PSS Hire turns to Roanza for more Mercedes-Benz pulling power.
Soaring demand from customers operating across the utilities and civil engineering sectors prompted leading supplier PSS Hire to invest in a new fleet of Mercedes-Benz Sprinters. The multi-award-winning van’s proven track record for reliability and unrivalled safety armoury, including when towing, were key factors behind the company’s decision. North-West Dealer Roanza Truck & Van has supplied PSS Hire with 22 Medium-length Sprinter 314 CDIs. Smartly liveried and fitted with roof-mounted beacons, they were chosen for their ability to cope with high-mileage work. The Sprinters are powered by advanced, economical 143 hp engines, and will spend much of their time pulling trailers carrying heavy equipment such as butt fusion machines, underground winches, and coiled pipe. The optional Mercedes-Benz trailer coupling, which is integrated within a rear step, means the vehicles also benefit from Trailer Stability Assist technology.
A development of the Adaptive ESP® Electronic Stability Program, this can detect the onset of the oscillating motion of the trailer commonly known as ‘fishtailing’ and take corrective action to ensure the driver retains control. PSS Hire offers over 8,000 items of specialist plant, and operates more than 70 vans from a network of 14 service centres in the UK and Ireland. Half of the new Sprinters have replaced vehicles by the manufacturer which has dominated its fleet for some time; however, the remainder represent additions to the line-up. Mark Hamilton, Director of PSS Hire, said: “Our new Sprinters will be worked hard, typically covering 50,000 miles a year. We had a couple on the PSS Hire fleet already, which performed really well. “The vans will be used regularly for towing our assets to and from sites, so the fact that we could add the Trailer Stability Assist function to the Sprinter’s reassuringly comprehensive standard safety specification was also key to its appeal.” PSS Hire’s Sprinters came, like all Mercedes-Benz vans, with three-year, unlimited mileage warranties, and MobiloVan cover, which includes free, emergency roadside assistance.
Thomas Handford, Strategic Account Manager at Roanza Truck & Van, said: “As a Mercedes-Benz Vans Dealer we are committed to keeping our customers’ businesses running. The Sprinter combines outstanding reliability with an advanced safety specification and low ‘whole life’ costs of operation. “We’re confident that these high-quality vehicles will play an important role in supporting PSS Hire’s continued growth, and look forward to building on our new relationship with this industry-leading operator.”