In 2014 Ian Knight The Managing Director of AKFS engaged with a reputable Traffic Management Company in the Midlands, Highway Traffic Management (HTM) with his concept of the AKFS Low Floor 3.5t Traffic Management Vehicle. Between Ian and the team at HTM the first prototype of the Drop & Go® was built at our Andover facility based on the Fiat Ducato platform.
In 2014 The first Drop & Go® with fixed rear gantry and detachable side loading ramp was delivered to HTM for extensive testing. After the testing HTM requested a small amount of modifications, once these modifications had been completed the Low floor Drop & Go® Traffic Management Vehicle entered full time service with HTM.
From the initial conception of the design AKFS hasn’t rested on their laurels and have kept developing the design with close contact with Industry for what they would require for a purpose-built low floor traffic management vehicle based on the AlKo Technologies Low Floor Chassis.
In June 2020 HTM took delivery of 4 new LLTMV 5.4.0 Drop & Go® that were modified to meet HTM Ltd operational requirements utilising the New Light Weight LP13 built by Acklea. Find out more about Drop & Go®
Acklea have developed a light weight LP13 light arrow that can significantly help increase a vehicle’s carrying capacity.
Using Nissen lamps, the Board is Designed & built in Britain and is fully approved by Nissen.
The lightest LP13 on the market is strong, Impact & corrosion resistant
The new light weight LP13 is 50% Lighter than a standard Nissen Light Board weighing in at just 19Kg
BS and EN compliant; authorised by the DfT
Easy to fit supplied with 20m wiring harness and ECO remote control hand control
“We are seeing all vehicle manufactures increasing unladen weights with the introduction of new technology, the weight saving of this new design along with the new light weight LP13 light boards have played a significant part in our quest to increase the payload of our vehicles.” says Martyn Long Transport Manager HTM
With a low floor height of just 550mm, Drop & Go reaches places other, larger vehicles simply cannot; making it the ideal solution for both inner city environments and major road networks, whilst enabling operatives to step on and off the vehicle quickly and safely.