With London’s Direct Vision Standard (DVS) in mind, CEMEX has invested in 10 tippers – all Volvo FM 460 8x4s.
The new trucks will be based at the operator’s Greenwich.
From there, they will all deliver aggregates and sand to construction sites across the capital.
Many attributes were key to Volvo winning the order, for example improved visibility.
In addition, the layout of the latest generation FM’s day cabs has been upgraded with safety in mind.
Nigel Ponton, national fleet engineer at CEMEX, welcomed the ten tippers from the Swedish brand.
“These are the first batch of Volvos we have had for several years,” he explained.
“However, the two businesses have a long tradition of working together.”
Continuing, Ponton revealed the duo have recently entered into a global procurement agreement.
The latest FM cab has raised A-pillars that give it up to one extra cubic metre of space and more light.
Meanwhile, a large windscreen, low door line and modern mirrors improves all-round visibility.
The addition of a window mounted low on the passenger door takes safety up another notch.
The ten tippers are all powered by Volvo’s D11K engine, with 460hp and up to 2,200Nm of torque.
In total, the FMs are all expected to clock-up around 80,000km a year.
Built on a 5,100mm wheelbase, the FMs have been specified with a high chassis to aid ground clearance on rough terrain.
Specifically, the tipper bodywork has been sourced from Wilcox.
“We’ve had these fleet additions specifically built with lightweight bodies to reach the 20- tonne payload,” said Ponton.
“That’s the golden number in the aggregate world for an 8×4 tipper.”
Finally, the 10 FMs are all covered by five-year Volvo Gold Contracts.
All servicing and maintenance work, therefore, will be carried out by MC Truck & Bus in Thurrock.