Iveco and its Kent, UK-based dealer, Haynes Trucks, have won a major deal with steel stockholders John Parker & Sons to replace its 32-strong fleet of 18t rigids with new Stralis Active Day multi-drop distribution vehicles.

The Stralis AD190S31/P 4x2 rigids are being fitted with bespoke dropside bodies designed to cope with the rugged demands of making multi-drop deliveries of steel.

Their introduction marks the arrival of the first rigids in the fleet to benefit from an automated gearbox – a standard feature on all Stralis vehicles. The latest Enhanced Environmentally friendly Vehicle (EEV) engines (also a standard feature) will ensure they are some of the greenest 18t operating anywhere in the UK.

The specification also includes the fitment of on-board tracking systems, hands-free telephones and mobile data terminals allowing drivers to record deliveries electronically.

John Parker operations manager Norma Reay said: “Steel is one of the most difficult products there is to carry on a truck and to deliver well. We are fairly unique amongst steel stockholders for specifying sided vehicles, but it makes deliveries both cleaner and safer, which reflects the good reputation John Parker & Sons has established during its 102 year history.”

Each of the Stralis 18 tonners is expected to remain on the fleet for at least six years, covering approximately 12,000 miles a year delivering steel to customers across the South of England.

John Parker & Sons stocks more than 8000 steel items within its 300000ft2 covered warehouse.