At Newmarket Racehorse Transport, we prioritise excellence and lead the industry in horse transport. That’s why we partnered with Mercedes-Benz to create the new Actros horse transporters. Equine travelling between the UK and Europe can now make their journeys in the utmost safety, comfort and style in one of two of our new vans.
These two new trucks represent the latest stage in a five-year programme to replace all 15 vehicles on the fleet with a new Mercedes-Benz chassis.
Ensuring your Horses Safety
The first of the new, state-of-the-art vans is a 26-tonne Actros 2536, with plenty of space for nine horses in individual stalls. The van features a rear steering axle for increased manoeuvrability – meaning safe transportation of your horses is easier. The second van is an 18-tonne 1830 model with enough space to house 7 horses in individual stalls.
Both of these models have specifications which allow for a lower floor and driving position, improving both vision and ease of access for their drivers. Cameras and remote temperature control systems mean the stall areas can be monitored and kept at the ideal temperature from the cab. The stalls can be accessed via loading ramps to the sides and rear, and both trucks feature underfloor lockers.
Although the vans are designed to transport horses, we have also thought about accommodating human passengers. The cabs have optional, upgraded interactive versions of the Mercedes-Benz Multimedia Cockpit, while the bodies, by leading equine transport specialist Oakley Horseboxes (https://www.oakleyhorseboxes.co.uk/), boast comfortably furnished groom areas with seating, washing and toilet facilities, and roof-mounted sleeping pods.
Our Commitment to Providing the Highest Standard
Our Operations Manager, Jason Anderson, stated: “We are committed to providing the highest standards of comfort and safety for travelling horses, passengers and our own staff. We believe that Mercedes-Benz and Oakley are at the forefront of design and manufacture in their respective fields, so we’re confident that these vehicles are the best we could get,”
“We strive to make continual improvements, and these new additions will ensure that we can offer the highest standards to horse owners, with a complete service to all destinations. Our choice of Mercedes-Benz was strongly influenced by access to the comprehensive package of safety assistance systems fitted to the Actros. Meanwhile, the addition of cameras, sensors and additional lighting systems means the driver has access to everything required to provide the exacting level of care that is the foundation of NRT’s reputation.”
He continued: “Road Transport is a key area of our business. We frequently travel into or close to major towns and cities throughout the UK and Europe, many of which have either introduced low-emission zones or are considering doing so. By meeting the latest emissions standards, these new trucks strengthen the fleet as well as ensuring total compliance when travelling through major cities in this country and beyond.”