Over the next year, waste-water specialist Universal Tanker Group, will take delivery of 38 new Volvo FMXs.
The rigids, the first of which has already gone into service, are a mix of replacement vehicles and additions. They will join a mixed fleet of 100 trucks running out of 21 depots nationwide.
Explaining the decision to place the order with Volvo, Universal Tanker Group director Simon Gunn, said: “We’ve bought five companies over the past six years, acquiring lots of kit along the way. One of them ran Volvos, which we inherited, and the level of service we received from the dealership was second to none. We added our first two new Volvos, both Tridems, around three years ago and we’ve come back to them in large numbers this time.”
He went on to praise Volvo dealer Thomas Hardie Commercials, describing employees Paul McNicholas and John McCluskey as “a breath of fresh air” to deal with.
“They have delivered exactly what we were asking for,” he explained. “The product itself is top quality so when you add in that level of dealer support it makes for a package that’s very hard to beat.”
First to be delivered is a 380hp 6x2, which is fitted with a remounted stainless-steel tanker and vacuum unit, supplied and fitted by RTN Clayton Vallely. The truck has been specified with air suspension and a hydraulically steered tag axle.
“It really is a super bit of kit and allows the driver to manoeuvre far easier when working off-road on rugged and busy construction sites,” added Gunn.
The truck, which is expected to cover 80,000km a year while removing and disposing of waste from septic tanks, sewage treatment plants, pump stations and other facilities across the UK, has been supplied on a seven-year Volvo Gold Contract.