Fresh fruit and vegetable distributors Fresh Trading – a long-standing customer of Serco’s – had a problem! They wanted bigger bodies and better payloads on delivery vehicles their drivers could operate with standard Code 8 driving licenses.
But Code 10 driving licenses are usually required for the type of vehicle Fresh Trading wanted so a solution looked unlikely.
The managing director of Cape Town-based Fresh Trading, Simao da Luz, called in Serco’s Jeremy Freedman to discuss his logistical needs.
Da Luz said he was looking for a 3m-long body which could be fitted to a Hyundai H100 he was considering buying. The bottom line was this: He wanted a light truck with a large payload that his Code 8 drivers could use rather than getting a bigger vehicle which would then require his drivers to upgrade their licenses to Grade 10.
Freedman told him that he had heard about Dyna’s recent driver’s license category change down from Code 10 to Code 8 and confirmed this with Juan du Plooy of Barloworld Hino in Kuilsriver.
Bingo, problem solved! Freedman confirmed the potential solution and da Luz, who liked the suggestion, ordered two of the 3-litre DYNA 150s.
Serco then quickly moved into action fitting 3m-long refrigerated rigid bodies onto the Dynas which have a body and payload capacity of 1,95 tons – higher than any other light truck in the Code 8 license category!
Serco’s solution gave the customer the increased payload and body size he wanted – further evidence of Serco once again going the extra innovative mile for a client.
Da Luz said the two new Dynas had taken his company up to another level. “The new refrigerated units will ensure the cold chain is fully maintained while fruit and vegetables are in our vehicles. The two new units are in service and we are very happy with the outcome,’ said da Luz.
“We always enjoy dealing with Serco – the guys really do go out of their way to ensure customer satisfaction. On top of that their workmanship is right up there with the very best available.”