Thursday, August 8, 2019

Major Investment in UK Road Haulage Fleet by International Freight and Logistics Group

Driver Shortage and Brexit Fears Not On the Agenda
Shipping News Feature
UK – International freight and logistics Group DHL Supply Chain has announced a significant fleet investment in the UK. The investment, worth £90 million, will put over 1,000 new road haulage vehicles into service in the UK during 2019, and will include tractor units, as well as specialised rigids and multi temperature-controlled vehicles. All vehicles will be equipped with the latest safety features, including cameras, Microlise telematics and the latest engine technology.

The company, disregarding the current fuss over Brexit and the HGV driver shortage, says the new fleet will look to serve a range of its customers, and will enhance the performance and support the growth of a number of its networks. Ian Clough, Managing Director, Network Logistics and Transport, UK & Ireland, DHL Supply Chain said:

“Not only are we investing in our infrastructure to support our growth, but to signal our confidence in the contract logistics market in the UK. These vehicles are equipped with the latest technology to ensure they have the best possible efficiency and safety features, allowing us to deliver best in class solutions for our customers.”

The investment in new technology reflects DHL’s commitment to ensuring that its fleet is best in class and offers the highest possible levels of service to its supply chain customers. As part of DHL’s ongoing efforts to improve its sustainability and reduce the environmental impact of its operations, a number of the vehicles will run on liquefied natural gas.

With this investment DHL are showing the way for the future of the road haulage industry in the UK. The increasing numbers of low emission zones (LEZs) throughout major urban conurbations is something which will surely continue to spread over the coming years. The effect on giant’s such as DHL will arguably be less than on many smaller competitors as the need for trucks with better vision and safety features, including upgraded technology, and fitted with cleaner engines to suit the proliferation of ever more demanding standards.

DHL can demonstrate the economy of scale with purchases such as this whilst, as ever, nothing delights a truck driver more than the daily run in a new lorry, meaning it is easier to recruit the best staff from a seemingly ever diminishing pool of labour.