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Derbyshire based family firm PT Hire once again turns to MAN for business growth


PT Hire, one of the UK’s leading providers of flexible truck rentals, has just placed a landmark order with MAN Truck & Bus UK for 205 New TGX 26.510 6×2 tractors and a further 75 used units.

The order, for 280 tractors in total, boosts the PT Hire fleet to over 700 vehicles and ensures the continuity of their flexible truck rental packages which offers customers all the advantages of operating latest generation vehicles.

Stuart Dytham, CEO and Company Chairman, founded the Swadlincote, Derbyshire, based business in 2010. Today, with his wife Ann and the help of both his daughter Becky and son Tim, the family business prides itself in offering customers cost-effective commercial vehicle rental solutions, exceptional customer service and tailored packages created to suit individual operator needs.

Stuart said:

“Over the years we’ve offered our customers MAN Trucks simply because of the reliability and efficiencies they offer. The new generation MAN trucks receive rave reviews from operators; during conversations and regular feedback sessions we hear how good both MPG and driver acceptance is, both areas which directly impact a business on a daily basis.

Ensuring our fleet is fresh, up to date in terms of latest technology, in perfect working order and 100 percent turnkey ready at all times is key to us meeting the needs of our growing customer base. We offer a nationwide service to our customers and at all times we feel we have the focussed support of the MAN and their commercial vehicle dedicated dealer network.”

The first five New vehicles arrived at the start of April and following preparation and PDI at MAN franchised partner DSV Commercials Ltd, Immingham, have already gone out to PT Hire customers.

The 205 new vehicles will all feature the TGX’s range topping GX cabs and will be powered by the efficient and environmentally friendly MAN six-cylinder D26 510 hp (375 kW) 12.4 litre, Euro 6 step E engines. The latest generation D26 engine has proven to be gentle on service costs, frugal on fuel and caring on the environment. Not only are they proving more efficient than their predecessors in service, but these engines are also lighter therefore improving payload efficiency, which in turn positively impacts upon fleet total cost of ownership (TCO) and vehicle whole life performance.

Stuart added:

“It’s imperative that as a service provider we ensure that we supply vehicles to our customers that are both user friendly and efficient. The first five vehicles went out to KJG Transport Ltd of Grimsby and although it’s early days the feedback we’ve had from their Managing Director, Kevin Gray, is very encouraging indeed.”

PT Hire’s New Generation MAN TGX’s feature a host of advanced safety systems: including Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) and Lane Guard System (LGS). Included in the specification is the Electronic Parking Brake, which applies automatically when the vehicle is parked, with the gearbox in neutral and the ignition key removed.

Furthermore, all of PT Hire’s new vehicles feature Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) systems, all of which means they are suitably specified to ensure the driver has a safe and relaxing environment throughout the working week.

The order for 75 MAN TopUsed vehicles comprises of a mix of tractors, including late MY2019 460 hp and 500 hp models and New Generation 510 hp 26.510’s. Pre delivery, and to ensure all of these used vehicles meet the MAN TopUsed high quality standards, each vehicle will go through a rigorous 264 point inspection, which once complete means they will be certified MAN TopUsed approved.

Following in Stuart’s footsteps and ensuring the family business continues to grow and go from strength to strength, Becky Dytham, Head of Sales PT Hire, commented:

“The relationships we have with MAN Truck & Bus, our local Area Sales Manager Roger Schofield and the nationwide dealer network is solidly built on trust and partnering and is something that we’ve both valued and enjoyed for over 30 years.

Our headquarters located near Derby, right in the heart of the UK, is perfectly situated to meet the needs of our national client base, especially those who are looking for rental and contract hire solutions in the Midlands and surrounding areas, including the growing cities of Nottingham, Birmingham, Leicester, Derby and Sheffield. The MAN dealer Network delivers outstanding levels of service and when need are just a call away.”

PT Hire’s fleet of over 700 MAN vehicles is made up of 7.5-ton TGL, 18-ton TGM and 26-ton TGS rigids, and 44-ton TGX tractor units.

As truck and lorry hire professionals the PT Hire team are 100 percent committed to offering the highest quality HGV truck, lorry and commercial vehicle hire service and in doing so they provide a friendly, flexible approach and the benefit of many years of combined experience in the sector.

Roger Schofield, MAN Truck & Bus Area Sales Manager, added:

“I’d like to thank Stuart for the continued business over the last six years of personally handling this account. As the PT Hire business has grown and flexed to meet the changing needs of road transport, through regular dialog with Stuart and the PT Hire team we’ve always understood the needs of the business and crucially the needs of Stuart’s customers.

With Stuart’s daughter Becky and son Tim actively starting to steer the business I look forward to many more years of working together.”

The first of the 75 MAN TopUsed vehicles are currently with MAN Truck & Bus Gateshead undergoing preparation, once complete these will join the PT Hire fleet offering.

All MAN vehicles are supported by MAN Truck & Bus UK’s Nationwide Commercial Vehicle Dealer network, with many operating extended hours, including round-the-clock servicing and customer tailored solution maintenance.

The entire MAN range benefits from MAN’s Mobile24 24-hour assistance service, which guarantees customers a professional roadside partner throughout Europe 365 days of the year.

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