This article reports the findings of Britain's first national public opinion poll on the road transport industry, which questioned over 1000 members of the public about their opinions of the trucking business. Only 36% would like to see trucks banned from the road at weekends. 58% of the sample thought that truck drivers showed at least as much consideration as car drivers. 65% realised, correctly, that the majority of the UK's goods is transported by road, although most respondents underestimated the actual proportion, which is believed to be not far from 87%. 83% of respondents would like to see more goods carried by other forms of transport. 74% were opposed to heavier gross goods vehicle weights, even if this would mean fewer trucks. 58% thought that trucks are threatening to drivers or pedestrians. 69% believed that trucks caused more environmental damage than other forms of transport. 61% would be prepared to pay higher prices for goods if they were moved by some other form of freight transport. Most respondents had strong opinions on road transport, and no question had more than about 6% of 'Don't know' answers. The survey showed some interesting differences in answers to the questions between people in different parts of the UK.

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    Reed Business Publishing Limited

    Transport Division, Quadrant House, The Quadrant
    Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS,   England 
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  • Publication Date: 1989-11-23


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 30-31
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 170
    • Issue Number: 4346
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0010-3063

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00606498
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM