Greenhous Commercials employs a new driver trainer for DAF handover training

Greenhous Commercial's new driver trainer Chris Cotton


Greenhous Commercials has taken on a dedicated driver trainer to assist with the handover of new DAFs.

Chris Cotton (pictured), who has been driving trucks for 20 years, will work at the dealer’s Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton sites.

He completed DAF’s vehicle handover specialist course, which included on-line and classroom training and practical sessions, giving him the knowledge, experience and confidence to be able to work with drivers at handover.

“When I train the drivers I am not there to teach them how to drive,” explains Cotton, “but I am there to show them the best way to get the most efficient use of the vehicle. Many drivers are taking on a new DAF for the first time and are coming out of older vehicles that do not have the latest technological innovations. The driver appreciates being shown the ropes by another driver; they relax and appreciate being given instruction on how to get, for example, the best fuel efficiency out of the truck.”

Scania launches a Hyva bodied P-series skip loader

Scania P series Skiploader


Scania has launched a skip-loader, based on its latest P-series chassis.

The 18-tonner, which has been developed in conjunction with Hyva, can be specified with either the 7- or 9-litre engine, with five power ratings ranging from 220hp to 360hp. It comes with Scania’s 8-speed Opticruise transmission and R660 rear-axle with diff lock, and can be specified in XT trim. The Hyva NG2012XL bodywork can lift 12 tonnes, or 8 tonnes when extended.

Scania (GB) sales director Andrew Jamieson said: “The new generation P-series 4x2 rigid chassis is ruggedly constructed, durable, reliable and safe. In addition to its highly fuel efficient on-road performance, the P-series truck provides a stable and sure-footed platform when working on site. As such, it provides an ideal base for skip-loader operation.

“By combining with Hyva we have a vehicle that is not only tailor-made for its application, but also offers the convenience of a one-stop, cost-effective product that can be acquired and fully maintained with Scania as the sole source of supply.”

The Scania Skiploader, which can be ordered through the Scania (GB) dealer network, is the first ready-bodied truck offered on the latest P-series chassis. The previous generation truck cam in skip-loader, hook- loader and box body guises. The first Skiploader was purchased by recycling specialist Remondis.