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A.F. Blakemore & Son adds 10 Volvo FMs to fleet

Ten new Volvo FM 6x2 tractor units have been delivered to A.F. Blakemore & Son's food distribution fleet.

A.F. Blakemore & Son’s food distribution fleet has been boosted with 10 new Volvo FM 6×2 tractor units.

The new trucks meet Transport for London’s three-star Direct Vision Standard (DVS) rating.

The 44-tonne FMs have been supplied by Hartshorne Group and are powered by Volvo’s D11K Euro-6 engine, delivering 460 hp and 2,200 Nm of torque.

The trucks will work predominantly on the business’ contract delivering ambient, fresh and frozen goods to the supermarket chain Spar. 

‘Successful relationship with Volvo’

A.F. Blakemore & Son’s logistics compliance manager, Dave Higgs, said: “We have a long and successful relationship with Volvo and the team at Hartshorne. 

“It’s a product that we trust and have a lot of faith in.”

He added: “These new FMs are superb trucks – ideal for our distribution work and they fit perfectly into our operation.” 

Volvo’s latest FM is packed with improvements to the driver environment and innovations that deliver a higher level of comfort, safety and productivity. 

The interior benefits from a new dashboard offering more storage space, new colours and a modern dynamic digital display.

Specified the 10 trucks with multiple cameras

A.F. Blakemore & Son has specified the 10 trucks with multiple cameras that can be viewed through the driver’s nine-inch display, plus an added window in the passenger door to improve safety further and ensure they are 3-star DVS-rated for working in central London. 

These complement the new cab’s raised A-pillars, combined with a large windscreen, low door line and modern mirrors, which deliver excellent all-round visibility.

Mr Higgs said: “We’ve gone for three-star compliant trucks as forward planning on our part because I believe the DVS scheme will be rolled out across more cities sooner rather than later.

“These vehicles are on a seven-year contract hire agreement, so we’re future-proofing our fleet.”

Backed with a seven-year Volvo Gold Contract

Each new truck is backed with a seven-year Volvo Gold Contract, guaranteeing the best possible uptime – with servicing and maintenance work to be carried out by Hartshorne Group’s skilled mechanics at A.F. Blakemore & Son’s onsite maintenance unit at its Willenhall depot.

Fuel efficiency is boosted by Volvo’s long haul fuel package, specifically designed for vehicles used on long-distance missions and incorporating the latest generation I-See predictive cruise control, as well as the 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission.

The FM cabs benefit from Volvo’s Drive and Single Bed Living Packages, and comfort is improved further with an adjustable steering wheel with neck tilt, DAB radio, air-suspended and heated seats, plus rear cab upper storage.

Mr Higgs said: “The drivers are very happy. The new trucks have a great cab, a great engine and a great gearbox, they just do the job really well. Overall, the FM has got all bases covered.”

Working in tandem with double-deck urban trailers, the FMs are expected to clock up around 120,000km per annum.

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