New Scania R620 8×4 gets to the church on time

Keltruck, the largest independent Scania dealer in Europe, has supplied a Scania R620 8×4 to Smiths Heavy Haulage a specialist in servicing commercial vehicles, cranes and earth moving machines. Smiths Mechanical Services is a family business run by Simon Griffiths and his parents, John and Sharon.

In a demonstration of his faith in the new Scania unit’s reliability, Simon Griffiths used the truck to travel to his wedding in the Welsh town of Pendoylan. Yes, it did get him to the church on time – and in style.

Simon Griffiths, director at Smiths Mechanical Services, said, “My best man drove me to the church in the Scania – we needed to get there punctually, and the truck delivered. He then drove the unit to the reception at a nearby hotel.”

The R620 is the first Scania truck that Smiths has bought after operating another manufacturer’s units for several years. It will run out of the company’s Bridgend depot, and will work throughout the UK, moving heavy plant and machinery.

“We came back to Scania mainly due to our excellent relationship with Keltruck, and in particular with Andrew Long, their regional general manager,” says Griffiths. “Keltruck’s service is first class, and they have the same values as our family run business.”

“Specifically, we chose the R620 because we were impressed with its manual gearbox and the fact that the configuration was already type approved,” continues Griffiths.

Andrew Jamieson, managing director at Keltruck, said, “Using the R620 for his wedding is a great demonstration of the passion behind the brand and just how the family values of Smiths, Keltruck and even Scania come together.”

The R620 8×4 ordered by Smiths has a load capacity of 150 ton, making it able to deal with the toughest jobs. The Scania R-series is designed to the highest standards of fuel economy, driver appeal and reliability. The series offers the widest choice of powertrain options, so it can be configured to fit any needs.

More information on Smiths Mechanical Services is at

Keltruck and Scania provide wedding transport for Smith's Heavy Haulage director
Andrew Bentley, MInst SMM
Head of Vehicle Contracts and Marketing