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DfT: Cabotage levels fall but Polish vehicle numbers rise

  • 17 December 2012
  • By Ashleigh Wight

Cabotage figures fell by 17% between 2010 and 2011, the Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed.

The amount of freight carried by foreign-registered vehicles in the UK fell from 1.27bn to 1.05bn tonne kilometers between 2010 and 2011, say the latest freight statistics released by the DfT.

Despite this, the number of LGVs registered in the UK in 2011 dropped to 465,500, down from 470,100 in 2010.

Road Haulage Association (RHA) chief executive Geoff Dunning said: “This figure, although down on that for 2010 clearly reflects the increases in efficiency within the industry, the resilience of firms suffering economic difficulty and the fortitude of its workforce. Together these have not only enabled industry to keep the wheels of the economy turning, but are now working hard to increase and improve the UK’s economic future by keeping the supply chain moving.”

The figures also revealed that the number of commercial vehicles registered in Poland travelling to the UK from the Continent has increased significantly to around 270,000 vehicles in 2011; up 8% on 2010’s figures. This figure has nearly quadrupled from 58,000 in 2004.

The volume of freight transported within the UK from Hungarian-registered vehicles rose by 155%, from 9m tonne kilometres in 2010 to 23m tonne kilometres in 2011.


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