Waterford-based Twomey To You Transport has added another Volvo FM 380 6x2 rigid to its fleet, having relied on the manufacturer for over 20 years to help it move frozen meats.
The FM has been specified with a rear-lift chassis and a 29ft Chereau refrigerated body with Thermo King T1200R refrigeration unit.
Sean Twomey, MD at Twomey to You Transport, said: “Two FL6 rigids provided our first experience with the marque and they did well. We previously used the 330hp engine in our FMs, but the higher power unit is a logical progression.”
Twomey explained: “All new chassis are usually sent straight to Chereau in France for body fitment, prior to being delivered to Ireland. That said however, we do expect a double life from our single compartment bodies, so some new chassis come direct here for a swap with an outgoing vehicle.”
The swap is carried out by Fitzgerald Vehicle Body Builders in Cork.
Keeping its trucks for between five to eight years, all the repairs are carried out by the dealer where the company bought the FM from – McCarthy Commercials in Kilkenny.
Sticking to a one driver, one truck policy, its vehicles are back at base every night, and each is tracked with a telematics system that also monitors the load temperature. “We always fit rooftop air deflectors, extra driving lights and stainless steel rear view mirror guards,” said Twomey.
Twomey claimed that the “back up and support from McCarthy Commercials is 100%. It’s a very efficient business with people on the same level as ourselves.”