Glasgow-based Burns Express has added six new Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units to its 40-strong fleet, made up mostly of Mercedes-Benz trucks. The latest additions are all Actros 2551 models, equipped with GigaSpace cabs and powered by Mercedes 12.8-litre 510hp in-line six-cylinder engines. The trucks were all supplied by Western Commercial on a Mercedes-Benz Finance contract hire agreement and are inspected and maintained by the dealer’s Govan branch.
The trucks have a busy schedule which involves trunking, double-manned to the Midlands and North West of England through the night, then making more local collections and deliveries in the daytime.
The trucks are the company’s first from the fifth-generation Actros range and equipment includes MirrorCam which replaces the conventional door mirrors with rear-facing cameras providing images to screens mounted in the cab on the A-
pillars. The cameras offer improved rearward visibility and eliminate the blind spots caused by the door mirrors.
The trucks are also equipped with the latest version of Predictive Powertrain Control, using 3D digital mapping to monitor the road ahead and then managing speed, braking and transmission to optimis fuel consumption. The mapping now covers most A roads and many B roads, and also includes corners, roundabouts and junctions as well as the terrain when calculating the best way to use the Actros’ performance.
Burns Express covers a wide range of national and international haulage operations including air freight, groupage services to Ireland, pallet and hazardous goods transport as well as secure warehousing.