Lawson Sideloader Services


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Lawson Sideloader Services has enjoyed an unsurpassed period of growth over recent years. To help support this, the Melbourne-based Company ordered five Freighter trailers as it looks to expand its container handling operations currently triangulated between depots in Tottenham, Dandenong South and head office in Tullamarine.

Lawsons Sideloader Services opted for the A-double as it can access a similar network to a B-double.  It carries two 40 foot containers and while the Super-B does the same, access can be limited which will restrict transit in urban areas prone to permits. With this particular A-double, one permit covers any Victorian road within the PBS 2B cubic network.

The 30m A-double’s manoeuvrability makes it compliant to run on the HPFV network when running at a higher mass, whilst also having the ability to access Level 2B cubic PBS routes in Victoria at 68.5T or less mass limit.

This allows Lawson Sideloader Services to access additional routes that its current fleet of Super B-double combinations is not able to access, with the added benefit of still carrying two 40 foot containers.

Although the A-double provides extra carrying capacity, it is the ease and flexibility it promises freight forwarding that determined the recent purchase, according to David.

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We first listen and understand a business’ requirements. 
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This allows our customers to make a more informed decision about what works for them. It’s one of the reasons why more customers are requesting MaxiTRANS’ assistance when it comes to creating solutions.

Working closely with MaxiTRANS engineers, Lawson Sideloader Services opted for a set-up that provided the flexibility required to boost productivity. 

The combinations utilise a tri-axle on the A-trailer, with the B-trailer configured as a 5-axle dog trailer. 

“This configuration allows us to access the High Performance Freight Vehicle (HPFV) or Level 2B cubic networks in Victoria, depending on the weight we are running,” says David Eroglu, Managing Director at Lawson Sideloader Services. 

“We don’t need any headaches or additional stresses given the demands of our industry,” he says. “MaxiTRANS make a good trailer. They’ve proven themselves.”
“It’s something that works well for us,” he says. “The trailers have delivered every day we’ve had them in operation. It’s easy to see they have been a major part of improving our efficiencies.”

The A-double, as David sees it, represents a path forward. The majority of its transfers consist of imports for shipping agents and are fulfilled by using Freighter Super-B and B-double combinations, with direct distribution out of the yards.

As his operation relies on a combination taking off every hour from the terminals to the Dandenong depot, David aims to reduce the rate of departure to every half-hour. For this they need equipment that is reliable. With Freighter he says there was never any doubt he had ordered quality components.