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Haulier commemorated on DAF XF 105 truck

The life of well-known UK haulier Stan Robinson, whose sudden death in April shocked the industry, is being commemorated by a specially painted truck that has just gone onto the road. His son Mark described the new top-of-the-range DAF XF105 with its special paint finish by leading airbrush artist Andy Scott of Barnsley, as “a fitting tribute to my father who devoted his life to building the family business and to the transport industry.

Left to right: Pauline Wilson, finance director and Stan’s daughter; Nigel Brown, who will drive the truck; Florence Robinson, Stan’s wife; and sons Ian and Mark, directors.

The livery includes a ‘time line’ setting out the key dates and events in the Robinson family’s involvement with road transport. It starts with Stan’s own father who delivered coal in the post war years in a three tonne Bedford, often with Stan in the cab. And it shows how Stan started the present company in 1970 with a single truck, which he drove himself.

Steady expansion over the following four decades saw the business grow to a size where it now employs 330 people, runs a fleet of 180 trucks from four locations, and provides a full warehousing and logistics service.