Waltons of Oban has been using fridge-bodied Fuso Canters to travel on the ferries that connect Scotland’s Western Isles at lower prices than other commercial vehicles.
The 3.5-tonne model goes for the pound;48 cost of a car rather than the pound;140 fee payable for many vans that cannot meet the ferry operator’s 5.0-metre length rule.
Recent additions included a 7.5-tonne Canter 7C15 and a 3.5-tonne Canter 3C13. Both are fitted with a dual compartment insulated box bodies with moveable bulkheads, by Tekbo, of Glasgow, and Thermo King refrigeration units.
Eric Walton, proprietor said: “By restricting them to maximum lengths of 5.0 metres we pay lower fares for both Canter models than we would if they were 5.1 metres long. And that’s quite right too, because we’re not taking up any more space on the boat than a typical family saloon.
“As well as having a small footprint the Canter has also proved to be exceptionally reliable.”