December 09, 2013
Rix Petroleum is investing nearly £3m in a new fleet of tankers in the run up to the company’s busiest time of the year.
The tankers will be used to transport residential heating oil and commercial diesel to rural homeowners, farmers and hauliers across England and eastern areas of Scotland.
They will be delivered in batches from December this year meaning many will be operating throughout the worst of the winter weather.
Rory Clarke, managing director of Rix Petroleum, said the 12 of the new vehicles will replace older tankers coming towards the end of their working life, but five are additional vehicles needed to accommodate an increased demand for heating oil.
The fleet consists of one four-wheeled truck and 16 six-wheeled trucks with rear lift and steer axles, a laden weight of 26 tonnes and a carrying capacity of 20,000 litres.
The additional trucks will be distributed between Rix Petroleum’s depots in Montrose, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk.
Mr Clarke said: “The reputation of Rix Petroleum is based to a great degree on the service we provide to customers, whether they are in the commercial market place or our residential consumers. As such our ability to deliver product to the required quantity and timescale is of paramount importance.
“Clearly to do that we need to ensure our fleet is in excellent working condition and sufficiently large for us to be able to complete every order we receive, even when demand is at maximum and the British weather is throwing everything it has at us.
“This investment is about ensuring we can continue to do that in the face of growing enquires across all of our depots.”
The truck chassis are supplied by Scandinavian firm Scania and the liquid flow meters are supplied by Aylesbury firm Alpeco Ltd.
The vehicles are assembled by Tasca Tankers Ltd of Wakefield before finally being delivered to Rix and are equipped with the latest mod-cons including heated driver’s wing mirror and fully air-conditioned cabs.