The sales were forced upon us by emissions legislation which means we are no longer able to run them, despite their being perfectly roadworthy and capable of carrying on for at least another 5 years or so (similar to rules concerning London Taxis). However, they are considered too inefficient for our apocalypse-bound planet and so they had to go.
We imagined that it would be difficult to sell them. After all, who wants to buy specialised business transport vehicles when no business is allowed to use them?
We were very wrong.
Immediately on placing them on eBay Motors, we were inundated with enquiries and could pick and choose which buyers were offering the most cash. They were all sold in no time at all with just the matter of collection to arrange.
The last two exited our premises today ... bound for Ukraine. Two others have been taken to Ireland, with the last of the five now somewhere on its way to Zimbabwe!
It would appear that although the UK has very strict emissions regulations to save the impending environmental catastrophe, they don't seem to be as harsh elsewhere. I'm not too sure how this helps protect the polar bears, myself, unless the countries mentioned are somehow using a different atmosphere to us. Nope, I simply can't work out how re-arranging the planet's vehicular furniture is going to stop global warming.
Naturally, accompanying the loss of those vehicles is the necessity to buy brand new (or very recent) replacements in order to get the most out of them before they too are declared obsolete by the state, and that, of course, increases our overheads.
Now, while the companies who will be using our vehicles don't compete with us, I'm sure there are many companies in the UK who are at a disadvantage to foreign competitors who can run their vehicle fleets for a lot longer, thereby providing economies not available to British firms.
I've also mentioned before the fact that newer vehicles are taxed a lot higher, which is yet more business costs self-imposed by the UK government in the name of safeguarding the environment.
If other unilateral enviro-laws are as futile at improving the Earth's environment as the one described above, aren't we just unnecessarily shooting our own businesses in the foot?