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.”

Disqualification for director who stole £150K

A director who was sentenced to more than three years in prison for the “repugnant” theft of £150,000 from a vulnerable woman’s estate, has been disqualified from holding an O-licence. Dynamic Storage’s licence was also revoked following a public inquiry before TC Kevin Rooney, at which sole director Paul Willis appeared.

Willis, who was also an accountant, was jailed in 2013 after acting as enduring power of attorney for a woman – and unlawfully charging her £120 an hour for managing investments and visiting her in a care home. Willis said he regretted his actions; he was attempting to rebuild his reputation of trust and he now had an opportunity to become a director.

In his decision, TC Rooney said his conviction would be considered spent in October 2023 and that although he declared his adverse history when he contacted the office of the TC, he failed to declare there had been a loss of transport manager. The TC also said there were more negatives than positives in the director’s recent conduct: “The nature of the sole director’s conviction is such that I find there is no place in the industry for him,” he said. “The good repute and fitness of Dynamic Storage Ltd is forfeit.

“Disqualification is not automatic but this is a case where it is appropriate,” he added. “To allow Mr Willis into the proudly regulated transport industry would be an affront to all those decent law-abiding operators who try so hard to make ends meet without resorting to the need to steal vast amounts of money from a vulnerable lady.”