Six new Volvo FH-480 Euro 5 low height tractor units have entered service with Featherstone, West Yorkshire-based international logistics operator Brian Yeardley Continental Ltd. The new Volvo’s are operating with a fleet of brand new Krone ‘mega’ trailers hauling ADR freight, white goods and chemicals on Yeardley’s full load and groupage service to and from the Continent.
The left-hand drive 4×2 artics were supplied by Crossroads Truck and Bus and are all on 48-month Volvo Contract Maintenance contracts with the Dealer’s depot at Normanton.
Scheduled maintenance is carried out at weekends and Brian Yeardley praises Crossroads flexibility: “They are prepared to work with you,” he says, citing a combination of reliability and competitive pricing as further incentives to do the deal with Volvo. Reliability in particular is of paramount importance to the company he says: “International transport is a highly competitive sector and we need to guarantee the highest levels of service and reliability to our customers and European partner companies.”
Most of the new Volvo’s are fleet replacements with “a couple” of additional trucks, says Yeardley: “We decided to bite the bullet and update the fleet with Euro-5 compliant trucks before it’s required this autumn. Operating Euro-5 early also helps with the Maut tolls and when transiting Switzerland.”
Specification of the new FH’s includes I-Shift automated gearboxes and Globetrotter cabs with single, rather than double bunks, fridges and climate control.
“We talked to the drivers,” says Yeardley, “and they preferred single bunks and additional storage.”