Bibby Distribution is to take delivery of more than 450 MAN TGX 440 tractor units over the next 18 months as part of its core fleet replacement strategy.
“Keeping the age profile of the fleet down is as much about providing a cost-effective and reliable service to customers as it is about considering the impact of our activities on the environment and the safety of our drivers,” said fleet and procurement director John Finn.
Then new vehicles will be fitted with Microlise telematics systems. The company reckons that enhanced tracking systems will add greater supply chain visibility and improve fuel management across the business.
“By understanding how drivers perform, including driving characteristics such as acceleration, braking, gear changes, engine idle times etc, we hope to improve journey times, fuel costs and also driver stress and fatigue levels,” said Finn.
An initial 55 of the new Euro 5 MAN units, with Bibby’s revamped livery, are now in operation and will be closely followed by a further 131 scheduled for replacement in September. The remaining new vehicles will replace life-expired equipment throughout the course of 2013.
Bibby expects all the vehicles in its distribution fleet to be fitted with telematics systems by the end of 2013.