Senior traffic commissioner (TC) Beverley Bell (right) has questioned whether a one-size-fits-all O-licence fee is still appropriate given the diversity in the type, scale and size of transport operations across today’s road transport industry. In the TCs’ annual reports for 2015/16, Bell noted that nearly three-quarters of goods and PSV O-licences were held by companies operating between one and five vehicles, and queried whether the current flat-rate licence fees for all operators were set at the right level. She said […]
In 2016 the UK road transport industry moved more freight by both weight and distance than it has ever done since modern records began According to newly published figures the UK road transport industry (excluding Northern Ireland) lifted freight amounting to 1.89 billion tonnes in 2016; a 15% increase year-on-year. This is the highest recorded collective weight since comparative records began in 1990.
Trade associations have expressed concern that the general election in June could prevent government tackling pressing industry issues.
Trade associations have welcomed the announcement that the Transport Committee has launched an investigation into skills and workforce planning in the road haulage industry.