Sam Whittaker takes on national sales director role within Mercedes-Benz Trucks

Sam Whittaker

Sam Whittaker has been appointed as national sales director for Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK.
Whittaker, who joined Mercedes as a trainee in 1992 and moved over to trucks in 1997,most recently held the post of customer and parts director. His new role sees him take on responsibility for vehicle sales, marketing, key account management and aftersales. He will also oversee Mercedes and FUSO sales and truck remarketing activities.
Speaking about his appointment, Whittaker said: “It has been my goal to have an extensive network of trusted relationships with customers, suppliers, our dealers and colleagues. I’m passionate about delivering on our ‘Trucks You Can Trust’ brand promise, and look forward to getting struck into my new role.”
Whittaker will take charge of the German manufacturer’s Truck Connectivity business, which Mercedes says will anticipate developments within customer trucks and provide recommended courses of action in real time, helping to reduce downtime for operators. 
Alongside this, Whittaker will be responsible for the truck training and product demonstration operations, and the new experience centre at Wentworth Park near Barnsley.
Commenting on the move, Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK MD Mike Belk, said: “With his extensive UK market experience in both sales and operations, Sam is ideally placed to drive the Mercedes-Benz Truck sales business to further success.”


Passango Green Button

Thanks to intelligent GPS tracking functionality, users of the EuroPilot option within the PASSango toll box from AS 24 can drive significant operational efficiencies and make substantial financial savings.

As a trusted partner to the transport industry for many years, AS 24 has an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by transport operators when travelling throughout Europe. Transiting through multiple countries within a single journey requires compliance with a variety of legislations as well as multiple toll payment systems, all of which can present a logistical nightmare for unprepared fleet operators. This is further complicated by a lack of alignment across Europe on the use of electronic systems of toll collection, despite European directive (EETS) voted in 2004. Although present and convenient in some nations, others are yet to integrate the technology. As a result, HGV drivers must have a variety of on-board equipment installed to their vehicles to travel throughout Europe.


As a solution to this organisational headache, AS 24 has been offering the PASSango toll box to its customers since 2017. It’s offering swift and seamless transit across five countries for now and more to come. By incorporating a sensor which is detected when passing through any electronic toll booths or collecting and mapping GPS localization with taxable network maps (depending on the country), PASSango enables simple and convenient toll collection. Moreover, hardworking drivers can also pay for secure HGV parking using their PASSango system in some countries.
Four versions of PASSango are available to AS 24 customers;  1) one covering only France and Liefkenshoek tunnel; or 2) France Iberic covering France, Spain, Portugal and Liefkenshoek tunnel   3) Europe an all-in-one box that covers with an OBU (on-board unit) France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Austria, Liefkenshoek tunnel, the Strorebaelt bridge (Denmark) and the Oresund bridge (Sweden)  and soon Germany; 4) EuroPilot covering the same as Europe but with additional added-value services.   

A defining aspect of PASSango that is appreciated by transport managers across the industry is EuroPilot. Read on to learn how EuroPilot can make vast improvements to efficiency and save you money in the process.

Control your mobility with EuroPilot

Incorporating geolocation, EuroPilot offers quasi-real-time monitoring of vehicles and a set of alerts to give significant cost savings for its users. Accessible from the Customer Portal or via the Fleet Manager mobile app, EuroPilot uses advanced GPS tracking technology to provide a variety of added-value services for its customers.

Firstly, through EuroPilot, fleet operators can accurately track their vehicles from the beginning to the end of their journeys. Data on individual vehicles, including their registration number, their precise GPS coordinates as well as regular updates on their progress, can be accessed via the map.

Furthermore, using PASSango’s EuroPilot combined with AS 24 fuel card, transport managers can identify potential misuses of fuel cards by their drivers. From wherever they may be, the transport manager will receive an alert any time if a vehicle is filled in another location than EuroPilot’s GPS coordinates. By improving accountability in this way, operators can take control of their costs and make significant financial savings.

Moreover, users can access the most intelligent and efficient route simulator for HGVs on the market, that takes vehicle constraints into account. After inputting the characteristics of your fleet, EuroPilot will work out the best route possible depending on the type of vehicle being driven to calculate associated costs (fuel and tolls). Various simulations can be compared before the desired route is selected. This allows operators to offer an improved service for their customers as more precise ETAs can be given and punctuality ensured. Once a journey is completed, operators can then compare the simulated versus actual route taken to check whether the driver followed their instructions. Driver delivery reports can also be downloaded and assessed, once again adding visibility and accountability. Optimising operational efficiencies in these ways all combine to make a major difference to the operator’s bottom line, as many current EuroPilot users can confirm.


All data and alerts received by the operator can be extracted into an Excel spreadsheet for in-depth review. The team at AS 24 are on hand to help operators comprehend and evaluate this data if needed. The multitude of benefits that integrating the EuroPilot option within PASSango into your operation are clear - but what about the price? Fortunately, the cost to your business will be minimised thanks to the unique price for each customer, depending on how many PASSango boxes are installed, how many countries are visited and the usage per month. For a truly intelligent transport partner that keeps you firmly in the driver’s seat, contact the expert team at AS 24 about PASSango EuroPilot today.


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