Wincanton adds 100 Mercedes-Benz Actros to its fleet

Carol Millett
January 24, 2018


Wincanton is adding 100 Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units to its fleet.

The 2545s with flat-floored versions of the StreamSpace cab feature Mercedes PowerShift automated transmissions also.

The trucks come with Mercedes-Benz Safety Packs, which include Active Brake Assist and Proximity Control Assist technology.

Active Brake Assist employs multi-mode radar to monitor moving and stationary objects in front of the vehicle, from a speed of 15 km/h, with the ability to apply automatic staged braking if the driver fails to react to the alarm.

The new trucks, which will all have joined Wincanton’s 4,000-strong fleet by the end of January, will be hauling shipping containers on skeletal trailers.

Supplied by East Anglia dealer Orwell Truck & Van, most are based at Felixstowe, while others work from Liverpool and Birmingham.

Wincanton’s group fleet director Carl Hanson said: “Given the extra equipment we have specified, these Actros tractor units are among the safest trucks available, and will help to protect other road users as well as our own drivers.

“Their spacious, flat-floored cabs, which we fit with fridges and microwave ovens, provide a comfortable working and living space for our drivers, while we also know from previous experience that Actros tractors are fuel-efficient and cost-effective to run.”

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Carol Millett

Carol Millett is an award-winning freelance journalist with over 30 years’ of experience writing across a broad range of sectors, including road transport, construction and civil engineering, project management, private finance, technology, HR, and travel and tourism. She is currently a regular contributor to a variety of DVV Media titles including Motor Transport Magazine, Commercial Motor and Transport News.

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