Pickerings expands lorry crane fleet with Volvo FMs

Pickerings Hire Ltd, the Measham-based portable and modular building supplier, has added six new Volvo FM 460 crane lorries to its 100-strong fleet, which operates out of 12 hire centres around the UK. The vehicles have been fitted with Fassi F660RA cranes by Central Crane Technicians. The cranes have six hydraulic extensions provide a lift capacity of 3,100kg at their maximum 16.1 m reach, and have full 360° continuous slewing rotation ability allowing over-cab operation.

The Volvos are 8x2s with rear lift and steer, and come with sleeper cabs equipped with the one bed resting package and media package including Alexa Onboard. They benefit from an eight-year Volvo Connect subscription giving driver and vehicle performance monitoring, vehicle tracking, compliance monitoring via the Driver Times module, and real-time diagnostic monitoring for preventative maintenance.  They were supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre South & East at Bardon, and are covered by a 7 year gold R&M contract. 

Pickerings’ fleet director Kevin Barber said “These Volvo lorries are great trucks and when fitted with a Fassi crane they are a fantastic piece of equipment with many safety features. Pickerings is really showing commitment to continued investment into our delivery fleet with market leading equipment to provide our customers with an exceptional logistics service they have come to expect from us.”

MB dealer to offer new ADR/PetReg service in W Midlands

West Midlands Mercedes-Benz dealer Midlands Truck & Van will be offering a new dedicated hazardous goods vehicle repair and maintenance facility at its Smethwick branch in the New Year. A handpicked team of four technicians have been trained in maintaining ADR and PetReg vehicles as well as gaining certification to drive them.

The service will be available to operators of all makes of vehicle and trailers. It will operate out of a newly equipped dedicated bay in the dealership’s £7 million Cornwall Road site, which was opened at the end of 2020. The walled-off bay at the end of the building is designed to comply with the HSE’s Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations, and will include a 15 metre inspection pit and working at height facilities. Among the services will be the issuing of Safe Loading Passes allowing vehicles access to petroleum terminals. When open, it will operate round the clock from 0600 on Monday through to Saturday lunchtime.

The ADR/PetReg bay was designed into the building from the start. Midlands Truck & Van MD Steve Hunt said “We’d planned from the outset to establish a PetReg operation at Smethwick, and the bay was incorporated within the original design of the building. It was ‘mothballed’ initially, though, as our first priority was to focus on delivering the mainstream repair and maintenance support that our customers rely upon.”