Hottot Transport of Bovey Tracey in Devon has taken delivery of six Volvo FH 6×2 tag axle tractor units from Stuarts Truck and Bus, Exeter.
The newest additions to the company’s 20-strong fleet are fronting its aggregate transport division, serving the main quarries in the area and delivering some 3,500 tonnes of aggregate and sand per week to customers within a 100-mile radius.
“When it comes to tipper work I believe Volvo offers the most robust trucks on the market and the fuel efficiency is better than anything else we’ve tried,” says Partner, Rob Hottot. “We’ve taken these six top-specification 500hp Volvo FH tractor units on a three-year contract hire deal as it offers us fixed monthly costs and Gold R&M support. Essentially, we get drama-free transportation, which means we can concentrate on the business.”
Any potential for drama is further lessened through Hottot Transport’s adoption and use of Dynafleet telematics. “As all, but two of our trucks are Volvo, we use Dynafleet for tracking, analysis of fuel consumption and driver reports,” says Rob. “It is a great system and flags any minor issues well before they become problems. What’s more; the league tables for drivers really encourages better driving practices, which not only resonates in terms of road safety, but also supports the business in terms of fuel efficiency and reduced wear.”
Bovey Tracey, a small town on the edge of Dartmoor, is known for its boundary signs that proclaim it’s ‘the gateway to the moor’. For Rob and his brother Sean, the new Volvo FH 6×2 tractor units with Globetrotter XL cabs, leather upholstery, air-suspended drivers’ seats, fridges and TV preparation are considered very much as Hottot Transport’s gateway to more.
“We have traditionally run our business with our eggs in a number of different baskets,” says Rob. “Aside from aggregate we also offer transportation for shipping containers, dropside and flatbed trucks for construction and even a low-loader service. I guess you could say we minimise our risk, and the specification of the new Volvo trucks mirrors this. With single bunks and plenty of storage, these trucks are capable from the word ‘go’ to do long-haul work if needed, for example.”
Hottot Transport’s history with Volvo and Stuarts Truck and Bus goes back to 2010 when the company bought its first 460hp FH12. “As well as purchasing this truck, we also took a 500hp Volvo FH 6×2 tractor unit on a two-year flexi-hire deal being offered by Stuarts at the time,” says Rob. “The nature of Volvo trucks and the quality of the I-Shift transmission makes it a pretty straightforward decision when it comes to replacing trucks. Both Volvo and Stuarts have looked after us well and we’re not going to fix something that isn’t broken.”