CM Show 2020: DAF Trucks says event is a "fantastic opportunity" for industry to reconnect during Covid-19

DAF Trucks is urging HGV operators to attend the Commercial Motor Show virtual exhibition in the autumn, calling it a “fantastic opportunity for the truck industry to reconnect” in the wake of Covid-19.

With the unfortunate cancellation of several important industry events this year, DAF Trucks has emerged as a vocal supporter of the Commercial Motor Show, having been one of the first major truck manufacturers to confirm its online attendance.

Reiterating the importance of relationships within the truck industry, DAF Trucks MD Laurence Drake, said: “Naturally, we were dismayed with the cancellation of many exhibitions and events this year, and the industry has undoubtedly felt the impact in recent months. Here, however, is a fantastic opportunity to reconnect and to re-energise the industry’s community spirit – something that has always been evident at regular shows. 

“I urge everyone - operators, manufacturers and industry bodies - to register and to attend the show, and to engage with each other once again.”

As well as highlighting the extensive DAF range at the show – including the latest FAW 8x4 rear-steer ‘tridem’ chassis – the manufacturer will be on hand to discuss key industry topics including London’s HGV Safety Permit scheme, HGV MOT Testing, clean air zones and Brexit. 

“The key for any truck manufacturer,” added Drake, “is the strength of its relationships with its customers and dealers. It has been the foundation behind our own success and has underpinned the notable landmark of DAF’s 25-years as market leader in the UK. 

“The Commercial Motor Show provides a chance for us to thank our customers and to share in the positive performance by DAF during these exceptional times.”

DAF Trucks’ stand at the Commercial Motor Show will include head office staff on hand to discuss the company’s products and services.

Key services in the DAF customer support portfolio include parts supply – available throughout the 134-location dealer network; the DAF Connect web-based fleet management tool; DAF MultiSupport Repair & Maintenance; and PACCAR Financial’s range of in-house funding options.

TRP, the PACCAR Parts all-makes, trailer and workshop consumable parts provider will also have a dedicated stand at the show, to showcase its extensive range of over 80,000 available parts.

The Commercial Motor Show is completely free to attend and takes place over three days from 29 September to 1 October. Register now for your free entry pass!


G Webb Haulage returns to Volvo after nine-year hiatus

G Webb Haulage has added an FM 8x4 rigid to its fleet – its first Volvo since 2011.

Based in Cambridgeshire, the firm specialises in the disposal of contaminated soil and other waste such as aggregates, coal, fertiliser and scrap metal, and operates 60 vehicles.

The 430hp FM Globetrotter, which was supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia, is fitted with a lifting rear axle. The axle features a button on the dashboard that allows the driver to disengage and raise the second drive axle when the truck is unloaded, which increases pressure on the first drive axle to improve grip and manoeuvrability, said to result in a 4% improvement in fuel economy. The second drive axle automatically lowers and reengages when the load bay is refilled.

Other equipment includes the company’s I-Cruise intelligent cruise control and I-Roll software – said to help to save fuel when the engine is not being used for acceleration or braking.

“The nature of our work means some jobs can involve a period of empty running, when our vehicles return to site to reload,” said fleet director, Paul Broker.  “We can lift the rear axle, reducing rolling resistance, which in turn improves fuel economy and reduces tyre wear. Volvo was the only manufacturer that was able to provide us with this configuration and we were keen to give it a try.

“Initial driver feedback has been very promising. The main focus for us is fuel economy, so if the FM can prove its worth, we’ll definitely return to Volvo for future upgrades to the fleet.”