The road haulage industry is examined in terms of its growth, its structure, the manner in which it treats its employees, its efficiency, its stability and the return it provides on capital investment. Statistics show that fewer larger more efficient vehicles are being used. The industry is dominated by operators with less than five lorries. The cost of new vehicles has increased at a rate which exceeds general inflation by 30 to 50 per cent. Although the major elements of running costs have increased by 75 to 175 per cent since 1972, the majority of rates charged to the customer have increased by less than 90 per cent. The road haulage industry is declining in absolute size and numbers employed. It is fragmenting, is not making sufficient returns to replace its assets and is a poor employer in relation to industry at large. However it is becoming more efficient - to the benefit of its customers. Tarification is suggested as a possible solution; entry to road haulage must be more qualitatively controlled and perhaps some form of quantity licensing introduced.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Chartered Institute of Transport, England

    80 Portland Place
    London W1N 4DP,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Thompson, P A
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

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  • Accession Number: 00182709
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 14 1978 12:00AM