The past month has seen the conclusion of an exhaustive procurement programme which has resulted in the arrival of NINE56 Ltd’s first new tractor unit. Additionally, due to changes in working patterns the company has now acquired a curtain sided semi-trailer bringing full responsibility for safe and efficient operation in house.
The new tractor unit replaces our previous Mercedes-Benz Actros and as such will continue to carry the name ‘Angel’. The 2017/67 registered Renault Trucks Range T 460 DXi 6×2 tractor unit balances power and efficiency to deliver Euro 6 emissions standards. Additional specification includes beacons, strobes and event recording cameras to help avoid collisions and maximise road safety. Inside the vehicle the ultimate bunk package is complemented by a fridge and powerful inverter for driver comfort.
The truck has been supplied on a 5 year lease with full maintenance by Thompson Commercials and will be looked after by the Sheffield depot.
The vehicle is driven by Nicholas, our director who said, “It was a really hard call picking which vehicle would form the core of our fleet. Dealer service is important to us which knocked out a couple of the options but then it was down to very hard to quantify criteria. How do you put a monetary value on the comfort of the bunk?
“In the end the decision was made easy by Thompson Commercials who offered a well put together truck at a very competitive price and with service which few can match. Nothing is too much trouble for the guys which is why we’ve appointed them to look after our trailers too. I have to mention Scania though, for whom the same can be said but couldn’t match the competitive financial package and range of options available with Thompsons and Premium Leasing.”
As part of the companies planned growth, the acquisition of a trailer was high on our list of priorities too and with the help of ATE Truck and Trailer Sales at Wolverhampton we picked up our first trailer in mid-November. The previously owned curtain side semi-trailer was supplied with new sheets for a clean and professional look.
Its 4.229 meter overall running height has been carefully calculated to offer best carrying capacity whilst minimising increased drag and fuel consumption. The SDC chassis is the choice of most major hauliers while the Lawrence David pillarless curtain sided body has been chosen to simplify loading and unloading for the drivers. Its bolted construction has the added bonus of making it easily converted to a flat bed trailer when it has reached the end of its serviceable life as a curtain side.
Nick added, “Trailers are a vital but very expensive part of running a road transport operation and picking the right trailer is a difficult task. I opted to go for a previously owned semi-trailer because of its lower cost, both in terms of capital and in terms of the environment. CS001 has a lot of life left in it, despite it being off-hired by a large and respected Yorkshire haulier. As you would expect with any 10 year old trailer it has its niggles but once those are sorted we have a trailer which can serve us for another ten years.”
Thompson Commercials will also take care of maintaining and repairing the new trailer as necessary.
Burkett Quicksign were appointed to manage the livery application for both the new unit and the trailer. Further photographs of the striking new look will be available soon.