Mike Hall, Banbury Town Council’s Recreation & Amenities Manager, is prepared for winter with FUSO Canter 6.5t 4x4.
Council chiefs in the Oxfordshire town of Banbury have drafted in a specially equipped 4x4 FUSO Canter to help keep the streets clear of ice and snow.
Canter can perform on and off-road
Mike says: “The truck’s all-wheel drive capability means it will still be able to get around on snow and ice. It can also access small, residential roads to deliver bags of grit, and, when fitted with its demountable plough blade and hopper, undertake snow clearing and gritting operations.”
Town Council Leader Kieron Mallon was inspired to launch a volunteer ‘snow warden’ scheme after one of his constituents was unable to get his frozen car off his drive last winter to take his daughter – who was in labour – to hospital, because the grit bin in his street was empty. The Canter plays a vital role in this winter plan.
“It’s a good use of council tax payers’ money if we can keep Banbury moving in adverse weather conditions, so people can still go about their daily lives,” says Kieron.
A versatile vehicle
Mike adds: “We’re very pleased with our 4x4 Canter, which is ideally suited to the primary role for which it was commissioned and will be used to undertake a variety of general tasks, some of them off road, during the rest of the year.”
Banbury Town Council’s vehicle has a three-seat Comfort cab – a seven-seat crew version is also available – and, thanks to its space-saving, cab-over-engine layout, is relatively compact and highly manoeuvrable.
Supported by the Mercedes-Benz Dealer network
FUSO Canter is part of the Daimler Group, which means the Mercedes-Benz national Dealer network is on hand to provide sales, servicing and support, with extended opening hours and authorised repairers at 78 Dealerships nationwide.
Banbury’s Canter 4x4 was supplied by Mercedes-Benz Dealer Euro Commercials (South Wales) and is backed by a three-year, unlimited mileage, manufacturer’s warranty. Mike is full of praise for the service they received: “Euro Commercials’ Municipal Sales Specialist Richard Harvey was very helpful when we came to specify the vehicle.”