Drainfast, a DAF Trucks customer of more than a decade, has marked its 20th anniversary with a striking new livery for its fleet of 19 ‘caged’ DAF LF 180s. The company, which specialises in the supply of plastic drainage equipment, believes that the lightweight DAFs have played a pivotal role in its success by allowing it to achieve its trademark ‘next day delivery’ guarantee.
Cabs have been vinyl wrapped in a custom-designed red and black livery, complete with front-and-side Drainfast branding to mark the anniversary.
“We’ve had a lot of interest in our trucks since we applied the wrap,” explained Mark Chambers, Marketing Manager at Drainfast. “We were looking at a new campaign to celebrate our two decades in business and decided that our fleet of DAFs is the perfect billboard for the company. There’s been a lot of people commenting on how much they like the design and how smart the trucks look, which is great.”
The new Drainfast fleet has been supplied by local DAF Dealer, Adams Morey, in Portsmouth, which, the company reports, has always provided excellent service. “Since 2011, we’ve always chosen DAF,” said Drainfast Transport Manager, John Harfield. “I think the main reasons are the exceptional reliability of the LF and a genuine partnership we have with Adams Morey. Customer service is prompt and efficient, and the parts department is proactive and helpful.”
Drainfast recently took delivery of four new DAF LF 180s, allowing it to allocate some of its older vehicles to a reserve pool for use during periods of high demand. The fleet, when combined, is able to average around 21 MPG, based on regular urban driving and frequent local deliveries.
With the LFs predominantly carrying plastic parts, Drainfast has been able to opt for lightweight cages, rather than heavier box bodies. Bevans design and fit the customised cages to the chassis, which can be opened completely from both the side and rear for ease of loading six-metre pipework.
Phil Moon, DAF Trucks Ltd.
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