From the Frontline - Scania offers FREE refreshments for truck driving heroes

Scania (Great Britain) is showing its support for UK truck drivers by serving them complimentary refreshments.

Starting tomorrow (15 May), the truck maker’s hospitality trailer will be commencing a distribution centre tour, loaded with hot drinks, water and chocolate bars.

"With the majority of truckstops, cafes and roadside pull-ins closed around the UK, the simple matter of obtaining refreshments has become a nigh-on impossible challenge for the nation's transport heroes," commented Stacey Llewellyn-Price, Scania's events manager. "So to help, and to say thank you for all the vital and essential work they are doing, we thought we would transform our hospitality trailer into a free, mobile café, while adhering to the Government’s social distancing policy.

"Many drivers will already be familiar with the trailer as it normally visits many truck shows and events around the country every year. But 2020 is different, of course, so we're doing what we can and now look forward to welcoming as many drivers to enjoy a socially-distanced refreshment break with us as soon as possible – so if you see us at a distribution centre you are visiting, do drop in and see us.”

Scania is on the look-out for suitable venues to add to its refreshment tour. If you have any suggestions please contact stacey.llewellyn.price@scania.com

#TruckingBritainOutOfCovid19 - Plant body manufacturer Sterling restarts production after seven weeks

Plant body manufacturer Sterling is up and running after a seven-week closure, and is confident that production will be back to normal levels within six months.

The North Yorkshire-based bodybuilder, introduced a number of new social distancing measures at its factory prior to restarting production on 11 May.

“It’s all gone very smoothly so far,” said sales director Jarl James, who explained that the factory is currently running at half capacity with 50% of the workforce still furloughed. “This is because we are reliant on new chassis arriving from the manufacturers, which have mostly been delayed by up to two or three months, and we have to be careful not to run too fast and run out of work,” he said. However, James is confident that as the truck makers ramp-up truck production, so too will Sterling, with normal levels resumed by the autumn.

“We are thankful for a good order book and a decent number of chassis in the yard. And most of our work is not IVA-dependant, which gives us a bit more control over the builds,” he said.