A family owned Langley Mill distribution firm is investing £135,000 in two new trucks.
D & D Transport is a family owned business established in the early 90’s in Nottingham and runs a fleet of 20 vehicles. It provides distribution for blue chip customers such as Tesco and Royal Mail – providing door to door delivery across the UK.
The company’s fleet comprises small vans up to articulated 44 tonne trucks and delivers anything from a pallet to a full trailer load. Its fleet includes curtain-siders, low loaders and crane vehicles.
As part of its investment in its staff and the business, D & D has purchased the new Euro 5 Premiums trucks from local Renault trucks dealer RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) to add to its growing fleet.
As part of its commitment to investing in its workforce D & D also delivers its own CPC training (Certificate of Professional Competence). Under a new European Union Directive, in addition to a vocational driving licence drivers of trucks over 3.5 tonnes must have obtain a Driver CPC.
Based in Langley Mill – just off the M1, at junction 26 – D & D Transport is located almost midway between RHCV’s Nottingham head quarters and its new 64,000 sq ft site in Alfterton. RHCV already has sites in Nottingham and Leicester and purchased Alfreton based Cotes Park Commercials this summer, as part of its strategic expansion across the East Midlands.
As well as purchasing the new vehicles D & D also works with RHCV to maintain and service its fleet. Dave Palmer, Director at D & D comments “Reliability is key to our business, we have to deliver on time, so it is essential we invest in both new vehicles and their maintenance to ensure our clients can depend on us.
“Costs are continually increasing for commercial vehicles from licence duty, to insurance and fuel – adding to fleet management costs, so it is crucial that we maintain our fleet to the highest standards. RHCV gives us the backup and support we need to keep our vehicles on the road.”
The capital investment in the Renault Premium Tractor units is part of D & D’s long term plan ahead of the Euro 6 exhaust legislation aimed at reducing emissions. This legislation is part of a wider global approach to reducing harmful emissions from commercial vehicles which comes into force in 2014.
Paul Pearson Director at RHCV comments “We’re delighted to be working with D & D to help keep them and their business on the road. This is a great end to 2013 which started with a £1.3 million order from another local customer.”
Figures released on 5 December for November commercial vehicle registrations showed a continuation of the sector’s upward momentum, with an increase of 22.7% in sales to 28,057 units and sees a 10.9 % rise in figures year on year.
The data from The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders indicates that a bumper November will see the sector breach the 300,000 mark for the first time in five years. Last month saw the total number of vans and trucks registered increase significantly on 2012, with trucks growing 39.3% and taking the total number of vehicles sold this year to 44,867.
RHCV’s Renault Trucks are some of the most fuel efficient available on the market, with Optifuel Solutions, offering the most effective services and technologies to reduce fuel consumption.
Renault’s extended warranty adds extra security as part of a competitively price package.
RHCV is an authorised selling agent for Renault Trucks and provides new and used sales, service and parts for the full Renault Trucks range as well as all-makes parts and servicing for commercial vehicles. It offers a full range of sales and aftermarket services including parts sales, dedicated paint shop and a designated MOT bay.