Temperature-controlled supply chain management specialist, FreshLinc, has appointed Scania as its preferred supplier for 2019. Accordingly, the Spalding, Lincolnshire-based operator has placed an order for 60 Scania R 450 Highline 6×2/2 mid-lift axle tractor units. These are scheduled for delivery towards the end of the year and will be supplied together with three year repair and maintenance contracts. The order will be fulfilled by Scania’s Spalding branch, which will also be responsible for the majority of servicing work required throughout the three year R&M period.
“We have operated Scania vehicles since 1996 and know them to be productive, reliable and cost-effective,” comments FreshLinc Fleet Engineer, Andrew Marchant. “We already run a number of new generation Scania trucks and have been impressed with their fuel returns, which have contributed to a marked price-per-week reduction in our transport operating costs.
“Acceptance of the Scania cab is already high amongst our drivers, and we have specified the Highline option this time to further add to their appeal and comfort as well as boost residual values. We will keep the trucks for three years, running them as trampers in year one, during which time their drivers will live in the cab throughout the week. Thereafter, the trucks will move to double-shifted night and day running to bring their mileages up to our projected figure of 180,000 kilometres per year.”
The majority of vehicles in this order will be based at FreshLinc’s Spalding headquarters operation, with the remainder being allocated to Manchester, one of the company’s eight outbases around the country. The vehicles will run primarily on refrigerated operations, but will also haul curtainsiders and containers as and when required.
Source: Uk Haulier