John M Munro runs on Gray & Adams meat rails

Dingwall, Scotland: The latest Gray & Adams-built addition to the refrigerated fleet of Scottish craft butcher John M Munro is now hard at work, making deliveries in the Highlands and Western Isles.

John M Munro’s latest Gray & Adams-built truck

Gray & Adams’ insulated and reinforced body is fitted with four roof-mounted, aluminium T-style rails, each with 10 double-barbed stainless-steel hooks. It is based on a 16-tonne Daf LF 260 chassis supplied by the Inverness branch of dealer Norscot Truck & Van, while Carrier’s Xarios 500 fridge unit and MXL 1100 evaporator provide single-temperature cooling.

Gray & Adams has trailers and truck bodies purpose-designed to carry meat with a variety of rail options and insulated panels that resist impacts from heavy carcasses – each hook on John M Munro’s new vehicle is capable of holding two quarters of beef typically weighing 75kg apiece.

A fourth-generation family business founded in 1922, John M Munro operates six shops in north Scotland, as well as an abattoir and cutting plant in its home town of Dingwall. John M Munro runs five temperature-controlled trucks and three vans, which were also insulated and refrigerated by Gray & Adams.

John M Munro latest vehicle will deliver mainly to butchers in the far north, a role that entails weekly visits to the Isles of Lewis, Harris, and Skye.

Charlie Munro, managing director, says: “We switched to Gray & Adams bodywork eight years ago and have not looked back since. Its products are exceptionally well built and robust – the new truck has replaced one that we ran for five years, which provided completely reliable service – and represent excellent value for money.”

“Gray & Adams equipment always commands strong residual values and we’ve found its vehicles a lot easier to sell than others we’ve run in the past, while the after-sales back-up is first class too.

Gray & Adams’ meat rails can be specified with hook covers which allow the hooks to be stowed against the underside of the roof reducing the risk of damage and maximising internal load height when not in use. The manufacturer has also designed vehicles with built-in meat-loading cranes. As well as fitting meat rails in new bodies and trailers, it can retrofit systems to older vehicles.

Brexit: Lorry checks at Dover ‘unrealistic’ says Grayling

Dover, UK: There will be no customs checks at Dover after the UK leaves the EU, said Chris Grayling, transport secretary.

Physical checks on lorries after March 2019 would be “utterly unrealistic,” he told the BBC’s Question Time recorded in Dover this week. Trade would be managed electronically to allow “seamless” movement, he said.

Grayling said goods moved seamlessly across national borders elsewhere in the world and there was no reason this would not happen after Brexit.

Logistics companies which operate UK borders have been asked to sign “non-disclosure agreements” as part of a government information-gathering exercise on Brexit, reports Sky News.

Sky says individual firms and trade bodies have been sworn to secrecy about conversations with officials about the impact on freight traffic if there is no Brexit agreement as well as other possible scenarios.

UK: Treasury to look at how red diesel undercuts clean tech

London, UK: Chancellor Philip Hammond is to call for evidence “on whether the use of non agricultural red diesel tax relief contributes to poor air quality in urban areas”.

Treasury sources say the call for evidence announced this week will look at how the availability of red diesel can present a barrier for the uptake of cleaner technologies.

Dearman has long argued that access to cheaper diesel is damaging for Britain’s air quality.  The company points out that, for example, there are 26,000 refrigerated trucks in Britain that have a weakly-regulated second engine powered by red diesel. Dearman estimates that these 26,000 trucks emit particulate matter to the equivalent of 3.2 million diesel cars.

The company is calling on the Chancellor to commit to acting on any findings that show the damaging impact on air quality of red diesel-powered non-road mobile machinery, particularly transport refrigeration units.

The latest call for evidence is expected to launch in the next week.  Scott Mac Meekin, chief executive, Dearman, said:  “I welcome the Chancellor’s announcement of a call for evidence on how red diesel contributes to poor air quality in urban areas. Specifically, this time the Treasury will be looking at how access to cheaper red diesel can disincentivise the uptake of cleaner technologies. This is an important step as the Government seeks to tackle air pollution.

“The Chancellor should commit to acting on any findings that show how non-road mobile machinery, especially transport refrigeration units, pollute Britain’s air by being able to access cheap diesel. This would be a real boost to the clean technologies that are affordable and available on the market.”

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