Scottish whisky industry logistics provider Carntyne Transport has invested over £3m in the development and introduction of road tankers built to comply with new government legislation.
The new rules, which will take effect in 2024, require road tankers within the Scottish whisky industry to be operated from ground level. Tankers operating within this area are traditionally top-filled and operated from an upper gantry.
A number of whisky manufacturers have taken an early lead in converting or constructing tanker loading and unloading areas that comply with the new legislation as part of a new site, but the full transition across the industry will continue through until the legislation takes effect in 2024.
Glasgow-based Carntyne Transport said it has assigned over £3m to hybrid tanks, an intermediary design which will accommodate both traditional top-loading and the soon-to-be-introduced bottom loading. The hybrid tanks, which have been designed in collaboration with the whisky manufacturers and Scottish Whisky Industry Association, are able to service both types of loading bay and enable Carntyne’s vehicles to operate across all sites during the transition period.
“The legislation can only be welcomed,” said Carntyne Transport MD, David Paterson. “The removal of working at height reduces risk, and such an improvement can only be a good thing.”