New heavy goods vehicle (HGV) registrations rose by 12.9% year-on-year in 2021, according to the latest research from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Growth in key industry sectors such as construction saw demand outstrip supply, with truck registrations surging from a locked-down 2020 fall of 32.2%. However, availability was hit by the global semiconductor shortage, as well as supply constraints affecting steel and aluminium, resulting in 7,571 fewer (16.9%) HGV units registered compared with the pre-pandemic average. […]
New vans running on petrol and diesel will not be sold in the UK from 2030 as the government forges ahead with its “extremely aggressive” phase out of conventional combustion engines.
The regrading of HGV drivers working for Plymouth city council from unskilled to semi-skilled workers has added £3,000 to their salaries.
A plan by Hampshire County Council to cut freight movements across the county’s highways by banning truck movements on Sundays has been slammed by the RHA.