|After a delay of a couple of months, I am now going to resume my review of service vehicles from the 1980s and 1990s. I covered C-prefix registrations last time, so now I'll look at the D-prefix ones, these being vehicles first licensed in 1986/1987.
A total of 12 D-prefix vehicles were added to the 'owned' fleet (with fleetnumbers in the 2xxx series), though a couple were later second-hand acquisitions. Perhaps the most conventional vehicles were four Ford Cargo lorries, delivered shortly after the registration letter change in August 1986. One was a box truck, while the others were dropsides (of which one also had a tail-lift), and all four were in the standard grey livery. 2438F was a Cargo 0809 dropside that was destined to last less than 6 years before being sold in 1992. James photographed it in Sutton Garage, along with a couple of B20 DMS class buses, in about 1988. The furthest bus has a revised grille, suggesting the fitting of an Iveco engine. This modification programme took place in 1987 and 1988, while later in 1988 many of the Sutton buses gained grey ('mushroom') skirts and Suttonbus fleetnames. The photo of this lorry taken at Stockwell Garage appears to slightly pre-date this one. In the former, the lorry has no fleetname, while here a red 'legal address' sticker for London Buses Ltd, as used on buses, has been applied.