Wiltshire Transport Training & Development of Devizes has taken delivery of its first Volvo truck – an FL5.240 4×2 16-tonne rigid fitted with a box body constructed by TWR Commercial Bodybuilders Ltd.
The short wheelbase, 4,700mm chassis is powered by a 240hp D5K and the truck’s six-speed I-Sync automatic transmission system drives an 11-tonne single reduction rear axle with a ratio of 3.78:1. Supplied by Truck and Bus Wales and West, the Medium Cab equipped rigid also features front steel, rear air suspension and 19.5-inch wheels.
For driver training purposes, the box body is loaded with five tonnes of ballasted weight and the company are already reporting positively on the new Volvo.
“It’s a case of ‘so far; so good’ with our new FL,” reports owner Nick Rees, adding, “Volvo is a good strong brand and the short wheelbase FL rigid has a good turning circle.”
After issues with the exhaust regeneration system on another make of truck, Volvo’s manual regeneration facility was a major attraction.
“Our short mileage stop/start training drives, with their attendant low engine temperature conditions, were proving problematic with our other vehicle makes. A number of exhaust related issues were joined by the possibility of an engine warning lamp coming on during a driving test. That’s a scenario we must avoid,” declares Nick, adding, “With its manual regeneration system, the new Volvo FL eliminates that potential issue completely and a candidate who has trained all week can take their test without concern.”
The company will retain the FL for around six years and it joins a fleet of five rigid vehicles and two articulated combinations.