A fleet of 90 new trucks will be rolled out across the country in coming months as Coates Hire updates and modernises its delivery vehicles.
The trucks are manufactured by FUSO, part of the Daimler Group and a well-established global brand that produces light, medium and heavy-duty trucks.
Coates Hire is also introducing trucks manufactured by UD Trucks, part of the Volvo group, which has been present in Australia since 1973.
The trucks will replace older vehicles in the Coates Hire fleet that carry out deliveries and pick-ups to and from customers.
“Nationally we run a fleet of delivery vehicles of around 240,” says Adam Welch, National Transport Manager.
“We are working towards reducing the average age of our vehicles. We want to keep up to date with changes in technology around engine emissions and ergonomics for the drivers.
“All vehicles will be fitted with GPS and a tracking telematics system, which means we will be able to monitor where the vehicle is, to monitor over time how that vehicle performs and how the driver manages the vehicle.
“We are also taking responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of our staff by making sure these vehicles are ergonomically sound and we take our responsibilities to the environment seriously too, by using vehicles with the most modern emission control systems available.”
There are seven different types of truck in the delivery fleet, ranging from small tabletop trucks with a crane through to tilt tray trucks and semi-trailers.
“The majority of the new trucks will be fitted with loader cranes (see story P9), so from a safety point of view we are limiting manual handling that our drivers have to do,”
Welch says. The cranes are supplied by Hiab, an international load handling business.
Customers will benefit from this investment in new trucks through a stable and reliable fleet for making nationwide deliveries on time.
“The ability to rapidly mobilise our fleet is critical to our customer offering,” according to Welch.
“This investment in replacement vehicles is only step one.
“Going forward we’ll be purchasing additional vehicles as well as continuing to upgrade our current fleet so we’ll be expanding our transport capabilities in the future.”