Daf Trucks to highlight Silent Mode and safer construction HGV at Freight in the City Expo

Daf Trucks will be highlighting the safety and noise-reduction benefits that its trucks provide for urban distribution at next month’s Freight in the City Expo in London.

On display on its stand inside the exhibition space will be a Daf CF 440 FAD low-height 8×4 rigid tipper.

The vehicle is based on Daf’s CF low-height haulage chassis, with its cab mounted 150mm lower than its construction CF 8×4 stablemate to improve direct vision around the cab.

It is fitted with a side-scan system to warn cyclists when a vehicle is turning left, while also alerting the driver if a cyclist is on the nearside of the truck. This is complemented by a Trailer Vision 360-degree camera system.

In addition, to boost the driver’s visibility on the nearside of the cab, the truck is fitted with a ClearView passenger door window (pictured, right).Daf-Clearview-window

The ClearView design, developed by Cheshire-based Astra Vehicle Technologies, means the main passenger door window can still be opened.

Fitted with a Thompson steel muckaway body, the demonstrator on the stand is available for operators to try out in day-day operation.

Quiet deliveries will be Daf’s focus in the outside exhibition area, where it will be showcasing a CF 440 tractor unit equipped with Silent Mode.

Silent Mode is engaged with the push of a dash-mounted button. Engine software then alters engine performance characteristics to reduce noise levels to less than 72 dB(A) to achieve PIEK ‘Quiet Truck’ Certification.

The manufacturer now offers Silent Mode across most of its range, including the LF at 7.5-tonne GVW and on numerous CF & XF rigid and tractor configurations powered by the MX-11, 10.8 litre engine.