Volvo has started producing a limited number of trucks for the UK market as the COVID-19 pandemic shows signs of abating.

The manufacturer has started producing trucks for the first time since March at plants in Belgium and Sweden which supply the majority of finished vehicles for the UK and Irish markets.

The manufacturer has introduced a gradual resumption of manufacturing activities at the plants.

Lines are operating at reduced speeds and staff are following social distancing and other protective measures.

Robert Grozdanovski, MD of Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, said: “Production is initially running at just a fraction of our normal output, as we implement new strategies which ensure the health and safety of our teams and their families.

“We have always maintained an incredibly strong culture of safety in everything we do, and that is continuing to guide our every step.

He added: “Resumption of normal manufacturing volumes will only take place once we are certain we can do so safely, and with absolute confidence in the supply chain for the delivery of essential parts and components.

“The last six weeks have demonstrated just how much the whole country relies on the transport and logistics industry. We’re incredibly grateful for everything our haulage heroes have done, and we’re looking forward to being able to supply them with new trucks once again.”