Majors Service buys new for first time with Volvo FH I-Save

Wolverhampton-based Majors Service taken delivery of 15 new Volvo FH tractor units with I-Save. The Unlimited Edition 6x2 tractor units are the first new vehicles for a company which has always bought second-hand since being established 24 years ago but were persuaded by the fuel saving potential of the new trucks.

The vehicles are replacements for 13 used Volvo FH tractor units with the other two being additions to the fleet which predominantly does containerised haulage. The trucks will work five days a week and are expected to cover around 140,000km per year.

“We’re Volvo through and through; we started out with an FL10 and they have always been our primary manufacturer of choice,” said Majors Service director, Dalvinder Singh Boparai. “We find that Volvo is just a very good product to work with – they are reliable and don’t let you down. This latest FH Unlimited Edition with the high-spec Globetrotter XL cab is as good as you can get. When we combined that with the fuel figures the turbo compound I-Save engine could give us, it was a really easy decision in the end,” he added.

The trucks will be supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre South & East who Major Service had an existing relationship with at their Wellingborough site.

“The second-hand Volvo tractor units we’ve run in the past are proven, robust trucks, but these are a real step up for us. Having new trucks on the fleet will help us reduce the number of parts we need to buy and just give us that added peace of mind.”

Rygor Nuneaton repair centre gets major upgrade

Rygor Commercials has upgraded its premises at Nuneaton with new parking, testing equipment and more staff to enable longer operating hours for the workshop.

The Mercedes-Benz and Fuso dealer site was given Authorised Repairer status by the manufacturer in 2015 but has invested £300,000 to keep up with the demands on the workshop and the manufacturer’s required standards. A new 20m drive-through inspection pit brings the total number of truck bays in the workshop to six with six other spaces for vans. Rygor has also added a new set of brake test rollers along with headlamp alignment equipment and four new van ramps.

The purchase of a plot of land behind the site has added eight truck parking spaces with room for tractor unit and trailer and created a new rear entrance. The whole plot has been resurfaced to give more space for manoeuvring than the area at the front of the building which was previously used. The parking has also meant that a new back door has been created directly into the workshop.

Finally, four new technicians have been recruited, bringing the total number working at Nuneaton to 11 which has allowed them to reintroduce a two-shift system since the beginning of March. The site will now run from 6am to 10pm with a half day on Saturday.

Service manager Gavin Smith said: “We’re committed at Rygor to Setting Standards, and that means we’ll do whatever it takes to keep our customers’ vehicles out there and working. Completion of this project means we’re perfectly placed to provide operators of Mercedes-Benz and Fuso Canter trucks with the timely, high-quality back-up they deserve. Naturally, this significant investment has also been a huge morale booster for my colleagues and I – the fact that is now a smarter working environment demonstrates how valued the team is by the business. We’re all very excited and greatly looking forward to the future. Having remained open to serve customers throughout the pandemic, keeping key vehicles and critical workers on the road, we’ll be continuing to provide exemplary service not only to long-standing customers but also to the new ones we look forward to welcoming to our branch.”