Walkers Transport has taken delivery of eight new mirrorless DAF XF 480 tractor units from Alliance Group, as part of a fleet upgrade.
The new trucks, featuring the manufacturer’s Digital Vision System, which replaces the wing mirrors, are supplied on three-year contract hire deals.
They join a fleet of 120 trucks and 220 trailers at Walkers Transport’s Manchester depot, from where they will distribute goods through The Pallet Network and carry out general haulage work nationwide.
Walkers Group praised Alliance Group for providing it with used trucks to temporarily replace the haulage firm’s DAF CF fleet, at no additional cost, following the end of its lease contract with another company, whilst it waited for the new vehicles to arrive.
Paul Clarke, Walkers Transport, fleet director said: “They went the extra mile for us and provided nine trucks free of charge so that we weren’t rushed or panicking and could maintain our business operations.
“And when the new trucks arrived, Asset Alliance Group provided training for our drivers about the Digital Vision System on the new DAFs because it’s totally different to what they have been used to before.
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“Asset Alliance Group’s fleet engineer went over the finer details and took time to ensure everything was right for us. We’re grateful for the extra service.”
The DAF XF 480 trucks, which boast large cabs with a range of driver comforts, are specified with smart safety features including City Turn Assist and Electronic Park Brake. As part of the order, a ninth XF 480 will join the haulier’s fleet in December.
Clarke said: “The key change for us was going mirrorless. It’s a great system, our drivers love it, and we expect it to increase fuel efficiencies in the long run. These stunning new trucks also present a really strong image for the company and will help to grow our reputation around the UK.”
It’s the first time Walkers Transport has partnered with Asset Alliance Group – and Clarke said he is impressed with the level of service.
“The pricing and vehicle stock availability were important factors. We ordered in May and the trucks were ready in our yard in their livery on 1 September. That’s an exceptionally good turnaround time. I’m confident we will do further business with Asset Alliance Group as renewals come up at other depots.”
Jim Agnew, Asset Alliance Group national key account manager, added: “This was a great team effort. We had a flexible approach from the outset to support Walkers Transport’s transitional position and by evaluating the needs of their business we were able to provide a great solution that exceeded the customer’s expectations.”
With bases in Lichfield, Manchester and Leeds, Walkers Transport offers a comprehensive range of transport services for distribution in the UK, Ireland and Europe, as well as warehousing, storage and inventory management solutions. In September, the company won the Customer Care accolade at the 2023 Motor Transport Awards.
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