BJS Home Delivery adds new Volvo FHs to fleet
Ten new Volvo FH 500 trucks have been added to the fleet of BJS Home Delivery. The units have been supplied by Hartshorne Motor Services and will be used for bulk load collections from suppliers’ premises as well as general haulage.
“We’re sweating our assets with the new Volvo trucks, to maximise efficiencies,” said Gareth Pritchard, transport manager at BJS Home Deliver. “The hire and reward work mitres perfectly into our operations, as distances to collections at suppliers’ premises can be considerable and it’s not an option to run empty to these sites.”
The new FH tractor units which all have I-Shift automated transmissions and Euro-6 D13K 500hp engines bring the total fleet size of BJS up to 21 trucks. The units are built on a 4,100mm wheelbase with steel front suspension, rear air suspension and an air-actuated sliding fifth wheel. On the inside they have a single bunk with the Driver+pack for improved comfort that includes a fridge.
The new Volvos have also been covered in a striking map-style livery designed by Telling Stories and made by AST Signs. “The mainstay of our business is home delivery and assembly of furniture for our customers. The heavy truck fleet deliver into our three UK depots and play a key part in the supply chain,” Pritchard adds.
“The sales process with Jamie Stanley at Hartshorne was fantastic and this standard has continued with his after-service and on-going support levels. Our drivers like the new FHs too. The spacious and comfortable Globetrotter Cabs are proving ideal for their nights out every week,”
BJS’ first Volvo trucks began service back in Apriland have been providing good all-round fuel economy figures as they reach the fleet’s average of around 110,000km per year. BJS is also testing Volvo’s Dynafleet management system, and comparing it to their existing tracking and telematics system.
Wrings Transport gets 50th truck from City West Commercials
City West Commercials has continued its relationship with Wrings Transport by supplying its 50th truck in seven years to the Hallen-based operator. The latest arrivals are 22 new Mercedes-Benz trucks with a mixture of rigids and tractor units.
The vehicles will operate on the company’s distribution network with ten 18 tonne rigid curtainsiders, two 7.5 tonne curtainsiders, and ten 44 tonne tractors all being acquired on a contract hire agreement.
During the last seven years, Wrings has bought 40 new Mercedes trucks and 10 secondhand units from Avonmouth-based City West.
Stuart Wring, MD of Wrings Transport, said: “From our headquarters in Hallen, we currently operate a fleet in excess of 60 vehicles, ranging from vans to 44 tonne artics, plus a specialist division.
“We love Mercedes-Benz trucks for their reliability and comfort, and market leading fuel economy. Our long-standing partnership with City West Commercials underlines their commitment to providing a great range of vehicles to choose from, coupled with exemplary aftersales service and an honest approach.”
Simon Johnson-Taylor, retail sales manager at City West Commercials, added: “Wrings have long been investing with City West Commercials and our relationship with Stuart is very much valued. Over the last seven years, they have added a truly iconic mix of Mercedes-Benz trucks to their fleet, including the Actros, Atego and Antos. As we head into our tenth year in business, we look forward to continuing this partnership with Stuart and the team.”