If it’s your 25th work anniversary, then a brand new Volvo FH540 Globetrotter beats a watch hands down. That’s what happened for driver, Chris Thomas, after 25 years driving at Trevor Pye Transport.
First Volvo Truck in Five Years
The Shropshire-based business has a long history with the Swedish manufacturer but hasn’t added any new Volvo trucks to the fleet for the past five years. However, with driver Chris Thomas a huge Volvo fan, it was only going to be an FH for this celebratory order.
Supplied by Hartshorne Group, the 6×2 tractor unit is powered by Volvo’s D13K Euro-6 engine, producing up to 540 hp. The striking blue and red livery has been traditionally hand-painted giving the truck an authentic finished look.
One-Time Loyal Volvo Truck Buyer
Trevor Pye, Owner of Trevor Pye Transport, says: “We used to only run Volvos back in the day and we still have plenty in the fleet, including some older vintage models.
“They have always produced a quality product and when we decided to get something for Chris to celebrate his 25th anniversary, he was very clear in his choice! His last truck was a 14-plate FH; he’s a Volvo man through and through.”
Volvo’s latest version of the FH features updated styling, enhanced fuel-saving features and a driver-focused interior incorporating a fully digital 12-inch high-res instrument display.
Benefiting from a 12-speed I-Shift gearbox, Trevor Pye Transport specified its new truck with Volvo’s Long Haul Fuel package – which features I-See predictive cruise control for maximum fuel efficiency – One Bed Resting package, plus Media package with navigation, to ensure a premium onboard experience for the driver.
Working on the temperature-controlled distribution side of the business, the new FH – supplied via Volvo Financial Services – will be in operation five days a week and is expected to clock up in the region of 125,000 km per year.
Named after Trevor’s granddaughter Florence and sporting a cherished registration plate originally purchased to mark Trevor’s 70th birthday, the FH is a fleet addition, taking the total amount of trucks the customer has on the road currently up to 15.
“All the trucks are named after members of the family, and this one is grandchild number four! Chris is very happy to say the least,” says Pye. “The Globetrotter cab is always a hit and we know we can count on Volvo to deliver a reliable truck, which is exactly what we need in our line of work.”
Established in 1984 and based in the market town of Wem, Trevor Pye Transport is a family-run business. Originally, much of the work involved the collection and distribution of cheese but it has broadened its range of services and today transports a variety of goods – including fresh produce, groceries and seeds – throughout the UK.