Sixty new Volvo FMX tippers for West Coast Haulage

Thame-based West Coast Haulage has ordered 60 Volvo FMX tippers in one of the largest deals for the new model to-date.

The new 32-tonne Volvo FMX tippers replace older models in West Coast’s 100-strong fleet. The trucks have been mounted with Thompson steel tipper bodywork and feature a 275-litre plastic diesel tank between the front axles.

Additionally, they have been specified with a heavy-duty front bumper, strong front towing eye mounted directly to the chassis and a guard plate to provide added protection to the cooling pipes and oil sump when operating off-road.

Powered by a 12.8 litre Euro-6 diesel engine, producing up to 420hp and 2,100Nm of torque, they are driven through Volvo’s proven I-Shift automated 12-speed transmission, with enhanced software for construction and off-road applications.

“We have had Volvos in the fleet previously, and we’ve come back to the brand because we like their simple and user-friendly design,” said David Sexton, director of West Coast Haulage. “We also suffered from a lot of electrical faults with the previous brand of truck we were running, so we didn’t want to replace like-for-like.

“We’ve always been happy with Volvo products plus the back-up service we have received from the dealer network is excellent. As West Coast Haulage is a truly nationwide company, having access to a first-class network and reliable trucks is of particular importance to us.

“We specialise in working on large highways and infrastructure projects, and it’s intensive work with our drivers spending a lot of time in the cab, so comfort and convenience is important to them. The updated FMX day cab with a fixed rear window is a big step forward on the old model, and the drivers are very happy with the upgrades – and in particular with the more reactive steering.”

West Coast Haulage typically operates its trucks six days a week. Expected to cover between 50,000 – 80,000km a year, the new vehicles have been taken on a three-year hire purchase agreement through Volvo Financial Services, supported by a Volvo Gold Contract to guarantee maximum uptime and a three-year subscription to Volvo Connect, the manufacturer’s telematics system.

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Dan Parton
Dan Parton
Dan Parton is a former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK’s biggest selling truck magazine. He is now writes for The Van Expert and The Truck Expert.

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