Menzies Distribution will deploy 600 transportation assets by February 2023 – including 173 Man TG3 tractor units, 150 curtain-side trailers, 150 VW Crafters, 18 rigids spanning both 18 tons and 26 tons and 10 tri-axle box trailers.
The new phase of investment and growth follows an expansion of the Menzies van fleet earlier in 2022, which saw the group take delivery of 150 new-generation Ford Transit vans for service across a wide range of its markets and services. Menzies is also accelerating its electric vehicle (EV) strategy with a 12-month trial of a pre-production, all-electric Ford Transit van, which it has identified as suitable for newstrade, express and parcel operations.
The group’s investment has included the adoption of Euro 6 standard vehicles and the introduction of recyclable and non-PVC livery, including the use of longer semi-trailers (LSTs) to reduce road miles, and continued driver training to improve efficiency and safety.
In 2022, Menzies announced plans to become net zero for Scope 1 and 2 emissions by no later than 2035 – 15 years ahead of the target date set under the Paris Agreement and in UK legislation. ‘Fleet’ is one of the three main pillars within the Menzies Distribution Sustainability pledge, alongside ‘energy consumption’ and ‘reuse and recycling’ for the business and its partners.
Adam Purshall, fleet and procurement director at Menzies, said, ‘We have the firepower to match our promise to all customers in the markets we serve with best-in-class assets in terms of efficiency, design and environmental impact. Menzies is investing heavily to ensure that its fleet replacement cycles are running ahead of its net zero ambition. We are also sending a strong message to new drivers that they will be working with the very best vehicles, kitted out to the highest specifications for route planning, comfort and safety.”