its vehicle fleet out of two locations, serving the A14 and Southwards from a Market Harborough site, and serving the M1 and the North from Ellistown just off junction 22 of the M1.

Kings’ new ‘Safe Stop 90’ crash-cushion is a new design tested to NCHRP 350 Test Type 3/5/UK at 100kph. The company designs and manufactures specialist equipment for the transport industry, including heavy trailers, aerial access platforms and traffic management equipment.