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New online platform boost for battered road freight industry

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WITH demand for road freight plummeting and increasing costs for trucking companies amidst the stringent lockdown restrictions, trucking companies are under increasing pressure to transport goods when their trucks are not filled to capacity, have empty vehicles standing or have empty hauls one way.

To help alleviate these problems, the Road Freight Association (RFA) has launched an online platform which details available loads/capacity and vehicles. Anyone can list for free, while RFA members will be able to view all the details online.

“Operating a trucking company is complex and challenging at the best of times. With COVID-19 and lockdown however, it has become even tougher,” said Chief Executive Gavin Kelly.

“Truckers need to deliver goods to their clients, but with dwindling volumes, some are being forced to deliver at a loss. Our new facility enables members to consolidate their loads and move goods more efficiently and cost-effectively. It makes perfect business sense.”

He said that the system is easy to use and available 24/7. “All members need to do is list the details of the available trucks or loads they have or need (type of vehicle required, date required, area and route) and provide their contact details.”

All details are fully visible to RFA members and members can engage with each other directly. “There is no middleman and the RFA makes no commission – nor do we charge any fee.”

Kelly said the response from members had been excellent, with many uploading their requests and logging in daily to check availabilities and opportunities.

He added that the new service was one of several initiatives the RFA is bringing to its members over the coming months.

“The new realities of our new world mean that, as a trade association, the RFA needs to be agile and even more responsive to the changing needs of its members. The RFA is committed to doing this. I believe that this next addition to our range of membership benefits can have a big, positive impact on members.”

He encouraged trucking companies of all sizes to join the association. “We are stronger together.”

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