Wrings Transport celebrates 25 years with a rare Mercedes-Benz Actros Edition 1

Wrings Transport has added to its 60-strong fleet with a limited edition Mercedes-Benz Actros 530 GigaSpace Edition 1.

The 6x2 tractor, which will be used on general haulage work across the UK, was purchased to celebrate the Bristol-based haulier’s 25th birthday next year.

MD Stuart Wring said: “Our 25th anniversary could not have come at a better time, and it’s great that we will mark the occasion with a state-of-the-art, limited edition truck”.

Only 35 of the Mercedes-Benz Actros Edition 1s will be sold in the UK, and Wring is quick to point out that Wrings Transport’s example will probably be “the only 530hp version in the UK”. The standard spec for an Edition 1 is 650hp, however, Wring feels that a 530hp will be far better for fuel consumption in the long term. He said he would have opted for the 510hp version, if Mercedes had allowed him.

Wring ticked all of the options with this truck, including MirrorCam and Driver Assist - the latter adding level 2 autonomy. The side skirts, which aren't available from Mercedes on 6x2 tractors, were custom-built by Tor Trucks.

Once the truck has been retired from service, Wring plans to keep it at Wrings Transport’s heritage centre.

Lombard Asset Finance facilitated the purchase with a six-figure funding package.

  • You can read all about this special Actros, and the oldest truck on Wring Transport’s fleet, in a special bumper Christmas issue of Commercial Motor – on sale 19 December.

DVSA Revises Guidance on Defects

DVSA

The DVSA has revised its guidance for the categorisation of defects in roadside checks and vehicle tests.

The guide explains what actions DVSA examiners and authorised constables can take when roadworthiness defects are found during a roadside vehicle inspection or at annual test.

The enforcement agency said the guide will also be useful for operators and drivers so that they are aware of its standards.

The changes cover exhaust emissions, size and type of tyres, lamps and reflectors, seatbelts, mirrors, registration plates, axles and suspension, emission control system defects and tyre pressure measurement.