|The financial difficulties faced by TfL since the COVID-19 pandemic have had an affect on the service vehicle fleet. Deliveries of new vehicles virtually ceased in late-2020, while it was evident that there was less work for the existing vehicles, with maintenance and renewal work either deferred or cancelled. It seemed possible that the fleet would be reduced in size, at least until things get back to 'normal'. It looks as though this is now taking place, with a relatively large number of vehicles taken out of use in recent months. In the absence of any official fleet information, what we know is drawn mainly from vehicle licensing data, and hence involves a bit of deduction and guesswork. For example, a change of V5C date usually occurs when there is a change of ownership. However, new V5Cs can also be issued if there are other changes, such as to leasing arrangements.
The three vans photographed by Ray in the DSM yard at Acton Works on 2nd September 2022 are all believed to have left the fleet later that month. On the left is 8387R, a Renault Kangoo Maxi van that had latterly been based at Edgware Track Depot. The licence of this van expired at the end of September and it has not yet been renewed. On the right are two Volkswagen Caddy Maxi crew vans, both with the rarer 'tail-gate' rear door arrangement. 8240VW and 8241VW were both based at Stratford Market Depot and were getting on for being 6 years old.
|Photo date:||02/09/2022||Size:||Regular. An extra large copy of this photo is available.|