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Approved Used Scania Fleet for Barnes Logistics


Barnes Logistics Ltd of Oldham has taken delivery of a fleet of 8 approved used Scania G440 Highline Tractor units.

Supplied by Chris Hall from West Pennine Trucks Middleton, the fleet of low mileage, 2 year old, tractor units join an existing fleet of approximately 50 Scania’s. To be used for general haulage work, this fleet was chosen for their excellent reputation for reliability, fuel economy and driver satisfaction.

More than “just” a used truck, all 8 vehicles were supplied with Scania’s C200 Monitor package to keep track of fuel economy. 12 months Scania Approved Used Truck Warranty and 12 month maintenance contacts were also included for total peace of mind.

(Pictured – Ross Macleod of Barnes Logistics Ltd accepting delivery of 8 Approved Used Scania’s from West Pennine Trucks’ Chris Hall)


Posted: February 22, 2015

Fiat Ducato LWB High Roof Van most fuel effective in class

ducatoFleet Van compared The Fiat Ducato van against it’s major rivals in the sector to find it the most cost effective in the field in last months edition of Fleet Van magazine. The Ducato LWB high roof van was been found to have fuel running costs of just 15.13 pence per mile, far lower than all of the competition. Trevor Gehlcken of Fleet Van wrote “These vehicles are as big as you can get without needing an O-licence and tachographs”, he added “the NV400, Master and Movano are essentially the same vehicle, as are the Ducato and Boxer, although the Ducato has it’s own set of engines”.Figures can be accessed free at“.

The Ducato was compared against the Peugeot Boxer, Citroen Relay, Ford Transit, Vauxhall Movano and the Nissan NV400 in November’s issue of Fleet Van magazine.


Posted: December 14, 2014

Montracon strengthen parts distribution network

Leading trailer manufacturer, Montracon Ltd has strengthened their parts distribution network with the opening of a new depot in Oldbury, West

This strategic regional parts centre offers a wide range of parts stock from not only Montracon but other brands such as, SAF, Trucklite, BPW, Haldex, Load-Lok and Jost. The depot also offers express parts delivery service to surrounding areas to ensure you get your parts when you need them.

The Oldbury depot will bring Montracon’s parts distribution network to 26 depots throughout the UK from Newtonabbey in Northern Ireland to Swadlincote, Derbyshire. Each strategically positioned to ensure customers are always within easy reach of all major motorways.

For more information on Montracon, Oldbury please contact:

Montracon parts
Tatbank Road
West Midlands
B69 4NQ
Tel 01302 732555
Fax 01302 732508
e-mail :


Posted: September 22, 2014

Mercedes-Benz Actros voted ‘Fleet Truck of the Year 2014’

The Mercedes-Benz New Actros has been voted ‘Fleet Truck of the Year’ at the prestigious Motor Transport Awards 2014. Announced to an audience of 1600 leading representatives from the transport sector, the Motor Transport Awards celebrate the achievements of the industry and recognise innovation, outstanding service, efficiency and quality.

Now in their 29th year, the Motor Transport Awards are widely regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the Transport Industry and are judged by an independent panel of experts.

Motor Transport Editor Steve Hobson said of the award: “The judging panel, made up of 60 highly experienced industry professionals, singled out the Mercedes-Benz New Actros for its high fuel efficiency, low cost of ownership, excellent parts and service support through a highly focused dealer network, class-leading residual values and unrivalled levels of driver comfort. These are all attributes that make a real difference to truck operators.
“Mercedes-Benz was also praised for being the first manufacturer to ‘break cover’ with Euro VI vehicles, and for doing so much to dispel fears that Euro VI trucks would be less fuel efficient.”

Presented with the award at the official ceremony, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, Michael Kamper, Managing Director – Trucks, Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd commented: “I’m delighted to accept this award and see it as a true indication that New Actros, our Customer Services and our Dealer network are exactly what the market demands.

“We pride ourselves in delivering vehicles that are safe, fuel efficient, technologically advanced, robust and trustworthy, and which in-turn are supported by a range of customer services that offer our customers real business benefits, all supported by a team of people who are focused and care.
“Since launch in early 2012, New Actros has found favour with countless fleets across the UK and this award recognises that we are delivering a range of vehicles and services that our customers can both rely on and value.”

Historically Mercedes-Benz trucks have won the coveted Motor Transport Award ‘Fleet Truck of the Year’ category four times in the last decade: 2004 – Axor, 2007 – Axor, 2011 – Axor and now, 2014 – New Actros. For 2014 New Actros beat off shortlisted rivals from Scania and Volvo.

One of Britain’s biggest privately-owned transport companies, Newmarket based Turners, attended the awards and Paul Day, Managing Director, added: “It was interesting to listen to the judges’ positive comments. We operate a fleet of 310 Actros, 210 of which are the new model and we’ve been delighted with their performance, particularly in terms of fuel efficiency, We’re very pleased, too, with the customer-focused service we receive from Mercedes-Benz UK and our local dealer Orwell Truck & Van. Both understand our business and do all they can to support us.”


Posted: July 8, 2014

Scania welcomes a clear and long-term ownership structure

Today Volkswagen AG has announced that its offer to Scania’s shareholders has been accepted to the extent that Volkswagen will hold more than 90 percent of the shares in Scania. In view of this, Scania’s President and CEO Martin Lundstedt makes the following comments:

“Volkswagen has been our main owner since 2000 and has consistently given strong support to Scania’s strategies, business model and investments. Following the clarification of the ownership structure, Scania and its management team welcomes the opportunity to accelerate our cooperation projects with Volkswagen and MAN without restrictions and thereby create a successful, global commercial vehicle alliance with strong identities for each brand.”

“With the new opportunities to use the common resources and competencies in the Volkswagen Group, our ability to deliver profitable and sustainable solutions to our customers will be improved further. This will also support our growth strategy up to 2020.

“At Scania we will continue to develop our position as a centre of excellence for commercial vehicles, services and solutions going forward.
“I am also convinced that all of our employees will benefit from becoming full members of the Volkswagen family.”

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Posted: May 16, 2014

Scania field test record in low consumption


“There will be increased fuel consumption with Euro 6 technology” – so predicted many prophets of doom in the industry a few years ago when the new stringent emissions regulations were coming into being.

Today we have hindsight, and the reality was different. For example, Scania’s new inline-six, 13-liter and 410 horsepower engine set new fuel records on two well-established test routes in the hands of German and French trade journalists.

A record in fuel consumption

Never before has a 40-tonne Euro-combination (tractor and trailer) covered the demanding test route north of Munich – which is used by “Verkehrsrundschau”, among others – with a truly low fuel consumption of 23.29 litres/100 km. And mind you – it’s not a record for a Euro-6 truck; this consumption is the lowest that has been measured for any emission standard. The difference from the previous record holder was about a decilitre of diesel per 10 kilometres.

What does that mean in money, some people may wonder? For a typical European long-haulage truck, which usually covers some 120 000 km a year, this means that it saves 1.2 cubic metres of diesel every year. Calculated on the price of diesel in the first quarter at the pump in Sweden, which oscillates at around 14 crowns per litre, a driver can save SEK 16,800 (about 1,890 Euros) a year just by choosing a Scania! And imagine what the difference would be compared with any truck a few years old – which probably is not any previous record holder…

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Posted: April 22, 2014

Montracon – two new dedicated used trailer centres

2120 Montracon logo modification v2Leading trailer manufacturer, Montracon Ltd have recently opened two new dedicated used trailer centres in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Both centres will offer customers a wide range of quality used trailers.

For more information please click here to download the trailer centres leaflet or use the contact details below:

South Yorkshire
Carrhill, Doncaster, DN4 8DE

Contact: Scott Ferrier
tel: 01302 732548
mob: 07768 238989

Woodville, Swadlincote, DE11 7DS

Contact: Paul Jones
tel: 01302 732546
mob: 07711 884086

Contact: Jamie Pearson
tel: 01302 732547
mob: 07712 935500


Posted: April 14, 2014

Mike Penning MP opens 400th ATF, at HTC Hemel Hempstead

The 400th ATF (Authorised Test Facility) was opened today (8 January 2014) at the new HTC Hemel Hempstead DAF depot by local MP Mike Penning, former Under Secretary of State for Transport responsible for the 10-year LSTs (longer semi-trailers) pilot.Mike Penning MPMike-Penning-MP-400-ATF-DAF-HTC-Hemel-BIG

It’s a significant milestone for DAF, HTC owner Ballyvesey Holdings (which also owns Montracon), the HTC TRP all-makes aftermarket sales depot and the new DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, which now takes in VOSA and the DSA).

For DAF, it’s the 40th ATF at a DAF-aligned dealership, giving the market-leading truck OEM 10% of the ATF market, following an investment that managing director Ray Ashworth estimates at some £7million.

For Ballyvesey and HTC it puts another brand new, professional ATF lane in a busy part of the country, adjacent to the old Buncefield site – and incidentally with an tanker ADR lane already prepared and ready to open soon.

And for the DVSA, this is further vindication of its initially unpopular policy, started almost four years ago under VOSA, to move MOT testing of HGVs and PSVs out of publicly-funded VOSA sites and into local, privately-owned businesses, manned by DVSA testers.

According to Alastair Peoples, CEO of the DVSA, it’s all about reducing the burden on commercial operators by taking vehicle testing closer to operators. And given that 72% of annual CV testing is now done at ATF’s he claims that as a success.

“The ATF network is part of DVSA’s Testing Transformation Programme, which gives customers [operators] more choice of where to go for tests, while at the same time reducing vehicle down-time,” he stated.

And observing that the 399th ATF, opened just two days earlier (6 January 2014) as far north as the Shetland Isles, following 18 months of work, he added that open access to professional, well-equipped ATF sites all over the country is now impressive, while VOSA’s worrying £47m deficit of four years ago has now been all but erased.

It’s all part, he said, of DVSA’s change of approach, under his stewardship to focusing on helping transport operators to be compliant “or helping them to leave the transport industry”, while building up first-time pass rates and keeping fees down.

Presenting HTC Hemel Hempstead with a certificate to commemorate the official opening of the 400th ATF, Peoples said: “I feel proud of the ATF record so far and I know local operators and drivers in the Hemel Hempstead area will quickly see the benefits of having a greater choice of where they can have their vehicles tested.

“ATF customers across the country tell me they have seen savings on fuel costs, vehicle down-time, lower CO2 emissions and improved first-time pass rates – and I fully expect to hear similar feedback from operators and drivers using this facility.”

For HTC Group, Peter Gibbons, aftersales director, said: “All at HTC are very excited regarding this wonderful opportunity to take our new depot in Hemel Hempstead one step closer to becoming the complete one-stop shop for all customers in the area.

“The opening of this ATF Lane today along with all the other services this brand new site offers will, without a shadow of doubt, enable us to raise the bar even higher.”

Article Source – Transport Engineer.


Posted: January 10, 2014

Scania Approved Used Vehicles from West Pennine Trucks

Scania have launched the Scania Approved Warranty Programme. TheScania Approved vehicles marked ‘Scania approved’ have been thoroughly assessed and rated by qualified technicians.

So what does this mean for you?

The programme gives you confidence in the used vehicle you are considering purchasing. With a Scania approved truck you the benefit of having the entire Scania organization standing behind it. You not only get a vehicle you can put to work right away, with trust and confidence. You have the know-how and the can-do attitude of Scania’s entire network ready to serve you.

What vehicles fit the Scania Approved criteria?

All used Scania trucks, up to 6 years old and under 840,000kms, now qualify as ‘Scania Approved’ and are supplied with Scania’s 12 month Powertrain warranty.

Approved used trucks are available to view on by clicking here – just look for the logo!

Or visit for Ballyvesey Holdings full stock of used trucks.

Posted: October 21, 2013