What are the greatest advantages of a STAS trailer with respect to safety and functionality in the UK market?
“For a start we can state our decades of product and production knowledge in the home market, but in addition to this, the comprehensive European Whole Vehicle Type Approval and the certified load securing system are clearly significant trump cards where the UK is concerned. And don’t forget that the 1.400 mm chassis width offers so many advantages. The aluminium chassis results in less distortion and greater stability. This means a reduction in the ‘rolling effect’ with contortions, as well as less paint peeling off.”
The 1.400 mm wide chassis is typical STAS and therefore typically Belgian of course. How has it been received in the UK?
“By having different chassis bars for each type of load it’s possible to create the perfect level of strength and reduce material fatigue. The rigidity of the chassis lowers the pressure on the paint and thanks to the welded container crossbeam the torsion resistance is increased. There’s also the tipping hinge which is integrated into the chassis and therefore prevents corrosion. These are the advantages that our competitors cannot match and of course are details that get people talking and are clearly appreciated.”
The safety regulations in the UK are a little more complex than in Europe. To what extent does STAS comply with the regulations?
“Insofar as I am aware, STAS is the only manufacturer of tippers and moving floors in the UK who supplies a comprehensive, practical manual with all its trailers. Some British transport companies even use our manual as a general tipper manual. This means that the strict observance of the regulations regarding safety actually becomes a useful tool for selling. For example there’s the WVTA certification. Only the axle and braking systems are approved with many of our competitors. The UK IRTE tipper stability test is the minimum requirement for all tippers over here. The STAS Agrostar and Buildstar have an angle of inclination of 7° and therefore easily pass the test.”
In comparison with other countries, the dimensions of the moving floor in the UK are often greater than elsewhere. Does the British market experience stability problems with vehicles of this size? And what effect does it have on the ride comfort?
“No problem of course if you are driving a STAS (laughter). However the driver of another make of fully loaded trailer will soon discover that the vehicle doesn’t give in the same way as the lower chassis does. This is because of the less than optimal distribution of forces. Resulting in a less stable feel. With STAS vehicles the chassis and the body work nicely in harmony. This makes driving feel much more stable and gives the driver full control over the vehicle.”