Allen Logistics has added two new Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units to its fleet to work between its headquarters in Craigavon, Co. Armagh, and a depot in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.
The family-owned business will then operate an 18-tonne Actros which it purchased second hand shortly afterwards on palletised distribution within an hour’s drive of base.
Allen Logistics has been gradually shifting the balance of its mixed-marque fleet in favour of Mercedes-Benz and now has around two-thirds of its fleet with the brand.
The new tractor units are both Actors 2548 with flat-floor StreamSpace cabs.
Allen Logistics MD James Allen said: “We favour Mercedes-Benz trucks for their ‘bulletproof’ reliability and attractive whole-life costs of operation. The new units are performing well in terms of fuel-efficiency and the drivers are very happy with them.”
“They like their comfortable cabs and the smart new dash layout. They also needed very little time to get used to the MirrorCam system, which we were keen to introduce to the fleet because of the safety benefits it offers. Not only does this impressive technology provide improved rear vision, but it also eliminates the forward-facing blind spots caused by mirrors.”
The second hand unit purchases is a low-mileage Actros 1824 with ClassicSpace L-cab, curtainsider body and tuckaway tail-lift.
“Given the nature of the work, and the fact that the trucks aren’t covering high mileages, it makes sense to purchase top-quality pre-owned models from Mercedes-Benz for our palletised collections and deliveries,” explained Allen.