New safety system to protect cyclists and pedestrians

New safety system to protect cyclists and pedestrians

Volvo Trucks is introducing a new safety system to detect other road users entering the blind spot on both sides of the truck.

New safety system to protect cyclists and pedestrians

Volvo Trucks’ new safety system uses a dual radar on each side of the truck to detect other road users – such as cyclists.
In busy traffic situations, it is difficult for even the most experienced driver to perceive everything around the vehicle. To increase safety and ease stress on the driver, Volvo Trucks is offering its new system which uses a dual radar on each side of the truck to detect when other road users, such as cyclists, enter the risk area.

“An accident can happen in a split second. Our extensive accident research is based on decades of studying real-life situations, and this new safety system helps the driver to prevent potential collisions,” says Anna Wrige Berling, Traffic & Product Safety Director at Volvo Trucks.

When someone is in the blind spot zone, the system, called Side Collision Avoidance Support, informs the driver via a red light on the relevant side mirror.

If the driver indicates a lane change via the turn signal, the red light starts to flash and a warning sound emits from the side of the potential collision. The driver is alerted and can brake the truck, allowing for example a cyclist to pass.

“At Volvo Trucks, our long-term vision is zero accidents, and safety is at the core of everything we do. This new system is another example of our efforts to accomplish these aims,” concludes Wrige Berling.

The new system will be available globally on the Volvo FH range, FM and FMX with diesel, gas and electric drivelines, starting in September this year. The Volvo FL and FE models will get the new safety system in 2023.

For further information give our team at Stuarts Truck and Bus a call . They’re always on hand to help.

Stuarts truck and bus are winners of the volvo new truck of the year award

Stuarts truck and bus are winners of the volvo new truck of the year award

What a month for Stuarts Truck and Bus!

Not only has it been another record breaking month for sales they’ve also been honoured as winners of the 2021 Volvo New Truck Dealer of the Year Award!!

The honour is presented to the Volvo Trucks dealer which has demonstrated the highest level of performance, coupled with outstanding customer service in all areas. And thats US!!!!!!!

The success is down to the hard work and commitment of every member of staff at Stuarts Truck and Bus. We are proud of the performance levels we have achieved and are looking forward to building on those results as we head into 2022.

We’re fortunate enough to have some amazing customers and we work with some huge local companies as well as the smaller essential ones. A thank you is also owed to everyone who continue to support the business both in sales and servicing and maintainance.


We’re so proud of the team for being recognised as the best by Volvo!The award is one of 7 annual awards and this award is Volvo’s New Truck Dealer Of The Year.

This was achieved with high performance from a sales perspective. Strong vehicle sales across all sectors and a high market share in our area.

Our two salesmen are Justin Fisher, who has been with Stuarts for 9 years and Kevin Wills who joined us 2 years ago. They work incredibly well together, after already knowing each other for many years through the industry.

Our sales team are amazing and have really gelled, supported by the new Volvo products. The results speak for themselves!


A bit of History

The family business started transporting cattle in 1946, when Mr Alf Stuart bought a second hand Dodge. 

We then expanded with Roy and Ross joining the business after leaving school. In 1968 they bought a new Volvo F88, one of the first in the country.  They used this F88 to pull the first double deck articulated cattle transporter in Great Britain, which was designed by the Stuarts.

In 1977 we expanded again this time becoming Stuart’s Commercials ‘the official Volvo Truck Dealer for Devon’.  The business flourished under the guidance of Ross Stuart. 

In 1990 Roy’s son Troy joined the partnership. Later the workshop was extended by another five bays and more personnel were employed.
 In 2004 Stuart’s were given the opportunity to take over the Volvo Dealerships at Saltash and Redruth in Cornwall. 

This done, they went about building a new workshop in Plymouth to relocate the Saltash depot, and carried out improvements at the Redruth depot.

Today Stuart’s Truck and Bus cover the South West peninsula from Bridgwater and Bridport through to Land’s End.

We’re proud to fly the Volvo flag in the Southwest

Volvo Trucks provides complete transport solutions for professional and demanding customers, offering a full range of medium to heavy duty trucks. Customer support is secured via a global network of dealers with 2,300 service points in more than 130 countries. Volvo trucks are assembled in 13 countries across the globe.

In 2020 approximately 94,000 Volvo trucks were delivered worldwide. Volvo Trucks is part of Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. Volvo Trucks´ work is based on the core values of quality, safety and environmental care.

It’s been another busy month across all sides of the business but especially for Volvo and EMS

It’s been another busy month across all sides of the business but especially for Volvo and EMS


As you all know we’ve been fortunate enough to continue work as normal throughout the last 12 months. Last March was busy but this one has been absolutely manic! We’ve kept up with demand though and maintained our high standards across all businesses. EMS have been absolutely inundated across all three yards. Delivering and collecting across the whole of the Southwest area.

Here’s a snapshot of whats been keeping us busy!

If you’d like some more information about any of our services including the Volvo side, landfill or skip hire, recycling and waste management give us a call. Our team are always on hand to help and offer advice.

Two smart FMX 420 8×4 Tippers, delivered into Towens last week

Our new one is hard at work already!

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Harpers Feeds from Holsworthy have just taken delivery of this new Volvo FM420 8×2 rear steer bulk blower adding to their growing Volvo fleet. Bodywork on this vehicle has been supplied by Muldoon Transport Systems. Vehicle was delivered in by Justin Fisher.
Our thanks to Harpers for their continued business.

On her way back from a regular contract drop off in West Hill and Daryl Parkhouse from D P Truck Photography took this cracking photo of her.

Andrew’s Plant Hire have recently taken delivery of 2 x new Volvo FM420 8×4 tippers fitted with Boweld Truck Bodies LTD taperlite bodies and also a new FH540 Globetrotter 6×4 with rear lift tractor unit plated at 80t. The tractor unit was also specified with ultra low crawler and reverse gears to optimise performance when operating at heavier weights. Vehicles were supplied by Justin Fisher. Our thanks to Peter for the repeat business.

EMS EXETER LEAVING CAVANNA HOMES SITE IN WINCANTON. Just a 12 yard skip exchange for a regular contract 

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Making an impressive addition to their ever-growing fleet, Priority Plant chose our S6400 as their next machine due to the highest standard specification we offer. Not only that, our teams are here to support them when it’s needed, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Happy drivers during a busy day at our EMS Paignton yard!

We have recently had the pleasure of delivering these 3 used Volvo FH500 6×2 Globetrotter tractor units into luxury boat builder Princess Yachts based in Plymouth. They will be used for a variety of different work including moving some of their large boats between sites hence why they have been plated at STGO CAT 2 up to 60t.
They all have been supplied with Volvo’s market leading 24 month Approved Used Warranty. Vehicles were delivered in by Kevin Wills.
Our thanks to Princess & Driveline GB Ltd for the valued business.

We just wanted to wish all our loyal customers a very Happy and Healthy 2021 from the Stuarts team

We just wanted to wish all our loyal customers a very Happy and Healthy 2021 from the Stuarts team


After what can only be described as the most bizarre year ever we were really hoping that by now things might have started to return to normal but it appears we were being way to optimistic.

We were one of the fortunate companies that continued to trade as normal during last years chaos and we wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of our loyal customers once again for the support you showed us. It was a horrible year for many of us and being separated from our loved ones was the hardest part so we were very grateful to still have some normality regarding work.


Well the good news is that we’re still allowed to keep trading as usual for the majority of the business. So Volvo are still open, the farming and property side and mainly EMS so we’ll be here for all your Skip Hire, Waste Management and Scrap Metal requirements.

Remember you can book your skip online to save time. Just go to the book online button and choose your size and area and we’ll do the rest!

If you need any of our services we are following very strict social distancing guidelines for the safety of both our staff and customers. For further help and advice please give the office a call. We’re always happy to help.

In the meantime stay safe and healthy and lets hope they manage to get this awful virus under control very soon.

A very Merry Christmas to all our customers from the team at Stuarts

A very Merry Christmas to all our customers from the team at Stuarts


Well what can we say? 2020 has possibly been the most bizarre year ever!

We’ve been fortunate enough to continue business as usual but we appreciate that many of our friends, families, customers and colleagues have been affected massively by this horrible virus.

The future is still looking uncertain but we wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for all the support and well wishes we have received.  We couldn’t have done it without the support of you all.

Here at Stuarts we pride ourselves on our high levels of customer service and the fact that we’ve been allowed to continue working means we’ve been able to uphold that service.

We will be closing for the festive period at midday on the 24th December and resuming business as usual on the 4th January 2021.

Let’s take advantage of our one day to see loved ones on Christmas Day and stay safe and well.

Here’s to an amazing 2021 for everyone and we look forward to working with you again and really appreciate and value the ongoing support you have shown us.

On behalf of Stuarts team, we hope your festive period is filled with happiness and fun, and we wish you all a very healthy and prosperous New Year!

Busy, busy, busy delivering and servicing Volvo’s across the Southwest

Busy, busy, busy delivering and servicing Volvo’s across the Southwest

Well what can we say its been a busy few months for us here at Stuarts.New vehicles being ordered and delivered, repairs and bodywork along with servicing and pretty much anything else you could think of! We’ve been delivering lots of amazing vehicles for some of our long standing customers. Here’s just a snippet of what’s been happening.

Another new Volvo FMX500 8×4 tipper to Steve wills haulage from Lanreath. Bodywork was supplied by Charlton Bodies who have again done another superb job.Many thanks to Steve and the family for their continued business and we look forward to the forth coming addition soon!

We are delighted to have recently supplied this new Volvo FH500 Globetrotter tractor unit to Nigel Hayes Haulage from Bradworthy.It has been taken with a 3 year Gold maintenance package being looked after at our Victoria depot.Many thanks to Nigel for his continued business.

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We are very excited to announce that Stuart’s Truck and Bus Exeter has WON the Volvo Action Service Dealer of the Year!! Thank you to all our fantastic staff who have all worked so hard to achieve this.

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What a fantastic day to be delivering this new Volvo FM420 8×4 Tridem chassis to Harpers Feeds in Holsworthy.Bodywork has been completed by Lawrence David Group to the customers specific requirements.Our thanks to Harpers for their continued business.

Burcombe Haulage have added another Volvo to their impressive fleet with this new FMX500 Globetrotter 8×4 tipper.Charlton Bodies were chosen again to supply the body work.Our thanks to all at Burcombe Haulage for their continued business.

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John Hosking & Son from Liskeard have added this new Volvo FH500 Globetrotter 6×2 pusher lite to their fleet. John has run predominantly Volvo trucks for most of his companies life and we would like to thank him for his continued business.

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R J Trevail of Goonhavern in Cornwall have recently taken delivery of this great looking Volvo FL210 12t tipper.Bodywork has been supplied by TWR Commercial Bodybuilders Ltd in Willand specifically to the customers requirements with the main focus on keeping the vehicle as narrow as possible.Our thanks to Bob Trevail for his business.

A D Parker from North Devon have recently taken delivery of this new Volvo FH540 Globetrotter 8×2 tridem chassis. Some of the high specification includes I Shift Dual Clutch Gearbox, Volvo Dynamic Steering and full air suspension. Bodywork has been completed by Houghton Parkhouse with their 3 deck Platinum Livestock container. We would like to thank Andrew for his business and wish him all the best.

For further information on any of our services give us a call on 01395 232800 we’re always happy to help.