DAF has reported a rise in orders for its Ready-to-Go range of pre-bodied construction, waste and utility sector trucks.
The manufacturer said an increasing number of operators were ordering vehicles at short notice due to erratic demand caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which had boosted the popularity of off-the-shelf trucks.
It claimed the surge had been particularly strong among home improvement businesses, as demand for materials increased during lockdown, and that LF Skiploaders with Hyva bodywork and LF Scaffold trucks with Bevan bodies had proved particularly popular.
The spike is also said to have been driven by operators seeking Euro-6-compliant vehicles ahead of the introduction of tougher restrictions for the London Low Emission Zone in March 2021 and delayed but still impending clean air zones in other cities.
“Ready-to-Go provides the ultimate rapid response service for operators,” said DAF’s marketing manager, Phil Moon, “we understand the pressures that site contractors, for example, are under, and, that there is often a standard vehicle specification that typically meets operators’ needs.
“What we can’t predict, however, is when they’ll need them – and that’s where our Ready-to-Go programme provides a genuine service. Available through our 134-point UK DAF Dealer network, operators can quickly access our Ready-to-Go portfolio, identify their ideal vehicle and then have it in service, often within days.”
The Ready-to-Go range comprises LF and CF chassis bodied by the likes of Hyva and Bevan and will receive special focus at the virtual Commercial Motor Show from 29 September to 1 October.