As well as supplying vegetable oil to food businesses, Proper Oils collects the used and waste oil for recycling, then sends it on for refining into biodiesel using three bespoke-bodied 8.55-tonne Fuso Canters from Mercedes-Benz dealer group Rygor.
Managing director Stephen Hurton purchased his first two Euro VI-engined Canter 9C18s last year. He was impressed with the six-tonne body and payload allowance, so he has returned for a third.
All three trucks are powered by economical three-litre engines that transmit their 129kW (175hp) outputs via fully automated Duonic dual clutch transmissions.
The purpose-designed box bodies are by TLC Auto-Refinishing of Feltham. They feature roller shutter doors, perforated false floors with bunded areas beneath to capture spilt oil, 1,000kg DEL column tail-lifts and storage underneath for Proper Oils’ delivery trollies. They can carry up to four tonnes of oil in containers of varying sizes.
The Canter’s cab-over-engine design and compact dimensions make it agile enough for high street locations.
Hurton said: “These trucks have enabled us to add more drops to each route. They are easy to drive, and the gearboxes help to improve safety by leaving drivers free to concentrate fully on traffic conditions rather than worrying about which gear they are in.”