After careful consideration Oakley’s Fuel Oils took delivery of its first Isuzu within its heating oil distribution fleet that covers customer deliveries throughout Shropshire, the Midlands and parts of mid Wales.
The Telford-based company were looking for a more reliable vehicle and one that also offered a greater payload than the company’s previous trucks. They chose the Isuzu N75.190 (E) 7.5 tonne rigid, fitted with a specialist twin tank body manufactured by Road Tankers Northern. After the initial six months in-service, Oakley’s is extremely pleased with the performance of the Isuzu.
As Martin Nicholas, Operations Manager at Oakley’s Fuel Oils says, "The Isuzu has been superb so far and its reliability is unquestioned. Now with six months practical experience under our belts, the decision to specify Isuzu for the first time has been a tremendous success."
Certified to ADR Type FL specification and supplied by local Isuzu dealer Beech’s Garages (1983) Ltd in Stoke, the Isuzu N75.190 (E) 7.5 tonner with Isuzu’s ‘Easyshift’ gearbox can carry approximately 5000 litres of heating oil in two separate 2500 litre compartments, which facilitates the distribution of mixed loads. The vehicle is currently covering in excess of 3000 miles per month predominantly working on a five-day distribution operation, and the company anticipates the vehicle will have a working-life of around eight years.
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Oakley’s Fuel Oils, based in Telford and Kingsbury, supplies a comprehensive range of top-quality heating oils, road and agricultural fuels and has been operating since 1970.
"This type of multi-drop heating oil delivery operation is ideal for the Isuzu truck. Its compact overall size makes the vehicle extremely manoeuvrable, especially on narrow country roads as well as in tight residential areas. At the same time, the robust manufacturing quality of the Isuzu truck will ensure that Oakley’s achieve maximum operating performance over the long working life. And of course, the Isuzu’s proven payload advantage is legendary," said Keith Child, Marketing Director at Isuzu Truck (UK) Limited.