TREVOR Pollard needed a light truck for his building and contracting firm, and again picked the 3.5-tonne FUSO Canter.
Latest additions to the fleet of Bury St Edmunds-based Pollard & Co are a pair of Canter 3C13s with advanced 96 kW (130 hp) engines driving through DUONIC automated transmissions.
The new vehicles were supplied by Mercedes-Benz Dealer Orwell Truck & Van and the alloy tipping bodies are the work of Priden Engineering, of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, which also fabricated the large, locking toolboxes fitted behind the cabs.
Mr Pollard is a skilled carpenter by trade. He founded his building and contracting company in 1997.
A former Football League linesman – he officiated at the 1999 Worthington Cup Final, when Tottenham Hotspur defeated Leicester City in front of 77,000 fans at Wembley – Mr Pollard is now Head Coach for the Suffolk FA Youth Referees Academy, which is based at Ipswich Town’s training ground.
Pollard & Co purchased its latest two Canters with competitive funding support from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.
He continued: “These vehicles are our main site workhorses and we use them to carry building materials, aggregates and rubble, as well as pull trailers occasionally. It’s a tough job but the Canter is well-built and robust enough to take the punishment – unlike other, van-based 3.5-tonners, it’s a proper little truck.”
Pollard & Co offers a comprehensive portfolio of services, including new builds and extensions, barn conversions, renovation, landscaping and decorating. The company team includes Mr Pollard’s 31-year-old son Chris, a bricklayer and plasterer, who is also a Football League assistant referee and harbours ambitions to officiate in the Premier League.