DAF Dealer group, Harris DAF, with locations throughout the home counties, has opened the doors to a new, purpose-built five-bay workshop and ATF service at its principal site in Grays, Essex. The new investment will generate employment opportunities for 15 technicians over the next 12-months, including an intake of five DAF Apprentices.


The all-new, purpose-built workshop bolsters the Harris DAF service offering locally, supporting its dealerships in High Wycombe, Lea Valley and Witham, with further VMU facilities in Slough and Harlow.


The 900 square-metre workshop at Harris DAF Grays is situated on a two-acre plot adjacent to the existing premises. With five full-length bays, planning exists to extend the workshop footprint to accommodate ten bays. Equipment includes a BM roller-brake tester set in the ground to deliver ‘meaningful’ test results as laid down by the DVSA. The equipment will initially perform 50 vehicle tests per night with potential to ramp-up to 100 at full capacity.


Harris DAF Grays will operate 24/7 during the week, with daytime opening at weekends.

The investment comes as DAF Trucks, and its dealer network, continue to lead the UK truck market, with demand for flexible, conveniently located service and maintenance continuing to be a prerequisite for operators.


“We’re excited with the potential that our new workshop provides for operators,” said Managing Director, Gary Carpenter, “Demand from customers for a high level of service is only increasing and we expect to be very busy going forward. The new workshop means job opportunities for DAF Apprentices and for technicians more widely. With Electric Vehicles beginning to enter the market in growing numbers, now is an exciting time toembark on a workshop career, and here at Grays we utilise state-of-the-art equipment and deliver first-class training to provide a wide-ranging skillset. Grays is at the forefront of truck servicing and support, and I would urge those with an interest in trucks and transport to experience the DAF difference.”

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