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Ten new Volvo FE rigids at A.F. Blakemore & Son from Hartshorne

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Willenhall-based Food and drink distribution specialist, A.F. Blakemore & Son, has added ten new Volvo FE rigids to its fleet.

Supplied by Ian Middleton, Managing Director at Hartshorne Motor Services, the trucks are a mix of 4×2 and 6×2 rigid configurations. The 18-tonne vehicles have Volvo’s D8K engine rated at 280hp as well as Comfort Cabs, while the larger 26-tonners benefit from the same engine size, with an increased 320hp output and Sleeper Cabs.

A. F. Blakemore & Son opted for both Gray & Adams and Solomon bodies for the group, which join a fleet of 291 trucks and 205 trailers. The FEs feature Volvo’s factory-fitted lower passenger door glazing panels, which offer increased visibility of vulnerable road users.

Cycle Alert protective side skirts are also fitted and these provide complete front to rear chassis coverage. The four 6×2 rigids also benefit from electro-hydraulically steered tag axles.

A. F. Blakemore & Son will deploy the FE’s on local and long distance, multi drop distribution of food and drink products and anticipate a ten-year retention period. Blakemore Logistics Compliance Manager Dave Higgs said: “We have enjoyed a good relationship with our local Volvo dealer Hartshorne Motor Services.

“They have been a favoured truck in our fleet for many years, based on reliability, fuel performance and positive driver feedback.”