Independent Hertfordshire brewers McMullen & Sons Limited have taken delivery of their first Volvo truck.

The FL 18-tonne rigid, which was supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre London, Enfield, is equipped with Volvo’s I-Sync automated transmission.

I-Sync, which is aimed primarily at the distribution sector, is proving popular with McMullen & Sons Limited draymen as, in addition to rural and semi-rural work in the south and east of England; they also make deliveries in urban areas including the brewer’s pubs in central London. These include the ‘flagship’ ‘Nag’s Head’ in Covent Garden and the ‘Spice of Life’ in Cambridge Circus.

The FL also features McMullen & Sons Limited’s new livery with the curtains on the Transport Enterprises bodywork depicting several examples from the family-owned brewer’s popular range of cask beers, such as AK and Country Bitter.

McMullen & Sons Limited Distribution Manager Leigh Knight reports that the company initially tried a demonstrator before making the decision to purchase a Volvo to add to their six-strong fleet of drays.

He says: “We were impressed with the demonstrator. The Volvo FL with the I-Sync automated gearbox suits our needs ideally. Whether they’re down country lanes or in the centre of London, it’s in the nature of the deliveries we do that they tend to require a lot of gear changes – which the I-Sync eliminates completely.”

Annual mileage is comparatively low at 25,000kms a year and the new Volvo FL currently makes around two trips a day with between four and six deliveries each trip.

Deliveries are made by a two-man crew and the truck is equipped with Volvo’s Medium length cab which enables the draymen to store their wet weather gear inside.

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