Leading bulk haulage provider in the Southern region, TJ Transport Ltd, has taken delivery of its first ever Renault truck, a C430 8×4, citing the relationship with the dealer, added flexibility and recommendations from fellow industry professionals as the key reasons for the switch. 

Supplied by Sparks Commercial Services, the C430 from Renault Trucks’ Ready for Business range is fitted with a Thompsons Loadmaster Steel tipping body with air tailgate and has joined T J Transport’s 109-strong fleet working across the South West and South of England.

The desire to offer versatility to its operation was behind the decision to purchase its first Renault Truck, with the addition of a steel-bodied Range C complementing the existing aluminium-bodied tipper fleet. Fleet manager; Lee Downer explains more: “Our existing aluminium-bodied vehicles are unsuitable for muck away jobs. By adding the Renault Truck with its steel body, it gives us more flexibility, allowing us to enhance our muck away capability as well as carry aggregates.”

The long-standing connection with the dealer, Sparks Commercials, was also central to the purchasing decision as Lee explains: “We have a fantastic relationship with the team at Sparks that goes way back with our waste trailer fleet. They’ve always been knocking on the door with the Renault Trucks tippers and this time they came armed with a very attractive proposal from their Ready for Business range, offering us a Thompson-bodied vehicle with immediate availability.” 

Lee continues: “We also work with a lot of sub contractors who use Renault Trucks and whose livelihoods depend on reliable vehicles that don’t let them down. They have faith in the brand and so we thought we would take the plunge.”

TJ Transport is a FORS Silver company and the new vehicle is fully FORS and London Direct Vision compliant with 6 camera CCTV, side scan, Thompson’s HDVS overhead power cable detection system and Weightloader with built-in inclinometer and window in passenger door opening as well as an Emergency Park Brake. 

The 11 litre engine C430 comes with Optidriver AT 2612F gearbox  with automatic clutch, The new vehicle’s cab has been optimised for driver comfort and includes an air-suspended heated driver’s seat, adjustable seat cushion extension and 2 loudspeakers and 2 tweeters.

Lee says: “Our driver Garry has been behind the wheel of competitor tippers for many years, so it was important to make a good first impression with the Renault truck. It’s early days but so far his feedback has been very positive, he certainly seems to have been won over by the C430.” 

“TJ Transport’s key objectives are to maintain the highest level of service, safety quality standards, at market competitive prices and with our latest investment in the Renault Trucks C, it enables us to extend our offer as well as provide the best value proposition to our customers,” concludes Lee.

The C430 was funded through Renault Trucks Financial Services with vehicle servicing through Sparks Commercial Service in Portsmouth on a 5 year Repair and Maintenance “Excellence” contract.