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SCT turns to Scania to renew fleet

SCT says its newest Scania trucks have so far helped improve driver safety and increase fuel efficiency

Australian transport and logistics operator SCT has announced it has taken delivery of 14 new Scania SUPER prime movers for its Victorian business. 

SCT national fleet manager Michael Sommers says the company’s 10 new 560 R SUPER and four 460 G SUPER trucks have delivered improved fuel efficiency and torque performance. 

“We are receiving weekly fleet reports through the Scania management system, which is handy for keeping a close eye on how the vehicles are performing,” Sommers says. 

“The 460 hp prime movers are pulling single trailers, usually PUD refrigerated units, around Melbourne, typically carrying frozen and chilled food for supermarkets as well as general freight. 

“The 560 Rs will be running as a 68.5-tonne B-double Tautliner and transports under mass management from our rail depots to customers, as well as in reverse.” 

Sommers says that now was the time for SCT to bring in replacements after having a good run with Scania’s PGR trucks. SCT’s new trucks have also been purchased through Scania’s in-house financing arm and includes a full repair and maintenance contract. 

Image: Scania Australia

“Scania is very proactive with the fleet management side of things, including scheduling servicing, which we have undertaken at Scania’s Laverton branch,” Sommers says. 

“We value the repair and servicing contracts because, if anything needs to be rectified, Scania will arrange it and complete the work.” 

Sommers says SCT specifically went to Scania’s prime movers due to the factory-fitted auxiliary coolers that reduce fatigue and promote safety. 

“Because these coolers are battery-powered, the truck doesn’t need to idle the engine and burn fuel unnecessarily in order to keep the cab cool or warm,” Sommers says. 

“Safety is a key focus for us and for our customers, and the Scania trucks fulfil these requirements with their many advanced safety systems as well as fully transparent servicing via the fleet management system.” 

Scania national fleet sales manager Phillip Mayfield says he was pleased to be renewing Scania and SCT’s partnership. 

“While the previous fleet of trucks did not cover huge distances, they did spend seven years in congested traffic in and around Melbourne and they came through in really good shape,” Mayfield says. 

“With these 14 new Scania trucks, SCT is finding out just how efficient and effective the new Scania powertrain and driveline really is and how well suited they are to Australian operations.” 

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