Volvo FH16 750 marks milestone for Jeffreys Transport
Jeffreys Transport has taken delivery of a new Volvo FH16-750 6x2 lite pusher axle.The unit features a Globetrotter cab, I-Shift automated gearbox and a single reduction driven axle ratio of 3.08:1, and was bought to celebrate ten years of ownership under the third generation.
“We previously traded under my father’s name of Barry Jeffrey Transport, but I have operated the business for ten years now,” said managing director Alex Jeffrey.
He added: “My son, who is the fourth generation of our family to be involved, has been on board since February and the new name now future proofs our operation.”
Despite the bigger engine, the FH750 achieves 8.7mpg some days, which is not dissimilar to the lesser FH500s – a figure that, Alex said, the company is “over the moon with.”
“We also opted for a five-year Volvo service contract with the FH16-750, which will be done at our closest dealerpoint – Truck & Bus Wales & West in Evesham. The driver is really delighted with our new flagship and the truck is bedding in well, with fuel returns being well within our expected parameters.”
“Our new flagship Volvo offers 28.7-tonne payload which is extremely reasonable when compared to our FH500s, which have a 29-tonne payload,” said Jeffrey. It tows a Fruehauf tipper for the transport of grain, pulses and aggregates, as well as materials for anaerobic digestion plants.
Jeffrey said that his fleet consists of four Euro-6 FHs and a three-year old FM and they work within a 130-mile radius of the company headquarters in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, resulting in “not incredibly high” average annual mileage of 110,000km, he claimed.
Eminox opens new plant in Stoke
Eminox has opened a new Retrofit Service and Support Centre alongside an Aftermarket Distribution hub in Stoke-on-Trent. The site will specialise in SCRT upgrades and CRT systems for Euro-6 vehicles, which claim to reduce diesel emissions by up to 99%.
Retrofit sales director, Carlos Vicente, said: “This expansion of our service capabilities puts us in a fantastic position to meet the growing demand for our SCRT technology.”
The move was prompted by the expansion of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to include more areas of the city come October 2020. Other UK cities, like Manchester and Leeds, are set to introduce clean air zones too.
Owners of Euro-5 trucks or lower could be subject to payments of £100 per day if they choose to operate within these zones. The upgrades cost from £15,000 to £20,000 and take 40 hours to install.
The new Distribution Hub, the firm claims, reflects the success of its OE replacement DPFs range since its launch in 2018. Stoke is a good location as it allows easy access to road networks allowing for operators to get parts faster.
Aftermarket manager, Neil Koston, said: “The new distribution hub allows us to provide rapid response to our distributors and make our DPFs available for next-day delivery to keep vehicles on the move. The DPFs are a direct-fit aftermarket replacement and have passed European testing.”
“Many customers are already planning to opt for a cost effective SCRT solution to upgrade to Euro-6 to comply with the demands of a new wave of emission control zones” added Vincente. He also stated that Eminox is expanding its range for buses, coaches and specialist HGVs.