Schenker, the UK division of German firm DB Schenker Logistics, has taken a delivery of a mixed fleet of 43 new trucks as it looks to increase the number of lightweight vehicles on its operations.

The new fleet comprises of 25 7.5-tonners and 15 18-tonne trucks, including Volvo, Daf, Renault and Iveco.

The trucks will be used for domestic collections and deliveries in the Midlands and the south east. They will will replace some older vehicles  as well as increase the size of its fleet.

The 7.5-tonners will be deployed from its hub in Basildon, while the 18-tonners will be based at its Nuneaton hub, which recently received an increase in capacity as part of Schenker’s “aggressive growth plans” in the UK.

Head of UK operations Paul Griffith said the company has seen increased vehicle utilisation since installing telematics software, which encouraged the shift towards lighter trucks. It has also experienced fewer access problems since running more 7.5-tonne vehicles.

Schenker chief executive Helgi Ingolfsson said: “This is one of many initiatives all part of the company’s strategy to increase our brand awareness within the UK. It is of paramount importance that we have enough capacity to meet our customers’ needs, and also to support the ambitious growth plans we have.”