Having spent a lifetime career in the truck industry, Lothian DAF dealer principal Jim Hastie retires, coincidentally on the same day the UK leaves Europe. Alistair Vallance reports from pre-Brexit Loanhead…

IN ALL honesty, the uncertainties of Brexit had nothing to do with my retirement plans, stresses Jim Hastie. ‘I’ve had an enjoyable time in the truck industry at dealership level and I’m at the age to step down when Lothian DAF and indeed DAF Trucks UK are both in great shape.’

Jim who has been dealer principal of the Loanhead dealership for the last 20 years has worked through a number of industry highs and lows, crises and concerns, but all are now history for the man who started on the tools and reached the top.