The investment in this specialist industry remains just as important as it was 90 years ago when Wincanton launched as a transport company serving the dairy market.
Both vehicles, fitted with tanks from Sayers Road Tankers, will cover more than 110,000 miles-per-year, collecting up to 89,000 litres of milk from farms across the South West and South Wales every day.
The new vehicles feature:
- a forward-facing collision warning system
- Driver Alert Support technology, which tracks driving behaviour and steering wheel
- a four-way recordable camera system linked to a dashboard-mounted monitor
- rear-facing cameras down each side
- an audible reverse alarm and park brake alarm
- Brigade’s Cornerscan ultrasonic obstacle detection system to detect objects in the front nearside blind spot
- High-speed milk-pumping optimiser with integrated engine start/stop, for reduced emissions.
These additions - as well as rear-steering axles for maximum manoeuvrability, reduced tyre wear and improved fuel economy - demonstrate Wincanton’s commitment to safety and efficiency across its fleet.
Dave Rowlands, Technical Services Director at Wincanton, said:
"Quality and safety are key to milk transportation and Wincanton; it’s something that runs deep within our heritage, and Volvo shares the same values.
"We’re confident these new trucks are amongst the safest and most efficient of their type on the road, offering maximum reliability on a contract where they literally never stop working, except for planned maintenance.”
"These are very high-spec tankers built for a specific contract, and Volvo could meet the precise configuration we needed."