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Bale Group fleet now 100% Volvo with arrival of 14 FH artics

Published to the CV Show website on
04/07/2011

Fourteen new Volvo FH tractor units, ten of which were acquired to service a hard fought contract, joined 30 other Volvos working with West Country waste and recycling specialist the Bale Group recently.

Supplied by Volvo Dealer Truck and Bus Wales and West, complete with a Gardner-Denver wet pack and full ADR-compliance the 6x2 FH vehicles join a fleet now consisting exclusively of Volvo tractor units.

"Four of the new Volvos join the Bale core fleet as part of our replacement programme", explained Managing Director Tony Bale. "The remaining ten are servicing the new five-year Tradebe contract in Newport, Fawley, Dinnington, and Ellesmere Port," he added.

Finished in a metallic silver paint scheme the FH Globetrotter cabs are considered an essential tool of the trade by Tony Bale who claims that drivers often cover long distances and are sometimes required to work under difficult conditions.

All types of hazardous and non-hazardous liquid waste materials are handled by the company so it is vitally important that the best possible equipment is specified and that drivers are made fully aware of the technology featured in the current vehicles.

"We need practical, down-to-earth, fully-qualified drivers who can carry out their daily duties in a safe and efficient way but who can also appreciate and take advantage of the latest technological advances introduced by Volvo Trucks," explains Tony Bale. "In this way we introduce a 'win-win' situation whereby the customer, the company and the drivers all derive some benefit", he added.

Powered by the Volvo 13-litre engine rated at 460hp, backed up by the fully-automated I-Shift gearbox with two-pedal operation, the Volvo FH tractors are designed to be as efficient and as driver-friendly as possible.

"We would not consider purchasing a vehicle that did not have a gearbox as good as the I-Shift and an engine brake as effective as the VEB. These components are recognised in the industry as being the best in the business and that's just one of the many reasons why we continue to buy Volvo," concluded Tony Bale.

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