The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has welcomed the publication of new statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT) that have highlighted ongoing improvements in the UK logistics sector in recent years.
According to the DfT's findings, 2015 saw a 12 per cent annual increase in UK road haulage activity to 152 billion tonne kilometres, making this the largest volume of goods transported by freight providers on record for a single year.
Meanwhile, the report showed that the introduction of new technologies and innovative transport management processes have helped to ensure the actual number of vehicle miles had grown at a more modest nine per cent.
The use of high-capacity trailers and increased collaboration between hauliers to deliver goods have all helped in this regard. Meanwhile, more efficient routing through the use of the latest IT systems and route-planning software has also been beneficial across the industry.
Responding to the new DfT update, RHA director of policy Jack Semple stated: "This is a great performance by a big, diverse industry – and the reasons are dynamism and innovation."
However, he added that these improvements and positive results have been delivered against a backdrop of busier roads and increased levels of congestion on major routes up and down the UK.
Mr Semple therefore argued that roads authorities now need to match the efforts that are being made by hauliers themselves for continued improvement to be seen in the years ahead.
Posted on 19th August 2016
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