Lancashire haulier D and A Haworth has celebrated its 30th birthday with the purchase of a new Volvo FH12 for use in its nationwide operations, delivering bricks, blocks and roofing tiles. To mark the milestone in style, the Chorley-based operator has also had the 460 bhp 6x2 tag axle vehicle adorned in its special anniversary livery.
The truck, which has been supplied through their local Volvo dealer, Thomas Hardie Commercial’s of Preston, is the latest in a long line of acquisitions from Volvo by Haworth.
"Our first Volvo was an F88 in 1976 and we’ve had numerous others since then," said David Haworth, who owns the company along with his wife, Alice.
"We have tried alternative manufacturers but none measure up to Volvo in terms of quality, driveability and aftersales service," he added.
The vehicle joins an existing FH12 in the Haworth fleet, with the vehicles being driven by David and his brother, Jim. Both are plated at 44 tonnes and pull Montracon platform trailers fitted with Atlas cranes. Deliveries of materials are made from manufacturers to either builders’ merchants or directly to construction sites.
"Often it is more convenient for our customers to have deliveries made directly on to sites," said David. "This was the main factor behind the decision to go for the tag axle as it will provide better traction when driving off road."Published 1 October 2002