Lincolnshire haulier Rase Distribution is attempting to attract top-class drivers with a £925,000 fleet refresh.

The move follows Rase Distribution’s acquisition by chemical warehousing and transport specialist HW Coates in February this year.

The Palletways member is spending £700,000 on new trucks and £225,000 on new trailers in a bid to attract drivers.

The new additions to the fleet include four Volvo tractor units, three 26-tonne Scania curtainsiders with cantilever tail lifts, one 12-tonne DAF curtainsider and ten Lawrence David curtainside trailers.

They join the firm’s 55-strong fleet of vehicles at its depot on the former RAF Wickenby Airfield.

Rase Distribution director Geoff Hill said: “Our primary concern is operating a fleet that maximises our ‘up-time’.

"However, it’s become clear in recent years that the industry is facing a recruitment challenge. In order to attract the best drivers, we need to offer market leading equipment and infrastructure.

“Scania and Volvo vehicles are popular quality brands and they’ll offer our drivers a well-equipped, comfortable and modern working environment. The vehicles also feature the most up-to-date telematics to allow us to track fuel efficiency and monitor driver behaviours.”