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PFD switches entire fleet over to Allison transmissions

Posted by Darren Hayes> on Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Food distribution provider, PFD Food Services, has confirmed that it has switched its entire fleet of trucks from manual and automated manual gearboxes to Allison automatic transmissions.

According to Steve Wright, PFD National Fleet Manager, the move to Allison automatics resulted from a recent trial of an Allison-equipped truck at the Australian Automotive Research Centre in Anglesea, Victoria.

“I have to say I came away impressed with the new generation of Allison transmissions and realized they were a much better option for our operations than manuals or AMTs,” Wright said.

“It is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit skilled drivers, so by providing Allison Automatics we do recruit with a truck that is easier to drive and requires less training is important.

“I believe automatics are the way of the future in distribution work, not only because of the ease of use, but also because of the efficiency and safety advantages they deliver. They are simply a smarter choice.”

PFD operates a fleet of more than 650 trucks, mostly Isuzu, which handles distribution to more than 40,000 outlets across the country. PFD has recently ordered 20 new Isuzu FVD 1000s equipped with Allison 3000 Series fully automatic transmissions, some of which have already entered service.