The largest association dedicated to the interests of the road haulage industry is concerned with the lack of spending on the road network.
The Road Haulage Association has aired its concerns after the severe weather that much of Great Britain has experienced at the end of February and start of March led to a spike in breakdowns attributed to potholes in the road.
Snow and ice make conditions difficult for any driver but for the road haulage industry, it can severely hamper the ability to deliver.
Many delivery areas for road haulage users are small, narrow roads that aren’t used in a widespread way. This leads to less attention being spent on those surfaces and in hazardous driving conditions, it makes the industry’s job very difficult indeed.
Add to this the effect snow and ice have on the roads; it is a common reason for breaking up of surfaces, resulting potholes which are a common cause of breakdowns.
According to a report from the RAC, the average number of pothole-related call outs per day between Sunday 4th March and Tuesday 6th March was 218.
This is way higher than the average of 104 call outs per day recorded in the whole of February.
The Road Haulage Association has previously voiced its approval of road investment, but this is an area where the Association feels the government is lacking.
Richard Burnett, Chief Executive, said: “Whilst there’s not much anyone can do about the weather, the government and local authorities can do a lot more to bring the network up to standard so that when we do have a freeze, the roads aren’t full of cracks waiting to turn into dangerous potholes that can cause collisions.
“Side roads, where hauliers make their last mile deliveries are often in a poor state and the damage they can cause to HGVs can be considerable.
“More potholes mean more breakdowns, more roadworks and more delays. And delays in a ‘just in time’ economy are disastrous for business.
“So it’s not lost on us that the short term impact of the severe weather is leaving a longer lasting legacy that exposes years of neglect from government and local authorities.”