Fraikin agrees 10-truck deal with Scotch Frost

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Published: 29 November 2017


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Specialist food supplier Scotch Frost of Glasgow has signed a new six-year, full-service contract hire agreement with Fraikin for 10 temperature controlled rigid trucks.
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The new vehicles – two 7.5-tonne IVECO Eurocargos, an 18-tonne and five 15-tonne DAF LFs and two 26-tonne DAF XFs – mean Fraikin’s share of Scotch Frost’s 60-strong commercial vehicle fleet has increased to 90 per cent.
John MacKinnon, Group Transport Manager at Scotch Frost, said: “Fraikin has continually demonstrated how well it understands our business. We benefit from a great relationship at both Account Manager level and from the branches which look after our fleet, plus the contract hire model works well for us from a finance perspective. When it came to making a decision about replacing older vehicles, growing the fleet with Fraikin was a straightforward one.”

Powered by ultra-clean, Euro VI-compliant engines, the new vehicles will help Scotch Frost’s continued move towards a more sustainable fleet.

Fraikin has also fitted the vehicles with one of the most sophisticated camera systems on the market. The ProVision True 360º increases driver visibility by streaming a complete, 360-degree view of the vehicle to a 7.5-inch in-cab screen, helping to improve driver safety and providing an extra level of load security. The system facilitates live access for the transport management team, plus constantly monitors driver behaviour, recording parameters such as harsh braking and acceleration to help ensure optimum fleet performance.

Each truck has been mounted with insulated box bodies by Tekbo and refrigeration units by Thermo King, delivering ambient, fresh and frozen ethnic food and drink products across the UK and Ireland. Operating five days a week, the vehicles will cover approximately 40,000km a year.

With a fleet spread nationwide, servicing and maintenance is being undertaken by a mixture of Fraikin’s own workshops and approved third-party repairers. Most service work is scheduled by Fraikin to take place out of hours, to minimise disruption – with Fraikin’s Bellshill branch located less than four miles from Scotch Frost’s head office and primary operating centre in Uddingston.