Project: Making the Swap to Demountables

Reference: TE253

Last update: 23/01/2006 15:52:20


The aim of this leaflet is to:
- explain the concept of demountable body systems
- outline how a demountable system might improve
- efficiency in certain operations
- provide a guide to demountable body systems
- identify the main options available
- help you make the right choices for your business


Demountable body systems can be a cost-effective way to
increase driver, vehicle and warehouse productivity. The ability to
preload a demountable body without a motor vehicle being
present can save significant resource costs in terms of staff,
vehicles and time. Multiple bodies for a single motor vehicle
chassis can improve operational flexibility and may even lead to
reductions in fleet size. For certain operations, the use of
demountable systems can lead to improved operational efficiency
and reduced operating costs.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £12,000.00

Actual start date: 01 December 2004

Actual completion date: 01 September 2005


Make the Swap to Demountable
Author: Freight Best Practice
Publication date: 01/08/2005
Free Publication
Source: Freight Best Practice
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Summary of results

  1. The adoption of demountable body systems can significantly
    improve the efficiency of a freight fleet, primarily due to
    increased utilisation of the vehicle and driver. As drivers and
    time become ever more precious resources, it is important to
    find ways to use both more efficiently. Restrictions on vehicle
    routes in urban areas are also a significant obstacle to delivery,
    which can be avoided by using smaller vehicles for final deliveries.
    Potential savings from demountables can be broken down as
    - Combined long distance transport of containers followed
    by transfer to smaller chassis for final delivery reduces
    mileage and can decrease the total number of chassis
    required, if multiple bodies are used by single vehicles
    - Fewer chassis require fewer drivers, where multiple bodies
    are used by single vehicles
    Bodies can be preloaded so that drivers may not need to
    wait as long during the loading/unloading
    - Chassis are not idle and waiting during loading/unloading
    Demountable trucks can use different docking sites to
    regular loaders, which saves time queuing for position. With
    hydraulic ground level lowering systems, specialised docking
    sites may not be needed at all
    - Chassis can perform more than one role by attaching
    different body types
    - Small final delivery vehicles are more feasible in the city
    - Bodies have a comparatively long lifespan - typically twice as
    long as a chassis - which reduces long-term investment
    costs when compared with fixed body single vehicles