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Palletforce member Evans Transport invests £2.5m in fleet

Palletforce member Evans Transport has invested £2.5million in fuel efficient vehicles as part of an on-going fleet replacement programme.

The family-run firm, which has its head office in Barnstaple, Devon, has replaced 35 HGVs over the past 12 months.

The bulk of the new vehicles are Scania and predominately Artics although there is a mix of Evans Transport livery, Palletforce – the UK and Europe’s leading palletised distribution network – livery and dual livery.

"The main aim with our rolling replacement programme is to increase fuel efficiency as fuel is our biggest single cost," said Mike Symons, Depot Manager at Evans Transport.

"We’re definitely seeing some big improvements as we’re getting at least a mile per gallon more than we did with the older vehicles.

"So not only is this fleet investment having a positive impact on our bottom line, but it is also helping Evans Transport to stay looking fresh and professional while on the road."

Established in 1964, Evans has grown over the past 49 years to become a multi-depot operation with sites in Exeter, Bideford, Kent and Barnsley.

It also runs a 130-strong fleet including crane operated vehicles serving the construction industry, timber crane vehicles serving the forestry industry and a tipper operation for bulk haulage.

"It is fantastic to see one of our members investing so significantly in improving its fleet and doing all it can to deliver a quality, reliable and competitive service," said Michael Conroy, Chief Executive of Palletforce.

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