Denbighshire Gets Mega Duo

Aixam Mega


Denbighshire County Council has taken delivery of a pair of Mega Multitrucks to complement its street cleansing operations. The compact, lightweight vehicles are ideal for local tasks where it is uneconomical to send out a larger vehicle. Their impact absorbing polycarbonate lightweight bodies, pedestrian friendly profile and manoeuvrability make them the ideal choice for working in highly populated centres.

The Denbighshire duo may look alike, but one is a simple dropside pick up with under-bed storage for tools and roadsigns, if required. The other is a dropside tipper making for the ease of delivery of its load. The Tipper utilises a hydraulic motor in the lower body but retains a useful forward storage space under the Tipper bed.

Ken Thompson, spokesman for Denbighshire County Council said, "One of the Megas is being used collecting waste from narrow alleys in Rhyl, a task previously undertaken by a quad bike with a trailer. The Mega offers all weather capability and is very manoeuvrable in tight spaces. The second Mega is being used in the County’s parks for routine checks and maintenance tasks. The pick up and the under-bed storage allow the operator to carry his test equipment, a strimmer and blower. The narrow track of the Mega and its light weight mean that it can access areas previously only achievable on foot.

"In fact," Ken Thompson added, "We are hoping to add another two Megas to the fleet when funding becomes available, one for cemetery work and the other for cleansing duties on the promenade at Rhyl."

Peter Leivers, general manager of Aixam Mega UK added, "The Mega is gaining popularity with local authorities and facilities management operations due to its light weight, low fuel consumption, and its low impact upon the environment. There is a growing move towards tailoring the vehicle to the task, and the Mega is ideal for dealing with a myriad of minor jobs that really don’t need a full sized pick-up or van."

This was a sentiment mirrored by delivering Mega agent Ian Maddox of Hanmer Auto Services, Wem in Shropshire, supplier of the Mega. "The Megas will be a great asset to the Council; they are compact, multi-purpose vehicles with exceptional manoeuvrability and excellent fuel consumption. They have a generous payload and storage capacity and are available in a selection of body styles."

5 June 2005 Staff

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