Demounts speed parcels
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CARRYFAST, the management-owned parcels company bought from Unilever, has cut out parcels transhipment on its West Country deliveries by using demountable drawbar combinations.
It has bought two Daf 2100 16-tonners and has converted six Ford Cargo 1313s into 18tonners for drawbar work and is using these along with a fleet of new small-wheel skeletal trailers built by Transport Engineering, of Accrington.
Ironically, the demountable base units have been built by Abel Demountable Systems, a subsidiary of the rival United Parcels group. The bodies, however, were refurbished by Custornline, Carryfast's bodybuilding subsidiary.
Instead of transhipping parcels from Carryfast's Bristol distribution centre, the bodies are trunked to its Cullornpton depot, from where they are carried on rigids for deliveries in Devon and Cornwall.
They are intended to help Carryfast provide its next-day guaranteed delivery service, and the extra power of the Dais is intended for trunking work from the company's main depot at Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.