Truck operators are increasingly paying concern to their Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS), a key measurement of vehicle roadworthiness and other legal compliance. VOSA are now adopting a ‘traffic light’ approach to vehicle operators based on their compliance and those with high scores can expect a greater chance of having their vehicles stopped for roadside inspections.
As an integral part of all new DAF Repair and Maintenance contracts, DAF Trucks is to offer to its customers a unique but fully proven telematics solution at no additional cost. The system will be pre-installed on new trucks and it has been specifically tailored for DAF by industry leader and transport management specialist Microlise.
At Leyland Trucks in the UK, the 5,000th DAF LF distribution truck with in-house manufactured and mounted PACCAR body came off the production line. The vehicle was handed to Royal Mail, the UK’s postal service that already has more than 700 PACCAR bodied DAF vehicles in its fleet.
The choice by Cheshire bulk tanker operator Arclid Transport of DAF’s CF mid-lift axle FTP model along with fitting alloy wheels has resulted in a weight of just 7,780 kgs with a driver and half a tank of fuel.
Well known South Wales haulier John Pearce Glynneath Limited has taken delivery of pair of DAF CF85 tractors with one carrying the unique registration plate Y40 JPG to mark the company’s 40th anniversary.
Record market shares in 2013
DAF Trucks further strengthened its position on the European truck market last year. In the heavy truck segment (16 tonnes+), a market share of 16.2% was achieved, a record in the 85 year history of the company. With a market share of 11.8% (an all time record as well) DAF was also very successful in the light segment (6-16 tonnes).
A trio of DAF’s new LF Construction model now in service with long-established North West scrap metal and recycling company Smith Metals are proving very productive as well as presenting a highly professional image for the company.
For maximum fuel effeciency
DAF is introducing the LF Aerobody, a 12-tonne distribution truck delivered ex-works with an aerodynamic PACCAR body. Combined with a specially developed set of spoilers and fenders, a significant saving on both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions can be realised in distribution transport applications.
The UK truck market is seeing a transformation as mergers and takeovers are resulting in fewer, larger fleet customers who demand the attention of the manufacturer. At the same time there is a growth in more sophisticated owner operator and medium fleets requiring integrated support packages for their trucks. To match these progressive changes, market leader DAF Trucks Ltd is strengthening its in house sales team based at Thame.
New Products and Strong Aftermarket Business Generate Higher Profits
“PACCAR reported record annual revenues of $17.12 billion and net income of $1.17 billion for 2013. PACCAR achieved the third best annual net profit in the company’s history and the 75th consecutive year of net income,” said Mark Pigott, chairman and chief executive officer.