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Big buy by Royal ail

15th July 1993, Page 15
15th July 1993
Page 15
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• Royal Mail's Parcelforce is investing nearly £8m in 109 4x2 tractive units and 84 parcel delivery vans (PDVs) as part of its

fleet vehicle replacement programme.

The package comprises 40 Scania P113 320s on 3.40m wheelbases, 38 Iveco EuroTech

40034Ts on 3.51m axle spreads and 31 shorter steel-suspended Mercedes 1831s.

All are sleeper-cabbed and will join Parcelforce's trunking fleet.

The bulk of its PDV replacements are Leyland Daf Vans L-D400 chassis cabs; 74 in all.The remainder are Iveco Daily 40.10s;

they all have Cartwright's Parcelpacker body system which gives a 1.2 tonne-plus payload and 14m3 (500ft3) load volume.

Parcelpacker was first seen at the IRTE exhibition in May (CM 20-26 May). Made from Polyfont's Carbofont panelling, the vans have a neat swivelling nearside door with low step and a radiocontrolled lock for easy kerbside deliveries.

The only change in specification is the use of narrow-slat shutters in place of a quarter opening rear door.

Most of the 3.5-tonne chassis will be bodied by Altrinchambased Cartwright and Sons, recently voted Bodybuilder of the Year 1993 by CM's sister magazine Motor Transport.

The rest will be added by Royal Mail's own Transport Services workshops in Kidbrook and Chorley.


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