Llanelli-based company Owens Logistics was suitably impressed with a few test units of a new anti-fuel theft device it has now ordered enough to fit them to every one of its 330-strong fleet.
The Welsh haulier was initially visited by TruckProtect, manufacturers of the InstantFit Neck-It diesel fuel theft protection system and persuaded to test six units.
The trial was extremely successful and after only two weeks of monitoring the company was both surprised and delighted to report substantial improvement in its fuel consumption.
Given the cost of the units, their longevity and potential savings, the company has now placed an order for 320 InstantFit Neck-It units, which will be fitted to its fleet of Volvo, DAF and Scania trucks.
Commenting on the move Transport Manager Meirion Davies said “Like many hauliers, we are aware that fuel theft is growing and is threatening to become a major problem unless swift action is taken. We are now very pleased to have found a solution that is not only simple; it works and does not interfere with fuel filling in any way.”
“I was initially sceptical about TruckProtect's claims, but after conducting the tests I have to admit it's the best system I have seen to prevent fuel theft. We have been looking at anti-fuel theft systems for a while now and whilst some had some good ideas it seems few could translate them into practice.
“I particularly like the fact that the Neck-It device has a neck that is short enough to prevent siphoning from all but the very top of the tank, so at the very worst we would only lose a couple of gallons.
“The other bonus is that the units can be fitted very quickly, are easily transferable between vehicles, and don't interfere with our day-to-day operations in any way,” he adds.
TruckProtect, the only European-based company dedicated to producing fuel theft deterrent devices for commercial vehicles, says its Neck-It system currently includes bespoke units for Isuzu and Scania vehicles, plus the 60mm Bayonet Medium for mid-range trucks and an 80mm unit for larger trucks. New units are being introduced all the time.
Russell Fowler, CEO of TruckProtect, says that Owens Logistics is a forward-looking company that very quickly saw the system's potential and recognised it provided a way for them to stay one step ahead of this crime, which is making victims out of more and more goods vehicle owners and must be stamped out as quickly as possible.