In Memory of Daniel Hodgin

On 16th May 2015 a Charity event was held in memory of 20 year old Daniel Hodgin who tragically died in November 2014, nephew to West Pennine Trucks’ Telford depot manager Mark Davies.

The ticket only event was a sell out at Birchmeadow Centre in Broseley, with singer Rhianna Moore and rock band Midset Buka, with Mark Davies and his pal Justin Tench at the door, not letting anyone in without a ticket, our very own Max and Paddy.

Donations were generously given on the night and West Pennine Trucks rounded it up to £1000. The money was given to West Midlands Search and Rescue, who cover the whole of Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire no matter what weather conditions they face.


58-mile Charity bike ride for Kirk with Behçet’s disease


At Telford depot, our very own Kirk Raftery-Ticket underwent a grueling 58 mile charity bike ride on 20th June in aid of 42 year old Louisa. A mother of 2, Louisa has beaten cancer twice already, but it has now come back in the form of metastatic brain cancer. Sadly Louisa’s illness is terminal and Kirk wants to raise money to send Louisa and her two children Cian and Holly on a once in a life time holiday #fundraisingforlou

Kirk suffers from a chronic illness called Behçet’s disease following two strokes, and is taking part in the charity bike ride on a tandem with a friend of his on a course designed by a triathlon.

Behçet’s disease is a rare condition in which blood vessels and tissues may become inflamed and the immune system mistakenly attacks these healthy tissues and blood vessels, so a big shout out to Kirk, even after disregarding advice to stop, he continued right to the end and finished the 58 mile ride in 4 hours. A massive well done Kirk and great news on raising £400.


Great North West Truck Show July 2015

On 18th & 19th July 2015, the Etihad Stadium, Manchester M11 3FF is host to the Great North West Truck Show, where all proceeds will be donated to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.
The show is open to the public with free parking, £10 per adult admission, children under 16 go free.

All weekend there will be over 200 trucks on display, all the big dealerships including West Pennine Trucks, several other traders, catering and fun!

Saturday 18th July, 10:00am – 6:00pm
You will find the Mayor, a Minion, Queen Elsa, an amazing dance troupe and face painting and also at the show is Fiona from Eddie Stobarts TV series.

Sunday 19th July, 10:00am – 4:00pm
You will see the cast of the TV series Scrappers, and trophies will be given out by the organizers for Best Working Trucks.

Follow the Sport City signs and once at the ground follow signs for the Tennis Centre and car park H.
Hope to see you there !


West Pennine Trucks achieves Safecontractor accreditation

SafeContractor-Roundel-RWest Pennine Trucks’ Middleton depot is pleased to announce they have been awarded Safecontractor accreditation.

The safecontractor scheme is driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business and is used by many large organisations as a way of identifying a suitable and competent contractor. With more than 210 major clients and over 20,000 contractor members, safecontractor is one of the fastest-growing health and safety assessment schemes in the UK.

Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process that examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database of accredited contractors, which is accessible online to registered users only at

Middleton depot manager Michael Skilbeck says “Large organisations cannot take the risk of employing a contractor that is unable to demonstrate a high standard of working, this accreditation will serve to reassure customers that we understand the importance and value of adopting an extremely high standard of safety and risk management for both staff and customers; our understanding for the right calibre technician in providing high quality in the workplace”.

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West Pennine Trucks’ VRS is all over the FIAT Doblò

West Pennine Trucks’ again turns to Trafford Van Centre for their FIAT Professional commercial vehicle, this time for the impressive Fiat Doblò Cargo.

The 2015 fourth-generation FIAT Doblò features a fresh exterior design, improved engine performance for key models and a new “EcoJet” version engineered to lower fuel consumption and reduced running costs even further. It is an impressive package that combines good looks with some important practical benefits, which is how it scooped AtoZ’s highly regarded Van of the Year 2015 award on top of picking up the Light Van of the Year Trophy at their awards ceremony in March 2015.

West Pennine Trucks is now the North West’s largest privately owned authorised Scania dealer. As the ‘one stop shop’ for the Scania operator based in the north west of England, they provide operational support around the clock to a vast range of customers operating Scania trucks, buses and coaches.

West Pennine Trucks purchased two Fiat Doblòs for the VRS division of their offering. Vehicle Related Services (VRS) was developed by Scania to compliment the existing parts programme and offers an extensive range of parts for all makes of trailers, tail lifts and bodies, so reliable vehicles were paramount.

Aftersales Director Richard Gilliland said “The Fiat Doblò Cargo has all we need for our VRS vans, plenty of loading space, comfort and practicality, as well as many safety features for the British weather.”

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Approved Used Scania Fleet for Barnes Logistics

Barnes Logistics Ltd of Oldham has taken delivery of a fleet of 8 approved used Scania G440 Highline Tractor units.

Supplied by Chris Hall from West Pennine Trucks Middleton, the fleet of low mileage, 2 year old, tractor units join an existing fleet of approximately 50 Scania’s. To be used for general haulage work, this fleet was chosen for their excellent reputation for reliability, fuel economy and driver satisfaction.

More than “just” a used truck, all 8 vehicles were supplied with Scania’s C200 Monitor package to keep track of fuel economy. 12 months Scania Approved Used Truck Warranty and 12 month maintenance contacts were also included for total peace of mind.

(Pictured – Ross Macleod of Barnes Logistics Ltd accepting delivery of 8 Approved Used Scania’s from West Pennine Trucks’ Chris Hall)

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West Pennine Trucks appoint an Aftersales Director

Richard_Gilliland_1Richard Gilliland joins West Pennine Trucks Ltd as Aftersales Director. Richard has varied experience in the commercial and car vehicle sectors in senior management levels and joins us from Scania GB where most recently he has had responsibility for Aftersales at Sheffield.

Richard will assume responsibility for all Aftersales matters. West Pennine Trucks already has an enviable reputation for its aftersales support and Richard’s primary objective is to build on and further enhance this reputation for excellence.

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A Sharper Service at West Pennine Trucks Ltd

We are delighted to reveal our renovated reception area at WPT Middleton which has doubled in size to accommodate the needs of both our customers and staff. Continuous growth at the depot has required the redesign of our customer facing areas and an increase in the size of our reception area to provide a comfortable and relaxing environment for all.

First impressions are important when you enter a building and the reception area is the face your business presents to its customers. It reflects your business activities which is why WPT Middleton now provides a more modern and professional habitat for our Workshop and Parts Departments, as well as Used Trucks.

The reception is part of an ongoing programme of improvements at West Pennine replacing some of our older customer facing and office interiors with modern facilities.

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Facebook fans grow for West Pennine Trucks

West Pennine Trucks Ltd now has 326 likes on their facebook page, and photo albums for all six depots, with multiple likes and shares for individual posts.
Keep it up West Pennine, showing new trucks which customers have purchased in gaining quite a fan base, and there are some serious Scania fans out there!

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All Scania fleet for Beesons of Crewe

A stunning new P280 6×2 rear steer Livestock Transporter joins an all Scania fleet at Beesons of Crewe in Cheshire. Reliability, performance and excellent service from West Pennine Trucks’ Stoke depot secured the deal with Beesons.

Beesons is a second generation family business. Established in 1965 supplying Beef to butchers and processors throughout the UK and more recently Europe.

They also provide the farmers of Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire and North Wales, with the most welfare friendly way possible of selling cattle, with unnecessary transport and handling kept to a minimum.


Scania telematics

Scania provides telematics free for ten years for trucks built from 2011 onwards*

Scania is further enhancing its commitment to provide customers with the best possible transport economy and efficiency by offering free activation and a ten year subscription to its OnBoard Monitor telematics package to the operators of Scania trucks built from 2011 onwards.

Existing customer subscriptions will be automatically extended to ten years, and purchasers of used Scania trucks which have already had their OnBoard Monitor package activated can transfer the remainder of the ten year subscription to their account.

“The proven economic and environmental benefits of Scania OnBoard, plus our commitment to deliver operators with the best possible transport efficiency, underpin our decision to provide this valuable service on a complimentary basis,” says Matthew Watson, General Manager – Scania Optimise Services. “Today, all new Scania trucks are fitted with OnBoard, as are the overwhelming majority built from 2011 onwards. For customers involved in international transport, OnBoard includes international roaming at no extra cost.

“Our complimentary Monitor package provides access to entry-level performance-including mpg, driving styles and carbon dioxide emissions. This can be upgraded to our comprehensive Control package, which provides information such as live vehicle positioning and individual driver performance. This in turn opens the door to Scania Optimise, our leading-edge driver development and coaching service which has been designed to provide significant and sustained efficiency gains and cost savings.

“Importantly, OnBoard activation allows Scania workshops to remotely access vehicle fault codes, speeding up the diagnostics process and maximising vehicle uptime.”

Operators seeking further information on Scania OnBoard are invited to call 0845 602 0341 or email

* Offer covers all Scania trucks with Scania’s OnBoard telematics hardware installed.

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Group Driver Trainer joins West Pennine Trucks Ltd

West Pennine Trucks Ltd is pleased to welcome Gary Worth as their new Group Driver Trainer.

Gary is a qualified driver trainer and CPC accredited trainer, providing professional training on vehicle familiarization, fuel-efficient & safe driver training and comprehensive Driver CPC training. Gary_Worth

Under the European Union Directive, professional bus, coach and lorry drivers over 3.5 tonnes need to hold a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) with the aim of improving road safety and helping to maintain high standards of driving.

New drivers obtain their Driver CPC by passing a series of initial qualification tests – theory and practical. This must then be followed by 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to keep their Driver CPC.

Prior to West Pennine Trucks, Gary’s background was in commercial vehicle repairs where he started his training, becoming an apprentice trainer within workshops, moving into transport and then onto training. Gary delivered Operator and Driver CPC courses to companies such as Home Delivery Network and Nightfreight, and taught motor vehicle technology at colleges in Stoke on Trent and Warrington Collegiate.

Gary then developed Lancashire Drivers CPC in 2008, working with the Scania product, with the last 3 years delivering training to Scania GB, working as part of the team that delivered ecolution training, the largest driver training assignment that Scania has been involved in.

To get in touch with Gary please contact him by email


Scania celebrates 50 years in the UK

Scania celebrates 50 years in the UK: Company milestones

Scania is celebrating its UK golden anniversary this year. The following is a list of milestones over the organisation’s first 50 years.

1964 Scania Vabis (Great Britain) Limited formed, initially to sell engines. First office was near Heathrow Airport
1965 Engine sales of around 20 units recorded
1966 First truck (LB76 model) imported and used as demonstrator
1967 Inital batch of trucks imported. First three distributors announced: WWS Commercials of Hemel Hempstead, B&W Motors of Wolverhampton and Reliable Vehicles (Scotland) of Renfrew
1968 Scania 0-series (LB80, LB110) launched
1969 Scania V8 (LB140) launched
1973 Company renamed Scania (Great Britain) Limited. First UK Scania buses enter service
1978 Scania 1-series (LB81, LB111, LB141) launched
1980 Scania GPRT range (2-series) launched. 30th dealer point opens
1981 Company headquarters relocated to Milton Keynes
1984 National parts distribution centre opens in Milton Keynes
1986 Scania achieves truck market share of ten percent for first time
1988 Scania 3-series launched
1989 Scania 3-series named International Truck of the Year
1991 Scania’s centenary year – UK marks this with the limited edition Centurion range
1993 The long-standing cooperation with coachbuilder Irizar begins
1994 Scania network growth plans state no customer to be more than 30 minutes away from Scania service centre
1995 Scania 4-series launched
1996 Scania 4-series named International Truck of the Year
1997 Scania 4-series named Motor Transport Fleet Truck of the Year
2000 Scania 4-series is again Motor Transport Fleet Truck of the Year
2004 Scania PRT range launched (now PGR range)
2005 Scania R-series named International Truck of the Year
2010 Scania R-series again named International Truck of the Year
2011 Scania engines adopted by Royal National Lifeboat Institution
2013 Scania Streamline launched. First Scania gas-powered buses enter service
2014 Scania celebrates 50 years in the UK. Limited Edition Golden Griffin launched


Mantank switches to SCANIA

Manchester based Mantank Environmental Services Ltd needed a reliable vehicle from a reliable source, so switched to Scania for its DISAB Centurion LN/9-1812 HT Vacuum machine.

Purchased from Scania dealer West Pennine Trucks in Middleton, Mantank’s new DISAB Centurion LN/9-1812 HT is an extremely powerful and versatile suction and blowing machine, which can be used for wet heavy sludge’s and for dry applications including carbons, cement, sands, gravel, perlite, grain and many more dry dusty materials.

Mantank operate in industrial cleaning from powder spillages and tank cleaning, to heavy sludge removal, signifying a high profile DISAB high power vacuum requirement. With innovation at the forefront Scania clearly met that obligation, and with other establishments in the area recommending Scania, Nigel Barnes Workshop Manager of Mantank made the decision to switch to Scania and has never looked back!

The unit is equipped with a separate diesel engine offering the capability to utilise diverse fuel taxation regulations. It also makes the machine operate independently to the truck. It has a hose system with a diameter of up to 200mm and provides a maximum vacuum of -900mbars and a high tip capacity, enabling waste to be bulked up on site. A telescopic boom with extension pipes reduces manual handling for high level work, while the machine also benefits from a low noise level (75 dBA at 7 metres distance) and a unique filter solution to reduce dust emissions to only 1,3 mg/m.

Mantank were a Volvo stronghold for many years and it was a big decision for Nigel, however reliability and performance was essential. Commenting on his decision to purchase Scania, Nigel says “I’m really impressed with the overall performance and capabilities of this Scania, it has ticked all the boxes, even its fuel economy. I will reap the benefits with such a reliable chassis and I will enjoy the fantastic support network from West Pennine Trucks”.

Nigel has also received great comments himself from others on its exterior, saying it’s an ‘eye-catcher’ and ‘looks great’.

In conjunction with their fleet of haulage & waste disposal liquid ring tankers and skips, Mantank can deal efficiently with emergencies or scheduled projects. Mantank’s personnel are fully trained in the use of access equipment for the cleaning of all high level areas so the right machinery is essential.

Mantank have since ordered two new Scania Tankers which will be showcased at the Tank-ex exhibition in Harrogate on 29th & 30th May 2014.

About West Pennine Trucks

West Pennine Trucks has held the Scania franchise since 1986 and is now the North West’s largest privately owned authorised Scania dealer, with a sales territory encompassing the north of Manchester to the north of Birmingham and the more rural counties of Cheshire, Shropshire and Powys.

Providing operational support around the clock to a vast range of customers operating Scania trucks, buses and coaches, West Pennine Trucks are the ‘one stop shop’ providing a first class product with after-sales service of the highest standards, with 24/7 roadside assistance undertaking all accident repair work, supplying top quality parts from stock.