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Our History

1949

The Road Haulage Executive, trading as British Road Services (BRS), was created as part of a remarkable plan to nationalise transport across the UK.


 

1953

BRS began to generate its own business as the state run transport system was beginning to suffer.

1975

BRS Truck Rental was launched. The fleet of vehicles, with their distinctive red & blue arrowhead logo, were soon a common sight across the British road network.

 

1979

With the launch of our Trailer Rental, BRS took its national operating fleet to 1400 trucks and 300 trailers.

1982

The privatisation of many of the UK's publicly owned businesses began. The National Freight Corporation (NFC) was an evolvement of the original Road Haulage Executive, which was transformed into a private company two years earlier. The now called NFCm, under which BRS traded, was fully privatised through a management/employee buy-out.

1991

As the industry boomed, BRS underwent a 'make-over' with a new brand image. The clean white vehicles were retained, but with a new-look 'tyre tread' logo.

1992

BRS continued to play a leading role in the UK transport industry, alongside sister companies Exel Logistics, Lynx & Pickfords.

1995

BRS introduced its first fully computerised operating system providing access to vehicle availability UK wide. This allowed us to better meet our customer's needs.

1996

BRS introduced a single contact number for all customer requirements – 08705 325325

 

1998

Volvo bought BRS, in a strategic move to widen its offering in the UK market. BRS benefited from being part of the global Volvo brand, which boasts over a three quarters of a million trucks on the road.

1999

BRS launched Capacity Management – a With Driver solution, with B&Q the first major customer.

2000

Continued major investment in company operating systems began our evolvement towards a more customer focussed organisation. This developed into our current ethos of transport solutions.

2001

BRS's Total Commitment was realised when our 24-7 operational service went live.

2002

BRS re-branded to signal its modern, dynamic and forward thinking customer focus.

2002

BRS's commitment to transparency and confidence in its fleet maintenance and compliance led to the BRS O'Licence Pack. This enables customers to view original compliance documents online.

2003

BRS listened to its customers requesting an online maintenance scheduling and compliance system for their own fleets –they wanted this information on tap. So we created it. Tap.

2005

BRS developed its own bespoke Electronic Proof of Delivery system (ePod.c)

2005

BRS invested in its IT infrastructure to enable more innovative product development through its new mobile platform.

2006

Renault take on financial responsibility for BRS - BRS still remains a wholly owned subsidiary of AB Volvo.

2007

The Company is restructured to reflect the changes, with autonomous operating control and independence of group product – results are now in our own hands. BRS is now even better placed to deliver the full range of Transport Solutions to you.

2008

BRS provides effective transport solutions with the latest technology E6 vehicles.


Present

70 years of BRS - 1948 - 2018

Customer care and service

Excellence form the foundation of all our activities

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