The author considers the future of freight travel with the coming of the single European market. Other factors influencing freight transport are listed including heavier trucks, traffic congestion, European hauliers and companies in Britain and possible changes in transport policy. It is suggested that the railways would be unable to harmonise and co-operate in time to exploit a switch from road to rail transport. The air cargo industry has been affected by door to door road express delivery services. 87% of goods in Europe are said to be transported by road and this trend is predicted to continue. The harmonisation of road traffic affects vehicle weights and dimensions, vehicle excise duty and fuel tax, drivers' hours, drivers' licences and speed limits. Details are given of how the United Kingdom compares with other European countries and how this will affect our competitiveness. Changes planned for borders, customs and VAT collection are discussed. The author indicates improvements to roads and vehicles that he would like to see. Using dedicated warehousing, transport, stock control and management services such as provided by his own firm TNT, the author suggests that an integrated road and air system would provide a winning formula.


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  • Accession Number: 00498475
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM