Montgomery Transport has been revealed as the first Northern Ireland-based haulier to be accredited for the DVSA’s Earned Recognition scheme.

The Palletways member, based in Newtownabbey, achieved Earned Recognition founder member status in March of this year but the result has just been publicised.

Operators in the scheme regularly share performance and compliance information with the DVSA and in return, their vehicles are less likely to be stopped for inspections at the roadside.

Steven McBride, general manager at group company Montgomery Distribution, (pictured), said: “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.

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“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.”

Montgomery Distribution, Montgomery Tank Services and Montgomery Transport are among more than 40 haulage, coach and bus firms that are part of the scheme to date.