Road freight statistics 2008

National Statistics on the activity of heavy goods vehicles (over 3.5 tonnes gross weight) during 2008, including foreign vehicle activity in the UK, are provided. The main findings include: Freight moved by GB-registeredheavy goods vehicles within Great Britain decreased by 6% between 2007 and 2008, from 161 billion tonne kilometres to 152 billion tonne kilometres.In the same period, Gross Domestic Product rose by 1%. Articulated vehicles over 33 tonnes gross weight continue to account for an increasing shareof all goods moved: 74% of total tonne kilometres in 2008, compared with 66% in 1998. Half of all goods were lifted on a trip of 50 kilometres or less in 2008, whilst 4% of goods lifted were carried more than 300 kilometres. The average length of haul in 2008 was 87 kilometres. The total numberof road goods vehicles of all nationalities travelling to mainland Europein 2008 was 2,768 thousand, 5% less than in 2007 but 38% more than in 1998. Powered vehicles accounted for 2,060 thousand of this total, a decreaseof 3% since 2007 but a 62% increase since 1998. The remaining vehicles were unaccompanied trailers; 709 thousand travelled to mainland Europe in 2008, an 8% decrease since 2007 and a 4% decrease since 1998. In 2008, vansrepresented 9.5% of all licensed vehicles in Great Britain and accounted for 13.4% of road traffic. A 2008 survey of van activity showed that vans owned by businesses account for 61% of the registered van fleet in England. 28% of vans are privately owned and 11% are owned by leasing companies. 53% of the distance travelled by vans is primarily for the 'carriage of equipment' and 26% is for the 'delivery / collection of goods'. The number of goods vehicle operators has fallen over the last 10 years from 111 thousand in 1998/99 to 95 thousand in 2008/09. Greenhouse gas emissions from road freight transport in the UK rose by 4% between 1997 and 2007. Between 1998 and 2008 there was a 48% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured in reported personal injury accidents involving at least one HGV. For the full text of this report see:


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  • Accession Number: 01148820
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 8:49AM