Ryder Ketra Apr 21 2

Ketra Logistics has taken delivery of 14 DAF rigids all compliant with London’s Direct Vision Standard (DVS), in a bid to make the fleet as safe as possible.

The new trucks were provided by Ryder and will not only work for the Thamesmead company but also for sister business IEFS Logistics in Barking.

Both firms are Palletways members, with Ketra handling the SE and DA postcodes and IEFS taking responsibility for IG and E postcodes.

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The new additions are made up of two 7.5-tonne LF150s, five 12-tonne LF180s and seven 18-tonne LF220s, all with day cabs.

Owner Martyn Young - former Palletways MD - said the acquisitions were the biggest trading decision he’d made for Ketra since he took it over: “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,” he said.

“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.”