Aylestone Transport’s new Volvo FH 540 Globetrotter has been heavily customised

Leicester-based Aylestone Transport gave its new Volvo FH 540 Globetrotter the full “Kelsification” treatment before putting it on the road.

Referring to the array of Kelsa accessories fitted, including the new Multibar XS, which is the first of its kind to be specifically designed for Lazer lights, Bodge Aylestone Ward, MD of Aylestone Transport, said: “We might have gone a bit crazy with this one, but I don’t regret it one bit. It’s a fantastic statement for our company after more than 100 years in business and the driver is absolutely thrilled with it. It’s a far cry from the horse and cart my grandfather began with in 1918!”

Supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre South & East, the 6x2 pusher axle tractor unit has also been kitted-out with custom chassis side-skirts and a full catwalk installed at SB Components. Meanwhile creature comforts inside the cab include television, microwave and fridge/freezer.

The new truck, which will be used for crane haulage five days a week, delivering concrete slabs and kerbs from Aggregate Industries’ base in Ashbourne into London. It is expected to remain on the all-Volvo fleet for at least eight years, during which time it will clock-up roughly 800,000km.  

Walker Humphrey cooks up a pair of DAF 18 tonners

Leeds-based bakery supplier Walker Humphrey has taken delivery of a pair of DAF CF 18 tonners.

The rigids are the first vehicles at this weight that the company has operated having moved up from 16-tonnes

General manager, Simon Rennison, said: “We knew our existing 16-tonne vehicles were

good for deliveries to smaller customers in towns and villages locally, even farm shops down country lanes, but needed something bigger for bulk orders to larger customers.”

Walker Humphrey took trialled an 18-tonner from Dawsongroup on rental, before quickly realising its improved productivity benefits. They then took that truck and a similar unit on a two-year contract hire agreement.

The decision has proven to be a wise one, and a third DAF CF 18-tonner has been ordered from Dawsongroup truck and trailer on a five-year contract with the company now looking to replace its remaining 16-tonne trucks with the larger rigids.

“It’s such a convenient way of operating for us and makes perfect economic sense as we get a fixed budget for the duration of the contract. Dawsongroup then takes care of all the regular servicing, maintenance and routine checks, as well as tyres and tax, so we can concentrate on planning routes and loads for our customers,” explains Rennison.