Lawsons has received its first Iveco Daily Hi-Matic 3.5-tonne chassis cabs. The timber, building and fencing supplier has selected the company for its truck-levels of aftersales care, and will use it for its day-to-day fleet support.
The incoming vehicles have a 100kg payload advantage and will operate alongside a 26-tonne Stralis Natural Power rigid, which runs on compressed natural gas (CNG).
Lawson’s now 25-strong light commercial fleet will deliver supplies to customers across London and the South East, operating from its Camden and Belvedere depots.
Assistant manager at Lawsons, Mike Kelly, said: “We considered Iveco for our light commercials as we’ve previously struggled to get the aftersales support we really needed.
“If we had a problem with a 3.5-tonner, we’d drop it off at the nearest dealer, but a technician might not be able look at it for days.
“Acorn Trucks is the closest dealership to our London branches and can’t do enough in looking after our Stralis NP; and they have assured us our new Dailys will be treated in the same manner.”
Iveco designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, off-road trucks, and vehicles for off-road duties.
Kelly added: “This means a driver can drop a vehicle off in the evening and pick it up early the next morning, so we never miss a day’s work.
“It’s highlighted the gap between a predominantly car-focused network and one used to supporting transport companies which can’t afford non-productive downtime.
“We’ve got full trust in Acorn Trucks to look after our new vehicles and that’s why we’ve put the Dailys in their care.”
In 2018 Lawsons took delivery of its first gas-powered heavy truck, a 26-tonne Iveco Stralis.
The seven-year agreement will now see the timber company move forward with the 3.5-tonne chassis cabs.