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Cost of fuel continues to put operators under pressure, says FTA report

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.

FTA’s Manager’s Guide to Distribution Costs 2011 calculates that the cost of diesel for commercial vehicle fleets rose by 15.6 per cent 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 per cent outstripped the rise in domestic haulage rates, which increased by an average of 3.41 per cent. International haulage rates increased on average by 5.40 per cent.

Bruce Goodhart, FTA Research Analyst, commented:

"The high and rising cost of fuel continues to put companies under considerable financial pressure. With haulage rates failing to keep up with increasing vehicle operating costs, profit margins are being squeezed and jobs put at risk, hampering economic recovery."

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 then updated quarterly.

Included in this year’s guide are:
the latest wages trends for drivers, workshop staff and warehouse staff
the latest vehicle operating cost tables for a range of vehicles from car derived vans up to 44 tonnes gvw articulated vehicles
the latest warehouse cost trends produced in conjunction with King Sturge, a leading real estate advisory firm
the latest haulage rates trends
updated bulk diesel price and operating costs forecasts
a guide to reducing fuel costs
a diary of forthcoming legislation and FTA events in 2011
appendices covering topics such as drivers’ subsistence payments, the National Minimum Wage, fuel duty rates, VED rates and useful web links

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