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Just been sorting some of my truck photos, forgot I had this!!!!
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Its a Kenworth 6x6 desert trailer tractor unit, its got a 750 hp Cat under the bonnet. The top of the steer tyre is the same hight as my drivers seat.
 
For any of you that are into Truck, Crane , Tractor, Steam Engine , Static engines, Clsssic car/ bike and military vehicle porn I recommend Smallwood Vintage Rally 25th-27th May.Its just off Jct 17 M6 near Sandbach so yes lots of Fodens.
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Quick reminder that its on this weekend. Drove past yesterday it looked very impressive. I will be going tomorrow.
 
Nationwide distribution done by rail. Is something that should have been sorted 50 years ago with the large scale adoption of shipping containers. There was the Stratford LIFT(London International Freight Terminal) but that's gone, housing!
Its fine saying freight should travel by rail, but how do you distribute the goods once its out of the container. Average van 1and half tonne into 26 or 27 tonnes of freight. Your looking at a load of extra vans on the road. Be a nightmare with time sensitive freight.
So I'm afraid this country is going to stuck with trucks, for the foreseeable future. This new toll brought in by the London Mayor is not going to help anyone, apart from the City.

Just to add to this, the Freight Transport Association's annual survey/report cae out a few weeks ago. 9% of UK freight goes by rail, thats all!

Even more shockingly, 30% of HGV miles are empty vehicles.
 
Just to add to this, the Freight Transport Association's annual survey/report cae out a few weeks ago. 9% of UK freight goes by rail, thats all!

Even more shockingly, 30% of HGV miles are empty vehicles.
A good example of the 30% was while I was driving in the Oil/Gas exploration/production industry. There was a time in the O/G were money was no object. I've driven from Gt Yarmouth all the way to Aberdeen with an empty LowLoader just for the job to be cancelled. The costs were paid for, but they actually knew 6 hrs before I got to Aberdeen that they were going to cancel the job. The only reload was Heysham 6/7 hrs driving away. And the Haulier I worked for had to pay that.
To surmise, a lot of the problems that lead to empty running, is the fact a lot of the transport disbatchers/transport clerk's don't have to pay for the running costs and haven't got a clue in what distances are involved.
I never had any time for some of those idiots who'd just got out of Business studies at Uni, and "Knew" how to run transport. I got into trouble a few times for telling clerks what I thought of their efforts.
 
A good example of the 30% was while I was driving in the Oil/Gas exploration/production industry. There was a time in the O/G were money was no object. I've driven from Gt Yarmouth all the way to Aberdeen with an empty LowLoader just for the job to be cancelled. The costs were paid for, but they actually knew 6 hrs before I got to Aberdeen that they were going to cancel the job. The only reload was Heysham 6/7 hrs driving away. And the Haulier I worked for had to pay that.
To surmise, a lot of the problems that lead to empty running, is the fact a lot of the transport disbatchers/transport clerk's don't have to pay for the running costs and haven't got a clue in what distances are involved.
I never had any time for some of those idiots who'd just got out of Business studies at Uni, and "Knew" how to run transport. I got into trouble a few times for telling clerks what I thought of their efforts.

We run 40% plus empty but we aren't a haulier.
I work for a food manufacturer and run distribution so by its very nature we deliver from one fixed point to 1500 customers a week and come back when we are done

We do the odd bit of back hauling and most routes are built to run in a big circle but many of them run 50% of their miles empty.

If we as a country want to change that we need to give it a lot more thought.
 
And there lies the problem in that side of the industry. Dedicated transport to the food industry do not want their contracted trailers doing General Haulage. Fridge vans are hard to get a back load, but the big supermarkets aren't interested, they just want their m/t trailer sitting on their loading bays, waiting to be reloaded. And they certainly don't want some gopping old pallets inside it.
 
And there lies the problem in that side of the industry. Dedicated transport to the food industry do not want their contracted trailers doing General Haulage. Fridge vans are hard to get a back load, but the big supermarkets aren't interested, they just want their m/t trailer sitting on their loading bays, waiting to be reloaded. And they certainly don't want some gopping old pallets inside it.
To be honest we just don't have the hours for traditional back hauling

Many of my HGV's are running full hours on a single drop and tasked back out the same day
 
A few years back, I was offered through an Agency, some work for DHL. As soon as they said what my day job involved I said EFF OFF.
From Lowestoft to Corby two drops then to Birmingham two drops m/t to Banbury reload m/t pallets back to Lowestoft. To be done in 12hrs with no overtime they said you can do the job in 10hrs. Bearing in mind this was in the days of the 40mph.
 

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