Devon based transport firm Gregory Distribution has ordered 300 Scania trucks, equivalent to two thirds of its fleet, to be delivered over the next three years.
Chief executive John Gregory, said: “While we already have plenty of experience operating the marque, before embarking upon such a major order we considered it necessary to undertake trials to determine the performance of the company’s current product range on our operations today.”
Gregory has taken a range of models, including manoeuvrable P 420 LB8x2x6HNA rear-steer rigids for its contracts collecting milk. R 420 LA6x2MNA tag axle and R 420 LA6x2/2 pusher axle tractor units will be used for general haulage.
It is also taking some day-cabbed P 420 LA 6x2MNA tractors and P 280 DB6x2MNA rigids with curtainsider bodies. And R 420 CA6x4MHZ double-drive tractors will haul its fleet of ejector and walking floor trailers.
Most of the trucks will be delivered during 2012 and 2013. Of those delivered in 2014, the majority will be euro 6 compliant. However some trucks that are substantially completed by the end of September 2013, but require further modifications, such as the milk trucks, may be granted a certificate of conformity instead.
The vehicles will be stationed around Gregory Distribution’s 17 UK operating bases. Scania’s two year full repair and maintenance support programme has been taken for all vehicles based away from the company’s main operating centre in Cullompton, Devon.