Ketra Logistics has taken delivery of 14 new trucks on a contract hire agreement with Ryder.
The new models are all compliant with the new Direct Vision Standards (DVS) requirements, which was crucial for the London-based logistics firm.
It’s the first time the business has operated brand new trucks, having previously operated used models.
Martyn Young, managing director of Ketra Logistics, said: "We needed to make the commitment to vulnerable road users in London; we wanted our trucks to be as safe as possible - and our old fleet would not have been DVS-compliant.
“This new fleet not only means that we’re compliant now, but also when the standard becomes tougher in 2024 and sets the minimum requirement at three stars - and this means we won’t need to worry about retrofitting vehicles or replacing them in three years’ time."
The new trucks will not only work for Ketra, but also for its sister business IEFS Logistics in Barking, east London. Both businesses are members of the Palletways pallet network: Ketra handles the SE and DA postcodes, while IEFS handles the IG and E postcodes.
The fleet is comprised of two 7.5-tonne Daf LF150s, five 12-tonne LF180s and seven 18-tonne LF220s, all with day cabs.
Young added: "We sat down with our drivers and loaders to work up our dream spec: this is it! This order also marks us settling on red and silver as our livery - previously when we were acquiring used trucks we had to compromise on colour and spec, but no more!"
The DVS specification was a joint effort, featuring a mixture of Ryder’s preferred nearside sensors and audible warning system and Ketra’s choice of camera system. The 18 tonners feature a passenger side lower window to increase visibility.
Ryder has also fitted the new trucks with TRAILAR solar matting; the energy the mats harvest will be used to power ancillaries including the tail lifts.
The truck bodies feature a strapping system from CV Roller for load security and full rear closure Dhollandia cantilever tail lifts.
Young favoured Daf trucks "because of the reliability and the commitment to repairs and spares; we did look at others, but Daf was the right way to go".
Previously Ketra managed the service and maintenance of its trucks, but has now entrusted Ryder to do this through its accredited FleetCare providers. The new trucks will be looked after by HTC Daf Belvedere and Harris Daf in Thurrock.
Paul Eve, enterprise support manager at Ryder, said: "I’m delighted that, following a thorough and robust tender process, Martyn has put his trust in Ryder. It’s also great to work with a client that understands the importance of correctly specifying the vehicle in the first place and how best to maintain it."