DAF Ford & Slater opens £150,000 Workshop

DAF Workshop

DAFs Ford & Slater dealer group has invested £150,000 into a new workshop at its Leicester site.

The company claims the new facility will help support subcontractors, and combat the increased volume of work brought on since gaining Stage 2 Type Approval.

Stage 2 Type Approval allows the vehicle built by the manufacturer to go on to a second stage builder for modifications. For example, a DAF CF chassis cab would go on to a second manufacturer to have a body fitted.  The second stage builder completes the vehicle using system components approved by the first manufacturer.

The dealer group’s new Type Approval covers the fitment of over 100 components across DAF’s LF, CF, and XF ranges. DAF said it also ensures that the dealership can maintain consistency, traceability and quality of installations without the need for IVAs (Individually Voluntary Arrangements).

Ford & Slater’s joint MD, Tim Strevens, said: “We received our first batch of Type Approvals in April 2019 and have since received five more covering nine models. This means our Type Approval covers the specification of around 5,000 of the new DAF trucks sold annually.

“As the volume of vehicles going through our Leicester site increases, this new building will ensure we continue to support our sub-contractors and give them an environment to work in safely and efficiently. It’s a win for us, our sub-contractors and most-of-all, our customers,” Strevens concluded.

Three men who fly-tipped waste have received suspended prison sentences

Environment Agency

Three men who fly-tipped waste have received suspended prison sentences. Daniel Worboys, Jason Newman and Sidney Simpson were convicted following an investigation by the Environment Agency. Worboys was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay £1,500 compensation. Trading as Rubbish Clearance Portsmouth, he admitted collecting waste from customers that he deposited at a site near Havant and did not use correct paperwork.

Newman was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation. Newman, trading as What a Load of Rubbish, dumped waste he had collected from a housing association and a landlord as part of a house clearance. He also did not use correct paperwork. The trading name What a Load of Rubbish has no connection to any company of the same or similar name.

Simpson was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay £1,000 compensation. Trading as S&S Clearances, he was employed to clear household and business waste from a church in Portsmouth by the pastor.