Montgomery Transport’s commitment to safety recognised by national driving agency


Newtownabbey-based Montgomery Transport Group, one of the largest privately-owned transport companies in the UK, has demonstrated its commitment to road and driver safety by becoming the first business of its kind in Northern Ireland to be accredited for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Earned Recognition scheme.

The DVSA Earned Recognition scheme is a voluntary scheme for companies with lorries, buses and coaches that requires a strong track record of compliance and adherence to driver and vehicle standards.

Montgomery Transport Group, which is a member of Palletways, Europe’s largest and fastest growing express palletised freight network, needed to demonstrate strong transport management systems and processes to be successfully accepted into the scheme.

The DVSA has launched the scheme to ensure that compliant businesses obtain the best business value from the enforcement regime, something that other companies will aspire to gain. It will also enable the DVSA to focus its attention on the seriously and serially non-compliant, where the risks to road safety are highest.

Steven McBride, General Manager at Montgomery Distribution, said: “We’re delighted to have achieved ‘Founder Member’ status from the DVSA. This accreditation reflects the dedication and hard work of every member of staff here and I’m glad the team have got the recognition they deserve.

“This status is difficult to achieve but it sends out a strong signal to our customers and competitors that we are committed to delivering high standards across the business and leading the way in road safety for everyone. We’re the only logistics operator in Northern Ireland to complete the scheme and we look forward to reaping the rewards from it.”

Since launching in 1970 with just one tractor unit, family-owned and operated Montgomery Transport Group has continued to grow, now operating across several sites with a fleet in excess of 300 vehicles and 900 trailers. Montgomery Transport operate a full load service across the UK and Ireland, Montgomery Tankservices provide a complete bulk transportation service for liquid, powder and fuel products and Montgomery Distribution is the pallet distribution division with operations across the UK & Ireland. The company became a member of Palletways in 2002.

Montgomery Transport Group is one of over 114 independent transport providers that are part of the Palletways UK network. They benefit from shared expertise and resources from within the group to deliver consignments of palletised freight to market faster and more cost effectively than ever before. The Palletways Group comprises 450+ depots and 20 hub operations, through which it provides collection and distribution services across 20 European countries, including the UK.

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