Dockers no-name cab
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CARDIFF operator, Hills Transport (Cardiff) Ltd, has had one of its vehicles turned away from Hull Docks by dockers because the company name was not displayed on the cab.
But, says the company, the vehicle, a Volvo F88, is on trial and does not belong to it. So it could not put its name on the cab.
"We offered to confirm it was our vehicle by telex; we tried everything. In the end, we had to get a local Hull haulier to take the load into the docks."
The reason for the dockers' refusal to unload the trailer with an unnamed cab is a throwback to the time, a few years ago, when they were picketing the docks.
During the strike, dockers say, unmarked lorries would break the picket and strikers could not tell who owned the lorry.
Regional docks and waterways officer Brian Barker told. CM: "If I'd been contacted on the day in question, I might have been able to do something about it. But nobody told me until after the event."
"The practice of dockers refusing to unload or load an unmarked vehicle has been recognised dockers' policy now for about two years ... with the full knowledge of the RHA."