A New 30 cwt Utility
Although the standard 4 Ton Utility vehicle provides very useful support for activities in the external field it has the disadvantage that it is classified as a Heavy Goods Vehicle and can only be driven by a suitably qualified driver. Field experience has also shown that there are spheres of activity where a lighter vehicle has advantages, principally to support three-man parties on overhead and underground work. To meet these needs a 30 cwt Utility vehicle has been reintroduced and production units are going into service.
Earlier units of the new series used Leyland forward control chassis; later units were how-ever built on Bedford chassis with normal controls.
To help reduce the weight of the vehicles and keep them below the Heavy Goods Vehicle licence group, both have petrol engines. Crew cabs are provided and special attention has been paid to keeping down noise levels in the cabs.
The bodies are fitted with welfare facilities which include a gas ring and there is adequate space for hanging clothes.
Bottles of propane gas are carried in a locker, within the body of the vehicle, with access by external doors on the near side. Beneath this locker is another, suspended from the underside of the body, designed for the storage of inflammable liquids such as paraffin and methylated spirits.
The interior of the body is fitted with shelving designed to accommodate the range of tools, stores and plant expected to be carried by a vehicle of this type.
Two medium or four light poles can also be carried.
Later model - circa 1975
Superseded by the Bedford 30cwt vehicle
Last revised: October 31, 2017