SDC launches its Freespan open-aperture trailer in the UK

SDC has expanded its UK product line-up with the launch of Freespan, a curtain-sided semi trailer with a fully clear side aperture.

Although Freespan has previously been sold in Ireland, this is the first time it has been offered to UK operators.

SDC had previously provided a Freespan-type curtainsider in conjunction with Lawrence David. However this arrangement came to an end when Polish manufacturer Wielton purchased a 75% stake in Lawrence David, and its chassis are now being imported from Poland for its pillarless model.

The Freespan utilises SDC’s tried and tested robotically welded chassis, 150,000 of which have been built in the last 40 years. It also features its Easy-roll curtain technology, with its low-friction track system. 

SDC’s chief operating officer Paul Bratton said: “We are delighted to finally release the Freespan in the UK after years of building it solely for the Irish market, providing a reliable solution for customers who require a side loading operation.”

Read the full story in this week’s Commercial Motor (on sale 9 January).

DAF adds Remote Tacho Download function to its Connect service

DAF introduces new Remote Tacho Service

DAF Trucks has added a new Remote Tacho Download function to its DAF Connect fleet management service, which UK operators can now purchase from any DAF dealer for £482.30.

Available as an app that features on the manufacturer’s Connect dashboard, Remote Tacho Download helps operators monitor fleet and driver performance in real time. DAF claims the service offers “quick and comprehensive access to the full range of tacho information available”.

Jorg Wijnands, DAF marketing manager, said: “Maintaining an accurate record of driver cards and the tachograph’s memory is very labour intensive and prone to error. You can end up paying thousands of euros for each instance of inaccurate bookkeeping.”

He added: “The transport operator can also monitor its trucks and drivers constantly to ensure that they are complying with driving and rest period guidelines, and to intervene when necessary. This offers a greater sense of security in terms of road safety and the risk of fines.”