With demand for road freight plummeting and costs for trucking companies increasing amidst the stringent lockdown restrictions, hauliers are under increasing pressure to transport goods when their trucks are not filled to capacity or have “dead legs” or empty hauls one way.
To assist its members and the industry the Road Freight Association (RFA) has launched a new benefit for its members - an online platform on its website which details available loads/capacity and vehicles. Anyone can list for free – RFA members will be able to view all the details online.
Announcing this new offering, chief executive Gavin Kelly said: “Operating a trucking company is complex and challenging at the best of times. With Covid-19 and lockdown it has become even tougher. Truckers need to deliver goods to their clients, but with dwindling volumes, some are being forced to deliver at a loss. Our new facility enables members to consolidate their loads and move goods more efficiently and cost-effectively. It makes perfect business sense.”
The system is easy to use and available 24/7.
All trucking companies need to do is list the details of available trucks or loads they have or need (type of vehicle required, date required, area and route) and provide their contact details. All details are fully visible to RFA members.
“There is no middleman and the RFA makes no commission - nor do we charge any fee,” said Kelly.
He added that this new service was one of several new initiatives the RFA would be bringing to its members over the coming months. “Response from members has been excellent, with many uploading their requests and logging in on a daily basis to check availabilities and opportunities. “This is just one more way that the RFA is able to leverage its strengths for the benefit of all its members.”
Kelly has encouraged trucking companies of all sizes to join the Association: “We are stronger together – in these uncertain times, can any operator afford not to be a member?”