3 Distribution takes on six new Volvos

Kings Lynn, UK: 3 Distribution has put six new Volvo FH 500 tractors into service in its 24-vehicle fleet.

“Our company purchases all vehicles outright and we’re looking at Volvo trucks as a long-term investment, with expected retention periods of up to 10 years,” says Patrick Finch, managing director, 3 Distribution.

Supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia, the six FH’s were specified with Globetrotter cabs on 3.9m wheelbase 6×2 chassis with fixed pusher axles.

For better fuel economy the FHs have Volvo’s I-See predictive cruise control, and I-Roll software. “We also opted for a faster axle ratio of 2.47:1, Volvo’s Long Haul Fuel Economy Driving software packages and Continental EcoPlus tyres with low rolling resistance,” Finch says.

3 Distribution is also using Dynafleet, Volvo’s fleet management system and the services of its local Fuel Watch Manager, Jon Warby.

“Delivery of the FH’s has been a real team effort between Alan, Jon and the team here,” Finch says. “In addition to selecting Volvo’s single bed living package for the Globetrotter interiors, our drivers bought into having Dynafleet’s Driver Coaching app on their phones.

“Ongoing Volvo driver training is also helping us get the best from the onboard systems, such as I-See. Vehicle reliability is a massive factor for us, as much of our work involves temperature critical loads with just in time deliveries.”

The FHs entered service at the beginning of September and all are fitted with four-camera safety systems. “We’ve high hopes for these Volvo trucks, as in the past we’ve struggled to get returns from our investment in other truck marques,” Finch says.

3 Distribution began trading in July 2007 with 13 trucks and 14 trailers. Now the company operates 23 tractors and one 26 tonne rigid. A one driver, one truck policy is adhered to and multi drop, raw material food supplies make up the majority of any given week’s work. The fleet of 34 Carrier equipped, multi-temperature fridge trailers are complemented by a sole curtainside trailer.

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