Road Haulage Facts We Bet You Didn't Know...
98% of all food and agricultural products in Great Britain are transported by Road Freight
Lorry was a term used to describe a luggage truck on a train, first spoken in 1838, during that period trains were one of the most resourceful and speedy forms of transport across the country.
2.54 million people work in the haulage and logistics industry.
Between April 2018 and April 2019 Translink Express made over 4650 Full Load deliveries averaging more than 350 miles per run.
493,600 commercial vehicles over 3.5 tonnes are registered in the UK.
The Road Haulage sector is the UK’s fifth largest employer.
The word truck, which is now the American term for lorry, first appeared in English around 1611 meaning small wheel or roller, specifically the sort mounted under cannons aboard war ships.
The first motor truck was built in 1896 by German automotive pioneer Gottilieb Daimler. The truck had a four horsepower engine and a belt drive with two forward speeds and one reverse. It was the first pick up truck.
In 1937 provisional licenses were brought in for heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers.