DAF has cemented its place in the Lafarge fleet after the building materials supplier took delivery of 12 new 360hp CF75s for use by its Readymix division. The vehicles have all been configured as concrete mixers with the total order consisting of one 6×4 FAT chassis and 11 8×4 FAD chassis and all fitted with McPhee mixer units.
Nick Elliott, national transport manager at Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK, said, "Lafarge is one of the UK’s largest suppliers of building materials and it is important to us that we have reliable and safe trucks operating at all times. The DAF CF75s were chosen because they provide a cost-effective solution and a best-fit for our particular operation. The CF is a proven product and it is also hugely popular with our contractors".
At Lafarge, safety is of paramount importance and the company has taken proactive steps to ensure that its vehicles have as many features as possible to protect drivers and other road users alike.
Elliott said, "One of the biggest problems for companies like Lafarge and others who deliver concrete into London and other busy cities is awareness of our vehicles to other road users. We have taken a number of simple, yet innovative steps to safeguard vulnerable road user groups such as pedestrians and cyclists.
"We have specified a camera system which provides drivers with a better view of the nearside of the truck as well as an audible ‘left-turn’ warning to alert any cyclist or pedestrian of the vehicle’s movement. In the cab we have also specified a lane departure warning and a dash-mounted red/green drum rotation indicator that notifies the driver whether the mixer is mixing or discharging. These added systems are in line with Lafarge’s company ethos of safety in the workplace. All our vehicles, including these 12 DAFs, meet the new conspicuity regulations that came into force in July which mean they bear reflective strips along the top, bottom and both sides of the rear"
Lafarge has specified 8m3 McPhee mixer units for the 11 FAD’s and 1 6m3 FAT and they’ll all be located across the UK tasked with delivering Readymix concrete to various regional clients.