Clean Air Zones make Jones Skips buy Euro-6 DAFs

DAF CF Jones Skips

The introduction of Clean Air Zones (CAZ) in Birmingham has led to Jones Skips purchasing three new Euro-6 DAF FAN CF 340 6x2 rear-steer chassis refuse collection vehicles. The new trucks join a 39-strong fleet, 28 of which are DAFs.

Fitted with Day cabs, Dennis Eagle Olympus bodies and VWS weighing equipment, they were bought from DAF’s Greenhous Commercials dealership in Willenhall, Wolverhampton, which the company has worked with since 2005.

The new trucks operate across the West Midlands, including Telford, Lichfield, Tamworth, Central Birmingham, Stourbridge, Kidderminster, Wolverhampton and the Black Country. The new units also feature Spillard 360 degree cameras for increased safety when operating in urban environments.

Jones Skips’ commercial and business development director, Andy Yeomans, explained why he went for DAF: “We’d previously looked elsewhere at Volvo and Scania - we even have those marques’ tractor units on our fleet – but we thought their interiors were a bit basic and there weren’t many storage spaces.”

Maintenance is carried out by the company at its premises in Wolverhampton, and Yeomans stated that because Jones Skips has operated DAFs for so long, its mechanics are used to working on them: “They automatically know what the fault is and how to fix it.”

He admitted however, that Greenhous still plays an important role: “They turn things around quickly and with little fuss. Our three mechanics understand DAFs and, while we maintain them ourselves, access to parts is a swift operation.” 

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Cross River Partnership helps businesses reduce delivery and servicing emissions at Freight in the City Expo

freight-in-the-city

Cross River Partnership is heading to Freight in the City Expo next week to share its collaborative approach to reducing the environmental impact of urban freight deliveries.

It will be highlighting some of the exciting projects it has been co-ordinating in the capital to tackle air quality hotspots.

The Clean Air Villages (CAV) project is a unique government-funded programme in its second year, supporting businesses to reduce emissions from deliveries of goods and services, whilst saving them time and money.

CAV is delivering freight-related solutions in 13 identified air pollution hotspots, across seven London boroughs.

Examples include the upcoming launch of London’s first shared electric vehicle for businesses, expanding cargo bike trials across the boroughs, and the creation of a supplier directory specifically showcasing local business who are delivering via foot, cargo bike, and electric or hybrid-petrol vehicles.

In addition, the Smart Electric Urban Logistics (SEUL) project has been developed in partnership with UPS, and UK Power Networks, creating ground-breaking new technology that overcomes the challenge of simultaneously recharging an entire fleet of electric vehicles without the need for an upgrade to the power supply grid.

Thanks to SEUL, UPS’s Camden depot now has the capacity to electrify and charge its entire central London fleet of 170 vehicles without further costly and disruptive physical grid reinforcements.

Come chat to the CRP team on 6 November at Freight in the City Expo’s Compliance and Knowledge Zone to hear more about the projects and how you could be involved. Freight in the City Expo takes place at London's Alexandra Palace and combines a full day's seminar programme with a vast exhibition of the latest trucks, vans and technology for safe and sustainable urban deliveries. Register today for your free place!