SPECIALISTS IN THE TRANSPORT SECTOR CAN FIND THEMSELVES EXPOSED WHEN THEIR NICHE SEES A DOWNTURN, AND THEY HAVE NOWHERE TO GO. IAN NORWELL VISITS NORFOLK-BASED CARTER HAULAGE & STORAGE, AN OPERATOR WITH TWO DISTINCT STRINGS TO THEIR BOW.
The Swedish invasion was well into its stride by the late 70s when Peter Carter set up in produce haulage with a modest 4x2 Volvo F7 tractor and bulk trailer. Volvo’s ground-breaking F86 had been pensioned off the year before, and on October 1st 1979 Peter Carter started working on bulk and dock work. As the saying goes, he’s not looked back. He says. “It was general haulage really, but I had been a subbie for BRS doing a lot of sugar beet work.” Peter had a lot of support from the management, who encouraged him to get his CPC (certificate of professional competence) and go it alone. When BRS folded, Peter managed to pick up business from one of their major customers, a local shipping company, and pressed on.