Abbey Logistics has put into operation the UK’s first Daf CF Silent on its British Salt contract.

The urban tractor and Feldbinder command-steer tanker combination, which features Daf’s Silent Mode technology, is said to provide extensive manoeuvrability in town centre locations.

It will be making early morning and evening deliveries to London’s hospitals, restaurants and hotels.

The Bootle, Merseyside operator said it worked closely with the manufacturer to ensure an “exacting and lightweight” 6x2 tractor unit specification for its tanker work.

“We worked hand-in-hand with Daf to bring the CF Silent to the UK, and so soon after its European launch late last year,” said Abbey Logistics MD Steve Granite.

He added that following the acquisition of Seafield Logistics’ bulk powder business, Abbey wanted to maximise payload potential on the new contract. “We moved to an FTP chassis with mid-lift axle specification, plus a CF sleeper cab – together resulting in an 800kg weight saving. Tanker specialist Feldbinder also built a new tanker/trailer to maximise bulk fill. Together, we have built a truck and trailer combination that precisely meets its operational requirement, maximise productivity and, ultimately, reduces Abbey’s impact on the environment."

The CF 440 FT Silent is joined on the British Salt contract by seven Daf XF 440 FTP tractor units– all acquired on hire purchase packages through Paccar Financial. They join other recent Daf units including 12 XF 460 FTPs, two CF 440 FTPs and five XF 460 FTGs, representing an investment of £2.5m.

Daf trucks were chosen by Abbey Logistics following a competitive tender process that saw four manufacturers pit vehicles head-to-head in a six-month trial, focusing on fuel, maintenance and driver acceptance. “Daf won on every count,” said Granite, “over six months, it delivered the most convincing, cost effective whole-life package.”

Silent Mode is available on CF and XF models powered by the MX-11 engine. The system is engaged by the driver activating a dash-mounted ‘Silent’ button. Beneath the cab, engine software alters performance characteristics to reduce noise levels to less than 72 dB(A).

  • The new truck and command-steer trailer will be exhibited on Daf's stand at Tip-Ex later this week in Harrogate, which runs from 28-30 May.