A Clean Fleet And Strong Maintenance – At The Heart Of Reliable Transport
Safe and reliable transport is about much more than moving goods from Point A to Point B. It’s also about ensuring that every step of the process is conducted professionally, safely and securely. A big part of achieving safe and reliable transport includes being attentive to the cleanliness of the trucks.
This focus isn’t simply an issue of appearance; it’s also about what cleanliness says about a transport company’s priorities and values. Clean trucks make for good marketing for both suppliers and their customers. It tells everyone involved the company recognizes the importance of high-performing, well-maintained equipment. Clean trucks ensure that the goods transported are kept safe, clean, protected and presentable until they reach their final destination.
Given the damage done by some culprits of road wear —like salt—keeping vehicles clean is also important for protecting vehicles from degradation. To keep them in good condition, freight trucks are given a thorough, top-to-bottom cleaning every 90 days or more often, when needed. The process takes about 45 minutes for a truck’s tractor, and up to 1.5 hours for a trailer. Regular scheduled cleanings ensure that they are always presentable and ready to go.
Food Quality Depends On Clean Transport
Cleanliness is essential when it comes to transporting products like milk, where food safety is paramount. Milk transport involves legislated steps to ensure cleanliness for all aspects of testing, sampling, transporting and delivering milk. Bulk milk tanks are cleaned anytime milk is delivered to the processing plant, or daily – whichever is most frequent. They are also re-washed if unused for more than 24 hours, even if they were thoroughly cleaned after their last use. After every wash, a tag is completed and attached to the bulk tank indicating when it was last cleaned and by whom.
It’s Important For Safety, Too
Cleanliness and attention to detail are crucial when transporting goods like fuel and petroleum products, where even the tiniest oversight can have serious consequences. As with food, it’s imperative that vehicles used to transport hazardous materials (HazMat) are kept clean, efficient and in good-repair. That’s why petroleum trucks are inspected every 30-60 days, and receive tank-pressure testing annually. Maintenance teams check all welding seams and openings to confirm that they are still in perfect condition. Every 5 years these trucks are taken through multi-day testing and inspections that involve a detailed inspection of the inside of the fuel tank. Ensuring that these vehicles remain in top condition is a top priority.
It takes an investment of time, energy, and teamwork to ensure that equipment is kept in strong working order. That means actively monitoring vehicle performance to take preventative steps, and repair and replace parts as needed. Choosing a hauling company that prioritizes proper maintenance and care is choosing a company that will be around for the long haul, and with whom you can build a long-term business relationship.