Tributes roll in for haulage legend Stan Robinson

Legendary Staffordshire haulage boss Stan Robinson has died aged 70.

Robinson set up the eponymous firm in 1970, which won Haulier of the Year at the 1999 Motor Transport Awards.

In recent years, Robinson developed his own 33.5m longer heavier vehicle, and opened a vehicle testing station at his firm's base in Seighford.
Steve Cope, transport director at Stan Robinson (Stafford) says: "He was like a father to us, he put everyone else at the company before himself.

"We will never forget him and he will be very sadly missed." 

Barry Proctor, director of Stoke-on-Trent haulage firm Barry Proctor Services says Robinson was "straight talking, down to earth, and not afraid to call a spade a spade."

He adds: "This is terrible news, I've known Stan for the best part of 50 years when we were drivers delivering corn.

"He wasn't a shirt and tie man, but always liked to get stuck in with his sleeves rolled up."

Andy Boyle, MD at ABE Ledbury, says: "Stan was physically a big man, and big in stature in the haulage industry.

"He punched above his weight and was never scared to take on the big boys in the industry.

"Stan was a great character, everybody in the industry will miss him."

Unite fuel-tanker driver talks resume

Fuel distributors and the Unite union are due to resume talks again this morning (10 April) with conciliation service Acas following the Easter break.

Haulage bosses from six fuel distribution firms began discussions with Unite last Wednesday (4 April), which continued for two days, over tanker drivers’ training, safety and employment conditions.

The talks follow a majority vote for national strike action announced on 26 March from Unite tanker drivers, which supply fuel to around 90% of UK fuel courts - about 7,900 petrol stations.

Firms involved in the talks include Norbert Dentressangle, Wincanton, Turners (Soham), Hoyer, BP and  DHL (which voted against strike action).

It is understood that Suckling Transport, which also voted against strike action, is not attending the Acas talks.

Acas chief conciliator Peter Harwood says of the talks so far: “The discussions have been constructive, with the parties positively  engaged and committed to the process.”

If talks fail, any industrial action would need to take place by 23 April and Unite would need to give seven days’ notice of a strike.