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Automatic gears preferred

Kerbside collection business Romaquip has ordered 160 DAF LF180 trucks, requesting that Allison 2500 fully automatic transmission be made available with the four-cylinder Paccar PX-5 engine in the 12-tonne vehicles.

John McKeown, technical director at Romaquip, said that an automated manual transmission was not suitable for the creeping speeds and multiple stop-start conditions that his customers face, but there was no Allison option available with a four-cylinder Euro 6 engine.

“The Allison 2500 model solution is a godsend for our sector. Along with Allison’s UK team, we were able to work with DAF to secure the ideal specification for our application.”

The first 40 trucks are now in operation for local authority fleets in Wrexham, the Lake District, Devon and Flintshire.

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