Innovative tipper technology and safety to the fore

Vulnerable road-user safety and truck weight-saving technology will be among the main topics at the forefront of operators’ minds as they head to the annual Tip-ex show in Yorkshire next month.


Scania is the UK’s top-selling manufacturer of four-axle rigid tipper chassis and will be exhibiting at Tip-ex this year. The company’s latest Urban Tipper, on show at the Scania stand, incorporates a host of features with vulnerable road user safety in mind.

Most four-axle tippers have two steered and two driven axles. This one is an 8×2 with three steered axles and one driven axle, making it highly manoeuvrable and well-suited to urban operations where scarcely any time is spent off-road. 

Full air suspension allows chassis height easily to be lowered in urban areas, minimising the driver’s blind spot areas. The passenger door is fitted with a lower window to give the diver a clearer view to the front nearside. The truck is also fitted with a Brigade Electronics camera system

Hyva (UK) is best known for its range of front-end tipping gear. But also on the company’s Tip-ex stand this year will be a range of cranes aimed at the building supplies sector. Hyva’s latest FCA 129 tipping equipment is claimed to be the lightest of its kind for 8×4 tippers in the UK. A plastic oil tank is believed to save around 20kg in kerb weight compared with the usual steel tank.

Thompsons (UK), one of the UK’s biggest bodybuilding groups specialising in the tipper and wastes management sector, will have its new Paymaster trailer on show for the first time in Harrogate next month.