Miles Transport was established in 1991 by Geoff Mile’s parents, Nick and Mary Miles. In the beginning, the company transported garden and nursery stock from Melbourne to all over Tasmania, however in 1999 they were asked to cart fresh-cut flowers from Melbourne to Sydney – something Miles Transport has been doing ever since.
The company still operates out of its depot in Monbulk in Victoria’s scenic Dandenong Ranges, although the size of the depot has expanded fairly from its first set up.
When Nick established the company he had just one International prime mover and a trailer that he purchased through his old employer. From those humble beginnings the company has come a long way to now owning 12 trucks, mainly Kenworth with a couple of European makes in the mix, and 13 trailers, 12 of which are from MaxiTRANS.
The latest B-double replaces the first similar set Miles Transport bought in 2009. There have been many improvements on the Maxi-CUBE Classic Vans since then. For instance, the new Hi-CUBE van provide superior thermal efficiency – capable of maintaining temperatures to minus 18 degrees celsius. What’s more, the inclusion of a full length chassis, as well as a reinforced floor and rear frame, offers greater strength and durability without impacting on tare weight. A key feature of the Maxi-CUBE Hi-CUBE van is its thinner side walls, floor and roof that helps optimise cubic capacity, useful for when the load is slightly over standard pallet size.
“The quality of MaxiTRANS trailers is second to none. They are constantly working to better the product and as a result, with every new trailer there has been an improvement,” Geoff says. “Refrigeration is always a key consideration in the construction of these trailers,” he says. “Freezer burn can damage fragile goods such as freshly cut flowers. The design of chutes from the fridge plays a big role in the even distribution of air within the trailer. “This feature also comes in handy for storage and transport of other perishables such as fresh strawberries and other local produce that we also cart,” he says.
Victorian grain operator Bill Fay has been working in the trucking industry for many decades. Although it wasn’t a planned decision to enter this sector, Bill has come a long way since buying his first truck in 1983. Coming from a farming background, Bill says it was a combination of both coincidence and need that he entered into transport operations.
Following humble beginnings, Bill’s grain transport business expanded its presence from Carranballac across regional Victoria. However, in recent years he has down-sized and his new company, Fay Grain, specialises in transport of grains, dairy and other niche goods for a range of clients across western regional Victoria.
Recently, Bill teamed up with MaxiTRANS to get a new Lusty EMS 34-ft Tip Over Axle Semi-Tipper for his business. Since the latest tipper was going to be used by one of his long-time drivers, Lionel Spaull, he made sure Lionel was involved in the ordering process. The new Lusty EMS Tip Over Axle Semi-Tipper was carefully crafted to Bill and Lionel’s specification in order to fulfil the precise requirements of their freight task.
It’s not the first time that Bill has used a Lusty EMS tipper. He has been relying on MaxiTRANS’ engineering expertise and quality for many years. Having also tried other makes over the years, Bill prefers MaxiTRANS. “It was a decision driven by the quality of product as much as the people,” Bill says. “Having worked with other manufacturers for some of my other trailers, I was certain I needed to go back to the reliability and customer satisfaction offered by MaxiTRANS. Their trailers are built solid, tough on the road, easy to operate and require low maintenance. They are able to stand firm against regional Victorian roads that can offer rather tough driving conditions for both the driver and the vehicle.”
“The other reason we went to MaxiTRANS was for the people,” he says. “Over the years I have enjoyed good working relations with many experienced professionals in the trucking industry, including some of the good people at MaxiTRANS. We trust their products, and their people. It makes a huge difference to operators to have that assurance of reliability and efficiency.”
“It’s a solid single tipper,” Lionel says. “With its good differential suspension and excellent shock absorption, you wouldn’t know it’s there half the time. I have to do a lot of empty work on regional Victorian roads and this one keeps the weight well distributed.”
“It’s also a good-looking tipper with a simple design. It has a good proportionate body in painted aluminium which makes it easy to clean,” he says.