Colin Parsons on road to success with Volvo FH23 October 2017

Kent-based highways contractor Colin Parsons has taken delivery of a Volvo FH16-750 8x4 rigid Tridem chassis – the first of its type to go into operation in the UK.

The vehicle has a standard height sleeper cab, I-Shift automated gearbox and a rear bogie design capacity of 27 tonnes.

The new FH16-750 also hauls a choice of two tri-axle drawbar trailers and will spend some of its time on the M25 motorway replacing concrete bay roadway sections.

It has a Palfinger PK23001-EH lorry-mounted crane, which can be equipped with a grab or a vacuum lift attachment, and a special build Thompson tipper body with dropsides and double-hinged rear tailgate.

“I’m extremely pleased with the new Volvo FH16-750 Tridem, which took a considerable team effort to deliver,” says Colin Parsons, owner of the family-run business.

The team on specification and design included MC Truck & Bus, Maidstone, Thompsons (UK) and TH White Group, with electrical finishing work by MC Truck & Bus’s Hythe depot.

The specification sees the FH16-750 come in at the same weight as an FMX Tridem delivered 12 months ago.

“The new FH16-750 is a bit of a luxury, but it will permit me to be involved in highways contracting further afield in addition to some new work types,” says Parsons.

“Our fleet says it all really: I wouldn’t have anything but a Volvo truck in the yard.”

Laura Cork

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Thompsons Group
Volvo Group UK Ltd

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