Bullet Express take 12 new Dafs

Bullet Express

Glasgow-based Bullet Express has bought 12 new DAF 6×2 tractor units and 11 new trailers on a three-year, full-service contract hire agreement from Asset Alliance.

Of the new DAF XF 530 Super Space Cab tractor units, eight will be operating out of Prestwick airport and have been liveried in the company’s blue and white branding. The units will work alongside four specialised aeroplane part carriers, working solely on their contract with Spirit AeroSystems, and will deliver wing parts to airports in Bristol, Chester and Nottingham.

The other four tractor units will also be livered but will work on Bullet Express’ trunking network and put into service by November, along with seven tri-axle Montracon curtainsiders.

David McCutcheon, Managing Director of Bullet Express, says: “Asset Alliance was the clear standout of all the suppliers we approached. They offered us the most comprehensive and cost-effective solution and were honest and straightforward throughout, delivering everything on time and as promised.

“Their approach to business – open, flexible and efficient – is a perfect match for our own, and they understand the importance of maximising fleet uptime throughout the contract. The customer service has been continually excellent, and we are already looking forward to replacing more of our fleet with them in the future.”

Rygor takes on 16 new apprentices

Rygor Apprentices

Mercedes-Benz dealer group Rygor has taken on 16 new apprentices as part of its commercial vehicle technician programme. The group of 16-19 year olds will undergo a three-year Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle Technician Apprenticeship Programme, the Mercedes-Benz Parts Apprenticeship and the Mercedes-Benz Customer Service Expert Apprenticeship.

Tim Stacey, Rygor MD, said: “Rygor’s mission is to be a place where our team is proud to work, and our customers want to come back, time and time again. Many of our team members joined the business as apprentices and have developed into leadership roles, such as our Westbury Service Manager who’s been with Rygor for 36 years, and Rygor Reading’s 24-hour technician, Mark Briggs, who started as an apprentice nearly 15 years ago.”

James Bradley, apprentice technician at Rygor Kidderminster, said: “I already had experience of engineering, so becoming a commercial vehicle technician seemed like the perfect career choice for me. It has been incredibly eye opening already, with so much to learn.

David Greenwood, parts apprentice at Rygor Swindon, added: “I started training in engineering at UTC back in 2014 and I was advised of the benefits of apprenticeships. It’s great to be learning in the workplace, with people of a similar age who have similar interests to me. It’s been really good so far here at Rygor, I have learnt so much already. I’m looking forward to the rest of the course.”