Toll NQX bolsters linehaul equipment

Fleet upgrade sees new drivers arrive as firm firm looks to expand linehaul activities nationwide

March 11, 2013

Kenworths and Western Stars are doing a fair amount of the bull-work for Toll NQX following a fleet upgrade.

The Toll Group subsidiary spent $8.8 million on 28 Kenworth T409SAR and Western Star 4864FXDD15 B-double prime movers and eight trailers.

The additions bring Toll NXQ’s fleet numbers to 175 prime movers and 1,000 trailers.

The vehicles carry general freight and operate between Newcastle, Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Emerald.

"This is a major investment for Toll NQX and part of our long term plan to increase company linehaul activities," National Linehaul Manager John King says.

"There has been significant company fleet growth in the past five years of over 30 percent as we have expanded our presence across Australia.

"We are also pleased to be creating new jobs within our business, with this latest investment leading to 43 new jobs for Toll NQX drivers recruited from across Newcastle, Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Emerald.

"We are continually looking for ways to further serve the communities we work in and we’re proud to help fuel growth in these regions."

The new positions bring the total number of long distance, linehaul drivers across Toll NQX to more than 100.

King says safety was a main priority for Toll NQX, with all linehaul trucks fitted with a black box that tracks and monitors various activities and uses sophisticated GPS technology.

Meanwhile, Toll NQX has appointed Robert Edwards as manager of its Adelaide branch.

Edwards has over 25 years’ experience in the transport industry and has held various positions including depot loader, driver, sub-contractor, regional manager for TNT and Comet and state manager for 1st Fleet Group South Australia for more than 16 years.

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