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8 facts about trucking

8 facts about trucking

Think you know everything about trucking? If you’re a truck driver you probably do, but there’s always more to learn.

We’ve put together five facts about the European trucking industry that you may (or may not) know. Be warned: there are a lot of stats…

  • There were around 13 million HDVs on Europe’s roads in 2015.
  • A typical semi-truck travels around 130,000 km a year.
  • An average semi-truck uses around £35,000 of fuel a year – that’s 20-33% of the total cost of operating the truck.
  • Road freight (74.9%) is more than four times greater than rail freight (18.2%) and waterway freight (6.9%).
  • The number of accidents involving trucks decreased by 53% between 2011 and 2014.
  • Seven countries are responsible for 73% of all Europe’s road freight transport. Top of the list is Germany, followed by Poland, Spain, France, UK, Italy and the Netherlands.
  • More than 415,000 heavy trucks (15+ tonnes) were produced in Europe in 2016.
  • Five manufacturers account for 90% of all truck sales in Europe: Daimler (Mercedes), Volkswagen (MAN and Scania), Volvo-Renault, DAF and IVECO.

The numbers say it all. Let’s hope that greatness continues, whatever the future of trucking may bring.

Do you know any more great facts about trucking? Let us know in the comments!



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