Longer semi-trailers: who will be trialling them and how many?

A total of 180 applications have been approved by the Department for Transport (DfT) for next year’s trial of longer semi-trailers, CM can reveal.

The breakdown consists of hauliers, own-account operators and trailer manufacturers, which between them will pilot the use of 1,811 longer semi-trailers on UK roads.

While larger operators have been granted the most longer semi-trailers in pure number terms as expected, the DfT has been true to its word and spread the allocation widely between operators large and small, with no single entity having more than 8% of the total.

Nobert Dentressangle has the largest combined allocation (split between its logistics and transport services businesses) and will run 67 of the 14.6m length longer semi-trailers and 64 of the 15.65m maximum length variant.

Trial supporter Wincanton gets 68 (straight split), while Eddie Stobart gets 67 of the 14.6m trailers and 23 of the 15.65m variant, with DHL UK getting 90 (split 67/23). All significantly below the few hundred each of the three firms were gunning for.

Other well known names include Bibby Distribution, which will run 25 of the longest trailers, while CM Downton has 60, split 22/38. Maritime Transport has 75 of the 15.65m version and Geopost, parent firm of DPD and Interlink, a 64/21 split.

Jack Semple, director of policy at the Road Haulage Association, says: "There was a fear large companies could dominate.

"While we would have liked to see more weighting towards SMEs, we are very pleased that the department has essentially opted for a half-way house."

Regional players include Manchester’s BTS Haulage has 19 trailers (split 14/5), while Lincoln-based ET Morris has an allocation of 9 (7/2). Kirkcudbright’s Hayton Coulthard has a single 15.65m trailer, while Northampton’s Acumen Distribution will run four of the longest variant and Heathrow's Saints Transport five.

Risk Solutions has been chosen to asses the UK longer semi-trailer trial on behalf of the DfT.

See our guide to Longer semi-trailers (high-volume trailers) for more.

Allocation of longer semi-trailers

CompanyAllocation 14.6 metre15.65 metreTotal
Arla Foods Ltd 26 9 35
A & D Haulage (Telford) ltd 0 1 1
A.B.E (LEDBURY) LTD 1 0 1
Acumen Distribution Ltd 0 4 4
Advanced Processing Ltd 0 9 9
Alan Glendinning Haulage Ltd 1 0 1
Allegro Transport Ltd 0 1 1
Ascott Transport Limited 4 1 5
ASDA Stores Ltd 0 45 45
Associated Cold Stores and Transport Ltd 0 3 3
B. Taylor & Sons Transport Ltd 0 5 5
Bandvulc Tyres Ltd 0 1 1
Benson Box 0 1 1
Bibby Distribution Ltd 0 25 25
Booker Ltd 0 15 15
Branston Ltd 0 1 1
Brewers Road Haulage Ltd 1 0 1
Britannia Superfine Ltd 0 1 1
Brit European Transport Ltd 0 2 2
BTS Haulage Limited 14 5 19
Bunzl Healthcare 2 0 2
Bunzl Retail Supplies 3 1 4
BYFIELD’S TRANSPORT 0 1 1
C Butt Ltd 0 5 5
C S ELLIS (GROUP) LTD 0 1 1
Carntyne Transport Co Ltd 0 5 5
Cartwright Bros (Haulage) Ltd 0 3 3
CARTWRIGHT RENTALS LTD - F T S Hatswell 7 3 10
CARTWRIGHT RENTALS LTD - AHH Pharmaceuticals 7 3 10
CARTWRIGHT RENTALS LTD - Circle Express 7 3 10
Cedartone (Equipment Sales) Limited 0 1 1
CEVA Logistics Limited 0 3 3
CFT Services Limited 0 1 1
Clive Cowern Transport Services Ltd 0 1 1
CM Downton (Haulage Contractors) Ltd 22 38 60
Commercial Vehicle Rental Ltd 0 2 2
Cooperative Group 0 8 8
Culina Logistics Ltd 22 8 30
Cullingworth Commercials & Freight Services Ltd 3 0 3
Currie European Transport Ltd 0 8 8
Davies Turner & Co Ltd 0 2 2
Dechra Ltd T/A National Veterinary Services 1 0 1
DFDS Limited 4 2 6
DHL UK 67 23 90
DSV Road Ltd 0 13 13
EAS Consulting & Logistics 0 1 1
E T Morris & Sons Ltd 7 2 9
E H Nicolls Jnr Ltd 0 4 4
Eddie Stobart Ltd 67 23 90
Elddis Transport (Consett) Limited 9 2 11
Eurofleet Rental Ltd - Widdowsons Ltd 7 6 13
Eurofleet Rental Ltd - AB Produce plc 1 0 1
Eurofleet Rental Ltd - Cotton Transport 1 0 1
Expert Logistics 0 2 2
F Lloyd (Penley) Ltd 0 1 1
Fagan & Whalley Limited 4 0 4
Fergusons Transport Ltd 7 0 7
FITZMAURICE CARRIERS LTD 1 0 1
Fowler Welch Limited 0 3 3
Framptons Transport Services Ltd 7 4 11
Freightforce Distribution 2 1 3
Freshlinc LTD 4 0 4
FTS Hatswell Ltd 0 2 2
GeoPost UK Ltd 64 21 85
Gist Ltd 0 20 20
Great Bear Distribution 15 5 20
Gregory Distribution Ltd 0 1 1
Guy John Keyes 1 0 1
H. Parkinson Haulage Limited 0 5 5
H. T. Gardner Transport 2 1 3
Harvey Grant 0 1 1
Hayton Coulthard 0 1 1
Hermes Parcelnet Ltd 32 11 43
Heverin Haulage Ltd 3 1 4
HLC (Wood Products) Ltd 1 0 1
Home Retail Group (Argos) 0 9 9
Howard Tenens (Andover) Ltd 3 0 3
Howard Tenens (Boston) Ltd 3 0 3
Howard Tenens (Swindon) Ltd 3 0 3
Hyperama Plc 0 1 1
Identity Parade Ltd 7 0 7
J Godfrey & Son Ltd 1 0 1
J&D COWPER LTD 0 1 1
J. Sainsbury’s Plc 7 3 10
Jack Richards & Son Ltd 22 8 30
JAMES SMITH (DENNY) LTD 0 1 1
James Wilby Ltd 0 1 1
JME Transport Ltd 0 13 13
John G Russell Transport Ltd 0 9 9
John Jempson & Son 0 1 1
John Lewis 7 1 8
Katem Logistics Ltd 0 1 1
Kay Transport 0 1 1
Keyes Transport Ltd 1 0 1
King Stag (Transport) Ltd 0 1 1
KNIGHTS OF OLD LTD 0 9 9
Lambert Brothers Haulage Ltd 0 1 1
Langdon Industries Ltd 7 0 7
Lenham Storage Co Ltd 7 3 10
Lenham Storage Southern Ltd 7 3 10
Lloyd Fraser (Contracts) Ltd 7 0 7
Lloyd Fraser Group 0 2 2
Magnum Spedition Ltd/ Magnum Logistics Ltd 1 0 1
Magnus Group Ltd 0 5 5
Maritime Transport Ltd 75 0 75
Matalan 0 3 3
Maxi Group Ltd 19 5 24
MAXIM LOGISTICS LTD 0 3 3
McCarthy Haulage 0 5 5
McClenaghan of Slamannan Ltd 0 1 1
MDF (Great Yarmouth) Ltd 1 1 2
Meachers Global Ltd 7 3 10
Metcalfe Farms (Haulage) Limited 4 2 6
MJD Services (UK) Ltd 0 3 3
Montgomery Distribution Ltd 4 2 6
Montgomery Refrigerated Ltd 7 3 10
Montgomery Transport Ltd 22 8 30
MRCT 7 0 7
Nestle UK Ltd 0 5 5
NFT Distribution Limited 1 1 2
Norbert Dentressangle Logistics UK 0 41 41
Norbert Dentressangle Transport Services Limited 67 23 90
Oaklands Farm Eggs Ltd 0 1 1
Owens (Road Services) ltd 7 0 7
P W Gates Distribution Ltd 0 1 1
Palletline Logistics (Midland) Ltd 4 0 4
Paul Mathew Transport Limited 0 3 3
Pegasus Express Ltd 0 1 1
PF WHITEHEAD TRANSPORT SERVICES Ltd 0 1 1
Pollock (Scotrans) Ltd 0 1 1
Poundland Ltd 0 2 2
PTI Express Ltd 1 0 1
R D Williams and Sons (Haulage) Ltd 0 1 1
R F Straw Services Ltd 0 1 1
R G BASSETT & SONS LTD 4 1 5
R J Jones Group Ltd 0 8 8
R T H-Lubbers UK Ltd 1 1 2
Richard Long Ltd 0 1 1
Richard Preston & Son Ltd 0 5 5
ROBERT WISEMAN DAIRIES 0 3 3
Royal Mail Group 0 45 45
RT Keedwell Group 0 3 3
S & J European Haulage, 0 1 1
Saints Transport Ltd 0 5 5
Samworth Brothers Distribution 0 3 3
Sephton Transport Ltd 0 1 1
Seven Asset Management 0 1 1
Solstor UK Ltd 12 4 16
South West delivery Services Ltd 0 1 1
STARDES LIMITED 1 0 1
Stephen W Thornton Haulage 0 1 1
Steve Prince Transport Ltd 0 1 1
Sundown Products Limited 1 0 1
Superdrug Stores PLC 11 5 16
SW Group Logistics Ltd 0 2 2
T Christie Transport 0 1 1
T.H.Clements & Son Ltd 0 1 1
Tandem Transport Limited 3 2 5
Tesco PLC 0 25 25
The Alternative Parcels Company Limited 0 4 4
The Malcolm Group 11 1 12
TNT UK Limited PDC 0 13 13
Torque 1 0 1
Transam Trucking Limited 0 3 3
TRC Truck Rental Ltd 1 2 3
UDG (Unidrug Distribution Group Ltd) 4 1 5
United Biscuits Distribution Services 0 17 17
UPS Ltd 0 13 13
Waitrose 15 8 23
Walkers Snacks (dist) Ltd 0 32 32
Warburtons Limited 0 1 1
White Logistics and Storage LTD 3 1 4
William West and sons (Ilkeston) Ltd 0 3 3
Wincanton Group Ltd 34 34 68
Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC 0 38 38
Worksop Industrial Tippers 4 0 4
X D P ltd 0 1 1
Yearsley Group 15 5 20
Yusen Logistics (UK)Ltd 0 5 5

Fuel duty rebate in Ireland is good news for UK, says FFUK

FairFuelUK (FFUK) founder Peter Carroll has said Ireland’s decision to recognise the economic importance of road freight with a diesel rebate for hauliers is a “very positive” development in the fight for cheaper fuel in the UK.

While full details of the scheme are yet to be finalised, the Irish government has made clear its intention to offer a rebate of 7.5 cents per litre to tax-compliant, licensed operators from 1 July 2013.

Carroll said that while FFUK would continue to fight for a blanket reduction in fuel-duty, Ireland’s rebate coming on the heels of a fuel price cut in France would only heap further pressure on the UK government to cut fuel duty and boost the economy.

“It’s very interesting and demonstrates the progressive action governments around Europe are taking [on fuel duty],” Carroll told CM. “To date we’ve managed to stop the pain getting worse. Our goal remains to make things better.”

In December, after lobbying from FairFuelUK, the chancellor announced that he would be freezing the fuel duty increases due this month and in April buying commercial vehicle operators an effective stay of execution until at least September.

FFUK and its backers are due to hold a meeting this week to discuss their strategy for 2013, as they look to drive home their argument that a 3ppl cut in fuel duty would create around 70,000 jobs and provide a 0.2% GDP boost.