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Simon National Carriers invests in size and safety for latest B-doubles

Linehaul interstate specialist, Simon National Carriers has taken delivery of four new prime movers for its B-double operations.

The Mercedes-Benz Actros 2653 will be mainly used in high intensity work on the east coast where they are expected to average around 220,000 kilometres per year.

As the latest class of Actros, the vehicles are Euro 6 rated and feature a dual digital display on the dash. The Streamspace cabs offer standing room and allow drivers, who have been placed under additional strains of late by ongoing border entry regulations, more freedom to move around in the cab.

“These trucks are a standout in performance meeting our ongoing commitment to driver and public safety,” said Mick West, Simon National Carriers National Operations Manager.

At Simon National Carriers it’s par for the course to have the trucks speed limited to 90 kph to reduce fuel consumption which also equates to lower emissions. These will be no exception.

Rated to haul at 70 tonnes, the B-doubles will be deployed on an array of tasks including general freight, farm machinery, oversize loads, defence and contract work.

According to West the new Mercedes-Benz Actros 2653s are bolstering the fleet as the business undergoes further growth within it.

“Driver feedback so far has been positive they like the ergonomics of these Benzes,” he said.

“Operations have been very busy trying to keep up with customer requirements and the ongoing changes to COVID-19 compliance rules in each state,” said West.

“Our drivers are operating under very trying conditions in this pandemic but are truly doing a great job in delivering our customers goods in a safe and timely manner.”

With government lockdowns continuing to impact freight carriers and heavy vehicle operators, who are having to navigate mandates in regard to PCR testing issued by politicians sometimes on a daily basis, the fluid environment continues to test the mettle of the most hardened transport veterans.

“Fortunately for us as a transport and warehouse provider business has been able to continue through out this pandemic but it certainly has been very challenging at times,” said West.

“I thank all of our staff at Simon National Carriers and their family’s in these tough times. Some have been and will have to continue working from home and not be able to see the work mates for sometime yet.”

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