Keedwell trials MAN EGR tractor units in fleet re-evaluation 11 February 2011

Two new MAN TGX 6x2 tractor units have entered service at Highbridge, Somerset -based general haulage and distribution firm RT Keedwell.

Managing director Stuart Keedwell says he is currently re-evaluating the firm's 400-strong fleet for confirmed contract operations over the next four-to five years, and that, for him fuel economy is the top priority.

"We had two MANs on 55 plates, and they performed very well on general haulage and Tautliner work, returning 8.0mpg. That's good economy on out fleet," he suggests.

"We were keen to see what the latest MANs could do, and, although it's a bit soon to give an accurate appraisal, the indications are very good for the TGX," says Keedwell.

Keedwell specified MAN 26.440 6x2 BLS tractor units for his evaluation, and says: "I can confirm that the drivers love them. Driver acceptance is most definitely not a problem."

Referring to his longer-term truck acquisition policy, Keedwell states: "Fuel economy is priority number one, and with our major contracts in place until 2015, we can take longer term decisions on the fleet."

And he continues: "Although we use it in our fleet, we are actually anti-AdBlue. If we get good economy from an EGR [exhaust gas recirculation] engine, then what's the point of AdBlue? So, we're keeping a very close eye on the MANs."

Brian Tinham

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