S&J PIERCE TRANSPORT
RELIABILITY OF VOLVO APPROVED USED TRUCKS IS A WINNER FOR S. & J. PIERCE TRANSPORT
S. & J. Pierce Transport of Leighton Buzzard is no stranger to Volvo Approved Used Trucks, having acquired ten Volvo FH tractor units through the network over the past 18-months, including three this year alone.
The latest addition, however, comes with a racing pedigree that could just give the family run business a competitive edge, as it was formerly the 2015 team transporter for the JG Speedfit Kawasaki British Superbike Racing Team.
Equipped with a Globetrotter XL cab, air-suspended leather seats, microwave and fridge and featuring the 500hp, Volvo DK13 12.8 litre engine producing up to 2500Nm of torque at between 1000 and 1400rpm, the top spec 4x2 FH tractor unit was delivered to the S. & J. Pierce Transport site with just 16,000km on the clock.
“I always get the highest specification I can,” says Partner Steve Pierce. “All of our Volvo FH tractor units have either the Globetrotter or Globetrotter XL cabs and are usually the 460 or 500hp variants. This latest addition is even more of a gem than usual though because of the mileage. It’s hardly turned a wheel!”
As with all of the company’s 45-strong fleet, Steve has added a Kelsa high bar, roof mounted air horns and Alcoa Durabright alloy wheels. “Nice smart trucks are important when it comes to our company perception and reputation and also with regards driver recruitment and retention,” says Steve.
S. & J. Pierce Transport was started by Steve and his wife Jenny on 1st April 1986. “I drove and Jenny did the bookwork,” explains Steve. “We thought starting on 1st April was a good idea, because if it hadn’t worked out we could have said the whole thing was an April Fool’s joke.”
Far from not working out, the company has grown steadily over the years and moved from its original start-up premises in Great Billington to its current one acre purpose-built facility incorporating twin maintenance bays in 2002. “We now have 44 employees, operate 45 trucks and have a 36-strong mix of curtainside and box trailers,” says Steve.
As for the business, S. & J. Pierce Transport can best be described as a general haulier providing UK and European transport services. “It is about a 50/50 split between UK and European work,” says Steve.
“Because of our European coverage the trucks average in the region of 150,000km/annum so reliability is key,” he adds. “I’ve now run trucks for some thirty one years, and the constant throughout that time has been that Volvo trucks are true work horses. In my opinion they are the most reliable trucks on the market. We even have a couple of old Volvo trucks with over 2 million km on the clocks. They just keep going.” Over and above reliability, Steve says the drivers like the Volvo FH, reserving particular praise for the I-Shift transmission, which he considers to be head and shoulders above competitor offerings.
Kevin Bassindale at Volvo Used Trucks also draws praise from Steve for his support of the company. “Kevin is really our eyes and ears when it comes to sourcing good quality used trucks,” he says. “Sometimes Jenny and I don’t even see the trucks until they turn up in the yard. Kevin knows what we want and he consistently goes out there and finds it. Essentially, we feel we can trust him to find what’s right for our business and that’s a really important and valuable service.”
Looking at the company’s latest acquisition and continuing the racing theme, albeit trading two wheels for several thousand wings, S. & J. Pierce Transport is contracted to the National Flying Club, regularly travelling the length and breadth of the UK to collect racing pigeons before taking them across to France for release. “The tractor unit’s the same; I guess it’s just the amount of horsepower in the trailer that will change,” he muses.