The uncertainty of a no deal Brexit for lorry drivers

The uncertainty of a no deal Brexit for lorry drivers?

Whilst lots of people are sick of hearing the word Brexit, and have switched off from the constant to’ing and fro’ing, and cries of deal or no deal, there are those industries who will be heavily impacted and are waiting impatiently to find out their fate.  None more so than the haulage and logistics industry.

As a sector, Haulage and logistics is the fifth largest employer in the UK, employing more than 2.5m people across the country.  Nearly half a million commercial vehicles over 3.5tonnes are registered in the UK and this all amounts to a massive £124bn GVA to the UK economy.

At present, those firms wishing to deliver goods outside our borders and across to Europe can do so with little fanfare; there is the obligatory queuing at Dover to deal with from time to time, and the requirement to carry a community licence which entitles delivery abroad. However, these are not deterrents; they are part and parcel of the status quo, and hauliers have been able to choose whether or not to work internationally based on a number of factors not restricted by red tape and bureaucracy.

Yes, an agreement on withdrawal does promise a status quo whilst Britain works out the new trade relationships with our counterparts across the English Channel.  That said, a no deal Brexit seems to loom ever closer and the only certainty for this industry is a near future of uncertainty.

There are a number of solutions that are being explored at present; the possibility of European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permits being allocated to the UK seems a reasonable option.  But these are currently limited in number, and when we have seen – in 2019 to date – more than 11,000 applications for the less than 1000 permits available alarm bells seem to ring louder, not be lessened by this option.  More permits should become available, but ultimately it looks like this option causes more paperwork, more competition and no guarantee that existing work can continue; a headache hauliers will want to avoid.

Another solution, proposed by the European Commission is to allow a “you scratch our back, and we will scratch yours” scenario whereby UK lorries may continue – with some restriction – to deliver to Europe providing we allow something similar that means our European counterparts may continue to deliver to the UK.  Whilst potentially involving less bureaucracy and paperwork than a permit based solution, this is only a short term fix and doesn’t appear to be backed up by any long term plans that would give cause for a sigh of relief.

Neither of these solutions appears ideal, and there are further headaches for hauliers to consider; different licences, different registrations, different forms and papers to complete at the borders.  All of this means that the industry needs something new.  They need a fresh, imaginative way to turn away from the doom and gloom of Brexit, and something that will give them new income streams and will reinvigorate the industry.

And here is where DrivenMedia has an opportunity for hauliers.  It may mitigate against some of the additional costs that loom when delivering to Europe, and it may even give companies cause to re-examine the value of domestic deliveries.

DrivenMedia is a young, ambitious company founded by Ed Hollands in 2017 that is all about looking for new solutions and thinking outside the box.  We provide the opportunity for companies to advertise on the side or back of trucks in order for them to be seen up and down the roads of this country as the lorries that carry their message go about their everyday business.

We have plenty of companies wanting to take advantage of this opportunity but we can only do so by working with more hauliers and having more trucks available to advertise upon.  We want to find new haulage partners who recognise the opportunity to their business that we can offer, and who have trucks silently driving up and down the country without being noticed by the millions around them.

Brexit may still be deal or no deal, but the best part for us is that we don’t really mind.  If we find ourselves in a situation whereby a deal is done then we will continue to help hauliers maximise the income from their fleets.  But if we do see a “No Deal” then we are excited to be offering something to ease the headaches of our hauliers.

With this in mind, put Brexit to the back of your thoughts and get in touch.  We’d love to talk more about how we can help you!

Are Autonomous trucks the only alternative to the increasing HGV driver shortage?

Autonomous trucks the only alternative to the increasing HGV driver shortage?

Driver Shortages is one of the biggest problems that the haulage industry faces. In this blog, we will talk about using computer-driven trucks as a solution to that problem, as well as other possible alternatives to alleviate the problem.

Autonomous Trucking

Self-driving trucks carry many benefits as the solution towards the driver shortage problem. As autonomous trucking is progressing substantially, human drivers are still required to be inside to deal with certain scenarios: such as non-highway driving and interactions to the loading bays. However, with such advancement in technology in the trucking industry creating less stress, it may attract younger and more tech-gifted people.

In addition to less stress and potentially longer work life for thousands of truckers. It may also reduce the number of road accidents. According to the website  LTXSolutions, 4,000 people die every year due to trucking accidents. With safer automated driving and fewer accidents, a potential 4,000 lives a year could be saved.

Other solutions

The cost to implement autonomous technology could be too great for some companies and is therefore not a possible solution. However, there may be other alternatives to help solve the driver shortage issue.

Increasing driver’s pay

As there are fewer drivers available, the potential solution of increasing driver’s wages could be the alternative companies are looking for. As the wage increases, the driver retention rate should also increase as well as look more appealing for people to take on the trucking career or return to the industry.

The issue is with the industry as a whole, cost pressures and tight margins may not allow for this.

Reducing the regulated driving age

This may seem drastic, however, if the regulated age was reduced to 18-20 rather than the current 21 years of age this could help solve the problem. With the highest unemployment age bracket now being opened to the trucking industry, the pool of candidates to enter this career would increase monumentally.

Some may worry that the inexperience of driving may lead to further accidents, however, if someone chose this career path; the training and preparation should create drivers of a very high standard.

Autonomous Trucks: Where might you see them

Autonomous Trucks: Which UK road are you most likely to see them

Revealed, the roads your most likely to start seeing autonomous trucks being ran on trials.

  • A1
  • M5/A38
  • M4
  • M25
  • M6

Computer-driven trucks are being considered as an alternative to actual drivers and the continual shortage of trained drivers isn’t helping. The Uk could be leading the world in autonomous trucks and the roads above come top in the INRIX report for suitability for running autonomous trucks trials.

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Challenges faced by the haulage industry

Challenges facing the haulage industry

Truck advertising is one of the most effective ways to get your brand across to a national audience. In this blog, we will be talking about the main challenges that the haulage industry may face. Our hauliers deliver your campaigns on their fleet so anything affecting them affects us.

Fuel Costs

Fuel cost is one of the main cost pressures that our hauliers face when they are trying to ‘cut the transportation cost of goods’.

As fuel is a vital part of the haulage industry; the rising fuel prices make it a difficult task to create the most cost-effective way. Aside from driver costs fuel is the highest cost haulier’s face.

Fuel is not something you can do without, tucks and some tailers need it to keep moving and goods in the perfect condition.

Driver Shortage

According to Paragon Survey, another problem facing the haulage industry is lack of trained HGV drivers available.

In 2017 36.8% businesses surveyed said that driver shortage was the main challenge for success; in 2018 that went up to 46.4%. One of the main causes for this is said to be that there isn’t enough training and engagement to attract young talent to take on this career. This is put down to the stress and long hours involved in road transportation. A lack of suitable rest stops is another highlighted by Trucking Jobs.

Eddie Stobart Livery

End of the road for Eddie Stobart's famous livery?

A shock to every child and lorry spotter everywhere Eddie Stobart may lose its famous livery after a row with its former parent company, Stobart Group.

It’s famous green lorries and name have been retained by Stobart Group and reportedly Now, Alex Laffey, the now boss of Eddie Stobart haulage arm, (Now ESL) has been told he can use the name for £3million a year, buy the rights to it in Britain forever for £15million, or get exclusive use for £50million. If no compromise can be found it might be ditched across its 2500 stong fleet.

For lorry spotters worried about what to spot, we have a solution, our campaigns! Here’s what to look for: 

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