King to lead Telemaxis division at Axis Fleet Management

Axis Jason King

Axis Fleet Management has appointed Jason King to head up its Telemaxis division and develop new services that will be launched next year.

King will be responsible for all aspects of Axis’s Telemaxis portal which helps manage driver performance and optimise efficiency. He will also launch the firm’s new trailer tracking and mobile wheel alignment services being rolled out in the new year.

The trailer tracking service will allow customers to have remote diagnostics data, including brake performance checks and preventative maintenance reporting, while the mobile wheel alignment service is being developed to help customers generate fuel savings through correct wheel alignment.

Axis MD Leigh Goodland said: “Jason joins Axis with an ideal skills set that includes strong project management and IT capabilities as well as a wider understanding of the transport sector. He has a key role to play as we expand our Telemaxis offering to provide further support to customers through our new trailer tracking and wheel alignment services. These are designed to help minimise trailer downtime and reduce fuel costs.”

Used truck Euro-6 demand to increase throughout 2019 and 2020

Demand for Euro-6 stock will increase throughout 2019 and 2020, says Scania sales director Andrew Jamieson.

“The used truck market in 2019 and 2020 will be very buoyant, with high demand for Euro-6, but there is a huge problem with the levels of stock,” he said. “The 10-year vehicle parc only has six and a half years of stock in it.”

Jamieson says initial reluctance for operators to buy new Euro-6 vehicles as well as slow economic conditions at the beginning of the decade have left the UK with a large shortfall in units.

Uncertainty over clean air zones has also stifled purchasing which will limit stock in the secondary markets in years to come.

Nevertheless, 2018 has been a strong year for Scania with sales almost on a par with 2017.

“We’re currently just 61 units behind, which is less than 1%. Volumes have been more volatile across all sectors. We have a 33.5% share in construction, tractors volumes have remained fairly static but we’ve taken a slightly bigger share of the market. But 3-axle rigids have taken a hit mainly through things like car transporter sales.”