JLM Transport increases DAF fleet

George Barrow
April 2, 2023

JLM Transport has upgraded its fleet with six DAF XF 480 6x2 tractor units from Asset Alliance Group. The new units join 12 other new generation XF tractor units purchases in the summer and will help meet the needs of its biggest customer, Smyths Toys, in the UK and France.

All 18 vehicles, nearly half of the Stoke-based operator’s total fleet, have been supplied on a three-year contract hire deal, and will be used to transport products from Smyths Toys suppliers to the retailer’s warehouses in Stoke and Corby, as well as for outbound deliveries to its 100-plus stores in the UK and Ireland.

Chris Blake, transport manager at JLM Transport, said: “We are continually investing in our fleet of modern, fuel-efficient vehicles to maintain and expand our service levels for Smyths Toys and a wide range of other clients.

“The New Generation DAF 480 trucks fit the bill perfectly – helping us to unlock fuel savings and improved driver satisfaction. Our drivers have commented on how well the trucks drive and their excellent pulling power, and they like the space and comfort of the cabs.”

The units will also carry out overseas trips to Smyths Toys to its warehouse in Lille. The family-run operator has a fleet of 38 commercial vehicles which includes trucks, vans and Tautliner trailers.

“We are working the trucks hard in the UK and they can be out for three-day trips when they go to Lille,” added Blake.

Richard Worthington, business development manager at Asset Alliance Group, said: “We’re delighted to grow our relationship with JLM Transport by supplying these smart and well-equipped DAF trucks that will help them with the expansion of their business.”

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George Barrow

George has been writing about nearly anything with wheels for the past 15 years and is the UK jury member of the International Van of the Year and International Pick-Up Award.

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