Galt Transport is looking to the future by adding eight new vehicles over the last six months.  The Dumbarton-based haulage firm took delivery of four new Volvos at the end of last year and four new Scanias in recent weeks. The new additions include six lorry-mounted cranes featuring both Palfinger and Hiab cranes and two artic tractor units plated for up to 65t.

For the well-established family firm, the new year started with the upsetting news that Managing Director Allan Galt had passed away.  Following a diagnosis of Myeloma 10 years ago, Allan took a step back from the business with son Andrew looking after Operations and daughter Linda focussing on Business Development. Along with the 50-strong team of Driver Operators led by Transport Manager Simon Foy, the team intends to build upon the rich legacy left by Allan.

This latest investment by the next generation shows clear intentions for the future. For more than 75 years the company’s fleet of trucks, cranes and specialist trailers has grown to become one of the most diverse in Scotland, something the company are keen to maintain.

“Dad was always proud of our varied fleet and ability to meet a range of customer needs.  These additions will ensure we maintain the quality service he always insisted upon.”  Linda Galt, Business Development Director, commented.

Among the new additions are two lorry-mounted cranes from Hiab. Having worked almost exclusively with Palfinger for many years, the firm decided to vary the fleet to ensure maximum service efficiency and reliability.

Travelling to Northern Ireland to monitor the build, Andrew Galt, Operations Director, added, “We’ve been impressed by the build process and quality offered by Hiab and Nugent Engineering. Regular updates throughout the process ensured that we received exactly what we were after, and we’re delighted with the results so far.”

The two 8×2 rigid Hiabs are built on Scania R460 units and will be put to work within the fleet to service regular work within the construction and events industries.

Established in 1947, Galt Transport operates 50 trucks and over 100 trailers from four depots in central Scotland and the Scottish Borders. The FORS Silver haulier runs both Scania and Volvo units and uses a mixture of manufacturer servicing and in-house maintenance.