One of London’s leading builders and plumbers merchants, MP Moran and Sons Limited, has announced that its entire fleet, from 3.5t to 44t, is now exclusively Renault Trucks following the recent addition of 17 vehicles from Renault Trucks Chiltern.
The latest vehicles to join the fleet include a 3.5t Renault Trucks Master 3T5C curtainsider, three Range D7.5 4×2 dropsides, four Range D12 4×2 dropsides with rear mounted Fassi F85B cranes and seven 26 tonne Range C320 2.3m 6×2 dropsides with rear mounted Fassi F135A cranes, as well as two Range T460 6×2 tractor units from Used Trucks by Renault Trucks. Vehicle selection was based on the minimal downtime of the fleet’s existing Renault trucks, together with excellent service from local dealer, Renault Trucks Chiltern.
Martin Moran, Purchasing Director at MP Moran and Sons, explains why it has opted for an exclusive fleet: “From zero Renault trucks in 2010 to 25 LGV and 15 Masters in 2019, the company has made an impressive mark, with minimal downtime a crucial factor in our decision. We’ve gradually moved the fleet across since 2010, Renault Trucks has made it easier for us each time and we’ve noticed some significant technical improvements that work well for our business. We need vehicles that can go everywhere and with the new trucks we can get into pretty much every site in town as they are fully compliant.”
Martin comments on the relationship with Renault Trucks Chiltern: “The service from Mick Feeley and the team in Dunstable, including the warranty and technical support, is first class. Mick is fantastic and his type of input is invaluable. He is extremely proactive in helping with new ideas – if something has worked well, he’s straight on to us to explain how it could work for our operation. Although we have a new state-of-the-art workshop at our Watford branch that does the routine maintenance on our vehicles, Renault Trucks Chiltern carries out any of the warranty work and are very efficient, helpful and fair.”
Martin adds: “As well as being more efficient, we wanted to make sure all our vehicles were Euro VI compliant for financial reasons. From 8th April, all trucks entering the congestion zone face a £100 a day charge pre-paid or £500 a day, 24 hours, seven days a week if they are not the latest Euro VI models. Most of our work is in and around London so it was crucial that we were compliant before this deadline. Mick and Renault Trucks Chiltern were on the ball with ensuring the vehicles were available and delivered in time.”
As a FORS Gold member, and one of the few builders’ merchants in London holding this prestigious accolade, safety is an absolute priority for MP Moran.
Martin notes: “All the new trucks have been specified with the latest safety technology, including Lane Departure Warning System as standard, which gives our drivers an audible warning if there is an inadvertent change in direction. They all meet the London FORS specification including vision doors, cameras and audible sensors. In addition, the new trucks have been fitted with independent handrails for when the driver is working at the rear of the vehicle to reduce the possibility of a fall, all of which has made it easy for us to swap over to Renault Trucks.”