The first company-owned new three-axle tractors come with Super Space cabs and form part of a small fleet expansion and renewal programme. They were chosen based on driver feedback from two leased Daf units in the fleet.
“These additional trucks mean we now need extra drivers and having the Dafs on the fleet and out on the road has made a real difference to recruitment, with noticeably more calls from potential drivers,” said Fermac director Matthew Hughes.
“We want our drivers to be happy with our choice. The drivers who’d had the lease trucks wanted stay on Dafs, so we talked to the local Milton Keynes dealer, Brian Currie, who quoted us for a new XF 460. I was so impressed with the spec and the service from them at every level that I ordered three. Then I added another two to those as fleet additions, one of which runs in the livery of our local Air Ambulance, because we are major supporters of that service.”
Aftersales was another key buying factor with Hughes being encouraged by “excellent reports from other operators” about Daf’s national dealer network.
“The hard fact of transport life is that trucks are mechanical, and anything mechanical is going to face a difficulty or two during its life. It’s how that gets dealt with that matters, and that made the Daf choice easy,” he said.
By David Craik