International transport and logistics haulier for the entertainment and events industry, Fly By Nite, has taken delivery of another five DAF XF 480 FT low-deck tractor units.
The 4×2 trucks, which will be based at the Fly By Nite facility in Redditch, join about 160 tractors and rigids in the company’s fleet, of which more than 75% are DAF. The centre is also home to a fleet of 150 flat-floor Megacube box and curtain-sided trailers.
Outside, the new DAFs have also been fitted with forward and near-side cameras, as well as audible turning warnings. Though very little of the operator’s work is London-centred, the specification comfortably fits the proposed Safe System Permit requirements.
The operator has its own workshops and body-shop at Redditch, so does not buy extended R&M packages, undertaking all routine servicing, maintenance and repair itself, with full support from local supplying DAF dealer, Imperial Commercials at Halesowen. Unlike normal haulage operations however, the individual trucks do not cover huge distances in a year, 100,000kms being among the highest.
Richard Brown, Transport Manager at Fly By Nite said: “This business is all about reliability. We can’t phone up a major star’s production manager and say, ‘We’re terribly sorry, we’re running a day or two late’. It’s a business where failure simply isn’t an option – so we don’t fail!
“It’s why we focus on premium brands of truck, and of those we have opted heavily in favour of DAF. They are just very good products, and, if we should need support, DAF back-up across Europe is great.
“Then, the roominess and comfort of the Super Space Cabs make them a great favourite with our drivers, and our drivers are important to us, a vital part of making sure the show always goes on. So, because they can be gone for weeks at a time, we give them the best cabs and all the best in-cab equipment we can.”