SYNETIQ has announced a seven-figure investment in its fleet of vehicle transporters
The brand-new transporters have been purpose-built by Belle Trailers and are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, designed to give SYNETIQ’s drivers greater visibility of other road users. Each is powered by a DAF CF340 FAR tractor unit, with Euro 6-compliant engines which also comply with Central London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone.
The investment marks a significant expansion in SYNETIQ’s recovery capabilities, with the total number of vehicle transporters on the road now well in excess of 100. It also means a total of 25 new trucks have been brought into service since March 2019, including 20 DAF & Volvo car carriers, 2 van carriers and 3 Iveco Tilt & Slide trucks.
SYNETIQ’s Logistics team has worked closely with Belle Trailers to design bespoke transporters around the business’s requirements. Beginning with a basic ‘Salvage’ specification, the bodies have been modified to make each job safer and easier for drivers, customers and other road users.
The trucks fully comply with the Driver Vision Scheme; new legislation which comes into force on 26th October 2020. DVS rules will apply on all roads in Greater London and are designed to protect road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
Four-way cameras have been installed to cover drivers’ blind spots, with additional sensors providing an additional warning. Large, fluorescent warning signs are also fitted to blind spot areas to warn other road users. SYNETIQ has also scheduled upgrades to equip its existing fleet with the same accident prevention technology. This will mean SYNETIQ is well ahead of legislation, some months before it comes into force.
SYNETIQ has invested heavily in its Logistics function over the last few months. In October, it appointed James Brown in the new role of Head of Transport. Since joining, James has developed many new processes and improvements; the team are currently developing a centralised function to align SYNETIQ sites across the country. Further investments and improvements are planned, with more announcements expected later this year.