DAF Trucks has delivered five Euro 6 CF ‘Silent’ rigids to Martin Brower, the UK logistics provider for restaurant chain McDonald’s.
The new vehicles have been acquired for Martin Brower’s long-standing partnership with McDonald’s delivering frozen, chilled and dry food products totalling around 62 million cases annually.
Improved manoeuvrability and the ability to work outside normal deliver day-time delivery hours were key to the decision to select the DAF CF model.
Martin Brower and McDonald’s have been using Biodiesel since 2007.
Recycled from used cooking oil (UCO), Biodiesel delivers considerable carbon reduction benefits. Biodiesel viability has also been an important factor for Martin Brower in choosing DAF as its preferred marque.
The CF 290 FAN rear-steers feature DAF’s silent mode; an engine software function which alters performance characteristics to reduce noise levels to less than 72dB(A), and allowing for urban deliveries during early morning and night time restrictions.
DAF’s Silent Mode also complies with PIEK-certification requirements on vehicle noise limits.
The new Euro 6 rear-steers join an all-DAF fleet based at the company’s Hemel Hempstead and Dublin locations, including 117 tractors and 40 rigids, plus 153 trailers.
Prior to entering service, Martin Brower’s final ‘Silent DAF’ has been specially prepared for the upcoming CLOCS (Construction Industry & Cyclist Safety) progress event on March 23 at ExCeL London.
The remaining four same-spec trucks are already operating out of Martin Brower’s Hemel Hempstead base.
All vehicles are being supplied through DAF Dealer HTC in Oxford and are acquired with DAF MultiSupport R&M packages on a six-year arrangement.
“We are always looking at ways of reducing our environmental impact,” said Tony Winterbottom, general manager operational support at Martin Brower.
"We have already completed significant work on reducing both noise and engine emissions. The DAF CF Silent option was chosen as part of our environmental protection strategy, and will be included on specification for all future truck acquisitions,”
He added: “We chose DAF thanks to its capability of running on biodiesel. Clean engine technology is fundamental to our environmental strategy.
"Our significant reduction in our CO2 emissions is a result of the collaboration between McDonald’s and Martin Brower over several years.”
All recent DAF CF acquisitions feature 8.5-metre Gray & Adams refrigerated bodies featuring a multi-temperature, two-lane configuration divided longitudinally to provide a dry goods area to the rear of the body. Frigoblock provides the refrigeration systems.