Haulage Exchange Offers Hope for Fuel Crisis

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Last week, hundreds of lorry drivers took to the streets of London to protest against fuel prices. Lyall Cresswell of Haulage Exchange explains why his freight exchange can offer a ray of light to small haulage companies at a difficult time for the haulage industry.

In a climate in which lorry drivers are protesting on the streets and some haulage companies are buckling under the pressure of record-breaking fuel prices, freight exchange company Haulage Exchange believes it has the answer for many members of the haulage industry.

On Tuesday, an estimated 300 lorry drivers descended on the capital to protest about rising fuel prices, and the government is now planning to rethink its decision to raise fuel duty and road tax.

But with oil prices at an all time high, having risen by more than 40 per cent in the past 12 months, the future is looking bleak for many members of the haulage industry.

One way for hauliers to cut costs, said Haulage Exchange's managing director Lyall Cresswell, is to join a freight exchange. 'At Haulage Exchange,' said Lyall, 'we give haulage companies the opportunity to become more profitable by buying and selling loads from other hauliers.

'At a time like this it is vital for haulage companies to maximise their efficiency and our network can help them to do this.'

There are now many hauliers who are willing to testify to the good sense and efficiency provided by the Haulage Exchange network. Joe Bartletts of Coventry haulage company JJ Bartletts uses Haulage Exchange mostly for backloads.

Joe said he finds it easy to use, and he appreciates the personal touch. 'It is self explanatory,' said Joe. 'We can also talk to loads manager Luke Davies if we have a problem. He even rings us with loads he thinks fit our profile of work.'

Another regular user of the Haulage Exchange website is Allens of Bolton, a participant in the haulage industry for ninety years. Owner Peter Allen said: 'Haulage Exchange is an excellent business support. It is the first thing I switch on in the office every morning, and I look for specific loads available every half an hour'.

While Haulage Exchange continues to improve its members' chances of success in a difficult period, the problem with fuel prices did see one positive step forward on Wednesday.

Following last week's protest, Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling met with oil industry chiefs to discuss the issue. At the meeting, Brown pleaded for the supply of oil to be maximised over the next few years, and for oil reserves in the North Sea to be utilised.

Cresswell sees this as a move forward. 'The problem with fuel prices is a massive one for our members,' he said, 'which will not be solved easily. Fortunately, it seems that the government is beginning to see just how frustrated members of the haulage industry have become, and might just be doing something about it.'

About Haulage Exchange:

With offices in London and Nottingham, Haulage Exchange (http://www.haulageexchange.co.uk) is one of the UK's leading independent freight exchanges for the 7.5 Tonne market and beyond. Its sister site, Courier Exchange, is the UK's biggest exchange for express and same day movements and is now in its ninth year of trading.

Membership of the exchange is limited to accredited transport professionals, and offers them the chance to buy and sell domestic and international road transport industry services such as full loads, backloads, return loads, freight forwarding, and road haulage.

For more information, please contact Lyall Cresswell:

Haulage Exchange
Cumberland House
80 Scrubs Lane
London
NW10 6RF

+44 (0) 870 241 1472

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