15 September 2021
Transports Veynat: throughout Europe, at the heart of society
A well-maintained truck consumes less fuel, which reduces the cost per kilometre and can therefore represent considerable savings. If you have a large fleet like Transports Veynat’s, the calculations are quick.
Pierre-Olivier Veynat, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Transports Veynat, takes us on a journey through the history of a company that carefully guards its capital.
Preventive maintenance adds value
The French carrier has its own maintenance workshop with specialised technicians. Thus, much of the regular maintenance, such as replacing brake systems or servicing gearboxes, is done in-house. However, when it comes to complex repairs or the maintenance of advanced systems that contribute to the optimisation of the trucks’ profitability, the company turns to its DAF dealer, as Pierre-Olivier Veynat explains:
“For more than ten years now, we have been using a customised maintenance programme, which is continuously updated by our fleet manager. However, our fleet includes different makes of trucks and vehicles with increasingly complex technology. It is therefore essential to work closely with the distributor to ensure the availability of our trucks. I sometimes talk to drivers who have been with us since the 1980s and who sometimes wonder whether all this preventive maintenance is really necessary. They humorously tell me that in their day, all you had to do after 100,000 kilometres was to change the oil. Of course, preventive maintenance costs us money, but it ensures a safer, more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly fleet, which means savings in the long run”.
At the heart of society
Even though Transports Veynat’s 750 or so drivers criss-cross Europe, the company remains firmly rooted in society. It takes its responsibility to society very seriously and its sustainability goals are ambitious: reducing CO2 emissions and creating circular workflows for the collection and reuse of waste, among other things. Transports Veynat also donated and delivered thousands of protective masks to health facilities during the pandemic.
Pierre-Olivier Veynat is proud of the direction the company is taking:
“We know that we can make a strong contribution to environmental protection and we are open to new initiatives. This is why we are one of the first French transport companies to test alternative fuels such as ethanol. Our drivers are also making their contribution by being more aware of the impact of their driving on the environment. We encourage this approach and have therefore entered into a partnership with DAF Eco Drive as part of the DAF Driver Challenge. We want to move forward together”.
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