Lomas Distribution consolidates sites with new depot

Bulk powder transportation specialist Lomas Distribution has spent £3.5m on a purpose-built depot in Buxton, Derbyshire. Brighouse Construction began work on the new depot, on a former brownfield site at Waterswallows Industrial Park, in August 2007 and completed the project, on schedule and to budget, last month.

Managing director Richard Lomas tells MT: "We decided to consolidate our two sites and have just one purpose-built depot and offices that would contain everything we needed." The new building provides Lomas with a vehicle maintenance facility, comprising a VOSA bay for MOT testing and six service bays and pits.

The site has 150,000ft2 of parking for 115 HGVs and features an ecologically efficient vehicle wash for articulated bulk tankers, which is able to recycle up to 75% of the water it uses. Also completed as part of the project is a new three-storey office building.

"The new facility, which we hope to move into in the next week, is situated a lot closer to our main customer, Buxton Lime Industries," adds Lomas. To date, Lomas has 160 staff and runs just under 100 vehicles.

Specialist workers may be exempt from Driver CPC

Scaffolding erectors, utilities workers, road builders and plant operators who drive trucks in their job may be able to claim 'tools of the trade' exemption from the Driver CPC requirements, which come into effect in September, according to the FTA.

Speaking at the FTA's Essential Services Working Group and Utilities Seminar this month, FTA transport adviser Es Shepherd says the likes of scaffolding gangs can also travel in the truck, but that the goods carried on the truck must be for the use of the driver and occupants - additional drops along the route are not allowed.

The exemption can apply to any size of truck and is not restricted by speed or distance from base. Drivers of specialist machinery, such as road building equipment, are also exempt from the Driver CPC, but fitters taking trucks to a test station will require the qualification.