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HTC Hemel opens UK's 400th ATF Lane

23rd January 2014
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By Ashleigh Wight

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD parts dealer HTC Hemel has begun operating the UK's 400th authorised testing facility (ATF) lane, putting it a step closer to becoming a one-stop shop for operators in the area.

The TRP truck and trailer parts dealership, which is part of the South East-based HTC group, opened the test lane so the site could offer a complete service to its customers, as well as those operating different marques. Group aftersales director Peter Gibbons said the Hemel A bright future: DVSA chief executive Alastair Peoples, Mike Penning MP, depot manager Jane Barrett and Daf Trucks MD Ray Ashworth

Hempstead site was the ideal location for this due to its proximity to London, the M1 and M25.

The ATF lane was opened by locall\TP and former transport minister Mike Penning, DVSA (formerly Vosa and the DSA) chief executive Alastair Peoples and Daf Trucks MD Ray Ashworth, who said the dealership will likely be appointed as an authorised Daf dealer later this year.

"The opening of this ATF lane, along with all the other services this brand-new site offers, will without a shadow of a doubt allow us to raise the bar even higher," said Gibbons.

Daf dealerships and workshops now operate 40 of the UK's 400 ATFs, four years after the first non-Vosa test lane was opened, and maintain above a 90% first-time pass rate, said Ashworth.

Sister company DGC also recently expanded into Hemel Hempstead and plans to offer customers the ability to have their vans serviced under the Fiat Professional Commercial brand.

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