CM DOWNTON MAKES JUMP TO ATF
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After 18 months as a DP, CM Downton has made the transition to become an authorised testing facility at its Gloucestershire headquarters.
Group fleet engineer Richard Catley says Downton’s primary reason for becoming a DP was to service its own vehicles and estimates that the move to testing in house saves it between £12,000 and £15,000 a year on fuel, and 12 tonnes a year in emissions.
With the Gloucester VOSA test station scheduled to close later this year, Catley says the haulier may consider opening the doors of its ATF to third parties.
“We’ll review it on an ongoing basis, but our primary concern is looking after our own fleet’s requirements,” says Catley.
“For the past 30 years, we’d taken our 150 vehicles and 450 trailers to the Gloucester VOSA station for testing. This was inefficient as we had drivers and fitters travelling back and forth from our premises to the test station.”