Leading recycling and bulk haulage solutions provider Allan Morris Transport is operating the first new Volvo truck to join the company’s Deeside-based 26-strong fleet since 2003. Supplied by local Volvo dealer Thomas Hardie Commercials, the Globetrotter-cabbed new FH features Volvo’s D13C Euro-5 engine rated at 460hp and the two-pedal I-Shift automated transmission.
The new FH cabs are, literally, big news, offering an extra cubic metre of space and loads of new features, such as a car-like instrument cluster, a wider bed and I-ParkCool, the integrated parking cooler. When driving, the driver will benefit from incredible handling characteristics, responsive engines and the I-Shift transmission. The new design provides the driver with perfect visibility from inside the cab. Slimmer mirrors and stronger headlights further improve safety. The list of active safety systems has been updated with two innovative brakes. And should an accident occur, you’re well protected. The new cabs have passed the toughest cab impact tests in the world.
The new Allan Morris truck is being maintained on a four-year Volvo Gold contract at Thomas Hardie Commercials’ nearby Deeside workshop.
A unique feature of Volvo’s Gold contract is Uptime Assurance. This promises 100% Uptime and is made possible thanks to the Telematics Gateway (TGW) which allows the workshop remote access to the truck.
According to Allan Morris Managing Director Terry Axon, Volvo is currently the only manufacturer offering Uptime Assurance.
On fuel performance, Terry Axon reports that the FH is achieving in the region of 8.5 mpg. This, he says, puts it towards the top of the company’s fuel usage league table.
A hydraulic ‘wet-kit’ is fitted to the tractor unit, which is on steel wheels. Payload, when coupled to its Legras walking floor bulk trailer, is reported to be 27 tonnes.
“Twenty seven tonnes is where we expect it to be,” says Terry Axon, before adding: “Due to the nature of some of the materials we transport, such as paper and packaging for recycling, our trucks tend to ‘bulk-out’ before they ‘weigh-out’.”