Typical annual mileages have been selected for six popular classes of truck to investigate theoretical running costs. The trucks chosen ranged from a 7 1/2 tonne gross weight four-wheeler to a 32-tonne four-axle articulated vehicle. The elements used in the estimate include standing costs, overheads, depreciation, interest, wages and fuel. In each case typical parameters are chosen, with costs biased towards those of the small operator. Discounts are applied where appropriate. The relative significance of the various cost items depends on the mileage covered. Standing costs and depreciation are relatively high for low mileages, but running costs become more important when vehicles are worked hard. It is estimated that fuel accounts for about 16 per cent of all costs at present with depreciation at about the same level. Wages are about the most expensive element, about 30 per cent of the operating cost. Although standing costs are high, transport operators can reduce running costs by finding higher payloads and using reliable economical vehicles.

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    Embankment Press Limited

    Building 59, GEC Estate, East Lane
    Wembley, Middlesex HA9 7TQ,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1980-1

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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 8-9
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00314536
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1980 12:00AM