London, UK (PRWEB) June 14, 2007
With Gordon Brown soon to be instated as Britain's prime minister, and a keen advocate of taking serious steps towards climate change, the road transport industry is aware that it will likely be targeted by the new leadership to make positive environmental changes to the way it operates. Currently Britain is aiming to reach a target of reducing carbon emissions to 26%-32% below 1990 levels by the year 2020, and the road haulage industry is seen as a major contributor. However, the growing membership numbers at Haulage Exchange suggest that road haulage companies and owner drivers are beginning to take some responsibility in reducing carbon emissions.
Freight exchanges, like Haulage Exchange, are nothing new and have existed for over 20 years, but their benefits to the environment are only just being realised. Freight Exchanges can be part of a 'complete green plan' for every professional road haulage operator as environmental pressures increase.
"Reducing the carbon footprint of professionally run road transport operations should be a key goal but not at the price of profitability," says Lyall Cresswell, Managing Director of leading freight exchange developer the Transport Exchange Group. "Haulage Exchange can do both at the same time by helping operators improve profitability through reducing empty running and streamline the efficiency of their operations."
So far the approach seems to be working, as more and more road haulage companies have flocked to Haulage Exchange. Since the start of the year, the freight exchange can boast a membership increase of over 100 haulage businesses and owner drivers.
"Using a freight exchange often requires a change in mind set for some operators but there is increasing evidence that more and more road haulage operators are using freight exchanges to maximise their efficiency and minimise their costs," Mr Cresswell added. "Haulage Exchange had its best months ever in the first quarter of 2007."
The environment is likely to be the top priority for the British government in the foreseeable future and the freight industry has to take every step to lessen its impact on the environment year-on-year. Haulage Exchange allows its members to buy and sell haulage loads in any area of the country, ensuring that there are backloads for every trip and no more environmentally damaging wasted journeys without freight, meaning that the road haulage industry can reduce its carbon emissions whilst not eating into profits. Freight exchanges have long been part of the road freight scene in Continental Europe and now the UK is catching up.
Becoming a member of a freight exchange enables owner drivers and haulage operators:
- To reduce wasted mileage by being part of a virtual 2000 strong plus road haulage network, planning work more effectively across wider geographies.
- To lower carbon emissions even further by being able to reduce the core fleet to just the more environmentally efficient road haulage vehicles thanks to more backloads.
- To Increase efficiency and productivity of the whole operation by matching the needs of customers more closely with the operation without the constant pressure of 'filling our own haulage vehicles'
- To foster more effective collaboration between owner drivers and road haulage operators who have a common goal of serving customers more efficiently and often at lower cost. This is already taking place in the pallet networks and can be extended throughout a larger number of road haulage operators in a Freight Exchange
Freight Exchanges can play a major part in the sustainability of the UK's road haulage transport industry in a climate where increasing environmental pressure, restricted drivers hours, skills shortages and increasing fuel prices is piling the pressure on the road haulage operator every day. Whether owner drivers and haulage businesses are migrating to freight exchanges for financial or environmental reasons, it is definitely good news for the UK's targets for reducing carbon emissions. Certainly if Haulage Exchange's rate of growth is anything to go by, the target for 2020 may well be an attainable goal.
For more information on Haulage Exchange, please visit http://www.haulageexchange.co.uk
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 7.5Tonne 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 sixth 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:
80 Scrubs Lane
020 8968 4105
lyall @ courierexchange.co.uk