Bartrums takes delivery of 20 Euro-6 Mercedes-Benz Actros units

Eye, Suffolk-based Bartrums has put 20 new Euro-6 Mercedes-Benz Actros 2545s into service in a further bid to drive down costs.

The move follows the haulier’s decision last year to switch to a new tyres supplier for its fleet vehicles, leading to 15% savings, following a rigorous testing programme.

Bartrums said all were fitted with Predictive Powertrain Control, which along with FleetBoard Telematics and cab roof-mounted Freddie air deflectors, were leading to significant fuel savings.

“The units on general haulage work are already returning 10 mpg, while the tippers are averaging 8.6 mpg and two of them are hitting the nines, which in that application is really exceptional,” said fleet engineer David Reid.

Workshop manager David Bumfrey told Commercialmotor.com that drivers remained the firm’s best fuel saving device: “As long as we keep an eye on the drivers to make sure they are driving them right, there’s not much more we can add.”