TIP helps Wickes upgrade its fleet

Commercial Motor
December 6, 2023

 

Supplied by the TIP Group, Wickes is updating its fleet with an influx of new trucks and trailers.

The new units include 46 DAF XF 480 tractors, 28 DAF LF 260 curtainside rigids and 38 Montracon double-deck curtainsider trailers. 

In line with Wickes’ truck and child safety programme, the order also includes a DAF XF with bespoke safety livery. This vehicle will be taken to schools across the UK to educate children about road safety around trucks. This allows pupils to see the driver’s perspective from inside the vehicle, getting first hand experience of the blind spots around the truck. 

Robert Dibble, transport operations manager for the Wickes store delivery network, said: “Our new safety truck is a DAF XF 480 and it is equipped with many safety features, making it ideal for raising awareness with school children of the importance of road safety when around large vehicles such as HGVs.”

The DAF LF trucks will be used to transport kitchens and feature an underbody worktop storage locker to protect these materials in transit. This frees up space inside the main cargo area and the double-deck curtainsider trailers also feature bespoke strapping arrangements to optimise space for Wickes’ deliveries. 

To reduce the number of roller brake tests needed on a regular basis, the trucks are fitted with TIP’s electronic brake performance monitoring system called BrakePlus. This reduces physical tests for trailers to just one annually at an MoT test. The trailers have full maintenance and repair cover supported by TIP and more trailers are expected to be delivered in 2024. 

Mark Wheeler, national transport manager, said: “Aside from the clear safety and compliance benefits of the fitment of BrakePlus to our trailer fleet, we expect the adoption of the system to have a direct impact on our fleet costs. With the reduction in the number of roller brake tests now needed, including reduced ‘downtime’ benefits, the system is estimated to save us more than £50,000 a year across our fleet when also retro-fitted to the existing Wickes trailer fleet, according to our calculations, and we are delighted with that.”

Stephen Stanton, key account manager for Wickes at TIP, said: “TIP is providing operators with more and more solutions for both truck and trailer and we are really pleased to have been able to do so for Wickes. We are delighted that Wickes is continuing to invest in its truck and child safety programme and it's great to see their new ‘safety truck’ put to use in educating children around HGV awareness as part of a super initiative, which will benefit us all.”

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