Ryder provides DAFs for Lynn Star Distribution

Lynn Star DAFs

Lynn Star Distribution has ordered 12 DAF XF480s and one DAF LF220 under contract hire from Ryder. The XFs all have Super Space Cabs and mid-lift axles while the 18-tonne CF is a rigid curtainsider complete with Day Cab. 

The Norfolk-based haulier has since signed another new deal for an additional 16 new XF 6x2s with Super Space cabs. 

Sherridan Dowen, MD at Lynn Star Distribution, said: “We won’t just buy the cheapest vehicles because it doesn’t pay dividends – we like to keep our drivers happy, hence why we opted for the XF Space Cab because it’s much bigger.

“Some of our drivers go out on a Monday and won’t come home until Friday, so it is important that they are comfortable while they are out working for us,” he added.

Dan Stockdale, senior transport manager at Lynn Star Distribution said: “We decided to go with DAFs due to already running them for a number of years now they have always served us well being reliable, drivers enjoying the comfort and driving style.”

The company did a fleet overhaul, Stockdale explained, to build on the existing fleet size due to taking on new clients, replacing a mix of four year old DAFs and Renaults, and the new units are already showing improved fuel consumption, he said.

The drivers are finding new idle shutdown modes and adaptive cruise control make for a more relaxing experience when driving the trucks. This was further aided by a driver training day which was provided by Ryder, allowing the firm to optimise vehicle performance.

Steve Williams, business development director at Ryder, said: "We are delighted to have been able to provide Lynn Star with a comprehensive package that meets all of their requirements. We understand that it’s not just about providing the right vehicles, but also being a trusted partner delivering added value like the driver vehicle training from DAF."

Currie takes away a tasty prize at the Commercial Motor Awards

Brian Currie collects award

Brian Currie, chairman, Brian Currie Milton Keynes, was the inaugural winner of the Dealer Principal of the Year Award at the 2018 Commercial Motor Awards.

“This award,” said Currie, “is in recognition of much more than just one individual. My wife, Pat, my family and a hugely dedicated, long-serving team of professionals have contributed to the success of Brian Currie. It’s a simple recipe; hard work and dedication, but to have delivered such a high level of service to our customers for 40-years is testament to the calibre of individual we have in our team.”

While Dealer Principal of the Year is nominated by our panel of independent judges, there at 15 categories that dealerships, service providers and bodybuilders to enter. Categories include Apprentice of the year, sponsored by Fleet Auction Group; the Customer Service Award, sponsored by Hankook Tyre UK; Technical team of the Year, sponsored by Diesel Technic; Workshop Innovation of the Year, sponsored by Hexagon leasing and Aftersales and Maintenance Provider of the year, sponsored by TotalKare.

If you think your business has what it takes to win in any of these categories or more go to Commercialmotorawards.com to enter now – where you’ll find all the award criteria, plus our easy to use online entry process. All award entries are 1,000 words and you can support your entry with photography and customer testimonials.

This year’s awards take place on 28 November at the Vox in Birmingham.