Watson Fuels has begun the replacement of its 350-strong fleet of trucks with newer, more efficient and more environmentally-sensitive vehicles.
The commercial fuels and lubricants specialist has already introduced 58 new DAF rigid trucks to its UK fleet – ranging from 12 to 32 tonne – with another 30 to be added this month.
The DAF vehicles feature one of the most efficient engines available on the market – boasting lower fuel consumption and drastically reduced NOx and particulate emissions – as Watson strives to further increase the reliability of its fleet and reduce down-time, while lowering running costs and minimising its impact on the environment.
Running one of the largest fleet operations in the fuels sector in the UK, Watson is ideally-placed to offer expert assistance to maximise the efficiency of vehicle fleets with the right fuels and lubricants.
Covering nearly 25 million kilometers annually, the roll-out of the new fleet of trucks will deliver efficiency improvements, while improving customer service levels with even greater reliability as the firm adopts a sector-leading automation programme.
Automation will form the next phase of the firm’s ambitious drive to further enhance service levels, improve efficiency and refine the customer journey.
Scott Roberts, Operations and Logistics Director at Watson Fuels, said: “This is a huge investment for the business which heralds a period of transformation for the brand.
“We’ve always been seen as a trustworthy and reliable partner to our customers; we want to build on those qualities while leading the way in the fuels sector by renewing our fleet of vehicles and adopting an ambitious automation programme. This step is part of a phased approach to what is an exciting period of change for Watson.”
With over 60 years’ experience and an extensive fuel supply network of more than 50 depots nationwide, Watson provides a local service to its diverse customer base across the UK.
“We have vast experience in the supply of fuels and lubricants to fleets of all sizes; getting this element right can have a dramatic impact on fleet costs and reliability. Recently teaming up with Esso, we can now offer the latest Esso Diesel Efficient fuel to help businesses maximise their vehicle fleets – another example of our drive to offer the latest technology alongside our local approach to customer service,” Roberts added.