Bulk carrier company John Petch Transport of Eggborough, North Yorkshire, recently added a Renault Trucks T520 High 6x2 pusher from the long-distance T range to its fleet via a conquest deal. The high-spec truck, purchased from Thompson Commercials, joins a 25-vehicle fleet of tractors and tipping trailers as a replacement for another vehicle from a competing manufacturer that was experiencing “reliability issues.” The truck features a 3.9-metre wheelbase, a 520-horsepower Renault Trucks DTI 13-litre engine, Renault’s Optidriver automated transmission and Optibrake+ combination retarder, and Alcoa Dura-Bright wheels with 385/55 R22.5 (super singles) on the steer axle and 315/70 R22.5 tyres on the drive axle.
The Road To 140,000 Kilometres
Founded in 2007, John Petch Transport is managed by John Petch and his son Dave Petch. The company originally focused its fleet on moving bulk material for British Gypsum, a plaster, plasterboard, and ceiling solutions provider. Moving mineral powder used in such solutions still makes up 50% of its carrier traffic, with recycled glass, sand and stone, and other building commodities making up the rest. When selecting their newest truck, Petch Transport prioritised fuel efficiency, reliability, longevity, and driver retention. The company expects the truck to travel about 140,000 kilometres per year.
“Comfort Trim gives our driver full leather, heated and perforated seats, both driver and passenger air suspended, Ultimate Alu finish, a 40-litre under-bunk fridge, and Renault’s Roadpad+, which incorporates a 7-inch HD multimedia touchscreen display with HGV-specific TomTom navigation,” says Dave Petch. The company also opted for a Roadcrew in-cab inverter and light bars, as well as Renault’s Eco Fuel Pack and Pack Protect offerings. Eco Fuel Pack includes Eco Cruise Control and OPTIROLL for enhancing driving comfort, maintaining speed limits, and enhancing productivity while reducing fuel burn.
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John Petch Transport funded its T520 High via a hire purchase contract with Renault Trucks Financial Services. Although the carrier company has its own workshops, it also opted for five years of repairs and maintenance services.