Here are the biggest news stories in haulage this week.
HGV registrations fell by 2.3% in the first quarter of 2022, as supply chain and economic headwinds hamper recovery. The market remains 17.1% behind its pre-pandemic performance in Q1 2019, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
A major new survey of UK hauliers has found none have plans to roll out electric vehicles within the next 12 months, although 41% claimed it was part of their longer-term strategy. The research – carried out by Microlise and revealed by chief executive Nadeem Raza (pictured) at its Transport Conference in Coventry last week – also found 26% of operators would switch to electric ‘once the technology is available for HGVs’.
Plans to scrap EU rules and allow newly qualified drivers to operate lorries need to be carefully considered, according to freight booker Zeus Labs. The proposals were referred to in the Queen’s speech, citing the Brexit Freedoms bill and how the government intends to make laws inherited from Europe more easily amended.
The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is calling on national governments to ensure that the top 10% truck stop locations within their countries are equipped with suitable electric chargers by 2027, at the latest. Research commissioned by the ACEA has shown that the best place to put electric charging points is at the locations most frequently used by truck drivers, since it is unlikely they will change their habits, as their employers make the switch to electric vehicles.
The logistics sector has slammed a new report by the Transport Select Commmitte (TSC) demanding it solves the driver shortage and upgrades rest facilities within two years or face a government supply chain levy.