Long-established, logistics and storage solutions specialist, PF Whitehead Transport Services Limited of Croydon, is relying on Volvo’s leading back-up levels to progress its business with the purchase of a new Volvo FH13.500 to join two similar specification FHs, four FM tractor units, and ten FL rigids – the first Volvo trucks it has operated in its fleet since 1995.
Supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre London, all the FHs feature 3,900mm wheelbases, 6×2 pusher axles chassis, Globetrotter Cabs and Volvo D13K engines producing 500hp and I-Shift automated transmission gearboxes. They have all been delivered on a three-year contract lease agreement and benefit from a 36-month Volvo Gold Service Contract.
Fleet Engineer Geoff Walker said: “There’s almost no such thing as a bad truck these days. It’s all about back-up and support levels.”
PF Whitehead uses its tractor units for long distance transport assignments and overnight trunks for the firm’s Palletline network membership. The fleet of ten FL rigids, consisting of nine 18-tonners and one 14-tonne rigid, is split between dedicated work for a blue chip building supplies customer and Palletline deliveries or collections.
Geoff explains, “I’m pleased to have Volvo trucks back in our fleet and its build quality standards are really good. The FLs are ideal for urban distribution with their low cabs and good visibility. Our drivers like them too, the cabs are practical for a day’s work, whilst the interior trim is both hard wearing and easy to keep clean.”