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Menzies Distribution has put in its largest ever order of vehicles, with more than 600 MAN tractors, curtainsiders, VW Crafters and box trailers due to be delivered by February.

It said the assets will accommodate substantial existing and new business from its clients.

The order includes 173 MAN TG3 tractor units, 150 curtainside trailers, 150 VW Crafters and 18 rigids spanning 18 tonne and 26 tonnes, as well as 10 tri-axle box trailers.

Menzies said it was also accelerating its electric vehicle 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.

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Adam Purshall, fleet and procurement director, said: “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.”

Menzies has announced its intention 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.

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