Nationwide Platforms chooses Scania for lower operating costs, reliability and DVS compliance
7th February 2022
Loxam group member company Nationwide Platforms Limited, the UK's largest provider of powered access equipment, has taken delivery of 69 Scania vehicles. Comprising a mix of 19 rigids and 50 tractor units and supplied by West Bromwich-based Scania dealer, Keltruck. These are the first Scania vehicles to be taken by the company. An additional 48 Scania trucks are now on order for delivery later this year.
"There were primarily three key factors behind our decision to move to Scania: proven low total cost of operation, excellent reliability and the P-series cab's ability to achieve a 3-star Direct Vision Standard (DVS) rating when equipped with Scania's City Safe window," says James Clarke, Nationwide Platform Limited's Head of Transport. "Although it is early days, we are already seeing the fuel saving benefits Scania delivers. And when you do need assistance, Scania has an excellent UK service network. This is essential for us as these vehicles will be based around our depots nationwide. The third factor – the P-cab's 3-star DVS rating – is also especially important as London is a key area of operation for us and a 3-star DVS rating will become mandatory in 2024."
The rigids selected by Nationwide Platforms are all P 410 B8x2*2 rear-steers equipped with flat bodies with beaver tails and winches. Going forward, all new trucks will be fitted with Sterling Access Platform bodies. The tractor units are all Scania P 450 A6x2NAs with Highline cabs. These feature factory-fitted catwalks and electronic handbrakes and will be used to haul Nationwide Platform's fleet of step-frame flatbed trailers, which are also equipped with beaver tails and winches.
As the UK's leading provider of mobile elevated work platforms, Nationwide Platforms has a fleet of 15,000 machines operating out of 38 depots nationwide. In addition to the equipment it provides, the company is also the UK's largest provider of powered access training, delivering courses to approximately 22,000 delegates and employees every year.