Brexit fears not affecting business says Thomas Hardie

Thomas Hardie

Brexit fears are not playing any major role in business levels at independent Volvo dealer Thomas Hardie, according to used truck business development manager Jonathan Bownes.

"All the Brexit talk is responsible for some uncertainty, but there are too many other outside factors that are helping to keep the steady flow of trucks through our hands,” Bownes said.

“There are more and more cities following London’s example with clean air zones to help improve the air quality of its residents, and LNG trucks, electric power and the constant advancements in truck technology are all points of consideration for truck buyers. This has resulted in more older, Euro-4 and Euro-5 trucks being traded into us and while these may not be of interest to a lot of UK users, worldwide demand is strong.”

Bownes acknowledged that Brexit is the most important event the country, and the transport industry, has had to deal with in several years, but from a business point of view and for Thomas Hardie, the developments in Westminster and Brussels have had little effect on trading.

“Some customers are cautious and a few have mentioned Brexit, but the industry has to keep going. We have formed strong relationships with good solid export customers who, in their part of the world, have no brexit or low emission zone worries,” Bownes added.

Nine applications and decisions that stand out this week

Econic Doncaster

Increased authorisations for Suez Recycling and Recovery, Trilogy Freight and Secured Express in the north-west of England are among the highlights of the latest applications and decisions this week.

  • Dyce Carriers has been authorised to operate 10 HGVs and 20 trailers at a new operating centre at Grangemouth Docks, Grangemouth.
  • Wolseley UK in Warwick has been given the go-ahead to increase the number of lorries at its Royston Road, Livingston operating centre to five.
  • Route One Freight in Tamworth has been granted authorisation for five HGVs and five trailers at an operating centre on the Lichfield Road industrial estate in the town.
  • Explore Transport has been given authorisation to base 50 vehicles and 100 trailers at a new operating centre on Whieldon Road in Stoke on Trent.
  • Suez Recycling and Recovery UK can now run eight HGVs and two trailers out of a new operating centre on the Knowsley industrial park in Liverpool.
  • Trilogy Freight in Wythenshawe, Manchester has been granted authorisation to operate eight lorries and four trailers out of a new operating centre at the Speke Freight Terminal in Speke, Liverpool.
  • Secured Express in Warrington has increased its authorised fleet size at its Winwick Quay, Warrington, operating centre to five HGVs and 15 trailers.
  • WCR Haulage can base two HGVs at an operating centre on the Freightmaster Estate in Rainham.
  • Rapid Response Recovery in London, N18 has upgraded its licence from restricted to standard national and has increased the number of lorries authorised out of its base on the Montague Industrial Estate to four, with two trailers.

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