Drivers of concrete agitators have a common list of gripes about the trucks they are employed to drive in combinations of frantic schedules and heavy traffic. Mercedes-Benz in Europe has developed a solution for all three, with its new Econic concrete agitator truck. Britain’s largest road- building company, Tarmac, has ordered 25 Econic 3235 L concrete mixers and tippers for use on London construction sites. The trucks are based on the four-axle, 32-tonne Mercedes- Benz Econic chassis that recently received the Tipper Safety Trophy in the Tip-ex and Tank-ex Awards for the high standard of its tipper safety features. Cab access on the Econic is hard to fault, with wide opening, floor to ceiling doors — split fold on the passenger’s side — and a floor height that’s just a single step up from the road. No more climbing up three steps over a front wheel arch. My most recent interview with a concrete truck driver revealed complaints of back strain had forced the manufacturer to install an extra step as the gap between the standard steps was too wide. Motorists may think that’s a bit fussy but these operators are in and out of their trucks a couple of dozen times a day, often on dod...