Renault dealer WTL Truck & Van moves to bigger centre

Renault Trucks’ approved service dealer for Cambridge, WTL Truck & Van Centres, has opened its new dealership in Duxford.

The 10,000 square foot facility - part of a £7m investment by parent company, Welch Group - is equipped with eight full size bays, a dedicated ATF line and a tacho bay for digital and analogue tachograph repairs.

It is on a two-acre site and located near Junction 10 of the M11, convenient for East Anglia, the Midlands, London as well as the Ipswich and Felixstowe ports. 

The site will be shared with Welch Group’s haulage business, Welch Transport.

WTL Truck & Van Duxford provides aftersales services for all makes of vehicles, and offers MoT testing, tachograph repairs and Renault Trucks 24/7 roadside assistance.

It is part of the Welch Group of companies which includes transportation, warehousing, distribution, specialist movements and crane hire divisions.

Jim Welch, MD of WTL Truck & Van Centres, said the company had outgrown its former premises in Cambridge where the company was based for 60 years, and the new facility is twice the size.

He added: “Our combined business has expanded by 50% in the last five years, partly due to our successful Renault Trucks dealership, and we needed bigger and better premises to keep pace with this demand and also allow room for future growth. 

“After selling our old Cambridge site to residential developers, we have been able to invest the proceeds into our new Duxford facility.

“We very much look forward to welcoming new and old customers to Duxford. The time was right for WTL to invest for the future and we hope our new premises will serve us well for the next 60 years”

Revamped Safe Loading Pass Scheme launched for fuel distributors

A fully revised Safe Loading Pass Scheme has been launched by the UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) as a means to control and monitor the risks associated with loading up road tankers at fuel distribution terminals.

The safety scheme was first created in 1989 and has now undergone a pan-industry review from representatives including UKPIA, the Tank Storage Association and the FTA.

Since the original scheme was established, the industry has changed significantly, with the majority of oil companies now subcontracting their fuel distribution to specialist hauliers, and several tank storage companies now also operating fuel distribution terminals.

The FTA will manage the new scheme on behalf of UKPIA.

Sally Thornley, FTA director of standards, audit and accreditation, said: “FTA is delighted at this important landmark in the development of the scheme, which will mean that standards within the sector are safeguarded and the transparency of the scheme is enhanced through the new website and database.”
The new Safe Loading Pass Scheme will provide a web-based portal for the registration of inspections and a mechanism for terminals to query vehicles’ passes electronically.

In January this year, fuel terminals started voluntarily enforcing a new Petroleum Driver Passport, which was devised as a mechanism to improve safety standards. This came in the wake of a union-led industrial dispute in spring 2012 over inconsistencies in pay, conditions and safety standards for drivers working across the UK's fuel distribution sector.