Menzies Distribution is replacing half of its large goods vehicle delivery fleet with 110 new Iveco trucks in a five-year contract hire deal with Ryder Europe, part of Ryder System.
The new trucks range in size from 6.5 metric tons to 26 metric tons. Menzies, a U.K.-based newspaper and magazine wholesaler, will receive the trucks in batches throughout the remainder of this year and into 2014. The new fleet will be equipped with Microlise, a telematics system designed to help Menzies monitor fuel consumption, driver performance and delivery schedules.
Although some trucks will arrive after emission standard Euro 6 comes into force in January 2014, all will be Euro 5 compliant, as a result of the joint initiative between Ryder and Iveco to have the new vehicles registered by August 2013.
Menzies currently has 240 large goods vehicles in its fleet, along with another 310 light commercial vehicles. An additional 16 vehicles, previously on long-term rental, are being converted to a four-year contract hire agreement.
“The new fleet mix is the result of highly detailed consultation to ensure that the most appropriate vehicle sizes were selected to achieve the most efficient payloads, which is a complex undertaking in the heavy newsprint sector,” said Robin White, Ryder’s sales and marketing director, in a written statement.
“Ryder will be working closely with Menzies Distribution to ensure that the Microlise telematics system is used to its full potential, helping to improve environmental performance and cut operational costs,” White added.