Supplied by South Normanton-based Iveco dealer Guest Truck, the vehicles were selected for their load carrying capacity and will be used for night-time traffic management and road maintenance operations, providing a smaller, safer alternative to Impact Protection Vehicles (IPV).
The vehicles join a 136-strong fleet and will clock up approximately 20,000 km a year. They have been supplied on contract by Acklea, and have been specified with a 360° camera system to maximise crew safety, and a payload indicator to ensure the vehicles never risk operating overloaded. They are also fitted with traffic management bodywork built by Strongs Plastic Products.
Shaun Moseley, operations and maintenance manager (north west) at Connect Plus Services, said: “Our crews are working on one of the busiest motorways in Europe, so their safety is our absolute priority. The Daily’s compact size versus traditionally larger vehicles used for these roles helps us to reinforce that message because we can park on the hard shoulder and still carry out important maintenance work a safe distance from flowing traffic.”
He added: “We considered a number of options, but the Daily proved to be the best vehicle for our needs and came highly recommended by other highways maintenance contractors. It can easily carry all the equipment we need to cater for lane closures and urgent repairs at short notice, and still has capacity to spare. So far the Daily vehicles have fitted into the fleet perfectly; plus, we’ve had great feedback from our crews.”