The two newest additions to the fleet of LAR Traffic Services are now hard at work in and around London. They are a Fiat Ducato RWF aluminium beavertail and a Ford Transit RW20 slidebed, both purchased from the company’s long-established supplier of trucks and equipment, Recovery World.
Compact size and good fuel economy are two of the features which influence LAR’s choice of vehicles, both important in the congested areas served by the Enfield-based company. “Smaller vehicles can get around more quickly,” says LAR’s Jason Longmore. And with fuel prices remaining stubbornly high, fuel efficiency is of increasing importance in keeping running costs down.
The carrying capacity of the Transit figured strongly too, with its ability to take a load of almost two tonnes within a 4.6 tonne GVW making it ideal for large family cars. Additional low approach ramps allow it to handle performance cars with limited ground clearance. The Transit is fitted with a sliding winch. The Transit’s fuel efficiency also makes it ideal for use on longer runs
The Fiat is a Ducato 35 L3 2.2 multijet and the RWF aluminium beavertail body is full type-approved. “We bought the Ducato as a direct replacement for a similar truck we bought from Recovery World three years ago,” Jason explains. The Fiat does not need a tachograph.
Product quality and durability are important factors when it comes to buying vehicles. “We’ve been using Recovery World for years,” adds Jason. “They’re easy to deal with and we usually go straight to them when we need a new vehicle.”
LAR Traffic Services and the associated Stort Mill Recovery business between then run around 35 vehicles. The business was set up over 25 years ago by Jason’s father.