Daf trucks records record year
Daf Trucks in the UK has had a record breaking year in 2007 with 30% more orders than its previous best in 2005. MD Stuart Hunt says: "That won't reflect in our market share this year, which I expect to be slightly down on last year's level of 28.8% at about 27.5%. But it still means we will register some 90% more trucks than our nearest rival, and remain market leader in every significant truck market sector."
Daf is taking steps to deal with the extended lead times that are affecting all the major manufacturers, Hunt adds: "To ease the pressure on the Eindhoven plant, from early 2008 all trucks we sell in the UK will be assembled at Leyland Trucks in the UK."
Foreign trucks taken off road after police checks
Eight foreign trucks were issued with immediate prohibitions during roadside checks in mid Wales. Dyfed Powys police, Vosa, Defra, HM Revenue and Customs, the DVLA, Immigration and Trading Standards checked 87 vehicles 12 further vehicles were reported for offences including brake defects. Sgt Andy Reed from Dyfed Powys police roads policing unit says:
"Foreign registered lorries and drivers have become a serious cause for concern to police and Vosa nationally regarding the condition of the vehicles and the drivers' failure to take adequate rest periods. As a result, the force co-ordinated this operation. We are committed to ensuring compliance by foreign transport companies in relation to maintenance of their vehicles and to ensure their drivers take adequate rest periods in order to minimise the risk and collisions and serious injury to other road users."