Supermarket chain Booths has added four DAF CF 480 6x2 tractor units to its fleet, to be used for inter-urban deliveries to its 28 locations in the northwest.
The trucks have been fitted with the manufacturer’s FTG twin-steer axle configuration, which is said to render them more manoeuvrable on tight or restricted access roads.
They were supplied by Lancashire DAF in Preston as part of the supermarket’s local/British procurement policy and issued with the manufacturer’s MultiSupport repair and maintenance package.
Booths, which operates a 35-strong HGV fleet, first adopted a 44-tonne CF 15 years ago and continues to operate a 10-year-old model, which has racked up close to a million kilometres.
“Everything’s on local deliveries,” said transport manager, Craig Stopforth, “so annual mileage is never excessive. However, our 10-year-old CF has delivered fantastic reliability and it’s still going strong. The 480hp DAFs are ideal for our operation, fully-loaded and with double-deck trailers, they’re on regular runs over Blubberhouses and returning exceptional fuel economy.”
“Our drivers really like the DAF Space Cab. The Comfort Package includes touch-screen navigation, leather seats, Bluetooth and lots of creature comforts. While operations rarely require an overnight, the bunk provides ample space and it’s well appreciated by the drivers. If they’re happy, they’ll look after their trucks and we are far more likely to get the best out of them.”