The arrival of its first Mercedes trucks has spelt good news for drivers and bosses alike at Grangemouth-based Duncan Adams Haulage.
The drivers are happy because their new 6x2 Actros are all fitted with top-of-the-range, flat-floored MegaSpace cabs.
And the company’s directors are delighted because within their first few weeks on the road the Mercedes returned between 8 and 9.5mpg at 44 tonnes, which immediately put them right up with the very best on the fleet.
Duncan Adams’ 10 new Actros 2546 tractors were supplied by Edinburgh dealer Western Commercial. "We had heard good reports on fuel, which the vehicles have certainly been living up to, and were offered a competitive financial deal," explains Director Eric Adams, whose father founded the family firm in 1960.
The new trucks are the subject of two and three-year Mercedes Benz repair and maintenance contracts, with Western’s mobile technicians carrying out most servicing work at the company’s Grangemouth base on Saturday mornings.
The Actros have taken their places in a fleet of 75 articulated tractors, the majority of them DAFs or Renaults, which run throughout the UK pulling curtainside and flat-bed trailers.
With operations in Birkenhead and South Shields, Duncan Adams hauls a wide variety of goods although some 40 per cent of its work involves container transport for the likes of Maersk and OCL.
Explaining the decision to specify MegaSpace cabs, Eric Adams says: "Good drivers are difficult to come by these days and one thing you can do to help entice and retain the best is offer them a big, comfortable cab.
"The feedback from the lads has been very positive and that really is half the battle because a happy driver is a better driver."
John Baker, Truck Sales & Marketing Director for Mercedes Benz, says: "Sales of Mercedes tractors in the UK are booming, with the Actros leading the way.
"As more and more operators like Duncan Adams Haulage are coming to appreciate, its combination of driver appeal and low operating costs make the Actros the ideal, premium-quality vehicle for long-distance work."Published 16 December 2002