Glasgow-based Burns Express has embraced the latest cutting-edge technology from Mercedes-Benz Trucks, and is reaping the benefits through improved fuel efficiency and greater safety. The family-owned operator is now running six new Actros tractor units, which arrived via Western Commercial. All are 2551 variants with GigaSpace cabs and 12.8-litre in-line six-cylinder engines producing 375 kW (510 hp). They are now being inspected and maintained under a Mercedes-Benz Finance contract hire agreement at the Dealer’s Govan branch.
Intensive work schedules entail trunking, double-manned, to the Midlands and North West of England through the night, and making more local collections and deliveries during the day.
“It’s a tough life but we have no concerns,” said Derek Burns, who founded the company with his wife Carolyn in 1993. “We were already familiar with the Actros and it’s proved well able to stand up to the most demanding of regimes, with excellent reliability and only very minimal downtime.”