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Slower recovery for UK haulage industry than European neighbours

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Activity in the UK trucking industry is getting back to pre-coronavirus levels, but recovery is slower than its European counterparts.

Data shows that UK activity is currently at 84% of its pre-Covid-19 levels, compared to Germany (99%), Italy (98%), France (97%), and the Netherlands and Poland (both 92%).

Since its second week of lockdown, the UK’s trucking industry has recovered at a rate of 2.6% each week. In France and Italy, those figures are 4.8% and 2.7% respectively.

Within the UK, the transport of food, medicine and post has remained relatively high, while office supply deliveries and other business service activity has been slower to recover.

Speaking about these findings, Beverley Wise, Webfleet sales director UK & Ireland stated: “Now more than ever, it is crucial that we make the most out of the anonymised and aggregated data available to us in analysing the impacts on our businesses and our economy.”

She continued, explaining that “deep data-driven insights […] will also help support our customers to get their businesses back on the road as they plan their route to recovery.”


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