The rising cost of fuel and improving load-fill are challenges that all UK hauliers are faced with. But for those that run long-distance routes in and out of Scotland, the need to improve vehicle utilisation in a market where freight traditionally flows in to Scotland, with very little exported to the rest of the UK, is becoming increasingly imperative. The FTA published its Scottish logistics report, revealing research into the state of road, rail, sea and air freight in the […]
Backload rates are so bad that some operators are wondering if they’re worth taking. Is the era of backloads coming to an end? It certainly sounds like it for some operators, judging by comments MT has heard recently. The issue, of course, is that the rates being handed out for many backloads simply aren’t high enough for the job to be worth taking. It’s a long-standing problem voiced most recently by Matthew Kibble, MD of Lancashire-based Matthew Kibble Transport, who […]
Load exchange service provider Transport Exchange Group has seen a 20% increase in annual transactions, mainly driven by growth in the number of hauliers and freight forwarders using its Haulage Exchange service.
RHA director of policy Jack Semple has called on haulage customers to take more responsibility for ensuring the rates they pay are commercially sustainable. Responding to recent comments by Matthew Kibble Transport in sister publication Commercial Motor (20 September) about backhaul being offered rates as low as £1.10 a mile, Semple said: “We urge customers to pay a sustainable haulage rate – and £1.10 a mile is not a sustainable haulage rate.” RHA members cannot see how it is possible […]