Chris Kelly, Chairman, met with Paul Scott-Lee, Chief Constable of West Midlands, together with Roger King, Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association, on 16th December to discuss the new Chief Constable’s plans to halt rising truck thefts.

As quoted in today’s Commercial Motor, Chris said that there was “a very frank exchange of views and I think the Chief Constable knows exactly how truck dealers and operators feel. I am happy to say that for the first time in a while I’m optimistic that the issue of truck theft is going to be taken seriously.”

Chris, the son of a long-serving policeman, is also a member of the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) National Truck Committee & recently joined JAGOLT (the Joint Action Group on Lorry Theft) – an initiative of various groups such as the police, insurers, RHA, Freight Transport Association & the motor trade which meets at New Scotland Yard & is intended to halt the theft of trucks &/or their loads.

Meanwhile, John Shepherd has had ANOTHER vehicle stolen:

Registration no.: R125SJW
Model: P124LA6x2/4NA400
Appearance: Cherry red with a silver stripe
Date & time of theft: Between 22:00 and 12:30 on Wednesday 18th December

The vehicle has been sighted but as yet the thieves are still at large. The thieves also attempted to steal a 3 series Scania but were prevented from doing so because the vehicle’s batteries were flat.

Any information should be passed to Chris Kelly by phone on 0121 525 7000 or

Andrew Bentley, MInst SMM
Head of Vehicle Contracts and Marketing