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SMEs That Use Light-Duty Rigid Trucks


The types of SMEs that commonly use light-duty rigid trucks for their business, and their common pains and gains.

E-commerce and customer behaviours have changed at breakneck pace over the past decade – and this has resulted in big changes to truck owners and operators. 

'Truckies' are no longer the only people to drive trucks! 

With more light rigid trucks being available – including some that can be driven on a car license – many small to medium businesses (SMEs) are investing in light trucks for their business. 

A lot of them – especially light-duty rigid (up to 4.5GVM) owners and drivers – are tradies or run SMEs where the truck is just another tool or asset of the business, like many in the retail sector.

Types of Professions Utilising Light-Duty Rigid Trucks

  • General maintenance
  • Builders
  • Landscapers
  • Plumbers
  • Grocery deliverers
  • Concreters
  • Roofers
  • Wholesalers
  • Furniture deliverers 
  • Carpenters
  • Couriers
  • Manufacturers

Pains and Gains

Small businesses with trucks are no different to other small business owners - they experience many of the same pains and gains:

  • Constantly time poor
  • Expenditure and budgeting
  • Wages, retention and training
  • Truck maintenance and costs
  • Efficiency and keeping the business going
  • Cheaper competition
  • Flexibility and freedom
  • Seasonality and work/life balance
  • Relationships and experiences
  • Xero and Linkt skills
  • Partners and support
  • Growth and expansion 

For an SME owner that’s time poor and struggles balancing everything, a specialist insurer is the answer. Whether it’s an accident or a need for roadside assistance, NTI has the experience and track record to help truck owners and Operators – no matter where they are in Australia. 

Why NTI?

SME trucks are often patched up to keep them on the road. If it’s not on the road, it’s losing money. 

NTI has both Premium and Local Repairer networks to ensure repairs can be done close to home and be worked around the schedule of your client’s business. 

SME truck drivers have low consideration for roadside assistance, but high for insurance. But they’re actually a higher % chance of breaking down, and a lower % chance of incidents. 

Having an insurance package that also provides roadside assistance is a handy tool in the belt. 

Did you know NTI is the market leader for specialist roadside assistance for trucks? 1 in 2 new trucks on Australian roads are covered by Truck Assist!