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Lorry driving is one of the most difficult professions in the world. Drivers spend many hours on the road, logging millions of miles, to make sure freight is delivered on time and – most importantly – safely.
Recent research carried out for the Campaign for Better Transport1, which used existing Government criteria, found that HGVs pay less than half of the costs associated with their activities in terms of road congestion, road collisions, road damage and pollution.
Scottish residents are about to vote on whether the country should become independent. The rest of the UK won’t get a vote (even if they’re Scottish!) but the outcome matters to all of us for practical not just emotional reasons.
According to the latest Close Brothers Business Barometer, 15% of UK transport businesses are in favour of zero-hours contracts despite the widespread controversy surrounding their introduction.
The road freight transport sector is finding it difficult to recruit the new drivers that it urgently needs. Having cut its cloth during recession, the industry must meet greater demand for more loads to be moved during the current economic growth or the consequence will be felt across all industries.