This article presents the results of Transport Engineer's 1995 survey of the operating costs of truck fleets in the UK, and gives a table of typical costs and performance for eleven different types of truck. Costs have risen sharply during the past year, despite determined efforts by fleet managers and transport engineers to control them strictly, caused by a rise in the cost of diesel fuel, mainly due to the larger-than-expected tax increase in the November 1995 Budget and increases in vehicle and tyre prices. Such increases have been reduced by insurance premiums and vehicle excise duty not rising with inflation, and also improved fuel economy in several weight bands. UK-based transport engineers, trying to limit rises in total costs, face extremely tough challenges in 1996. Allowing for discount, the real cost of buying trucks is estimated to have risen by 4-5%. Many buyers are moving to higher torque and power outputs, in an attempt to recover some productivity lost by increasing traffic congestion and the lower (90kph) speed limit. Other cost increases have been: (1) drivers' wages (4%); (2) overhead costs (4%); (3) diesel fuel from less than 40p/l to 44.5p/l; (4) tyres (5%); (5) in-house maintenance (4.5%); and (6) spare parts (usually about 4.4% but can be up to 9%).

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    Institute of Road Transport Engineeers

    1 Cromwell Place
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  • Authors:
    • CLANCY, S
  • Publication Date: 1996-1


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 14,16
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  • Accession Number: 00722438
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1996 12:00AM