Supplied by dealer Rygor, the 6x2 Actros 2530 LnR models are the largest rigids on the Dartford-based operator’s fleet, with their low frames giving 2.9m of internal height and load volume of 2,400 ft3.
Each vehicle can carry six removals containers – one more than Matthew James’ other 26-tonners.
Both Actros have StreamSpace sleeper cabs and are powered by 7.7-litre BlueEfficiency engines, producing 300bhp and driving through eight-speed Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated transmissions.
In line with its gold FORS accreditation, the operator has specified several safety features including Stability Control Assist, Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Attention Assist (the last three were specified before they became standard, following the introduction of new legislation in November 2015)
The trucks are also fitted with Brigade Backeye 360° cameras and tracking systems, and are the first Mercedes vehicles in the operator’s 20-strong fleet.
Matthew James’ managing director Matthew De-Machen says: “The Mercedes-Benz commitment to accident prevention gives me the peace of mind that comes from knowing we’re sending our staff out in vehicles that, as well as being comfortable, are also designed to ensure they reach their destinations safely.”
The cab design, too, was a key factor in the decision, as De-Machen explains: “With rules and regulations getting tighter, having extra porters simply sitting on a conventional bunk is no longer an option for any diligent operator.
“We’ll use four porters for most jobs, but these Mercedes-Benz trucks give me the option – for example, when we’re packing up at a big house – to send out as many as six in a single vehicle.”
The Actros bodies are by SBR Specialist Coachbuilders, of Preston, and fitted with underfloor lockers and load rails, as well as ramps.