Whites Transport goes for meaty new Volvo FH tractors 11 November 2015

Kemble, Gloucestershire-based fresh meat and palletised produce haulier Whites Transport Services has put five new Volvo tractor units on the road – four FH-500 6x2 tractors and one top-of-the-range FH16-750.

All of Whites Transport Services new Volvos were specified with I-Shift automated transmissions, 700 litre fuel tanks, Bluetooth for cab phones and factory-fitted fridge freezers.

The have also been equipped with Volvo’s Active Safety Package, which includes AEBS (Autonomous Emergency Braking Systems) and ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) with Forward Collision Warning.

In addition, these trucks feature Volvo’s Driver Alert Support System, Lane Support System, Lane Departure Warning System and Lane Change Support System.

Director and transport manager Pete White says that fuel economy to date has been very good across all his Volvo trucks.

“We monitor the economy via Volvo’s Dynafleet [telematics] app, which we also use for tracking,” he explains.

“We’re consistently seeing nines from the two FHs we have had for a year... We’ve also had one truck record 10.1 mpg over a four-week period in which it covered 12,000km. The FH16-750 is also returning very good fuel figures.”

As for why the choice of Volvo trucks this time – Whites’ first for almost eight years, he says: “We provide a top level service to customers... That requires the highest level of reliability from our trucks.”

And he adds that Whites’ drivers, some of whom can be away from home for several weeks, are very important to the company. “That’s why we provide them with top quality trucks.”

These Volvo trucks are expected to cover 150,000km each per year across the UK, Scandinavia and Europe, pulling Chereau refrigerated trailers fitted with Carrier fridges.

Maintenance is being carried out on Volvo R&M contracts at supplying Volvo dealer Truck and Bus Wales & West, Swindon, during the first two years.

Brian Tinham

Related Companies
Carrier Transicold (UK) Ltd
Chereau UK Ltd
Volvo Group UK Ltd

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