New generation DAF XFs save K Transport £10,000s at the pumps
K Transport Services (Midlands)’s new DAF XFs are 1mpg more fuel efficient than the previous generation XFs they replace.
Commenting on its six new XF480 Space Cab 6x2 tractors, fleet maintenance manager Dave Preston told CM that based on an annual distance of 100,000km, each truck has the potential to save £10,000 a year at the pumps. He attributed this huge improvement in fuel economy to the new TraXon gearbox.
“Investing in new trucks makes perfect financial sense when the fuel economy gains are so great. The drivers are complimentary about the new trucks too. They report that the cabs are more comfortable and more responsive at junctions, with the gearbox being a marked improvement,” he says
In addition to the XFs, the haulier has also taken delivery of a pair of CF 26-tonners, fitted with Fred Smith Slidaflex bodies.
Finished in K Transport’s new livery, all have been supplied by long-term dealer of choice Greenhous Commercials. They join an 80-strong, predominantly DAF fleet.
New Scania XTs for safety conscious tipper operator McGee
FORS gold operator McGee has taken delivery of six new Scania P410 XT tippers, and has a further 14 tippers, skip-loaders and plant trucks on order.
The Thompsons-bodied 8-leggers are fitted with a variety of safety features, including a new side strobe indicator system. Designed in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, and fitted by Thompsons, the system helps to alert vulnerable road users to turning vehicles.
John McGee, director at the Wembley operator, said: “We continue to invest a lot of time and resource in our commitment to safety, environmental impact and efficient fleet management. The side indicator is an exciting innovation and another step in our journey of continuous improvement to enhance road safety in London.”
Another innovative safety device fitted to the tippers is the company’s own traffic light weight indicator (above). A series of lights on the back of the truck notify machine operators when the maximum payload has been reached. Meanwhile, the driver is alerted to loading progress with an in-cab VPG Onboard Weighing display. As well as the safety benefits of never running over weight, there are efficiency gains too. The company has used this unique system for eight years.
All McGee drivers carry out a walk-around inspection every morning, using an app. It is one of 136 apps, designed by McGee, which helps with compliance records management.
- Tip-ex Tank-ex, taking place in Harrogate from 30 May - 1 June 2019 is the UK's must-attend event for operators in the dry bulk and liquid tanker sectors. You can register free on the website.