New truck and trailer combinations recently built by Serco for Pioneer Foods (Sasko Bakeries) are now being used to deliver thousands of loaves of bread every day all over the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

The combinations comprise van body trucks, drawbar trailers and stepdeck trailers.

Built at the Serco plant in Cape Town, the vehicles are designed to carry the maximum possible number of crates of bread for Pioneer Foods daily from the bakeries to depots around the country.

Although Serco has built a variety of vehicles for Pioneer Foods previously, this was the first order for complete trailer combinations.

A feature is that the drawbar trailers have concertina front doors which allow the bread to be loaded through the rear via a ramp into the van body trucks which significantly speeds up the loading process.

The technical manager: vehicles at Sasko Bakeries, Arno Lourens, said the new Serco vehicles were now operating all over the country and proving to be worthy acquisitions to Sasko’s fleet.

Lourens said he was impressed with the high quality of workmanship on the vehicles which is something he had come to expect from Serco after doing business with the company for the past three years.

Serco Technical Sales representative based in Cape Town, Jeremy said the combinations comprised four van body trucks (8.75 X 2.600 x 2.950mm), four drawbar trailers (9.77 x 2.600 x 3.200mm) and five stepdeck trailers (15.50 X 2.600 x 3.290mm).

‘Sasko told us what they wanted and expected and we purpose-built the vehicles and delivered according to their requirements – lightweight vehicles to carry the maximum bread crates possible,’ added Freedman.