Fully integrated material handling & storage systems for your business

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For over a century, Reading Buses has proudly transported customers in and around Reading. Yet, despite their heritage status, they are committed to innovation and quality customer service.


Reading Buses has one of the most modern fleets of single and double-decker buses in the country. Along with its owners – Reading Borough Council (RBC) – Reading Buses has successfully reduced car dependency for the area, both for its visitors and residents. Plus, with free WiFi & many USB charging points available on its transport, Reading Buses is making sure its customers can stay connected too!


With a fleet of 161 buses, Reading Buses considers itself environmentally friendly and has 1 battery-electric and 60 gas buses. All its diesel fleet meets – or has been upgraded to meet – Euro VI standards, so they are dramatically improving the air quality for Reading’s people too. Maintenance is undertaken by a team of skilled engineers at its premises in Great Knollys Street. This allows them to maintain the highest quality standards and ensure that their vehicles are on the road, not awaiting repair or checks. However, their current forklift had seen better days and was due for a replacement. That’s when they reached out to us.


At Locators, we provide fully integrated materials handling and storage systems for your business. After investigating Reading Buses, we noted the importance of their forklift on the main floor. This ailing piece of equipment lifted boxes and parts onto the mezzanine floor. It also assisted with the removal and transportation of engines and essential maintenance for the people of Reading. Unfortunately, its absence could have a detrimental effect on the town’s transportation. Therefore, we knew a solution had to be reached – and fast. To this end, we suggested a refurbished Toyota Tonero, specifically the 02-8FDF25. This versatile diesel-powered truck is capable of intensive operations – both inside and out. Safe manoeuvrability and fast acceleration make the Tonero range ideal for productivity. Happy with the solution, Reading Buses agreed to purchase the truck and we delivered it to their door in our own covered transport.

Toyota 02-8FDF25

With Torque convertor

Compliant with the latest emissions regulations, Tonero diesel trucks are ideal for intensive work. Safe manoeuvrability and fast acceleration make the Tonero highly productive in a range of material handling applications.

Load Capacity

1.5-3.5 tonnes

Maximum Lift Height

7.0 m

“In our environment, meeting daily deadlines is vital for getting our buses out and about. Therefore, it’s critical that our material handling equipment is running at full capacity. Having encountered an issue with one of our older forklifts, we were pleased to find that Locators were on hand to help. Locators’ response to our issue was excellent and their ability to resolve replace the machine with a Toyota proved crucial to our ongoing operations. We’re extremely pleased with the reliability, performance, and comfort of our refurbished truck, and highly compliment Locators on their strong work ethic.”

Mike Batt

Purchasing & Facilities Manager, Reading Buses