Civil engineering group Cappagh has ordered a fleet of 83 Mercedes-Benz vans. The first batch of medium-length Sprinter 313 CDIs, finished in Ultramarine Blue paintwork, were delivered by Rygor.
The vehicles will be on general utilities’ duties and used regularly to pull trailers that carry 1.5-tonne diggers. Fitted with jetting units, racking systems, and Hope Safe-T-Bars, most vans will be assigned two-man crews responsible for responding quickly to problems such as pipe leaks and blockages.
Cappagh trialled a number of demonstrators before deciding on Mercedes-Benz thanks to “resoundingly positive” feedback, “particularly in terms of reliability”, said Transport Manager David Fahey. “This is the single most important attribute we look for in a van, because given the service commitments we make to our customers, unplanned downtime is something we cannot afford.”
Fuel-efficient and cost-effective to operate, the Sprinter comes with an extensive armoury of active and passive safety features as standard, to which Cappagh has added reversing cameras.
In addition to its utilities’ operations, Cappagh has interests in waste management, aggregates recycling, transport and plant, highways services and land remediation. In the past 12 months it has also enlisted 30 FUSO Canter 7.5-tonners and is in the process of ordering another 10, along with seven 8×4 Mercedes-Benz Arcos tipper grabs.