Norfolk Environmental Waste Services (NEWS) a subsidiary of Norse Commercial Services has just taken delivery of 6 x Boughton hook-loader equipped Volvo FM 8-wheelers to assist with the servicing of 19 Household Waste Recycling Centres within Norfolk under Contract with Norfolk County Council. A further 2 x Boughton close coupled trailers have also been purchased to further improve the efficiency of the fleet within this new Contract which commenced on 1st April 2014.
The Boughton hook loader systems all feature the company’s patented Kwikova automatic container sheeting system, rear combi-locks, rear axle stabilisers – and VBG couplings. The Boughton tri-axle close coupled trailers feature a retractable drawbar and hydraulic legs and locks. The Norse fleet already includes other Boughton equipped vehicles, some of which have been in service for over twelve years. The new Volvo FM chassis are rated for operation at 32 tonnes GVW and 44-tonnes GTW. Power comes from the 420bhp version of Volvo’s 13-litre Euro V SCR 6-cylinder engine, driving through the I-Shift fully automatic gearbox, with a fitted gearbox mounted PTO. The vehicles were supplied through the East Anglia Volvo Truck & Bus Centre in Norwich.
Norse Transport Manager, John Mellor, says, “We have had very good experience of utilising both Boughton and Volvo within our existing fleet and that underlined our confidence for the new purchase to meet the demands of this major new contract.”
NEWS Operational Contracts Manager, David Lake, said, “It is imperative that NEWS is able to demonstrate efficient fleet management, improved environmental performance and therefore best value to Norfolk County Council within the servicing of this new contract.”