OJ Jones & Son plans to open North Wales ATF

North Wales-based haulier OJ Jones & Son is awaiting permission to open a new site with an authorised testing facility (ATF) lane.

Plans have been submitted to Gwynedd Council to build a new yard with space for 15 vehicles, half a mile away from its current site in Porthmadog, Gwynedd.

Director Dewi Jones, who currently operates 14 vehicles, hopes to build a vehicle testing lane on the site if he receives planning permission.

Jones said: “I was hoping to go for an ATF because we are in a rural community, with 18 miles to the nearest Vosa testing station.

“Some operators have to travel 50-60 miles to get their vehicles tested [in Aberystwyth and Caernarvon],” he added.

The operator, which specialises in aggregates haulage, had recently ordered a new Volvo 8x4 tipper to celebrate 50 years in road haulage.

Vosa currently has 300 ATF sites across the UK, three years after its testing transformation programme began.

Dennison Commercials help operators meet O-License legislation with E-service

Dennison Commercials, the Volvo Truck & Bus dealer for Northern Ireland, is using ‘E-service’ to provide operators with electronic copies of workshop service sheets by email immediately after work is completed.

With the introduction of the Operator’s Licence legislation in Northern Ireland, E-service helps operators comply its requirements for accurate and timely maintenance record keeping, as well as potentially avoiding delays with deliveries waiting at Vosa roadside checks.

Dennison Commercials is one of several Volvo dealerships in the UK trialling it before it gets rolled out to the entire network. Workshop technicians, who have E-service installed on their laptops, flag defects up on the system in real time while working on the vehicles.

A spokesperson for Volvo Truck UK said: “This enables Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) on the front desk to provide customers with the option, depending on the type of defect, of when to have the repair carried out.”

Lynn McBurney, director of Ballymena-based McBurney Transport, supports E-service. "I find the downloading of the service sheets an excellent way of keeping our records up-to-date. The format is easy to use and the service sheets are available on screen immediately after the work is completed, thus enabling any outstanding issues to be addressed as soon as possible," she says.  

MD of Volvo Trucks UK and Ireland, Ulf Magnusson, says E-service is a first for the industry and represents a fundamental change in the way and speed with which Volvo customers receive this vital service information.