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Specialist maintenance vehicles highlight skills of convertors


I read that it’s not only the booming home delivery market in the UK that’s proving fruitful for convertors, with various other sectors moving away from heavy trucks towards the sub 3.5-tonne market.

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One of the latest to do this is British civil engineering contractor, Amey, which has just added a range of specialist vehicles to its fleet that draw on the technology and innovation of the UK’s diverse convertor network.

Amey is responsible for more than 10,000km of road infrastructure in Gloucestershire in England, as well as nationwide projects for Highways England and surface maintenance on the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland.

The contractor has this month added a fleet of 3.5-tonne tippers based on a mixture of Citroën and Renault chassis, and completed by convertor Bevan Specialist Products.

The 16 Citroën short-body tippers used on the Gloucestershire highways project are fitted with an innovative ‘Safe-T-Drop’ system, which is designed to eliminate any risk of a fall from crew working on the vehicle bed, this being especially useful for road workers when putting out traffic cones for lane closures.

The contract has also benefited another British conversion specialist, Penny Hydraulics, which has supplied 16 250kg SwingLift miniloader cranes for the tippers.

Meanwhile, Bevan Specialist Products has supplied Amey with a further 19 Renault 3.5-tonners. These are all dropsiders and also fitted with Safe-T-Drop systems. Twelve are traffic management vehicles with rear-mounted light boards. They wear a Highways England livery and are used to assist with mobile – as opposed to static – lane closures, which minimise disruption to traffic.

The remaining seven are based in Scotland, where they are assigned to Amey’s Forth Road Bridge project. Three are short-bodied mobile workstations, tool pods and, in one case, a welding plant.

Two, which also have short bodies, are fitted with rear-mounted cranes from UK-supplier HMF and are used for bridge maintenance, and the remaining pair has longer bodies for carrying scaffold equipment.

Bevan Specialist Products operates from a factory in Stone, Staffordshire, and has just celebrated its first anniversary following the acquisition by parent company Bevan Group of the former Stag Bodies. It caters for niches in the LCV market, helping customers meet the challenge of individual vehicle type approval, and has seen strong sales growth in the past 12 months as operators increasingly move towards smaller, lighter vehicles that do not require specialist licences.