Briggs Equipment has invested in a fleet of seven customised trailer vans and drivers as part of a five year contract hire agreement with Ryder to help increase productivity and reduce costs.
Briggs, the UK’s national Cat Lift Truck distributor and service provider, was looking to enhance its distribution operation of counterbalance trucks and warehouse equipment to customers across the UK.
Briggs and Ryder worked together with Andover Trailers to develop two different types of trailer van, including two wheel-box trailers FKWB36 and five step-frame trailers SFCL36FT.
The step-frames have been modified to include a very shallow angle loading ramp, short neck and internal hydraulic floors to allow equipment to be driven onto the swan neck more easily, while the tri-axles on the wheel-box trailers have been designed to increase the distance between the wheel boxes to enable wider trucks to be driven through the wheel box area.
Shaun Dennis, transport manager at Briggs, said: “We outsourced to Ryder because they were able to use their logistics operational experience to fulfil the criteria that was required. Ryder also allowed us to have direct input with regard to equipment specification allowing us to be involved with the driver selection.”