Surrey-based waste management firm Britaniacrest Recycling Ltd recently added nine new Volvo trucks, a mix of FE, FH, and FMX models, to its fleet of more than 45 vehicles. A major reason for the company’s affinity for Volvo is dealerpoint MC Truck and Bus Ltd, which supplied the trucks and will carry out their three-year Volvo Blue Service contracts.
“Our strong working partnership with MC Truck and Bus Ltd permits us to focus on our day-to-day operations,” says Richard Foss, director at Britaniacrest Recycling Ltd. “There is no long, drawn-out process with vehicle ordering, I just call up Sales Director Steve Moon and tell him what we need. He knows our preferred specifications inside out, so one phone call is all it takes.”
Volvo FE, FH & FMX
Two of the models from the most recent order are 18-tonne FE 4x2 skip loaders that feature 250-horespower (186.4-kilowatt) D8K engines, I-Shift transmissions, and Hyva skip loader bodies. One is an FH tractor unit with a Globetrotter cab, Extra-High chassis, and 540-horsepower (402.7-kilowatt) D13K engine. The largest group consists of six FMX 8x4 trucks, all of which feature day cabs and 460-horsepower (343-kilowatt) engines. Of the six, four are tipper trucks with Thompson Loadmaster bodies and Edbro CX15 hydraulics; one is a tipper grab truck with Loadmaster bodywork, Epsilon crane, and Edbro T32 tipping ram; and one is a hook loader model with Hyva Titan 26-56 equipment. All of the trucks feature alloy wheels, extra lights, and six-camera safety systems.
“Our skip loader fleet operates relatively locally, whilst the tippers cover a larger area that includes the south east and south coast. The FH and FMX tractor units haul moving floor trailers across a wider operating sphere,” says Foss. “That said, though, virtually every driver is home every night. Volvo makes a good all-’round, strong, and reliable truck. Our drivers find them comfortable and they are the ideal fleet vehicle.”