Zambia’s Time Trucking, a subsidiary of Time Trucking Limited, has taken delivery of three new Volvo Trucks FH models – one of the first fleet operators to do so in southern Africa.
The company already has 54 Volvo trucks in its fleet and transports freight and goods to Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa. A subsidiary, Time Commercial Motors Limited, is also an accredited Volvo agent in Zambia and thus responsible for the maintenance and service of Volvo fleets in the region. The three new models are Volvo FH 520HP 6×4 truck-tractors with high chassis height and B-ride. .
These units feature the FH Globetrotter sleeper cab that boasts a sleeper control panel, roof hatch, ample storage and air-conditioner. Technological features include a 3G and WLAN telematics gateway, I-Shift long-haul and fuel economy gear changing software as well as cruise control on the steering wheel.
All the models in the FH range use Volvo’s I-Shift 12-speed automated mechanical gearbox without a clutch pedal which is as convenient as an automatic transmission and as close-ratio as a manual gearbox.
Time Trucking was established in 2001 by its current managing director, Umesh Patel, who personally evaluates each driver. The company’s drivers all receive basic training from Volvo Trucks as well as refresher training at an academy in Zambia.
According to Patel, employees’ skills development remains a priority and prerequisite of achieving the highest professional standards in their operations. “We always aim to provide the best service on time, all the time and if you want to be the best, then you have to have the best trucks and the best people,” says Patel.
Commenting on this order, Torbjörn Christensson, president of the Volvo Group South Africa, says Volvo Trucks SA is proud to be associated with a regional fleet operator of Time Trucking’s calibre. “We believe the southern African region holds untold potential and are therefore committed to contribute to its successful development by providing products and services that suit southern Africa’s very unique business and operating conditions.”
The Volvo FH has been Volvo Trucks’ flagship model for almost 20 years. Since the launch of a new version of the Volvo FH in Europe in 2012, more than 25 00 units have already been sold in that region.