Walker Humphrey cooks up a pair of DAF 18 tonners

George Barrow
September 12, 2021

Leeds-based bakery supplier Walker Humphrey has taken delivery of a pair of DAF CF 18 tonners.

The rigids are the first vehicles at this weight that the company has operated having moved up from 16-tonnes

General manager, Simon Rennison, said: “We knew our existing 16-tonne vehicles were

good for deliveries to smaller customers in towns and villages locally, even farm shops down country lanes, but needed something bigger for bulk orders to larger customers.”

Walker Humphrey took trialled an 18-tonner from Dawsongroup on rental, before quickly realising its improved productivity benefits. They then took that truck and a similar unit on a two-year contract hire agreement.

The decision has proven to be a wise one, and a third DAF CF 18-tonner has been ordered from Dawsongroup truck and trailer on a five-year contract with the company now looking to replace its remaining 16-tonne trucks with the larger rigids.

“It’s such a convenient way of operating for us and makes perfect economic sense as we get a fixed budget for the duration of the contract. Dawsongroup then takes care of all the regular servicing, maintenance and routine checks, as well as tyres and tax, so we can concentrate on planning routes and loads for our customers,” explains Rennison.

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George Barrow

George has been writing about nearly anything with wheels for the past 15 years and is the UK jury member of the International Van of the Year and International Pick-Up Award.

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