FTA welcomes consultation on HGV speed limits
The DfT announced a consultation on the matter at the end of last week, proposing an increase in speed limit for some HGVs in a bid to boost economic growth in the UK.
Roads Minister Stephen Hammond listened to claims by the freight industry, where members have claimed that a raise in the speed limit will help improve journey times, thus cutting congestion and reducing costs to business and thus the purchase price of consumer products.
It could also reduce the number of collisions caused by other road users overtaking slower moving lorries.
The current speed limit on single carriageways for HGVs over 7.5t is 40 mph. Under the proposals, this could be increased to 45mph or 50mph.
In a statement released online, the FTA, which has campaigned on this subject, spoke out in support of the speed limit increase.
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‘The intention is also to level the playing field for businesses, as HGVs which are travelling above the maximum speed limit currently have a competitive advantage over those that are adhering to the maximum 40mph speed limit,’ an FTA spokesperson said.
Malcolm Bingham, FTA Head of Road Network Management Policy commented:
"We believe that firstly it will reduce the number of incidents where drivers overtake or attempt to overtake slower moving HGVs which are simply complying with the national speed limit. We know from observations by FTA members that motorists on these roads often become impatient and take unacceptable risks to get past goods vehicles.”
Roads Minister Stephen Hammond said:
“The Government is committed to doing everything it can to improve conditions for economic growth. We are consulting on increasing the single carriage way speed limit for certain HGVs after listening to industry experts who say that this will boost the UK economy and businesses of all sizes.
“While this is likely to lead to more than £30 million a year in benefits for businesses through quicker journeys and reduced congestion, I want to make sure we have carefully considered the evidence of all of the effects on the economy, environment and – of course – road safety before we make a decision. I welcome views from all.”
UPS Posts Record Second Quarter with Revenues of $23.4bn
Growth across each of its core segments resulted in record results for UPS in the second quarter, with group revenues climbing 14.5% year on year to $23.4bn.
The global logistics outfit achieved consolidated operating profit of $3.3bn, up 47.3% compared to the same period in 2020. It is the second consecutive quarter of record profit, and a significant rise on Q1’s $2.9bn.
UPS Q2 Revenues in Brief
- Consolidated revenues: $23.4bn (+14.5% yoy)
- Domestic: $14.4bn (+10.2%)
- International: $4.82bn (+30%)
- Supply Chain Solutions: $4.2bn (+14.3%)
The US company’s domestic segment performed steadily with 10.2% revenue growth to $14.4bn. But it was its international and supply chain solutions segments where UPS saw the biggest gains. Strong demand in Europe led an increase in international revenues of 30% to $4.82bn. UPS’ supply chain solutions division saw revenue growth of 14.3% to $4.2bn, driven, the company said, “by strong demand in nearly all businesses”.
UPS’ steady growth throughout the pandemic has been led by the overarching vision of its chief executive Carol Tomé to do “better not bigger”, focussing on efficiency and high margin deliveries through its network over pure scale and volume.
“I want to thank all UPSers for executing our strategy and delivering high service levels, which fuelled record financial results in the second quarter,” she said. “Through our better not bigger framework, we are moving our world forward by delivering what matters.”
UPS Completes Sales of UPS Freight
The second quarter also saw UPS complete the divestiture of UPS Freight in a deal worth $800m - with a surprise result for the division, now called TForce Freight, under new owner TFI International.
“The second quarter was historically significant for TFI International, with the closing of our UPS Freight acquisition and record performance across the board,” said Alain Bédard, chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, TFI International. “Particularly gratifying is the performance of TForce Freight, which has exceeded our operating ratio targets far ahead of schedule, and we have only just begun our work.”
In it first two months of ownership TFI reported that adjusted operating ratio (OR) was 90.1% for TForce Freight, far outperforming its forecasted OR of 96-97%.
“I wish to thank our entire team for their hard work and remarkable efforts, and officially welcome aboard our new TForce Freight colleagues who have seamlessly come under the TFI umbrella and are already making stronger than expected contributions,” Bédard added.