All things Haulage: Aaron Townsend is a 19-year-old Green Cert student, part of a father-son haulage team, Townsend Haulage Ltd.


Its back due to popular demand and this week Kevin speaks to Aaron Townsend, a Truck driver for Townsend Haulage Ltd in Co. Carlow.

All things Haulage: Aaron Townsend is a 19-year-old Green Cert student, part of a father-son haulage team, Townsend Haulage Ltd.

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Its back due to popular demand and this week Kevin speaks to Aaron Townsend, a Truck driver for Townsend Haulage Ltd in Co. Carlow.

Aaron and his family have a rich background in agriculture, with it clearly evident from speaking with him.

The family had been farmers in the past, farming land in Kildavin, the Carlow side of Clonegall. Though, this is leased out currently, Aaron has his eyes firmly placed on taking the reins at some point in the near future.

He is in the process of completing a green cert at the moment in Kildalton, with the plans to go back farming afterward.

“We have the land leased out at the moment, but I’ll probably go back farming after I finish the Green Cert.”, he said.

How it all began:
The company, Townsend Haulage Ltd, came to light when they first began hauling meal for Red Mills. His father was the man behind the plan, with the company continuing their early success and progressing significantly. They are now celebrating their tenth year in haulage this year.

Aaron always had his eye firmly set on a career in haulage and he obtained his full Artic licence only in August of last year, only after first obtaining the rigid. It wasn’t long before he took his place behind the wheel.

“I got the licence probably back in August and I started driving then in September. I have been on the road from then up until today.”, he states.

Trucks:
The team are running with a full fleet of Ivecos, they currently have three, with another addition on the way in the coming weeks. They have two Iveco Stralis, 2008 132, and a 2017 Iveco Hi-way, the latter purchased only this September.

The 172 Iveco Stralis Hi-way

BHP: 460
Drawing Capacity: 46 tonnes.
Work: Drawing meal on a regular basis for Red Mills.
Extras: The 172 is fitted with Alloys, a Headboard, Leather seats, touchscreen radio, Spotlights on the top and bottom, a bottom bar AND a back diesel tank.

The team, as mentioned, are in the process of adding another member to the team, though nothing has been decided yet.

“It should be here in the next few weeks hopefully.”, Aaron said.

Why Iveco:
The team didn’t always run with Ivecos, having first started off with DAF. They soon moved on, for no specific reason Aaron admits, to Iveco and have no plans on switching up in the near future.

“We got on very well with them. We started buying off a local dealer and we got on well with them and never had any problems with them.” Aaron says of the switch to Iveco.

“We get great back-up from the garage in Tullamore and the lorries are very well spec coming out of them” he adds.

“We ran DAF trucks for a while and we never had any trouble with them, but we said we would try out the Iveco and we got on very well with them.” he said.

The Operation:
The team is made up of Aaron, his father and two other full-time drivers. They cover the whole of the country, with the meal deliveries North and south of the border. While, they also carry out local milk collections as well.

“We cover the whole of the country...North and South.”, he said.

Meal deliveries would be the main business, but they also deliver straw. This year the team delivered plenty of straw, during the harvest Aaron hopes this will pick up in the next few weeks again, but says they are “kept going” as is.

Future:
The team are looking at expansion, though they want to do this at a slow, contained pace. Aaron says they will build up operations, but says they will take their time and ensure they are going about it the right way.

“We are looking at expanding, slowly but surely.” he said.

“We want to just take our time...if the right work is there we will keep expanding and keep going.” he adds.

It was always Aaron’s intention to come back home, after college, and follow the path set for him by his father. He readily admits, that he was always “mad to drive lorries”.

“All I ever wanted to do, when I was a chap, was drive lorries. After I finished the transport management...I wanted to be on the books with dad.”, he admits.

Why loves what he does:
Like most who follow this career, Aaron simply loves the road. He says this and getting to see every part of the country only makes the career choice the sweeter for him.

“It’s nice to be just out on the road, getting to see the country”, Aaron said.

“The hours are long but, it’s a grand way of life.”, he added.

He is currently, as mentioned above, in college, though, Aaron is keen to get back behind the wheel as soon as he can.

“I plan on being back behind the wheel in a few weeks.” says Aaron.

He also says there is a great comradery amongst fellow Truck drivers, adding that they are always looking to help one another when possible.

“There would be a great comradery...Its very like the farming community.” he said.

Aaron was always truck-mad, as he will tell you himself. Therefore, it is no surprise he has followed in his father’s footsteps. Although just 19-years-old, he has big plans for the future. It is only logical to think, it might be him, setting the path for his father in the future.



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