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Tim Fawkes, Managing Director, 3T Logistics

Can hauliers afford to pass on falling fuel prices to customers?

The combination of falling oil prices and economic recovery has created more positive conditions for the haulage industry than we have seen for almost a decade. After years of continually rising fuel costs reducing profit margins to the limit, at last hauliers – and their customers – have some good news.

Chris Jones, Descartes Systems Group

Is your attitude the real problem?

You wouldn’t think a saying from a fictional pirate would have much relevance in the real world, but sadly the quote attributed to Captain Jack Sparrow: “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem,” sums up one of the biggest challenges facing today’s supply chain: an inflexible mindset.

Mike Farrall, Chairman, Farrall’s Transport

Is it really so hard to see why drivers are difficult to find?

The driver shortage is critical, it’s not getting any better, and it is not so difficult to see why. It’s not about the money. Good rates are being offered across the industry, but I believe the problem is more closely related to the way drivers are regarded and treated.

Simon Goldie, Head of Asset Finance, Finance & Leasing Association

Asset finance – the flexible option for business growth

Leasing commercial vehicles or buying through hire purchase makes good business sense, and the latest figures from the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) bear this out.

Michael Parry, Editor, Freight Industry Times

Chancellor continues fuel duty freeze but ‘could have done more’

When delivering his Autumn Statement to a packed House of Commons, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced that fuel duty is to remain frozen at 57.95 pence per litre, the level it has been at since 2011.