ELB Partners has spent more than £1m future-proofing its fleet after investing in nine new Volvo FM Globetrotters.

The 6x2 units all have a three-star rating under London’s Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and are the first of this rating to leave Volvo’s factory and be pressed into service.

Two of the tractor units have already been delivered to ELB’s headquarters in Wimbledon, with seven more to follow.

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ELB MD Peter Eason said: “Every new vehicle now has to be at least one-star but these new units we have purchased are the first to come from their factory to meet the three-star standard.

“This is part of our continuing investment to ensure we stay ahead of the game in London.

“The global microchip shortage means there are huge waits on vehicles now, so by purchasing these cabs now we are future-proofing the fleet at a critical time.”

At the beginning of the year, ELB Partners maintained its position as the capital’s only holder of the Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) gold standard.