Safest Actros and King low-loader rig for Eurovia 20 October 2016

A 44-tonne Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor unit and King tri-axle low-loader semi-trailer combination sets new standards for safety, according to owner Eurovia.

The infrastructure services company, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary commissioned the rig for operation in London and the Home Counties, where it is now being used by Eurovia Surfacing to transport road construction plant.

Supplied by Dealer S&B Commercials, the 6x2 Actros 2548 was specified with the flat-floored StreamSpace cab with factory-fitted collar and air deflector, as well as colour-coded bumper and mirrors, and a roof-mounted beacon bar.

The driveline comprises Mercedes’ 476bhp straight-six driving through a PowerShift 3 AMT (automated manual transmission).

As for safety, Eurovia transport and plant operations manager Chris Dixon points to features including an LED lighting system built into the shackle wells and illuminating the entire trailer, as well as the fall arrest system on the neck.

The combination is also equipped with a side scan and four-way recordable camera system that meets the FORS (Freight Operator Recognition Scheme) Gold standard.

This is the first semi-slope trailer designed by Market Harborough-based King Vehicle Engineering, built to make loading and unloading heavy plant – particularly rollers – easier and safer.

The ramps can be widened to accommodate outsized plant, and instead of going for hydraulically operation on one side only, Eurovia specified controls on both sides.

To aid fuel economy, when the trailer is unloaded the ramps can be folded forward and lie flat, rather than being held in a vertical position.

“[The Actros] a very good vehicle and has proved to be exceptionally reliable, while the manufacturer’s dealer network also offers the coverage and round-the-clock support that we need,” comments Dixon.

“The Actros is also popular with our drivers, who appreciate their comfortable and spacious, flat-floored cabs, and the excellent visibility that also contributes to safety.”

Brian Tinham

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