Friday, September 26, 2014

New Road Haulage Tanker Regulations Require Investment

Scottish Whisky Distributors Get Ahead of the Game
Shipping News Feature

UK – With new legislation for road haulage tankers coming into effect from 2024 one company has put itself ahead of the game with a £3 million investment to develop and introduce suitable equipment which will comply with the new regulations. Carntyne Transport, a leading logistics provider to the drinks industry, has invested this amount to accommodate the legislation which requires that road tankers within the Scottish Whisky Industry can be operated from ground level. This is a significant transition as tankers operating within this area are traditionally top filled and operated from an upper gantry.

A number of whisky manufacturers have taken an early lead in converting or constructing as part of a new site, tanker loading and unloading areas that comply with the new legislation, however the full transition across the industry will continue through until the legislation takes effect in 2024. Glasgow based Carntyne has assigned over £3 million to hybrid tanks, an intermediary design which will accommodate both traditional top loading and the soon to be introduced bottom loading.

Carntyne Transport are currently undertaking a conversion programme of their existing tanker fleet and new tankers introduced are of a similar specification. The hybrid tanks which have been designed in collaboration with the whisky manufacturers and Scottish Whisky Industry Association, are able to service both types of loading bay and enable Carntyne's vehicles to operate across all sites during the transition period as Managing Director David Paterson, explained:

"The legislation can only be welcomed, the removal of working at height has an obvious reduction in risk and such an improvement to health & safety can only be a good thing. We are a significant way through our conversion programme with all the work being completed by our in house engineering team. This enables us to better control quality and cost whilst enabling us to influence the programme timescale, for example we can accelerate during quieter periods and slow down during periods of high demand therefore having no detrimental impact on service to customers."

Photo: One of the newly introduced hybrid tankers.