Lincs transport firm reveals biggest-ever investment in fleet

A transport firm in Lincoln has spent nearly £1m on growing its fleet.

Rase Distribution has invested over £700,000 on vehicles and £225,000 on trailers which are all Euro 6 compliant and meet the latest emission requirements. The new additions include four Volvo 44-tonne tractor units, three 26-tonne Scania curtainsiders with cantilever tail lifts, one 12-tonne DAF curtainsider and ten Lawrence David curtainside trailers. They join the firm’s 55-strong fleet of vehicles at its depot on the former RAF Wickenby Airfield.

Geoff Hill, director at Rase Distribution, said: “Our primary concern is operating a fleet that maximises our ‘up-time’. However, it’s become clear in recent years that the industry is facing a recruitment challenge. In order to attract the best drivers, we need to offer market leading equipment and infrastructure. Scania and Volvo vehicles are popular quality brands and they’ll offer our drivers a well-equipped, comfortable and modern working environment. The vehicles also feature the most up-to-date telematics to allow us to track fuel efficiency and monitor driver behaviours.”

Rase Distribution was founded in March 1967 by David and Jean Hill and started trading from a former corn store in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. It is one of over 110 independent transport providers that are part of the Palletways UK network.