J & A Marshall Ltd, specialists in the import and export of vehicles packed in containers, has taken delivery of three 44-tonne Range T460 6×2 midlift tractor units. The Range Ts, supplied by Sparks Commercial Services Ltd, Totton, are the company’s first vehicles, having previously rented trucks from local suppliers.

Liveried in J & A Marshall’s striking bowtie-wearing bumblebee, the Range Ts are on a 3-year lease through BRS Ltd which includes full repair and maintenance, tax and tyres.

The new trucks are constantly on the go, moving 150-200 vehicles a week for freight forwarders, car dealers and private individuals ready for export and import through DP World Southampton.

Joint Owner, John Marshall explains why he opted for Renault Trucks: “Our business works under pressure to meet the deadlines for shipping container vessels and exporting.  Deadlines close over the weekend so we are exceedingly busy on Thursdays and Fridays each week. We found that the short term rental agreement wasn’t meeting our needs so we went shopping. The deal through Sparks, Renault Trucks and BRS provided us with the tailor-made solution we needed to run our operation more efficiently.”



Driver appeal was also a crucial factor in vehicle selection, as John explains: “We needed a truck that would attract the best drivers as well as a competitive deal and first class reliability. The Range T has been the perfect choice – our drivers are multi-skilled and highly-trained and we require them to pack and unpack the vehicles with the utmost care and respect, so it was crucial that they liked the trucks they were driving.”

Working on short, stop-start journeys within a 5 mile radius of Southampton, John thought that reducing fuel consumption was a tall order: “As we work on a very local basis, fuel isn’t one of our biggest operating costs, but I have been very pleasantly surprised and we’ve seen a noticeable reduction in our fuel consumption figures which is a great bonus.”

John continues: “All in all I am delighted with our new Range Ts which now have pride of place on our website too! They have certainly attracted a lot of attention since we had them delivered. The aftersales support from Sparks has also been second-to-none.”