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Haulage companies in more need than most for advice on running an efficient, compliant business, warns Croner

London, July 25 2008 – Workplace experts predict that road haulage firms are in the firing line as the UK economy continues to take a turn for the worst.

The rising cost of fuel charges, taxes and vehicle excise duties are considered to be among the most menacing to the industry.1 British haulage firms are also paying roughly 26p a litre more than their European counterparts, meaning competition from the continent is increasingly fierce.

Couple this with proposed national road charge initiatives, the obligation to spend more on staff training and development and achieving environmental compliance, it is understandable that haulage companies are feeling the strain.

In such a diverse industry, a whole host of factors can impact on success and productivity, says Croner, a part of Wolters Kluwer. From the size of firms and variety of haulage undertaken to the prevailing economic conditions, all these factors can limit growth within the UK haulage industry.

To help these businesses deal with the breadth of issues that impact the haulage industry, Croner, the UK's leading provider of workplace information and consultancy services, has launched Croner-i Road Transport Expert, a new online product designed to help directors and managers run an efficient enterprise.

Croner-i Road Transport Expert is user-friendly and interactive, with easily navigable sections of news, reference and operational content. It provides managers with pertinent up-to-the-minute information on UK and European transport matters, as well as operational features specific to their work practice in the form of 'vertical' portal applications, aimed at helping transport managers complete specific tasks in an efficient manner, such as route planner, vehicle maintenance and e-tachograph training applications.

A business support advice line manned by highly-qualified experts is also offered as part of the product subscription, so that help is always at hand.

Martin Smith, executive director at Croner, said: “We've been keen to launch the new Croner-i Road Transport Expert product, especially because of the current economic climate. UK haulage businesses stand to be some of the worst hit by issues such as rising fuel charges and taxes, therefore it is imperative that managers have the most up to date information at hand to ensure that they run their firm in compliance with legislation that impacts them.

“The new Croner-i Road Transport Expert product will help managers to maintain efficiency in the most cost-effective manner, and will offer customers a mine of information and tools to do this. We also have a dedicated team of consultants available on our business support advice line to advise our users on any further queries they may have – all included in the subscription price.”

For more information on Croner-i Road Transport Expert, please contact Croner's Customer Services team on 020 8247 1630 or visit www.croner.co.uk/expert

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