Leicestershire platform provider raises fleet with major truck order

10 February 2022 #Truck

A mobile elevated work platforms provider has said lower operating costs and Direct Vision Standard compliance are behind its decision to buy nearly 70 new Scania trucks.

Nationwide Platforms has taken delivery of 19 new rigids and 50 tractor units, which will be operated at the Leicestershire company’s nationwide network of 38 depots.

The rigids are all P410 rear-steers, equipped with flat bodies, beaver tails and winches, and they will be fitted with Sterling Access Platform bodies.

Meanwhile, the tractor units are all Scania P450s, featuring Highline cabs, feature factory-fitted catwalks and electronic handbrakes.

They will be used to haul Nationwide Platform’s fleet of step frame flatbed trailers, which also include beaver tails and winches.

Due to the range of options that Scania’s modular build system offers, the global manufacturer was able to offer all requirements from factory, without the involvement of third party suppliers. The vehicles were supplied by West Bromwich dealer Keltruck.

James Clarke, Head of Haulage at Nationwide Platforms, said: “There were primarily three key factors behind our decision to move to Scania: proven low total cost of operation, excellent reliability and the P-series cab’s ability to achieve a 3-star Direct Vision Standard (DVS) rating when equipped with Scania’s City Safe window.

“The third factor – the P-cab’s 3-star DVS rating – is also especially important as London is a key area of operation for us and a 3-star DVS rating will become mandatory in 2024.”

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