Volvo Trucks Scores Order With Amber Services for FM 8x4 REL

Amber Services Waste Recycling of Ystrad Mynach, near Caerphilly in South Wales, recently took delivery of one new Volvo FM 8x4 rear-end-loader (REL). This is the first of Volvo to join the Welsh company’s fleet in 13 long years, but they’ve subsequently placed another order for two more such vehicles.

“When I decided it was time for a change I didn’t see it as short term. I have never been keen on a mixed fleet and have worked hard to build my current fleet up to what it is today,"
explained managing director Jay Jones. “I don’t jump ship lightly and am a firm believer in loyalty. But I also believe in service and back-up.”

The new Volvo truck was supplied by Truck and Bus Wales and West and comes with a Heil Big Bite REL body and features the Volvo I-Shift automated gearbox. It came with a seven-year Repair and Maintenance Contract with servicing to be carried out at their dealership in Pontypridd.

“Based on experience with Volvo in the 1990s I am anticipating a possible improvement in fuel usage although in the waste industry, fuel is usually measured in GPM rather than MPG! The driver is over the moon. In fact the rest of the drivers are already asking when their trucks will be replaced by Volvos! And happy drivers are better drivers,” the managing director added.

“The quote was on a par with the current supplier, but price was never going to be the deciding factor. When I placed the order for the new Volvo I saw it as the first of many. I have since ordered two more chassis for delivery this year. All my trucks come with R & M Contracts and are on a seven-year replacement program. Will my fleet be all Volvo seven years from now? I would like to think so but that’s really up to Volvo,"
Jay Jones concluded thoughtfully.
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