21st September 2022

Haulage News - September 2022

Here are the biggest news stories in haulage this month:

New year will be one of the most challenging ever, operators warned

An unprecedented winter of high fuel costs, driver shortages and the looming threat of a global recession means 2023 could be one of the most challenging years ever for fleet managers, according to a study. Fuel price remains the number one challenge according to risk management software Solera Holdings, with 75% of UK managers concerned about it spiralling again.

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Driver shortage 'no longer a crisis' but seasonal problems will continue, new data reveals

The number of HGV drivers in the UK now exceeds pre-pandemic levels, suggesting that the industry’s recruitment crisis is coming to an end. Official labour force statistics for April to June 2022 showed that HGV delivery drivers have increased to 305,000, from 271,000 in the first three months of the year. According to agency Driver Require, this now exceeds the workforce prior to the Covid-19 pandemic of 301,000.

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Demand for trucks steady in supply constrained market

UK heavy goods vehicle (HGV) registrations grew by 0.4% to 9,533 units in the second quarter of 2022, according to new figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Despite the Q2 growth, compared with a strong bounce back last year,1 half-year performance remains -1.0% down on 2021 as the sector struggles to recover from global supply and demand disruptions caused by the pandemic.

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Driving 5 hours or more non-stop abroad risks safety

More than a quarter of drivers (27%) who have taken their own cars abroad to continental Europe have driven non-stop for five or more hours, with one-in-10 having done so for upwards of seven hours, putting their safety and that of their passengers and other road users at risk, a new survey by RAC European Breakdown shows.

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Almost half of fleets are failing to plan for a net zero

Only 53 per cent of commercial fleets have a ‘robust’ strategy for net zero transport, latest research from Bridgestone Mobility Solutions has revealed. According to the Keener to be Greener study, conducted among 300 fleet decision-makers, more than a third (34 per cent) also believe their current technology systems are insufficient to help them manage the environmental impact of their vehicles.

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