28th January 2022

SNAP reveals 2022 haulage trends

2022 will undoubtedly be a massive year for haulage, and new trends will take the industry by storm. We asked our drivers and fleets on social media what they thought would be the trending topics within the industry this year. This article will reveal the subjects that will shape haulage in 2022. 

Key findings

  • 45% of truck drivers on Facebook think CPC training will have a big part to play in 2022.
  • 39% of fleet operators on LinkedIn believe electric trucks will trend in 2022. 
  • Only 5% of fleets on LinkedIn consider that supply chain automation will take off this year. 

Why is CPC training trending?

Many truck drivers believe that CPC training contributes to the national driver shortage. The cost, repetition, inconvenience and training standards of the mandatory CPC scheme have all come under scrutiny from drivers. In fact, according to a recent Facebook poll, 85% of lorry drivers voted to scrap CPC training for new and current drivers. 

This week, the Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee of the Welsh Senedd published their recommendations to the Welsh Government to overcome the truck driving shortage. Within the report, it stated that:

"The process of continual professional development via the standard CPC driver training each lustrum needs to be looked at to ensure the curriculum suits the needs of the profession."

Is the future of HGVs electric?

DAF, Daimler, Ford, Iveco, MAN, Scania and Volvo Group have created a roadmap that says by 2040, all-new trucks will need to be fossil-free to reach net-zero by 2050. With transport responsible for almost one-fifth of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the stats show that growing manufacturers realise the importance of electrified fleets across Europe - and according to our poll, electric trucks will play a key role in 2022. 

In early January supermarket-giants, Tesco began using electric articulated trucks as part of its heavy-duty haulage fleet. Jason Tarry, Tesco UK and ROI CEO, said:

“We’ve already made progress by starting our switch to electric home delivery vans and rolling out electric vehicle charging points for our customers. I’m excited that Tesco can also lead the way in electric haulage innovation, helping to tackle this last source of road transport emissions with the support of FSEW.”

Will automation reshape haulage?

We recently released our vision for the Truck Park of the future, which pointed to the development in automated technologies to help deal with staff shortages across the EU. Emma Westwood, Commercial Manager at SNAP, said:

“Without knowing when the pandemic will end, or how much longer businesses will have to endure the current shortages, automation and digitisation have a bigger role to play than ever before. Doing more with less could be an ongoing battle for businesses, so by highlighting some of the exciting and progressive technologies that are being developed, we’re helping to paint a picture of how this could be achieved within the haulage industry; a sector at the heart of the British economy.”

However, the results from our recent poll suggest that haulage industry automation may not be as close as we initially thought, and truck drivers still have a vital role within society. 

What topics do you think will trend in 2022?

Do you agree with the findings, or do you think it is likely to be other topics that will take centre stage for haulage in 2022? 

Josh Cousens | SNAP. 

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