In an important conquest deal, one of Scotland’s leading specialists in refrigerated haulage, McLaughlan Transport, has taken delivery of three 44-tonne Renault Trucks Range T480.26 6×2 tractor units. The Range Ts, supplied by Renault Trucks Scotland with a full repair and maintenance contracts, operate out of McLaughlan Transport’s Perth depot and are the first Renault trucks to join its 35-strong vehicle line-up.
The high specification Range Ts are coupled with specialist refrigerated trailers and are already on the road working on temperature-controlled distribution for supermarkets and regional distribution centres throughout the UK and Europe.
Driver appeal was crucial, so introducing a new brand to the fleet needed careful handling as Director George McLaughlan explains: “We had a Range T on an extensive demo trial for a week with five drivers given the truck and asked to provide feedback. All five were extremely complimentary and were really impressed with the vision and driving position – in fact they thought it was such a good looking cab that they wanted a truck each! One of our drivers has recently returned from South West France and said he was particularly pleased with the performance and handling of the Range T on the journey.”
“Our main business is collecting and consolidating local produce, distributing to wholesale produce markets and RDCs across the UK and Europe. We need to collect and deliver our customers’ goods efficiently and on time so we need trucks that are robust and reliable. The Renault Trucks team in Scotland really took the time to understand our business and they put forward the most competitive deal and offered best value overall. The trucks have only been on the road for a few weeks, but so far I’m very happy. It’s too early to talk about fuel performance, but initial indications are good and we expect they will improve further as the vehicles loosen up.”
Commenting on the conquest, Angus McIntosh from Renault Trucks Scotland says: “I’m delighted to see the Range Ts in McLaughlan’s livery and that we persuaded them to switch to Renault Trucks. The Range T has a well-deserved reputation for delivering high levels of productivity and it’s great to hear that the vehicles are already meeting both the company’s and drivers’ expectations. I very much look forward to working with George McLaughlan and his team in the future.”