About Stuarts Truck and Bus

70 years of Transport Solutions

Welcome to Stuarts Truck and Bus 'About Us' section.  See below to learn more about the company and our values, including our detailed history section.

Company History

The family business, that started transporting cattle in 1946, when Mr Alf Stuart bought a second hand Dodge.  In 1949 Alf bought his first new truck, an Austin Loadstar, for £850. Not an easy sum to find in those early days and Alf quotes "I could hardly stop my hands shaking enough to sign the cheque."  Alf is pictured above with sons Roy and Ross sitting on the bonnet and wing respectively.   This vehicle was fitted with a 20MPH speed limiter, but unfortunatly this device 'fell off' during very early operation and was never refitted!

The business expanded with Roy and Ross joining after leaving school. In 1968 they bought a new Volvo F88, one of the first in the country.  They used this F88 to pull the first double deck articulated cattle transporter in Great Britain, which was designed by the Stuarts.

Stuart's cattle business expanded forcing them to build a new workshop and cattle lairage which was able to accommodate 1,000 cattle.  They sited this near the then proposed M5 Exeter Junction.

In 1977 they expanded again this time becoming Stuart's Commercials 'the official Volvo Truck Dealer for Devon'.  The business flourished under the guidance of Ross Stuart. 

In 1990 Roy's son Troy joined the partnership. Later the workshop was extended by another five bays and more personnel were employed.

In 2004 Stuart's were given the opportunity to take over the Volvo Dealerships at Saltash and Redruth in Cornwall.  This done, they went about building a new workshop in Plymouth to relocate the Saltash depot, and carried out improvements at the Redruth depot.


Today Stuart's Truck and Bus cover the South West peninsula from Bridgwater and Bridport through to Land’s End.

The next milestone was during the summer of 2009 and to compliment the recycling side of the business, Stuarts acquired EMS Skip Hire and Waste Services. This was further expanded in 2012 when the skip side of Devon Contract Waste was incorporated into the expanding EMS business. EMS now covers the whole of Devon.

Always thinking towards the future and what’s next, Stuarts have secured Planning Permission for a Gasification Plant. This plant will further reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill by burning waste to Generate Electricity.

2013 sees the introduction of a Vehicle operating Standards Authority (VOSA) Authorised Testing Facility (ATF) unit with two lanes at Hill Barton Business Park, Exeter which will eventually replace VOSA's Facility in Exeter. This is to be completed and operational by July 2013.

Stuarts also let Business Units and are happy to undertake a Design and Build to your specification on their site 2 miles from the M5 Junc 30.

Should you wish to become involved with a progressive, exciting and diverse company such as this please contact either Roy, Ross or Troy Stuart.



About Volvo Group

Founded in 1927, Volvo is one of the world's leading manufacturers of heavy commercial vehicles and diesel engines. The Volvo Group offers a comprehensive range of customised solutions in financing, leasing, insurance and service, as well as complete transport systems for urban traffic.

Our business areas are: Volvo Trucks, Mack, Renault Trucks, Volvo Buses, Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Penta, Volvo Aero and Volvo Financial Services. Several business units provide additional manufacturing development or logistical support. The largest business units are: Volvo Powertrain, Volvo 3P, Volvo IT, Volvo Logistics and Volvo Parts.

Today, Volvo has approximately 81,000 employees and production in 25 countries, operating in more than 185 markets.




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