Kelly Plant Hire is first with Volvo FM road sweeper

Kelly Plant Hire has become the first operator in the UK to put the new Volvo FM into operation as a road sweeper. The Redditch-based, FORS Gold-accredited operator has taken delivery of three FM 380 Globetrotter 4x2 rigids riding on rear air-suspension and mounted with Back to Black rear suction sweeper bodywork, from The Bucher Group.

The new FMs made their working debut at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone where Kelly Plant Hire had six sweepers to support the event.

Supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre South & East’s Coventry depot, the new model FMs have been built on a 4,300mm wheelbase and have a full width rear suction vacuum facility and ultra-high-pressure jets.

Shaun Kelly, MD of Kelly Plant Hire, said: “We love having Volvos on the fleet and we’re excited to be getting some of the first of these new models in the country. You never have an unhappy driver if you give them the keys to a Volvo; our team love them, and these new trucks look absolutely fantastic in our livery and are loaded with kit.”

The trucks will predominantly be used to support major infrastructure development projects across the UK, as well as handling specialist jobs such as motorsport and airport work as required.

Kelly added: “Being able to deliver a deep clean in one pass is a huge advantage for our business. Race circuits and airports will often require an intensive clean to be conducted within a short window, which suits these rear-suction machines perfectly.”

Directors shown the door for ‘fronting’

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Two Shepperton operators who acted as a ‘front’ for an indefinitely disqualified haulage boss have both been kicked out of the industry for five years.

The licences for P Young Transport and One Call Grab & Tipper were also revoked following an Eastbourne public inquiry before deputy TC John Baker. Neither of the directors, Anthony Amer nor Christopher Lidyard, appeared at the PI, which DTC Baker said only added to the list of negatives in the case.

Roadside encounters of vehicles authorised to P Young’s licence revealed serious drivers’ hours infringements, with one of the drivers using two digital cards and driving for One Call Grab & Tipper as well as P Young Transport. Further investigations suggested that the person who used P Young’s operating centre was Tom McKinney – a director who was disqualified indefinitely in 2006. The driver appeared at the PI and told the DTC that the two haulage firms were really just one and that McKinney was the boss.

DTC Baker said the case was in the severe category and he disqualified the two directors and revoked the licences. He said a third director, Marc Lambie, who resigned a few weeks before the PI, was on notice that he could be disqualified because “it is more likely than not that he knew during the time he was a director of the role played by McKinney.”