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Followmont adds B-triple rated Kenworth

Leading Queensland freight carrier, Followmont Transport, has added to its growing fleet of trucks.

Today the company took delivery of a triple roadtrain rated new Kenworth T659.

Built to withstand the rugged conditions of the Australian outback, the latest addition to the Followmont fleet is powered by 650 hp Cummins X15 mated to a Eaton 18-speed transmission.

The Meritor 50-160 drive axles sit on Neway Suspension.

Specified for long haul, Followmont opted for a 58 inch bunk with custom air cooler and the cabin includes fridge and microwave.

"The wellbeing of our people is what drives us to continue to invest back continuously," said Followmont Transport Managing Director & CEO Mark Tobin.

"We recognise that being away from home is hard on our drivers and with that the impact being on the road can have on a person’s health," he said.

"The Seeing Eye machines installed in this truck, like all our other linehaul units, allows us to actively manage driver fatigue, to help our people get home safely every day."

The latest purchase follows a recent trend at the company which has been investing in mobile assets designed for interstate and other tasks outside of the company's more traditional operations.

"We have identified areas of growth and sought ways to extend our revenue streams into different areas," said Tobin.

"Not only does this allow us to make a path towards healthier options for our people, the diversity of our fleet will also allow us to accommodate for our clients' needs, to allow for them to be able to have a full service when working with Followmont."

The Kenworth T659 has been appropriately named 'The Boss'.

Tobin said the new truck leads the way with its sleek exterior and high-performance interior, and served as a reminder of how the company continued to do business.

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