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.