PFD Food Services switches truck fleet to Allison Auto Transmissions.
The national fleet manager of Australia’s largest privately-owned food distribution company, PFD Food Services, says switching to automatic transmissions has saved the business money and stress.
Steve Wright decided to recommend that PFD switch its entire fleet of over 650 distribution trucks from manual and automated manual gearboxes after he drove an Allison-equipped truck at a customer drive event at the Australian Automotive Research Centre’s Anglesea Proving Ground.
He says the hands-on experience convinced him that Allison fully automatic-equipped vehicles were easier to operate and required less training, a huge advantage given the increasing demand for drivers.
“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,”
“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.”