Scania sides with SC for training trailersSchmitz Cargobull has supplied four 13.6 m box body trailers to Scania (Great Britain) Ltd for use in its driver training department.

The S.KO FP25 trailers are part of a refreshment and expansion programme, bringing the total number of trailers in Scania’s training fleet to six. The SC trailers have been deployed across the UK, with individual assets operating from training sites in Avonmouth, Purfleet, Worksop, Newbridge, Milton Keynes and Glasgow.

Scania is using the trailers to train new C+E drivers, which it said is becoming a growth market as more 3PLs seek to invest in ‘warehouse to wheels’ schemes to tackle the industry-wide driver shortage.

“We selected Schmitz Cargobull because the build quality is so good and we know we can rely on them for support and maintenance,” said Scania (GB)’s driver development manager, Mark Agnew. “We plan to run these trailers for 10 years, so we need to be able to trust they will last. Plus, we know Schmitz Cargobull trailers have a great residual value, so they are extremely cost-effective for our business.”

The box trailers are equipped with a range of standard equipment, including ferry shackles and load-restraint tracks inside the cargo area.

Scania (GB) trains around 1000 drivers each year. Training takes place on vehicles in a semi-loaded state – each of the new trailers will carry a payload of up to eight tonnes.