Has taken a while, but after writing in June about my desire to “hang up the keys” and then again in December about our Post Brexit Transport Plans, I have finally decided and sorted out what we will be doing.
We have entered into a partnership with Ella’s Paws Transport who we have worked with for a number of years to help them with the transport of re-homed cats and dogs from Romania into the UK.
- We have gifted them our van (OO09 PET) which will be used to transport 20 animals each transport across through Le Shuttle.
- We will manage the UK part of their transport for them, to include bookings on Le Shuttle.
- We will act as their representative in the UK for DEFRA Van Certifications and the like.
- We will provide access to our kennel facility in the event of a breakdown or animal sickness.
- We will provide “on call” driver cover in the UK in the event that a deriver becomes unable to drive.
- We will make our DEFRA Certified Vehicles & Driver available to help with any emergency situations as identified in the Type 2 Certificate Contingency Plan.
Obviously we can’t offer the van to anyone else but we can offer the rest of the list as a UK Agent and Support service so if you require any help please get in touch.
What this means is that:
- We will no longer have a van capable of transporting 20 animals. Whilst this will be strange it will be good to no longer even be tempted to help with a transport, put simply I will no longer be driving.
- We will be able to stay in involved with helping transport into the UK for many years more than we would have been able to drive, as we will retain our Type 2 Certificate, a DEFRA Certification on one of our vehicles and our Eurotunnel Trade Account.
For the record when I say “we” I am referring to Marshall Innovations Limited, our UK based company which as always been the formal commercial entity we have run our ALStrays “project’ through.
We always intended to gift the van to a rescue or charity once we had finished with it so it could carry on helping transport animals in one way or another for as long as it was able to. We wanted to find a way to continue to be involved and help with the transport of rehomed cats and dogs without the physical demands of driving.
Very happy we have achieved that. A little sad that we actually will be hanging up the keys, and saying goodbye to to the Van, but more than happy that it will continue “in service”.