New Vehicles for Smiths News
Smiths News has invested in fourteen new vehicles to meet London's low emission standards.
Fitted with the latest technology, the custom-built vehicles will improve communications for drivers and their customers, as well as meet new airside security requirements in London’s airports.
The new DAF LF45 160 EEV’s vehicles are fitted with box bodies built by AG Bracey and the tail-lifts were supplied by Ratcliff. The DAF’s were chosen because of the enhanced payloads they offer which is ideal for the deliveries they will be used for. The vehicles have Euro five engines to comply and meet the Low Emission Zone regulations which were strengthened last January.
The vehicles are fitted with the latest GPS technology to enable Smiths News staff to provide accurate delivery time information to retailers. Other mod cons on the DAF automatic vehicles include on-board cameras to record incidents and bluetooth communication.
The fleet operates from London Travel News, a specialist depot in Slough, which delivers 2.6 million newspapers and magazines to Heathrow retailers each year and 27 million magazines to retailers at Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports. This includes deliveries to Charing Cross, Kings Cross, Paddington and Waterloo mainline railway stations (see below for full list of railway stations which receive deliveries).
To meet strict airside regulations, the vehicles are fitted with beacons which won’t dazzle flight-crew. The vehicles also have the Smiths News logo so they can be identified whilst in restricted areas of airports.
Terry Skipsey, Manager of London Travel News' Distribution Centre says:
"Each vehicle is fitted with a GPS tracker. This enables us to see where the vehicles are at any given time. We are now able to provide accurate information to our customers regarding the time of their deliveries. This is particularly important to our airport customers as all products are subject to x-ray screening before passing through to airside stores. This is an additional process which requires booked time slots 28 days in advance and can prove problematic to our customers who are waiting to put the product on display.”
“The GPS will be particularly useful in the heavy London traffic and on the infamous M25. The drivers are pleased that the vehicles are automatic too.”
"Each vehicle is fitted with a GPS tracker which means we are now able to provide accurate information to our customers regarding the time of their deliveries."