Waitomo Petroleum looks to Europe for future truck fleet

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineApril 28, 2017

Waitomo Petroleum is expanding its fuel delivery fleet and has just purchased two DAFs from Southpac Trucks.

The new DAF trucks will join the company‘s existing fleet of 25 Mitsubishi FUSOs and represents another “step up” for the fast-growing heartland company.

Waitomo‘s managing director Jimmy Ormsby says the DAFs were chosen for their driver accessibility, as well as their additional horsepower, which, with the increasing amount of truck and trailer work Waitomo has, will reduce engine wear and tear and overall fuel consumption.

“We‘re experiencing strong growth across all sectors of our business, from mini-tankers operating in Auckland, to our commercial customer base, as well as our expanding network of fuel stops. Increasing our fleet capacity will help us service this growth,” Ormsby says.

The two new vehicles will be based at the Wiri fuel terminal and service Waitomo‘s commercial customers as well as some fuel stops and service stations in South Auckland and the Waikato.

“We‘re confident they‘ll do the job well and we‘re looking forward to building a relationship with Southpac Trucks,” Ormsby says.

“Depending on how the new DAFs perform, we may look to introduce them for our farm deliveries also, but we‘ll also assess what FUSO models are available.”

Waitomo is celebrating 70 years in business this June, and has grown to become one of the largest independent suppliers of petroleum products in New Zealand. The company now has a network of 70 fuel stops, diesel stops and service stations across the North Island.

Driver – Nathan Poroa, He will be driving the truck, with a 4-axle trailer behind it. He will be servicing commercial customers, fuel stops and some service stations in the Waikato from Wiri.