Operating DAF Trucks for the past 10 years, high-profile trans-European logistics specialist GBA Services has taken delivery of fifteen new DAF XF105 Super Space Cab tractor units. Fully wrapped in vinyl with the company’s new livery, they have been supplied through dealer Lancashire DAF.
All 4x2s plated at 40 tonnes, and hauling 4.0m-high tri-axle straight-frame trailers, the 460hp newcomers are destined for doubled-manned international work transporting a multitude of electrical and automotive parts. Fitted with AS-Tronic automated gearboxes, DAF engine brakes and side skirts, each will cover up to150,000km per year over the next five years.
Transport manager William Jessop explained that the main reasons for choosing the DAF XF105 were fuel economy, driver appeal and the quality of the aftersales back up service. "Our drivers like the Super Space cab, the spaciousness, the high quality fittings and the level of comfort," he says.
GBA Services handles some of its own maintenance, but relies primarily on dealer workshops for aftersales support.
At the same time GBA Services is acquiring ten DAF LF 7.5-tonners, again from Lancashire DAF. Scheduled to cover a similar mileage over a similar period to the XF105s, they too are to be deployed on double-manned cross-border work moving a wide variety of cargo and are being fitted with Hatcher sleeper cab extensions.
All are equipped with 20ft bodies – an assortment of boxes and curtainsiders – while one truck is specially equipped with an AS-Tronic gearbox.
"The reasons for choosing the 180hp LFs are much the same as those for selecting the XF105s," explains Mr. Jessop. "They offer good fuel economy, driver appeal and a class-leading payload capacity."
GBA Services chose Paccar Finance to fund the acquisition of its new DAFs. Lancashire DAF sales representative, Lee Draper said, "We are delighted to receive this order from GBA Services and are confident that the trucks they are acquiring will make a major contribution to the efficiency of their business".
Operating from eight UK sites with its head office based just outside Preston, GBA Services is one of Britain’s leading providers of European express road transport. Its 150-strong fleet operates for many blue chip companies transporting all manner of cargo ranging from automotive, aeronautical, high-value goods under secure conditions to exhibition stands, and the company offers a global freight forwarding service.