Actros 2546 - FTS (6)

Herts-based Forward Trucking Services has ordered 21 new Mercedes-Benz Actros 2546 variants, all achieving Direct Vision Standard’s (DVS) four stars.

The company’s fleet replacements were supplied by S&B Commercials and are also significantly more fuel-efficient than its other trucks.

In addition, a demonstrator Actros supplied to the firm was found to consume half as much AdBlue, meaning it now expects to save £100,000 in costs for the emissions-cleaning additive.

The capital’s DVS, which came into force in March, means trucks over 12-tonnes GVW now require a safety permit to enter or work in Greater London.

A zero- to five-star rating is applied to vehicles, based on how much an HGV driver can see directly from their cab window.

Mercedes-Benz said the 2.3m StreamSpace cabs along with standard-fit MirrorCam technology, gives the tractor units their four-star rating.

Pete Samuel, Forward Trucking Services MD, said: “We’re based on the edge of the M25 and a lot of our work takes us into London, so the fact that the Actros came straight out of the box with a four-star DVS rating weighed massively in its favour.”