It’s no secret that Britain is facing a serious logistics skills gap. With an estimated 60,000 new HGV drivers needed by 2020, this is not only an issue that affects logistics firms, or companies with logistics arms, but could impact the entire British economy. Left unchecked, we’re talking empty shelves in supermarkets, shrinking profits for businesses and an overall slowing of economic growth.
Connected vehicle technology is a wireless-based technology which enables vehicles to communicate with each other as well as traffic infrastructure such as traffic lights. They can communicate through devices which are installed on-board the vehicle which receives warning signals ahead of time about road closures, accidents, weather conditions and other potential hazards.
I wonder how buoyant the recruitment market is for transport directors these days. This is a sector overburdened with legislation, demanding clients, compliance issues and now to top it all, fines faced by international operators and their drivers when they unwittingly import illegal immigrants. Why would any sane person set up a haulage firm?
Alcohol duty fraud, particularly in beer and wine, is a significant problem for the Exchequer and legitimate business. HMRC’s measures to counter the fraud thus far have had limited success (and this includes the supposed ‘ideal’ anti-fraud measure – the electronic excise movement and control system for EU duty-suspended movements – EMCS).
With the DVSA having announced its intent to focus on the worst offending transport operators, there is a growing recognition that technology can help organisations demonstrate to the authorities that they are actively managing their compliance.