Plantforce invests in nine new state-of-the-art lorries and trailers to kick start a new heavy haulage division to offer a new service of movement of heavy plant and machinery around the UK.


As an established Tier 1 Plant Hire provider that covers the length and breadth of Great Britain, Plantforce is no stranger to the art of efficiently and safely moving all sorts of heavy equipment around the country to all kinds of locations. That is why they have been able to offer a credible and competitive service of plant and machinery movements to both new and existing customers.


As well as meeting customer demands, increasing safety and reducing emissions have been at the heart of the decision-making process when evaluating which trucks, they would start this division with. This is why Plantforce has selected Volvo Trucks as their preferred supplier for this latest round of investment that sees a range of FL 4 wheel rigid beavertails, FM 430 8 wheel rigid beavertails, FH 540 6 3 axel with step frame trailers in addition to FH 540 and flagship FH16 750 4 axel with step frame trailers join the fleet of existing trucks.


With all of the fleet Euro 6 compliant and fitted with the Volvo Connect telematics system, Plantforce has the ability to manage their fleet effectively to maximise their efficiency, whilst customers can utilise a tracker system installed on all trucks to give an extra level of visibility to exactly where the vehicle is and calculate an accurate arrival time.


To reinforce this, Plantforce Heavy Haulage have CLOCS Champion and FORS Silver accreditations, but the team are not finished there. They are already well working towards being awarded the FORS Gold accreditation. This approach to compliance also means that all vehicles are TFL, FORS and HS2 compliant, meaning deliveries to tier 1 projects is within their capabilities. However, as always, investing in training and developing the people working within the team is even more important. That is why all drivers are qualified with NPORS Loader Securer and Plant Mover qualifications.


Safety has also been a key area of focus for the launch of this service offering, with all trucks fitted with audible warning systems, blind spot aids and close proximity sensors. Extra protection is provided by 360 degree camera systems and in-cab cameras as well as fall restraint systems giving protection to drivers when they are required to be on the trailer bed.


Plantforce Heavy Haulage Transport Manager, Ian Blackburn said; “I am very excited to be launching this division. Our team have built a real depth of knowledge managing the transport of our fleet of hire machines, which puts us in a great position to use this knowledge to support others moving their plant and heavy machinery – adding real value at a competitive rate. I am also really pleased with the units we have invested in. As tried, tested and most importantly, trusted units that are well established in the market, we know we offer a reliable service that minimises environmental impact”.