Mid and East Antrim goes for Econics
Mid and East Antrim Council has chosen nine Mercedes-Benz Econics to accompany it into the local authority’s first foray into RCV ownership as one entity.
Supplied by MBNI Truck & Van, the 6x2 Econics are all 2630 Ls with 299hp engines and six-speed Allison transmissions. Rear-steer axles have been specified to maximise manoeuvrability, and Dennis compactor bodies with Terberg bin lifts have been fitted.
The council is modernising its fleet following its establishment in 2015. Born out of three separate authorities, Mid and East Antrim inherited a mixture of vehicles of different ages and sizes.
Operations manager Neil Patrick said: “We’re delighted with them [the Econics]. As well as being reliable and safe, the fact that they have replaced older vehicles which did not meet the latest emissions standards means they are contributing to our efforts to minimise the effect of our operations on the local environment.”
The local authority ticked the Sideguard Assist box, which uses two short-range radar sensors mounted on the passenger side, supporting drivers when they make left turns via optical and acoustic warning signals.
Patrick added that this system “is absolutely essential when operating in narrow streets lined with parked cars”.
Mid and East Antrim Council was very complimentary of Mercedes’ customer service too.
“Mercedes-Benz has been extremely attentive and helpful, and worked closely with RD Mechanical to deliver the vehicles which are perfectly specified for our needs,” Patrick said.
RD Mechanical delivered the vehicles on behalf of Mercedes.
Samworth Bros adds 48 new Actros to fleet
Samworth Brothers has added 48 new Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units to its temperature-controlled distribution fleet one year after placing an initial order for the next-generation trucks.
Supplied by Mertrux Truck & Van, the majority are Actros 2545s specified with a StreamSpace cab with flat floors. Ten of the units are the slightly more powerful 2546 variants, which use a smaller 10.7-litre engine rather than the 12.8-litre in-line six cylinder. These units have the narrower 2.3m StreamSpace cabs, which have a 320mm engine tunnel.
Other features of the next-generation Actros added to the fleet are that they have been specified with MirrorCam, replacing conventional mirrors with Mercedes’ clever camera system and multimedia cockpit. They also have the latest version of Active Brake Assist and Predictive Powertrain Control systems to help decrease fuel consumption.
As well as the new systems on the Actros, Samworth Brothers were also impressed with the service provided by Mertrux, which has provided technical assistance as well as parts to Samworth Brothers’ in-house maintenance team since the first vehicles went on to the fleet in December 2018.
Speaking about their relationship, Samworth Brothers operations director Paul Marrow said: “Mertrux is very supportive; we’ve felt from the outset that Mercedes-Benz really wanted our business and had a fantastic vehicle that could meet our high expectations.
“The feedback I get from my vehicle maintenance and transport managers is really positive. In the 12 months we’ve been running them our first clutch of Actros have proved totally reliable, and haven’t spent anything like as much time in the workshop as other vehicles we run.
“The dealer’s response times, irrespective of whether the query relates to service or parts, are always very good. We spend a lot on fuel, so economy has obviously been a huge factor in our decision-making. We’re getting a better mpg performance from our first Actros than from other, comparable vehicles.“