Specialist body builder Serco will supply 22 demountable load bodies to Bakers Transport to service the Clicks Distribution Centre in Johannesburg.

Mohammed Cassim, fleet manager at Bakers Transport, said the units – which are expected to speed up turnaround time – would be put into operation on delivery. He described the innovative cargo solution as ideal for the quick loading and off-loading needed at the distribution centre.

“We’ve been doing business with Serco for the past 10 years and more and can vouch for their high-quality products and services,” he said.

Serco’s managing director, Clinton Holcroft, said demountable load bodies with load securing straps were a relatively new concept on the market. “The idea is that the body and the sub-structure can be dropped off at the distribution centre while the chassis can be driven away to be reloaded. The turnaround time is much faster,” he said.

According to Holcroft, part of the challenge was to get the tail lift to operate from the truck chassis instead of from the body, as has generally been the case.