James Booth of Bolton has recently put ten new Volvo FM11.450 Lite tractor units into service as part of a total fleet renewal programme, consisting exclusively of Volvo trucks supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials.
FORS Bronze operators, James Booth recently renewed its entire fleet with 15 FMs and three FH tractor units, but the new arrivals are all FM 6×2 Lite pusher axle Globetrotter-cabbed tractor units with Volvo’s D11K engine rated at 450hp and I-Shift automated transmission systems. With a 3,800mm wheelbase, front steel and rear air suspension systems, all the vehicles were specified with five-year Volvo Gold Service Contracts, guaranteeing 100% uptime.
Managing Director Sarah Booth said: “We always schedule servicing on night shifts at Thomas Hardie Commercials’ Trafford Park dealer, which maximises our vehicle productivity levels.
“Volvo has a long-established presence in our fleet and it is the best brand for us. We specify our vehicles carefully, while monitoring the progress of technology. With the latter, we’ll adjust retention periods to suit and embrace any new developments which help maximise operating efficiencies.”
Volvo’s fleet management system, Dynafleet is used constantly by James Booth to monitor vehicle location and a number of performance parameters.
Sarah added: “We use Dynafleet, all day, every day. It gives us a window into what’s happening to every vehicle at any given moment and we can quickly spot any opportunities to save fuel. We also encourage our drivers to keep an eye on their scores. Volvo driver training programmes are held regularly here, which helps each of the team to get the best out of their own truck.
“Our drivers really appreciate Volvo’s comfort and performance standards. The three larger FH tractor units are used by those drivers who are away from base for most of the week on longer distance jobs and therefore benefit from the extra interior space and additional facilities available.”
Dealer back-up and support levels are another reason why James Booth is exclusively loyal to Volvo trucks. Sarah concludes: “The staff at Thomas Hardie really look after us in the main and are very keen to remedy any emerging issues and ‘nip them in the bud’.”