These are the operator’s first new tractors. Transport manager Gary Campbell (pictured) says: “With low-emission zones on the horizon for Scotland we were keen to futureproof the business by moving to Euro VI engines, and to de-risk our maintenance cost exposure by purchasing new, rather than pre-owned vehicles.”
Supplied by dealer Western Commercial, the new additions are all Actros 2543 models with ClassicSpace cabs and 10.7-litre straight-six engines producing 422bhp.
Each is specified with the manufacturer’s Safety Pack: this includes Active Brake Assist 4, with its pedestrian recognition technology, as well as Proximity Control Assist and a driver’s airbag. The Actros are also equipped with the optional Predictive Powertrain Control system.
Eight of the trucks are in service at the operator’s Cumbernauld headquarters, home to its Irn-Bru brand, with the other at its Forfar facility.
Moving to new from pre-owned trucks, adds Campbell, also ensures the business benefits from a “state-of-the-art safety specification”.
He adds: “The hugely impressive Active Brake Assist technology in particular, will make a major contribution to the protection not only of our drivers, but also of other road users... It’s a phenomenal all-round package.”