Fuel costs put UK operators under pressure

Tunbridge Wells, UK: The price of fuel is still the biggest headache for transport companies battling to cope with rising costs, with haulage rates failing to keep up, according to a report published by the Freight Transport Association.

The Manager’s Guide to Distribution Costs 2011 produced by the association calculates that the cost of diesel for commercial vehicle fleets rose by 15.6% in the twelve months to 1 April 2011. The second biggest increase was in the cost of overheads, followed by vehicle maintenance. The total rise in vehicle operating costs to 6.8% outstripped the rise in domestic haulage rates, which increased by an average of 3.41%.  International haulage rates increased on average by 5.40%.

The Manager’s Guide to Distribution Costs is produced annually based on data supplied to FTA by a survey of member companies in April each year. The data on wages, vehicle operating costs and haulage rates is updated quarterly.

For further information about the guide contact FTA’s Cost Information Service team via email at cost.info@fta.co.uk.