Waste and recycling firm Grundon has opted for the “outstanding” manoeuvrability and turning circle of a new Daf LF 220 FA with a 12.6m3 rear-loader K-Maxi body for its London operation.

Grundon’s latest vehicle was specified to help the London operator tackle access issues within the capital and help drivers easily detect cyclists and pedestrians sharing the road.

Stephen Townsend, group fleet engineer, said: “Our drivers face constant access issues with our larger vehicles. The smaller Daf day cab provides good visibility for the driver, enhancing the awareness of vulnerable road users; this, along with the camera and side-scan equipment, enhances the vehicle’s flexibility in town."

He added: “We run a driver-only system and the compact day cab provides easy access for the driver. Allison auto transmission and an exceptional turning circle provides outstanding manoeuvrability and the new Daf LF is able to negotiate the tightest areas.”

The K-Maxi body, supplied by refuse engineering specialist NTM-GB, comprises an NTM Barlift and features a pneumatic bin catcher bar, proportionally controlled hydraulic levers (for bin-lift, carriage plate and packer plate) and high-speed compaction.

The 16-tonne Daf chassis footprint is well-matched to the NTM-GB K-Maxi body, according to Grundon, and when downrated to 15 tonnes still offers an impressive payload plus a reduced VED benefit.

Grundon’s Daf fleet comes with CarbonNeutral®certification, as part of Grundon’s affiliation with The CarbonNeutral Company, whereby all Grundon’s vehicle emissions are offset thorugh supporting a three-year re-forestation programme in Uganda.