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Haulage Exchange Warns Against The Consequences Of Failure To Maintain Vans And Lorries

Haulage Exchange, one of the UK’s leading online freight exchanges, reminds the public and industry players who rely on a steady stream of haulage jobs for a living, that there is something more than meets the eye regarding the recently released figures by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), specifically those that show the apparent rise in HGV annual test pass rates. A spokesperson from the organisation pointed out that a significant percentage of the lorries and commercial vans in the UK that travel the country’s roads today are far below the general road-worthiness that VOSA expects.

The Haulage Exchange spokesperson explains that VOSA’s figures, indicating that more than 70 per cent of HGVs pass the annual test, also point to the glaring fact that about 30 per cent of vehicles, although a significant minority, still fail the test. This highlights the worrying fact that these vehicles are out there, on the road, even if they are not in tip-top road worthy condition. In the constant drive to get as many haulage jobs as possible, many hauliers sacrifice vehicle maintenance and simply wait until something breaks down. At that point, repair can be costly, if not already untenable.

Added to these implications is the fact that evidence from the FTA’s latest survey indicates that 3.5 tonne vans have a first time failure rate of up to 50 per cent, which is very alarming, regardless of how one looks at it. Those relying on a constant influx of haulage jobs and ignoring the early warning signs may end up losing more than they can afford to. This is unthinkable, Haulage Exchange says, especially when one considers the simple fact that implementing regular maintenance of one’s vehicle fleet is much less expensive than actually repairing a broken van or lorry. Haulage Exchange is one of the most respected online authorities on how to keep a haulier’s business viable and sustainable. It operates one of the busiest and largest online freight exchanges in the UK and advises with confidence.

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A major part of the renowned Transport Exchange Group, Haulage Exchange has more than 4,500 active users enjoying the steady influx of haulage jobs. For more information about the company, visit its website at http://www.haulageexchange.co.uk .

Contact Details:
Haulage Exchange
BV2, The Perfume Factory,
140 Wales Farm Road, London,
W3 6UG, UK
Tel: 0208 896 6725
Fax: 0844 225 3501
Email: info@haulageexchange.co.uk

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