Research National Lorry Week


Research National Lorry Week

From 24 to 30 October, the Road Haulage Association will be holding its eighth National Lorry Week.

As part of the campaign, the association will set out on a month-long roadshow kicking off in Peterborough on October 3, before travelling across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland to celebrate the role and importance of the UK’s road transport.

You can get involved and follow daily progress of the National Lorry Week roadshow on social media using the hashtag #NationalLorryWeek. To find out more, visit:

The logistics industry plays an essential role in our everyday lives, but its efficiency and success – more than 85% of all goods bought in the UK get from A to B on the back of a lorry – is often overlooked. During the Covid-19 crisis, the nation was quick to acknowledge the key role that logistics workers play in the ongoing health of the economy, however as businesses reopen and normality returns, it’s important that the industry and its workers remain ‘key’ in the eyes of the public.

National Lorry Week is the RHA’s annual campaign to champion the industry and shines a light on the businesses and individuals who work tirelessly to keep our nation moving.

During the roadshow, the RHA will spotlight success stories and hear from the industry’s voices to champion logistics as an innovative, inclusive and sustainable industry full of amazing opportunities, particularly for young people and those seeking a new career. National Lorry Week will also showcase the great work that is being done to shape the future of road transport; from recruiting new talent, adopting new technology and improving standards.

The tour will see the National Lorry Week-branded DAF lorry visiting cities across the UK to celebrate alongside RHA members, industry partners and education facilities, as well as meeting with government, policy makers and stakeholders to discuss the importance of the industry.

Commenting, RHA Managing Director, Richard Smith, said: “The UKs logistics industry is the lifeblood of the nation’s economy. Just look around you. Everything you see has at some point been handled by logistics professionals – from producer, to warehouse operative, to distributor, to delivery driver and, in most cases, to store shelf.

“People in our industry have shown great resilience over the last couple of years in the face of huge challenges; from Brexit and the pandemic to driver shortages, and most notably, this year’s fuel crisis, and with Christmas just around the corner, it’s likely we’ll face even greater challenges. National Lorry Week is our opportunity to celebrate them and the great work they do.”

This year’s campaign is supported by a number of industry organisations and sponsors, including Backhouse Jones, Michelin, D4Drivers, DAF, Digihaul, Driver Hire Nationwide, Fuelcard Company, Michelin, Michelin Connected Fleet, RHA Insurance Services, SNAP, Transaid and Tructyre.

Ticks new eco friendlier artic with crane


Ticks new eco friendlier artic with crane

Mounting environmental concerns over the past decade, led by European legislation and low emission zones (LEZs) in major cities, are fuelling a new wave of green technology from truck and van manufacturers.

We are not yet at the stage where switching to alternatives like fully-electric powered or LPG vehicles is viable for hauliers, largely because there are not enough refuelling points.  For example, there are only two LPG-supplied petrol stations for HGVs between London and Birmingham.

But that doesn’t mean we hauliers can do nothing to contribute to efforts to reduce emissions and environmental pollution.

Ticks is in the process of having a new articulated crane lorry custom-built.

It will be much more fuel-efficient than older models and will also be fitted with a bigger job so that we can lift the large steel beams used in many construction sites, particularly in London.

So, in three months’ time, when we get the new vehicle, we will be able to meet the new emissions charges being introduced in April in London, and we will be able to better meet the needs of our construction industry customers working in the confined spaces of inner city London but still needing the capacity of lifting the heavy steel beams that are a feature of modern construction.

This new vehicle will be an addition to our fleet, so we will still be able to meet the needs of our existing customers.