New DAF LF tankers cut the mustard for Calor Gas fleet 20 April 2015

LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) supplier Calor Gas has taken delivery of its first of 20 new Minibulk tankers based on DAF’s 18-tonne Euro 6 LF 220 FA chassis – its first to pass through thee new WVTA (whole vehicle type approval) process.

Bodied with a 17,000-litre LPG pressure vessel by Lakeland Tankers, equipment includes LPG pumping and metering equipment, as well as the usual safety interlocks and devices, combining to offer an unladen weight of 9,750kg – 500kg less than most comparable chassis, according to David Brown, fleet asset manager at Calor Gas.

As part of the same fleet delivery package, Calor Gas has also ordered 27 DAF LF 210 FA chassis at 15-tonnes gvw and three LF 150 FA 7.5-tonners, all with Cartwright bodies, for its gas cylinder distribution operation – bringing the DAF complement to more than 90% of Calor Gas's 550-plus vehicle fleet.

"This is the first time we've gone out to tender for many years and I'm delighted that we've proved ourselves correct with our previous and long-standing DAF purchase policy," comments Brown.

"DAF really led the pack on weight: including all the bodywork and equipment, anything under 10-tonnes is good, so, 9,750kg offers us a real scope to boost productivity," he continues.

"Fundamentally, the weight was right for our Minibulk rigid-tanker specification, but, crucially for the quantity of DAF trucks we operate, DAF's dealer network has nationwide reach and its aftersales support is the best in the business."

Brian Tinham

Related Companies
Calor Gas Ltd
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