Alistair Cochrane with new low-carbon fleet

TNT Express has spent £12m on 300 Euro-5 mid-range trucks as part of its fleet renewal programme.

It has placed an outright purchase order for a total of 261 7.5 tonne trucks comprising of Daf LF45s, MAN TGL 7.150s and Iveco 75E 16s alongside a further 39 12 tonne Iveco 120 EEL18s.

TNT told that its fleet purchase strategy remains the same following the deal – “to purchase an allocation on an annual basis, replacing old vehicles as they come to the end of their operating life”.

The standard TNT body work has been refreshed in conjunction with body builder Cartwright's of Altrincham.

A spokeswoman for the operator said: “The introduction of plastic to the body construction has reduced the overall weight of the vehicle by 200kg, which will result in improved fuel consumption.

“The introduction of the vehicles started at the end of July and the roll-out will run into November. Over the following 12 months TNT Express will monitor the average fuel consumption to identify any reductions,” she added.

TNT’s fleet size remains the same, comprising of 365 tractor units, 1,669 trailers and 1,604 ‘Pick-up and Delivery’ (PuD) vehicles – predominantly for radial delivery and collection.

TNT Express UK & Ireland MD Alastair Cochrane (pictured) said: “This £12m investment is testament to our commitment to increased fuel efficiency resulting in reduced environmental footprint. We can now service our customers in a manner which has less impact on the environment.”

The Daf’s were supplied by Lancashire Leyland Daf, the MAN’s by Aquilla Truck and the Iveco’s by Guest Motors.

Earlier this year TNT added two 15.65m longer semi-trailers to one of its trunking routes.