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FTA says Vosa has upped its game, but 2012 was a tough one for hauliers

  • 22 April 2013
  • By Chris Druce

While the short term picture remains tough with hauliers running on tiny operating profits, enforcement agencies such as Vosa should be applauded for upping their game, the head of the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has said.

Speaking at the launch of the Logistics Report 2013, produced in association with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) at the House of Commons last week, FTA chief executive Theo de Pencier said that last year’s headline statistics certainly made for grim reading.

“Even large companies are operating marginally in this space,” said de Pencier, who nevertheless praised operators’ achievements against this backdrop in maintaining  – the first time pass rate for LGVs remained the same – and improving safety standards – both reportable workplace accidents for transport (RIDDOR) and road casualties linked to LGVs down year-on-year again.

However, in regards enforcemet there was in 2012 “a playing field that was more level as enforcement agencies have done a good job” said de Pencier.

The report backs this assertion up by pointing to an increase in the detection of overloading, drivers’ hours and roadworthiness prohibitions.


With the government’s stated aims for infrastructure, and additional funding revealed in the budget last month, the FTA is keen to see projects get underway as “there are lots of plans but not a heck of a lot of evidence that thighs are actually getting built,” said de Pencier.

PwC’s Coolin Desai, UK transport and logistics leader, echoed this sentiment at the report launch, when he stated: “Infrastructure remains a key lever for growth. We remain relatively behind our international competitors [in terms of investment].”

With PwC forecasting in the report that the UK economy will remain in a low growth phase for many years to come (a 2% growth rate would be ‘quite good’ according to the professional services firm), de Pencier urged the government to do what they could to create the right conditions for recovery.

“They need to be working with the industry to create the confidence for them to invest and for consumers to go out and spend,” he said.


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