First new Volvo for Melksham-based Broughton Transport in over a decade

Broughton Transport has taken delivery of a new FH 500 6x2 pusher axle tractor unit with Globetrotter XL cab, its first Volvo in more than a decade.

Supplied by Truck and Bus Wales and West, the truck will be used predominantly for long-distance international work, and will routinely be away from home for two weeks at a time.

Toby Ovens, MD of Melksham-based Broughton Transport, says: “Ernest McGregor from Truck and Bus Wales and West came to see me and quickly understood exactly what we were looking for in terms of vehicle specification and aftersales support. Two days after his visit, I placed the order.

“One of our drivers [Commercial Motor contributor Bob Beech] regularly runs press test demonstrators, and so we know how good the Volvo product is from first-hand experience – and in particular how well it performs on fuel. Provided it lives up to expectations, I’m confident there’ll be more Volvos to come.”

The truck is well spec’d, with driving plus package and media package with infotainment. Further creature comforts include a leather steering wheel, luxury sleeper control panel, 33-litre under-bunk mounted refrigerator and microwave.

Ovens adds: “We know how to spec a really decent truck, and the proof of the pudding is in how good this new FH looks. I’m of the firm opinion that it’s cheaper to spend money on a truck of this quality, which will retain the driver, than it is to buy less-desirable vehicles and suffer a high turnover of staff.”

The Volvo has been supplied on a five-year agreement through Volvo Financial Services, with a Volvo Gold Contract covering all R&M.

Repute retained after operator’s wake-up call

suspended suspension

A Kettering construction waste operator that displayed a “passionate commitment to compliance” has had its licence suspended for 14 days after a DVSA investigation uncovered a host of failings.

Storefield Aggregates appeared at a Cambridge public inquiry before TC Richard Turfitt after one of its vehicles was issued with an S-marked prohibition for a worn out tyre tread. A subsequent DVSA investigation found that the company’s pro-forma inspection records did not have a section for tyre tread depths and inspections did not record tyre pressures. In addition, its records showed brakes being adjusted and a Tapley brake test carried out, but no roller brake tests other than at annual test; no wheel retorque log; drivers defect reports did not appear to be completed and a high prohibition rate.

However, directors Douglas Wright and Jonah Clarke, who is also transport manager, were able to demonstrate a significant number of improvements introduced within the business, which Turfitt said “weigh heavily in the balance”.

In a written decision, the TC credited the operator for recognising elements of the operation required improved risk management, as well as for continuing to maintain its fleet of 16 HGVs during the lockdown. As a result, he found that the operator and transport manager’s repute was tarnished, not lost, but as a deterrent action the licence was suspended for two weeks.