Multi-drop specialist Freightforce has taken on five new DAF CF 450 FTG 6×2 tractor units as fleet replacements to work on its 24-hour five-days-a-week operations.
The fleet-spec trucks, supplied by DAF Dealer Ford & Slater in Norwich, have a sleeper cab and FTG centre-steer axle configuration, which provides the nimble handling characteristics prerequisite to inter-urban operations.
“The DAF CF really is the ideal workhorse solution for us,” said Freightforce’s managing director, Nick Jolley. “A proper fleet motor for local multi-drop work, with a well-equipped, durable cab for our drivers, and, above all, a chassis and driveline that’s up to the task of gruelling 24/7 operations.”
“We’ve always had good experience with DAF and we’re pleased that these latest CFs seem to have inherited all those robust, no-nonsense attributes of previous models.”
Freightforce is responsible for Palletforce operations throughout the NR postcode region. Following the completion of local multi-drop deliveries, trucks are coupled to step-frame trailers before running to the Palletforce HQ in Burton-upon-Trent where they are tipped and reloaded.
Taking on the new DAFs coincides with Freightforce’s move to a new, 4.6-acre, secondary base in Great Yarmouth from where the Palletforce operator has plans to erect an additional warehouse.
Ford & Slater also provide maintenance services to ensure uptime is fully optimised. “Our trucks are out all week and the workshop team in Norwich is there at the weekend to fulfil routine maintenance and any running repairs – it all goes very much according to plan,” said Jolley.