11 The British army has begun to use Mercedes-Benz tank
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transporters in West Germany. The tractive units are being supplied on a contract hire basis by Ryder Truck Rental in a deal involving 90 vehicles, including Ford Escort estate cars and King trailers. The agreement includes drivers, maintenance and the purchase of the army's previous vehicles. It is the British Army on the Rhine's first contract hire agreement. The tractors are plated to operate at 65 tonnes, and will be fitted with Sterne° CTR 7000 computerised vehicle monitoring systems (see page 10).