Kent food distributor thinks small11 January 2021

Kent Frozen Foods (KFF) has taken delivery of 31 new IVECO vehicles, 13 Eurocargo rigids and 18 Daily box vans from Kent dealer Haynes Trucks. The national food service company now runs an IVECO fleet of 80 commercial vehicles which are based out of its Aylesford headquarters in Kent and regional depot in Witney, Oxfordshire. The 13 new 12-tonne Eurocargo ML120E25s will deliver chilled and frozen food to cafes, restaurants and takeaways in London where manoeuvrability is key and where access can be a challenge.

The Eurocargo MLC Day Cab is just 2.1 metres wide, which makes it perfect for operating in urban areas, according to KFF’s distribution manager Jason Windle.

He explains: “The 12-tonne is the perfect multi-drop urban delivery truck. It’s got a good turning circle and drivers like them as they easily take them into places where access is very challenging. The Eurocargo is the perfect size as we rarely work to the truck’s full payload, instead its more about optimising load cube on each journey.

KFF opted for the Eurocargo fitted with the Euro VI-d-compliant 247bhp 6.7-litre Tector 7 engine. Solomon Commercials fit each truck with a twin-chamber frozen and chilled box body on the 4,815mm wheelbase chassis cab complete with a 1,500kg Dhollandia tuckaway tail lift and Frigoblock refrigeration unit.

Eurocargo features IVECO’s innovative, lightweight and patented HI-SCR passive diesel particulate filtration system which is said to do away with the need for parked or forced regeneration.

Health and safety and compliance are big priorities for KFF, particularly when working in London so each Eurocargo is fitted with seven external cameras, one internal camera, a Verizon tracking unit and Hi-Viz red seatbelts. Each Daily also gains the same equipment, plus the electronic parking brake, which reduces repetitive movements for the driver.

While the new Eurocargos are tackling the streets of London the fleet of 18 new 3.5 tonne Daily box vans manage the longer-distance delivery work, serving customers as far afield as Manchester in the north and Plymouth in the south west. The 35S12 Daily 3450mm wheelbase single rear wheel chassis cab is fitted with the 118bhp 2.3-litre F1A Euro 6D diesel coupled to a manual six-speed transmission. They are specified with a single passenger seat, replacing the usual bench, as payload is an especially important consideration.

Even with its Solomon Commercials twin chamber fridge and chilled body it can swallow nearly 900kg of payload and for the majority of times it leaves the depot working at maximum payload. “Because of the inherent strength of Daily, they work at maximum payload on the outwork leg of their journeys. We take them down to the weighbridge to ensure that with a driver and full tank of fuel the vehicle is compliant but working at its optimum weight.

We’ve looked at the heavier Daily, but we wanted to stay under the 3.5 tonnes GVW to manage longer trips without the restriction of a tachograph,” added Windle. The replacement profile for both vehicles reflects their working patterns with the Eurocargo being renewed every eight years and around half a million kilometres, while the Daily’s five-year life on fleet will see them cover in the region of 400,000km. The customer has opted for IVECO’s Elements 3XL Repair & Maintenance (R&M) package delivered by Haynes Trucks and supported at the Witney depot by M&M Commercials.

3XL covers standard vehicle servicing, driveline, electrical systems and brakes, wipers and bulbs.

Windle adds: “[Haynes] supply us with one of their technicians each night and he manages any smaller problems on site to help keep our fleet on the road. For anything major he will take the vehicle to Haynes’ Maidstone site and work on it so it’s ready for to go the next morning. He is first class and treats the vehicles like his own which has meant our Vehicle Off the Road rates are very low.”

“The R&M package is very valuable as it helps us with budgeting and leaves us just with tyres, insurance and fuel to worry about. All other aspects of the vehicle are covered by Haynes,” he added. Author
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