No Rewards for Greener Haulage Companies

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Haulage companies are being overlooked by the Government when it comes to offering “green incentives”, according to a leading industry voice. Lyall Cresswell, Managing Director of the Transport Exchange Group (TEG) ( believes that more rewards should be given to owners and drivers who make efforts to reduce their carbon footprints.

Despite the huge potential and opportunities for reducing carbon footprints in the transport industry, there is little being done in terms of incentives to encourage haulage companies to implement changes.

According to Lyall Cresswell there are plenty of incentives, generally, to go green but very few are coming the way of haulage companies and owner drivers. “These companies and individuals are being left to struggle on their own against a background of rising costs, increased competition and tightly-squeezed profit margins” he said.

As the Managing Director of the UK road transport industry’s busiest online freight exchange, Mr Cresswell believes the Government is neglecting the transport industry. While there is a wide range of rewards to encourage householders and businesses to take up various energy-saving measures, nothing is being done for haulage companies and the rest of the transport industry. Instead, they are having to endure the highest fuel duty in Europe as well as other taxes. Mr Cresswell said, “Surely there is something wrong here. Road transport accounts for a sizeable chunk of the UK’s carbon emissions and if the Government is really serious about reducing the nation’s carbon footprint by 80 per cent by 2050 then it needs all sectors to pull together. It really is time the Government gave haulage companies a helping hand to go green – rather than simply offering it advice.”

In the meantime haulage companies are being left to find their own incentives for going “green”, such as reducing their running costs by maximising the efficiency of their operations. One way such companies are finding of doing this is to eliminate wasteful journeys in which vans and trucks run half-full or even empty. By using a real-time exchange like Haulage Exchange and Courier Exchange (both run by TEG) they are able to assist in combating climate change by making every journey count. This automatically reduces the carbon footprint of the goods being transported and also reduces the haulage companies’ running costs.

Lyall Cresswell went on to say, “An exchange mechanism is a win win for all concerned and there are no hidden costs. Member haulage companies pay by subscription after choosing from a selection of service levels. But even taking a simple, effective measure to cut carbon waste such as this does not attract any Government support. It appears that politicians think the high price of fuel will be incentive enough for transport companies to adopt green practices – but is it?”

Mr Cresswell believes that when it comes to buildings it is a very different story. He pointed out that the latest Government scheme to encourage home-owners and businesses to install energy-efficient heating is promising a return of 12 per cent on investment. “Haulage companies would be delighted to see a return such as this. While all the effort to transform our housing, offices and other buildings is admirable, it is galling that not one penny appears to be coming into the transport industry to encourage it to be green.”

In terms of carbon reduction the transport industry could hold the key to the UK meeting its 2050 targets. Lyall Cresswell concluded by saying, “If we don’t all pull together the targets may not be met. It is time for help.”

About the Transport Exchange Group

The Transport Exchange Group offers a range of services to enable members to trade loads and journeys and to source available or part-filled vehicles. Its system facilitates seamless electronic trading from order confirmation to invoice approval and payment, and processes more than 10,000 loads a month.

With offices in London and Nottingham, The Transport Exchange Group operates two of the largest haulage exchanges in Great Britain. Courier Exchange (, is the UK’s biggest exchange for express and same day movements and is now in its ninth year of trading, while its sister site, Haulage Exchange ( is one of the UK’s leading independent haulage exchanges for the 7.5 Tonne market and beyond.

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 further information contact Century Public Relations (Tel: 024 7622 8881).


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