A visit to RoadEfficiency LIVE event helped convince container transport specialist, Port Express, that its next batch of trucks should be equipped with the latest, state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz safety technology.
The privately-owned logistics provider ordered 15 Actros tractor units with optional Safety Packs which include the pioneering Active Brake Assist 4 and Proximity Control Assist systems, as well as a driver’s airbag.
Adding to their multi-marque fleet, most of the new trucks will operate from Port Express’s headquarters in Felixstowe. The remainder will be allocated to the depot in Southampton which it opened three years ago.
Explaining the decision to specify the Mercedes-Benz Safety Pack for the first time, co-founder and Director Karl Dawson recalled the visit made by his son Adam, the company’s Transport Operator, to last November’s RoadEfficiency LIVE at the Millbrook proving ground in Bedfordshire.
“Adam was hugely impressed by the experience,” reported Mr Dawson. “His feedback, coupled with our determination to do everything possible to prevent one of our vehicles being involved in an accident, convinced us that the Safety Pack represented a wise investment.”
He continued: “Our Actros are highly reliable and average a very acceptable 9.5-9.6 mpg, while the drivers also like the comfort and handling of their vehicles. That’s important given that they do a difficult job in conditions which can sometimes be very challenging, so we like to provide them with the best possible working environment.”