All things Haulage: David Simon


In our all-new series, All Things Haulage, Kevin speaks to David Simon of David Simon Transport, a Sligo man with a strong agricultural background who drives trucks for a living.

All things Haulage: David Simon

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In our all-new series, All Things Haulage, Kevin speaks to David Simon of David Simon Transport, a Sligo man with a strong agricultural background who drives trucks for a living.

David Simon has been into all things trucks since he can remember. His passion goes as far back as being a toddler and is evident from talking to him a mere few minutes.

David hails from a small parish near Geevagh, Co. Sligo. It was here he was born and raised on a small suckler farm, ran by his father Noel. The farm consists of a small number of cattle, continental crossbreds. It was from Noel he gained his love for machinery, and trucks in particular, as the saying goes “it wasn’t from the grass he licked it”.

His father operates a small suckler farm, down the road from their humble abode, with David having always lent a helping hand through the years. He has a strong interest in agriculture, which he still holds to this day, and he even previously worked as a driver on occasion for a local contractor in his teenage years.

The Beginning of a lifelong mission:
Most of us in school were debating which path to choose upon the conclusion of our second level educations, though David’s eye was always firmly fixed on a career in haulage. He has always pursued his interest, beginning his career washing lorries for a local haulage company in Sligo.

From here the hard work began, with David working tirelessly saving money and gaining his Rigid license at the young age of 19 and his artic license at 20.

“I got my rigid license when I was 19...And then I got the artic license when I was 20”, David said.

His first real post in driving came in the form of a van-delivery driver. After a couple of years in this post, David then returned to the company he first washed lorries for and gained his first job as a full-time Artic driver.

All the hard work was not in vain though, as after a few tiring years on the road tirelessly, he finally purchased his first truck, a 2006 Scania R480, his pride and joy.

This is when David Simon Transport first came to fruition and marked a lifelong mission, achieved at the ripe age of 22 in early 2014. He quickly moved on from his maiden purchase and purchased a brand new truck, which we will go into detail on further down.

Now David operates as a contracted hauler for some of the leading logistics providers in the country. His work sees him drawing an array of different consignments. This could involve drawing loads of hay/straw, or even food products such as fish all over the country and even Europe. Just recently David’s travels have taken him across waters to France and not for the first time. He is now fuly licensed and insured for haulage in Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe.

He still works five to six days a week doing what he loves, working on average 45 hours a week, with no plans to slow down anytime soon.

The Truck:

  • 2016 Scania R450
  • Details - 450 horsepower
  • Max carrying capacity: - 40 tonne
  • The truck is an automatic, 12 gear, operating system. It is also fitted with Alloy wheels, a complete leather interior, fridge, as well as a touchscreen Sat Nav and radio, while David has added extra lights out of personal taste.

“The main reason for changing was high maintenance cost on older trucks and the younger ones are more fuel efficient,” said David.

“Keeping the equipment fresh is key, especially when your running even 6 days every week, covering big mileage.” he added.


Challenges:
The biggest challenge facing David and the haulage industry is drivers, with the average age for drivers currently in the late 40's and as high as 57 in the UK. David says, because of this, there is a real shortage of drivers at the moment, with not enough new people taking up driving as a career, also due to increased costs associated with getting licenses.

“The biggest challenge in haulage at the moment is drivers and the scarcity of them. There is no new people coming into it.” David said.

“That kind of says it all. Trying to get young people into the industry is a challenge, especially with insurance as well.“ he adds.

The Future:
The Future looks bright for David and his company David Simon transport, with plans afoot to soon purchase his second truck in the coming years. This is not too far away David admits, though he is quite content where he is at the moment.

“The hope would be to expand at a slow and manageable pace. Expansion would be on the agenda, but I am not rushing into anything” David admits.

David has already had great success in his short haulage career. In Just over four years since the founding of David Simon Transport back in early 2014, he has come a long way since getting artic license over seven years ago. It’s easy to assume that the next seven years will be just as fruitful for the hardworking Sligo man, who lives and breathes all things truck.



Are you a haulage driver, drawing the occasional load of straw/hay or livestock? Fancy being featured like David? Drop us a line on Facebook if you do or email kevyfor@gmail.com

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