Bartrum Group add new Actros to fleet

Bartrum Group has added 20 Mercedes-Benz Actros BigSpace tractor units to its fleet, bringing the total number of new Mercedes trucks added in the last 12 months to more than 30.

Suffolk-based Bartrums placed the order with Mercedes dealer Orwell Truck & Van for 20 fifth-generation tractor units joining the 11 it commissioned late last year in an effort to “future-proof” its fleet with new technology including MirrorCam, Active Brake Assist 5 emergency braking and Predictive Powertrain Control to improve fuel economy.

Bartrums has specified all 31 trucks with the twin-screen Multimedia Cockpit and will use Daimler Fleetboard telematics to encourage and incentivise drivers.

In addition, Bartrums will also pilot Fleetboard’s automatic tachograph mass memory and driver card download services.

Tremayne Johnson, Bartrum’s operations director, said: “The Bartrum Group is committed to new technology, and the benefits it offers in terms of increased efficiency, environmental compatibility and safety. We’re keen, therefore, to explore the potential benefits of innovative features such as the Truck App Portal and automatic tachograph downloads. Today’s Actros is clearly the most advanced truck on the road, and the feedback we’ve received from drivers since we set our first on the road last year has been resoundingly positive.”

Most of the Actros purchased by Bartrums over the last six months are 450hp models for use on the Bartrums Haulage & Storage (BHS) fleet and the Bartrums Road Services (BRS) division. Nine of the new trucks, including eight from the latest batch, however, are 2544 variants with small-wheeled mid-lift axles, which will be utilised by Bartrums Bulk Haulage (BBH) to transport more than 500,000 tonnes of malt and grain each year for the brewing, food and beverage sectors.

Johnson continued: “MirrorCam is a big step forward and hasn’t provoked a single negative comment. All round visibility is so much better. When reversing, you never lose sight of the rear corner of the trailer on the screens mounted inside the cab. Plus, of course, you don’t have a big slab of mirror housing blocking your forward view. Driver retention has never been more important to the success of our business, so we made a concerted effort to further increase the appeal of our latest trucks by specifying the bigger cabs and fitting them with microwaves and fridges.”

The Rockery Centre replaces 13-year-old Isuzu with another

The Rockery Centre is to add an Isuzu 7.5 tonne dropside to its fleet replacing their very first 08-registered Isuzu truck.

The Bedfordshire-based company has opted for an Isuzu N75.150 (E) medium wheelbase rigid with Searle dropside body and a rear mounted Fassi F50A crane to help with the loading and unloading of heavy bulky materials.

“The arrival of the new Isuzu does mean that, sadly, our original Isuzu is now going into semi-retirement and will probably only be used as backup for busy times. Its unbelievable service over 13 years is why in 2021 we are still only using Isuzu for our delivery vehicles,” said Matt Lansley, from The Rockery Centre.

“Isuzus just get better and better with age, and specification-wise they have come on such a long way since our very first one. The latest 7.5 tonne 2021 specification ticks all our boxes, from its unbelievable carrying capacity of 3.2 tonne, right through to its compact footprint, which makes it ideal for residential deliveries especially on the smaller housing estates where access is limited,” added Lansley.