Melbourne-based Delta Group associate company, SKIPZ, is growing its construction and demolition waste business with what it claims as being the very first of the new Scania SUPER six-cylinder trucks to be delivered in Australia.
The new Scania SUPER 460 P 8×4 hooklifts have been hauling both medium bins and bulk bins, assisting Tier 1 & 2 construction companies to meet their requirements for waste recovery and recycling.
SKIPZ Safety and Compliance Manager, Peter Andrews, said the new Scania trucks have been performing well, and that driver approval has been near instantaneous.
“The drivers love these new Scanias,” he said.
“You can’t wipe the smiles off their faces.
“They’re on the job 50-60 hours a week, stuck in traffic a lot of the time, and negotiating their way around work sites across the city, so the truck needs to be quiet, comfortable and easy to drive.”
For these vehicles, SKIPZ collaborated with Scania to create a standard specification to suit the fleet’s needs.
This included a rear light bar designed for the fleet’s unique application.
“Now we have consistent quality and functionality, and also it allows us to repair any damage easily and quickly,” Andrews said.
Due to SKIPZ’s involvement with big projects such as hospitals, university buildings and road construction, the trucks also have a warning system fitted on the left side which alerts pedestrians with a voice message that there is a truck alongside them.
“I have seen people walking with their eyes on their phone screens and their ears filled with headphones who can just step out into the road without looking,” Andrew said.
With the trucks being on the road all day, night-time servicing has also been helpful for SKIPZ.
“Scania Laverton has been able to service our vehicles overnight which reduces our downtime and gets us back on the road in time for the next day’s shift,” Andrew said.