Topaz Energy Group Ltd, Ireland’s largest convenience and fuel retailer, has recently taken delivery of a number of new Volvo trucks from Dennison Commercials Ltd.
With three rigid Volvo FE tankers and one FM tractor unit delivered to date, this is the beginning of an extensive replacement scheme to improve the efficiency and reliability of the fleet, with a number of safety related features specified.
The new trucks are part of a wider internal restructure within Topaz, which has endeavoured to implement a more streamlined Transport department. By driving efficiencies within the business operation, the Company has been able to reduce the overall fleet size.
The artic specification is a Volvo FM-460 6×2 Globetrotter and the tankers are Euro-6 Volvo FE 320hp 6×2 rear steer vehicles, with Volvo I-Shift automated 12-speed gearboxes, perfect for city distribution.
The Topaz specification has a number of safety-related features, both for drivers and other road users. As well as forward collision warning with emergency braking, lane keeping support and an electronic stability package, the vehicles have been specified with a number of enhanced visibility options. Features such as red seatbelts, four-way camera systems and lower near side kerb windows for pedestrian and cyclist safety have also been included..
Dennison Commercials have provided extensive ‘Train the Trainer’ driver coaching, which covered vehicle familiarisation, including refresher training on existing Volvos and on the new vehicles, and driving techniques to get the best performance from the trucks, by promoting an optimum driving style.
According to Andrew McKay, Operations Manager, “At Topaz Local Fuel we are always looking for ways to improve the safety and security of our drivers, vehicles, the environment we work in and the general public we work with. By choosing Volvo with its multi-point camera system and the auto braking system I’m confident that we will reduce our operational risk on the road. I have already received positive feedback from our drivers.”
The Topaz vehicles are also fitted with Dynafleet, Volvo’s telematics system, which provides real time information on vehicle positioning, driver activities and vehicle performance, therefore maximising fuel efficiency and fleet usage and controlling of environmental footprint and live feed of driver activity and remaining driver hours. Again, this is an area that Dennison will provide support with, providing assistance in setting up appropriate reports and interpreting data going forward. A mobile app also makes the Dynafleet system extremely user-friendly.
Ray Dolan, General Manager for Topaz, is already familiar with the professionalism and reliability of Dennison’s service and explained the decision to purchase Volvos for the fleet replacement. “When we went out to market we evaluated a number of manufacturer brands, but were most impressed by the total package offered by Dennisons and the Volvo product, coupled with the service coverage available on the Island of Ireland. Dennisons service levels are measurable and have been demonstrated by impressive MOT pass rates, out-of-hours breakdown response times, parts availability and general customer satisfaction.”
Topaz provide high quality fuel to domestic, farming and industry, marine, and other commercial customers across all of Ireland, so are pleased to be working in partnership with Dennisons for quality vehicle supply and service provision.
With its headquarters in Ballyclare, the company is one of the longest established and largest franchised Volvo dealers and operates a number of sites across Northern Ireland which includes new and used truck and bus sales, truck rentals and a comprehensive range of aftermarket services.
Other depots, which provide nationwide network coverage, are located in Coleraine, Dungannon and Newry and the Company also operates a commercial vehicle bodyshop.
Volvo’s core values – quality, safety and environmental care – are fundamental to Dennison Commercials’ business and, by working in tandem with these values, we aim to, not only meet, but exceed customer expectations.