Logistics provider Keith Elkington Transport has invested £110,000 in two 7.5 tonne lorries specifically tailored to accommodate extra large or fragile catering equipment.
The two purpose-built DAF vehicles boast extra high bodies allowing any over-height equipment like certain brands of upright refrigeration to be safely loaded and longer tail lifts for cooking suites and three- and four-door refrigeration units.
“Both vehicles were specced with Air Suspension for a smoother ride for delicate fragile equipment like glass counters,” explained owner Keith Elkington. “Inside the back there is ample load-lock to ensure that equipment is always secured, whatever its shape and size.”
The vehicles also feature new technology that makes the drivers’ jobs easier, as well as the the latest low emission green engines. The investment is in addition to the £95,000 that Keith Elkington Transport has already spent on new vans this year.
“We are currently running 16 vehicles — two of these are based up in our Scottish depot in Bellshill,” said Elkington. “There will be more vehicles to come during the year, not only to replace and update the fleet but also to service the additional work that we have coming on board during the second part of the year.”
Elkington said the company also plans to take stock of a further two 18 tonne vehicles later in the year as part of an ongoing move to shift its vehicle fleet from Mercedes to DAF.