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Express Group WA bolsters Euro 6 fleet with V8 Scania

Line-haul transport operation Express Group WA has taken delivery of eight Euro 6 compliant Scania R580 V8s.

Formerly trading under South West Express, the company, which has incorporated Great Southern Express to be known as Express Group WA, operates 13 Euro 6 models bringing its total to 19 Scania prime movers.

It is the largest fleet of ultra-low emission Scania distribution trucks in Australia according to the commercial vehicle manufacturer.

These include six R 580 V8s and four G 490 13.0 litre trucks.

Owned by Mark and Andrea Mazza, Express Group WA endeavours to turn over its commercial vehicles, run on Scania maintenance contracts, every five years. The company relies on the Scania Driver Training Programme to demonstrate the onboard systems and provide insights on fuel consumption improvements and safety.

According to Mark Mazza, Express Group WA has embraced the new technologies on offer through the Euro 6 vehicles, having committed itself to safety, the environment and its customers’ expectations.

“We have an extensive understanding of Scania’s rigorous product development and testing, which encompasses a wide variety of extreme conditions and applications around the world,” he said.

“Safety is a main focus. In addition to the Scania safety systems, we include ‘seeing eye’ fatigue and four-way camera systems, which have already proven invaluable tools for managing safety in our work place.”

“Ultimately, we share the roads with the general public, and we as an industry need to consider this at all times,” said Mazza.

Express Group WA was an early adopter of the Euro 5 emission compliant trucks Scania brought to market locally ahead of the mandated commencement date.

Michael Berti, Regional Executive Manager – Scania WA, said the 13 Euro 6 Scanias in Express Group WA’s fleet made it the biggest Euro 6 fleet in Western Australia and across the country for retail customers.

“Mark and Andrea have adopted Scania’s Platinum level service agreement which ensures their vehicles are fully maintained by us for a pre-agreed monthly rate, leaving them free to concentrate their attention on areas of the business other than fleet maintenance,” said Berti.

“Again, Express Group WA was one of the first in WA to sign up for this level of Scania care,” he said.

The Melbourne Fire Brigade currently operated the biggest fleet of Scania Euro 6 trucks.

According to Berti, interest in Euro 6 trucks has been on the rise since Express Group WA took delivery of the first G 490 and R 580 trucks in 2017. He said it underscored the increasing awareness of reducing harmful emissions by the road transport industry.

“It is also good to see that the Scania message of driving towards a sustainable road transport sector is being received and appreciated,” he said.

“When we launched our New Truck Generation to the Australian market in Sydney in March this year we had a strong focus on sustainability, which runs hand-in-hand with fleet efficiency and can lead to improvements in profitability through greater uptime and lower running costs.”

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