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PTC opts for Euro-6 Mercedes-Benz Arocs

  • 04 March 2014
  • By Christopher Walton

Kent haulier PTC (South East) has taken delivery of three Euro-6 Mercedes-Benz Arocs with optional water retarder units to add to its middle distance tipping fleet.

PTC, which was acquired by Ardula last year, will use the units to haul its new Fruehauf 51m³ smooth sided sloper trailers . The trucks were delivered by Sparshatts of Kent, while the trailers were bought from Newton Trailers.

PTC field operations manager, Shaun Presneill, drove a demonstration truck in Germany at the Arocs launch last year. “All the way around the test route I didn’t have to use the brakes once,” he said.

“A simple five-stage finger switch operated by my left hand while still holding the wheel took care of all the retardation needed. We won’t be operating our artics in quite such severe conditions but we are often on hills in the Weald of Kent and other areas we operate in, so the water retarder will be of benefit to driver comfort and safety, and show a great saving in brake wear,” he added.

Presneill said that over a five to seven year life on its fleet the Arocs units should pay for themselves “in cost savings on brake replacements and downtime”.


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