23rd February 2022

Haulage News 23/02/2022

Storms Eunice and Dudley wreaked havoc across the UK last week and caused major disruption for a lot of transport fleets. Find out what else has been going on in the world of haulage this week, as we have chosen the biggest stories from the industry this week. We have also shared the recent data to provide you with the number of haulier Covid tests and positivity rates. Click here to find out more information on Covid testing for HGV drivers.

HGV market accelerates 12.9% in 2021 to defy supply challenge

New heavy goods vehicle (HGV) registrations rose by 12.9% year-on-year in 2021, according to new figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Growth in key industry sectors such as construction saw demand outstrip supply, with truck registrations surging from a locked-down 2020 fall of -32.2%.

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Fuel prices continue their upward trend

As petrol prices approach £1.50 a litre, industry leaders give us their take on the situation.

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HGV driver numbers stabilising, according to Logistics UK, but skills shortages continues

The number of HGV drivers in the workforce fell by 49,000 in Q4 2021 (compared to Q4 2019), according to new analysis of the latest ONS statistics published today (16 February 2022) in Logistics UK’s Skills and Employment Update. 

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AEBS - critical life-saving equipment for HGVs

Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) have been fitted as standard to most new HGVs sold in the UK since 2015. Drivers and operators of HGVs need to understand how it works, what it does and why it’s vital, according to Driving for Better Business, which has launched online guidance on the life-saving technology in collaboration with Thatcham Research.

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M180 'eHighway' trial: Jobs boost hope over electrified m-way scheme

A trial of the UK's first "eHighway" could lead to "new technology and new jobs", according to a consortium researching sustainable travel. A feasibility study is currently under way in North East Lincolnshire into a trial motorway electrification scheme. It would see electric Heavy Goods Vehicles recharging while travelling along motorways using overhead wires.

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