Managing Director Mick Griffiths has declared himself “very impressed” with the fuel economy of the first-ever Volvo trucks to join the 16 strong fleet of his company, Burscough, Lancashire based M J Griffiths Transport Ltd.
Mick reports that the two new Volvo FH-500 6×2 tractor units to join the mixed fleet of the family business are achieving between 9 and 10 mpg at 44-tonnes, saying: “That’s 2 mpg better than other trucks in the fleet and we expect them to improve as their mileage increases. He added: “We’re saving up to £100 a day on our fuel bill as a result of the two new Volvo’s economy.”
Both trucks were supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials on a three year Volvo Contract Hire package. This is also the first time that M J Griffiths Transport Ltd has taken trucks on contract hire. Mileage is expected to be around 900,000 kms during the contract term and Mick reports that only Volvo was prepared to offer a three year term on such high mileage.
MJ Griffiths’ trucks rack up the miles on double shifts, trunking fresh fruit and veg to wholesalers of top quality produce in London and Scotland. These wholesalers include famous names such as Gordon Ramsay, Heston Blumenthal and even The Queen among their customers.