Specification clinches highway maintenance order

In one of the company's largest orders for specialist chassis, MAN has supplied 12 4x4 M2000 18.224FAK middleweights to South West Highways CSWH) under contract to Devon County Council. The seven year contract is the second successful tender for Exeter-based SWH, whose decision it was to use MANs for the first time. Winter operation will involve the use of snow-plough/gritter bodywork by Whale Tankers, while in the summer months, tipper/ "hot box" equipment will be used for highway work and road repairs.

One of the MAN fleet acquired by SWS

One of the MAN fleet acquired by SWS

The right specification was a key issue for Bernard Levens, Transport & Workshop Manager at SWH. "Our previous chassis provider was unable to supply a vehicle without ABS/ASR and all its associated electronic componentry," he said. "We don't need it. The presence of under vehicle salt and water while gritting results in simply too much expensive repair work. MAN was able to supply a 'delete option' specification with a low chassis height - ideal for our requirements."

SWH is a highway maintenance company with a separate division, known as Mechanical Services. It is also one of the largest vehicle repairers in the south west. Local MAN dealer, Frank Tucker Commercials, will undertake all warranty work.

MAN has recently launched three new cab variants for the TG-A range, to satisfy demand for fleet operators. From 7.5 to 41 tonnes and above, MAN also offers a full range of rigids, tippers, drawbars, multi-axles and tractors.



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