Because you’re allowed to drive a rig like this with a BE driver’s license in the Netherlands, the tractor unit is typically called a BE tractor. The letter B for vehicles up to 3,500 kg (7,716 lbs) GVM and the letter E for trailers and semi-trailers towed by such vehicles. Shortly said, you don’t need a commercial driver’s license to get behind the wheel of one of these.
Combinations like the one I caught on camera have become very common in the past years. They really are downsized big rigs. Sometimes even with a double cab; I have yet to see a big heavy-duty tractor with two rows of seats…
The semi-trailer is a 2013 Veldhuizen lowbed, built for transporting construction machinery. The GVM of the semi-tailer is 5,200 kg (11,464 lbs); no problem for the Iveco, as it may legally tow a semi-trailer up to 7,450 kg (16,424 lbs) GVM. Clearly visible is the semi-trailer’s own registration plate. No need to change the plate when changing the tractor unit.
The load is a Volvo ECR25D compact excavator.
Commercial vehicles in this segment, and the smaller ones, have always been available as a van and as a chassis-cab. It’s just a small step from a short wheelbase chassis-cab to a full tractor unit, as the picture shows. The Iveco Daily is RWD and is offered with single or dual rear wheels. Some competitors are the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, the Renault Master and the Ford Transit.
The 2006-2011 4th generation of the Iveco Daily has a friendly face. Does it show that it’s a Giugiaro design ? There’s a 145 hp 3.0 liter 4-cylinder diesel engine under its short and sloping hood.
The dashboard of the 4th generation. The first series of the Iveco Daily commercial vehicles was introduced in 1978.
Here’s the current 6th generation of the Iveco Daily, meeting today’s Euro 6 emission standard.
The dashboard of the latest model. The Iveco Daily is basically the Fiat Ducato’s big and more trucklike brother. Or as I read somewhere: it’s a van driver’s truck and a truck driver’s van.
Well, I’d say that this Daily chassis-cab is a truck driver’s truck.