Bacton Transport Services chooses Actros and Ryder

Bacton Transport Services has taken delivery of 12 Mercedes-Benz Actros 2543 tractor units from Ryder choosing to cover the vehicles with a collision damage insurance product from the leasing firm.

The Suffolk-based operator chose the Collision Damage Reducer (CDR) product for its hassle-free cover which includes a form of gap insurance cover for the full contract value of the truck rather than the market value. It is the first time Bacton Transport Services had considered taking a vehicle on a contract hire agreement with the units taken directly from the existing Ryder fleet for use on a supermarket distribution contract with refrigerated trailers operating out of two bases on the Isle of Sheppey and in Sawley, Derbyshire.

Nick Newman, general manager at Bacton Transport Services said: "I was thinking ‘which company is big enough to deliver what we want but can also be flexible?’ I knew of Ryder, but I’d never used them before. I made an enquiry through the Ryder website, and as a result Steve Williams, Ryder national equipment director, called me. Steve and Ryder have gone over and above to be flexible.”

"The average mileage on these vehicles is 220,000km - we hand vehicles back with anything upward of 750,000km, so that kind of mileage is not a concern for us. I know Ryder maintained and prepared the trucks, so I’m not worried. We haven't had any issues with them, and we’re getting good fuel figures out of them," continued Newman.

"The CDR package saved us 12% straight away because you don’t pay insurance tax on it," he added.

Lineage Logistics to fit Michelin X Multi tyres as standard

Lineage Logistics has chosen to fit its 400-strong regional fleet with Michelin X Multi tyres in order to improve fuel economy.

In total, the roll out will see 304 trailers, 121 tractor units and 16 rigid vehicles fitted with new tyres which have been selected for their longer life potential with a multi-life policy of regrooving and retreading being adopted to extract their maximum performance.

Will Maycock, director of transport at Lineage, says: “As a business we are constantly taking steps to minimise our environmental impact and Michelin has been able to contribute to this through both tyre selection and a commitment from its service partners to maximising the life of every single tyre casing in the fleet. We were very impressed by the results from the trials, which clearly demonstrated the outstanding efficiency of the Michelin product for our trucks and trailers. The projected fuel savings and sustainability improvements were notable, particularly when multiplied across the UK fleet, and it was compelling to see the results through our own telematics systems on our own trucks.”

Tyre fitting and maintenance will be carried out through the Michelin Service Pro network with Quinton Tyres covering all vehicle at the company’s Heywood headquarters while Tructyre will manage the other vehicles through its 12 branches across the country.