A decade in Haulage
02/01/2020
A decade in Haulage

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The turn of the decade is the perfect time to reflect upon how much progress has been made these last 10 years. Where was haulage at the end of the 2000s, compared to the point it reached by the end of 2019. We’re going to look at major turning points for haulage on a national and worldwide scale.

Leaning more to online searching for loads/vehicles – We rely on online for most things in our daily lives nowadays, shopping, communication, entertainment and organisation. More recently, logistics has also swayed more towards online with Trucking Management Systems and Freight Exchanges such as Returnloads.net taking on a more prominent role in the sector. Many drivers use these services to find, post and monitor their workload. This has shaken up the way the industry operates on a daily basis and the expectations and demand for drivers only continues to grow on these still blooming platforms.

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Eco-friendly vehicles – As officials began to see the implications for emissions levels, regulations saw major updates and changes to match set standards such as the Euro VI meaning drivers would need to find a vehicle that matches these emissions standards or face penalties. Some praised the actions of officials, while others criticised the fact that aiming towards penalties simply didn’t treat drivers fairly rather than endorsements and funding from the government which would’ve helped smaller businesses get on the right track in regards to going green. On a technical side, lorries such as the recent International Truck of the Year 2019 winner the Actros, demonstrate the measures taken by manufacturers like Mercedes to comply and even exceed the expectations of the Euro VI standards.

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Trade in the UK – It would be hard to address trade without mentioning the elephant in the room: Brexit. Taking up the better part of a decade, the EU referendum was originally pledged by them PM David Cameron if he was re-elected. After a successful campaign, the 2016 vote lead to a vote to leave the European Union along with Cameron’s resignation. The rest is history! In January 2020, the UK is likely to be starting the process of leaving the EU – but we have yet to see the outcome of negotiations and what that will mean for imports and exports in the UK.

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Trade in the UK – It would be hard to address trade without mentioning the elephant in the room: Brexit. Taking up the better part of a decade, the EU referendum was originally pledged by them PM David Cameron if he was re-elected. After a successful campaign, the 2016 vote lead to a vote to leave the European Union along with Cameron’s resignation. The rest is history! In January 2020, the UK is likely to be starting the process of leaving the EU – but we have yet to see the outcome of negotiations and what that will mean for imports and exports in the UK.

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Self-driving technology – Along with more use of the internet, researchers have been looking into the possibility of self-driving trucks. Some have proven to have successful test-runs. For many manufacturers: the race is on to be the first to develop a successful self-driving truck ready to go public. This sparked a grand debate on the ethics behind the use of a self-driving vehicles instead of drivers themselves, some of whom already struggle to find the work they need. Along with this, there are questions in regards to safety – considering the danger that some self-driving cars have proven to cause when going public.

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Influencers – Here we look at some of the most significant figures in the haulage industry for the last 10 years:

  • Elon Musk: CEO of Tesla
  • Jeff Bezos: Founder of Amazon
  • Chris Grayling: Secretary for Transport (2016-2019)
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On top of another decade of drama, it’s been business as usual for the haulage industry. Lorry drivers across the country (and the world) are setting a standard when moving goods from one location to another. With all the technological advancements, one thing stays the same: the determination of all of you to get the job done!
 

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