Svella Asset Services has taken delivery of the first of nine brand-new hotbox vehicles, which will help improve operational efficiency and deliver health and safety benefits.
The Marvtech-built bodies are mounted to a DAF CF260 chassis and all feature the latest versions of Webfleet telematics, including both forward-facing and reversing cameras.
“The hotboxes represent a £1 million investment by the business and reflect a statement of intent by supporting operational improvement and future growth,” said Simon Cartwright Managing Director of Svella Asset Services.
“Beyond the regulatory six-weekly preventative maintenance Inspections, we have also invested in a programme of regular maintenance of the specialist bodies with Marvtech to minimise downtime.
“Hotboxes are a key part of our operations and modern, state-of-the-art, equipment, will support our goal of providing differentiating service to our customers.”
This first chassis, a tipper, will enter service at Swadlincote. The remaining vehicles will all be auger-type with a phased delivery between August and November. After commissioning, they will enter service at Huthwaite, Leeds and Warrington.
In line with the Direct Vision Standard, the cabs are fitted with additional kerb-side low-level windows to improve visibility and deliver road safety benefits around vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, near the vehicle.
Tom Wilson, Svella Asset Services Transport Compliance Supervisor, project-managed the programme and Connor Phelan, Svella Connect Delivery Manager, provided the operational inputs for the specification. The project was also supported by David Murphy of the QESH team, providing valuable guidance and advice with the risk assessment and safe systems of work processes. All drivers will receive full training and familiarisation prior to handover.