Bespoke builders merchants’ truck takes 16 tonner to new level 28 May 2014
Fleet management firm Translease Services has developed a smaller, more versatile truck for builders' merchants needing to make deliveries in busy city traffic.
Its truck is based on the new DAF LF220 Euro 6 cab, fitted with a dropside body from Dover-based Charlton Bodies and a Fassi crane, and equipped with cameras and side scanners by Brigade Electronics.
The body is the same width as the cab, making it easier to drive in city conditions, with better visibility of other road users.
Its 16 tonne chassis also makes it lower and more compact than a conventional 18 tonner, yet, according to Translease's Tim Scott (pictured), it still offers a payload of greater than 8 tonnes.
It also meets all TfL (Transport for London) safety standards – as well as the restrictions of the low emissions zone.
Scott explains that the new DAF cab also has air conditioning and mirror protectors, as well as a rear window for improved rearwards visibility.
It has also been specified with mud flaps that automatically lift when reverse gear is engaged to stop them being ripped off on soft ground. And there is a ratchet strap bar under the body to meet the latest legal requirements.
"We've worked closely with some of our most trusted suppliers to develop a versatile, high quality vehicle with a bespoke design and specification for builders merchants," states Scott.
"We have already had a lot of interest in the vehicle, and look forward to demonstrating how much easier it is to drive in today's typical busy traffic conditions."
Brigade Electronics plc
Charlton Bodies Ltd
DAF Trucks Ltd
Fassi (UK) Ltd
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