AIM Logistics adds 12 new DAF XFs to fleet
AIM Logistics has added 12 new DAF XF 480 tractor units to its fleet, supplied by Imperial Commercials Worcester.
It means the the temperature controlled transport specialist’s fleet is now 80% DAF.
AIM has operated a number of tractors across a range of major truck manufactures since 2004 and describes DAF as better “by a country mile”.
Company director, Ismail Elmagdoub, said: “DAF’s whole-life proposition made our most recent acquisition a no-brainer.
"We can purchase four new DAFs for the same cost as three from another well-known premium brand.”
“And, with consistent fuel returns of between 10 and 11 mpg on mixed work, and outstanding back-up from Imperial Commercials, it’s small wonder DAF now makes up the majority of the fleet.”
The new additions to the fleet coincide with the company’s move to a new £5m DC and cold-store.
Stay compliant with remote download
More than half of transport companies across Europe (52%) have had their offices inspected or audited for drivers’ hours compliance in the last year, according to a study from TomTom Telematics.
The survey - involving more than 1,000 transport companies across the EU - also revealed that 43% of companies have been the subject of roadside inspections between one and five times in the same period.
Meanwhile, 41% of transport companies said they have cancelled between one and 10 jobs that they wanted to assign to drivers in the past 12 months due to not having visibility of their remaining drivers’ hours for the day.
Beverley Wise, director UK and Ireland at TomTom Telematics, said: “It’s clear that staying compliant with regulations regarding drivers’ hours can cause definite administrative hassle and affect productivity.
“Most of our respondents - more than 60% - now use remote downloads to manage their tachograph data. A significant minority, however, still rely on manual downloading to stay compliant, which means their HGVs need to be off the road when it’s time to capture the required data.”