Six IVECO Daily 7.2-tonne chassis cabs have been bought and fitted with an asphalt mixing machine for emergency road repairs by ND Brown.

The company, which specialises in supplying vehicles to the utility, civil engineering, municipal and highway maintenance sectors, chose the Daily for its 7.2 tonne gross vehicle weight which gives it the highest payload capacity of any light commercial vehicle (LCV) on the market.

The new vehicles are the first of their kind in the 500-strong fleet and will be hired out to local authorities and highway maintenance contractors nationwide, for works including filling in potholes, repairing damage left by utilities contractors and installing or removing streetlamps.

Mark Fernyhough, Managing Director at N D Brown, said: 'We chose the Daily because it was the only model in its class capable of carrying the asphalt mixing machine, crew and bagged materials on one vehicle.

'Being an LCV, the Daily's lower chassis height also makes pouring the asphalt much easier and keeps the crew safe when loading heavy raw materials. We've got no other vehicles like it on our fleet, and they are attracting a lot of attention'

Traditionally, fleets such as N D Brown would supply vehicles equipped to transport ready-made asphalt in hot box containers, which needed to return to the local depot each time they had to refill. With the 7.2 tonne Daily, customers can carry a stock of cold, bagged materials which can be mixed on-site and takes only 10 minutes to prepare.

Fernyhough added: 'Another advantage of the Daily is we can also tow a roller behind it, which enables crews to work completely independently ' meaning fewer vehicles are required per job. This makes our customers even more efficient and reduces their fleet running costs'

ND Brown operates a fleet of specialist vehicles from Wolverhampton and has four additional UK branches in South-East and South-West England, Scotland and a brand new depot in Northern Ireland.