Brit European Transport has taken delivery of two new MAN TGA 18.440BL rigids fitted with Andover Trailers low profile flat bodies, together with two new tri-axle drawbar truck transporter trailers.
The vehicles will be used to support the delivery of the Ministry of Defence’s new 7,277-strong fleet of trucks, which are entering operation over the next five years.
The Brit European vehicles will take on a multitude of roles, including collecting and delivering trucks to and from bodybuilders, as well as making deliveries of finished vehicles to MoD sites across the country.
The LPPB26 low profile flat bodies have each been built on converted 6×2 mid-lift chassis with air suspension on every axle and, like the trailers, feature clip-on steel ramps to ensure enough strength to meet the demands of trucks with full body armour. The specification also includes the fitment of Bevola toolboxes underneath the body, transporter flooring, together with two rows of RUD vehicle lashing points along the full length of the floor.
The trailers each offer an 8.1m bed and can transport trucks weighing up to 19 tonnes. Manufactured at Andover Trailers’ facility in Hampshire, they have Granning axles and air-suspension with raise and lower control, together with full LED lighting for maximum safety and visibility on the road.
Stuart Brunt, Fleet Engineer for the Brit European Transport Group, said: “Transporting such specialist vehicles is a complex business and cannot be completed using standard transporters, as they simply don’t have the strength and rigidity to cope with the weight of armoured vehicles.”