The tractor was purchased as a fleet replacement following reliability issues from a rival manufacturer and because of a relationship with the supplying dealer, Thompson Commercials, Hull.
The 3.9-metre-wheelbase 6x2 pusher is powered by Renault Trucks’ DTI 13 litre, 513bhp engine, driving through a 12-speed, Optidriver automated transmission, Alcoa Dura-Bright wheels with 385/55 R22.5 (super singles) on the steer axle 315/70 R22.5 on the drive axle. Petch also opted for OPTIBRAKE+, Renault Trucks’ combination retarder.
The firm operates a ‘one man, one truck’, policy with a full week away from base commonplace. In addition to fuel performance, reliability and longevity, driver retention was also high on the list when they placed the order for the highspecification Comfort trim level T High.
The truck features Renault’s Eco Fuel Pack and Pack Protect. The former encompasses both Eco Cruise Control and Optiroll, improving driving comfort, maintaining speed limits, increasing productivity while reducing fuel consumption.
The new T high was funded on a hire purchase contract with Renault Trucks Financial Services and, despite the fact it has its own workshop, J Petch took it with five years R&M. In keeping with the rest of the fleet, they expect the new truck to cover roughly 140,000km per year.
Established in 2007, John Petch Transport has its roots in the movement of bulk materials for British Gypsum, and today the soft mineral powder used in plaster, plasterboard and ceiling solutions still forms the cornerstone of the firm’s traffic, accounting for around 50%. The other side of Petch’s business moves recycled glass, sand and stone, plus a wide variety of other bulk commodities.